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For small group leaders and Sunday school facilitators who prefer truth over technique, Gospel-Centered Teaching is refreshing in its simple purpose to remind you of something you already instinctively know: It's Jesus who changes lives, and the goal of your Bible study is to continually reintroduce people to Him. While discussing in depth common related concerns (missionaFor small group leaders and Sunday school facilitators who prefer truth over technique, Gospel-Centered Teaching is refreshing in its simple purpose to remind you of something you already instinctively know: It's Jesus who changes lives, and the goal of your Bible study is to continually reintroduce people to Him. While discussing in depth common related concerns (missional apathy, biblical illiteracy in the church, shallow discussions, etc.), author and teacher Trevin Wax duly offers a practical guide to making sure your message is always surely centered on Jesus and what He has done: "Fellow teachers, let's soak ourselves in the truths of the gospel and the Word. Then, let's invite others to the fountain of living water offered freely by our Master Teacher whose life and death changes everything."...

Title : Gospel-Centered Teaching: Showing Christ in All the Scripture
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ISBN : 9781433681721
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Number of Pages : 128 Pages
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Gospel-Centered Teaching: Showing Christ in All the Scripture Reviews

  • Brian Pate
    2019-05-21 20:45

    Excellent book! So short and easy to read that I knocked it out in an afternoon. So good and simple that I might give it to all of my SS teachers.Wax encourages teachers to ask 3 questions about their lessons:1. How does this topic/passage fit into the big story of Scripture?2. What is distinctively Christian about the way I am addressing the topic/passage? (Would this be true if Jesus hadn't died and been raised?)3. How does this truth equip God's church to live on mission?

  • David Chung
    2019-05-22 20:36

    A brisk informative read that directs readers to make the gospel the most important aspect in teaching settings. Depth-as-information is ineffective and depth-as-application can miss the point. Most important point for me was his insistence that teachers must themselves be transfixed by the gospel in order for their teaching to compel their hearers.

  • Rachel
    2019-06-17 19:32

    I just finished my second reading of this book, and found it to be yet again encouraging, enlightening, and well worth the read. Everyone--teacher or not--should read this!

  • Kurt Witten
    2019-05-28 14:30

    A really solid book for teachers of the Bible in any capacity. Wax gets right to the point, stating that the why is more important than the how when it comes to delivering the Gospel message.

  • Mike King
    2019-06-15 20:34

    If you are looking for a short, easy to read book on teaching Scripture, look no further than Trevin Wax's Gospel-Centered Teaching. Gospel-Centered Teaching can easily be read in a day. It is a great resource for any Sunday school teacher, Bible teacher, small group leader or even pastor who desires to know how to teach and explain that the whole Bible is one big story of Jesus. Wax is extremely practical and provides great summaries of the Gospel as well as easy ways to include the Gospel into your teaching. It should be noted that this is a primer. It is not intended to be a thorough book on expositional preaching or biblical theology. You will need to look elsewhere for that. I highly recommend this resource to anyone who is called by God to teach others about Him and His Word.

  • Aaron de neui
    2019-06-16 21:50

    So so good and so so needed. Easy but enlightening read.

  • Dustin
    2019-06-16 16:42

    Easy and quick read. I would recommend to small group leaders and other teachers.

  • Terry Cheek
    2019-06-09 16:44

    Bringing us back to the basicsAn excellent book, one that refocuses the purpose of our teaching back to Jesus with a real missions drive given.

  • J.C. Thompson
    2019-06-15 21:36

    Good readWish there was a bit more depth here but a great book painted with broad strokes. I appreciate the practical examples and the resources listed.

  • Ryan Marks
    2019-06-03 19:39

    Excellent primer, I would like to teach a Christian education course on the collegiate level with this being an assigned text

  • Debbie
    2019-05-24 14:24

    This book is a challenge to clearly communicate the Christian gospel message regardless of style or method, in preaching and teaching. The thesis is that if we present the gospel properly and consistently, God will work in the lives of the hearers. Wax says "My goal is to offer you a practical guide to making sure your message is centered on Jesus and what He has done."It is easy to read, practical, and Biblically accurate. I would suggest this book to any Bible teacher, from preschool through adult, as well as parents who teach their own children. It has already helped me in my lesson preparations, as I try to avoid lessons that would in any way lead a child to believe that God's word for them is to try to be good. I know that I must somehow link each lesson to the gospel, but sometimes I have been at a loss as to how to do so. This book has given me some guidelines and helps in making that leap of truth.It would also be helpful to pastors and preachers who naturally want to point hearers to Christ, no matter the context of the scripture passage.Wax suggests three questions that should be answered as you prepare any lesson, sermon, or discussion group in order to keep Christ and his gospel central. "1. How does this topic/passage fit into the big story of scripture? 2. What is distinctively Christian about the way I am addressing the topic/passage? (Would this be true if Jesus hadn't died and been raised?) 3. How does this truth equip God's church to live on mission."Then he gives another set of three questions to analyze the lesson or sermon contents: 1. Is there anything about my treatment of this Old Testament text that a faithful Jew could not affirm? (Followed by suggestions on how to logically connect the stories of the Old Testament with the message of the New Testament without artificially stretching either one.) 2. Is there anything about my treatment of the New Testament text that a Mormon could not affirm? (A challenge to present not just Christ as a moral example, but Christ as savior and Lord.) 3. Is there anything in my application that an unbeliever off the street would be uncomfortable with? (Help the unbeliever see the difference between morality and the gospel.)

  • Robby
    2019-05-20 20:52

    I don't prefer to give out 5 for 5 mainly because it is hard to think anything could be perfect, but I think for what it is this book knocks it out of the park. Short and to the point. Trevin comes out quickly and states the purpose of this book, the audience, and alludes to the practical implications of the book he will address later after establishing what the Gospel is. He covers a rich topic thoroughly without making this book into a textbook. As someone with a busy schedule that ministers to me and helps me quickly apply said knowledge in my daily life.This book gets to the heart behind most of the shortcomings we experience in our teaching, small groups, or churches for that matter. Trevin eloquently and simply explains how the problem behind all problems or situations is a lack of belief in the Gospel. This is often hard to explain to individuals, and Trevin makes it seem effortless. A book that doesn't lead with pragmatics but the declaration of the Gospel is one that I would quickly recommend to anyone and everyone as it will strengthen our love for Jesus, encourage us as people, and prepare us to go and be obedient as we respond to grace. The book though rich with content is filled with practical tools that relate immediately to the next lesson you will teach this week! Trevin's explanation of Biblical Theology and seeing Christ in Scripture is a condense seminary lesson that is understandable and helpful. The language in which Trevin writes is accessible to anyone regardless of their background. One of the biggest hurdles to jump in ministry or the church world is trying to communicate to someone who is from another context. Removing communication barriers is huge and Trevin successfully tears down the major barriers and answers potential questions where there could be ambiguity in the readers.All of this leaves me excited to share this books with others, knowing they will walk away with a greater love for Jesus, His church, and the mission of God.

  • Ed
    2019-06-10 22:26

    I have heard far to many sermons & Bible studies in my life that didn't make the connection between the text covered & the gospel. I have likely led a few myself. If the purpose of all of scripture is to point to Jesus (and it is) leaders should do no less. And the gospel is not just a postscript or dessert following a message either. This little book gives a strong challenge to keep the gospel at the heart of our Christian teaching. This sounds simple, but the life changing power of the gospel can be buried in a sea of moralism if we are not on guard.By the way, if this topic is of interest to you I highly suggest subscribing to the blog of this author, Trevin Wax.

  • John A.
    2019-05-30 18:23

    This is a concise, thoughtful and practical book, essential to all who desire to teach, lead a Bible study or preach with faithfulness to the gospel. As the author points out, too many of us grew up hearing moralistic teachings rather than the gospel. How is your lesson or sermon distinctly Christian?, the author urges us to ask ourselves. How does your lesson or sermon point to Christ as the Savior in whom all our needs are met? How are you connecting your students or listeners to the big picture of the Bible? Are your students, group members, and congregation reaching out with the gospel as a result of your teaching? If not, Trevin Wax will tell you why and what you can do about it.

  • Lindsey
    2019-06-17 15:49

    This is a very basic introduction to centering Bible study/teaching on the gospel rather than morality, etc. I think this would be most helpful for small group leaders or someone who is just being introduced to teaching/leading like this. Wax is best when he is motivating and encouraging and I think he does a good job with this. But given the length of the book (only just over 100 pages), there isn't a lot of specific help.

  • Laura
    2019-06-15 17:23

    The book is brief, so I will be too: this book cuts straight to the point and will be a useful read for any leader or member of a Bible study. It is also useful simply as a reminder or introduction for how to read the Bible not for self-help suggestions but as a unified piece of literature that tells the story of God's plan for redemption. A quick and painless read that gave me some good ideas.

  • Noah Kiser
    2019-05-27 21:26

    Very accessible. Not as practical as I had hoped, BUT casts an excellent vision for the why & how of Gospel-centered teaching. Wax also has good insight as he uncovers the ways we naturally subvert true gospel centeredness in our teaching/preaching. This was an easy and edifying read. I would recommend it to anyone involved in (or interested in) teaching in and for their church family.

  • John Mark Pantana
    2019-06-11 18:26

    Really short, easy read. Finished it within a two-hour plane ride. The book tells you why your teaching needs to be Gospel-centered, what makes a teaching Gospel-centered, and the results of being a Gospel-centered teacher. Would highly recommend this book to every believer who leads a Small Group, Community Group, Life Group, Home Group, any kind of group. Read this book.

  • Cherie Leatherman
    2019-06-14 14:42

    This is a great book! It's a quick read, easy to understand, and filled with practical application on what it means to teach the Scriptures in a gospel-centered, (Christ-centered) way...Not just presenting Jesus as a moral teacher and example but also as the "Son of God, the sinless Savior who died and rose again...the One who calls for repentance and faith."

  • Rebecca Wattier
    2019-05-19 20:49

    Incredibly concise and simple. Easy read with huge concepts. Great resource for anyone seeking to teach or lead. I would hand it to current small group leaders as well as small group members who may be interested in leading down the road.

  • Peter
    2019-06-08 22:34

    This great little book has one critical purpose - to encourage Christian small group leaders to focus on the transforming power of the gospel, making Christ himself front and center in every encounter with the Scripture. Trevin accomplishes this with striking clarity and conviction.

  • Mitchell Pearson
    2019-05-24 19:48

    Picked up this book expecting to read a chapter or two and leave the rest for another day. However I couldn't put it down. What an encouraging little book, a pep talk to constantly point to what matters most, and a challenge to not miss the big picture.

  • Mark Barnes
    2019-05-19 20:32

    A wonderful little book. Should be required reading for all adult Sunday School teachers, student Bible-study leaders and home group leaders.

  • Matt Oost
    2019-05-21 20:48

    Great bookGood reminder of the need to ground our teaching and preaching in Christ. Might have to look into getting the Gospel Project curriculum

  • nyamuoch duol
    2019-06-19 20:51

    Awesome bookGreat book! Has a lot of truths behind it, especially stressing that Jesus should be center of both OT and NT.

  • Bob Glenn
    2019-06-12 19:52

    Helpful, clear, simple.

  • Sarah
    2019-06-05 18:32

    July 2014 - Fantastic book! Definitely my favorite that I've read this year and one that I plan to recommend to all the GBC teachers.

  • Nancy Boyd
    2019-05-22 14:48

    Wonderful! Helpful for any Bible teacher or ministry leader.

  • Jeff Block
    2019-06-07 20:27

    A book that really tackles the WHY behind teaching and leading bible studies. Excellent resource for church members.

  • Marcia
    2019-06-02 14:26

    Great book for all Bible teachers or Bible study leaders. Very practical questions and applications for ensuring that Christ is at the center of all of your teaching.