As we looked at the core values of our children’s and student ministry at Trinity, we have reviewed that the first “Hook” that will hold our kids and our students to the Lord is The Word of God. The second such “hook” or core value that we hold dear – that we believe we must develop in our young people is that of being Gospel Centered.
Core Value #2 – Gospel-Centered
Gospel-Centered: Jesus and the cross must have first place in everything, including family life and all aspects of church ministry.
We often let our children, students, and parents know that behavior modification is not our goal in ministry. Our goal is that lives would be transformed. People are sinners by nature. This means that we are dead in our sins and separated from God (Eph. 2:1). We are beyond a mere “tweak” in lifestyle. Our problem stretches further than us simply “turning over a new leaf” in life. Our hearts need to be radically transformed. As Jesus stated to his night time visitor Nicodemus, “…unless one is born again he can not see the kingdom of God.” We need new life.
The gospel is the only thing that can bring about new life. The gospel is both a story and a message about Jesus Christ. It’s the glorious redemptive story spanning from Genesis to Revelation of how Jesus Christ rescues sinners from their sins. He is the point of the story. He is the hero of the story.
It’s also a message that proclaims, “Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, and that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures (1 Cor. 15:3-4). The Scriptures give us the message of the gospel of Jesus Christ. It’s all about Jesus. This message is crucial because “there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). We need to be saved because God judges sin. The good news of the gospel is that God not reveals his wrath on sin, but he also provides an escape from it by taking the penalty of sin by dying on the cross for us. Our response should be repentance and faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ.
This is why we are adamant about communicating the gospel and having it at the core of everything we teach. The gospel is the only thing that can make us right with God and change lives. We are currently using a curriculum that helps us in this endeavor called the Gospel Project. Their commitments below aid us in keeping our commitments to our church family and community.
From the Gospel Project Curriculum:
Promote Gospel Transformation, Not Behavior Modification
Every session points students to the gospel of Jesus Christ as the source of life-transformation and the foundation for spiritual growth.
See How the Whole Bible Fits Together
Helps students understand how the entire Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, reveals God’s plan of redemption through Jesus Christ.
Unite Every Age in Christ-centered Study
For churches that wish to align all ages, The Gospel Project provides Christ-centered study for babies through adults, allowing a student’s entire family to gather around the study.
Compel Students to Live on Mission
Every session challenges students to consider how the gospel compels them to live for Christ every day.
Understand the Key Themes of Christianity
Helps students identify and understand the 99 essential theological doctrines of the Christian faith as they are found throughout the Bible, preparing them to better share and defend their faith.