LifeWay’s Gospel Project to provide in-depth curriculum

The following is an excerpt from an article in Baptist Press that can be found HERE

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP) — For the first time in more than a decade, LifeWay Christian Resources is releasing a new ongoing Bible study series for children, students and adults under one theme.

The Gospel Project is an in-depth and Gospel-centered Bible study designed to help participants examine the deeper theological and missional concepts in the text. It is slated for preorder in June and features a three-year study plan with 13-week units. Each unit uses an age-appropriate voice, depth and course of study.

For example, The Gospel Project for Kids follows a chronological timeline of Bible events, while The Gospel Project for Students focuses on biblical theology, apologetics, missions and the overall story of Scripture.

“This is more than curriculum,” said Trevin Wax, managing editor of The Gospel Project. “The goal is to provide a theologically driven study that points people to Jesus.

“Going ‘deep’ means different things to different people. Some of what passes for ‘deep’ is merely information, Bible trivia and minutia,” Stetzer said. “Others pit ‘deep’ and ‘relevant’ against one another. Yet, more church leaders realize today that unless you dig deep and help people know and live out the Scriptures, you are not relevant.

Commentary from SBC Issues

This all sounds so wonderful. Finally a Gospel-Centered Curriculum that will make the Scriptures relevant. The Baptist Press introduced the individuals responsible for this “Outstanding Project.” Let’s see who they are.

Ed Stetzer, president of LifeWay Research, serves as general editor for The Gospel Project. He is Reformed leaning in his theology.

D.A. Carson, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Ill. is a reformed evangelical according to

Matt Chandler, Senior Pastor of The Village in Dallas, is a featured speaker on’s MP3 site.

James MacDonald, Senior Pastor of Harvest Bible Chapel in Chicago also has a Church Planting organization and is associated with John McArthur and Mark Driscoll and Acts 29 Network.

Eric Mason, Senior Pastor of Epiphany Fellowship, Philadelphia; in 2009 became a part of the Acts 29 Network’s Board of Directors.

Joe Thorn, Senior Pastor of Redeemer Fellowship, St. Charles, Ill., is confessionally Reformed according to the church’s web site.

Juan Sanchez, Senior Pastor of High Pointe Baptist Church, Austin, Texas makes the following statement of association on their church’s web site, “As for our ministry vision and philosophy, we gladly identify with ministries such as 9Marks, Desiring Godand The Gospel Coalition.”

The following names need no introduction, Collin Hansen, The Gospel Coalition, Daniel Akin, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Wake Forest, N.C.; J.D. Greear, The Summit Church, Raleigh, NC.

This is or at least ought to be a concern for most Southern Baptists. There are two issues at stake here.

First, “The Gospel Project” needs to be marked as a Reformed, Calvinist Project. The second issue that needs to be addressed is the policies with respect to Lifeway and the influence that it has traditionally held among Baptist churches as a Provider of solid theological literature for Southern Baptist Churches.

Dr. Bob Hadley is Pastor of Westside Baptist Church in Daytona Beach, Fl. and submitted this article.


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3 Responses to LifeWay’s Gospel Project to provide in-depth curriculum

  1. Let me say for the record, I do not have a problem with Lifeway publishing the material and making it available to churches if they will make it clear that this is a reformed product. My objection would be in marketing it simply as “The Gospel Project” which is “an in-depth and Gospel-centered Bible study designed to help participants examine the deeper theological and missional concepts in the text.”

    I do not believe it is right to have this kind of product being promoted to churches that are not Reformed in their theology and being sold to them without their being made fully aware of what it is they are buying. Add to that the amount of money that will be spent promoting this product to these churches without proper visible disclosure is in my opinion inexcusable.


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