I had a chilling moment in my third year of youth ministry. I came to the last day of a study with senior boys. I had taught them for three years. We had gone through John and Romans. I was certain they knew so much.
So on the last day I decided to ask this basic question as our whole lesson: “Guys, what is the Gospel?”
For three years we had met. I had talked about the Gospel in our lessons. I had used the word “Gospel” a thousand times. But I had overlooked one critical detail – did they know the Gospel? I had done far too much assuming.
Since then, I open every Bible study with a Gospel catechism. It’s something I would recommend to every small group leader. If nothing else – if we fail in every way – let no child leave our ministries without knowing clearly what the Gospel is.
Here is the Gospel catechism I use to open all studies:
What does Gospel mean?
What is the good news?
(Junior High Answer: God loves sinners through Christ.
Senior High Answer: God loves sinners through the life, death, and resurrection of Christ.)
What is the Gospel in big picture terms?
(Christ is King.)
Is Christianity more about what God has done in Jesus or more about what we do for Jesus?
(More about what God has done for us in Jesus.)
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