Posts in Gospel Project Resources
Unit 7, Session 4: The Promise of God's Presence

Sermons specifically on Deuteronomy 31 & 32:
Sandy Wilson, Blessed: http://resources.thegospelcoalition.org/library/blessed

Albert Mohler, Deuteronomy 31: https://albertmohler.com/2004/03/28/deuteronomy-31

Albert Mohler Deuteronomy 32: https://albertmohler.com/2004/04/04/deuteronomy-32

Mark Dever, Version 2.0: https://www.capitolhillbaptist.org/sermon/version-20/

Sermons/Podcast on Deuteronomy as a whole:
Help Me Teach the Bible, Scott Reed: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/help-me-teach-the-bible-scott-redd-on-deuteronomy/

Mark Dever, The Message of Deuteronomy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ytH1utWP7Q

Gary Millar, Deuteronomy: http://resources.thegospelcoalition.org/library/the-theology-of-deuteronomy-for-preachers

Articles:
https://thebibleproject.com/blog/exile-predicted/

Videos:
The Bible Project, The Book of Deuteronomy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NMhmDPWeftw

The Bible Project, Read Scripture: Deuteronomy: https://youtu.be/q5QEH9bH8AU

Gary Millar, The Message of Deuteronomy: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/course/deuteronomy/#overview

Fill ins:
pg 40: transgress, salvation
pg 41: compassion, punishment

Unit 7, Session 3: The Blessings on God's People
Unit 7, Session 2: The Promise of God's Provision
Unit 7, Session 1: The Rebellion of God’s People
Resources Unit 6, Session 3: A Picture of Atonement

Sermons on Leviticus 16:
David Platt, The Wonder of Atonement: https://radical.net/sermon/chapter-7-the-wonder-of-atonement/

Mark Dever, Day of Atonement: https://www.capitolhillbaptist.org/sermon/day-of-atonement/

Ligon Duncan, Yom Kippur The Day of Atonement: https://www.fpcjackson.org/resource-library/sermons/yom-kippur-the-day-of-atonement (no audio)

C. H. Spurgeon, The Day of Atonement: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-GTnAkx58r8
(The written version of Spurgeon’s sermon: https://www.spurgeon.org/resource-library/sermons/the-day-of-atonement#flipbook/)

Sermons/Podcast that aren’t specifically on Leviticus 16, but could be helpful to you:
Help Me Teach the Bible, Seeing Christ in the Old Testament: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/podcasts/help-me-teach-the-bible/nancy-guthrie-developing-skill-seeing-christ-old-testament/

D.A. Carson, The God Who Legislates: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/course/the-god-who-is-there/#the-god-who-legislates (I recommend the entire talk, but if you are limited on time go to minute 27.)

R.C. Sproul, The Necessity of the Atonement: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YrGYoRdNOes

Gospel Project Podcast, Learning to Love Leviticus: https://www.gospelproject.com/ep-9-learning-love-leviticus/

Articles:
https://www.christianitytoday.com/edstetzer/2014/april/atonement-and-scapegoat-leviticus-16-by-dr-kenneth-mathews.html

http://gospelcenteredwoman.com/the-gospel-and-leviticus/

https://www.ligonier.org/learn/devotionals/day-atonement/

Videos:
https://thebibleproject.com/videos/torah-leviticus/

Fill ins:
pg 122: uniqueness, purity, unstained
pg 123: atonement, innocent

Resources Unit 6, Session 2: A Place for God's Presence
Resources Unit 6, Session 1: An Image of Idolatry
Resources Unit 5, Session 3: A Law for God's People

“The man who does not know the nature of the law cannot know the nature of sin.
And he who does not know the nature of sin cannot know the nature of the Savior.”
-John Bunyan

Sermons:

https://gospelinlife.com/downloads/the-new-city-6513/

https://www.russellmoore.com/2007/04/14/exodus-191-2021/

https://resources.thegospelcoalition.org/library/the-god-who-is-there-part-4-the-god-who-legislates

https://www.universityreformedchurch.org/sermons/a-precious-people/

https://www.desiringgod.org/messages/gods-covenant-through-moses

https://www.desiringgod.org/messages/why-the-law-was-given

https://www.tvcresources.net/resource-library/sermons/the-path-of-life

Articles:
https://www.gospelproject.com/jesus-ten-commandments/

Videos:
The Bible Project, Exodus 1 - 18: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jH_aojNJM3E

The Bible Project, Exodus 19 - 40: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oNpTha80yyE

Overview of Exodus from The Village Church: https://vimeo.com/195046729

Tom Schreiner, Do Christians have to obey the Old Testament Laws?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jm_-BPFVIgc

Fill ins:
pg 94:
General Revelation: creation, conscience, accountable
Special Revelation: historical events, His Word, Jesus Christ

Resources Unit 5, Session 2: A Leader’s Wisdom
Resources: Unit 5, Session 1
Resources Unit 4, Session 6

Connected

by Erin Davis

The following resouces are not necessarily related to the Gospel Project study but are timely and worth digging into as you have time. While we make an effort to provide additional resources to you, do not feel like you need to read every one, listen to everyone. Use wisdom, ask God for guidence and don’t allow yourself to feel overwhelmed. The most important resource is the Bible itself. Make sure you are reading and listening to God in the Bible first, everyday.

Do More Better: A Practical Guide to Productivity

by Tim Challies

Resources: Unit 4, Session 5
Resources: Unit 4, Session 4

 

Other resources:

A must watch movie: American Gospel

Article: https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/american-gospel-blows-hole-prosperity-gospel/%3Famp Available on Amazon, iTunes and Vemeo.


Learn How to 'Adult' Before You 'Missionary'

ALEX KOCMAN | JANUARY 18, 2019

Every head bowed, every eye closed. Good. Now, do you feel a stirring deep in your soul when I talk about missions? If so, stand up.

If you’ve spent any time in evangelicalism, you know all too well this familiar scene, when the trajectory of one’s life boils down to a single, mystical moment as the band ascends the stage and a synth pad drones in the background.

January isn’t just the season of resolutions, frigid temps, and caloric deficits. It’s also conference season in the evangelical world. And for many college-age believers, it’s a chance to double-down on their spirituality, arms high and heart abandoned in a sea of like-minded students.

I’m not against conferences—many of them I love. I work conferences regularly, I am friends with those involved, and I even attended a Christian university where our thrice-weekly chapel was itself a literal arena event. But the problem with spiritual mountaintop experiences, like any other high, is that there’s always a low. Just as the demon-riddled lowland greeted the disciples after the transfiguration, the monotonous valley of everyday life never lags too far behind the final chorus. This is normal. And it wouldn’t be a problem at all, in fact, if it weren’t so radically divergent from the enchanting bill of goods the Christian conference cottage industry often sells young adults.

Many conferences rally young people to do extraordinary, counter-cultural, radical things for kingdom. High school, college, and seminary students are exhorted to do anything but settle for a predictable, cozy existence. The drumbeat, intentional or not, is risk, run, burn out, and die for Jesus.

This, admittedly, is what many young people—and the rest of us—probably need in order to pierce through the haze of apathy that envelops our cushy American lifestyles. But I doubt if such rhetoric always represents the counsel most fitting for current college students.

Generational Trends

Christian college students are far from immune to the cultural trends affecting Generation Z (defined, after millennials, as those born after 1997).

College students need to learn to “adult” before they “missionary.”

I’m not saying that all students born after 1997 are delinquents. Such a claim would be absurd. I am saying, however, that our pastoral rush towards the “radical” rally-cry exposes a gap in our discipleship track: ordinary faithfulness.

Faithfulness First

When I was a biblical studies student at my Christian university, I bought into the logic of extraordinary Christian living. I rushed to finish my undergrad in two years, convinced I had a far more glamorous calling awaiting someplace in which my talents and I would finally be recognized as God’s gift to the world. God needed me, after all.

Wide-eyed for ministry, I eagerly proposed to my girlfriend, and we made plans to begin our adventure right after college. But with precious little professional experience at my unripe age, having pigeonholed myself as a professional evangelical, my ambitions backfired, and I quickly found myself scrambling for ministry jobs to no avail.

The best pieces of advice I received during that season of life came from two respected guys on campus, both a few years my senior. My first friend brought me to 1 Chronicles 21, where David, relying on his own achievements, orders an unsanctioned census of Israel, incurring national judgment. In spite of David’s hubris, God mercifully lessens the severity of the punishment (v. 15), an act of mercy that literally lays the foundation for the temple (v. 28; cf. 22:1). In this, the Lord reminded me that knuckleheaded decisions have consequences—and God is gracious anyway.

The second guy simply reminded me of Luke 16:10: “One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much” (ESV). At a season in life when I was looking for my big break—to burn out for Jesus in a proverbial blaze of glory—I needed to focus on ordinary, menial obedience.

I wanted to win the world, but I needed to get a job. I wanted to preach, but I needed to do the dishes. My calling was simply to do the next thing, what Eugene Peterson called “a long obedience in the same direction.”

Starting Small

Hell is real, Jesus saves, souls are in the balance, and time is short. The oft-posed Monday morning question, of course, is, what next?

If we do not disciple the up-and-coming generation with an understanding of obedience in the ordinary, we will produce fickle missionaries at best. Full-time ministry—in any culture—is, after all, the sum of a hundred ordinary days at the office, church budget meetings, and sermon prep sessions after the kids have gone to bed.

While we challenge young people to live lives of eternal significance, our counsel must also include:

  • Join a church. (As a member.) Submit to elders. Serve faithfully. Do jobs nobody else wants.

  • Make a budget. Limit your expenditures. Live below your means.

  • Get a job. Develop a good rapport before the watching world. Make yourself useful to other people. Contribute to society.

  • Tithe. Give above a tithe. Save money. Pay off your loans.

  • If you want to get married, stop playing juvenile dating games and get married. Learn to love a spouse, raise children, and die to self.

  • Exercise. Eat right. Lose weight if you need to lose weight. Gain weight if you need to gain it. Pick a goal and strain to reach it.

  • Read your Bible every day. Know it by heart. Master it, and be mastered by it. Abide in Christ.

  • Pray fervently. Make disciples locally. Preach the gospel in your Jerusalem.

I’m not saying that full-time ministry is reserved for those who have reached the pinnacle of human perfection. God graciously uses us in our mess—just as he redeemed my boneheadedness in college, and redeems my daily boneheadedness now.

But adulthood is a baseline qualification, not the pinnacle. It takes no super-saint to have a spiritual experience while the music reaches crescendo in a room of thousand; the proof is in the life that follows. We should be able to say, with Paul, “When I became a man, I gave up childish ways” (1 Corinthians 13:11). Rally-cries have their role, but God’s program for our lives always winds through lengthy valleys of ordinary faithfulness. This requirement is intrinsically good and is divinely hard-wired into the sanctification process for our maximal maturity and God’s greatest glory.

If we aspire to ministry greatness or missionary success, we must first be made small. If we cannot be faithful with the “little” of adulthood, we will surely be unfaithful with the “much” of mission.

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Dr Dan Dewitt 2018 summer Northbridge speaker

Book Wins Double Honors

Dr. Dan DeWitt, Director of the Center for Biblical Apologetics and Public Christianity and Associate Professor of Applied Theology and Apologetics at Cedarville University, has earned double honors for his first children’s book, The Friend Who Forgives. This story about the friendship of Jesus and Peter was honored by Christianity Today and the Gospel Coalition.

Resources: Unit 4, Session 3

The quote is from Spurgeon. He is saying that Scripture is the very words of God, and who doesn’t love to hear the sound of God’s voice? ¹ The problem is that most of us want to hear God’s voice, but we don’t crack our Bibles, and we don’t even buy our own excuses for not doing so. We can all use some fresh motivation.

Here are ways Scripture motivates us to start reading.

Scripture is the words of God to you. Open the Bible anywhere and the words there could be introduced with “the Spirit says” (Heb 3:7). These words are bread for our soul (Deut 8:3). They bring life.

Over the past year, I have watched how they bring this miracle of life. I have seen it in friends whose bodies were dying, and I have seen it in friends who have lost loved ones. Their stories are each uniquely hard and beautiful, but there is a way they are the same. They all fed on Scripture. They asked for Scripture from others. They prayed Scripture. As a result, though they were facing death, they were profoundly alive.

Israel’s kings were directed by God to handwrite a personal copy of his words and keep it with them (Deut 17:18-20). They didn’t, of course. Hezekiah may have been the exception because he knew the Law of Moses and did not depart from it (2 Kings 18:6). Life and power were evident during his reign. Take note of Josiah, too. During his reign, an extensive rehab project of the temple was undertaken and a copy of the Law was unearthed. When it was read, the Spirit used it to revive an entire nation (2 Kings 22-23).

Scripture was the words of the Father to Jesus. King Jesus was the one who had the words of the Father close at hand. When he took on flesh, he lived with the same resources we have—Scripture—and it was food for his soul. Watch him in the wilderness. He did battle and stood firm against Satan, not because he had singular connections to the Father and the Spirit, but because he remembered Scripture—“it is written” (Matt 4:1-7).

Scripture is about Jesus. Moses wrote of Jesus. (John 5:46). The bread that came from the mouth of God (Deut 8:3) was Jesus, who said, “I am the bread of life, whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst” (John 6:35). This means that as we feed on Scripture we are feeding on Jesus himself. The person is more prominent than the commands. Task number one in Scripture is to discover the suffering servant and risen Lord. And though we might think that an audible voice or a spectacular visitation from God would be a great boost to our confidence in what God says to us, Scripture anticipates us here. “If they do not hear Moses and the Prophets,” Jesus said, “neither will they be convinced if someone should rise from the dead” (Luke 16:31).

I have been in accountability groups in which we would ask about our times in Scripture from the week before. The reminder was helpful and the fellowship was sweet, but the reminders didn’t always get us into the Word. Perhaps a simple question would have been more effective. “Anyone want to hear words that come from the very mouth of God?” Then we could simply have read Scripture together.

¹I paraphrased Spurgeon for the title of my lecture at our 2018 Annual Conference: “Loving Your Bible: A Personal Invitation.”

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Resources: Unit 4, Session 2
Resources: Unit 4, Session 1

Hello Northbridgers!

We start our winter small groups on Sunday, January 6. We are in a new book so if you haven’t gotten your book be sure to stop by the information table.

These resources are for Unit 4, Session 1 in the winter (“Out of Egypt”) book.

Sermons:

https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/podcasts/help-me-teach-the-bible/colin-smith-on-how-to-teach-christ-in-the-joseph-story/

http://resources.thegospelcoalition.org/library/sent-sold-sad-safe

https://albertmohler.com/2015/06/21/genesis-375-28/

https://www.desiringgod.org/messages/the-sale-of-joseph-and-the-son-of-god

Articles:

https://www.ligonier.org/learn/devotionals/brother-ambushed/

https://www.rzim.org/read/a-slice-of-infinity/wrestled-perspectives

Fill in:

pg 12: models, teach, lead, honor, obey

pg 14: resisted, followed