Gospel in Life – A New Gospel-Centered Resource by Tim Keller

I’m really jazzed about a new resourced just released by Tim Keller and Redeemer City to City called Gospel in Life.  The Gospel in Life is an intensive eight-session course on the gospel and how it is lived out in all of life–first in your heart, then in your community, and then out in the world.  Check out the  video trailer below:

Here is the breakdown of the eight sessions, including a summary of each session:

SESSION 1: CITY – THE WORLD THAT IS

In Session 1 we learn that we are not just to seek prosperity and peace in the city where we live, but we are to seek prosperity and peace for the city, as well. We see the reasons that cities were created, how they have fallen under sin, and how we can be a part of redeeming them—how we are a part of God’s story to redeem and restore the whole world for his glory.

SESSION 2: HEART – THREE WAYS TO LIVE

In Session 2 we look at the parable of the two lost sons in Luke 15. We conclude that there are three ways to relate to God—irreligion, religion, and the gospel. The irreligious don’t repent at all. The religious only repent of sins. But Christians repent of both their sins and the reasons for their righteousness. The gospel is something entirely different from religion and irreligion. Only the gospel has the power to transform our hearts.

SESSION 3: IDOLATRY – THE SIN BENEATH THE SIN

In Session 3 we look at idolatry. Nothing is to be more fundamental than God to our hearts—to our happiness, meaning in life, and identity. We see, however, that we easily create idols. An idol is anything besides Jesus Christ that we feel we must have to be happy, anything that is more important to our heart than God, anything that is enslaving our heart through inordinate desires. To remove idols we need to make Christ our over-mastering positive passion.

SESSION 4: COMMUNITY – THE CONTEXT FOR CHANGE

In Session 4 we see that the church is “a royal priesthood, a holy nation” (1 Peter 2:9). It is a new humanity, a new community of people under the Lordship of Christ. We need to create a great community because that is, according to Jesus in John 17, a crucial way to show the world that we are truly followers of Christ. In fact, we see that we will not know God, change deeply, or win the world apart from community.

SESSION 5: WITNESS – AN ALTERNATE CITY

In Session 5 we see that our community is to be a “city on a hill” (Matt. 5:14). The world must see in our community what life can be in all its beauty under the kingship of Jesus Christ. We also see that it is important to have gospel-speaking, neighborhood-loving, community-transformed congregations everywhere. Only the gospel enables us to build an alternate city together.

SESSION 6: WORK – CULTIVATING THE GARDEN

In Session 6 we see the gospel is radically opposed to the assumptions of the world, but since we live in the world, we have embraced many of the world’s assumptions. Christian living is therefore a continual process of bringing everything in line with the truth of the gospel. It means that all of our vocations, gifts, and skills are to be mobilized in light of the mission of the kingdom of Christ. We must take the gospel with us to work.

SESSION 7: JUSTICE – A PEOPLE FOR OTHERS

In Session 7 we see again that we need to think out the implications of the gospel in every area of our lives. We are to bring shalom to the world. We need to do justice. We are to be engaged with our neighbors and with the poor and marginalized.

SESSION 8: ETERNITY THE WORLD THAT IS TO COME

Finally in Session 8 we are given a vision of the New Jerusalem. This vision of the world to come should drive us to action—to continually seek to transform our hearts, community, and the world.

Another aspect about this study is the additional resources (books, sermons, articles) for each chapter for those who would want to go deeper.

The Gospel in Life store provides you with several options of purchasing the study, including individual and bulk quantities.   You can also purchase the DVD and Study Guide at Monergism Books.

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