The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! This is the one I told you about: ‘After me comes a man who ranks ahead of me, because he existed before me.’ I didn’t know him, but I came baptizing with water so that he might be revealed to Israel.” And John testified, “I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and he rested on him. I didn’t know him, but he who sent me to baptize with water told me, ‘The one you see the Spirit descending and resting on—he is the one who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’ I have seen and testified that this is the Son of God.”John 1:29-34
God revealed His righteousness through His Son, Jesus Christ. We get to receive the incredible gift of eternal life apart from the works that we do, apart from our own righteousness. We receive life and justification through faith in Christ. Because Jesus was the Lamb of God and took away the sins of the world, we are now justified freely because of the grace of God (Rom. 3:21-24).
There are times in our Christian walk when we feel like these simple components of the gospel are just the “basics” and we need more than that to grow. However, we should recognize that we never graduate or move on to better things than the gospel. The gospel is the bigger and better thing. The truths of what Christ did for us on the cross—removing both the penalty and the power of sin as well as giving us His righteousness—are truths that have powerful implications for every area of our lives. So look to Him and point to Him—always.
Tips for Teaching This Week’s Session of The Gospel Project for Adults
Every week for Volume 4: From Captivity to the Wilderness, Ken Braddy, Lifeway’s director of Sunday School, will offer guidance to help leaders prepare to lead and teach each session of The Gospel Project for Adults.
Tips for Teaching This Week’s Session of The Gospel Project for Students
Every week, student ministry leaders offer guidance to help leaders prepare to lead and teach each session of The Gospel Project for Students. Listen in as he shares:
- The main point of the session
- Any challenges and opportunities for additional discussion that may arise during this session
- Encouragements for leaders
A Final Reminder
Don’t forget, you can find tools to help you prepare and lead the discussion in the Additional Resources for this volume. We hope these are a blessing to you as you walk through this session together.
*This week’s leader devotional is written by Dhati Lewis. It is adapted from the daily devotions for the Easter session from The Gospel Project for Adults’ Daily Discipleship Guide.