- It’s about Jesus and the Bible. I think that’s enough said on that one.
- It’s theologically deep. Southern Baptists are a broad group. You won’t have any curriculum produced by anyone that represents the broad spectrum of theology. This is why the BF&M2000 is a “wide tent” in many areas. To present every side is overkill, to present a general gloss is shallow. This stretches us to ponder…
- It draws from a variety of sources throughout the church and church history. There’s a Simpson’s episode where the Simpsons end up in heaven…a heaven that is divided into different parts depending on what Christian sect you were a part of on earth. I think sometimes when we Southern Baptists loudly sing, “When we alllllllll get to heaven, what a day of rejoicing that will be!”, we secretly mean, “When we alllllll get to Southern Baptist heaven…” Look, I’m Baptist by conviction and Southern Baptist by choice of cooperation. That does not mean I want to sit back, plug my ears to other voices, and only have my people consider the teachings of Southern Baptists. We have a deep well of various thoughts to choose from as we also seek to grow in wise discernment.
- It brings our minds and hearts to worship. Prayers of responses, devotional hymns, check out these sermons, ponder these truths… this isn’t just imparting information this is worshiping our great and glorious God.
- I like the names I see listed on the Advisory Council. I’ll admit, some of them I haven’t heard of…it’s a good chance to research and maybe find someone new from whom to gain some edification. But those names I recognize—guys I’ve read or listened to their sermons—they are passionate about Christ, biblically sound, theologically devoted, church-focused, and missions/discipleship-oriented.
- I trust the editors. Again…I’ve read books and blogs, have heard sermons, etc. I would ascribe the same qualities to them that I would the Advisory Council.
- It’s what my church needs. I’m trying to teach my people to know and love their Bible so they can grow in their knowledge, awe, and love of our glorious triune God. I try to teach them not to build their theology based primarily upon what some man (or woman) has said, or based upon what traditions we hold, but to bring everything back to Scripture—what does the Bible say? From what I see of the Gospel project, that is the ultimate goal—to bring people into a greater passion for God by giving them a greater passion for his Word through which he has revealed himself.
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