By Ed Stetzer

It is possible to teach Bible stories without ever teaching the Bible Story.

It is safe to say that most churches want their kids and students to learn the Bible. But in reality, as you’ll often hear The Gospel Project team say, it is possible to teach Bible stories without ever teaching the Bible story.

In other words, it is possible to teach the Bible in a way that is not distinctively Christian.

There are many too many approaches to teaching the Bible that teach people values, virtues, and behavior – and that’s it.

That should disturb us.

The Bible is Not a Book or Virtues, but a Gospel Book

The simple fact is the Bible is not just a collection of stories with morals for life application; the Bible is the story of God’s grace in redemption through Jesus Christ. There is a soul-endangering consequence in virtue-based Bible study material, centered on life principles or character qualities, and ripped away from the central focus of the Bible– Jesus Christ.

When I was a young pastor, some people in our church wanted us to get involved in Bill Gothard’s “Basic Life Principles” teachings.

Gothard was well known in the 70’s and 80’s for his curriculum focused on virtue …read more

Source:: Christianity Today