The Secret Ingredient

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[dropcap]H[/dropcap]ave you tasted a food and wondered what is it that makes it so mouth-watering, so delectable, so delicious? You may have tasted that food somewhere else before but something is different about this particular dish.


When it comes to teaching a Bible lesson there is a very important ingredient that will make your teaching different and life changing.

This ingredient is the gospel. Connecting every lesson (even the Old Testament) to the gospel intellectually and chronologically orients learners to the overall story of redemption in Christ. Also, the gospel is the fuel that drives learners to grow in obedience to Christ. Obedience without Christ is lifeless and misses the point of the message of Scripture. How can learners grow in Christ (Colossian 1:28) if the gospel is missing? But how do we include the gospel in every lesson?

I have been trying to improve my own teaching in regards to making a gospel connection and recently read Gospel-Centered Teaching by Trevin Wax. Trevin proposed three main questions to help teachers make a gospel connection in each and every lesson. I highly recommend the book to any Bible teacher. The good news is it is just around 100 pages. In other words you can read it. It is not that long.

Think about the lessons you have taught and answer the questions below. How have you done? Apply them to the lessons your are preparing to teach.

If these questions peak your interest, you will want to get the book. He does a great job in explaining why we need to make the gospel connection in each and every lesson and shows how these questions can be applied by teachers. FYI…I am not getting any money for book purchases.

Trevin Wax’s Questions for Gospel-Centered Teaching

  1. How does this passage/topic fit into the big story of Scripture?
  2. What is distinctively Christian about the way I am addressing the passage/topic?
    • Is there anything about my treatment of this Old Testament text that a faithful Jew could not affirm?
    • Is there anything about my treatment of this New Testament text that a Mormon could not affirm?
    • Is there anything in my application that an unbeliever off the street would be uncomfortable with?
  3. How does this truth equip God’s church to live on mission?

A video of Trevin explaining these questions can be found at Bob Mayfield’s website: The video is the nineteenth video on the webpage. Yes, you read that correctly. There are also lots of other great videos on this webpage. Be sure to check them out. Thanks Bob for pulling these together!

What do you think of the question? Would there be any that you would add?