Discovering the Glorious Gospel
Biblical Foundations for the Christian Faith, Book Two
Discovering the Glorious Gospel is the second workbook in Paul David Washer’s Biblical Foundations for the Christian Faith series of Bible Studies. This workbook can be used as a 9-week study for individuals, families, Sunday school classes, small groups, and churches.
The death and resurrection of Jesus Christ is the center of human history, the greatest story ever told, and the subject of angelic contemplation (I Peter 1:12). When proclaimed with biblical fidelity, it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes (Romans 1:16) and the great source and motivation of all true piety (I Timothy 3:16). When its message is distorted, it brings death to the hearers and the gravest of curses to the one who proclaims it (Galatians 1:6-9). For these reasons and many others, the Christian should consider his or her study of the gospel to be a primary and lifelong task. This workbook was designed and written with these things in mind.
Encounter God in His Word
The great goal of this study is for the student to have an encounter with God through His Word. Founded upon the conviction that the Scriptures are the inspired and infallible Word of God, this study has been designed in such a way that the student must have an open Bible before him. The goal is to help the reader obey the exhortation of the Apostle Paul in II Timothy 2:15: “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.”
Each chapter deals with a specific aspect of the gospel of Jesus Christ. The student will complete each chapter by answering the questions and following the instructions according to the Scriptures given. The student is encouraged to meditate upon each text and write his or her thoughts. The benefit gained from this study will depend upon the student’s investment.
A Workbook that allows Scripture to speak directly for itself
Discovering the Glorious Gospel is primarily a biblical study and does not contain colorful illustrations or quaint stories. Rather, in author Paul Washer’s typical style, he has provided a work that simply points the way to the Scriptures and allows the Word of God to speak for itself.
This workbook may be used by an individual, in a small group, for a Sunday school class, or in other contexts. It is highly recommended that the student complete each chapter on his or her own before meeting for discussion and questions with the group or discipleship leader.
The New American Standard Bible is required to complete this study. This version of Scripture was chosen for the following reasons: (1) the unwavering conviction of its translators that the Bible is the infallible Word of God; and (2) its faithfulness to the original languages.
About the Author
Paul David Washer (born 1961) is the founder, director and missions coordinator of HeartCry Missionary Society, which supports indigenous missionary work. He served for 14 years as a missionary in Peru which led to the planting of many churches. Washer’s sermons have a challenging focus on the doctrines of grace and the real grounds of assurance of salvation. He is frequently critical of modern church practices such as the sinner’s prayer, and a focus on numerical church growth rather than bearing real fruit that glorifies God.
The Contents include 34 chapters covering:
- The Divine Dilemma and the Gospel
- God’s Motive for Saving Man
- The Son’s Motive for Coming to Save
- The Son of God in Glory
- Christ Becoming a Man
- His Perfect Life
- Bearing Our Sin and Curse
- Suffering the Wrath of God for us
- Christ our Propitiation; Redemption; Liberation; Reconciliation; Sacrifice; Lamb; Scapegoat
- Christ’s Burial and Resurrection
- The Foundation of our Faith in the Resurrection
- Evidence for the Resurrection
- The Nature of Christ’s Resurrection
- The Significance and Essentiality of His Resurrection
- The Son Ascended
- Our Exalted Savior, Mediator, and Advocate
- Christ the King, Lord, and Judge
- The Certainty of Judgment