Gospel Above All
(for individual viewing on your personal computer) featuring J.D. Greear and others. All 8 of these video sessions are available to purchase as individual, downloadable sessions. In this 8-session Bible study J.D. talks with notable contributors including Jenn Wilkin, David Platt, Greg Laurie, Rosaria Butterfield, Vance Pittman, Albert Mohler, and Kevin Smith about what it means to make the gospel above all in our lives and in our churches.
These video sessions are most effective when used with
Gospel Above All Bible study book. Download any one or more of these sessions for personal use or for times you can’t be at the group Bible study sessions.
Session 1: Gospel Above All [17:49]
In this session, J.D. Greear looks at what it means for the gospel to be above all. We need to reinforce our identity as a gospel people, putting the gospel above all. The solution to the church’s problems is not a new strategy or an updated message, but a return to keeping the gospel above all. We do not find our unity in worship styles or in views on eschatology or in political positions. We find our unity in the gospel. Whatever preferences we have must be secondary to this unifying standard.
Session 2: Gospel Change [22:11]
In this session J.D. sits down with Jen Wilkin to talk about what happens when the gospel takes hold of our lives. If we aren’t careful, Christianity can become a list of things to do and not to do. The results of this will inevitably be spiritual frustration and weariness. Learning to dwell on the gospel changes all of that. Focusing on the gospel produces what religion cannot: a heart that
desires God. The gospel isn’t just the way we begin in Christ; it’s also the way we grow in Christ. Rooting our identity in the gospel produces freedom, joy, radical sacrifice, and audacious faith.
Session 3: Gospel Mission [23:53]
In this session, J.D. Greear talks with David Platt about being a multiplying Christian. God uses ordinary people to carry out his mission of multiplying disciples. Stephen wasn’t an apostle; he was a regular guy with passion acting in the obedience that naturally pours from a transformed heart. The Great Commission is not suggestion but a command from our Lord and Savior. To be a follower of Jesus is to be a disciple who is multiplying the gospel. We have no greater mission.
Session 4: Gospel Evangelism [26:14]
In this session, we will see that evangelism should be the primary focus of our lives and churches. Why are our churches not baptizing people or seeing people from to faith in Jesus Christ? We have lost evangelism as the central concern of our lives. Here we will examine evangelism both as a way of life and also through the lens of using our homes as a starting point for great commission ministry. For this session, J.D. Greear sits down with Greg Laurie and Rosaria Butterfield.
Session 5: Gospel Grace [23:46]
In this session J.D. Greear talks with Vance Pittman and Rosaria Butterfield about how to embody grace. Antagonism toward Christianity is growing in our society, but this is no time to despair. The early church didn’t grow exponentially because the government was behind them but because they trusted the Spirit and proclaimed the gospel boldly. They took the commission that Jesus had given them—to love their neighbors and take the gospel to them—and they turned the world upside-down. We must aim for the same paradox Jesus embodied in his ministry, “full of grace and truth” (John 1:17).
Session 6: Gospel Community [26:21]
In this session J.D. Greear talks withh Walter Strickland and Vance Pittman about how the gospel calls us to embrace kingdom diversity. Our mission is not to reach only one kind of person, but all in our communities, which means we need to find its unity not in some cultural conformity but in the gospel that supersedes all cultures! One of the marks that God is at work in a group is the diversity of background, age, ethnicity, socioeconomic status and everything else. A gospel community is one that is willing to be uncomfortable and forsake preferences for the sake of winning souls.
Session 7: Gospel Unity [20:47]
In this session J.D. Greear talks with Albert Mohler and Kevin Smith about Christian political involvement. The cultural and political landscape changes at breakneck pace. Yet in his earthly ministry, Jesus was careful not to become involved in matters that did not directly pertain to his work and ministry. Getting involved in every political concern keeps us from giving our primary focus to the work of the gospel. There is room in the church for people with different beliefs. Jesus had room in His inner circle for both a tax collector and a zealot. Above all, everything we do ought to be run through the filter of how well it helps us advance the Great Commission.
Session 8: Gospel Victory [11:26]
In Romans Paul said he was not ashamed of the gospel because it is “the power of God unto salvation,” that in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith. The gospel is our banner and our rallying point. The most pressing need we have as Christians is to place the gospel above all. In this closing session J.D. Greear shows that if we faithfully confess the gospel, we will be unstoppable.