Gospelthread is a digital media platform for distributing a gospel-centered bible commentary that is concise, curated and crowdsourced.
The gospel-centered movement has been growing within the evangelical church for the last ten years. God is calling us away from self-righteousness and toward centering all of our lives on the gospel of grace—a process that begins with encountering Jesus at the moment of salvation and grows by encountering Jesus in the Bible.
Trying to get to God without Jesus is the agenda of every other religion in the world. And while that problem may sound like the furthest thing from the purpose of a Bible commentary, it hits closer to home than you may think.
No, we’re not writing something that we hope will cure your insomnia. We know there are piles of sledgehammer-heavy commentaries already out there, but history has not yet produced a particular kind of commentary, one that is strictly gospel-centered.
So I’m here to clarify what we mean by gospel-centered, which is this:
We believe that all theology must be an exposition of the gospel message1.
Today, by far the first and most common question people ask about the bible is, “How does this apply to my life”? Our “selfie” culture makes it normal to insert yourself as “the star of the show.” But if this is how you approach the bible, the noise of “what you lack and what you should be doing” will drown out anything else you might have heard. Starting with this question might be labeled “self-centered.”
Some of the best questions to ask when reading the bible are things like “What does the text actually say?” and “What did this mean to the original listeners?” and “What are the important points of context for the passage?”
The bible tells the story of our redemption that culminates in Jesus’ cross and resurrection. This means the entire bible is all about Jesus and the gospel. So the best question to ask when reading your bible is, “How does this passage reflect the truth and meaning of the gospel?” Making this the main question of our bible reading is what we mean by gospel-centered.
Have you ever noticed someone standing in front of a stunning mountain range only to be absorbed with taking pictures of themselves on a phone? Gospel-centrality means putting away your selfie stick when it comes to reading God’s Word.
Reading the bible as an encyclopedia of truths about God is simply another way of trying to get to God without Jesus.
“Oh!” you say… “so the bible is not about me?” You got it.
The last third of the bible is pretty explicitly all about Jesus. And even then, the meaning and implications of the the gospel of grace can be lost in the shadows of brute force commands or hidden underneath the more cryptic parts of Jesus’ teachings.
Now, at this point you might ask, “What about the passages that do not appear to be about Jesus?” Great question. They are still about Jesus.
This is often in dazzling ways that require some meditation, (and sometimes pounding) to shake the gospel loose. But a beautiful picture of God’s grace is always there. Jesus is the Word of God, and every passage is about him.
1 Tim Keller, “Preaching the Gospel,” Reform & Resurge Conference 2006.