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Hey guys! I am honored that you would take the time to read this blog. I hope that what I have to share will be worth your time. You may ask yourself, "What's up with the title of this blog?" The title Siloam's Pool comes from John 9:7. There was a man who came to Jesus who was born blind. As Jesus and the disciples passed by the man, Jesus used this man's condition to teach an important spiritual lesson to his followers. Jesus affirmed that the man had been born blind in order that God might be honored through this man's life. Then Jesus said in a dramatic statement, "We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming, when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world." (John 9:4-5). He then told the man to go and wash in the Pool of Siloam. The name "Siloam" means "sent." The man went and washed and came back seeing. It is my hope that through this blog, that perhaps someone might see as a result of the truth that is shared here. I will do my best to honor your time. God bless!

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Why I Love the Gospel Project
May 8, 2013

As a pastor, I am constantly on the lookout for great discipleship material. Sometimes you find a study that is so wonderful, it transforms a church. The Gospel Project is one such program! Since we've started using The Gospel Project at Bethlehem Baptist Church, I have seen a transformation in what my children have learned from the Bible. My family is very regular with family devotions, so my kids already had a basis in the major stories that you find in any children's Bible. However, the ability to place the stories together into one grand narrative of what God was doing and why He chose to do something was lacking in the lessons they were learning. This is the problem that most people face who are used to learning Bible stories in Sunday School or church. We learn what the lessons mean, but we don't learn how they fit together. The end result is a cool collection of bedtime stories with a spiritual twist. Enter the Gospel Project!

We began using the Gospel Project in October of 2012. We missed the first lessons on creation and the fall of man, but began using the lessons starting with Abraham and God's covenant with him to make a nation out of him and eventually bring about salvation to the world through Jesus Christ. My kids could not tell you what a covenant was before. Now they can! The level of biblical knowledge that my kids have learned under ordinary Bible teachers in our church has been amazing! I must admit that I have not followed up on the lessons with them as I should. We still have a separate devotion that we use with the kids at home, though the Gospel Project comes with take home devotions that you can use with your family. These devotions will help teach you how to lead a family devotion with your kids as you get used to the format of the lessons. In fact, you will even find yourself becoming the student. I can honestly say that my children can probably tell you as much about the Bible, if not more, than many of our adults (no offense intended)!

The other day, we were driving in the car and I needed a lesson on why it is wrong to steal. Now, normally I might use the 10 Commandments or something from the New Testament. However, I knew that about 3 weeks ago my children were learning about Achan and his sin. How many of you can tell me who Achan is in the Bible? How many of you know what he did (no cheating!)? My 5 year old daughter began to rattle off to me how he stole jewels and hid them in his tent. She told me about how the people stoned him for sinning against God. We had a great lesson on why it is wrong to disobey God and steal (by the way, she didn't commit the theft). Prior to the Gospel Project, my child would not have been able to tell you any of this.

If your church is looking for a tool to help transform the next generation of leaders and solve the problem of biblical illiteracy in the church, look no further than the Gospel Project. If your church does not want to commit to teaching the Gospel Project, start a small group in the church and use the material to teach the group. If you want to grow the church, lead a group of kids through the Gospel Project. You will see amazing results! It has great music and rich biblical content. If you can't do any of the above, you owe it to yourself and your family to at least teach your children the Gospel Project at home. If you begin using the Gospel Project, you may even have to have a height restriction, because you will find the adults will enjoy it as much as the kids! Never fear, there's even a study for them!

God Bless!

Matt Haywood
Pastor, Bethlehem Baptist Church


On Wednesday, May 8, 2013, Jeffrey Reed said
Thanks for posting this Matt. I'd like to share some of this with my staff. It is very encouraging. May God continue to work in the heart of this pastor/dad! -Jeffrey Reed Director of LifeWay Kids


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