Previously on Mercy Swimiming I have mentioned a new course being put together by the Bethlehem Institute entitled Abortion Is About God: Reframing a Moral Issue. Below you will find the most recent publicity for the course that seeks to sound the trumpet for the unborn!
“In this urgent moment, it is our conviction at The Bethlehem Institute that the church needs to be reminded that abortion is primarily and ultimately an injustice against God.
As John Piper has said,
Abortion is about God, the Creator of the universe, the Giver and Sustainer of all life, the Judge of the living and the dead, the Father of our Lord, Jesus Christ, and the Redeemer and Forgiver of all who trust him. Abortion is about God.
To leave God out of the picture of abortion is to trivialize it. All things are trivial without God. God is the ultimate reality over the universe. All other reality is derivative and dependent and has no ultimate meaning at all without reference to God the ultimate reality. In him we live and move and have our being. If we leave him out of account, we know nothing of any lasting significance about ourselves or the world. (From the sermon, “Where Does Child Killing Come From?” available at http://www.desiringgod.org)
To that end, we have designed a unique six-week Sunday School curriculum advancing the truth that the deepest evil of abortion is that it defies God’s supremacy over life in the womb. Entitled Abortion Is About God: Reframing a Moral Issue, the course will aim to provide a biblical and theological foundation for the pro-life cause. Moreover, the course will aim to bring a God-centered perspective to bear on this contested issue.
In addition to asserting that abortion is fundamentally an offense to the glory of the Creator, the curriculum will celebrate the sovereignty of God over all of life, will lift up the good gifts of children and parenthood, and will proclaim the mercy freely offered to all through the gospel. Students will gain a deeper understanding of this issue by closely examining key biblical passages, answering provocative questions, and considering sermons and writings from the ministry of John Piper. It is our prayer that this course would be used by God to awaken the church afresh to the horror of abortion as a belittling of the glory of God and an assault on those made in His image.”
Abortion Is About God: Reframing a Moral Issue: Annotated Table of Contents
Lesson 1 – Abortion in the Modern Secular World
As an introduction to the course, this lesson will present a brief overview and history of abortion in
the modern world with a focus on abortion in the United States. The lesson will also introduce the
thesis for the course: in order to understand the issue of abortion fully and in biblical perspective,
we must recognize how the issue relates to God and his glory.
Lesson 2 – The Supremacy of God and the Right to Life
This lesson will assert that God alone, as the Creator of all things, has the right to give and take
life and to decide what’s right and wrong. Abortion, therefore, is an infringement upon God’s rights
and an offense to his glory. Students will study John Piper’s sermon, “Abortion and the Tree of the
Knowledge of Good and Evil,” as a part of this lesson.
Lesson 3 – God’s Sovereignty over Life in the Womb
This lesson will lend biblical support to the contention that the unborn are human persons by celebrating
God’s caring creation of life in the womb. The lesson will argue that God’s sovereignty extends over all
of life, even life in the womb. Students will listen to Piper’s sermon, “God at Work in Every Womb.”
Lesson 4 – Abortion, Murder, and the Image of God
This lesson will contend that it is theologically appropriate to label abortion as murder. Therefore
abortion, as the disregard and destruction of one who is made in the image of God, is an assault upon
God himself. Piper’s sermon, “What Is Man?” will be considered in this lesson.
Lesson 5 – Sin Gives Birth to Abortion
This lesson will expose the many sinful desires from which abortion springs and will suggest that the
root cause of abortion is a failure to be satisfied in God. Students will interact with Piper’s sermon,
“Where Does Child Killing Come From?”
Lesson 6 – Imitating God in the Pro-Life Cause
As the conclusion to the course, this lesson will outline some ways in which Christians can imitate and
glorify God in the pro-life cause. The lesson will argue that Christians have a responsibility to do what
they can to speak the truth, protect the weak and wounded, and proclaim God’s healing in the gospel.
The last Piper sermon that students will listen to is “Visiting Orphans in a World of aids and Abortion.”