Press Release Mar 7, 2017

ERLC and LifeWay set to release new religious liberty curriculum

NASHVILLE, Tenn., March 7, 2017—The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention and LifeWay Christian Resources have announced the release of a new six-week small group study on religious liberty, entitled, Religious Liberty: How the Gospel Shapes Our First Freedom.

“Our goal in producing this curriculum is to equip churches to see religious liberty as it is—grounded in the gospel,” said Russell Moore, ERLC President. “I’m grateful to partner with LifeWay and with all the talented voices in this study. In an age when religious liberty is increasingly imperiled we all need to be reminded that religious liberty isn’t a partisan political idea. It’s a fundamental part of being made in the image of God, and being created with a conscience that is answerable ultimately to Christ, not Caesar. My prayer is that this study will help believers and churches dismantle myths and misconceptions and help the body of Christ be faithful in its witness in the years ahead.”

Comprised of six sessions interviewing more than 70 scholars, pastors and leaders, the curriculum includes video content and a comprehensive study guide covering these topics:

  • Religious liberty in the culture
  • Religious liberty and the Bible
  • Religious liberty and mission
  • Religious Liberty and the common good
  • Religious Liberty and the public square
  • Common objections to religious liberty

The principal authors of the curriculum are Phillip Bethancourt, ERLC Executive Vice President, and Andrew T. Walker, ERLC Director of Policy Studies.

The curriculum is available now for purchase at