Tuesday, January 18, 2011

What Do We Celebrate?

For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures (1 Cor 15:3)

Good diagnostic questions from Trevin Wax, "What You Celebrate as a Church Is Just as Important as What You Believe":
Pastors and church leaders, it’s important that we believe the gospel; it’s also important that we celebrate this gospel in a way that makes clear it is “of first importance.”

What do we celebrate as a church?

Do we ever lift up our church’s expression as “what church should be” in a way that unites our congregation around a style rather than the gospel?

Do our discipleship efforts lead to missional living or look-alike converts who will have a difficult time serving in another context in the future?
I do pray that Christ and His Gospel is the increasingly dominant flavor of the church's culture.

1 comment:

  1. "They celebrate their uniqueness—not the gospel uniqueness that shines light in a dark world, but a worldly uniqueness that would have us base our identity in stylistic distinctions between brothers and sisters."

    Great post. This is such a danger in the church today -- promoting our "brand identity" is more palatable than the gospel.