After Easter Now What Does the Church Do?
Okay pastor. You have survived Easter. You took out all the stops, you rang the bell and poured on the hospitality. You even preached your heart out. Perhaps attendance was the highest it has been in a long time and it seems some of the visitors might even stick around.
What now? Where do you go from Easter and how do you keep the momentum? May I suggest you preach the gospel and let that drive the church?
Wait you say, I preach the gospel, every year at our revival service! No I mean every week, from every text, for the glory of Jesus and the good of your church.
Enter Jared Wilson's book "The Gospel-Driven Church: Uniting Church-Growth Dreams with the Metrics of Grace."
Wilson gives a practical guide to transitioning to gospel-centrality (which believe it or not is not a normal thing in the evangelical world).
Grab the book, hang with other gospel-driven pastors and get going into grace. It is what the church is meant for!
Here are some choice quotes to whet your appetite:
"Healthy, fruitful churches are made up of Christians who are searching out God’s ways and following the trails of doctrine in the Scriptures straight to the throne. "
"Real Christianity cannot be reduced to methods and ordinary human metrics. It must always for the supernatural."
"May we never mistake our busyness and bigness for the breath of God."
"The gospel refers to the good news that God sent his Son Jesus to live a sinless life, die a substitutionary death, and rise from the dead so that sinners who repent and trust in Jesus will be forgiven and have eternal life."
"A gospel-centered church is one that explicitly and intentionally connects its teaching, programs, ministry philosophy, and mission to the content of the gospel."
"The gospel will hold and sustain your church in a way all the relevant programming, applicational teaching, and worship experiences never will."
"Gospel-driven preaching is preaching that proclaims and exults in the revealing of God’s glory in Christ."
"The power of salvation and the sanctification that follows comes only from the gospel, not the law. In other words, the power for to-dos comes not from to-dos, but from the “was-done” of Jesus Christ."
"The gospel is not fully preached until people have been called to respond. The call can sometimes look like practical application points, but more generally it looks like prophetic pleading that urges hearers to turn from their way and embrace the way of Jesus. "
"A church centered on the gospel of Jesus Christ will be turned inside out because the gospel rightly grasped compels a church to join God’s mission in the world. "
"Over time, the gospel preached, applied, and empowered by the Spirit will coalesce a church around Christ, and from this gospel focus, people can be galvanized to move outward in mission."
"If you want a gospel-driven ministry, you must resign your will to the supremacy of the glory of Christ and trade your personal ambitions for the beauty of Christ’s bride."