A good article by Trevin Wax illustrating the importance of, not only Gospel-centeredness but, Gospel Celebration. Wax asserts:
“What you celebrate as a Church is just as important as what you believe.”
I am not sure I fully agree with that statement, but I do see how what is celebrated practically shapes the church, and therefore its people and mission. And, I suspect it is also true that if we truly understand the Gospel we will celebrate it – and especially the God who authored the Gospel and the Messiah who embodies the Gospel. To celebrate anything else merely exposes our true values – in other words, our idols. To not celebrate Christ above all else reveals that we do not actually understand the Gospel.
So, practically speaking, I guess I do agree with that statement more than I first thought.
Wax goes on to suggest:
Celebrate the gospel, and cross-cultural ministry will bubble up in surprising ways. Celebrate your church’s preferential distinctions, and your congregation will become an insular group of like-minded individuals.
Wax drives his point home with two true-to-life illustrations.
To read the article click: Celebration