Thursday, June 20, 2013

The Divinely Commissioned Orchestra

"The gospel isn’t meant for just me in my room. The beautiful music that comes from God’s people gathered in worship and united in service isn’t meant to be performed by one person in one place. The declaration that Jesus is Lord sounds most glorious when it is proclaimed through his church. When we tailor the gospel only for individuals and make the message solely about a private religious experience, we wind up with a “cassette-tape gospel” that captures a sliver of the message but cannot do justice to the glorious melody of Christ’s lordship playing all throughout creation. It is true that the church is made up of individuals who believe that Jesus is Lord. But together we form the called-out community of faith: the church—an orchestra divinely commissioned to play the music that proclaims salvation in Jesus Christ alone. "

            -Trevin Wax, Holy Subversion: Allegiance to Christ in an Age of Rivals