Jared Wilson delivered a message in a breakout at The Gospel Coalition’s 2019 National Conference titled “The Gospel-Driven Church,” sharing principles that can be found in his book by the same name. In the session, Wilson addressed the gospel-recovery movement of the last decade or so, expressing delight in the desire of churches and leaders to set aside the attractional model of church in favor of a more biblically sound one. Wilson warned, however, that even those who have bought into a gospel-driven focus must be careful that it not become simply nomenclature attached to the same old practices. He then delved into four practices of gospel-driven churches and encouraged leaders to “continually slough off the baggage of doctrinal add-ons and distractions, cutting out the ever-rising innovations, theological and otherwise. Let us keep contending, keep trusting, keep returning to the ancient marker of the cross.” PODCAST SPONSOR: This episode of The Gospel Coalition Podcast is brought to you by Operation Christmas Child. You can build a shoebox online and OCC will pack for you based on your selections. These shoeboxes are delivered into hard-to-reach areas in and effort to share the gospel. To start building, visit Samaritanspurse.org/occ.
Building a Gospel-Driven Church Is Hard
December 5, 2020 • Jared Wilson
The Christian Life Is J-Shaped
February 27, 2021 • Paul Miller
“The lower the depth of the suffering, the greater the resurrection.” Paul Miller delivered a message at Bethlehem College & Seminary’s 2020 Pastors’ Conference titled “J-Curve: Dying and Rising with Jesus in Everyday Life.” He introduces the idea of the J-Curve—a very simple idea that the letter “J” traces the path down into Jesus’s death and up into his resurrection—from Philippians 3:7–11. Miller emphasized the idea that we share in the suffering of Christ and become like him in death, making two points and asking one question in regard to that truth: It’s strange. We usually flee from suffering. Aren’t Jesus’s sufferings over?
Future Liberation From Present Pain
February 21, 2021 • Jason Cook
“Hope is borrowing the joy of tomorrow, today.” Jason Cook delivered a message at The Gospel Coalition Carolinas Regional Conference called “Groaning til Glory.” From Romans 8:18–25, Cook addressed the manner in which Christians must anchor themselves through storms and suffering, building from the thesis, “Suffering exists as a divine tool to wean us off the lower pleasures of this world and to encourage us to persevere, because we have hope.”
Why Prayer Is Necessary for Revival
February 7, 2021 • H. B. Charles Jr.
H. B. Charles delivered a message at The Gospel Coalition’s 2019 Arizona Regional Conference on “The Necessity of Prayer in Revival.” From the prayer recorded in Acts 4:23–31, Charles examined the manner through which churches experiences spiritual breakthrough and revival—when believers pray with confidence in the sovereignty of God. He detailed what moved the Jerusalem church to pray, what the church prayed, and what happened when the church prayed.