Gospel Wakefulness

June 1, 2012 by J. D. Greear

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The following are notes from a great new book I read recently called Gospel Wakefulness by Jared Wilson. I’ve never personally met Jared, but this book makes me want to!

Nobody flocks to a dimly lit city. (16)

People who know the gospel’s power will share it powerfully. (16)

But there is something fundamentally amiss in the philosophy that posits the church’s worship service as in competition with Disney World or Hollywood movies or, in some cases, the circus…it’s not that we should be entertaining people, it is what we are entertaining them with. (16)

Even angels long to gaze into the gospel (1 Pet. 1:12); this is because it is eternally interesting! (17)

Lady Gaga must reinvent herself constantly. Our ever-fascinating Christ has no shadow of turning. (18)

God works in and through our ‘bruising’ to bring us closer to him, to make us more dependent on him, and to ‘enlarge our heart.’ That is a good phrase for gospel wakefulness. (26)

The way God resurrects dead hearts is by gospel-bearing speech. (36)

At the cross of salvation is the intersection of wrath and love, of death and life, so gospel wakefulness comes at the intersection of personal brokenness and the gospel. (39)

We won’t know what it really means for the joy of the Lord to be our strength until we’ve had intravenous idolatry yanked out and all other crutches kicked away. For many of us, Jesus won’t be our absolute treasure until we are out of options. (39)

God razes us before he raises us. (41)

John Stott puts it this way: “We can cry ‘Hallelujah’ with authenticity only after we have cried ‘Woe is me, for I am lost.’” (41)

We can acknowledge sincerely and intellectually, “I am a sinner, and so I need Jesus’s forgiveness,” or we can cry out, from the depth of our desperate bones, “Lord, have mercy on me, a sinner!” (42)

The blessing the poor in spirit receive is nothing less than the kingdom of heaven, with all the abundant life and eternal riches it holds. (43)

Once the tears of brokenness have cleared our eyes to behold the beatific vision of the gospel of God’s grace, we are ready to see the soul-stirring inheritance that is ours in Christ. (43)

The promise of life is the comfort in the affliction, not just after. (45)

God is not an antidote to the rogue element of pain. (45)

The punishment of consequences are cross-shaped reminders not of spiritual burdens we still must carry but of the weight of the burden Christ has carried for us. (47)

But those who understand the gospel know that lasting consequences do not exist to make us feel unforgiven but to remind us just how much we’ve been forgiven of. (47)

 

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