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The Next Big Thing In Christianity?

The Next Big Thing In Christianity?

The Next Big Thing In Christianity?

It’s nothing new that we live in a consumeristic, media-driven, fast-paced society that likes to have the newest, biggest, and coolest the moment it’s available. We’re always looking to obtain the next big thing, and I cannot help but wonder if we are doing this very thing in the way we view Christianity, the church and Jesus.

There is no such thing as “the next big thing” in Christianity. Why? Because Jesus is already here, and everything else is subsidiary. We tend to get so caught up in what’s next, that we forget the reality of Jesus standing right in front of us. We need to stop seeking for what’s next, and instead give our attention to He who is already here. We need more substance.

I’ve found myself extremely convicted over the last few months. In opening up this conviction, I have begun questioning a lot of what many would call important in the realm of church, ministry, and Christianity as a whole. Conferences, books, lights, branding, marketing, albums, etc. None of these things are bad, but when they become the foundation in which our faith is built upon, we’ve begun building a theology that is contrary to that of the Bible. Many are currently walking down this road.

The day I stepped into ministry I was taught the following:

1. You need to have great branding. 

2. You need to have great marketing. 

3. You need to have great music. 

4. You need to be ahead of the curve.

5. Your ministry needs to be attractional.

Notice the word “need.” And while I appreciate the leaders who took time out of their schedules to pour into me, I can’t help but realize how much I disagree with much of what I was taught in my early years of ministry. None of these things are wrong, but they aren’t a need. They cannot be what my ministry is founded upon. They cannot be what your ministry is founded upon. What matters is Jesus.

I understand the zeal to always dream of something bigger, newer, and more relevant than what is currently being done. In fact, I find myself doing this quite often in my own life. But while this attribute can be viewed as a ministerial strength, it can also be detriment to ones job of preaching and teaching the true Gospel of Jesus if not monitored. Sometimes all this fluff can get in the way of what really matters.

My Conviction

I’ve personally apologized to God for ever using his name in order to create an event, or portray “the next big thing” over the years. My soul longs to be like Christ, and I believe through the refining fire of conviction I will find this to be true.

-Jarrid Wilson

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  • James Harris November 10, 2014 at 4:01 PM

    What I am hearing from this blog Pastor Jarrid is summed up in one word, and that word is harmful to the church of today. That word being “CONVICTION“! YOU are so right about “the next big thing” kind of mentality that is being embraced by the church (as it is) in this hour. Jesus is and always will be the next big thing for the true believers of the gospel of Jesus Christ. When we, the people of God begin to think on the blessing of bigger if conviction isn’t bringing us here then we are missing the next big thing, Jesus!

  • Lois Allen November 10, 2014 at 1:45 PM

    Amen

  • Pastor Timothy Walker November 10, 2014 at 12:57 PM

    Thank you for speaking the truth that others will not. The early church met daily in the temple, and broke bread in each homes. As a result, they found favor in the eyes of the people (NOT the government or religious leadership) and God increased the church. We seem to have gotten it backwards…thank you again, Brother.

  • sue November 10, 2014 at 12:44 PM

    Thank you, Jarrid, for putting into words what has been on my heart. My spirit is in agreement with this and I feel better after reading your blog that by keeping my eye on the word and my heart in childlike obedience to God my steps will be right with Him ♡

  • Kelly Williams November 10, 2014 at 12:13 PM

    I am hopeful that the way you think and what you are teaching, Is THE NEXT BIG THING!
    I am 53, I read your blog regularly. I am awed and inspired.

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