Someone has suggested that a good text for an Easter sermon can be found in a phrase out of Acts 12:4: “Intending After Easter…” Everybody goes to church on Easter Sunday but most of them do not intend to keep it up. It is not a religious show on a big day but faithfulness to God every day that counts. Putting in an appearance on a special occasion and then being conspicuous for absence on most occasions is the bane of our church life today. Isaiah thundered against the hollow and meaningless observance of new moons and Sabbaths and ‘the solemn meeting.” Christmas and Easter Christians, the holly-and-lilies crowd, make poor soldiers of the cross and followers of the Lamb. The real test of our piety is what we intend to do “after Easter.”
DOCTRINE, DYNAMIC, DISCIPLINE
Take heed unto thyself, and unto the doctrine.
I Timothy 4:16
Stir up the gift of God which is in thee.
II Timothy 1:6
Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.
II Timothy 2:3
Doctrine, Dynamic, Discipline – Paul would have young Timothy qualified in all three. For lack of any or all, our Timothys do not fare so well today. Some know not what they believe or else turn from truth to fable. Some lack fire from heaven, vainly “compassing themselves about with sparks.” And real discipleship has given way to a modern version without a cross.
How the church suffers for lack of all three! How many members can give a reason for their hope? How much of our religious activity is the work of the Spirit? And while we have professed believers aplenty, how many disciples do we have?
We need a fresh course in the Three D’s!