The Pen

Celebrating Easter Every Sunday

Are you a member of a seeker sensitive church? Chances are, if you are a supporter of this ministry, the answer is “no.” Like us, you likely reject structuring your church services around appealing to lost people. You know, as we do, that a given Lord’s Day worship service is the gathering together of Christ’s people (His church) for the purpose of worshiping and celebrating Him. That is what “church” is and it can be nothing else.

Is Easter Sunday any different?

At creation, God set apart the 7th day of the week, Saturday, as the Sabbath. Yet, the early church (mostly consisting of faithful Jews) began gathering together for corporate worship on the 1st day of the week, Sunday, having set it apart as “the Lord’s Day.” Sunday was set apart as such because the Lord Jesus Christ defeated sin and death, leaving his borrowed tomb empty, on a Sunday morning. That was the first Easter. Since then, the church has set apart every Sunday as a celebration of the resurrection.

Why then do so many churches spend the weeks preceding Easter advertising egg Hunts, extra services, and special events? Why then do so many churches place an extra emphasis on inviting friends and neighbors to Easter Sunday services? All of the sudden, when March comes around, so many churches expect their members to become network marketers. Invitation cards are printed. Bumpers stickers are plastered on cars. Mass mailings are sent to surrounding neighborhoods. Easter Sunday becomes the one Sunday when even biblical churches become seeker-sensitive.

God’s people are to be ready to proclaim the gospel in season and out. We are to be battle-ready every single day. Spring is not the only season and Easter Sunday is not the only day of battle. When churches spend so much time and effort working on generating guest attendance, they forget that every Sunday is an Easter celebration. Those Easter guests don’t see fit to gather with God’s people the other 51 weeks of the year. It’s likely that they are lost. Why structure Easter Sunday around attracting them? They don’t spend their year and its 52 Sundays celebrating and worshipping the Lord. The members of your church do so because they know that every Sunday is a celebration of the resurrection.

Don’t you forget it. Don’t let your fellow church members forget it either.

*Please note that the preceding is my personal opinion. It is not necessarily the opinion of any entity by which I am employed, any church at which I am a member, any church which I attend, or the educational institution at which I am enrolled. Any copyrighted material displayed or referenced is done under the doctrine of fair use.

Seth Dunn

Masters of Divinity in Christian Apologetics, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary Member of the Evangelical Theological Society Certified Public Accountant