Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Discipleship

Check out this piece from Wade Hodges on Discipleship.

From Lee Camp:
Thus "church," biblically speaking, is much more than "doing church right." Being church means embodying God's intentions for the world as revealed in Christ. "Church" is not about showing the world how to be "religious," but showing the world how it is supposed to be a world that reflects the intentions of its creator.

2 comments:

phil said...

"Church" is not about showing the world how to be "religious," but showing the world how it is supposed to be a world that reflects the intentions of its creator.

Oh, the days of “Theology of the Church” with Lee Camp… one of my favorite courses.

I wonder sometimes if our Christianity becomes diluted by the mere fact that we tend to compare our Christianity to others. When we live in a culture that says its 90% “Christian” and yet our country is on the present course it is (don’t hear me as a “doomsday” prophet) I wonder how much damage we are inflicted on ourselves by comparing our Christianity to such low expectations. That’s why I love the above line, because we are not to “reflect the intentions of our creator,” not Americanized Christianity.

Justin said...

One of my favorite things about the work we did in Zambia is the example we brought (and left) of Christianity.
I was talking with one of the bible college students about how our mission helps their outreach. He told me how amazing it is for the people to be introduced to Christianity through service. The majority of the people in the village don't have a preconceived notion of what Christianity is, so their introduction is people giving them medical assistance. Service.
I felt even better about our mission after having that conversation.
If only we could guarantee such a first impression in America.