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‘And this is why the Jews were persecuting Jesus, because he was doing these things on the Sabbath.’ (John 5:16)

What do I do in the name of Christianity that inflicts damage on Christ and his body, the Church?

Jesus exposes the parts of life that I call Christianity that are nothing more than self-empowered, self-righteous husks – and he does it by working in places, people and ways that I simply don’t like and would never approve.


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‘Discipleship clearly demands that we integrate an element of constant change and a substantial amount of risk into our lives. Following Jesus is never safe when it comes to our tamed, middle-class sensibilities.’

Alan Hirsch in Untamed: Reactivating a Missional Form of Discipleship.

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Yesterday on the Twitter, I joked that Ash Wednesday and the Lenten season have seemingly overnight been transformed from something weird and liturgical into the world of cool and hip, verging towards trendy.

I’m thankful for friends like Elliot Grudem, another PCA/Acts 29 pastor, who wrote this helpful post on the Resurgence blog, answering the question ‘Why Bother With Lent?’

I’d encourage you to check this out, whether you’re taking part in Lent or not.

Here’s the conclusion:

Again, the Lenten season and its encouragement to take an extended time to focus on the death
and resurrection of Christ provides us with an opportunity to honor God as we prepare for Easter

Another way to consider the value of recognizing Lent is to consider the ways you currently
prepare for Easter Sunday.

  • New clothes for the kids?
  • A flower for mom?
  • A roast for the oven?
  • Candy for baskets?

Now, consider if there might be a better and more beneficial way to think about the life, death,
and resurrection of Jesus.

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“And they devoted themselves . . . .”  Acts 2:42

When the early believers converted to Christ, it never occurred to them to fit him into the margins of their busy lives.  They redefined themselves around a new, immovable center.  He was not an optional weekend activity, along with the kids’ soccer practices.  They put him and his church and his cause first in their hearts, first in their schedules, first in their budgets, first in their reputations, first in their very lives.  They devoted themselves.

Unmistakable evidence that the Holy Spirit was being poured out.

They devoted themselves is a post from: Ray Ortlund

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Jeff Vanderstelt at this year’s Verge conference:

“At Soma we act upon the assumption that every saint is a full-time paid staff member to do the work of ministry. It doesn’t matter whether the check we receive has our church’s name in the upper left hand corner, or Microsoft, Boeing, etc. Wherever the check comes from, it is God’s channel of bringing his resources into your life to enable you to do your full time ministry as God’s sent one.

A critical question we must ask is, ‘Have we structured so that everybody becomes a ‘carrier’ of Jesus and see all of life as the ministry they are called to?’ The most effective carrier of discipleship is not an event. It is doing life together.

No one gets equipped in meetings. We may get informed, motivated, etc., but equipping requires us to be doing, not just hearing. We must live life together in community or we cannot equip each other. How do we know if a man is faithful? (2 Tim. 2:2) We know that only if we are doing life together.

We do not put on a lot of events that extract people from life…instead we equip for life with one another. Unless we call people to focus on mission, they will ultimately become internalized and segregated from the world. We must reorient our whole lives around reaching out to people. Do whatever it takes to be a missionary to a particular people group.

When we started Soma, it was not about a big launch service. We launched people and commissioned them to start their own groups. Each leader has an apprentice. Those who lead small flocks well are those who become entrusted elders of the congregation.”

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My dad used to say to me, when I was a kid, “Listen, son.  Half-hearted Christians are the most miserable people of all.  They know enough to feel guilty, but they haven’t gone far enough with Christ to be happy.  Be wholehearted for him!”

I used to roll my eyes when you said that.  I don’t any more.

Wholehearted is a post from: Ray Ortlund

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From The Resurgence:

In Matthew 28, Jesus told his disciples to make disciples of all nations, and his methods of teaching gave them incredibly powerful tools to execute the vision. This series of reflections based on the book of John shows that Jesus is the model for our own discipling and we should look to him, learn from him, and seek to be like him in our ministry.

Posts in this series:

  1. Hospitality
  2. Mission
  3. Emotion
  4. Monologue & Dialogue
  5. Stupid Questions
  6. The Heart
  7. Testing
  8. Object Lessons
  9. Discomfort
  10. Sending & Praying
  11. Pointing to the Father
  12. Pointing to the Spirit
  13. Dying
  14. Jesus Equips
  15. Jesus’ Teaching Methods

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