Discipleship is, in essence, simply following Jesus. It means forsaking all, despite difficulties, suffering and even death, primarily death to self. Discipleship is in danger of getting lost in trendy terminologies and packaged programmes.
Some thoughts on my doctoral studies including one or two interesting (controversial?) conclusions and a few personal revelations.
Rather than saying God is a missionary God and therefore we should do mission, we might be better saying that God is holy and that we should be holy. This doesn't mean that we don't do mission - but it shapes the way we go about it.
We translate the Bible because God is who he is.
When a church really grasps that God has one mission which encompasses the whole world (including your home city) and gets excited about that mission, then both "home mission" and "world mission" will thrive.
This post raises the important question of what should drive us in our mission; what we find to be practical, or what we believe about God and the way he is at work?
Some brief remarks on the books I have read this month.
It's no longer cheap on Kindle, but this is a book that is well worth getting hold of!
missio Dei: not only am I right, but God agrees with me (eg, an approach based on the missio Dei means…). This is the equivalent of playing the ‘God card’ in discussions about guidance. “God told me to do it” actually means, “I don’t need to listen to your advice”.
My observation is that mission theologians and academics speak a different language and have different concerns to mission practitioners.