WARNING PREACHY… (preaching to the choir)
In his excellent book Six Word Lessons to Discover Missional Living, Dr. DeVries wrote in the very first chapter “Follow Jesus. Help Others Follow Jesus.” He asks a question that might be offensive to some but I believe it had to be asked; “If you aren’t helping anyone to follow Jesus – are you really following Jesus?”
Um, wow, did he just ask that?
The question ignores the fact that I go church every week, that I give a 10th of all my spices (Luke 11:42), and that I have said the Sinner’s Prayer, been baptized, and cast out demons and prophesied in his name (Matthew 7:21-23); but yeah, he just asked that. And if you are like me it stings a little to hear.
DeVries' book wants all of us Christians to be intentional about the Great Commission and of making disciples for Christ. (Matthew 28:16-20) His mindset steps-up the causality of most American Christians and challenges us into action. It forces us to become active players in life as Christians instead of just servants in the service church organization. He’s not at all opposed to the church; his attitude is just that the church exists because disciples are being made rather than the “build it and they will come” attitude that is popular among many church planters.
I suggest that if you are interested in getting off the bench and participating in the Christian life as a disciple of Jesus, you should get DeVries’ book and join the game. It’s quite the adventure that our Lord calls in to.
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