wow this book blows my mind!!!
Christ followers in American churches have embraced values and ideas that are not only unbiblical but that actually contradict the gospel we claim to believe.
this makes me speechless. this is why so many look into christianity and say “hypocrites” or that it is shallow…. because we ARE shallow. (no, not EVERY christian but we are talking about the majority here and yes, i am moving into a minority state)
…If Jesus is who he said he is, and if his promises are as rewarding as the Bible claims they are, then we may discover that satisfaction in our lives and success in the church are not found in what our culture deems most important but in RADICAL ABANDONMENT TO JESUS.
what a huge moment for me as i’m reading this… my entire body screams there is something VERY wrong with the church today… what is it? THIS, this is what is wrong… all other problems will be addressed if this one core issue is addressed.
my next conviction is simply put: do i believe that Jesus is worthy of my death or my imprisonment? this is a real issue. we can distance ourselves, but then we are lying to ourselves… the only place this isn’t a big deal is in the united states where we have dumbed down the gospel and made it comfortable. morphed it into what makes US feel good (i’m including myself here! i am so guilty!!!)
…somewhere along the way we had missed what is radical about our faith and replaced it with what is comfortable. We are settling for a Christianity that revolves around catering to ourselves when the central message of Christianity is actually about abandoning ourselves.
a relationship with Jesus requires total, superior, and exclusive devotion.
he must truly be the LORD of our lives….
now the application…
step one: read the bible in 90 days! it’s not too late to join! (see more info on the left)
The Kingdom of Heaven is like a treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.
this simply blows my mind. it takes what i did not question about my thinking and causes me to question… i hope it does you too!
…in the American dream. Where self reigns as king (or queen), we have a dangerous tendency to misunderstand, minimize, and even manipulate the gospel in order to accommodate our assumptions and our desires. As a result, we desperately need to explore how much of our understanding of the gospel is American and how much is biblical. And in the process we need to examine whether we have misconstrued a proper response to the gospel and maybe even missed the primary reward of the gospel, which is God himself.
What causes followers of Christ around the world literally to risk their lives in order to know it?
this i am about to find out for myself from the Bible itself! i’m scared half to death but i KNOW nothing in this life is as important as this!