April 22, 2012

Challenging Our Desire for Safety

Intriguing title, and this quote caught my eye:

"At some point, we stopped calling Christians disciples and started calling them believers. A disciple is one who follows and imitates Jesus...until his Word and his world reshapes hers, redefine her, change inside out how she sees and thinks and dreams and, finally lives. A believer, not so. She holds certain beliefs...but in her most honest moments she wonders why they have much such a scant difference... "

And now the kicker!- "You can't be a disciple without being a believer. But - here's the rub- you can be a believer and not a disciple... The kingdom (of God) is full of disciples, but our churches are filled with believers."

From "Your Church is Too Safe", Mark Buchanan

2 comments:

Randy Crane said...

You know, I'd never thought about the significance of that change in terms, but I think it's an excellent point. I may have to share this thought on my blog, too (if you don't mind).

Mark Taft said...

Go for it, Randy!