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


Unknown 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 said...

Go for it, Randy!