At Harbor Church we have been walking through chapter 15 of the Gospel of John the past few weeks and looking at what it means to have an abiding relationship with Jesus Christ. Last week, I read through Jonathan Dodson’s book on discipleship and thought there was some great insight into where our abiding relationships can go sideways. The first and last part of the book were so-so but the middle section is a gold mine.
In the middle section Jonathan talks about the ways we distort discipleship by trying to mature on our own away from Christ instead of resting in him and growing in a deeper understanding of his life, death, and resurrection – the heart of the Gospel message.
This book helped me take a look at my own discipleship and allowed me to see some areas that I can get off track in my relationship with Jesus and how to course correct and come back to a relationship of abiding love and grace instead of one where I attempt to prove my love and gratitude toward him.
If you feel stuck in a rut in your maturation and sanctification I would encourage you to check out this short and easy read for yourself.
I have been reading this book, “Notes from the Tilt-A-Whirl” by N.D. Wilson over the weekend and am really enjoying it. Nate Wilson, the son of Douglas Wilson who is himself a noted, Evangelical theologian, pastor, and author, writes this book to encourage Christians of the grandiosity yet closeness of God while leading those who would lean more agnostic or atheist toward an apologetic of the same. For me, this book had a similar effect as Tim Keller’s, “A Reason for God”, which I also highly recommend. While Keller’s writing is more of a systematic approach, Wilson writes more like an artist in the vein of Pollack spraying the canvas of this book with the paint of Biblical truths to reveal a clear and articulate work that will leave you encouraged by the activity of our Creator God all around us and hopefully giving you a desire to know more about the life of Jesus. If you are not a big reader, N.D. Wilson also has a DVD that leads you along an abbreviated version of the book, which I also own and recommend.
Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe.
A higher rate of urgency does not imply ever-present panic, anxiety, or fear. It means a state in which complacency is virtually absent.