If you want to embrace the redemption, you must first embrace the fact that you are broken.
If every word in Scripture is inspired, then it necessarily follows that the sequence of those words… are likewise inspired….
When Luke reflects back on his Gospel, his opening summary statement in Acts 1:1 begins by referencing all that Jesus “began to do and teach.” He did not [say] “teach and do.” Luke’s sequencing gives us an often overlooked insight into the genius of Jesus’ manner of making disciples: If you want to effectively and efficiently change a person’s paradigms – their ways of looking at and understanding things – give priority to creating experiences that foster behavioral change. By doing that, attitudinal change will follow.
Conversely, it may not be wise to rest the bulk of disciplemaking… on a lot of front-end teaching…. In general, people [in our culture] have been adequately taught. It’s the experiential reality they are missing.
As Luke records… Jesus put his initial focus on fostering Behavioral change in the Twelve, knowing that Attitudinal change would follow later. In the beginning, Jesus chose not to preach intensively on “love thy neighbor.” Rather, He had them come along with Him as He lived out loving and rescuing people…. In the process of exposing the Twelve to these unwanted and unsettling encounters, Jesus also started to redefine for them who their neighbor is and what it means to be neighborly. It was not so much a classroom experience as it was an onsite internship in the reality of the human condition and how the Kingdom of God transforms it.
This is an excerpt from Chapter 5 of Making Disciples Jesus’ Way by Doug Greenwold.
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A hypocritical Christian is the biggest threat to Christianity, a person who calls themself a Christian yet doesn’t act like Christ. …Atheists aren’t the biggest threat to Jesus’ reputation, Christians are. May we start acting like Christ and wait for the world to call us Christians, rather than calling ourselves Christians but acting nothing like Christ.
God is always good.
Man is not.
Don’t get the two confused.
Simple to say. Not so simple to understand. But still true.
A sure route to frustration and disappointment is this: expecting people to love us like God does (never failing, full of mercy), and expecting God to treat us like people do (getting mad and/or giving up on us when we do stupid stuff or make mistakes).
When you let God be God, then you can let people be people.
I don’t know who said that originally. (Do you?) There’s a lot of wisdom in it. Our pastor, Steve Weldon, has a more colloquial way of saying sort of the same thing:
If it ain’t Jesus, sooner or later it’s gonna let you down.
True dat. True.
Look for the small open doors right in front of you…. If God is calling you to do something, He’ll have a door open in front of you. But it might be a small door. Look for the small door and walk through it.
Actually, dance through it with great joy because He will always do great things with people willing to be faithful in the small.
Most overnight success stories are years in the making. Value the daily discipline of small steps, hard work, honing your craft, and putting in time learning and developing. Take classes. Be mentored. Push through those moments you want to slack off. And do it over and over — year after year.