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Sunday, September 26, 2010

The cost of discipleshi

“The essence of discipleship… is to know Jesus at a level of intimacy that can only be sustained by his constant presence in our lives.” (21)
“Did Jesus die so we could follow a doctrine? Did he suffer a cruel and bloody crucifixion to give us a code of conduct?” (25)
“Jesus doesn’t want you to be a good person” (35).
“A non-choice means we still haven’t submitted to Jesus; that is, non-obedience is just another form of disobedience to Jesus” (53).
“The cost of discipleship, then, is this: The way we become like Jesus is through suffering and rejection” (61)
“Any relationship you have that jeopardizes your relationship with Jesus must be sacrificed” (68).
“The truth is, it takes a greater strength, one [reinforced] with obedient trust, to believe God will protect our rights than it does for us to make demands about our rights. But this is the shift to kingdom thinking Jesus requires: it takes more strength to conquer in love than it does to use force or violence” (81).
“By consistently and systematically telling people the goal is to be good rather than obedient, we have created a Christianity without Christ” (90).
“My unwillingness to reconcile with my brother is really my insistence on remaining independent from Jesus” (109).
“The cost of discipleship is that we must put an end to our spiritual pride. We must ruthlessly abandon any attempts to be good or appear good on our own” (143).
“Our security comes from God. Hoarding is idolatry” (165).
“If we do work for Jesus that he never asked us to do, it will be empty of the promises he provides for provision and success. We can do work for Jesus and still be faithless” (201).
“Fear is based on the false belief that terrible things will happen if we make a mistake. It is a fear that God is not big enough to handle the things in life that are bigger than us” (215).

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