January 15th, 2018
John Chandler continues our new Mission & Methods series with a teaching on our first method: We learn practices of Jesus so that we can know, love and follow him.
Quotes & Resources Mentioned:
- Peter was overwhelmed by the “otherness” of Jesus. Holiness is, fundamentally, otherness or separateness from the ordinary realm of human existence in which we believe we know what we are doing and what is going on. It is the idea of “something else,” in current terminology. Peter was saying, “Lord you are something else altogether from me! How can you stand to be around me?” This “something else” presented in Jesus and his gospel makes it starkly clear that we are something dreadfully less. It is the burning sense of this that both breaks our pride and confidence and makes us long to be a disciple. — Dallas Willard
- Willingness to leave “everything” behind—one’s family, possessions, status, economic security, and identity itself—in order to join in Jesus’ ministry of the good news of God’s reign characterizes all of Jesus’ followers. It has implications for the nature and norms of the new community being formed around Jesus, which form the basis of the church. — Sharon Ringe
- Kristin and I have learned a great deal by practicing the spiritual disciplines of being present and self-aware. Practicing self awareness allows us to focus less on defending our hearts by slipping into coping strategies and more on living with open hearts, full of life and trust in God and others. — Ross Gebhart