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A couple thoughts from Irresistable Revolution

There was a quote I remember that came out of last year’s Willow Creek Leadership Summit with Bono.  Someone said they went to see if Bono was really a Christian, but they left wondering if they were really Christians.

That’s what this book has done to me.  It makes me wonder if I’m a Christian.

I mean I trust in all the values of the faith.  I attempt and aspire to do great things for Jesus.

But it’s the little ways of Jesus that I seem to have a habit of forgetting.

I just finished a 30+ page church planting proposal with great visions, strategies, diagrams, plans, and then I read this book…

It makes me wonder what would happen if instead of planting churches, I just planted myself into a community.

What if I actually lived as Jesus did?

A quote from Soren Kierkegaard

The Bible is very easy to understand. But we Christians are a bunch of scheming swindlers. We pretend to be unable to understand it because we know very well that the minute we understand we are obliged to act accordingly. Take any words in the New Testament and forget everything except pledging yourself to act accordingly. ‘My God,’ you will say, ‘if I do that my whole life will be ruined. How would I ever get on in the world?’”

What would happen if Christians began to actually follow Jesus?

{ 5 comments… add one }

  • Parke June 7, 2007, 6:02 pm

    Soren is an interesting guy. I’ve appreciated reading his personal journals. As for the last question… well followers of Christ have been living out their faith for generations. Perhaps you and I should be saying, “What would happen if I allowed God to transform that next part of my life?”

  • Lon June 8, 2007, 3:27 am

    Hey Parke, thanks for tuning in.

    you’re right on, it’s taking things further than where many of us are currently at.

  • Joeie June 11, 2007, 1:51 pm

    Haha. Reading your follow-up comments to people’s comments is just as interesting as reading your blog. You remind me a lot of Alan – you can always scrounge up a thing or two (which always seems insightful!) to throw back.

    Anyways, interesting post. I was talking to Alan about your church and the differences b/w our two churches.

    In a very, very, very general sense…
    We’ve got a great bunch of people who are really really committed to the Church… but not necessarily Jesus.
    You’ve got a great bunch of people who are really really committed to Jesus… but not necessarily the Church.

    It’s tough to find the balance b/w both. From where I stand in my life right now, the issues I face the most is surveying the surrounding environment, seeing what’s been built and is being built upon… and trying to weave the two commitments together.

    Meh. 🙂 Sounds like a good book! I may pick it up for summer reading. (Haha, that sounded so casual; I mean that as someone who has read books that have shaped and molded their lives, so I totally get what you mean about this book.) 😛

  • Shaula June 11, 2007, 1:57 pm

    “It makes me wonder what would happen if instead of planting churches, I just planted myself into a community.”

    Great thought, but wouldn’t a church planted out of that mindset be truly beautiful? A group of people who are planted into a community with the desire to transform. That’s what we are working towards.

  • Lon June 11, 2007, 8:52 pm

    Joeie, thanks for keeping the discussions lively!

    I’ve never quite heard of that description of our church! Very interesting insight from Alan, thanks for sharing. I’ll have to use that in a message someday!

    If the church is the institution or the traditions, I’d completely agree, I’m not all that interested in committing to it either. If it’s the people and the community, I’d like to say I am but I know I have lots of room to grow as well.

    And yes! read the book! i’d love to hear your thoughts!

    Shaula – it would be beautiful wouldn’t it!! I’d love to lead a community of church planters – where everyone was connecting to people in their own context effectively and wonderfully… I’ll definitely be tuning into what your community is up to!

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