Saturday, August 11, 2012

Radical Thoughts

I'm part of a small group that I've really come to treasure. We started as four and are now down to three. We are open to inviting more, and have extended an invitation, but are awaiting God's direction in that. And although we are small, I believe it's been just what I, and hopefully they, have needed this past year.

Our group began as four who knew each other from church, some as mere names and some as more, but I believe we are becoming stronger and developing deeper relationships as time goes on. 


When we started, we were focusing our group and discussion on a book. It was a good book, but after the first chapter it felt as though much of the text was repeating and there wasn't a lot to dive into. Read: we ended up chit chatting most of the time!  Now don't get me wrong, a lot of our 'chit chat' is sharing life. Talking about where we are in our journeys and what we may pray about or help with. I've never felt that anyone overwhelmed conversations or 'stole the show', it's always seemed pretty even. But, we also started feeling pulled to some kind of focus, something to guide portions of our night and discussions.

This week we began a new book. One that I've heard about for quite some time now but haven't read. One I downloaded to my kindle to read when I flew to Hong Kong, which obviously isn't happening. We began a journey into the book Radical by David Platt.

Only one chapter in and I can already say Ah. May. Zing.

This book will be one to challenge, enlighten, deepen, and push my sometimes stagnant relationship with Christ.  I'd love to share bits and pieces as I go. To journal some of my thoughts. To keep a record of portions I've been touched by.

David begins by sharing how he was growing as a pastor, not just personally, but he was among those with some of the largest churches and touted as "the youngest megachurch pastor in history."

But he began feeling uneasy that this was indeed following God. After all, Jesus was, basically "the youngest minichurch pastor in history." With twelve men under him.


"Jesus apparently wasn't interested in marketing himself to the masses.  His invitations to potential followers were clearly more costly than the crowds were ready to accept, and he seemed to be okay with that.  He focused instead on the few who believed him when he said radical things.  And through their radical obedience to him, he turned the course of history in a new direction."

"I could not help but think that somewhere along the way we had missed what is radical about our faith and replaced it with what is comfortable.  We were settling for a Christianity that revolves around catering to ourselves when the central message of Christianity is actually about abandoning ourselves."

"Jesus was calling them (the disciples) to abandon their comforts."

"Ultimately Jesus was calling them to abandon themselves."

"There's nothing special about us (people David will be portraying throughout the book).  But we're proof that ordinary people who are naturally drawn to the comforts of the American dream can be converted to a radical faith in a radical Savior.  Why not join us?"

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