Over the last while I have been thinking a lot of what it means to live out my Christian faith. I have been challenged by two thoughts in particular: spiritual growth is proven more by behaviour than by beliefs and spiritual growth is not automatic – it is intentional.
In other words, living out my Christian faith means living out my Christian faith!
The article talks about the influence of secularism in Canada today and why a reconsideration of discipleship is critical.
Here is part of the article:
A reconsideration of discipleship is critical for all of us who live in this ethos and is, perhaps, an entry point by which we can examine the doctrines nurtured by our culture. The Christian mission, as articulated in the recent Lausanne Congress is, characterized by “our love for the whole gospel, our live for the whole Church, our love for the whole world.”
That is an all-encompassing response to the gospel. It is also a description of what it means to be a disciple.
In some evangelism and discipleship courses I have attended, evangelism was about how to introduce a person to Jesus. Discipleship was a program of Bible study that would bring a new believer to the place of being able to introduce another to Jesus.
While this is a critical part of discipleship, in itself it is a very narrow and a truncated understanding consistent with the narrowing of the expression of faith.
At the EFC we have begun using the phrase “be-living the gospel” to describe the integrated lives we are called to live: belief and practice, word and deed, proclamation and demonstration. The evidence of our faith is how we live: the evangel difference. This is discipleship.
You can read the whole article HERE.
I absolutely love that phrase “be-living the gospel.”
I can’t of a better way to describe the life that we have been called to live as Christians.
What do you think of the phrase “be-living the gospel”?