Jesus did not invite the first disciples:

Jesus did not invite the first disciples:

  1. To accept him as their personal savior.
  2. To pray a prayer.
  3. To confess their sins and repent of them.
  4. To come to his church service.
  5. To volunteer in the nursery.
  6. To tithe.
  7. To discover their spiritual gifts.
  8. To attend his “101” class.
  9. To sign a membership covenant.
  10. To adhere to a set of doctrines.
  11. To be baptized.
  12. To fast.
  13. To give up smoking, drinking, playing cards, dancing or watching TV or movies.
  14. To quit their jobs.
  15. To attend classes, Bible School or seminary.
  16. To become ordained as pastors.

Read the whole article @ next-wave


5 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by cwillz on November 12, 2008 at 10:26 am

    Umm, at first I read this and was proud.

    I really enjoy your and next-wave’s ability to question what we are doing and why.

    However, please don’t quit doing good, noble, pure things that allow God to move and fulfill needs in a cold dark work jsut because the look different. If we need to abandon methods that don’t work– so be it! But the message is that the Kingdom is come/ing.

    Most of the things on this list could/ maybe should be implied about the life of the disciples. You are right in that the first call is to follow Christ, but please continue to teach them to “obey everything that I have commanded you.”

    Much love.


  2. hmmmm….

    I see what he’s saying, but I believe that Paul is just as inspired in saying “spur one another on toward love and good deeds” as he is when he says in the next verse, “don’t forsake meeting together, but let us encourage one another.” (hebrews 10:24,25)

    Ephesians 4 says in verse 11 and 12 that pastors and teachers, etc, have been equipped to “prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the Body of Christ may be built up.”

    I agree that the church’s imperfections seem more glaring now than ever, but it is still God’s plan to reach the world. And not that “The Church” has to be Sunday mornings at 10 a.m. with three choruses and a hymn…..

    But I think the beauty of the Body of Christ is it’s unique gifting of each member that is only seen fully when the Body is together. And yes… it should be as together at the homeless shelter as it is at ____ a.m. or ____ p.m. when it meets together to encourage and equip and refocus people on the mission to reach the world.

    anyway… i don’t know Charlie Wear, but I think we all need to be careful about “throwing the baby out with the bath water” when we look at the church.

    The church needs to step it up, but the church is still God’s “baby” and bride


  3. i smiled when i read this. it is so true.

    but how do we take new followers of Christ into a lasting and enduring relationship with their new love?

    trust me i struggle with this all the time.


  4. cwillz, jim, and jz:

    i thank you for your honest dialogue with the issue. i don’t think the things in the list are inherently bad, i do, however, think that churches distract people from Christ’s first call (to follow Him), by all the things we’re trying to draw people into.

    yeah, it’s a struggle, but i wander what it would look like if we didn’t allow it to be a struggle.

    I wander what our faith (our churches) would look like if we didn’t even allow space for those things. What if we only allowed (following Christ) to be heard?

    I don’t know, i’m just thinking. I could be wrong.


  5. Posted by cwillz on November 15, 2008 at 1:09 am

    I hear ya. I just hope that we continue to put the message before the methods (or non-methods)


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