I found a fascinating website, Nationmaster.com, which enables you to compare two countries in a range of different areas. My choice was easy as I am a British citizen living in India. Below are a couple of tables.
Living in India the most disappointing statistic is the relative number of roller coasters, the UK has 8x more than India, and the one to gloat about most is petrol prices which are 96% more in the UK.
Exponential has been delivering a weekly quote giving some definition to discipleship. Below are some of my favourites. They all bring a little more clarity to the question so when I added them all together I got a very good idea of what a disciple might look like. Try it for yourself, and you might be challenged.
“Discipleship is sacrificing yourself monetarily, emotionally, personally, physically, spiritually and dynamically to seek and equip other people who desire to do the same for the cause of Christ.” Chuck Taylor,
“Discipleship is not knowing more information about Jesus, but knowing Jesus and being transformed into His image through the constant exposure of the Gospel of grace in the context of a local church.His life becomes ours. His mission becomes ours.” Derwin Gray church planter, pastor
“Discipleship is making lifelong, devoted followers of Christ–people who have committed everything they believe and do to what we find in the gospels.” Matt Smay, author and pastor
“I believe it is time to drop the process-oriented term ‘discipleship’ (It’s not in the English or Greek dictionaries) and go back to the relationally oriented term ‘disciple.’ To make a disciple is to form a relationship of intentional and explicit influence directed towards Christlikeness.” Aaron Weisser, Church on the Rock Homer, Alaska
I find the way Christianity is perceived by people outside of it to be fascinating. I realise many in the West paint Christians who have the temerity to believe things that do not fit in with their own worldview as some form of primitive rabid animal. It seems to me an unbalanced and unconsidered approach.
However I do like some of the questions that non-Christians ask, and the thinking process it makes me enter into. As someone with a background in science to simplistically answer their questions or thoughts with, “The bible says so,” is not adequate or reasonable.
In that light, what would you say to Dara O’Briain?
“Jesus then came into Galilee announcing the good news from God. ‘All the preliminaries have been taken care of,’ he said, ‘and the rule of God is now accessible to everyone. Review your plans for living and base your life on this remarkable new opportunity.'”
I love the simplicity of the challenge, “Review your plans for living”