Friday, June 25, 2010

More from Mere Churchianity

Some nuggets from Michael Spencer's Mere Churchianity. My, how I loved this book. I'm not going to go on and on about it here, but I wanted to feature a few gems from the book.
I've discovered that many of the most consistently Jesus-shaped people are not telling anyone what to do.

Discipleship happens at the speed of life.

The stage of Western culture is crowded with Christians delivering rehearsed, made-up lines.

The fear of individuality is deeply-ingrained in the church, and it extracts a terrible cost on a person's identity.

We long for a spirituality of stillness, contentment, and acceptance in the place of spiritual competition and wretched urgency. We have grown weary and sick of being challenged to do more and to be more committed, more surrendered, more holy under our own power.

The church's primary goal is to support every disciple in his or her mission in the world, not to draw them into the church's programs five nights a week.

There is little need for large churches stuffed with satisfied audiences. There is a great need for a movement of disciples going into the overlooked places of the world to see and serve the Kingdom of God.

North American Christianity may have the distinction of having promised more of God and delivered less of God than any single act on the stage of Church history.


speculator said...

and another money quote:

"For millions of Christians, the great failure of the church is its failure to be a resource for producing and encouraging the life of discipleship. Instead of discipleship, the church has taught a life of rule-keeping, with the rules not set by Jesus but by religion and traditions."

(page 101)

Steve Scott said...

Good quotes, Bob. I've only reached ch 3 so I only recognize two. I plan to review it on my second read-thru.

n. davis rosback said...

i'm on page 64.

holding thoughts until i read the whole book.