Sunday, July 31, 2016

Good Ideas or God Convictions?

"All the Athenians and foreigners who lived there spent their time doing nothing but talking and listening to the latest ideas."
—Acts 17:21

When we read books, we get ideas.

But...

When we wrestle the Bible together, we get convictions.

I like books and ideas. I really do.

But here's something I love more:  Deeply rooted biblical convictions.

Why?

People with ideas are fascinating conversationalists (like the Athenians), but people with convictions change the world—regardless of their education, social media platform, or oratory skills.

Think about it.

Jesus' disciplemaking movement has never been built on ideas alone.

Jesus' disciplemaking movement is built on regular people who get totally captured by Jesus—and then share His disciplemaking way of life with others. It's a 1 John 2:6 conviction: "Those who claim to live in God should live their lives as Jesus did."

There's always another new book of cool ideas coming down the pike. And I find some of these interesting—but not compelling; informative—but lacking in their ability to transform.

And make no mistake about it: The need of the hour is not for just information—but for transformation.

I contend that well never get there unless we start doing the hard work of wrestling the Bible—not just books—together.

It's the people of God wrestling the Word of God empowered by of the Spirit of God.

We call it, disciplemaking friendships.

Like this.


Related Posts...
* More on convictions.
* Regular people change the world.
* Jesus' disciplemaking movement.
* Good idea or way of life?
* Secrets of a disciplemaking movement.
* A clear WHAT and HOW.
* Our love affair with books.
* Simple. Profound. But Not Obvious.
* The need for deeper friendships.

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