John Stott is a great Christian teacher and example for many of us. He certainly is a model of humility and passion for me. There are a few people I know who are so dedicated to help the Majority World get a firm grasp on the Scripture and Christian discipleship.
This is a much needed book for any Christian, especially the typical suburban American one who is all too happy to live in a nice neighborhood taking his children weekly to AWANA in a nice $30K + car with climate control, and who gives to mission sparingly (both of his time and money). In other words, this should be a great book for me, because it is a call to radical discipleship.
Here are a few highlights from the introduction (my emphasis):
“My concern in this book is that we who claim to be disciples of the Lord Jesus will provoke him to say again: “Why do you call me, “Lord, Lord,” and do not do what I say?” (Luke 6:46).
For genuine discipleship is wholehearted discipleship [radical came from radix = root – anybody whose opinions went to the roots and was thoroughgoing in their commitment]…
Our common way of avoiding radical discipleship is to be selective: choosing the areas in which commitment suits us and staying away from those areas in which it will be costly. But because Jesus is Lord, we have no right to pick and choose the areas in which we will submit to his authority.”
AMEN! Hard to argue with that!
In this book Stott looks at “eight characteristics of Christian discipleship that are often neglected and yet deserve to be taken seriously.” These are: nonconformity, Christlikeness, maturity, creation care, simplicity, balance, dependence, and death.”
I am already beginning to like this book and I hope to post more info about it soon.
You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am (John 13:13). It is time we OBEY HIM!