Radical Discipleship 101 – Part V
Posted on July 9, 2009
I’ve been asked to write some website material for a Christian conference in 2010. I thought I would post the 6 sections here and see what response I get. The audience for the website is likely to be Christians who are attracted to justice but haven’t heard much of the theology behind it; this is entry level radical discipleship.
‘Who can walk with me on this journey?’
Jesus walked with 12 disciples as he went about preaching, healing and casting out evil. Why? This journey of compassion & justice is joyful, but it’s also a battle against the forces of evil within ourselves and in our world. The pain in the world is real, and our own sin can often paralyse us. If we try to swim by ourselves, we will drown. We need others alongside us. It’s no surprise that Jesus sent out his disciples two-by-two and that the lion’s share of the New Testament is addressed to communities, not individuals.
Often you may feel alone as you feel your way into this way of compassion and justice. But there is a growing movement of Christians who are rediscovering the radical roots of our faith, who are seeing that life following Jesus means nothing less than allowing the Spirit to lead us into dark places, into hard places, to be light and life. We are discovering, to our surprise & joy, that Jesus was always walking before us, and beside us.
Visiting some of the communities in Part IV will put you in contact with many people who are on the same path. But if you can’t come, then check out some of these resources:
- Mark Sayers Thinks
- Urban Neighbours of Hope (Sydney)
- Hold: this space
- Jarrod McKenna
- Mustard Seed Associates
- Marcus Curnow
- Not Religion, But Love (Dave Andrews)
- The Irresistible Revolution (Shane Claiborne)
- Make Poverty Personal (Ash Barker)
- Check out some of my articles
3. Conferences/Gatherings/Training (Australia)