Gathered in Christ: Disciple Making
Jesus saw just what measure of evil God’s love was up against and how much sacrifice and devotion to God it would take by himself and those who would follow, if the light was to ever overcome the darkness.
Light would not prevail, however, by people being unwillingly led to their deaths. Rather, it would come by people voluntarily laying down their lives to take up a life of obedience to the will of God, no matter the cost. When Jesus called and continues to call his followers to take up their crosses — he was/is under no illusions as to what that would mean for him or us.
This, Friends, is the gospel at its most terse and dangerous. The cross is not a magic symbol or a fashionable decoration. It’s a symbol of a risky, alternative lifestyle. It is a symbol that makes normative claims about who God is, about who we are and about the shape and direction of our life together. It is a symbol for how God and God’s people exercise redemptive love that has and will eventually transform the world.
Colin Saxton – General Secretary, Friends United Meeting
Gathered in Christ: Disciple Making – By Dorlan Bales
The Importance of Discipleship – By John Muhanji
The Journey of a Disciple – By Manny Garcia
Discipleship 101 – By Megan Anderson
It Cannot Be Completed Alone – By Susann Estle-Cronau
“May we continue to flourish like the grass upon the earth and cover the land with our sacrifice and service as disciples of God.”
Discipleship: Relational Connections – By Matt Chesnes
Other Articles In This Issue:
FUM News and Updates
Metamorphosis – David O. Williams
Meeting Christ in Prison – Lonnie Valentine
Football Nation – Barbara DeMille
Ask Tom: How have Quaker views on tombstones changed over time? – Thomas Hamm
Passages: Quaker Obituaries