I’ve been reading through this book for about a month. It’s a blending of the gospels into a cohesive story of the life of Christ.
A follower of Jesus should be asking the questions, “what did Jesus say?” and “what did Jesus do?”
This forms the basis of the foundational life in Christ.
“Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you, and behold, I am with you all the days until the end of the age.”” (Matthew 28:19–20, LEB)
If I’m to follow Jesus, I’ve got to know what he says.
As Scot McKnight says:
I recently had a conversation with David Kinnaman of the Barna Group, an organization that specializes in statistical studies of Americans and their faith. Anyone who brings up statistics about faith seems to be asking for a fight, but studies across the board—and I love to read such studies—show that the correlation between making a decision and becoming a mature follower of Jesus is not high. Here are some approximate numbers: among teenagers (ages thirteen to seventeen) almost 60 percent of the general population makes a “commitment to Jesus”—that is, they make a “decision.” That number changes to just over 80 percent for Protestants and (amazingly) approaches 90 percent for nonmainline Protestants, a group that focuses more on evangelicals. As well, six out of ten Roman Catholic teens say they have made a “commitment to Jesus.” McKnight, S. (2011). The King Jesus Gospel: The Original Good News Revisited (p. 19). Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.
We’ve got to move from making converts to making disciples in the power of the Holy Spirit. This means a radical call, not to decision making, but to following Jesus. What did He say? What did He do? What kind of person is He?