Nov 19, 2011

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Not A Fan | Chapter 7 Discussion

Not A Fan | Chapter 7 Discussion

Chapter 7 is the conclusion of Kyle’s question to Define the Relationship.  In this chapter he asks a few questions to get you to slow down and verify that you are on the right road. (Narrow or the Broad).

Question 1:  Does your life reflect what you say you believe?

Question 2: Do you think you’re on the right road because of what you’ve done?

Question 3: Do I know Jesus and does He know me?

Question 4:  Has anyone ever told you that they think you are taking this “Church Thing” a little too far?

 

 

 

  1. I liked the one story Kyle told about the guy that went partying, smoked pot, and chased women every day of his life that met Jesus which in turn changed his entire life. He was “all in” for the Lord . . . then Kyle had coffee with the guy’s mother and she expressed anger towards Kyle. She said her son was taking following Christ too far!!!

    First of all, I don’t think you can take being a Christian too far . . . I do think people are led by Jesus up to the edge of a cliff and leaves it up to us to either take a step back or take a leap of faith trusting Him to catch us. If we were to error, wouldn’t we want to error on the extreme end of following Jesus and not the watered down end of Christianity?

  2. Question 1: We often think more highly of ourselves as a general rule and the Bible warns us of this, “For by the grace given me, I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgement, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you. Romans 12:3 Since we really can’t completely trust our own judgement, then it would seem natural to seek the opinion of others regarding whether they believe we are “practicing what we preach”. An openess to being held accountable by those within the body of Christ, in my opinion, is crucial to growing in the faith. It is always wise to CONSIDER how others within the body see us. God very well may be using them to do His work in our lives. However, this too can not be completely relied upon. Often others only see a very small piece of our lives and our decisions. In addition, there are many misconceptions about what the Christian life really looks like (even among “Christians”) so unfortunately, an evaluation of our lives by someone within the faith may not be reliable either. Ultimately, I believe we must look to God and His Word to show us the truth. With that in mind, I would say that yes, I feel at peace with the way that I am living my life and I believe that my decisions reflect my current level of understanding of the scriptures. However, God is constantly revealing a greater level of understanding to me as He walks this road with me. In time, I may find that my way of thinking about any given thing may be revealed to be in error as I grow in maturity. I just pray that my pride will not prevent me from being open to receiving a greater understanding of Him and His ways.
    Question 2: No, I think I’m on the right road because of what He has done. All glory be to God!
    Question 3: Jesus knows me inside and out. This is both comforting and terrifying at the same time. I anticipate gaining a greater intimacy and knowledge of the Lord until the day He calls me home. Do I know Him? yes! Do I have Him figured out? Never will 🙂
    Question 4: Oh, let me count the ways! Absolutely, I have had people blatantly just come out and say it and I’ve had people be very passive aggressive in expressing their concern/annoyance with my “radical beliefs”. It’s interesting to note, that I have experienced this reaction from those both inside and outside of the faith. At first, it made me feel embarassed, ashamed and uncertain of what I believed. By God’s grace, I now (10 yrs. later) have a completely different reaction to it. I find joy in the fact that others see me as radical, as an outcast, as someone controlled by their faith. What I hear in those moments, is “well done good and faithful servant.” I am proud to say that I love the Lord more than this world. And when the actions that reflect that love for Him receive a negative response, it does not cause me to shirk back with shame, it causes me to love Him more. I truly believe that God is transforming us into the image of Christ and part of that requires teaching us to stand confidently for what we believe, even in the face of persecution, just as Jesus did. I for one am thankful that my current level of persecution, is in the form of snide comments and sarcastic remarks. It seems silly to say that sometimes it is so difficult to stand against those things in light of what Christ suffered on the cross. We are human and we are flawed and weak but by the grace and strength of God we are able to stand.

  3. 1 – My mentor and best friend in the world used to ask me every now and then – “If you were on trial in front of a jury of your peers, could you be convicted of being a Christian?” Unfortunately, at that time, the answer was a flat no. Now, I feel that I would probably be in trouble – or blessed??
    2 – If I’m on the right road, there is absolutely no doubt that it has nothing to do with anything I’ve done. In fact, I’m convinced that each day that I try to steer the course of my life, I not only get off “the right road”, but drive it right off the next cliff. It is by God’s amazing grace alone that I spend any time on the narrow path.
    3 – This is a little tougher. I feel that I’m getting to know Him. I long to know Him more and can’t wait until He shows Himself in my life the next time. As most, I feel that I can do more to show my love for Him in the way that I love others. Instead of dwelling on my short comings which usually leads to wasted time trying to fix myself, I’m going to seek His face and then do whatever he wants me to next. It’s like hitting a dribbler to the short stop and digging for first base with everything I have. That is how I want to run to Jesus every day. I want to know Him like He wants to be known.
    4 – Yeah, indirectly. I’ve been told I’m part of a cult, that I’m depriving my children and that I’m crazy. Kind of cool, huh?

    ps – I’m catching up …..

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