I have just finished reading the book ReJesus: A Wild Messiah for a Missional Church by Alan Hirsch and Michael Frost. The authors put forth a challenge for a re-reinstatement of Jesus as the central focus of our spiritual lives - both as disciples and as communities of his people. It's time we let go of the domesticated Jesus that we often learned about in Sunday School and embrace the "loving, wildly passionate, dangerous, radically merciful, and always surprising" Jesus portrayed in the Gospels. An encounter with this Jesus transforms us from the inside out and radically changes our approach to mission.
Here are a few good quotes and thoughts from the book:
- Our Christology (what we think about Jesus) affects our Missiology and then eventually our Ecclesiology (how we think about and do church).
- Like a photocopy of a copy of a copy, our picture of Jesus can fade and even become distorted over time if we are not careful. It's time to get back to our origins - to the original, to re-Jesus both our personal lives and our churches.
- Like a computer that has crashed many times, It's time to reboot the system back to the defaults - to reJesus our lives and the church. We need to re-calibrate to Jesus.
- An authentic comprehension of Jesus is critical as we are to be like him - 'little Jesuses'.
This book is well worth reading.
P.S. You also might want to check out Alan Hirsch's web site, The Forgotten Ways. Alan is a good friend of mine. God is using him as a prophetic voice in our generation to challenge the Western church's paradigms about church, discipleship, and mission.