Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Radically Jesus Centered

More quotes from Gospel-Centered Discipleship by Jonathan Dodson:
"The word disciple is used more frequently than Christian to refer to believers in the Bible....Disciple is an identity; everything else is a role. Our roles are temporary but our identity will last forever." (Page 29, italics in original)
"Christ-centered repentance and forgiveness is something to be heard and applies, not just once, but for the entirety of a disciple's life. at the risk of oversimplification. we could say that the Great commission commands us to learn the gospel by the gospel. We learn the breadth and depth of the good news by continually situating ourselves in it, through repentance and faith in Jesus Christ as Lord." (Page 35, italics in original)
"The gospel is for not-yet disciples and already disciples. The gospel people believe to be baptized is the same gospel people believe to be sanctified (through the work of the Spirit). Followers of Jesus make and mature disciples by going with the gospel, baptizing disciples into gospel community and teaching the gospel....Jesus is the ground of our going, the goal of our baptizing, and the gospel of our teaching. Making disciples is radically Jesus-centered." (Page 35)
"A disciple of Jesus, then,  is someone who learns the gospel, relates the gospel, and communicates the gospel. In short, disciples are gospel centered." (Page 38, italics in original)