Books for Disciples who want to Remember

This list is in now way exhaustive, but modern disciples may want to spend some time with the following books as they study Jesus’ biblical invitation to follow him. Each of these books teach us what remembering can look like when it is lived.

Books about the Christian Community
Life Together by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
A Fellowship of Differents: Showing the World God’s Design for Life Together by Scot McKnight
The Awakening of Hope: Why We Practice a Common Faith by Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove

Books about the Spiritual Disciplines
Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth by Richard J. Foster
The Life You’ve Always Wanted: Spiritual Disciplines for Ordinary People by John Ortberg
Prayer: Finding the Heart’s True Home by Richard J. Foster
Spiritual Disciplines Handbook: Practices that Transform Us by Adele Ahlberg Calhoun

Books about Discipleship
A Long Obedience in the Same Direction: Discipleship in an Instant Society by Eugene H. Peterson
Sitting at the Feet of Rabbi Jesus: How the Jewishness of Jesus Can Transform Your Faith by Ann Spangler and Lois Tverberg
The Divine Conspiracy: Rediscovering Our Hidden Life in God by Dallas Willard

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Modern Discipleship, Part 2

Over the last two Sundays at CCC we laid the foundation for our exploration of what modern discipleship looks like. First, we focused on what it means to become a disciple, then, we came to understand how important community is for discipleship. You can hear either of those messages on our current series.

To think more deeply about how our personal spiritual formation is also good for others, read “Defining Spiritual Formation: For the Sake of Self and Others.”

Knowing how to live as a community is as simple as looking at Scripture’s “one another” passages.

And what might our discipleship look like if we integrated it into our daily living? Here’s one remarkable story of a woman who created a community out of her neighbourhood.

Modern Discipleship, Intro Part 1

We’ve begun a new series at Christ Community Church, focused on the invitation to discipleship offered to all who call Jesus their Lord. Not everyone who knows Jesus as their Saviour takes the next step to build a beautiful life with him. What might that life look like in our modern world? That’s what we’ll be thinking about together on Sundays and throughout the week.

Jennifer uses the picture of tending a garden to describe “Cultivating Faithfulness.”

What are attributes that disciples of Jesus have? Check out these five from Chris Folmsbee.

Soul Training Exercises

At the beginning of the month of September, 19 people from our church began a journey to become Apprentices of Jesus. Each week we have read from a book, reflected on Scripture, memorized verses from Colossians 3.1-17, and practiced soul training exercises to help us practice, experience and think about what we’re learning as we become more Christlike.

These soul training exercises aren’t as big of a deal as you might think. To experience the true nature of God, we’ve slept more, spent five minutes a day in purposeful silence, noticed creation more often, and made it a point to count our blessings.

We thought you might like to try some of them out too.

At the Cross of Jesus

As we move closer to Good Friday, take some time to reflect on Jesus’ story and its shaping of your own.crosses

Christ Community Church has been journeying through the Gospel of Mark since the beginning of the year. Each week, their Pastor has shared reflections on the text that weren’t touched upon on the sermons. Read the reflection for Mark 15, “When a story ends & Hearing a New Grace” if you want to find some new perspective.

Here are three reflections on why Holy Week and what Jesus did still matters everyday from The High Calling:

 How can our lives intersect with the slow, significant events of the cross? Read on in, “Why Holy Week Matters: Meeting Jesus at the Table”

Jesus understands what it means to worry and be overwhelmed. Learn from him in “Why Holy Week Matters: Letting Go in the Garden”

Finally, don’t take the sacrifice of the cross for granted, instead, “Why Holy Week Matters: Taking Up Your Cross”

 

The image, “Crosses” is ©CreationSwap/Ron Loveday.

Young or old, busy or boring, comfortable or not, what is God calling us to?

We’re always headed somewhere– even if it doesn’t feel like it. Some of us may not think our lives are flashy enough, others wish for a more boring existence. There are those who feel like they’ve paid their dues and done their part for the cause, and still some who are comfortable right where they’re at.

Yet the call of God continues to go out. What is God asking of you?

You may want to check out Michael Kelley’s book, Boring: Finding an Extraordinary God in an Ordinary Life.

Think with Darryl about the difference between being comfortable and being content.

And let a member of the retired population challenge you with God’s word in “Bearing Fruit in Old Age.”

Sunday Follow-Up: We Waver

On Sunday, December 15, 2013, Pastor Chelsey shared a message from Luke 18.18-30 entitled “We Waver…” You can listen to it on our current series website (or in the archives). Like the Rich Ruler, we find ourselves wavering in our decision to follow Jesus.

In “We Were Jumpers Then” Kristin talks about the fiery faith of a new believer and our tendency to trade faith for reason as we ‘grow up’. It’s worth the quick read and reflection.

Owen talks about the disruptive nature of following Christ in “You Will Never Be the Same.” Here’s a preview:

Most evangelicals these days just want a gospel Snuggie. Wrap us up. Hold us tight. Numb us until we can feel nothing but hazy contentment. Go to sleep with a big smile on our face. We’re halfway into a dream when…

Come on, Jesus says. Wake up. We’ve got to get going.

Really, Jesus? we whine. I don’t want to get out of bed. It’s so comfy and warm.

What does following Jesus under normal, ordinary, everyday circumstances look like? A book that might help you think it through is This Ordinary Adventure by Christine & Adam Jeske. The Jeskes have gone from an extraordinary life of following Jesus to a more domesticated- but just as important- one.

 

This post provides stories that build upon a sermon preached by Rev. Chelsey L. Harmon at Christ Community Church in Nanaimo, BC.