An Excerpt from Chris White’s new book on discipleship and the Biblical church:
The best description of the Christian life portrayed in the New Testament is that of discipleship leading to authentic, active membership in the Body of Christ. Therefore, the first part of this book describes what it means to become a disciple of Jesus. Once we become disciples, however, desiring to do God’s will and not our own, then the issue arises of finding our place in the church, Christ’s Body. But what is the church from God’s perspective?
Un extracto del nuevo libro de Chris White sobre el discipulado y la iglesia bíblica:
La mejor descripción de la vida cristiana representada en el Nuevo Testamento es aquella en la que el discipulado lleva a una adhesión auténtica y activa en el Cuerpo de Cristo. Por lo tanto, la primera parte de este libro describe lo que significa convertirse en discípulos de Jesús. No obstante, una vez que llegamos a ser discípulos, deseando hacer la voluntad de Dios y no la nuestra, el problema que surge es encontrar nuestro lugar en la iglesia, el Cuerpo de Cristo. Pero, ¿qué es la iglesia desde la perspectiva de Dios?
“‘The path of the righteous is level; O upright One, you make the way of the righteous smooth. Yes, Lord, walking in the way of your laws, we wait for you; your name and renown are the desire of our hearts. My soul yearns for you in the night; in the morning my spirit longs for you.
When your judgments come upon the earth, the people of the world learn righteousness.’ (Isaiah 26:7-9, NIV)
“Academia and the media usually view Darwin’s theory of evolution as a fact, a concept so thoroughly established as to be beyond serious challenge. Yet when Dr. Wayne Detmer, a good friend who is now working in inner city medicine in Chicago, attended his Introductory Biology class at Yale, the professor asked the students: ‘How many people here believe that God created man?’ Just a few hands went up, six or so, out of about 150.
“The role of the evangelist is critical to the building up of the Body of Christ. And, regardless of what some may claim in our day, the need for evangelists will never end until Christ returns. The apostle, the prophet, the pastor, and the teacher all have differing callings, but every role is ordained of God and is critical to the building up of the church. As is clear from the life of Paul, an apostle is intended by God to have far-seeing vision both for the church and for a lost world.