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10/4/18 A Message From Chris

People who are afraid of spiritual discipline will not produce very good disciples. I don’t know if it the legalistic upbringing of so many or just laziness, but discipline is not a buzz word these days in church.  Spirituality, Community, Authenticity—people are drawn to these words… but not discipline.

However, anyone knows that a lack of spiritual discipline leads to sloppy Christian practice and witness.  It is also evident that any sort of discipline leads to a radical lifestyle.  I recently read an article about Tyler Blevins.  Tyler Blevins is more commonly known by his online alias Ninja and is an American Twitch streamer and Internet personality. As of September 19, 2018, he is the most followed streamer on Twitch with over eleven million followers and an average of over 43,000 viewers per stream.  He plays video games online for 10-12 hours a day, six days a week.

Discipline is all around us.

  • My 8th grader is dropped off at school at 7:00 a.m. each day so she can run her 2-3 miles for Cross Country practice.
  • I had a professor once who read one book a week
  • Dave Ramsey has helped thousands of people by helping them become disciplined with money and living in a budget.

Discipline is all around us.

Without discipline, it leads to sloppy Christian practice and witness.  In Mark, chapter 10, Jesus has set his face to Jerusalem and is resolute in his calling that will lead to the cross.  During this journey, Jesus will speak of the radical discipline that is necessary in being one of his followers.  Jesus will proclaim that there is a new way of living in marriage, in finances, in service, a new way of seeing things in life.  Over the next four Sundays, we will explore this Mark, chapter 10.  Dorthy Day wrote: “We have to create an environment where it is easier to be good”, and if we realized that discipline can cultivate such an environment, I wonder if it might become a buzzword in the church once again.

 

 Shane Claiborne, Jonathan Wilson- Hartgrove and Enuma Okoro, Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals, Nashville: Zondervan, 2010, 462.

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