Tag Archives: Mission

Driscoll’s Reformission

20 Dec

I’ve just finished reading Radical Reformission by Mark Driscoll. It’s good. In fact, it’s so good that I’ve bought myself a copy. Among other things, it addresses Churches who are plodding along comfortably as they are with few signs of biblical, effective communication of the gospel with lost souls around them; it also speaks volumes to those who dilute the gospel to make it more attractive. I can’t say I agree with everything Driscoll says, but the overall sentiment is powerful. He writes

Reformission is ultimately about being like Jesus, through his empowering grace. One of the underlying keys to reformission is knowing that neither the freedom of Christ nor our freedom in Christ is intended to permit us to dance as close to sin as possible without crossing the line. But both are intended to dance as close to sinners as possible by crossing the lines that unnecessarily separate the people that God has found from those he is still seeking.

It’s all about how we engage with the lost and share Christ with them in a way that is both bibilically uncompromising and culturally accessible.

Reformission evangelism understands that the transformed lives of people in the church are both the greatest argument for, and the greatest explanation of, the gospel…

Reformission insists that evangelism is more about a lifestyle for all of God’s people… and that the gospel is made clearest by the honest words and open lives of those who have been transformed by grace.

Driscoll is big on lifestyle and culture, but won’t budge on the need to proclaim Christ as he is revealed in scripture. He often generalises and can be quite vicious in his attack on sub-standard Churches which can sometimes get in the way of an otherwise very helpful book. Also, I do wonder if sometimes his desire to be ‘in the world’ can give the appearance of losing some lifestyle distinctives, although he reminds us that we do need to understand our culture if we are to be effective at sharing the gospel in it. Taken with a pinch of salt and a careful mind, I commend this book to your reading lists. You can get a copy here.

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Strategic Righteousness and a Heart for the Nations

10 Sep

I’ve just been away at UCCF’s Forum Conference for Christian Union Leaders. John Piper opened up the book of Ruth in a way which was both biblically faithful and culturally relevant.

Ruth is a book about the providence of God for his people in the darkest of times, so that they will not lose hope.

I was particularly struck by his handling of the plan hatched by Naomi and Ruth to secure Boaz as kinsman-redeemer. Under God’s sovereignty, we are called to plan to do whatver we see as the right, wise, God-honouring thing while accepting that as still sinful creatures, our wills are not yet perfectly aligned with God’s will. God works through our feeble human effors to accomplish his great purpose of glorifying himself, for the joy of all peoples through Christ.

http://www.desiringgod.org/ResourceLibrary/MediaPlayer/3212/Audio/

Also, in response to those who say that in the OT God is only interested in the Jews, note that he took a gentile Moabite woman and encorporated her in the the line of Christ Ruth 4:13-22. Christ, God made man, came from the nations for the nations, so that no-one can boast.