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Following Jesus: Biblical Reflections on Discipleship Paperback – July 14, 1995
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Following Jesus: Biblical Reflections on Discipleship is a compilation of twelve exhilarating meditations exploring what it truly means to follow Jesus today. N. T. Wright first outlines the essential message of the six major New Testament books (Hebrews, Colossians, Matthew, John, Mark, and Revelation) looking in particular at their portrayal of Jesus and what he accomplished in his sacrificial death. He then takes six key New Testament themes (resurrection, rebirth, temptation, hell, heaven, and new life) and considers their significance for the lives of present-day disciples. -- Midwest Book Review
About the Author
N. T. (Tom) Wright is Chair in New Testament and Early Christianity at the University of St Andrews. Formerly he was Bishop of Durham, the fourth ranking post in the Church of England, Canon Theologian of Westminster Abbey, and Dean of Lichfield Cathedral. He also taught New Testament studies for twenty years at Cambridge, McGill, and Oxford Universities. Wright's full-scale work
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This book is a breath of fresh air from N.T. Wright that will speak to the hearts of Pastor's, Religious Professionals and the Layman. It tackles some tricky issues but in a very well written easy to comprehend and digest format. I don't always agree with all N.T. Wright pens, but my son enjoys him so I read him to have good conversations with my son.
The chapter that caught my heart was Chapter 8, A Mind Renewed. It deals with the story from 2 Kings 5 where the "Great General Naaman" who is suffering from a skin disease comes to Elisha for healing. As N.T. Wright puts it, "If it happened today, it would make instant headlines in the Jerusalem Post, and perhaps also in the Washington Post. 'Syrian General Healed By Israeli Holy Man.'" He then goes on to talk about how controversial this would have been in it's day and how Naaman was left with a problem. He was healed by the God of Israel. His God was unable to do this, but Israel's God was able. So, now who should he worship?
His treatment of the story is fun to read as well as challenging to think about. The main principle I caught from his writing on this story, "Naaman left his pride behind on the bank of the Jordan, and washed, and was cured." How many of us struggle to leave our "pride" behind and let Jesus wash us and make us whole?
Well, the whole book is just wonderful and it is a quick read. You will not be disappointed in purchasing and reading this book.
However as with many books written about the Bible, I did not agree with everything mentioned. But Dr. Wrights understanding of Love in action, Holiness, the Resurrection, heaven, New Creation, New Earth and New Heaven etc., I agree.
The most important things people really need to know is how to become born again, to see and enter the Kingdom of God, to become a new creation. After believing in Jesus Christ- the Son of God(God manifested in Flesh) shed blood, death on the Cross for Sin, Burial and Resurrection from the dead the third day for our justification .
Then that which was done by Jesus need to be appropriated unto you. by Grace through Faith you need to Repent, get water Baptized in the name of Jesus Christ (new covenant name) and be filled with the Holy Ghost with the initial sign of Speaking in tongues as the Spirit gives the utterance (God come to dwell in the temple of your body and heart). (Ref. John 3:3-5;1 Cor. 15:1-4;Ephesians 2:8; Acts 2:4,38-39, 10:43-46 and others.)
This book has moved me in ways I never expected. It is a relatively easy read. It reaches the core of discipleship as taught in the NT as well as any I've seen. Wright is always cross-centered and shows great skill in bringing that to bear on the 21st century in this book.
There are several excellent perspectives offered. One of my favorites is his point that Jesus had three options as he prayed in the garden:
- First, was to fight - to invoke a power-play, call the twelve legions of angels and his disciples and defeat Rome and the flawed Jewish leadership. But, what kind of kingdom would that be? It would be no different than the militaristic ones they were already under. It would have been, "of this world." And, it would have done nothing to save us from the real tyranny that plagues mankind - sin.
- Second, he could have fled (as the disciples eventually did). He could have left the garden and fled to the wilderness - gone into some sort of monastic life (as the Qumran community). But, again, what would that have done for the world?
Before mentioning the third, let me say that most of us, myself included, tend to choose one of these first two choices in all our human circumstances - we either want to "win" or "run." This is especially true in our relationships. If I can't win the war of words or outmaneuver someone with rhetoric or politics, then I'll just leave and flee the scene.
- Third, the option Jesus chose, was to go to the cross. To allow all the evil of the world to be "drawn on himself" and die on the cross. This was and is the way of the cross and discipleship. And, in that, Jesus won the victory. In defeat, he was victorious. This is the way for His disciples. I know of no greater challenge, no higher calling, than making this choice.
Thank you, N.T. Wright.
If you are not familiar with NT Wright, I am not sure I would posit this as the introduction, but I think others would disagree, pionting out its wide scope of subjects.
It is easy-reading, thoughtful, insightful and worth the time to read and demands the time to consider after each reading.