The Untaming

Learning to build missional community in secular France

Learning to do everything Jesus did

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I always did wonder what to really make of John 14:12 “Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.”

Well, last night our group went through the gospels and noted down the things we saw Jesus doing.  In about 5-10 minutes we had the following list:

  • Calling disciples
  • Remaining uncompromising in the face of resistance
  • Judging
  • Healing
  • Challenging accepted wisdom
  • Preaching & proclaiming
  • Discussing & debating
  • Resisting temptation
  • Talking/ministering to outcasts
  • Teaching
  • Sending/releasing others on mission
  • Prophesying
  • Signs & wonders
  • Praying alone and together
  • Sharing meals, celebrating
  • Feeding others
  • Raising others from the dead
  • Driving out demons
  • Serving
  • Forgiving
  • Evangelising 1 on 1
  • Coaching
  • Rebuking/correcting
  • Sacrificing self
  • Fasting
  • Submitting
  • Confronting authorities
  • Submitting
  • Leading
  • Receiving spiritual insight

I’m sure you could add to the list.  We then went down the list and for each entry we asked ourselves “do we see evidence in the New Testament of the disciples/early church doing this activity after Jesus’s ascension?

We found that we could find examples of the early Christians doing every single one of the things that we saw Jesus doing in his earthly ministry! 

And so discipleship has to involve learning Jesus’s skill set as well becoming more like Him in character and spirituality.  For as Ben Sternke recently said on his excellent blog, Jesus isn’t just holy, he is intelligent and capable. Jesus isn’t just “good,” he is “good at.” Jesus isn’t just nice, he’s brilliant.

Whilst a Christlike character is an essential for kingdom ministry and has to be the underlying foundation to everything, how much investment are we putting into Christlike skills? Without Jesus’s skill set our ministry and mission is going to be severely limited.

(Any practical ideas how a group of ordinary Christians can grow in this skill set would be welcomed!)

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