the radical reformission

February 10, 2005 | 6 Comments

We were given a copy of Mark Driscoll’s book, The Radical Reformission at the Acts 29 Boot Camp. I read it on the plane on the way home. Driscoll can usually rile people up with some strong statements, but he has some good things to say. If nothing else, it is worth reading the chapter called “The Sin of Light Beer.” Here are a few things I thought of some further thought:

Pg 39 – 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 permit us to dance as close to sinners as possible by crossing the lines that unnecessarily separate the people God has found from those he is still seeking.

Pg 69 – At some point, God may grant saving faith to their lost friends and enable them to pass from death to life, but their salvation is ultimately between them and God, as he alone gives salvation. The precise moment of their conversion is known by God, but it is often unknown to them, because authentic conversion is commonly experienced more as a process than as a single moment. Ultimately, what matters most is not when they meet Jesus, but that at some point they begin loving him with new hearts and will continue to do so forever.

Pg 78 – How sick are we when the most popular books among American Christians are about how to get blessed by praying a small section of Old Testament Scripture like a pagan mantra, and about the Rapture, as if the goal of the Christian life were to get more junk and leave this trailer park of a planet before God’s tornado touches down on all the sinners? Only through repentant eyes will we see that God has a plan, by the power of the gospel of grace, to build a community of transformed people.

Pg 152 – Reformation is not about abstention; it is about redemption. We must throw ourselves into the culture so that all that God made good is taken back and used in a way that glorifies him. Our goal is not to avoid drinking, singing, working, playing, eating, love-making, and the like. Instead, our goal must be to redeem those things through the power of the gospel so that they are used rightly according to Scripture, bringing God glory and his people a satisfied joy.

  • JJ

    pg152-
    This is a very good way of stating what a lot of people feel about the things often deemed evil by Chrisendom. It’s about indulging in things because of the freedom we have it’s about restoration. I have nothing to add, just thought it was a great way of articulating feelings I’ve had.

  • JJ

    (Oops, hit the post button too soon on the last one.)
    I just think that so often when we partake in some of these things it is more about coming across as cool to non-Christians than it is about actual evangelism or redemption. Glory for me verses right living.

  • SGR

    My wife and I and another couple that are great friends of ours have just read the book. One of us is struggling with the “dancing on the line” concept. The question is really, “Does ‘garbage in garbage out’ play a major factor here? One must exercise caution when changing a lifestyle and know their purpose for doing so. There are many good concepts in the book. Implementation is the key.

  • Stef

    All I can say that instead of sitting around analyzing the book’s contents is we should apply it almost as literally as we apply our Bible to our daily lives. Hey, God’s telling us to PREACH the good news to all creation so let’s start doing it!!! Remember, many times God has us step out of our own comfort zones for our own benefit, thus saying we should use this as a motivator to step out of our isolated boxes for the benefit of others.

  • Stef, I totally agree and I think John would concur with you as well – which is why he’s uncomfortably stepped out of his box (on staff at a church of 6000+) to start new church in Seattle (where he’s never lived before).

  • I agree totally Stef, so that’s why this kind of thinking and dialouging is also extremely healthy and important. If there’s going to be progress and movement, especially in this culture, this kind of mutual dialouge helps everyone to be on the same page. If that’s ALL that was done, yeah, that’d be pretty terrible, but fortunately that’s not the case, as Dean pointed out.

    I am assuming, however, that when you mention taking this (or any other book’s) contents “almost as literally as we take the Bible,” that a certain amount of discernment is involved. As good as any book says, we have to remember, for better or worst, it is not the solid Word of God.