It looks like next year will be a busy year for me and my family since I have decided on which direction to take the blog. My goal with blogging is to disciple Christians—those who have repented from sin, turned to Jesus as Savior and Lord, and have committed to follow what the Bible teaches—and hopefully teach others what I have learned in seminary.
You see, I believe that the Bible is the ultimate authoritative guide for the Christian life—how one grows as a Christian and how one conducts himself or herself as a Christian—and I believe that “a disciple is created in the image of God yet fallen and willing to learn.” The last part of the sentence needs explanation.
First, let me just say that the phrase in quotation marks in the prior sentence comes from a class on discipleship that I took in seminary. If I remember correctly, the phrase is somehow related to the book titled Leading, Teaching, and Making Disciples by Dr. Michael R. Mitchell. However, I may be mistaken because I tried to find it in the book with no success. I say this because I would like to give credit to the person who originally said it. If anyone reading this knows who originally said it please let me know so that I can give credit where credit is due.
Now I will try to explain what I think that this phrase means. We are created in the image of God yet we are fallen sinners who have repented and turned away from sin. This is evident by the fact that, created in the image of God yet fallen, we choose to learn about God. A Christian has the desire to know the one who has redeemed them from death to life. If that desire is not there then there is no Christian and no disciple. I hope that this makes sense because this is the reason that drives me to blog—that disciples want to learn all that there is about their Savior and Lord.
In order to accomplish this I will need to focus more on reading and research to bring you all good content. Many hours will be spent on these two tasks and it will take up most of my time, which is why I decided to stop the Leadership from the Bible posts and the Sermonette posts. I want to bring you content that is rich theologically and that comes from peer reviewed articles (from theology journals), and from books that are written by authors who are subject matter experts in the topic that they have written about. Instead of relying only on my own knowledge I plan to consult with experts by reading what they wrote on topics that I will be blogging about. These sources will be shared in the blog posts so that you all can read the original sources for yourselves, if you feel the need to do so. I would rather do this then accidently steer you wrong concerning the Bible.
With all of that said, this is the last post of the year—except for the Dear Disciple posts—they will continue since they don’t require a lot of effort to publish. I have two more posts to finish out the Fundamentalism posts and I will publish them next week on two separate days, but anything beyond that will not be published until the new year. I will spend the remainder of the year with family and planning out the next phase of the blog.
Thanks for following, and Merry Christmas to you and your families, and a happy new year.