“Jeff grew up in a Christian home in the West. He was involved in church and in a Christian youth group. During his teens, he had a crisis of belief and began a search for meaning and purpose. That search led him away from church and to a radical jihadist group.”
“Beyond going to church today and going to heaven later, Jeff’s Christian experience lacked a compelling vision that gave him the reason to wake up every morning. Jeff found this strong sense of world-changing mission, purpose, and challenge in the radical terrorist group."
"Here’s the irony. If Jeff had lived in the first century, he would have found everything he witnessed in this radical terrorist organization in the early Christian community, minus the ruthless tactics, unbridled brutality, unspeakable horror, and barbarism. Sadly, multitudes of Christians like Jeff have never heard the explosive, disruptive, earth-shaking gospel of the kingdom. Nor have they ever seen anyone live it out.”
“When I am talking about discovering our Amazing, that’s what I’m talking about. I’m talking about living joyfully, purposefully, dangerously unsatisfied with ‘churchianity’. I’m talking about loving people radically and uncommonly because the love of Christ compels us and being driven by the values of the kingdom of God that is already present (not waiting for heaven).”
“Be amazing today, my friend.”
“For the love of Christ compels us, because we judge thus: that if One died for all, then all died; and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again” (2 Corinthians 5:14-15).
Excerpts from an article in the Azle News (7-3-19, p. 8A) by Gerry Lewis, including quotes from a new book: The Insurgence by Frank Viola.
Robert Dodson is the Preaching Minister for the Northwest Church of Christ.
6059 Azle Avenue
Fort Worth, TX 76135