We are witnessing cultural chaos in the West unlike any time in recent memory, and Christians are wondering what to do on various issues.
- What do we do about mask mandates?
- How do we handle freedom of speech challenges?
- What happens when the government asks us to do something with which we disagree?
- Should we come under the authority of those who believe differently or live out our convictions?
- How do our “rights” as Americans and our “rights” in Christ fit into this discussion?
What Is the Way Forward?In our book “The Revolutionary Disciple,” Jim Putman and I help Christians navigate cultural changes with humility above all. We walk readers through the Five Spheres of Discipleship and unveil the four core practices of humility along the way. Using Scripture and personal stories, our book uncovers the path to ultimate peace for Christians who want a cultural revolution. Our vision is to help you take ground for your church, your family, and the kingdom and to bridge the gap between the call to follow Jesus and the commission to make disciples of Jesus. Join the revolution. Learn to walk humbly with Jesus in every area of life. Order the book here. Or learn more about:
- The problem of pride for discipleship
- How humility dissolves pride
- A 6-week teaching series through Ephesians
- Why this book is the 2021 Forum theme book
- How to use this book for discipleship
- What people are saying about “The Revolutionary Disciple”
- About the authors
The Problem of PrideThe genesis of “The Revolutionary Disciple” came from our own journeys with pride. Jim was about to leave his church due to a conflict that seemed beyond resolution, and his pride reared its ugly head, nearly causing a division among their leadership. But God convicted Jim and showed him the path of humility. My dad and I had reached a dark place in our relationship, and my pride had played a major role. But recognizing this pride led to healing in our relationship. Both Jim and I have seen how humility can bring life, and we’ve realized we’re not the only ones who need that truth. In fact, pride is a human problem, and it destroys discipleship at every level. Pride:
- Keeps us from following Christ
- Isolates us from the church
- Keeps us from asking others for help
- Tempts us never to follow but always to assert ourselves as the leader
- Makes for a toxic family culture at home through posturing
- Leads to our abusing our position of authority at work
- Causes rebellion among employees against their managers
- Keeps us from making disciples
- Makes us think we’re the exception—that Jesus’ commands are for everyone but us
The Solution Is HumilityIf pride is the problem, then the solution is humility. And we learn humility from Christ. Jesus said, “Come to me. … Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls” (Matt. 11:28–29). The only way we can learn humility from Christ is to come to Christ, take his yoke, and learn humility from him. If pride kills discipleship, humility makes it sing, and it must sing in every area of life. Jesus helps us know what humility looks like in all of life.
- What does humility look like as we abide with Christ?
- How do we walk humbly at church among leaders we disagree with?
- How do we handle disputes while engaging in sports?
- How do we handle disagreements at home and at work?
- Do we rebel against the authorities or submit to them?
“The Revolutionary Disciple”: A 6-week Teaching Series Through EphesiansWe designed “The Revolutionary Disciple” to be used by leaders for a church-wide teaching series campaign. Thus, we created a suite of resources that churches can license. This suite helps leaders:
- Plan a 6-week discipleship sermon series through Ephesians around this book
- Order bulk quantities at discounted rates
- Download the free suite of resources for your team
- An outline for a 6-week teaching series through Ephesians based on the outline of the book
- 63 discussion questions for small groups
- Teaching outlines for preaching and teaching
- Branded presentation graphics for slideshows
- Ready-to-use social media graphics
Why Is This the Theme Book?Discipleship.org chose this as the theme book for 2021 because it is about the cost of discipleship in the major areas of life. (The theme of the conference is “The Cost of Discipleship.”) The subtitle of “The Revolutionary Disciple” is “Walking Humbly in Every Area of Life.” “Every area of life” refers to the Five Spheres of Discipleship. Here are questions we seek to answer to give you an idea of what we mean by each sphere.
Sphere 1: Abiding in Christ
- What does humble listening look like “in Christ”?
- What is the “yoke of Christ”?
- How do we humbly abide?
Sphere 2: The Church
- What is the “me and Jesus” mentality and how can we avoid it?
- What is the minimum requirement for a church to be considered a church? That is, what is a biblical “ecclesial minimum”?
- Should we submit to church leaders who “don’t get it”?
Sphere 3: The Home
- What makes for a humble family?
- How can we walk humbly with our spouse?
- What does humility look like for a parent?
Sphere 4: The World
- When politics and religion collide, how do we respond? Should we “rebel” against the authorities like Peter and John did in Acts 4?
- Or should we submit to them as Paul instructs us in Romans 13?
Sphere 5: The Spiritual Realm
- How do we navigate spiritual warfare today?
- Does pride play a part in losing spiritual battles?
- What does humility in battle look like?
How to Use This Book for DiscipleshipNow that you know what the book is about and how you can use it for your church, here’s what you can do:
- Read the book for yourself first, at least the first four chapters (the introduction through Chapter 4).
- Take your church through it.
- Utilize the teaching series suite of resources as you invite your whole church into it.