Thursday, February 24, 2011

How I Read It: Fight Clubs

A few thoughts after finishing Fight Clubs: Gospel-Centered Discipleship by Jonathan Dodson:

(First of all, don't be impressed that I already finished another book.  This one was only 55 pages long.)

  • On bad discipleship: "I stood at the top of the stairs of discipleship, instead of sitting in the living room with fellow disciples.  I put the best foot forward and hid the ugly one.  Disciple had become more of a verb than a noun.  It was less about a community centered on Christ and more about an activity centered on what I knew."
  • On good discipleship: "Real faith is fighting faith. This faith fights, not for perfection but for belief.  We fight to believe that Jesus is more precious, satisfying, and thrilling than anything else this world has to offer.  We fight every day of our lives.  We fight from salvation not for salvation."

Challenging my Status quo:  This book presents a different view on "accountability groups" then I've ever heard before.  Dodson shows that sometimes groups focused merely on accountability questions can be a bad thing.  You can end up as someone who doesn't really care about following Christ, but merely has a goal to answer questions correctly.  I really appreciated this challenge to my thinking, and it came at a great time as I'm trying to re-formulate what some of my disciple-making groups should look like.  I want people to follow Jesus, not answer 10 questions correctly.

You Can Use This...Today:  Dodson has a great section on walking with the Spirit.  I'll quote it, but only if you promise to use it:
"Instead of getting angry or frustrated when unplanned things occur, ask the Spirit to show you his purposes in the circumstances.  Instead of just deciding which restaurant or coffee shop you want to go to, ask the Spirit to lead you.  Instead of jamming your calendar full of personal preferences, pray and ask the Spirit to guide you as you plan your week, month, or year." 

2011 Personal Impact Ranking:
1. Fight Clubs by Jonathan Dodson
2. Switch by Chip and Dan Heath
3. Crazy Love by Francis Chan

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