Adventure • Discipleship • Intention
We are focused on the idiom that adventure is not just a vacation or activity outside of your normal routine rather, that it is a lifestyle and way of living daily on the path of Jesus. This calls into contrast a number of questions concerning adventure as His disciples and what that is supposed to look like for every individual, along with the question of what God intended for us while living on adventure.
We live in a consumer-based culture, and we try to sell people on a Jesus that is easy to follow. Unfortunately, while the rest of the world fashioned empty and meaningless paradigms for adventure that appealed to the masses, the church culture under a banner of "Relevance" always come through the door late and sells the "Consumerism Gospel." This has been making it far too easy to for people to skirt the risks and spiritual growth that come with Adventure and the life of a Disciple!
It is our intent to push back on the cultural attempts of relevance in the Body of Christ and to redeem the narrative of true adventure. It seems to me that the church culture has always been susceptible to cultivating the easiest path for its constituents. We forget that the same attitudes and idioms that are based in the world can carry over into church. Under the banner of getting on board with the next "neato" movement, we have often opted for consumeristic methods that cause us to think: It's our way, our desires and our preferences. If I don't get it my way, I'm done or I can go elsewhere. We put everything above Jesus including our lifestyle, whether it's wealth, comfort, causes, interests or dreams. Ultimately, when it comes to living on adventure with Jesus it is our culture that has led us in discipleship and not a Jesus style culture of discipleship.
Even though we say we desire to make disciples, we think that Jesus is a part of our life, just there to get us through another day. This approach to an adventure on the path of Jesus is the equivalent of the belief that "Jesus is just a good guy to have around in a bar fight!"
Jesus should be our only life. He is life. Following Him requires our whole life.
Allow me to break this down in a more simplistic way that will help you challenge your mindset about living on adventure. Living on Adventure is... 'Intentionally living as a disciple of Jesus.' Stated another way... 'Following Jesus with intention in a way that leads others to Him and not you!' Perhaps another way... "Jesus being lived out of you as you follow (only) Him.' - Jesus as the only thing relevant to your daily living!
We have developed a great deal of programs, methodologies, and mindsets about discipleship however, a true disciple can only be identified as one who follows Jesus in every aspect of their adventure and when Jesus is the only thing relevant to daily living, the byproduct is growth in my own life and the reproduction of other followers of Jesus.
• Do I follow the culture or impact the culture as I follow Jesus?
• Is Jesus here for your plans or do you live out His plans and purpose as you follow Him?
• If you are a true disciple of Jesus, does being His disciple make other disciples as you follow him, or do you point others to the relevant aspects of culture?
When Jesus returned to heaven after His resurrection, He left His followers explicit instructions. They were both for the people who were there with Him that day and for every follower of Jesus who would come after them. He said, “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:19–20, New International Version).
This was the adventure plan for us and it was Cross Cultural!
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John is Pastor at The Redeemed Adventure Project and Author of various Adventure Journals, Fireside Challenges, and Blogs excerpts from books he written over the last 12 years.