This chapter asserts that Jesus can lead us into a spiritual life unmediated by another human, growing community unmanaged by a system, and network of growing friendships that don't need to be maintained by organizing a new entity.
Whilst I totally agree not just in my head with this, but also in my heart, it's this part I need to look at and whilst I see how it can work it's the training side that I feel I need to "get it."
All of this involves trusting Jesus to provide these things for us. It is his to do,....
Please correct this what I am about to say if it's off the wall or incorrect..
Could this be part of what it could mean to be discipled by none other than the Holy Spirit with no mediator other than Jesus and Father, walking and talking as I simply going about my daily life?
Looking and Listening to those "nudges," which most times I get wrong but it's that one leads into a great conversation.
They happens but not often ...
...> but if we just sit on our couch hoping any of this will show up at our front door, will lead to frustration and disappointment.
Now I read this and thought.. Oops!! me indeed, guilty as charged, and looking back at my actions and how many times have a sat on my couch and felt the disappointment that I am not worthy of His church and found myself inside all the frustration etc..
Gosh.. all true, sorry for the moment of "Oh ye of little Faith, as it appears... in beat up mode.. driving myself to nowhere..
But thanks to God who never leaves us, I get to the moment where reality arrives again and I remember it is His to do but it needs me to co-operate as and when He drops that still small nudge into my heart, "I want you to talk to that person over."
I jokingly do feel I must add, I do still use my cough for my vegetation moments, reading fictional novels, general relaxation. But be assured there was a time when if I read the line above regarding sitting on my couch I would move chairs..
from Colnbrook near Heathrow UK.