A Long Obedience in the Same Direction

by Eugene Peterson     |     Book Summary


Author: Eugene Peterson
Publisher: IVP
Date: 2000 (2nd Ed)
Pages: 212

Book Summary of Union With Christ by Rankin Wilbourne


“We assume that if something can be done at all, it can be done quickly and efficiently.” (p. 16) However, those who have served God’s people in a local church setting know better. “It is not difficult in such a world to get a person interested in the message of the gospel; it is terribly difficult to sustain the interest.” (p. 16)

This is the challenge of Christian discipleship and formation. Millions make decisions for Jesus every year. These decision-only Christians can be thought of as tourists who drop in to see the sights, then check out and go back to normal life. 

The goal of Christian discipleship is to create pilgrims, not tourists. A pilgrim is someone committed to “going someplace, going to God, and whose path for getting there is the way, Jesus Christ” (p. 17). The task of pastoral ministry is to help people embrace their identity as a pilgrim and to help people walk as disciples of Jesus. 

All of Scripture is useful in helping pilgrims walk with Jesus, but one of the most helpful sections of Scripture is the group of Psalms known as the Songs of Ascent. These songs are found in Psalm 120-134, and they contain a treasure of truth for pilgrims.





A Long Obedience in the Same Direction

by Eugene Peterson

[ Book Summary ]



Book Summary of Union With Christ by Rankin Wilbourne

AuthorEugene Peterson
PublisherIVP
Date2000 (2nd Ed)
Pages212


Overview:

“We assume that if something can be done at all, it can be done quickly and efficiently.” (p. 16) However, those who have served God’s people in a local church setting know better. “It is not difficult in such a world to get a person interested in the message of the gospel; it is terribly difficult to sustain the interest.” (p. 16)

This is the challenge of Christian discipleship and formation. Millions make decisions for Jesus every year. These decision-only Christians can be thought of as tourists who drop in to see the sights, then check out and go back to normal life. 

The goal of Christian discipleship is to create pilgrims, not tourists. A pilgrim is someone committed to “going someplace, going to God, and whose path for getting there is the way, Jesus Christ” (p. 17). The task of pastoral ministry is to help people embrace their identity as a pilgrim and to help people walk as disciples of Jesus. 

All of Scripture is useful in helping pilgrims walk with Jesus, but one of the most helpful sections of Scripture is the group of Psalms known as the Songs of Ascent. These songs are found in Psalm 120-134, and they contain a treasure of truth for pilgrims.




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