On Wednesday, a diverse group of 11 believers from around Boston — Charlestown, Quincy, East Boston, and Dorchester — convened for the first “REVOLUTIONARY Cafe.” Taylor W and I dreamed some time ago about organizing a series of occasions this summer for Christ-followers to assemble around the person of Christ. Not church planting … or missions … but Jesus. After all, I believe our missiology (theory of missions) and ecclesiology (theory of church) necessarily flows from a healthy Christology, or how we view and live with Jesus Christ.

revolutionary_sm.pngWe’re gathering around the challenging materials written by Ben Cheek called REVOLUTIONARY. “Revolutionary” is, unfortunately, becoming a buzz word of sorts in Christian circles today, but I can support a series of chapters describing Jesus as such, because that’s precisely what he was. Here’s a description of the series from Ben’s site,

What would it be like to live a life like Jesus? How would it feel to be launched out on his mission in the world? What did he know that made his life so world-changing — that even now the effects of his work are felt my billions of people?

REVOLUTIONARY is a series of studies about a lifestyle of service that flows organically from relationship and imitation of Jesus of Nazareth. In twelve booklets it follows the life of Christ, gleaning wisdom from his activities and encouraging the reader to apply each thing learned. This book intends to be both theological and practical, offering God-revealing insights and suggestions on pragmatics.

So here’s how it works: We read the chapters during the week, then come together on Wednesday night at a food court near Boston Common to discuss them. There are a total of 8 “books” in the series, and we’ve asked people to commit to attending the majority of the meetings. The format we use is called World Cafe, a method of meeting that allows all to share, utilize their creativity, and tackle what WC calls “questions that matter.” (If you are a part of meetings of any kind, be it youth groups, corporate, Bible Studies, or whatever, I would STRONGLY suggest taking a look at the WC method.)

Chapter 1 is about our call as Christians, concluding that God continually calls his children to deeper lives in Him. There exist various “spiritual Egypts,” Ben writes, in which we can become comfortable and complacent (America, the church..), and out of which God may be calling us. Ben describes three stages of Christian spirituality — seeker, servant and son — the deepest of which sees our faith not for what we can learn about God (seeker) or do for God (servant), but who we are in God (Son). The chapter concludes by recognizing three elements of the Christian life that further shape our identity in Christ: prayer, action, and praise. “The pray-act-praise cycle of praying, then acting, then praising God, is essential to living sonship,” Ben writes.

We are using these materials — along with the gospels — simply as a centerpiece for coming together and studying Christ. We won’t all agree with everything we read, but I believe that through the process of coming together in humility, chewing on this stuff together for the summer, praying and laughing together, we will find ourselves in a new and beautiful place with our Creator — as Sons and Daughters.

2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Chris on June 9, 2007 at 3:19 pm

    So you meet to discuss something over coffee. What is revolutionary about that?


  2. It was fair trade coffee.


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