Discipleship Camp Chapter Summary

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1. Camp presents a bold and challenging proposition that Christian’s, especially Americans have missed the mark when it comes to discipleship from Biblical example. He gives a prime example of the Rwandan genocide and how Rwanda was a mostly Christian nation. In this he shows that the “discipleship” process was a failure, and that there must be more to true discipleship. Camp brings across the point that we are to be Christian, first, and then identified with other concepts and attributes later. In that, he shows that following Christ should be on the forefront of every decision we made, and should dictate how we choose to stand on certain topics.
2. For the first part of Mere Discipleship Camp seems to be breaking down the fundamentals
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Camp defines discipleship as “taking seriously the way of Christ in all our affairs and concerns” (page 48). He believes that true Biblical discipleship means you are first a Christian, and view all issues, matters, and choices through the perspective of the Kingdom of God. He would say that you don’t view things as a conservative, liberal, republican, democrat, activist, ect. This is something that I definitely struggle with, and I would probably attribute it to the way that I was raised. Being raised by very stereotypical “conservative ‘baby boomer’ Christians” I sometimes find myself differentiating between political, social, and spiritual thought processes. However, Camp’s argument of being part of the Kingdom of God leaves no room for that, and I find it as a personal point to struggle over and meditate on (page 57). Camp points out that we many times begin to think of Jesus’ teaching as impractical and begin interpreting his words in more extravagant ways than his original intent (pages 35, 50). He would argue that Jesus’ teachings were to be more directly taken and applied that we feel comfortable with doing most of the time. Camp essentially presses this point to a necessity for a deeper reliance in God through a deeper faith than we are currently living

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