Tonight we took two quotes from Shane Claiborne as a challenge for out Bible Study. The idea came from a blog post by Bishop Willian Willimon: A Peculiar Prophet: Claiborne’s Call to Young Christians.
In it he had a collection of quotes from Shane Claiborne. Two stood out for me at the moment:
“I need to be born again,…. But if you
tell me I have to be born again to enter the Kingdom of God, I can tell
you that you have to sell everything you have and give it to the poor,
because Jesus said that to one guy, too. But I guess that’s why God
invented highlighters, so we can highlight the parts we like and ignore
So we used the Bible Study to evaluate our Church and selves by these criteria.
As a starting point we took the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew chapters 5, 6 & 7). That seemed a straighforward way to get a wide collection of the teaching of Jesus in an amount we could handle(ish) in an evening.
We went through point by point (taking the TNIV headings as points – that made 19 excluding the beatitudes) for each we had a short discussion before awarding out Church a score (0-5) for how visibly taught this passage was in our Church and then another score (again 0-5) for how much action took place in our discipleship based on this passage.
I left the beatitudes til last as I suspected we would run out of time if we started with them and sure enough we ran out of time so did not get back to them.
We found it a challenging way to explore the quotes from Shane ie the extent to which we highlight some of the teaching of Jesus while ignoring other bits and how much we actually live out the teaching.
We are going to come back to this to look at how we can respond to the lower scores.