ReJesus Quotes by Chapter

Stan Hasegawa has done us all a great favor by highlighting some of the more poignant quotes from ReJesus.  Please utilize this as a resource for entering into our book conversation on Wednesday, May 2. Thanks Stan!

Re-Jesus – A Wild Messiah for a Missional Church, by Michael Frost and Alan Hirsch [ReJesus means re-turning again and again to Jesus; then in every way choosing to live by his Spirit to become like Him in the resolute desires of the heart; in thought; in practice]  Note: my comments are in square brackets - Stan

Introduction - Read This Bit First: “We have elsewhere asserted that it is Christology (the exploration of the person, teachings and impact of Jesus Christ) that determines missiology (our purpose and function in the world), which in turn determines our ecclesiology (the forms and functions of the church).”  (pp. 5-6)

"It seems to us that a constant, and continual, return to Jesus is absolutely essential to any movement that wishes to call itself by his name." (p. 8 )

Chapter 1 - How Jesus Changes Everything: "Key to encountering the biblical Jesus is a step that many Christians seem to find painful, that is, our preparedness to read the Gospels in order to emulate Jesus." (p. 17)

"If we reJesus the church, we will lead it toward a greater respect for the unbeliever, a greater grace for those who, though they don't attend church services, are nonetheless marked by God's image...The missionary task of the church is not to bring God to them but to uncover the 'Imago Dei' [image of God] and assist people to use this knowledge for the salvation of their souls." (pp. 34-35)

Chapter 2 - ReJesus and Personal ReNewal: "Christianity without the living Christ is inevitably Christianity without discipleship, and Christianity without discipleship is always Christianity without Christ." (Quote from Dietrich Bonhoeffer on p. 51)

“Christ is the truth inasmuch as He is the way. He who does not follow in the way also abandons the truth. We possess Christ’s truth only by imitating him, not speculating about him.”  (Quote from Soren Kierkegaard on p. 53)

Chapter 3 - ReJesus for the Church and the Organization: “like a photocopy of a photocopy of a photocopy… What begins as a revolutionary, life-transforming, confrontation with Jesus eventually subsides into a codified religion and is subsequently incorporated into normal social life.”  (pp. 68, 69)

"Observers should be able to encounter Jesus in and though the life and community of his followers… If they cannot find authentic signals of the historical Jesus through the life of his people, then as far as we are concerned they have the full right to question our legitimacy." Pg. 79

“’radical’ … refers to a return to the root cause of a thing… Central to the organizational renewal process is the rediscovery of the organization’s identity, and at the same time the innovative interpretation of that identity in a changed world.”  (pp. 82, 83)

Chapter 4 - I've Got a Picture of Jesus: "Can you see how our understanding of Jesus can be so easily shaped by our own psychospiritual needs? Show me your Jesus, and I’ll tell you who you are.” [If a non-believing friend said, “Tell me about your Jesus,” what would you say? If your friend asked you, “What is it about your Jesus that you are trying to imitate?” How would you respond?]

“One of the best ways to expose our co-option of Jesus to our own personal, religious, and cultural agendas is to interpret the many images of him that we entertain.”  (p. 92) [In what ways have I framed Jesus according to the parts of Him that appeal to me?]

“They [mostly not church-attending] immediately saw things that most churched groups don’t see. They saw Jesus siding with the oppressed and the marginalized.”  (p. 107)

Chapter 5 - The Shema Schema (One God, One Love): “Monotheism, interpreted from within the biblical worldview, is the belief that the one God, Lord and Creator of all, has the rightful claim to sovereignty over all he has created…Our view of God is that Jesus is Lord, and the kingdom of God [the active reign of God in Jesus] is the arena in which we respond to God’s sovereign rule over this world. All is included (and nothing is excluded) in this claim.”  (pp. 113, 120)

“We cannot deduce anything about Jesus from what we think we know about God; we must deduce everything we know about God from what we do know about Jesus.”  (p. 132)

“Our response is unification of life under the One God… taking all the disparate elements in one’s life and offering them up to God. No sphere or domain or aspect of human existence is to be kept out of this equation… all are directed toward the One… all idolatries are renounced, no domain is seen as autonomous, all motivations are to be redeemed and directed toward God, and in so doing the worshipper unifies his or her own existence…Only the true God can give unity, wholeness, and security to a human being.”  (pp. 124,126)

Chapter 6 - Three... Two... One... Engage: “I am bold in saying this, but I believe that no one is ever changed, either by doctrine, by hearing the word, or by the preaching or teaching of another, unless the affections [such as fear, hope, love, hatred, desire, joy, sorrow, gratitude, compassion and zeal] are moved by these things… In a word, there is never any great achievement by the things of religion without a heart deeply affected by those things… True religion is placed in the affections.’  [Jonathan Edwards] These are bases of motivation as well as the means to know God.”  (p. 151)

“Helmut Thielicke says it like this, ‘only conformity to God’s will can open up access to knowledge of the figure of Christ.’”  (p. 153) [“You are my friends if you do what I command you. I no longer call you slaves, because the slave does not understand what his master is doing. But I have called you friends, because I have revealed to you everything I heard from my Father.”  (John 15:14-15)]

Chapter 7 - The Church That Jesus Built: "To be sure, we do not like gatherings (speaking of church services) of strangers who never meet or know each other outside of Sundays, who sit passively while virtual strangers preach and lead singing, who put up with second rate pseudo-community under the guise of connection with each other, who live different lives from Monday to Saturday than they do on Sunday, whose sole expression of worship is pop-style praise and worship, who rarely laugh together, fight injustice together, eat together, pray together, raise each other’s children together, serve the poor together, or share Jesus with those who have not been set free.”  (Pg. 172-173)

“Paul says, No one ever hates his own body, but he nourishes and cares for it, just as Christ does for the church, because we are members of his body”  (Eph 5:29-30)…But how does he nourish and cherish us today? It seems to us that this is the reason why God gave spiritual gifts to the church – so that through the ministry of the Holy Spirit in our midst we are built up (nourished) and nurtured (cared for).”  (p. 186)

Conclusion: Read This Bit Last: “For Paul, as for Peter, the gospel is Jesus”  (p. 196)