The Elders have been reading through Andrew Davis’ book, Revitalize. In the final chapter, Davis talks about the importance of being committed to what he calls the “two journeys.” When referring to the two journeys Davis is emphasizing a robust obedience to the great commission (Matt. 28:18-20). Davis says there is an external and internal journey and he simply defines them this way:
External Journey: the progress of the gospel (evangelism and missions)
Internal Journey: progress in the gospel (discipleship toward full maturity in Christ) (pg. 200, emphasis original)
These two journeys are absolutely intertwined. No healthy church can pick and choose between them, though sadly, most good churches tend to be imbalanced toward one or the other. Dying churches do neither. Perfect churches (of which there are none!) do each with perfect balance. (pg. 200)
What’s needed for churches to progress on the two journeys? Davis says:
…dying to selfishness, to sin, to earthly pleasures, to thinking that the church should serve them. The church has to die especially to caring what people will think if it shares the true gospel of Jesus Christ. (pgs. 207-208)
I have found Davis’ two journeys language to be helpful and have referenced it in the past. His terminology closely parallels our use of “being disciples and making disciples.” This has been our aim since we started Redeemer.
Let’s pray that the Lord would graciously lead us to grow more and more in both of these areas. Let’s also ask ourselves, in what way do we tend to be imbalanced? However, don’t stop there, let’s intentionally seek to grow and strengthen our weaknesses. Let me make two suggestions for growth. First, pray. Yep, pray. No, I’m not offering a cliché, I mean it. Jesus said, “apart from me you can do nothing.” Second, enlist others in the church to help you and hold you accountable. Seek out others who are strong where you are weak and ask for their help and counsel.
The Lord has called us to the two journeys of being disciples and making disciples. By His grace, may we all as a church progress in both.