Psalm 1 Discipleship

Why trust Jesus?

Life is challenging. The biblical story provides a framework for good and bad experiences, including the questions that rise from that regarding meaning in life in light of mortality.

What does trusting Jesus look like?

Simply Christian avoids religious confusion. Allegiance to Jesus as the Lord of life is a clear and coherent identity. Connection to various religious instiutions, leaders, doctrines, and actions throughout history is limited to the degree that they have been faithful to Jesus as he actually reveals himself to be. Trusting Jesus is not the same as accepting Christendom.

What does trusting Jesus produce?

Loving like Jesus blesses people. We are blessed when we believe Jesus that God loves us and seeks to rescue us from ourselves and others so that we can flourish. As we experience his love we grow in competency to love others in the same ways. This is a blessing to us and to other people.

Review of our simplified summary:

Why trust Jesus?

Learning the Essentials Helps with All of the Other Parts

The summary does not include many traditional doctrinal statements or church practices. This is not because those things do not matter. This is because the imagery of healthy discipleship in the Bible does not focus on those things first. The specifics matter because they explain the details behind the summary, but the summary of the story, people being rooted in that story to branch out expressing that story and producing the fruit of that story, is what is consistently presented in scripture.

The Story includes what is wrong in life, how Jesus deals with that, and the difference it makes through his people.

The Problem in the story is the blessings of life are undermined by curses of death in ways that are confusing and enslaving. We use the symbols of CrownHeartWorld to show the Creation/Separation problem that is repeated in the Bible.

Life to Death — The Constant Struggle for Meaning & Hope

The Story of Abraham as someone who is blessed by God to bless others in God gets carried through the story of Israel and ultimately to Jesus.

The New Testament letter to the Hebrews gives us the most concise summary of the epic narrative of Abraham, Moses, David, the prophets, and the climax of the story, Jesus:

God Reveals in Jesus Life to Death to Life — The Way of the Lamb
The Christian Hope Is Faith the Jesus’ Love Is the Way in Life

The Story Flows

Creation/Separation/Redemption/Transformation/Completion

The Psalm 1 Tree is a biblical image of what trusting Jesus looks like.

Trunk = a simple identity as someone who stands with Jesus.

We grow like a tree drawing life from a flowing story to produce the fruit of blessings

Our Psalm 1 discipleship pattern integrates being rooted in the story of love to produce the fruit of love into one image.

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