Adult Education: Fall 2009. Introducing Paul. Gospelizing 101: Paul’s Spirituality. For Paul, the whole of the Christian life is gospel-driven. Theology attends to the God who is the God of the Gospel Christology is understanding the man Jesus who is announced in the gospel
Discipleship is the process of ‘gospelizing ourselves to attain the full measure of maturity in Christ. This is done in two prominent ways in Paul:
Cruciformity: being shaped in accord with the cross of Christ
Anastasisity: being made alive by the power of Christ’s resurrection
The cross is not only the means of salvation, but the pattern of life for disciples.
The lesson from Paul is that a spirituality rooted in anything other than the cross will inevitably become novel, then triumphalistic, then wishy-washy, then worldly, then trivial and finally, stone dead. Christian spirituality is not a private matter that takes place in the mental events of our thought life, but is manifested in action. A cruciform spirituality means not merely wearing a cross but carrying one as well.
Anastasisity: to be made alive by the power of Christ’s resurrection.
Therefore we have been buried with him through baptism into death, in order that just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too may live a new life.—Romans 6.4
“Evangelical theology with its healthy fixation on the cross, has often neglected the resurrection to the point that the resurrection becomes little more than the proof of what God did on the cross.”
Do you agree with Michael Bird that evangelicals have neglected the Resurrection? If so, how do you account for this neglect?