Discipleship – following Christ – means being called away from our dead-end plots to become a part of his story; to be taught by him so that we find ourselves entrusting our lives to him in growing confidence. Only then can discipleship be something other than a lot of busywork.
We need the story and the arguments. Without the narrative, the doctrines become abstract and timeless concepts; without the doctrines, the moral imperatives lose their location as the reasonable response to God’s triumphant indicatives. Once the narrative of the Triune God becomes submerged in “my story” of personal conversion and religious experience, and doctrine is reduced to trite slogans that lose their image like worn-out coins, all that is left are the practical exhortations: deeds rather than creeds, discipleship without doctrine, focusing on what Jesus would do rather than on what Jesus has done.
Horton, Michael; The Gospel Driven Life: Being Good News People in a Bad News World; Baker Books; Grand Rapids, MI; Copyright 2009; page 99