Return to the Wild:

"An Allegory of the Journey from Institutional to Organic Church Life"

The question that is begging to be asked is; how do we learn to live by the same life that those people lived by in the record of the New Testament? The question is not, what did they do so we can copy it? But rather, how did they live? We are all accustomed to performance based religion and yet changing what we do will never bring about true body life. The rabbit hole goes much deeper than that.

The key is found in what Paul called a mystery:

"Christ in you (plural), the hope of glory" Col. 1:27.

"I am crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live in faith, the faith of the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me" Gal. 2:20.

The reason that we have such a difficult time finding authentic body life on this planet is twofold.

1.) It is not found on this planet! It is only lived by another Life which is not from this place. The "church" can only be lived by the divine life of Christ within us.

2.) We must completely turn from the old ways of our natural man and the systems of man. We have become "domesticated" (a term we use in this book) and need to be set free from the moorings of religion into the "wild" of the riches of Christ Himself.

We need to realize who we are in Christ and who Christ is in us. We need to discover our true spiritual "instincts" in order to see and experience Christ as our genuine food and drink. And we need to awaken to the reality of our need for true community life in His body. We need the help of those whom God sends to us who have experience in this life.

This book is an allegory of these spiritual realities. Mary Rodriguez takes these realities and presents them from within the context of lions born into captivity being reintroduced to the wild. It is the story of our journey from the institutional to the authentic and the organic. Surely, you will see yourself along this path at some point. Our hope is not only that you will see where you are currently, but also where God wants to take you.

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