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By Dallas Willard

How one can stay as Jesus LivedDallas Willard, one in every of modern so much fantastic Christian thinkers and writer of The Divine Conspiracy (Christianity modern-day 1999 ebook of the Year), offers a manner of residing that permits traditional women and men to benefit from the fruit of the Christian lifestyles. He unearths how the foremost to self-transformation is living within the perform of the religious disciplines, and the way their perform affirms human existence to the fullest. The Spirit of the Disciplines is for everybody who strives to be a disciple of Jesus in suggestion and motion in addition to goal.

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The witness to his objective reality has largely been lost. Most liberal Protestant churches have never even heard of the prayer of power in his name. 6 As for the conservative side, most conservatives by the early seventies generally accepted that being a Christian had nothing essentially to do with actually following or being like Jesus. It was readily admitted that most “Christians” did not really follow him and were not really like him. “Christians aren’t perfect, just for- Dallas Willard / 23 given” became a popular bumper sticker.

As we’ve already suggested, the resurrection had the meaning it did to those early believers just because it proved that the new life that had already been present among them in the person of Jesus could not be quenched by killing the body. The resurrection was a cosmic event only because it validated the reality and the indestructibility of what Jesus had preached and exemplified before his death—the enduring reality and openness of God’s Kingdom. It meant that the Kingdom, with the communal form his disciples had come to know and hope in, would go on.

What do people understand when they hear “salvation,” “redemption,” and other New Testament terms used to refer to God’s action in restoring women and men to their intended place in his world? Is it possible that we’ve been robbed of the words’ true and coherent concepts? Is it possible that, through historical process and the drift of language use to reflect special theological interests, we’ve lost touch with the root meanings of concepts that would make grace and human personality fit like hand in glove when it comes to the process of Christian discipleship?

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