Monday, January 24, 2011

Spirit of the Disciplines: Making Theology of the

“Have we done what is necessary to bring the earnest convert into his or her possessions as a child of God, as a brother or sister of Jesus Christ in the new life?” Dallas Willard

“Are we considering what it means for the individual believer to “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,” as 2 Peter 3:18 expresses it?” Dallas Willard

What is the right approach to making disciples from a spirit-led perspective? In teaching methods, we cannot present a formula to grow in the knowledge but crowd His Spirit out of our time pursuing Him. In doing so, we approach the personal participation of discipleship from a works-based system. Our reluctance to the spiritual disciplines has allowed room for being led more of His Spirit, but has also left many believers at a place of infancy. Merely finding a balanced approach is not our answer. Inviting Him to plot our participation in the disciplines and this life of discipleship is of utmost importance.

Willard, Dallas. "The Secret of the Easy Yoke." The Spirit of the Disciplines: Understanding How God Changes Lives. San Francisco: HarperSanFrancisco, 1991. Print.

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