Dallas Willard (The Divine Conspiracy) has been one of my favorite authors for some time. As a philosophy professor at USC, his view of God and his work in the world is breathtaking. I wouldnâ€™t say we see everything in exactly the same way, but I always come away from reading his things greatly encouraged to live more deeply in Jesus, and having some excellent instructions on how to do that.
Admittedly some find his writings a bit too academic. Thatâ€™s sad to me, because they are filled with such great life and wisdom. Recently I ran across an audio series of his at the Allelon website, that I hope everyone can benefit from. The title of the one I’ve listedn to is: Spiritual Formation in the Ways of Christ. This is good stuff on living a transformed life. Here are some of the things he said that I really appreciated:
We donâ€™t build churches. We preach the kingdom, make disciples, bring them together in the presence of God and grow them and the church results.
The church: The people who have come to faith in Jesus Christ and are living together and dwelling with one another and allowing that mutual nurturing to happenâ€¦.
What you really believe about Jesus Christ is shown by what you do after you learn you canâ€™t do anything.
Spiritual formation is not learning to do the right things; it is becoming a different kind of person who will do different things. If you want to keep the law, donâ€™t try to keep the law. Try to become the kind of person who would naturally keep the law.
If you want to hear the entire teaching, click here.