As I share these resources today, I’m going to put my cards on the table regarding a fundamental issue I believe Western Christianity is facing today. In agreement with Dallas Willard, I believe that our understanding of salvation and the way we present the gospel poses almost insurmountable barriers to discipleship. When we focus more on getting people to “make decisions” instead of “making disciples” we inadvertently shrink the underlying message of the gospel (by making it more about getting people “ready to die” but not really “ready to live here and now”). We have shrunk the gospel to be less than what God intends for it to be…. But don’t simply take my word for it. Dive deep into what 3 of the leading scholars of our time have been saying about it for a number of years (that is why I believe every Christian leader should camp out in these 3 books and wrestle with the implications that pour from them):
- The Divine Conspiracy: Rediscovering Our Hidden Life in God by Dallas Willard
- King Jesus Gospel: The Original Good News Revisited by Scot McKnight
- The Day the Revolution Began: Reconsidering the Meaning of Jesus’s Crucifixion by N. T. Wright
Your turn… What are some of your initial thoughts regarding the issue I bring up and how these 3 books address it?
PS: As I mentioned above, you’ll want to camp out in these books (a quick cursory glance will not suffice); you will also want to pick up Surprised by Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church by N. T. Wright and read it along the way too. Also, check out The Divine Conspiracy Lectures by Willard.