Discipleship Part I
Today I am starting a series on discipleship, following Jesus. I will be sharing some of my thoughts from Dallas Willard’s book The Great Omission.
What I like about this book, and some of the other books by Dallas, is his laser beam focus on discipleship and making disciples. Sometimes we try and make the Christian life quite complicated. And in some ways, it is. But it is refreshing to think about life as simply trying to follow Jesus closer. I trust that this series will aid in reminding us of our first calling.
In this series, I will just share some short thoughts from each of the chapters in The Great Ommission, and share a few of my own reflection on the chapter. So today, I will begin with the preface and introduction, because even it is rich with meaning.
Preface and Introduction
Willard starts off with a reminder that our calling is to apprentice Jesus and make disciples “of all kinds of people, submerging them in Trinitarian presence” (viii) and show them how to follow him. At the heart of discipleship is being transformed into His goodness, which is what the good news is all about.
I love how Willard introduces this book, he takes the well worn passage and Matt 28:18-20 and gives it a fresh perspective, and then ties discipleship to the good news. The good news is that Jesus redeemed us fully. He saved us from our sin so that we might have the power to become who God called us to become. Following Jesus is about transforming into His goodness and reflecting that in the world.
The next post in this series will be on chapter one, entitled discipleship.