The Great Omission: Reclaiming Jesus's Essential Teachings on Discipleship
ISBN: 0062311751
EAN13: 9780062311757
Language: English
Publication Date: May 13, 2014
Pages: 256
Dimensions: 0.7" H x 7.9" L x 5.2" W
Weight: 0.3 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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The last command Jesus gave the church before he ascended to heaven was the Great Commission, the call for Christians to make disciples of all the nations. But Christians have responded by making Christians, not disciples. This, according to brilliant scholar and renowned Christian thinker Dallas Willard, has been the church's Great Omission.

The word disciple occurs 269 times in the New Testament, writes Willard. Christian is found three times and was first introduced to refer precisely to disciples of Jesus. . . . The New Testament is a book about disciples, by disciples, and for disciples of Jesus Christ. But the point is not merely verbal. What is more important is that the kind of life we see in the earliest church is that of a special type of person. All of the assurances and benefits offered to humankind in the gospel evidently presuppose such a life and do not make realistic sense apart from it. The disciple of Jesus is not the deluxe or heavy-duty model of the Christian -- especially padded, textured, streamlined, and empowered for the fast lane on the straight and narrow way. He or she stands on the pages of the New Testament as the first level of basic transportation in the Kingdom of God.

Willard boldly challenges the thought that we can be Christians Read More chevron_right

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