The Great Omission: Reclaiming Jesus' Essential Teachings on Discipleship
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Number of Pages: 237
Publication Date: 2006
|Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)|
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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 without being disciples, or call ourselves Christians without applying this understanding of life in the Kingdom of God to every aspect of life on earth. He calls on believers to restore what should be the heart of Christianity -- being active disciples of Jesus Christ. Willard shows us that in the school of life, we are apprentices of the Teacher whose brilliance encourages us to rise above traditional church understanding and embrace the true meaning of discipleship -- an active, concrete, 24/7 life with Jesus.
Dallas Willard was a professor at the University of Southern California's School of Philosophy until his death in 2013. His groundbreaking books The Divine Conspiracy, The Great Omission, Knowing Christ Today, Hearing God, The Spirit of the Disciplines, Renovation of the Heart, and The Divine Conspiracy Continued forever changed the way thousands of Christians experience their faith.
“There is NO one like Dallas. Finding more of his words is like getting hidden treasure. Read and grow!”
“There are few better thinkers or students of Jesus than Dallas Willard.”
“It is no accident that one of the most fruitful lives I’ve been privileged to observe offers this valuable resource.”
“...Willard speaks his truth in such an eloquent, passionate, and powerful way...”
“Dallas Willard is a brilliant, modest, immensely experienced Christian older brother, calling to us.”
“This is vintage Willard, and it must be read by all who hunger to grow as Jesus’s disciple.”
“If you have any desire to find the life God offers you, read this book.”
“Every leader, whether professional or lay, who cares about the church of Jesus Christ, should read this book.”
“I know no one like Dallas Willard who can express profound things so simply and simple things so profoundly.”
“Dallas Willard reminds us that a relationship with Jesus only makes sense when we choose to become his apprentices.”
“The Great Omission may be Dallas’s most important work yet.”
“Another classic from the pen of this remarkable writer. Incisive and insightful...”
“The Great Omission is, simply put, great. I recommend it highly.”
RogersPeoria, IllinoisAge: 45-54Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Life changing readMay 25, 2012RogersPeoria, IllinoisAge: 45-54Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5moving from Christianity to Discipleship, is the course for us today and Dallas Willard articulates this in the most concise way. It will challenge your religion and move you closer to Christ in a deepening relationship!
Stefan TiedjeSweden, Lerum5 Stars Out Of 5April 28, 2010Stefan TiedjeSweden, LerumA must read book. Gives the true christian a very good motivation to start follow Christ.
John2 Stars Out Of 5November 2, 2009JohnNot one of Willard's stronger books. Nothing here that really challenges you to reclaim Jesus teachings on discipleship. As am atter of fact, this book is not really written to help in that area at all.
Barnabas Bibles And Books5 Stars Out Of 5September 10, 2009Barnabas Bibles And BooksWonderful book that expresses Spiritual Formation within the Discipleship Process. Great for every disciple to have a work with the Bible to lay a foundation with why they need todisciple others.
Anita Winston5 Stars Out Of 5June 1, 2009Anita WinstonThis book is very well written and easy to understand. It is definitely a wake-up call for Christian discipleship.