Dallas Willard's Study Guide to
The Divine Conspiracy
you a participant in the divine conspiracy?
The Diving Conspiracy mapped out a transformational
path for Christians to experience and know God as part of
the here and now rather than as only part of the hereafter.
This study guide expands the discussion, focusing on and
clarifying the key issues and encouraging a fuller understanding
of Christian discipleship. Here you will find overviews
and summaries of each chapter, scripture meditations to
enhance your understanding of the text, and study questions
to facilitate stimulating discussion and reflection.
Divine Conspiracy was written “to gain a fresh hearing
for Jesus, especially for those who believe they already
understand him” (introduction, p.xiii). It challenges long-established
ways of thinking about Jesus’ ministry, message, and call
to discipleship. As you take the time and make the effort
to look afresh at Jesus and what he taught, you may have
a new sense of wonder, excitement, joy—and even regret—for
not having heard the Gospel the way he preached it. And
by showing you how current culture connects to the enduring
message of Jesus, The Divine Conspiracy treats you
to a rare experience of seeing into the heart and life of
But what is the ultimate goal of reading
the book? You will join God in a divine conspiracy to advance
the invisible kingdom of God here on earth. You join the
conspiracy by choosing to be an apprentice to Jesus, who
stands at the center of everything—having died on a cross
“to undermine the structures of evil" (The Divine
Conspiracy, p.188). God made himself known by approaching
human beings and involving himself in our lives, so now
we can join God in his efforts.
The Divine Conspiracy is not a
fast-food, quick read. To understand its breadth and depth,
this companion study guide was produced to enhance your
experience of a powerful and transforming book—so that God’s
kingdom may be advanced by an empowered army of renewed
disciples of Jesus Christ. We hope that working through
this study guide will enrich your relationship with God
and serve as a practical tool that helps you become a transformed
apprentice of Jesus. May you experience the reality of his
kingdom in new and wondrous dimensions.
pages, softcover from Harper SanFrancisco.
About the Authors:
Jan Johnson and Keith Matthews have partnered
with Dallas Willard in ministry for many years. They both teach with Dallas in the Renovaré Institute for Spiritual Formation, and the "Spirituality and Ministry" course
offered in the the Master of Divinity program
at Fuller Seminary in Pasadena, CA. Keith is on staff at Azusa Pacific University where he is a professor in the School of Theology, Chair of the Department of Ministry and interim Chair of the Doctor of Ministry program. Jan
is a prolific speaker and author of many books, articles, Bible studies
and education curricula.
Forward by Dallas Willard
Chapter 1: Entering the Eternal
Kind of Life Now
Chapter 2: Gospels of Sin Management
Chapter 3: What Jesus Knew: Our God-Bathed World
Chapter 4: Who is Really Well Off? The Beatitudes
Chapter 5: The Rightness of the Kingdom Heart: Beyond
the Goodness of Scribes and Pharisees (Parts 1 & 2)
Chapter 6: Investing in the Heavens: Escaping the Deceptions
of Reputation and Wealth
Chapter 7: The Community of Prayerful Love (Parts 1 &
Chapter 8: On Being a Disciple, or Student, of Jesus
Chapter 9: A Curriculum for Christlikeness (Parts 1 &
Chapter 10: The Restoration of All Things
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