The Great OmissionThe Great Omission:
Reclaiming Jesus's Essential Teachings on Discipleship

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 has been the church's Great Omission.

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. We cannot be Christians without being disciples, and we cannot call ourselves Christians without applying this understanding of life in the Kingdom of God to every aspect of life on earth.

This book calls believers to restore what should be the heart of Christianity—being active disciples of Jesus Christ. 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.

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The Great Omission



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Table of Contents


Section I: Apprenticed to Jesus
Discipleship: For Super Christians Only?
Why Bother With Discipleship?
Who Is Your Teacher?
Looking Like Jesus
The Key to the Keys of the Kingdom

Section II: Spiritual Formation and Development of Character
Spiritual Formation in Christ Is for the Whole Life and the Whole Person
Spiritual Formation in Christ: A Perspective on What It Is And How It Might Be Done
The Spirit Is Willing, But… The Body as a Tool for Spiritual Growth
Living in the Vision of God
Idaho Springs Inquiries Concerning Spiritual Formation
Personal Soul Care: For Ministers…And Others

Section III: Discipleship of the Soul and the Mind
Spiritual Disciplines, Spiritual Formation, And The Restoration Of The Soul
Christ-Centered Piety
Jesus the Logician

Section IV: Books on Spiritual Living -Visions and Practices
Letters by a Modern Mystic by Frank C. Laubach
The Interior Castle by Teresa of Avila
Invitation to Solitude and Silence by Ruth Haley Barton
When God Moves In: My Experience with Deeper Experiences of Famous Christians
A Room of Marvels by James B. Smith

A Parting Word: "As You Go…"


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