From ch. 2, «Making Theology of the Disciplines Practical», of The Spirit of the Disciplines: Understanding How God Changes Lives
People currently attending the typical evangelical Church in the author's country do not find a reliable set of tools to steadily grow in their quest toward a life lived under the sign of personal maturity. « By contrast, says Dallas Willard, the secret of the standard, historically proven spiritual disciplines is precisely that they do
respect and count on the bodily nature of human personality. They all deeply and essentially involve bodily conditions and activities. Thus they show us effectively how
we can 'offer our bodies as living sacrifices, holy and acceptable unto God' and how our 'spiritual worship' (Rom. 12:1) really is inseparable from the offering up of our bodies in specific physical ways » (Dallas Willard, p. 19, author's italics).
A bit further in the book, the author writes: «True character transformation begins, we are taught to believe, in the pure grace of God and is continually assisted by it. Very well. But action
is also indispensable in making the Christian truly a different kind of person -- one having a new life in which, as 2 Corinthians 5:17 states, 'Old things have passed away and, behold, all things become new.' Failure to act in certain definite ways will guarantee that this transformation does not come to pass» (p. 20, author's italics).
How do the above quotes stimulate you to learn more about spiritual disciplines and to engage in them?
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