Dallas Willard's Study Guide to The Divine Conspiracy

Are 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 Study GuideThe 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 God.

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.

144 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.

 

Table of Contents:

Forward by Dallas Willard

Introduction

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 & 2)
Chapter 8: On Being a Disciple, or Student, of Jesus
Chapter 9: A Curriculum for Christlikeness (Parts 1 & 2)
Chapter 10: The Restoration of All Things

 Postlude

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