Following Christ: Taking on the Mind of Christ

January 1, 2003
Following Christ Conference - InterVarsity Christian Fellowship - Atlanta, GA

Dallas had the honor of addressing the final plenary session of InterVarsity's 2002 "Following Christ" Conference on January 1, 2003. He offers a compelling vision for taking on the "mind of Christ" as a disciple of Jesus Christ.

According to InterVarsity.org, "InterVarsity’s Following Christ conference demonstrated that discipleship of the mind matters greatly to many evangelical Christian scholars, artists and business professionals. InterVarsity affirms the sacred value of intellectual discovery and artistic expression; and believes that such endeavors, when they are dedicated to God as a form of worship, mark our lives as following Christ." (https://intervarsity.org/news/following-christ-2002)

The conference took place in Atlanta, GA (December 28, 2002 - January 1, 2003).  

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Following Christ: Taking on the Mind of Christ

Dallas paints a beautiful picture of what it means to follow Christ, urging believers to embrace the mind of Christ as outlined in Philippians 2. He examines what it means to live a life characterized by an abundant flow of the fruit of the Spirit. Dallas encourages his audience to engage interactively with Jesus, fostering a vision of God's goodness, an intention to follow Him, and the practical means to live out this transformative faith. 

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Following Christ: Taking on the Mind of Christ

Highlights:

  • Mind of Christ: Dallas emphasizes the necessity of adopting the mind of Christ as described in Philippians 2, urging believers to embrace humility and regard others as more important than themselves. This mindset is foundational to spiritual growth and transformation.
  • Humility in Action: He highlights the significance of living out humility in daily life. He encourages the audience to consider others' needs and interests, fostering a community rooted in selflessness and love.
  • Transformation of Character: Dallas speaks about the profound transformation that occurs when one follows Christ. This transformation is marked by the development of virtues such as love, joy, peace, patience, and self-control.
  • Fruit of the Spirit: He discusses the importance of living in the abundant flow of the fruit of the Spirit. He points out that a life characterized by these virtues is a natural outcome of a deep relationship with Jesus.
  • Ease of the Christian Path: Dallas contrasts the Christian way with worldly alternatives, stating that the path of following Christ is ultimately easier. He explains that Jesus' teachings, though seemingly challenging, lead to a life of true peace and fulfillment.
  • Interactive Relationship with Christ: Dallas emphasizes the importance of having an interactive relationship with Jesus. This relationship goes beyond mere acceptance of doctrine and involves living in constant communion with Christ.
  • Vision, Intention, and Means: He outlines the three essential components for spiritual transformation: vision, intention, and means. Believers must have a clear vision of life in God's kingdom, a firm intention to follow Christ, and practical means to implement this vision in daily life.
  • Memorization and Practice: Dallas concludes by urging believers to take on the mind of Christ through the memorization and practice of Scripture. He highlights the transformative power of internalizing Jesus' teachings and living them out consistently.