The Soul Sermon Series

August 1990
Valley Vista Christian Community

A 3-part sermon series from Valley Vista Community Church, Dallas’s home church, in August 1990. 

In this series, Dallas states that he is “working through three topics that are intimately related.” The soul (session 1), God (session #2), and Prayer (session 3).

This teaching makes prayer more accessible (and God more approachable) by putting conversation with God in the context of a working relationship with him.

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2: The Sufficiency of God to Your Soul

The soul is matched by God, and God alone is sufficient for the soul. Dallas discusses the fact that God is absolutely sufficient unto himself and is totally independent of anything else.

3: Prayer as a Working Relationship with God

This series goes through a discussion of who we are as God's creatures, what a soul is, and then to God, before coming now to prayer, because prayer is the most natural thing that we do when we understand who God is and what we are.

An Introduction to Your Soul (or “How to Save Your Life”)

In this sermon Dallas discusses what the soul is, its worth, and how we feel and think about our souls. He suggests the sermon could be simply titled: How to Save Your Life.

Dallas defines the soul as: “the unity and substance of your life. It's what makes you tick. It is the overall order or disorder that moves and organizes through your experiences. That's what your soul is. It is a power to live; and, as it goes along, it picks up the result of the experience.”

The following topics are discussed:

  • The soul in relation to the mind and heart (spirit, will
  • How choice, idea structures, and beliefs impact the soul
  • Redemption of the human soul
  • The Glory of the human soul

 

Dallas reads a passage from The Weight of Glory by C. S. Lewis to emphasize the value and the glory of the human soul.

The Sufficiency of God to Your Soul

The soul is matched by God, and God alone is sufficient for the soul. Dallas discusses the fact that God is absolutely sufficient unto himself and is totally independent of anything else.

We can know the sufficiency of God by placing the Lord before us and keeping him there in our mind through practicing spiritual disciplines, waiting on the Lord by trusting and relying upon him to deal with the issues that face us, and through the interaction within our souls and around us that assures us of a new reality in him.

This sermon includes two poems related to the soul: 
Invictus” by W. E. Henley and “The Wind, One Brilliant Day” by Antonio Machado.

Prayer as a Working Relationship with God

Dallas makes several points about prayer:

  • We pray because it is the way persons work together. People work together by talking and communicating. And God is a person.
  • We pray because if we don't pray, good things that could happen will not, and bad things that should not happen will happen.
  • Find a time and a place to pray.
  • Lay down the burden of others’ approval.
  • The secret of learning to pray is to pray. Just do it, and keep on doing it.

 

A “re-phrasing” of the Lord’s Prayer (Disciples’ Prayer) is included and discussed.