The With God Life

2011
Interview

This is a promo for Monvee (a spiritual assessment/discipleship tool), which was related to John Ortberg’s book “The Me I Wanna Be." This video provides a good introduction to Dallas's ideas.

 

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The With God Life

Dallas discusses the importance of specific actions in personal change, the power of a praying life over a prayer life, and the transformative role of community in church. Dallas addresses the issues of motivation through guilt, the positive aspects of spiritual giving, and the profound impact of living under God's guidance. 

The With God Life

Highlights:

  • Emphasis on Specific Actions: Dallas begins by emphasizing the importance of being specific when aiming for personal change, such as quitting smoking or saving money. He suggests that specificity in planning and execution is essential for successful transformation.
  • The Need for a Praying Life: Dallas critiques the shallow approach to devotional life that many practice, which lacks integration into their daily living. He advocates for a "praying life" that continuously engages with spiritual reality, fostering genuine spiritual growth.
  • Rejecting Guilt as a Motivator: He speaks against the use of guilt as a motivation for spiritual practices, stating that it often fails to teach individuals how to practically implement teachings in their lives. Instead, he stresses understanding the benefits of spiritual actions as a more effective motivational force.
  • Role of Community in Church: Dallas highlights the importance of community within the church, not just as a place of worship but as a supportive network that helps members practice and embody the teachings of Jesus throughout the week.
  • Confession and Spiritual Growth: He describes confession not just as a ritual of declaring sins but as a transformative act that involves a deep personal surrender to God, which is crucial for spiritual revival and growth.
  • Understanding and Practicing Redemption: Dallas delves into the concept of redemption, explaining it as a restoration to God’s original intention for humanity through the incarnation of Jesus, which encompasses His life, death, and resurrection.
  • Human Responsibility of Dominion: He discusses the biblical concept of dominion, explaining that humans are meant to govern the earth responsibly under God’s authority. Mismanagement of this responsibility leads to societal and environmental issues.
  • Living the Kingdom of God Now: Finally, Dallas emphasizes that the kingdom of God is not something to be experienced posthumously but is a present reality. He encourages embracing a life of dependency on Jesus, integrating faith into every aspect of daily life.