Why the World Is a Perfectly Safe Place for You: Was Jesus Nuts?

July 1, 1999
The Divine Conspiracy - Renovaré International Conference - Houston

Dallas explains why the world is a perfectly safe place for us. In Christ, we are safe from harm even if we are not safe from hurt. His message is followed by Marti Ensign's powerful story from the East African mission field and a Q&A with Richard Foster. Filmed at the 1999 Renovaré international conference, Dallas's opening comments reflect that he was filling in for Glandian Carney who was originally scheduled to speak at this session of the conference.

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Why the World Is a Perfectly Safe Place for You: Was Jesus Nuts?

"Was Jesus nuts?" The kingdom of God has never been nor ever will be in trouble. We can rest confidently in this, despite whatever troubles and travails we encounter. Dallas challenges listeners to see beyond the physical world and embrace the spiritual realities of Christian life. 

Why the World Is a Perfectly Safe Place for You: Was Jesus Nuts?

Highlights:

  • A Safe World: Dallas begins by recalling Jesus' teachings from the Sermon on the Mount, emphasizing the safety of living under God's sovereignty. He challenges the conventional understanding of harm versus hurt, suggesting that true harm cannot befall those who are in God's care.
  • Training for Reigning: Expounding on the notion of life as a training ground for reigning with God, Dallas discusses how prayer and daily challenges are opportunities to learn how to govern our lives with God's wisdom and strength.
  • Faith in Storms: Reflecting on a biblical story from Mark 4, Dallas illustrates how Jesus sleeping through a storm demonstrates His trust in God's omnipresence and control, contrasting it with the disciples' fear and lack of faith.
  • God's Visibility: Dallas passionately argues that God desires to be seen and known, discussing the theological implications of this desire and how it should influence Christian living and the pursuit of spiritual intimacy.
  • Invitation to the Kingdom: He highlights the universal invitation to God’s kingdom, emphasizing that it's inclusive and designed for everyone, and how individual lives are significant to God's eternal plan.
  • Reality of God’s Control: Through personal anecdotes and scriptural references, Dallas reinforces the reality of God's active presence and control over life circumstances, encouraging a trust that transcends visible challenges.
  • Encounter with the Divine: Dallas shares powerful stories of faith and martyrdom, illustrating how profound encounters with God transform lives and influence others, even in the face of death.
  • Visibility of Love: Concluding his talk, Dallas focuses on the visibility of God’s love through His people. He discusses how Christians are meant to manifest God's presence in the world, turning theoretical faith into tangible experience.