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The Kingdom Life: A Practical Theology of Discipleship and Spiritual Formation [NOOK Book]

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For six years, spiritual formation leaders such as Dallas Willard, Bruce Demarest, and Bill Hull came together with other colleagues to create a collection of wisdom and honest personal revelation in the areas of discipleship and spiritual formation.

The result is The Kingdom Life, a book that offers a fresh approach to the spiritual disciplines through a three-pronged focus...
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The Kingdom Life: A Practical Theology of Discipleship and Spiritual Formation

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Overview

For six years, spiritual formation leaders such as Dallas Willard, Bruce Demarest, and Bill Hull came together with other colleagues to create a collection of wisdom and honest personal revelation in the areas of discipleship and spiritual formation.

The result is The Kingdom Life, a book that offers a fresh approach to the spiritual disciplines through a three-pronged focus on transformation, community, and outreach.

Connect in a unique way with God and His kingdom by understanding how He sees grace and doctrine, brokenness and obedience, outreach and justice.

Includes seven highly practical “process” chapters as well as three theological chapters on the Trinity, the Scriptures, and the Holy Spirit.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781617472497
  • Publisher: The Navigators
  • Publication date: 2/27/2014
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 760,859
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Alan Andrews, former U.S. director for The Navigators, is general editor. Other authors are Dallas Willard, Bill Thrall, Bruce McNicol, Keith J. Matthews, Bill Hull, Keith Meyer, Peggy Reynoso, Paula Fuller, Bruce Demarest, Michael Glerup, Richard E. Averbeck, and Christopher Morton.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: The Journey of TACT Alan Andrews Christopher Morton 7

Part I Process Elements of Spiritual Formation

Chapter 1 The Gospel of the Kingdom and Spiritual Formation Dallas Willard 27

Chapter 2 Communities of Grace Bill Thrall Bruce McNicol 59

Chapter 3 The Transformational Process Keith J. Matthews 83

Chapter 4 Spiritual Formation from the Inside Out Bill Hull 105

Chapter 5 Whole-Life Transformation Keith Meyer 137

Chapter 6 Formed Through Suffering Peggy Reynoso 163

Chapter 7 Participating in God's Mission Paula Fuller 193

Part 2 Theological Elements of Spiritual Formation

Chapter 8 The Trinity as Foundation for Spiritual Formation Bruce Demarest 223

Chapter 9 The Holy Spirit and Spiritual Formation Michael Glerup 249

Chapter 10 The Bible in Spiritual Formation Richard E. Averbeck 273

Epilogue Alan Andrews Christopher Morton 301

Notes 313

About the Contributors 327

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Practical Spiritual Formation

    It is a pleasure to find a book on spiritual formation that does not wander aimlessly in philosophy and mysticism. NavPress has assembled ten essays (the cumulative result of the Theological and Cultural Thinkers Group) geared toward living the kingdom life in the everyday world. The book is subtitled A Practical Theology of Discipleship and Spiritual Formation, and to this end it generally holds true.The book is divided into two major sections, process and theology, each having elaboration on specific elements of spiritual formation: community, commitment, conforming and transforming, work of the Holy Spirit, primacy of scripture, etc. A different author elaborates on each element, giving a broad and practical background to the subject as a whole. Beyond this, discussion questions are given at the end of each chapter to aid in reflection and discussion.A weakness of this book is the first process chapter by Dallas Willard. In trying to explain the necessity to enter into the kingdom life, the author enters overly subjective waters as he is want to do. Another is the chapter on missions by Paula Fuller who interjects racial reconciliation into the subject of missions leading the reader in an unnecessary direction to build her case. In spite of these, the book is a good resource for understanding how and why the believer seeks to be built up in Christ.

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  • Posted October 10, 2010

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    The Kingdom Life

    The volume, The Kingdom Life: A Practical Theology of Discipleship and Spiritual Formation, edited by Alan Andrews, by Navpress publishers, is a product of a series of conferences by TACT- Theological and Cultural Thinkers. This organised group of spiritual and biblical leaders put forth ten seperat yet essential "Elements", crucial to spiritual formation and discipleship. These elements are divided into theological and process elements, and each has a dedicated essay/ chapter by a selected contributing author.

    Essentialy, this group, TACT, and the book it has produced is a response to the watered-down, ineffective, comprimised churches prevelant in today's American culture. It recognises that issue of today's modern churches- lack of spiritual growth of its members who passively attend services every week, yet remain stagnant, worldly and materialistic- never progressing from spiritual death and spiritual infancy. The contributers of this book, recognise the need to spread the gospel message in today's American nculture in a more effective way without comprimising core biblical beliefs. First and formost is the need to recognise the Kingdom of God, biblically, and what it entails. This cannot be done without the Holy Spirit.

    This book is somewhat like a catechism, outlining the essential points of christian doctrines: such as the trinity, the reality of sin, the role of suffering, drawn from the bible, which are essential to discipleship.
    This intended audience of this book are pastors and church leaders, but any serious bible believer may appreciate and benefit from this book as well. As a blogger for Navpress publishers I recieved this book for free for the purpose of writing this review. The opinions expressed are my own.

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  • Posted August 29, 2010

    Great Book! All Leaders Need to Read This

    The Kingdom Life: A Practical Theology of Discipleship and Spiritual Formation is a book written by several different theologians/authors/professors who belong to a group called TACT (Theological and Cultural Thinkers). This group came together, several years ago, to discuss how to encourage and strengthen the American church, especially in light of the discouraging statistics from Barna and Gallup research.

    This book was a really encouraging and fun read for me because it has brought together many of the things I've learned and worked through over this past year in my classes. In the first half of the book, the authors discussed various parts of spiritual formation, exploring issues like what is the gospel? What does community look like for us? What role does suffering play in our formation? What is mission and why are we on it? How do we form spiritually? In the second half, the authors discuss the theology behind spiritual formation- trinitarian theology, the role of the Spirit, and the role of Scripture.

    There are a lot of different parts that I could highlight in this review, but I'm making myself choose just one for sake of time and space. The aspect of the book that I liked best was its emphasis on real life transformation, and how it not only CAN happen, but it should happen. For many American Christians, we see the conversion, re-birth experience as the most important part of our spiritual life. We look back at a moment that we "accepted Jesus Christ as Savior" and that's enough. Maybe most of us want something more, but we are willing to settle for the insurance and assurance of salvation. These authors emphasized that this conversion-centered gospel that many preach and emphasis is incomplete, unhealthy, and results in the research that Barna and Gallup reported.

    Instead, we need to learn and model for one another what it looks like to be on the road of discipleship- following Jesus, practicing disciplines that help us to hear and understand God better, learning to say n0 to the flesh, living in open communities of grace, etc. For these authors, they seemed to be wanting to challenge church and lay leaders to first apply these principles to their own life, and then to re-structure, if necessary, the church in order to make sure that they are truly making disciples (and not just converts).

    This is a five star book and one that I will certainly be re-rereading during parts of this semester (especially for my Equipping the Laity class). I would highly suggest this to any leader in the American church, and to anyone who thinks that spiritual formation will "just happen."

    As Dallas Willard said, "God is not opposed to effort, but to earning." - The Divine Conspiracy

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from NavPress Publishers as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commision's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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  • Posted July 13, 2010

    Practical Spiritual Formation

    It is a pleasure to find a book on spiritual formation that does not wander aimlessly in philosophy and mysticism. NavPress has assembled ten essays (the cumulative result of the Theological and Cultural Thinkers Group) geared toward living the kingdom life in the everyday world. The book is subtitled A Practical Theology of Discipleship and Spiritual Formation, and to this end it generally holds true.

    The book is divided into two major sections, process and theology, each having elaboration on specific elements of spiritual formation: community, commitment, conforming and transforming, work of the Holy Spirit, primacy of scripture, etc. A different author elaborates on each element, giving a broad and practical background to the subject as a whole.

    A weakness of this book is the first process chapter by Dallas Willard. In trying to explain the necessity to enter into the kingdom life, the author enters overly subjective waters as he is want to do. Another is the chapter on missions by Paula Fuller who interjects racial reconciliation into the subject of missions leading the reader in an unnecessary direction to build her case. In spite of these, the book is a good resource for understanding how and why the believer seeks to be built up in Christ.

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  • Posted June 17, 2010

    Soli Deo Gloria

    In "The Kingdom Life, "Alan Andrews and his collaborators have given the American Church new and healthy criteria for success.for individual Christians, pastors and local churches. As a churchman, I have longed for a new "path to fulfillment and Biblical evaluation." This practical volume brings together evangelical church persons who love the community of faith and desire that we grow toward true discipleship that confesses the historic faith, builds communities of grace and looks like Jesus to our culture. Each presentation calls for prayer, study, good discussion and internal change. No more questing for "noses and nickels!" Godly "spiritual formation" can transform us all and get the American Church moving toward a union with the Trinity of God and each other we have not known. And, Biblical criteria for "success" can save the careers of many pastors from despair. This is a consummate work for the church today.

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    Posted May 15, 2011

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