Each of us has ties to family, friends, and strangers in our society, so our spiritual formation should touch not only ourselves but everyone we meet, including the most needy. The truest kind of transformation—the kind Jesus taught and modeled—prompts us to reach out to our neighborhood instead of withdrawing into a self-absorbed, isolated, and risk-free spirituality.
For six years, a dozen spiritual-formation leaders—including Dallas Willard, Bruce Demarest, and Bill Hull—have come together with their colleagues to create this collection of wisdom and honest personal revelation in the areas of discipleship and spiritual formation. The Kingdom Life aims to ground your transformation in the midst of your community through five key emphases:
The Kingdom Life is for teachers, pastors, and lay leaders, but also for every serious Christian seeking a more integrated approach to spiritual formation. This book has both a theological foundation and a “process” aspect in which the key principles are exhibited in practice.
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It is difficult to imagine a group of Jesus’ apprentices better qualified to write on the kingdom life than these authors. Their lived commitment to personal transformation, authentic community, and God’s mission in the world validates their wise words.
—Howard Baker, instructor of Christian formation, Denver Seminary
This book is sorely needed. The authors bring together discipleship and spiritual formation biblically under the canopy of sanctification, thereby dispelling false caricatures of either. This promises to be an important beacon giving direction to discipleship and spiritual-formation ministries in the future.
—Michael J. Wilkins, distinguished professor of New Testament language and literature, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University
This challenging book pushes us to think more deeply about God’s great overarching purpose for our lives: transformation into the likeness of Christ. As the writers examine this great subject from different perspectives, shafts of light break through like rays reflected in the facets of a diamond, at times piercing in their illumination.
—Mike Treneer, international president, The Navigators
What a wonderful resource for those seriously interested in personal or community spiritual formation. This diverse team of experts who lived in spiritual community with each other as a preface for writing this book provides a unique and meaningful integration of the practical and theoretical foundation for spiritual formation.
—G. Craig Williford, president, Trinity International University
Christian discipleship in the American church is in crisis. The church is ready for a sober reevaluation. This is why I am thankful for The Kingdom Life. It is not another book on how to do discipleship as a program; rather, it reexamines the theology and practice of discipleship in light of the lordship of Christ and the life we have in his kingdom. In putting forth this project, Alan Andrews has assembled an extraordinary team of thinkers and practitioners to address an extraordinary need for these most critical of times.
—David Fitch, Betty R. Lindner Chair of Evangelical Theology, Northern Seminary