definitions, please

I’m stealing (and very slightly modifying) some thoughts from Dallas Willard here. It’s good stuff that needs to be said!

The common understanding of some words . . .

Discipleship – being serious about church involvement.

Grace – God’s forgiveness for our sins that takes away our guilt.

Kingdom of God – the church, heaven, or the perfect realm that will exist at the end of history.

Love – a feeling of desire for, or to act nicely toward, another.

Salvation – going to heaven, not hell, after death.

Some more accurate, more Biblical, richer definitions of those same words . . .

Discipleship – learning to live your life as Jesus would if he were you. An apprentice of Jesus.

Grace – God acting in our life to accomplish whatever we cannot do on our own.

Kingdom of God – the present range of God’s effective will, where what he wants done is done.

Love – to will the good of another and, as much as it is within our power, to act on that will.

Salvation – being caught up into the life that Jesus is living right now and on into forever.