This week I’ve been reading the Sermon on the Mount as well as much material about the Sermon on the Mount. I have also been reading Dallas Willard on discipleship. I heard him speak twice today at Truett Seminary (Baylor University). So—I am giving a lot of thought to the words of Jesus this week. If a disciple is a person who learns from Jesus and lives by the teachings of Jesus, then his words carry much weight.
I have two questions that I want to ask. Your thoughts will be valuable as I reflect on the words of Jesus and our acceptance or our neglect (usually not a spoken neglect but a passive neglect).
1. In your experience with various congregations, what teaching of Jesus is either ignored, dismissed, or often just disobeyed?
2. In your own life, can you point to a particular teaching of Jesus which you regularly ignore, dismiss, or disobey?
(This will help as I think through the teachings of Jesus–not just in understanding them, but in reflecting on our actual practice.)