THE BRIDGE BUILDER By Will Allen Dromgoole
Reading in Ezekiel, we discover a time when this prophet of the Lord God Almighty was in the valley of dry bones. He was led there by God for personal reflection and kingdom service. From this biblical story we learn that God often takes us to the valley of dry bones to teach us something and advance his kingdom purpose.
Titles don’t just tell us what a person does; they also give us insight into who a person is. In order to get to know Jesus so that we become more like Him, we need to know and understand His titles.
“Most Christians live out of their ‘mistaken identity,’ not out of who God says they are. When Christians see themselves as ‘sinners saved by grace,’ they have no choice but to live life as sinners, strenuously striving to become saints. Naturally, this effort leads to failure because we’re not in charge of our sainthood. Out sainthood has already been accomplished by our loving Savior, Jesus Christ. Therefore, when Christians are able to see themselves as ‘saints who sin,’ as Christ-in-me creatures, as clothed with robes of righteousness, they have the only basis to grow up in what is already true of them. God says we are righteous, and this becomes the context of the condition that allows Christ to dwell in us.
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.