In Rediscovering Discipleship Robby Gallaty addresses an area of deficiency in the church today. There is a general lack of understanding on what discipleship is, to illustrate a few weeks ago I heard the director of a ministry state that their ministry placed discipleship before evangelism in the process of engaging the lost.
The first section focuses in upon who Jesus is, highlighting the fact that we cannot be obedient to the command to make disciples while being ignorant of Jesus and the heart of his mission. Drawing from the example of Christ and the history of such men as John Wesley, Gallaty makes a clear case for an intentional structure geared toward greater focus on discipleship.
The second section addresses practical steps of creating a discipleship culture in the local church in light of contemporary consumeristic Christianity. Gallaty encourages the use of discipleship groups of three to five in the local church. Any notion that one can disciple a nonbeliever is quickly dispelled in the eleventh chapter.
In my reading I haven’t come across many books that address discipleship in the way this one does. This book removes any doubt what leaders need to be aiming for in creating a discipleship culture in their church. I think every Christian and every church leader must ask of themselves the questions put forward in the book, “Who am I discipling?” and “Who is discipling me?”… “Do we have a comprehensive plan for making disciples?” and “Is our plan for disciple-making working?”(125).
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