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The Great Omission: Reclaiming Jesus' Essential Teachings on DiscipleshipDallas WillardHarperOne / 2006 / Hardcover$17.99 Retail:4.5 Stars Out Of 5 6 Reviews
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The Complete Book of Discipleship: On Being and Making Followers of ChristBill HullNavPress / 2006 / Trade Paperback$11.99 Retail:4 Stars Out Of 5 1 Reviews
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Gods Word is our guide to true discipleship, and, according to Oberbrunner, we must look there rather than to other Christians to determine whether or not we are sincerely modeling Christ or simply performing good works. Oberbrunner has broken the growing process into a paradigm that examines four areas; knowing, being, doing, and reproducing.
Knowledge alone does not determine our spirituality. In fact, the actions of the Pharisees demonstrate that knowledge can lead to arrogance and can keep us from a personal relationship with Christ. Still, knowledge is what sets the disciple of Christ apart. In fact, all other measurements flow from our knowing.
The second element, being, says we should be in a continual state of becoming more and more like Christ. Once knowing becomes part of our being, we will move to the third element, doing. This form of doing is a supernatural by-product where we no longer have to consciously try to do good works. When our lives mirror true discipleship in the areas of knowing, being, and doing, the result will be a reproducing of others into true disciples.
This four-area paradigm acts as a mirror to reveal areas where Christ is not presently reigning in our lives. Once an area of weakness is exposed, rather than cover it up, we must acknowledge it and be willing to turn that area over to Christ, who has called us to participate in the work God is doing in the world. But before we can participate in the work, we must be willing to surrender and to follow wherever the Lord leads.
This is a challenging bookone that probably needs to be read more than once in order to fully absorb all of its teachings. Nancy K. Brown, Christian Book Previews.com
Josh Luse5 Stars Out Of 5April 25, 2007Josh LuseIn the process of starting a new church this book has been great in helping both believers and people just checking out this God thing to know their calling. It' a fun, yet practical read, that has taken my understanding of discipleship to new depths. Great book. You will have to check out his other book too, The Journey Towards Relevance.
Dr. Larry Chamberlain5 Stars Out Of 5April 25, 2007Dr. Larry ChamberlainGod will truly bless the minds and hearts of all who will read this book. Having known Kary Oberbrunner since his college days, I can attest to the fact that this is a young man who lives what he writes. His personal passion to become all that God has called him to be is exciting and contagious. Kary's closing comments from the book reflect his personal passion for Christ and His Church: "We need to recognize our role in God's grand plan. If we fail to see the main plot [Matthew 28: 19, 20], then we will fail to understand our role. I am humbled to know I am part of a much larger story. I am humbled that God has commissioned me to reproduce His seed within the hearts of others." Thanks, Kary. This book will plant many seeds that will bear fruit for the glory of God.
Jim Spelman4 Stars Out Of 5April 25, 2007Jim SpelmanFor what it's worth, here is my review of the portion of this book which I have read. I have not met the author but my pastor is a good friend of his. I also subscribe to the author's email newsletter and I have been greatly encouraged by his articles. This book makes me think of my favorite quote by Teddy Roosevelt: "The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, ...who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat." The reason that this book reminds me of this powerful quote is because I meet so many fearful people who can't imagine doing great things. But God calls us to an adventure of epic proportion. We need to get stretched, face danger, face our own fears...we need to grow. Perhaps that is what discipleship is - growth. Transforming, life-altering, mind-renewing growth. Growth that matters. Growth that leads us to become who we were born to be.
Ashley Butler5 Stars Out Of 5April 25, 2007Ashley ButlerKary Oberbrunner does a magnificent job of bringing the important things that God demands of us into perspective for those who sometimes do not know exactly what those are. Sometimes it is easy to pass over those demands in the Bible, leaving many Christians not knowing exactly what it is they are being demanded to do. Oberbrunner's book, however, takes a fresh and realistic approach on getting a closer look into God's Word and figuring out who exactly God is calling us to be. After just the first 10 pages of this book, I find the writing style refreshing and ultimately realistic.
Daniel ODeens5 Stars Out Of 5April 25, 2007Daniel ODeensKary, has served the Christian Community well as he hits the "sweet spot" of Jesus' message. To follow Christ is a journey to the top of Everest! It is an adventure. There is great risk, but the reward is worth the climb! Anything worth living for is worth dying for! Giving my whole life for the CAUSE of Christ is what my life is all about. I AM CALLED! You are too!
Located in: Dublin Ohio
Submitted: May 29, 2008
What was your motivation behind this project? I refer to myself as a "Recovering Pharisee." I founded Redeem the Day Ministries in 2004 and serve as the Pastor of Discipleship and Leadership Development at Grace Church in Powell, OH. Through my speaking, writing, coaching, and consultation, I invite others into a holistic relationship with Jesus Christ. I earned a a D. Min. in Transformational Leadership and an M. Div. in Counseling. I have a heart for the local church and understands, from personal experience, the daily joys and struggles of vocational ministry. I have written several books and write regularly for magazines on such subjects as holiness, Christian living, and cultural phenomenon. I am married to his soulmate Kelly. We are blessed parents of Keegan and Isabel. In my free-time he enjoys reading, the outdoors, and playing disc golf.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? CALLED challenges readers to embrace their true destiny. Most people have adopted a watered-down faith that asks nothing of them. CALLED, demonstrates the true depth of what it means to follow Jesus. I use personal stories and illustrations to demonstrate the fact that most Christians are unknowingly living an impoverished faith. CALLED proclaims that the Gospel isnt simply accepting Jesus into your heart, its also following Him with your life. It's written with the same punch as Dietrich Bonhoeffers Cost of Discipleship. But CALLED is written for todays unique believer who struggles with todays unique challenges.
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? I remember attending a rather large outreach several years ago. A man presented the Gospel and over three hundred teens responded to his invitation. Ironically, I remember feeling overwhelmed and even discouraged. Knowing the fogginess in my own mind regarding discipleship, I wondered who would disciple all these brand new believers and how they would do it. Even as a pastor and graduate of two seminaries, in my mind I never had a simple model of discipleship that would help me help others grown in their faith. Sure I had ideas and suggestions, but I never understood the components of discipleship or how to measure a disciples growth. I set out on a journey. I asked God to reveal through His Word a model of discipleship. I asked Him to show me the measurements and components of authentic discipleship
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? I am inspired by people who are living boldly and dreaming big dreams. I often write to music and especially to my U2 concerts on DVD. I guess I see the way Bono loves his craft and wants to inspire others. I try to do that in my writing.