A Christians desire to grow in faith is beautiful and biblical, best illustrated in Jeremiah 17 where Scripture describes "The man who trusts in the LORD" as being "like a tree planted by water . . . It will not worry in a year of drought or cease producing fruit."
But how do people really grow? Transformational Discipleship describes the process that brings to life that kind of person described in the Bible. Theres no magic formula or mantra to recite here, but rather a substantive measure of research with churches and individuals who have wholeheartedly answered the call of Jesus to make disciples.
A compilation of their wisdom and stories, it surely guides church leaders and members to practice the intentional efforts needed to foster an entire culture in which people grow in Christian faith.
And they will grow, not because of human research, but by the power of the Word and of the Holy Spirit working through the churchthe same way disciples have always been made. When the people of God engage in the mission of God through the Spirit of God, lives are transformed.
Eric Geiger is vice president of the Church Resources division at LifeWay Christian Resources in Nashville, Tennessee. He is also co- author of the best seller Simple Church with Thom S. Rainer.
Michael Kelley is director of Discipleship at LifeWay Christian Resources. His previous written works include Holy Vocabulary, The Tough Sayings of Jesus, and Wednesdays Were Pretty Normal.
Philip Nation is director of Ministry Development with LifeWay Research. He co-edited The Mission of God Study Bible and co-authored Compelled by Love with Ed Stetzer.
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