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  1. Tim
    Illinois
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: Male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Better Way to Disciple
    December 15, 2015
    Tim
    Illinois
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: Male
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    This book has the potential to have a huge impact on your life as a follower of Christ, but also your life as a replicator of Christ followers.

    As a pastor, I have struggled with the best way to train and equip individuals to evangelize and disciple. Some are open to sharing their faith more than others, and I readily accept this. I believe a certain level of spiritual maturity is needed before some will proclaim their faith. Once an individual begins to proclaim their faith, they tend to become more willing to share more of their faith, then begin sharing the Good News that others can have this relationship with Christ. Most people eventually accept some level of evangelism, which is a good thing. While it is great when people begin sharing their faith, there seems to be a point in this process where individuals seem to resist surpass.

    Sharing one's faith tends to get easier for most believers. However, the process of discipling others seems to be the point many won't pass. Through the years I have heard countless reasons and excuses for the resistance in helping others know more of Christ. I believe this book helps identify the underlying reason for this hesitancy, but more importantly, it helps give gentle, practical advice in helping developing disciples for Jesus Christ.

    Looking at the Bible in a cultural, historical context, Gallaty does an excellent job of helping look disciplship being a program. People can be trained in how develop disciples, but they need to understand it is a lifestyle, not a program. As Gallaty draws the reader into a contextual setting for the words and actions of Jesus, the reader in turn realizes Jesus trained His disciples by living life with them. I believe the author does a nice job of helping the reader this is still possible, even expected, in the life of today's followers of Christ.
  2. Jimmy Reagan
    Leesville, SC
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Superb!
    November 21, 2015
    Jimmy Reagan
    Leesville, SC
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: male
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    Making Jesus Final Words Our First Work reads the subtitle as it reveals the passion for discipleship that you will find between the covers of this book. I have never read a book that biblically makes the case for discipleship as well as this one. Beyond that is the practical guidelines given by one with much experience. Theres seven chapters on the why and six on the how.

    Part One includes an in-depth look at how Christ made disciples. The chapter on Thinking Like A Hebrew is profound in its insights and one of the most powerful in the book. Then he got into the type of people Jesus discipledblue collar, untrained, and youngand shows us there might be better candidates around us than we supposed. He also makes sure that we dont lose sight of the goal that the disciple be transformed in the image of Christ.

    He looks at discipleship historically as well going back to Augustine. His analysis of Wesleys effective methods will really get you thinking. His thought that a comma in the KJV did the most damage to discipleship seems overdone, but otherwise his historical insights seem hard to refute.

    The second part of the book highlights what he has learned from personal experience. His way is not the only way, but his experience makes him deserve our ear. Finally, he makes a clear distinction between evangelism and discipleship. Discipleship is for believers! This work deserves the prominent place on our shelves for often use.



    I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255.
  3. Disciple1229
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great read!
    October 19, 2015
    Disciple1229
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    After having read Robby's other books, (Growing Up + Firmly Planted), I believe this one is his best. What I enjoyed most was the fact that Robby laid out the importance of understanding the heart of the mission of Jesus before he outlined the how of the mission of Jesus. He focused much of the first half of the book on knowing who Jesus was in the context of a Hebraic society, and how that would have influenced the way that He lead his followers. He follows up the remaining portion calling us to join Jesus in doing ministry the way that He did: making disciples. Robby gives some very practical how-to's that he has experienced in making disciples at Brainerd Baptist in Chattanooga. I would recommend this book to anyone: the Christian unfamiliar with what it looks like to be a disciple who makes disciples, and also to the seasoned discipler. Chapter 7, "A comma that may have left the church in a discipleship coma", alone is worth the price of the book. Pick it up, heed the wisdom that God has given Robby, and follow in obedience to the commandment of Christ: "Therefore, go and make disciples.."
  4. pastor2519
    West Point, UT
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Some thoughts on Rediscovering Discipleship
    October 8, 2015
    pastor2519
    West Point, UT
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
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    Robby Gallaty (Growing Up, Firmly Planted) rightfully thinks discipleship is important to the life of a Christian. In his latest book Rediscovering Discipleship: Making Jesus' Final Words Our First Work (Zondervan, 2015) he shares some of what he has learned about how to more effectively be a disciple, and just as importantly, and probably more so, how to make disciples.

    This fairly short book (less than 250 pages including front and back matter) has two main sections. The first part "Know the Man Before You Go on the Mission" offers some historical context from the life and times of Jesus, and also something a little more recent, a missing comma (read chapter 7 to find out how a missing comma totally changes the way we read things). Included in this part is the four-step process that Gallaty identifies from his study of the Gospels as the one Jesus used: 1) Jesus ministered while the disciples watched; 2) Jesus allowed the disciples to assist him in ministry; 3) the disciples ministered with the assistance of Jesus; and 4) Jesus observed as the disciples ministered to others. And then they were released to replicate the process.

    The second part is aptly titled "The Method of Making Disciples". The chapters in this section cover a variety of topics such as making disciples in the post-Christian culture, why discipling non-believers doesn't work (disciple making is more than getting someone to say a prayer) along with some of the attributes of a discipleship group.

    This is not a book just for pastors or just for the elder responsible for discipleship and evangelism; it's a book for Christians who take seriously the call to be a disciple maker (you remember that pesky command found in Matthew 28). And if you don't take that command seriously you should definitely read this book.

    I was given a advance copy of this book for agreeing to be part of the launch team, to read the book and to post a review.

    5/5

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