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Jimmy ReaganLeesville, SCAge: 45-54Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Important!November 14, 2016Jimmy ReaganLeesville, SCAge: 45-54Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Heres a revised and expanded edition of an influential book on discipleship. Ogden is one of the most respected authors on the subject and he is passionate about the subject as well. He gives the reader a lot to chew on.
The book is in three main parts with the first one covering what has gone wrong with discipleship. He exposes the superficiality in Christians today as the proof of discipleship going awry. He says people worship with a reviewers mentality. He cites studies that show few Christians have a goal of being committed to Christ, but are more focused on the American Dream. He laments how the lifestyles of Christians and non-Christians are indistinguishable. He says, It would appear that Christians have been almost as seduced by self-focus as the broader population. He surmises that we have been diverted from the main calling we have. We are consumed with programs that does not actually disciple people. We says people dont have the right idea about church and churches dont have it about discipleship.
The next part is where he traces discipleship in the New Testament. He goes, of course, through Christs ministry. Next, he tackles Paul and even admits that Paul doesnt use the word disciple. He shows Paul speaks of parenting young believers and transforming lives. He draws it out with great detail.
The balance of the book is a detailed explanation of his particular method of discipleship. He emphasizes relationships and not expecting quick results. Its interesting, but strikes me as working better in some areas or with professional people. Still, its worth considering. In an added chapter, he unnecessarily pits preaching and discipleship and is too harsh on preaching.
This book is necessary for our shelves in discipleship.
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Jim5 Stars Out Of 5December 5, 2014JimThis book has radically changed the way my church does discipleship.
ValerieLaPorte, TXAge: 45-54Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5June 10, 2011ValerieLaPorte, TXAge: 45-54Gender: femaleThis book was referred to me by my pastor's wife. Just started reading, very good.
Dick Petrie5 Stars Out Of 5September 21, 2010Dick PetrieThis book leads into a process by which I will develope a deeper, closer relationship with God and at the same time feel comfortable in attempting to establish a small triad of men, of my choosing, with whom to establish a close personal christian relationship sharing our walk with Christ and our daily trials and victories. It takes me a few steps beyond church as usual which I find less fullfilling and challenges me to make a personal investiment/commitment in the discipling of others. It is not a program it is a process which thereby can be an ongoing relationship and also help to grow additional triads.
Royce Thomas5 Stars Out Of 5June 8, 2010Royce ThomasWritten in 2003 but even more relevant today. Excellent insight that takes the fear out of "making disciples of Christ". Presents a practical process of building nominal Christians into vibrant disciples of Christ an easily duplicatable process. Very well written.