Thursday, September 1, 2016

Discipleship: it's more than a pew with your name on it

      There is more to Christianity than going to church on Sunday and perhaps attending a midweek Bible Study, book study or small group.  That's not to say that one needs to be busy all the time, being so busy working for the Lord, that relationships with Jesus and with others get pushed to the side. Preston Sprinkle in Go: Returning Discipleship to the Front Lines of Faith (NavPress, 2016) addresses the issue of discipleship from a fresh approach…one that many pew happy Christians need to hear.

      We are called to be full-time Christians. The idea that the professionals are the only ones expected to do the work that Jesus called all Christians to do (Remember Matt 28:18-20 or Acts 1:8)

     For me the book starts rather slow, but after the first couple of chapters things picked up, there were interesting stories of how discipleship can, should, and DOES work. By the end of the book I was disappointed that there weren't a few more chapters.

     Apart from the early slowness, this is a fascinating book, full of personal and scriptural examples of what it means to be a disciple, and by the way "to be a Christian is to be a disciple, and to be a disciple is to be on mission." 
Sprinkle has a knack for tying together the different aspects of discipleship: relationships, loving and serving God and others.  It's more than how many verses you have memorized or how often you're attending a bible study or church service. It's how you share Jesus with the world.

     I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for my review. I was not required to write a positive review.


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