There is one thing that is for sure. Discipleship is incredibly important. When it comes to our families and our ministries, we must think about how are we teaching/modeling others to be disciples (followers of Christ).
I read a book a few months ago called Gospel-Centered Discipleship(Amazon affiliate link) and that book has definitely challenged me to think more clearly through how I am discipling others and even how I “disciple myself” (if that is possible”).
Here are my thoughts on the book:
I loved the book and would challenge you if you are in ministry then read this book for yourself. Discipleship has long been about behavior modification and not nearly enough about life transforming love and the message of the gospel of Jesus Christ, complete connection with God free through the gift of a life given for imperfect people.
As my son’s been born and now is almost 4 months old, I am thinking long term what and how I’m pouring into him. This book has helped shape my perspective in parenting even though I’m a complete noob and don’t have many established priorities or practices yet.
This book is clear and simple: Evangelism and Discipleship cannot be divided. They are one in the person of Jesus Christ.
The book addresses the need for a heart change, first and always and how our identity in the person of Christ changes our actions.
Discipleship cannot be accomplished without the gospel. Yet after Baptism, what is there?
This book caused me to ask some important questions about how I do ministry?
- What do we offer families after that? Only teaching and programs?
- Is one gospel experience enough? This is more a matter of priority than theological slant.
- Do I communicate that the gospel is something to be lived out and understood or more like an event only to be experienced?
- How do I teach students to fight for their identity in the gospel rather than do the right thing?
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