Make Mature Multiply: Becoming Fully-Formed Disciples of Jesus by Brandon D. Smith
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
A collection of articles/essays about the various aspects of discipleship – evangelism, discipling, and training others to disciple. This was a great resource to read. I particularly liked the articles dealing with discipleship in the home and the importance of teaching our own children the gospel and discipling them in the faith.
Our task as believers is to make disciples – it is the task that Jesus left for us to do and the reason we remain on this earth after we are saved. How do we go about doing this? First we must share the gospel, trusting the Holy Spirit to bring souls to Himself. Then as others come to faith, we are to teach them all that Jesus commanded, which includes making disciples. They then go on to disciple others.
Various authors write the different chapters and each chapter stands on its own. A quick read and valuable resource.
*I was given a copy of this book free through the publisher in exchange for my review.
Lots of quotes from this one:
“We also need to declare the facts about Jesus to correct popular ideas about him. There are numerous ideas about Jesus, displayed in world religions and pop culture. It’s therefore imperative that the expositor understands the doctrine of Christ and salvation. The expository evangelist recognizes that there’s no separation from theology and evangelism. Every evangelist does theology. The only question is whether or not they’re doing good theology. Present the real Jesus to people.”
“In proclamation we’re announcing the facts, and in teaching we’re explaining the facts.”
“Make disciples of Jesus by proclaiming him like an evangelist, warning like a prophet, teaching like a theologian, and applying wisdom like a sage.”
“…we have lost wonder over the story and glory of God. Failure to worship God leads to a failed desire to bring our neighbors to worship him with us. We need to recover the gospel in a way that sets God’s glory in the center of all of life.”
“The notion that spiritual training is primarily the job of the church and, in particular, teens the responsibility of a student pastor, is simply not taught in the Bible. Deuteronomy 6 puts the responsibility for the spiritual training of a child squarely on the shoulders of parents.”
“Any person can modify behavior, but a true disciple of Christ lives with a transformed heart that sees other human beings as lost souls in need of Christ’s redemption.”
“Sanctification is both an event and a process of the Holy Spirit whose principle means is Scripture.”
“Redemption is an identity change, not just behavior modification.”
“No one is capable or skilled enough to do what God has called them to do. But the Holy Spirit empowers us for the tasks and God is glorified in using us.”
“Music helps us remember and hold to the truth of God because our songs about God combine both the intellectual truth about God and our emotional response to those truths. Singing about God gets his truth stuck in our hearts, and as it dwells there richly, it draws us into deeper communion with him.”
“The church was never intended to be an end in itself; rather it is called to reproduce and fulfill the Great Commission to make disciples.”