“Every Christian should read this important book.”
—ROBBY GALLATY, President of Replicate Ministries
IS THE GOSPEL YOU PREACH MAKING DISCIPLES—OR CONVERTS?
Many today preach a gospel that makes converts, but not disciples. This is the result of “non-discipleship gospels,” which exclude the necessity to follow Jesus from their message. The Discipleship Gospel challenges the church today with a fresh reading of Jesus’ gospel—one that we must learn to preach again.
“The gospel you preach determines the disciples you make,” the authors write. Bill Hull and Ben Sobels use key biblical texts to describe why discipleship is not just an add-on to the gospel, but an essential part of it. The authors define seven essential elements of Jesus’ gospel and why you must include each one in your gospel if you want to make disciples, not just converts. In this book, they help you clarify your understanding of the gospel, learn how to contextualize your message, and create a plan to make disciples who embrace the full gospel—in your church and beyond.
BILL HULL is cofounder of The Bonhoeffer Project and author of Conversion and Discipleship and The Disciple-Making Pastor. He speaks as a persevering prophet on the topic of discipleship around the nation.
BEN SOBELS is a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary and serves as Senior Pastor at Cypress Community Church in Salinas, California. He also serves as a regional director for The Bonhoeffer Project.
Very interesting for full understanding.
A book that every Christian MUST read
Bill Hull’s and Ben Soebel’s The Discipleship Gospel” is a book that I have been waiting for. I had read the promotional material earlier, and as soon as it was released I downloaded the Kindle version of it and within a few days I read it. Ever since I read this book I have been trying to convince my leadership team to read it. In fact I believe, every Christian MUST read this book.
Although the book is primarily written to an American audience and I live in an Asian country – Sri Lanka - most of our churches are heavily influenced by American and Western models. Therefore, often, what is true of the contemporary American/Western Church is also true of most of our churches in Sri Lanka. After reading the book it became clear to me, that the gospel that we often hear in our churches is one or a mix of the non-discipleship gospels mentioned in the book.
In chapter 24 of Matthew’s gospel, Jesus while describing the signs of the times at the end of the age, goes on to say the following in verse 14:
“And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come” (emphasis mine).
God being merciful and compassionate, does not want anyone to perish, and therefore wants everyone to have a chance to respond to the gospel before the curtain comes down on world history. So, if we want to hasten the return of Jesus, we must proclaim the gospel in all the world to all the nations and fulfill the criteria for his second coming.
What if we are preaching / proclaiming a different gospel? Or even a false gospel than the one Jesus preached? If we - either knowingly or unknowingly – are preaching a different gospel than the one preached by Jesus, then the end WILL NOT come.
This is where the book The Discipleship Gospel becomes so important in helping us to sift through the non-discipleship gospel that passes off most often as the true gospel and to understand the discipleship gospel and its implications. For, as the authours quite rightly point out, the gospel you preach determines the disciples you make. I pray that this book will be a catalyst for a global discipleship renaissance.
Excellent book! Well-written, informative, and easy to read. The ideas are presented in a fresh, new way - important information for all Christians, which will definitely enhance their walk with Jesus.
As a Pastor of Discipleship, this book was a gamechanger for me. The ideas in "The Discipleship Gospel" have revolutionized my personal walk with Christ and the ministry of our church. Highest recommendation to all followers of Christ and especially leaders in the church.
This book articulates clearly and simply what I have been sensing for a long time about what it means to be a Christian. There is a lot of folk theology floating around in church life about salvation that cannot be found in scripture. Church leaders would do well to read this book and discuss its implications for implementing The Great Commission of Jesus.
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