: Discipleship occurs when someone answers the call to learn from Jesus how to live his or her life-as though Jesus were living it. The end result is that the disciple becomes the kind of person who naturally does what...
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Discipleship occurs when someone answers the call to learn from Jesus how to live his or her life-as though Jesus were living it. The end result is that the disciple becomes the kind of person who naturally does what Jesus did.
How the church understands salvation and the gospel is the key to recovering a biblical theology of discipleship. Our doctrines of grace and salvation, in some cases, actually prevent us from creating an expectation that we are to be disciples of Jesus. A person can profess to be a Christian and yet still live under the impression that they don't need to actually follow Jesus. Being a follower is seen as an optional add-on, not a requirement. It is a choice, not a demand. Being a Christian today has no connection with the biblical idea that we are formed into the image of Christ.
In this ground-breaking new book, pastor and author Bill Hull shows why our existing models of evangelism and discipleship fail to actually produce followers of Jesus. He looks at the importance of recovering a robust view of the gospel and taking seriously the connection between conversion-answering the call to follow Jesus-and discipleship-living like the one we claim to follow.
Scot McKnight (Ph.D., University of Nottingham) is the Karl A. Olsson Professor in Religious Studies at North Park University. Prior to joining the NPU faculty in 1994, he was a professor at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He has written widely on the historical Jesus, Christian spirituality, and the Emerging Church. One of McKnight's more popular books, The Jesus Creed, won the Christianity Today's book award for 2004 in the area of Christian living. McKnight's blog, JesusCreed.org, has been a popular site for Emerging Church discussion.
His other publications include: The Real Mary: Why Evangelical Christians Can Embrace the Mother of Jesus; Praying with the Church: Following Jesus Daily, Hourly, Today; Jesus and His Death: Historiography, the Historical Jesus, and Atonement Theory; Embracing Grace: A Gospel for All of Us; Turning to Jesus: The Sociology of Conversion in the Gospels; The Story of the Christ, with Philip Law; and 1 Peter and Galatians in NIV Application Commentary.
His most recent publications include The Blue Parakeet: Rethinking How You Read the Bible and James (New International Commentary on the New Testament).
Bill Hull's efforts as a pastor and writer have been focused on being a disciple and making disciples. He has written several groundbreaking books for leaders and churches. Bill and his wife, Jane, have been married since 1969 and are the parents of two grown sons.
- :introductionchapter 1 ? The Gospelthe Definition Of The Gospel Is The Source For Discipleship. It Defines The Life Of A Disciple, The Disciple?s Purpose, Calling, And Message. This Chapter Looks At Several Of The Most Common Gospels Preached, Including: The Gospel Of Forgiveness Only, The Gospel Of The Left, The Gospel Of The Right, The Gospel Of Prosperity, The Gospel For Consumers, The Radical Gospel For Activists, The Good For Nothing Gospel, And The Gospel Of The Kingdom.chapter 2 ? The Call My Life Is An Answer To The Call Of Jesus. We Answer With Our Lives. This Chapter Will Discuss The Impotence Of Systems And Why Jesus Called Us To Be And Make Disciples Rather Than Start Churches Or Governments. Discipleship Is The Only Hope For The World. Only When A Person Submits To A Community Of Serious Christ-followers Can They Learn To Do All That Christ Commanded. This Chapter Will Exegete Relevant Passages, Define Terms, And Look At Various Definitions Of Discipleship From The Reformation, Wesley, Post Wwii Evangelicalism, The Para Church, Etc. Chapter 3 - Salvationsaved Means The Possession And The Experience Of New Life, Eternal Life Right Now. It Also Assumes Significant And Ongoing Change Into The Image Of Christ. Additionally, The Grand Goals Of A Life In Christ Are Attainable And Are Expected As One Lives An Obedient Life. This Quality Of Life Does Matter Regarding The Level Of Success And Amount Of Time It Takes The Church To Accomplish Its Mission. It Also Sorts Out The Reasons That A Substandard Understanding Of Salvation Creates A Passive Worldwide Congregation With Low Expectations And ?christians? Who Contradict Their Own Testimony. Chapter 4 ? Ways And Meansthe Problem In The World Is Not Just Bad People Doing Bad Things. It Is Good People Doing Good Things Badly. Modifications Of Time Hardened Practices Is Required If What Has Been Advertized As A New Person In Christ And In The Case Of The Church, As A New Humanity Is Going To Realized. As It Always Does, It Comes Down To The Ways And Means Of Getting There. This Section Will Talk About Spiritual Exercise, Spiritual Disciplines, And If There Are ?must Haves?? Meaning, If You Don?t Do Them, You Cannot Grow Because God Set It Up That Way.chapter 5 ? The Churchthe New Testament Shows Us The Church We Never See. The Church Is As Grand As One Could Imagine And As Low And Gross As The Depravity Of Man Can Take It. The Reality Of The Church Is That We Are People Of Dust Daring To Shoot For The Stars. The Majestic Beauty Of Theological Grandeur Inspires Our Hearts And The Mundane, The Boring, And The Vast Wasteland The Church Can Become Disillusion Us. The Balance That Calls Us Is To Never Let The Vision Of The Church We Want To Have Become The Enemy Of The Church We Do Have. If Disappointment In The Church Could Cause Christ To Quit Running It, He Would Of Left Us Long Ago. Chapter 6 - The Pastor What Is The Role Of The Pastor In Calling People To Discipleship? This Chapter Begins With Several Common Pastoral Mistakes. It Draws On Some Of The Background From The Disciple Making Pastor And The Complete Book Of Discipleship.chapter 7 ? The End?and The Good News About The Kingdom Will Be Preached Throughout The Whole World, So That All Nations Will Hear It; And Then The End Will Come.? Mt. 24:14 Nlt. This Not About How The Story Ends But About The Fact That It Does, Indeed, End. We Will Also Deal With Where We End Up And Why It Matters. I Want To Show That This Is All Connected To Our Understanding And Practice Of Discipleship. The End Compels Us To Define What Is Driving Our Discipleship.conclusion