If you’ve been reading our Discipleship Weekly installments, you’ve been seeing our unfolding vision for making disciples at Patterson Park Church.
· We want to emphasize not just information transfer but life transformation.
· We want to use our homes as places where we can cultivate friendships with people who are outside Christ.
· We want to encourage mentoring and discipling relationships throughout the congregation, especially across the generations.
Now I want to recommend a book that very nearly expresses our vision for making disciples. Mark Dever, senior pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, DC, has written a book simply titled Discipling.
Jesus left his church with these instructions: As you go, make disciples, baptizing and teaching them to obey what I have commanded you. Dever argues, correctly, that the local church is where Christ intended his mandate to be carried out, and he describes what fulfilling Jesus’s mandate looks like in a thriving, disciple-making fellowship.
For those of you who are curious about what “discipleship” is going to look like at Patterson Park Church, this book paints at least part of the picture.
Book-lovers like me know that when you’re thinking about investing the time and money in a book, you want to be fully informed. For those who are curious, here’s the Amazon link where you can read the Introduction. And here is the Table of Contents:
PART 1: WHAT IS DISCIPLING?
1 The Inevitability of Influence
2 Oriented toward Others
3 The Work of Discipling
4 Objections to Discipling
PART 2: WHERE SHOULD WE DISCIPLE?
5 The Local Church
6 Pastors and Members
PART 3: HOW SHOULD WE DISCIPLE?
7 Choose Someone
8 Have Clear Aims
9 Pay the Cost
10 Raising Up Leaders
Copies of Discipling are available at the Disciple Resources bookshelves outside the Family Life Center.
Reading this or any other good book on making disciples isn’t the goal; the information we gain from reading and study is a means to the goal: obeying Jesus’s command to make disciples.
May God make Patterson Park Church a powerful disciple-making fellowship.