Depth is more important than width; the transformation of a single person can have a greater impact than hundreds of shallow commitments. (pg. 18)
Growing up in church and being actively involved, I have become familiar with new buzzwords which arise. Buzzwords like “seeker sensitive”, “purpose driven”, “organic”, “missional” and “discipleship”. I realize to some these are just buzzwords, for whatever reason, people in church circles use them. To others there is meaning behind the word which draw a person to action. Robert Gallaty is one who finds not only meaning in the word discipleship, but a mandate to all who are followers, or better yet, disciples of Jesus.
Discipleship has shifted – from an ongoing process over the course of one’s life to a class you sign up for and complete. (pg. 87)
In Rediscovering Discipleship, Gallaty paints for us a picture on what discipleship means and how others have accomplished successfully and unsuccessfully the task of making disciples. Gallaty takes us back through the portals of history giving details on how discipleship was practiced in the time of Christ, in a Hebraic culture. He points out how drastically different the Hebraic form of discipleship is from a Western mindset. He continues painting on his canvass by giving the reader examples of successful discipleship throughout history from the lives of Augustine, John Wesley and others.
Discipleship is intentionally equipping believers with the Word of God through accountable relationships empowered by the Holy Spirit in order to replicate faithful followers of Christ. (pg. 155)
After a history of discipleship Gallaty provides us the means of discipleship. Pointing out there is no such thing as drive thru discipleship, building a discipleship community and culture takes time, like a crock pot. Gallaty gives methods, means and marcs, while at the same time reminding us to contextualize the principles to the culture we live in. Above all Gallaty exhorts the reader to finish the painting Christ started over 2000 years ago by becoming obedient to the mandate to make disciples.
Until Next Time
Soli Deo Gloria