Recently I’ve written about a Disciple’s schedule, work, and home. It seems appropriate to add this book review to the discussion of what a disciple looks like. Make, Mature, Multiply is a new book from Gospel Centered Discipleship. If you’re not familiar with GCD you should definitely spend some time on their sight and check out some of the books they have published, this is a great resource for anyone who wants to stay focused on the Gospel and focus on making disciples.
When Jesus left he gave his disciples a task. He told them to go and make disciples. At the heart of this book is that call and what it means to live it out. From the title of the book, you know the three focuses of the book. We are to make, mature, and multiply disciples.
Make, Mature, Multiply is a showcase of what their website has to offer. It is a collection of their blog posts from contributors like Jeff Vanderstelt, Seth McBee, Jonathan K. Dodson, and Brandon D. Smith. Because of it’s nature, it’s hard to summarize exactly what it’s about. It’s a great book full of wisdom about the different aspects of what it means to make disciples.
What I really appreciate about this book is it’s diversity. It isn’t one voice on what it means to make disciples, instead it’s many voices on the various aspects of what it means to make, mature, and multiply disciples. There are chapters on general evangelism and chapters on discipling your family. There are articles about how Jesus discipled and articles on missional community. There is a lot of great content in this book. The downside of this book is that the content of this book is available in blog form on GCD’s blog. It is definitely helpful to have this material available in concentrated form, but it you have the time you can look up all the content of this book on their website.
Whether you buy the book or not, spend some time interacting with this content. There are a lot of people out their who spend their time writing about what discipleship is and not how to do it. The contributors at GCD spend their time writing how to do it because they’ve done it. Our task as followers of Jesus is simple. We are to be making disciples, helping to mature disciples, so that we are multiplying disciples.
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