Christian discipleship can be a pretty broad category. In this list I’m narrowing it down to three main areas: being a disciple, making disciples, and multiplying disciples.
I. On Being A Disciple
Books “on being a disciple” are numerous and can include hundreds of categories. Books on doctrine, spiritual disciplines, and sharing the gospel can all be helpful to new and maturing disciples alike. Of course, making disciples is also an integral part of being a disciple, but for the purpose of this post I’ve included a book on cultivating your faith, lifestyle discipleship, spiritual warfare, serving Jesus with joy, and family discipleship. Click on the books to explore reviews and publishers descriptions of each book.
Honorable Mention: Theology As Discipleship by Keith L. Johnson
II. On Making Disciples
Being a disciple includes making disciples and the books listed here are helping followers of Jesus make the most of every opportunity. Books in this list focus on making Jesus’ final words our first work, engaging the culture without losing the gospel, sharing the gospel persuasively, cross-cultural and one-on-one disciple making.
Honorable Mention: One Thing: A Gospel-Centered Life On Mission by Ben Harrell
III. On Multiplying Disciples
The call to be and make a disciple is the call to multiplication. A life spent making disciples will ultimately lead to multiple men and women coming to Christ. Pastors and church planters also tend to think in terms of multiplication because they must develop pathways to equip small and large groups of disciples to make disciples. So, this list includes books on church planting, fellowship, sending churches, church planting movements, and multiplying disciples and churches.
Honorable Mention: Brave New Discipleship: Cultivating Scripture-driven Christians in a Culture-driven World by Max Anders
I believe these are helpful resources to the church on the topic of discipleship. However, I do not claim to agree with everything written in these books. If you found this post helpful, please share and comment with other 2015 resources on being, making, and multiplying disciples.
Any books on discipleship that should be on this list? Let us know in the comments what you recommend and why.