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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.
Followers of Jesus are promised abundant life but we must also take responsibility for the stewardship of our lives. Extreme debt, failed marriages, and poor health should not be characteristic of godly stewards. So how do we begin to steward our lives for the glory of God and for our own good?
His divine power has given us everything required for life and godliness through the knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness.” (2 Peter 1:3)
The Apostle Peter reminds us that we have everything we need “for life and godliness” and that God has given us “very great and precious promises, so that through them you may share in the divine nature.” (2 Peter 1:3-4)
Who wouldn’t want to have a divinely empowered life?
John Maxwell has been writing books on leadership for decades. This one is my favorite by far. In Thinking For A Change, Maxwell doesn’t tell you what to think but how to think. He shares 11 mental habits everyone needs to develop, including:
- Big-Picture Thinking – seeing the world beyond your own needs and how that leads to great ideas
- Focused Thinking – removing mental clutter and distractions to realize your full potential
- Shared Thinking – working with others to compound results
- Reflective Thinking – looking at the past to gain a better understanding of the future.
Have you read this book? If so, what were the most helpful habits discussed?
On the first Friday of the month, I’d like to give you an opportunity to win a great disciple making resource. This month I’m giving away the Discipleship Essentials library from Greg Ogden. Read through to the end to find out how you can win.
This three book set includes Discipleship Essentials, Leadership Essentials, and The Essential Commandment. These resources are great guides for one-on-one or small group disciple making.
About Greg Ogden
Greg Ogden (D.Min., Fuller Theological Seminary) is a writer, speaker and discipleship teacher living in Monterey, California. He was formerly executive pastor of discipleship at Christ Church of Oak Brook in Oak Brook, Illinois. Previously he was academic director of the doctor of ministry program and associate professor of lay equipping and discipleship at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. For twenty-three years he served as a pastor with the Presbyterian Church, USA.
I have a short-list of books that I use in disciple making and mentoring. Radical: Taking Back Your Faith From the American Dream by my friend David Platt is at the top of the list.
In fact, Radical is one of those books that needs to be read by every American or Western Christian, whether Protestant or Catholic, evangelical or liberal.
First, some back story: I first met David Platt when he was a doctoral candidate at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. He was the teaching assistant for Dr. Jim Shaddix at the time so he presented a couple of lectures if Dr. Shaddix was absent. We didn’t really know each other then but I remember thinking that he was a gifted teacher.