Thursday, February 10, 2011

Transforming Discipleship Notes

I recently reviewed my notes from Transforming Discipleship by Greg Ogden.

I remembered why I recommend this book to people in my TRAINing Disciples workshop.  It's a fantastic resource for "making disciples a few at a time." (Conveniently that's also the book's subtitle.)  Here are a two quick quotes:
  • On Elvis Presley and why programs alone don't cut it:  "As a child, he went to church camp for five consecutive summers for free by memorizing 350 verses of Scripture each year. That means that 1750 Bible passages were tucked away in the recesses of his memory. Yet the content of those verses alone was not sufficient to keep Elvis Presley focused on a lifestyle pleasing to God."
  • A great CS Lewis quote: "The more we get what we now call ‘ourselves’ out of the way and let Him take us over, the more truly ourselves we become. There is so much of Him that millions and millions of ‘little Christs,’ all different, will still be too few to express Him fully."
As I say in my workshop:  When it comes to making disciples like Jesus, start with the Bible.  Read the gospels and try to emulate what Jesus did.  Once you've done that, this is a great book for understanding what Jesus-like disciple-making looks like today.

Do you have any disciple-making resources to recommend?

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