Gospel Centered Discipleship

Understanding about Discipleship in today’s church ranges from it being optional or more about knowledge of the Bible or behavior modification or a linear system of progression to maturity. I loved Jonathan Dodson’s book Gospel Centered Discipleship as it forces us back to discipleship being about Jesus. This will be a good read for anyone strategizing in churches to make disciples. Here’s a few of my favorite quotes that have stuck with me since reading this book this summer:

  • Jesus is not merely the start and standard for salvation, but…the beginning, middle, and end of my salvation.
  • The gospel is necessary for getting right & doing right w/God, for salvation & sanctification.
  • Disciple is an identity; everything else is a role.
  • The gospel makes all-encompassing demands, and what the gospel demands, it supplies.
  • Jesus, alone, should take the center place in our lives, not our Bible Reading, evangelism, character, or effort to be different or spiritual.
  • … the gospel that makes disciples is the very same gospel that matures disciples.
  • The gospel frees us from running ragged trying to please God with holiness and social justice, because Jesus has pleased God for us & secured the mission.
  • … our approval before God rests, not on our performance but on the performance of Jesus.
  • God’s forgiveness frees us from judgement, not from obedience.
  • Repentance is not a one time act to get us into heaven, but an entire way of life to maintain Christian joy.
  • Jesus didn’t die & rise to rapture individual disciples, but to make a community that reflects his glory through dependence on one another.
  • The challenge of loving others as we love ourselves confronts our deep-down idolatries. It exposes our functional worship of individual privacy, convenience, & comfort.

Follow the Gospel Centered Disicpleship blog as well for great thinking on discipleship and life in Christ.

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About Lane Corley

I am - Follower of Jesus Christ - Husband to the beautiful and patient Heather Corley - Father of two young men: Jackson (17), Hudson (13). And one Princess: Katherine Jubilee or “Kate” (7) - Church Planter / Church Planting Strategist for the Louisiana Baptist Convention. - When I can I’m reading, gardening, deer hunting, on mission with my church. - Hoping to be helpful to others & fruitful for God.

Posted on September 14, 2012, in Books worth reading, Discipleship. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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