Of all the Christian disciplines and practices, personal discipleship, the intentional one-on-one process of growing closer to Jesus Christ, is one that is perhaps the most easily neglected. This can be case for many reasons: too busy, lack of motivation, fear of failure due to a lack of knowledge, too messy, and a myriad of others. That being the case, the pages of the Bible as littered with references to, procedures for, an benefits of personal discipleship. In The Invested Life; Making Disciples of All Nations One Person at a Time, authors Joel Rosenberg and T.E. Koshy have written a thought-provoking look at this subject. They have crafted their book around two foundational questions: “Who is investing in me?” and “Who am I investing in?”
Rosenberg and Koshy write, as a premise for their book, “Christianity is not a solo sport. It’s about building strong healthy teams of fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ whom God can use to change the world. It’s about older believers taking younger believers under their wings to love them, help them grow in Christ, and help them reproduce their faith in the lives of other younger believers.” They develop their case intentionally by dealing with such topics as Christ’s model for discipleship, selecting a person to disciple, seeking out a discipler for yourself, and the subjects that should be part of an investing relationship. The Invested Life is grounded in scripture and pulls examples from within of disciple-making relationships and principles. They cite the relationships between Jethro and Moses, Jesus and His disciples, and Paul and Timothy.
This is a 270 page how-to, nuts and bolts look at discipleship. The authors give many lists, points, and checklists to get their point across to their readers. For me, this is great. I learn better by those methods. This may be a drawback to other readers. Woven into the scriptural mandate are personal testimonies and study questions to further develop their burden of discipleship. All in all, a good book that worth your time.
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