Reclaiming Jesus's Essential Teachings on
The last command Jesus gave the church before he ascended
to heaven was the Great Commission, the call for Christians
to "make disciples of all the nations." But Christians
have responded by making "Christians," not "disciples."
This has been the church's Great Omission.
The New Testament is a book about disciples, by disciples,
and for disciples of Jesus Christ. But the point is not
merely verbal. What is more important is that the kind of
life we see in the earliest church is that of a special
type of person. All of the assurances and benefits offered
to humankind in the gospel evidently presuppose such a life
and do not make realistic sense apart from it. We cannot
be Christians without being disciples, and we cannot call
ourselves Christians without applying this understanding
of life in the Kingdom of God to every aspect of life on
This book calls believers to restore what should be the
heart of Christianitybeing active disciples of Jesus
Christ. In the school of life, we are apprentices of the
Teacher whose brilliance encourages us to rise above traditional
church understanding and embrace the true meaning of discipleshipan
active, concrete, 24/7 life with Jesus.
256 pages, hardcover, HarperSanFrancisco. Available at Amazon.com, Barnes
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Table of Contents
Section I: Apprenticed to
Discipleship: For Super Christians Only?
Why Bother With Discipleship?
Who Is Your Teacher?
Looking Like Jesus
The Key to the Keys of the Kingdom
Section II: Spiritual Formation
and Development of Character
Spiritual Formation in Christ Is for the Whole Life and
the Whole Person
Spiritual Formation in Christ: A Perspective on What It
Is And How It Might Be Done
The Spirit Is Willing, But… The Body as a Tool
for Spiritual Growth
Living in the Vision of God
Idaho Springs Inquiries Concerning Spiritual Formation
Personal Soul Care: For Ministers…And Others
Section III: Discipleship
of the Soul and the Mind
Spiritual Disciplines, Spiritual Formation, And The Restoration
Of The Soul
Jesus the Logician
Section IV: Books on Spiritual
Living -Visions and Practices
Letters by a Modern Mystic by Frank C. Laubach
The Interior Castle by Teresa of Avila
Invitation to Solitude and Silence by Ruth Haley
When God Moves In: My Experience with Deeper Experiences
of Famous Christians
A Room of Marvels by James B. Smith
A Parting Word: "As You Go…"