If you’ve been a Christian for a while, most of what’s found in here will be a helpful reminder to you, but there probably won’t be anything you didn’t already know about the Christian faith. However, this book is worth the purchase for Christians at any stage in their journey, and you should actually buy multiple copies. This is a great resource for any Christian to have and hand out to new/non-believers. If you’re looking for an easy way to get the basics of the Christian gospel in the hands of those you’re witnessing to, look no further.
Jeremy Treat (PhD in Theology, Wheaton College) does an amazing job making the gospel understandable by using images and examples that most of the world can relate to (e.g., Michael Jordan), and it’s written in a very digestible length. Whether you’re a seasoned, new, or non-believer go get this book and find a way to share it with others!
Here’s a list of 5 of my favorite quotes. Enjoy!
1. Page 9
The term “disciple” comes from the Greek word matheiteis. It literally means “student” and is also where we get the word “mathematics.” Math is something that has to be learned. Long division doesn’t come naturally. Nobody figures out a square root just by growing up. We need to learn it. We have to be students. It’s the same with being a disciple of Jesus. He calls us to be learners.
2. Page 16
God is the goal. Always. Everywhere. The minute we seek things from God apart from God himself, we’ve reduced him to playing puppet rather than ruling as king.
3. Page 18
As brothers and sisters in Christ, we need to learn how to love one another. It takes work to foster the type of relationships where we genuinely know others and are known by others. As disciples used by the Lord to disciple one another, we have to learn how to teach one another, serve one another, comfort one another, pray for one another, correct one another, and meet on another’s needs.
4. Page 23
The central command in [the great commission] is actually “make disciples.” That is the great commission. Jesus’ primary command is to “make disciples” and to do that as we go by baptizing and teaching.
5. Page 28
Disciple-making is a community project. It may take a village to raise a child, but it takes a church to make a disciple.