I did enjoy this devotional, but I have heard some reviews where they have stated that the author took John 17 loosely out of context, however, I think the author looked at how Jesus was expressing his love and caring to the Lord about his disciples that the Lord gave to him.
With that said, this devotional was very good and I feel that it will be helpful for many people that want to understand the passion and care we need to have to help bring someone to a deeper, transforming relationship with Christ.
I would give this book a 9.1 out of my normal 10 point rating scale. On a “5 star” scale that some websites use, I would give it a 5-star rating.
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“Discipling as Jesus Discipled” by Dann Spader is a book that is designed as a devotional which takes different points in Scripture including John 17 and shows us the gift that someone is who we are discipling. It walks us through how to make disciples following examples that are given in Scripture.
This book is broken into ten weeks taking us through John 17 where Jesus explains in a prayer to the Lord, seven things that he did for his disciples. The goal of this book is to take those seven things and apply them to our lives to be transformed and help others to achieve that as well. As the author states in the early part of the book, “Our mission is very clear. It is to make disciples who can make disciples”.
Some have commented on how John 17 is not a model for discipleship, but to that I would say the author may use John 17 for a large portion, however there are many other supporting Scriptures that the author uses. This book is really more about disciplemaking than it is about discipleship. Discipleship, being defined as helping other believers to grow in Christ, where disciplemaking is more of a replicating process where we reach the lost, bring them to believe and equipping them to repeat that process for others. It’s a subtle difference at face value, but an important one, nonetheless.
Each week in this study is broken into either 4 or 5 days worth of study time. I appreciate how the author mixed up each week so it wasn’t always predictable where you have a lesson and then some study or group questions. Rather, he dives into Scripture and then has these questions and exercises of study that are very challenging and rewarding to go through. To me, it felt very different from other studies that I have encountered.
If you are interested in the concept of disciplemaking, then I would highly recommend this book as something for you to go through. It would work great for either individual or small group study for sure.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for this review from Moody Publishers and all opinions are my own.
DESCRIPTION OF THIS BOOK:
Type of Book: Christian Living / Practical Life / Discipleship
Publisher: Moody Publishers @MoodyPublishers
Author: Dann Spader
Publication Date: August 2, 2016
ISBN-13 of Book Reviewed: 978-0802414632
Price: At the time of writing this, the best place to get this book is at Christianbook.com for $12.99 (suggested retail is $16.99 per the publisher). Please note that these prices do not include any potential shipping charges and are subject to change at any time.
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|Discipling As Jesus Discipled: 7 Disciplines of a Disciplemaker
By Dann Spader / Moody PublishersDiscipling as Jesus Disciples based on Jesus’ prayer in John 17, is a 10-week study for groups or individuals who wish to study the life of Christ to better understand how He made disciples. Each session has an introductory overview called “Getting Started” followed by 4-5 days of personal study to be done prior to the group meeting. The personal studies take 15-20 minutes to complete. A free downloadable leader’s guide is available at store.Sonlife.com.
- 192 pages
- Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.4 x 10 inches
- Weight: 4.8 ounces
The Goal of the Book:
The goal of this book is to dive into Scripture to learn how Jesus made disciples and then take those concepts and apply them to our lives, and then take it further to train others how to do the same.
My Favorite Part:
I really appreciated how the author presented the daily study sections where you get to go through some very challenging questions, reflections and activities.
Anyone who is interested in learning how to make disciples will find this book to be very beneficial.
How to Get the Most Out of This Study
Week 1- Relational: “Come, follow me” (Matthew 4:19a)
Day 1: John 13 and Relational Living
Day 2: John 14 and Relational Ministry
Day 3: John 15 and Relational Fruitfulness
Day 4: John 16 and Relational Disciplemaking
Day 5: John 17 and Jesus’ Own Priorities
Week 2 – Intentional “I will make you” (Matthew 4:19b)
Day 1: Jesus’ First Mission Trip
Day 2: Fishing Trips #1-3
Day 3: Mission Trip #2 and Fishing Trip #4
Day 4: Mission Trips #3-5
Day 5: Fishing Trips #5-7
Week 3-9 John 17 “7 Disciplines of a Disciplemaker” as seen in Jesus’ Prayer
Week 3 – Reveal: “I have revealed you to those whom you gave me” (John 17:6)
Day 1: Revealed: Showing Up and Being Present
Day 2: Revealed: Spending Focused Time
Day 3: Revealed: Going Deeper and Caring Enough to Confront
Day 4: Revealed: Exalting the Father in Everything
Week 4 – Speak: “I gave them the words you gave me” (John 17:8)
Day 1: Speaking: Psalm 34
Day 2: Speaking: Proverbs 3
Day 3: Speaking: Isaiah 30
Day 4: Speaking: God Wants to Speak
Week 5 – Prayer; “I pray for them” (John 17:9)
Day 1: Praying for Seekers
Day 2: Praying for Believers
Day 3: Praying for Committed Workers
Day 4: Praying: Prioritizing Your Disciples in Prayer
Week 6 – Protect: “While I was with them, I protected them and kept them safe” (John 17:12)
Day 1: Protection through Teaching
Day 2: Protection through Careful Observations
Day 3: Protection through Our Actions
Day 4: Protection through Our Promises
Week 7 – Sent: “As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world” (John 17:18)
Day 1: Sending in the Whole of Scripture
Day 2: The Privilege of Being Sent
Day 3: The Costs of Being Sent
Day 4: Sent Like Jesus
Week 8 – Sanctify: “FOr them I sancdtify myself, that they too may be truly sanctified” (John 17:19)
Day 1: A Life of Sanctification
Day 2: A Lifestyle of Dedication
Day 3: Becoming Like Him in His Death
Day 4: The Right Focus
Week 9 – Share: “I have given them the glory that you gave me” (John 17:22)
Day 1: Man’s Shaded and Broken Glory
Day 2: Christ’s Ultimate Glory
Day 3: The Glory Jesus Shares with Us
Day 4: Becoming More Like Jesus in Our Discipling
Week 10 – Missional: “fishers of men” (Matthew 4:19c)
Day 1: Discipling Pre-Christians
Day 2: Discipling New Believers
Day 3: Discipling Committed Workers
Day 4: You Can Do This!
About the Author
From the publisher’s website: Moody Publishers is a nonprofit Christian publishing house located in the River North neighborhood of Chicago, IL. Since being founded by D. L. Moody in 1894, Moody Publishers has distributed more than 300 million books, spanning from Bible commentary and reference to spiritual and relational growth, as well as award-winning fiction.
Moody Publishers’ author partnerships include Dr. Gary Chapman, Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth, Dr. Tony Evans, Dr. John MacArthur, James MacDonald, Erwin Lutzer, the late A. W. Tozer and many more.
All proceeds from Moody Publishers benefit The Moody Bible Institute, which exists to educate and equip students for Christian ministry.
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