In Go: Returning Discipleship to the Front Lines of Faith, author Preston Sprinkle sets out to impress on young people the importance of discipleship in the Christian life. The author explores the understanding Christians have of discipleship, and the various practices of discipleship used in the church today. Sprinkle starts out by defining discipleship as: “the process by which all Christians seek to become more like their master” (7). A disciple, then, should be a “learner, imitator, and follower of Jesus” (7). A large portion of the book is spent looking at ineffective methods of discipleship, and offering solutions to overcome barriers to effective discipleship; which I found to be very helpful. Go: Returning Discipleship to the Front Lines of Faith refers often to a study done by the Barna group completed in 2015 entitled “The State of Discipleship” which indicates that Christians are biblically illiterate, and are not engaged in serving Christ and growing in discipleship. Throughout the book,
As I started to read Go: Returning Discipleship to the Front Lines of Faith, I had some issues with the authors writing style; I wasn’t really connecting with him. After I finished the first chapter, I started to appreciate his tone more and enjoyed the rest of the book. I appreciated the over-arching message of the book: many evangelical Christians have grown increasingly lazy in the area of discipleship; and this is something that must change. In Matthew 28, the section of Scripture we know as the Great Commission, we are called to go into the world and make disciples. This has been translated by many Christians as a mission to make converts, but Jesus didn’t call us to convert others to the faith then desert them. Christians are called to live on mission; to walk with one another and to grow together in the grace of the gospel. Discipleship is one means by which we can fulfill this calling.
Discipleship is a topic I haven’t read a lot about; I am happy to add this book to my collection and I’m looking forwards to studying this topic more in-depth in the future. I would recommend this book as an excellent starting resource if you want to look into what discipleship looks like in the Bible, and what effective models for it could be in our churches today.
Sprinkle, Preston. Go: Returning Discipleship to the Front Lines of Faith. Colorado Springs: Nav Press, 2016. 177pp. Paperback, $14.99.
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Thanks to Tyndale House Publishers for the review copy!