This book is about disciples making disciples.
With that in mind, an initial challenge is presented: how can Christians rectify their belief with their action? Chan and Beuving open their book with an explanation on how to use the material presented in the book, as their first argument is that Christians, as specified in Matthew 28:19, should be making disciples. Yet, as they indicate, such is not happening in the American Christian culture today. Truth be told, I fall short of this expectation as well. Church has become either a live theater of congregational compliments, or a cacophony of insults on how we aren’t man, or woman, enough for Christ.As a result, the authors present this book as a resource for Christians to make disciples, and is not intended as a cheap source of entertainment or conviction. This book calls Christians to change, not be insulted and discouraged. With this in mind, the authors have already embarked on a great challenge.
Based off my previous experiences with Chan’s work, having skimmed his book regarding hell and fully read his work regarding the Holy Spirit, I find him to be well-grounded and centered in his theology. In a world where every voice is shouting and it’s difficult to know which ones to listen to, I find Chan’s to be a solid guide.
From a first glance, I can find it easy for me to read the material, but to respond to it? My initial stance was not to take heed of the warning, and if I felt that way, then surely other prospective readers would too. However, Chan points out that responding to the call of this book isn’t terribly hard, which is encouraging news to those that aren’t where they ought to be. It’s simple to employ what Chan advises: just teach what you learn in the book and share life in a relational aspect. Perhaps my takeaway that a weekly Bible study isn’t a requirement isn’t what was intended, but the book encourages me that simple friendships can have the greatest impact, and does not require an overly “religious” approach to relationships with others. This is actually a relief to me and gives me hope in my faith journey, as I don’t have to go through a regiment of preaching to everyone and forcing religion into every aspect of my life. Instead, I can embrace Christ in a relational way and share that with others, naturally and organically, when appropriate.
So is this book worth the purchase? Truth be told, I personally would not have bought it. While I appreciate Chan’s works, I prefer to find books to read for enjoyment, not spiritual growth. This book is not one that is meant to be a sit back and relax approach, but requires study, teaching, and weekly discussions. So if you’re looking for next title in a weekly group meeting, then this title is an excellent choice. But if you’re like me, and prefer reading for enjoyment, this title will not satisfy your desire to escape.
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