So many of us avoid radical discipleship by being selective, choosing rather those areas in which commitment is appealing, and steering well clear of areas where it will be costly. But because Jesus is Lord, we have no liberty to pick and choose. The author looks at eight characteristics of Christian discipleship, which are commonly neglected yet deserve to be taken seriously.
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“It is this: God wants his people to become like Christ, for Christlikeness is the will of God for the people of God.” (Page 32)
“Our common way of avoiding radical discipleship is to be selective; choosing those areas in which commitment suits us and staying away from those areas in which it will be costly. But because Jesus is Lord, we have no right to pick and choose the areas in which we will submit to his authority.” (Page 17)
“The third contemporary trend which threatens us and to which we must not surrender is the insidious spirit of ethical relativism.” (Page 23)
“For materialism is a preoccupation with material things, which can smother our spiritual life.” (Page 22)
“For the discipleship principle is clear: the poorer our vision of Christ, the poorer our discipleship will be, whereas the richer our vision of Christ, the richer our discipleship will be.” (Page 51)
A farewell book from one of the giants of our generation.
—Amy Boucher Pye, writer and speaker
I always wanted to enter more fully into what Eugene Peterson calls ‘the unforced rhythms of grace.’ This is the book I will turn to repeatedly for help with this.
—Brian Draper, associate lecturer in culture, London Institute for Contemporary Christianity
Penetrative biblical wisdom on what discipleship means in today’s world.
—Ajith Fernando, national director, Youth for Christ, Sri Lanka
A rare and personal glimpse of the sacrificial discipleship that has marked John Stott’s life so deeply.
—Peter Harris, founder, A Rocha
We enthusiastically recommend this unique book, filled with fascinating recollections amassed over a lifetime of wisdom, combined with insightful scholarship and a deep love for the body of Christ across the world.
—Amy and Frog Orr-Ewing, speakers and authors
Inspires us to embrace deep conversion.
—Dominic Smart, minister, Gilcomston South Church of Scotland, Aberdeen
John Stott is known around the world as a preacher, evangelist, and writer. He was one of the main contributors to the Lausanne Covenant (1974) and the founder of Langham Partnership, which seeks to equip a new generation of Bible teachers around the world.