Monday, March 3, 2014

Follow Me by David Platt, book review

This book is not another book that says we are to follow Christ, but really talks about the implications for our lives. David Platt confronts the reality that there are many in our churches that are “unconverted believers”. Many people identify themselves as Christians, but if you look to Scripture to determine what it means to believe and follow God, they really haven’t been regenerated. He talks about the idols that claim our hearts and what biblical repentance looks like. He clearly explains that in order to follow, we have to know and understand and believe the gospel.

David Platt clearly defines what following looks like: “...eagerly, willingly, and gladly lose our lives to know and proclaim Christ, for this is simply what it means to follow Him.” He delves into the transformation that the gospel brings about. Being a Christian isn't simply a ticket to heaven, it's a call to die.

Following doesn’t just result in being a disciple of Jesus, but a process of making disciples. David Platt describes that “…a disciple’s passionate longing [is] to see more and more people know Jesus.” The glorious truth of the gospel ought to be the #1 thing that drives us. But that’s not all! David Platt talks about God’s will for your life, how being a part of church is crucial to disciple-making, and how we are to reproduce disciples. This book has so much truth packed into it. There's a lot of ground covered in the realm of discipleship.

“Who can imagine or measure what might happen when all the people of God begin to prayerfully, humbly, simply, and intentionally make disciples?”

“Every disciple of Jesus has been called, loved, created, and saved to make disciples of Jesus who make disciples of Jesus who make disciples of Jesus until the grace of God is enjoyed and the glory of God is exalted among every people group on the planet.

How are you making disciples?


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