One of the last things Jesus told his followers before he returned to Heaven was to go and make disciples. While that is a clear command, most people can also find it vague. How exactly do I make disciples? I know what I am supposed to do, but I am not sure how to accomplish the goal. If you are one of those people that is not sure exactly what Jesus meant, there is a book for you.
Discipling by Mark Dever was written to guide people in the process of making disciples. So often we think of disciples as converts and Dever (while he does not mention it specifically) wants us to know that there is a difference. Making a disciple requires commitment and an intentional process instead of a quick, hasty decision. The book is divided in three sections with each one given a question. What is discipling? Where should we disciple? How should we disciple? These are the questions that lay the foundation of the book and that are hashed out throughout the pages.
Dever starts with a clear definition of what discipling is to him. While he is a proponent of discipling people as you go about your daily life, he strongly presses on the issue that the best method must be rooted in the local church. While the meetings and life change does not solely have to happen at a permanent building, it is best rooted in the church people. Finally, he wraps up his book with ideas and examples of how you can disciple those around you. The examples are ones that you can take today and implement in your life this afternoon.
If you are looking for a book on discipleship and the process of seeing people change, I would highly recommend this book. Dever even answers the question of who you should try to disciple in this book. While it is a short book, it is one that need not be rushed through. Instead, you should take your time and jot notes as to how to disciple others better.
I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an unbiased review. These words are my own and have not been influenced in any way by the author or publisher.