Book Review: Transformational Discipleship

TransformationalThe three authors are all part of LifeWay. Eric Geiger is the vice president of Church Resources, Michael Kelley is the director of Discipleship and Philip Nation is director of Ministry Development. All three men have written previous popular Christian books.

At the heart of this book is the transformational power of the gospel. As believers are discipled in the Word the power of transformation in Christ is at their disposal. This is not simply the ability to change bad habits of their lives, but the ability to alter their hearts. The authors unite biblical analyses and examination of teaching and training methods to show the readers the great blessings and faith altering power of discipleship.

During his earthly ministry, Jesus made some of his most memorable and impactful advances, not when he was speaking to large crowds, but when he was discipling a handful. The authors stress the deep influence one-on-one discipleship has in Christians. We grow and deepen our relationship with Christ when another believer loves Jesus enough to train us and shepherd our growth.

The authors tell us the end result of discipleship is not merely the knowledge of all Jesus commanded but the obedience to all Jesus commanded. Churches that are transformational in discipleship help people encounter Jesus as Lord and not merely as Rabbi. The supreme proof of a true conversion is holy affections, zeal for holy things, longings after God, longings after holiness, desires for purity. The book centers on using discipleship to leave behind shallow Christianity and instead go deeper with our saving faith in Christ.

This is a wonderful book for personal use or as a group study. The content and style of the book are easily digestible and helps to educate and spur greater interest in the topic. Discipleship is a biblically emphasized and underutilized method for spiritual growth and maturity. This book hits a home run on this important topic.

About Mike

Mike, 49, grew up in California and spent 38 years of his life there. He received an undergraduate degree in Political Science, graduated from Reformed Theological Seminary and is pursuing a doctorate from Fuller Theological Seminary. Before accepting God’s call to fulltime missions, Mike worked in the California State Senate for 12 years. He became a Christian at the age of 20. Mike was a Ruling Elder at Soaring Oaks Presbyterian Church(PCA) for seven years. While at Soaring Oaks, Mike served as the Director of the High School Youth Group, Sunday school teacher, and instructor of evangelism. His cross-cultural missions experience includes five short term trips to Mexico, Belize, Guatemala and Peru (Lima and Cusco) through Mission to the World (MTW). He has volunteered with World Relief by teaching and counseling international refugees. Mike has also attended cross-cultural church planting conferences in New York and Orlando and completed the Perspectives course on the World Christian Movement. He attended Bible Study Fellowship for two years. He is a certified instructor through Evangelism Explosion and is a certified trainer of the Darkness to Light child sexual abuse prevention program. He completed MTW‘s Disaster Response Training. Mike is an experienced speaker and author. Over 70 of Mike's articles on missions have been published and he has written three books. He is a trained and experienced mentor, discipler, leader and a passionate teacher of small groups and Bible studies. Mike received an undergraduate degree in Political Science, graduated from Reformed Theological Seminary and is currently pursuing a doctorate from Fuller Theological Seminary. Before accepting God’s call to fulltime missions, Mike was a Ruling Elder, Youth Group Leader, adult Sunday school teacher and evangelism instructor at Soaring Oaks Presbyterian Church in Elk Grove, CA. Mike is an experienced speaker and author. Over 70 of Mike's articles on missions have been published and he has written three books. He is a trained and experienced mentor, discipler, leader and a passionate teacher of small groups and Bible studies. From 2007 to 2017 Mike served as a fulltime missionary for MTW. Mike served as Team Leader, Church Planter, and Seminary Professor. Mike and his wife Erin served in Honduras in Central America and Equatorial Guinea in Central Africa. Mike currently serves as the Director of the MTW West Coast Hub where he trains and mentors new missionaries from CA, AZ, & NV. Mike is also busy writing his next book.
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