Book Review – Gospel-Centered Discipleship (Jonathan Dodson)

This book by Jonathan Dodson has been extremely clarifying for me. One of the most pointed points which I found most helpful is the idea that discipleship and evangelism are not two ends of a spectrum; but rather, gospel-centered discipleship consists of both evangelism and discipleship. All throughout the New Testament, the word “disciple” is used in both contexts–both with a ‘disciple’ meaning a person investigating the Gospel and with ‘disciple’ referring to those intimately acquainted with Jesus and laying down their life to know and follow Him deeply.

Perry Noble’s (pastor of NewSpring Church in South Carolina) statement for the desire of his church comes to mind when reviewing this book. He says simply, that his goal is that “lost people will get found, and found people get grown up.” I feel like this echoes the point being made throughout Dodson’s piece.

At the root of it all, the desire for the Gospel to be our central and motivation factor of discipleship is made clear. This book is 176 pages, which suits it’s purpose well, in my opinion. Dodson is not seeking to exhaustively dissect every detail of discipleship, but provide a foundational understanding of what discipleship is, what gospel-centered discipleship looks like, and to encourage every reader to press in to Jesus, the only source of effective discipleship.

I highly recommend this book and especially encourage it to be read in a group, or at least with another person. This content is meant to be implemented, not stored.

A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes by Crossway Publishing. I was not required to post a positive review and the views expressed in this review are my own.

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