Book Review: Disciple (Bill Clem)

Discipleship is a hot topic today–and for good reason. We read about “disciples making disciples” and being a “disciple” of Jesus, yet I fear that at times we don’t know the foundation of what it truly means. Bill Clem provides this book to establish a foundation of understanding what it means to be a disciple of Jesus and find our identity in Him.

I love the emphasis of this book. Clem seeks to establish a foundation of being and disciple prior to doing discipleship. I think this is extremely necessary and helpful in the conversation of disciple/discipleship.

One final note of commendation for this book is the flow of its chapters. After establishing an understanding of keeping God central, Clem alternates between biblical ideals and how we’ve distorted it. For instance, chapter 7 is on “Community” while chapter 8 is on how we’ve distorted the biblical picture and call of community.

In the end, Clem provides a useful work of examining what it means to a disciple, and how we live in light of that identity. One of the most dangerous things we can do as a christian is try to be a disciple of Jesus through our works and efforts; it is a very slippery slope and Bill Clem provides helpful insight to what we do in light of this truth.

I leave you with a quote from the text:

Gospel identity for us lies in having a renewed image as imagers of God. Through the work of the Holy Spirit, God allows himself to be seen by us and through us. He graces us with letting us be part of his story. To try and hijack the story from God or take the lead role away from Jesus is to act less like a human and more like the things of which men make idols. (p. 72)

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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