For a person of faith, life can be a smorgasbord of choices often described as “exciting opportunities.” Conferences, seminars, classes, book studies, CD’s, retreats, videos, workshops and need-specific Bible studies abound, all designed to encourage spiritual growth. But, are Christians truly grounded in the bedrock of doctrine that supports and enriches their faith? Can they explain what they believe? Are they equipped so they can teach others? Do they have any cultural impact at all?
In these post-Christian times, Judy Streeter encourages a return to the example of Jesus Christ while He was on earth. His primary plan was to disciple a few men. It was where He invested most of His time, knowing that the continuation of His teachings rested on their shoulders. The combination of good instruction, plus accountability within a small group makes for a fertile environment where solid growth can occur. Convinced that the church needs this kind of dynamic to nurture its own and to withstand the influences of a secular culture, Judy makes a strong case for the importance and effectiveness of obeying Christ’s command to “go and make disciples.”
Beginning with the convicting principles of Scripture and moving into a clear definition of discipleship, this book is doctrinally solid, yet practical, and obviously written by someone who has spent years doing what is recommended.
“What a different dynamic we would have in the evangelical community if the majority of believers were occupied with nurturing growth in others! Our conversations would be rich as we consulted each other for ideas, materials, and means of instructing and encouraging people. We would be probing each other’s minds on cultural challenges and ways of influence. There is no doubt that our health would improve.”
Judy Streeter brings an unusual mix of interests and abilities to a book about discipling people. A homemaker for over 40 years who has two married children and four grandchildren, she is an accomplished pianist who gives occasional concerts and teaches piano privately. A lover of the out-of-doors, she enjoys hiking, skiing, biking, roller-blading and working in the yard and garden. Always excited to travel, she and her husband, Tom, have led Reformation tours in Europe. They presently serve Zionsville Fellowship, a church they planted in 1981, where Tom is the teaching elder.
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