Every year produces more and more discipleship books geared to help believers understand what they are supposed to do. Many of these books have good intentions and are generally helpful in so far as they help explain how ministry leaders should help people become better disciples. Some books even detail what a disciple looks like. Very few books combine what a disciple is and how a disciple should live for Jesus on a daily basis. Disciple Getting Your Identity From Jesus is written by veteran Pastor Bill Clem Pastor of Mars Hill Ballard in Seattle is a book that balances the what with the how of discipleship.
In eleven chapters spanning 219 pages, Pastor Clem takes his readers on a journey from the story of God to multiplying disciples to the glory of God. Along the way, Bill helps his readers understand not only what the Scriptures teaches about discipleship, but how believers get these issues related to being a disciple wrong. The four most helpful chapters in this book are where Bill takes his extensive experience ministering the Gospel and helps believers understand the various distortions (identity, worship, community and mission) that hinder their growth as disciples of Jesus.
Disciple Getting Your Identity from Jesus is a very helpful book on discipleship not only for ministry leaders, but for every disciple of Jesus. Disciple will help believers understand that Jesus invites His disciples to freedom rather than mere rule keeping, and give them a relationship framework rather than just behavioral prescriptions for pursing God. For those who follow Mars Hill, Acts 29 and the Resurgence Identity is must read to understand the discipleship framework of Mars Hill Church in Seattle, Washington. Disciple by Bill Clem is a book I recommend you pick up and read carefully not just to figure out how to better serve others, but to learn how Jesus calls you to be His disciple—one who picks up the Cross and bears the marks of the Cross in all of life to the glory of God.
Author: Bill Clem
Publisher: Crossway 2011