Conversion & Discipleship
You Can’t Have One Without the Other
Discipleship occurs when someone answers the call to learn from Jesus how to live his or her life—as though Jesus were living it. The end result is that the disciple becomes the kind of person who naturally does what Jesus did.
How the church understands salvation and the gospel is the key to recovering a biblical theology of discipleship. If misunderstood, our doctrines of salvation by grace can hinder us from the expectation that we are to be disciples of Jesus.
A person can profess to be a Christian and yet still live under the impression that they don’t need to actually follow Jesus. Being a follower is seen as an optional add-on, not a requirement. It is a choice, not a demand. Being a Christian today often does not connect with the biblical truth that we are formed into the image of Christ.
Pastor and author Bill Hull shows why existing models of evangelism and discipleship fail to produce followers of Jesus. He looks at the importance of recovering a robust view of the gospel and taking seriously the connection between conversion—answering the call to follow Jesus—and discipleship—living like the one we claim to follow.
“Bill Hull believes that in receiving Christ as Lord and Savior, we also receive his lifestyle of making disciples. The two commitments go together. Not the kind of book to read lounging in a rocking chair munching on chocolates.” — Robert E. Coleman, author, The Master Plan for Evangelism
About the Author
Bill Hull is a discipleship evangelist and the author of the bestselling discipleship classics, The Disciple-Making Pastor and Jesus Christ, Disciplemaker. He served as a pastor for 20 years and now leads the Bonhoeffer Project. Bill regularly speaks and teaches on discipleship and also serves as an adjunct professor at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University.
Table of Contents
Foreword by Scot McKnight
- The Gospel
- The Call
- The Holy Spirit and How People Change, Part 1
- The Holy Spirit and How People Change, Part 2
- Ways and Means
- The Church
- The Pastor
- The End