Within Christian circles, there has been a revitalization of the word discipleship. This is good news. Indeed, in Matthew 28:19 Jesus commands us “go therefore and make disciples of all nations”. Yet, what seems to be lacking is a coherent and clear definition of discipleship. Enter Robby Gallaty. A pastor with a passion for discipleship, he recognizes this trend and wants Christians everywhere to be sure discipleship is defined in a biblical and historical manner. Thus, you will find Rediscovering Discipleship by Robby Gallaty to be a biblical and historical directive on discipleship.
The layout of the book is unique, in that Gallaty does not rush to the method of making disciples. He first calls for Christians, in Part 1 of the book, to know the Man before they go on the mission. Knowing before going is crucial because in order to make disciples, one needs to first be a disciple. Gallaty’s focus here is on target. Unfortunately, Part 1, made up of chapters 1-7, do not observe the methods and teachings of Christ as one might expect. This is not to say there is not good material there. Rather, it may have been better for the sake of clarity to break the book into 3 sections, looking at Christ, church history, and then the practical applications of making disciples.
Rediscovering Discipleship is biblical and communal. Gallaty says, “So where do you begin? Well, for starters, begin with the Bible” (Gallaty 132). He points the reader again and again to discover discipleship through a biblical lens. Through his tour on church history and discipleship (chapters 5-6) and his emphasis on discipleship within the context of the church community, one cannot walk away from this book without the truth that the Christian life is not lived out in isolation, but in relationships. Robby sums this up in his definition of discipleship: “intentionally equipping believers with the Word of God through accountable relationships empowered by the Holy Spirit in order to replicate faithful followers of Christ” (Gallaty 155).
Although this book does not come without some criticisms (Gallaty may be putting too much emphasis on the Hebraic language in chapter 2 and too much blame on the KJV in chapter 7), Rediscovering Discipleship serves a resource to realign Christians to be and make disciples through a biblical and communal lens.
I received this book for free from Zondervan via Cross Focused Reviews for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own and are my honest review of the book.