Recently, I was selected to be a part of the book launch team for Tony Evans’ new book Kingdom Disciples: Heaven’s Representatives on Earth. As part of the book launch team, I was given a complementary copy of the book for the purpose of an honest review.
From the book’s jacket cover: In this practical overview of discipleship, readers will learn: what a disciple is, what discipleship looks like for individuals, families, and communities, and what impact discipleship can have on the world. Kingdom Disciples calls believers and churches back to our primary responsibility: to be and make disciples. Only when we take seriously this assignment will the world see heaven at work on earth. Will you answer the call?
As a Christian, Sunday School teacher, and pastor’s wife, I have to admit that I was excited to be able to read about discipleship, a topic my husband and I talk a lot about. Needless to say, I was eager to see how Dr. Evans would approach a topic that seems to have been lost in today’s world.
Dr. Evans began by introducing the need for kingdom disciples. The book was then broken down into three main parts: Foundation, Formation, and Function. In each part of the book (and each chapter), Evans approached the topic by getting to the root of the lack of disciples or the lack of fruit being produced by Christians in their lives and churches. He then gave biblical solutions. As noted in the book, many people seek a checklist to mark off, asking “What things must I do?” Yet, Dr. Evan’s doesn’t give a checklist for true discipleship. He describes the one way to become a true disciple of Jesus: strengthening your relationship with Him. In doing so, we will naturally seek to do His will within our individual lives, our homes, our churches, and our communities.
One thing I liked about this book was the ease of reading it. Through written illustrations, Evans writes in a way that anyone, from the Christian of 60 years to the newest Christian, can comprehend and gain from his words. The topic of discipleship is covered in way that anyone can understand, yet Evans words are bold and convicting.
If you are looking to grow as a disciple of Christ, I urge you to grab a pen or highlighter as you read this book. This book should be on the recommended reading list for church members and church leaders alike.
I am including this book as part of my 52 Books in 52 Weeks Reading Challenge: book 17 – a book published in 2017.