Have we forgotten that the gospel mandate is actually to “make disciples of the nations”? Missiologist and author Alan Hirsch believes that we have. In this new eBook, Hirsch highlights the missional priority of discipleship and helps leaders reframe their understanding and practice of evangelism in the context of disciple making. By reframing mission and evangelism around discipleship, not only do we grow more obedient, but also make space for long-term, authentic, loving relationships with the people in our lives. Hirsch points out that if every follower of Jesus simply did this with just two or three people in their lifetime and asked those people to do the same—disciples making disciples making disciples—in just a few generations we would accomplish what we have sought to accomplish through most of our reductionist evangelistic efforts. “Disciple making lies at the very core of the church’s ‘sentness’ and mission,” he writes. “It has never been an optional extra.”
In this eBook, Alan Hirsch helps us discover/rediscover:
- Why reimagining evangelism through the lens of discipleship is crucial to the local church and accomplishing the Great Commission.
- The theological significance of discipleship and how it encompasses evangelism.
- How reframing mission and evangelism around discipleship makes space for long-term, authentic relationships.
- What Jesus-shaped discipleship is and how leaders can teach their churches to rediscover it.
- Why the key to growth, renewal and expansion in the church is NOT evangelism.
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