Posted tagged ‘Gospel-Centered Discipleship’

Gospel-Centered Discipleship Website Is Live

September 21, 2011

The new Gospel-Centered Discipleship website is live.  Spearheaded by Jonathan Dodson and Winfield Bevins, this website is going to provide a wealth of theologically rich and practically relatable resources on the crux of the Church’s mission, viz., the work of making disciples in and through the power of the gospel.  As their website explains, “GCD exists to promote discipleship resources that help make, mature, and multiply disciples of Jesus.”

I encourage you to subscribe to the RSS feed, download the free articles, and return to their site where you will find new articles from a variety of contributors including Bill Streger, Alvin Reid, Mike Breen, Jonathan Dodson, David Fairchild, Matt Adair, Winfield Bevins, and many more (including myself).

Gospel-Centered Discipleship: Great New Resource!

July 6, 2011

At the very heart of the church’s mission is the call to make disciples.
At the very heart of the Christian faith is the gospel of Jesus Christ.

It makes sense then that these two passions ought to become the focus of our lives.  Not only that, we should seek to understand how the gospel serves both as fuel and a filter for discipleship.  That’s why I’m glad for the vision of Jonathan Dodson to provide a new resource and website called Gospel-Centered Discipleship.

The values that shape the resources of include being:

  • Culture-sensitive
  • Practitioner-tested
  • Gospel-centered
  • Community-shaped
  • Mission-focused

I am grateful for the opportunity to contribute to this website with a great group of other gospel-centered theologians and practitioners desiring to encourage a robust commitment to the church’s mission to make disciples of Jesus.  Starting this summer, will host various resources including articles, eBooks, and curriculum on a host of discipleship issues, all from a gospel or grace centered perspective. I encourage you to stay tuned and tap into all the great tools this website will have to offer.

For now, be sure to follow GCD on Twitter and subscribe to receive regular email updates.

Jonathan Dodson and Fight Club: Gospel-Driven Discipleship

July 10, 2009

Jonathan Dodson, pastor of Austin City Life, recently announced that he has completed his new booklet, “Fight Club: Gospel-Centered Discipleship” which will be e-published for free first The Resurgence, with a print on demand option.  Dodson also mentioned that they are working on a website that will expand the booklet through interaction, blogs, and articles. and ultimately have it published as a hard copy.

Here is a description of the chapters from the Introduction:

Chapter One lays out a biblical case for fighting the fight of faith, which I hope stirs you up to fight the fight of faith. Once the fighting begins, it is easy to slide into fighting people instead of sin. We start beating one another up with judgment, fighting the wrong things with the wrong motives. We fight against the church instead of with her.

Chapter Two explores where we go wrong in our fighting by uncovering legalistic and licentious patterns in discipleship.

In turn, Chapter Three calls us away from these extremes into a gospel-centered discipleship. With the gospel at the center of discipleship, we can live as Jesus intended—fighting the good fight of faith which leads to true change. However, if weren’t not careful we’ll start to fight on our own. Failure to grasp the community focus of the gospel can cut us off from the grace God gives through his people, the church.

Chapter Four reminds us that discipleship is a community project because the gospel is community focused. Jesus created and redeemed us as people in relationship, people who need one another in the fight of faith. Instead of fighting against the church, we can fight with her, to live a life that is motivated by all that God is for us in the Spirit and the Son.

In conclusion, Chapter Five offers a practical way to apply the gospel to everyday life. It is a call for Fight Clubs—small, simple, biblical, reproducible groups of people who meet together regularly help one another keep the gospel at the center of their discipleship.

Fight Clubs have been crucial in my life and my church. I hope and pray that you’ll find them helpful too, that you’ll form a Fight Club and start fighting with the church, in the gospel, on mission, for the glory of God.

For those in or around Atlanta, GA, I encourage you to check out the The Fight Club Training taking place August 1, 2009 at The Journey in ATL.