Discipleship may be a popular term in Christian circles, but what does it really mean for the individual to follow Christ as a biblical disciple? J. Dwight Pentecost provides a practical discussion of the biblical design for following Christ in Design for Discipleship: Discovering God's Blueprint for the Christian Life. Balanced between the extremes of easy believism and Lordship salvation, Pentecost demonstrates that discipleship is a growing experience of knowledge, committment, active love, and sacrificial service.
"There is a vast difference between being saved and being a disciple,...a relationship based on the knowledge of the person of Christ, submission to the person of Jesus Christ, and obedience to the commands of Jesus Christ," Dr. Pentecost observes. "Our desire in these studies of the New Testament teaching on discipleship is to unsettle you who have become so comfortable, to disquiet you who have become so satisfied, in order that we might become a people who...are disciples in truth."
J. Dwight Pentecost is Distinguished Professor of Bible Exposition, Emeritus, at Dallas Theological Seminary where he has served since 1955. He holds a B. A. from Hampden-Sydney College and Th. M. and Th. D. degrees from Dallas Theological Seminary.