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- ISBN 9781683591344
- Author VANHOOZER KEVIN
- Pub Date 01/05/2019
The foundation of discipleship is sound, scriptural doctrine. The value of sound doctrine is often misunderstood by the modern church. While it can be dry and dull, when it flows from the story of Scripture, it can be full of life and love. This kind
The foundation of discipleship is sound, scriptural doctrine. The value of sound doctrine is often misunderstood by the modern church. While it can be dry and dull, when it flows from the story of Scripture, it can be full of life and love. This kind of doctrine, steeped in Scripture, is critical for disciple-making. And it's often overlooked by modern pastors.
In Hearers and Doers, Kevin Vanhoozer makes the case that pastors, as pastor-theologians, ought to interpret Scripture theologically to articulate doctrine and help cultivate disciples. scriptural doctrine is vital to the life of the church, and local pastor-theologians should be the ones delivering it to their communities.
With arresting prose and striking metaphors, Vanhoozer addresses the most pressing problems in the modern church with one answer: teach sound, scriptural doctrine to make disciples.
As reviewed by Dr. Stephen McQuoid in February 2021- 'This book is a guide for pastors as they make disciples with the use of scripture and doctrine. Vanhoozer is a brilliant and original theologian who usually writes about the doctrine of scripture, but sometimes, as with this book, he focusses on the ministry of a pastor. He starts off by stating that the Christian life is inherently one of discipleship. He then divides his work into two major sections. Section one which he entitles ‘Warming Up’ is all about why discipleship matters and Section two ‘Working Out’ is about how discipleship happens. Vanhoozer begins by working on the themes of fitness, body image and wellness which he states are virtually religions in western culture. However, he uses this analogy to say that Christians need spiritual fitness, healthy bodies and wellness. He argues that it is the pastor’s job to ensure this happens and uses scripture to point to the transformation that should take place if it does.
In the second section he focusses into the process of discipleship. He describes a pastor as a General Practitioner and argues that the church has a unique role because it is in church that discipleship should take place. It is not an individual discipline, we learn and grow together. This is unpacked further in the next chapter (ch.6) where he describes how the gospel transforms us. In that sense the church becomes a theatre where our lives are on the stage exemplifying what God is doing in our lives. This shows as we search for Samaritans (p.156) Share our dinner table (p.157) and act like shining lights. He comes to a conclusion by urging that we develop endurance so that we keep changing to the point where we ‘put on Christ’. In all of this Vanhoozer weaves in scripture as well as history.
This book has so much in it. It is practical and the material could easily be used to prepare a whole series of sermons on discipleship. It bears Vanhoozer’s distinctive style, originality and creativity (I couldn’t help smiling on p.198 when he urges Protestant pastors to make Catholic disciples). It is theologically robust and at the same time gets to the heart of what discipleship is all about. I rarely read a book twice, but I very much suspect I will make a return to this one again, especially if I am preaching on the issue of discipleship.'
Hardcover: 296 pages
Publisher: Lexham Press (May 15, 2019)
Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 1 x 8 inches