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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Book Review: Randy Pope - Insourcing: Bringing Discipleship Back to the Local Church

Discipleship is a word you don’t hear much today. That in itself is a sad fact. Even though people change, the gospel does not. If we needed discipleship 20 years ago, we still need it today.

Randy Pope has given us an easy-to-read instruction manual for what he calls “Life-on-life missional discipleship”. He shows that need for accountability is as important as doctrine and worship. Without someone to stand alongside us, we can easily fall into sin.

In the past we have witnessed leaders from large ministries fall into sin. I heard an interview with one minister. He said that part of the problem was he had no one to talk to concerning his temptations. Because of that he had no one there to question him and his motives.

Pope takes us through a few fictional small groups and shows us how an intimate setting with a close church family can make a difference. He not only shows us what discipleship it looks like, he tells us how to get there.

I enjoyed this book. The stories added to the teaching he is trying to convey. I would have given it 5 stars, but I think he lacked a little in exegesis of the scripture.

I recommend it and give it 4 out of 5 stars.

I received this book, free of charge, from Zondervan and Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.

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