Discipled by Jesus – A Book Review

Discipled by Jesus
By Robert Gelinas


Have you ever wished you were a disciple – one of Jesus’ first followers, who walked in his footsteps and heard him teach and watched him heal people? Have you ever closed your Bible and signed, thinking that you faith would be easier if you had been discipled by Jesus himself?

The good news is that Jesus himself is discipling you. And he stands ready to disciple whoever you bring to him. Jesus is alive! And for our walk with God, that makes all the difference.

Walk with Robert Gelinas as he demonstrates through the scriptures that Jesus himself is our pastor, our teacher, and our leader in the great commission. Jesus’ living leadership of our lives allows us to approach each day with joyful anticipation and expectant hope.

About the Author

Robert Gelinas is pastor of Colorado Community Church, Aurora, and the author of several books, including Finding the Groove: Composing a Jazz-Shaped Faith and The Mercy Prayer: The One Prayer Jesus Always Answers. He and his wife, Barbara, live with their six children in the Denver area.

(From the back of the book)

My Thoughts

I came at this book with high expectations. I expected profound things to come out of this book. I loved his use of scripture. Gelinas’ appendix about the commands of Christ is excellent. That’s one of my favorite parts of this book. The discussion questions are also thought provoking and discussion starting. He also gave a lot of personal examples to help the reader understand what he was trying to say. He has great ideas but I feel like they are the same as what other’s say just said in a different way. Gelinas spends a lot of time saying how many church’s views of discipleship is incorrect, or lacking but not much time explaining what that looks like. I think this is true for a lot of churches but I wanted more regarding this. He also spends a lot of time on basically who Jesus is… our teacher, our shepherd, our pastor, our leader etc. Where the book is lacking is how being discipled by Jesus looks in a modern day church. He spends a little time talking about how it is necessary that we teach people and mentor them towards a deeper discipleship relationship with Jesus. But I found myself wanting to know how he thinks this should look. He seems to downplay the essential role of the Holy Spirit in our lives now. There is a lot of personal story and while normally good, I think it goes a little overboard here and I felt like it was filler. I am wondering how much of what he says is influenced by his interdenominational theology. I see evidence of many different views in his book. Overall it was an interesting book but not much take away for me personally.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher as a member of Tyndale’s blogger program. I was under no obligation to write a positive review. All thoughts are my own.

For more information about the author or his other works visit his website at http://robertrgelinas.com


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