Item description for The Training of the Twelve: Timeless Principles for Leadership by A. B. Bruce...
Overview For over one hundred years The Training Of The Twelve has been highly regarded and widely received. A. B. Bruces work continues to speak powerfully and effectively to the contemporary Christian generation.
The methods that Jesus used to prepare His disciples are an inspiring model for training and equipping leaders and lay people for service. Dr. Bruce emphasizes that church is not a place where people go but something that people are, and understanding and utilizing one's gifts and talents enrich both the body and the believer.
Publishers Description The monumental classic on discipleship and leadership training. A complete exposition of how Christ prepared His twelve disciples.
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Studio: Kregel Classics
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.43" Width: 5.5" Height: 1.29" Weight: 1.45 lbs.
Release Date Mar 22, 2000
Publisher Kregel Publications
ISBN 0825420881 ISBN13 9780825420887
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More About A. B. Bruce
Alexander Balmain Bruce (1831-1899) was a Scottish churchman and theologian. He was a minister of the Free Church of Scotland. He was born at Aberargie near Perth, Scotland. His father suffered for his adherence to the Free Church at the Disruption of 1843, and moved to Edinburgh, where Alexander was educated, showing exceptional ability from the first. His early religious doubts, awakened especially by David Strauss's Life of Jesus, made him throughout life sympathetic with those who underwent a similar stress. After serving as assistant first at Ancrum, then at Lochwinnoch, he was called to Cardross in Dumbartonshire (now Dunbartonshire) in 1859, and to Broughty Ferry in 1868. There he published his first notable exegetical work, the Training of the Twelve. In 1874 he delivered his Cunningham Lectures, afterwards published as The Humiliation of Christ, and in the following year was appointed to the chair of Apologetics and New Testament exegesis at the Free Church College, Glasgow, a post he held for twenty-four years. He was one of the first British New Testament scholars whose work was received favourably in Germany. The character and work of Christ were, he held, the ultimate proof and the best defence of Christianity; and his tendency was to concentrate attention somewhat narrowly on the historic Jesus. In The Kingdom of God (1889), which first encountered serious hostile criticism in his own communion, he accounted for some of the differences between the first and third evangelists on the principle of accommodation--maintaining that Saint Luke had altered both the text and the spirit of his sources to suit the needs of those for whom he wrote. It was held that these admissions were not consistent with the views of inspiration professed by the Free Church of Scotland. When the case was tried, the assembly held that the charge of heresy was based on a misunderstanding, but that by want of due care in his mode of statement he had given some ground for the painful impressions which had existed. Bruce rendered great service to his own communion in connection with its service of praise. He was convener of the committee which issued the Free Church hymn book, and he threw into this work the same energy and catholicity of mind which marked the rest of his activities.
Reviews - What do customers think about Training Of The Twelve?
great book Jul 20, 2006
I would recommend this book to any one interested in bible study. You can read it several times and gain something each time it is read.
Essential Reading Aug 8, 2005
After the Bible, The Training of the Twelve has been one of the most influential books in my development as a Christian. Using a loose "harmony of the Gospel" approach, Bruce uses all four gospel narratives to show how Jesus discipled His disciples. The book's greatest strength is that it is NOT a how-to book on discipleship or a 12-step program for leadership development. Instead, Bruce exegetes the passages showing what Jesus was doing with his disciples and leaves contemporary application to the reader. Written in the late 1800's, Bruce's use of the English language is outstanding, but many people used to USA Today type writing (monosylabic words, one sentence equals one paragraph) may find it difficult. It is well worth the effort. I find myself rereading it almost every other year. The first few times I read it as a disciple - what did Jesus want me to learn as His follower? Then I began to read it as a discipler - how can I be more effective in the process of making disciples? Now I also use it as a parent - how can I shepherd my lambs the way Jesus shepherded His? Transcending cultures, I have had the privilege of using this book to train small group leaders in the U.S. and around the world. Theologically sound, biblically true, I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to obey Jesus's command to make disciples.
Not just religious Jul 9, 2005
This book is a great retreat formation book. It can also be used in any leadership position. There was definitely a plan...
It's inspiring Jan 4, 2004
For me, the measure of a books worth is in the way it inspires my own ideas. If an author's words inspire my own, the book becomes invaluable. This is such a book. AB Bruce's rhetoric is clear and his passion for his subject is obvious. This is more than a book on discipleship. It is a book that will bring you in step with the writers of the Gospels themselves. Savor it and you will be richly rewarded.
A Great Classic on Christian Discipleship Oct 19, 2000
This book is a classic study of Jesus' teaching and training of his disciples (first published in 1871). When I first read it, I was fascinated by the light it shed on my reading of the Gospels. It is a very valuable study for any Christian who serves in any form of leadership capacity or anyone seeking to be a disciple of Jesus Christ.
The book's 31 chapters give an absorbing commentary on selected passages of the four Gospels, following in chronological order Jesus ministry and teaching among his disciples. The writing style will take a bit of getting used to for the average modern reader, but it's well worth the effort. There is also a table of Scripture references discussed in the book that make it useful reference work. Read it cover to cover first.