Item description for Choose the Life: Exploring a Faith That Embraces Discipleship by Bill Hull & Dallas Willard...
Overview Many Christians are merely going through the motions and fail to experience transformed living. True disciples do more than the minimum, choosing the life and commitment to bringing Jesus to the lost. Hull offers this practical tool to show church members how to take individual responsibility for being discipled and discipling others.
Publishers Description Many churches harbor harried congregations merely going through the motions--sleepwalking saints who fail to experience transformed living. Many are unable and unwilling to share the gospel, convinced that it's not their "gift." True disciples do more than the minimum, explains Hull. They choose the life and commit to bringing Jesus to the lost. They live out their beliefs and walk the walk. Submission shows the doubting world that Christ is embedded in their character. Choose the Life is a practical tool as accessible to laypeople as ministry leaders. Any church seeking life-changing significance will be challenged by this cutting-edge resource. No hand-holding here, Choose the Life shows church members how to take individual responsibility for both being discipled and discipling others.
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Studio: Baker Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.58" Width: 5.44" Height: 0.51" Weight: 0.6 lbs.
Release Date Apr 5, 2012
Publisher Baker Publishing Group
Series Choose the Life
ISBN 0801064708 ISBN13 9780801064708
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More About Bill Hull & Dallas Willard
Bill Hull is a discipleship evangelist and the author of the bestselling discipleship classics, The Disciple-Making Pastor, and Jesus Christ, Disciplemaker. He served as a pastor for 20 years and now leads the Bonhoeffer Project. Bill regularly speaks and teaches on discipleship and also serves as an adjunct professor at Talbot School of Theology, Biola University.
Bill Hull currently resides in Long Beach, in the state of California. Bill Hull was born in 1946.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Choose The Life?
Choosing the Life Feb 22, 2007
This book is a must read for all professing christians. The author provides the motivation and the method to enable the reader to evaluate "nondiscipleship" christianity, and decide whther or not that is an oxymoron, and if it is, what the would-be christian must do about it. It is written clearly and is easy to understand, and therefore begs the choice from each of us!
A must-read Sep 5, 2006
This is truly one of the best books I have read in a long time. This book helped crystalize my thinking on some things that have been bothering me for a while about how we live the Christian life and has given me some direction on how to address these problems in my own life and how I may be able to help other do the same thing along the way. I'm planning on getting more copies of this book for a few friends.
Character in Community Jun 22, 2006
Bill Hull has made an important contribution to twenty-first-century disciple-making. Whereas much twentieth-century writing on discipleship focused on the product and the purpose, "Choose the Life" rightly moves us back to the process and the people.
Hull returns us to the ancient paths reminding us that God's way focuses upon character developed in community based upon content that leads to competence. In other words, we start with the heart (character) developed in the home (community) based upon the head (biblical content) resulting in hands (competence to do the work of the ministry).
"Choose the Life" provides the biblical and psychological (in the biblical sense of that word) foundation necessary for effective discipleship. It is a refreshing return to Jesus' model of ministry. Though not "programmatic," it is still practical for real world ministry.
Reviewer: Bob Kellemen, Ph.D., is the author of "Beyond the Suffering: Embracing the Legacy of African American Soul Care and Spiritual Direction," "Soul Physicians," "Spiritual Friends," and the forthcoming "Sacred Friendships: Listening to the Voices of Women Soul Care-Givers and Spiritual Directors."
Choose this book to Choose the Life Feb 17, 2006
Hull has hit it on the head. After many years as a pulpiteer, even preaching discipling, he faced the poverty of his approach. His is a radically biblical call back to personally making disciples. Pastors wrapped up in programs or power or personality and not people won't like this book. Pastor, return to what God called you to in the beginning - not pleasing people but making true disciples of Christ and, in the PROCESS (not purpose-driven, you notice), you will become one yourself.
Character based discipleship May 22, 2004
"Choose the Life" addresses fundamental reasons why many discipleship programs fail to work. Bill Hull's thesis is as follows, "A transformed life is needed, a life of depth of true disciples who have chosen to follow the life that Jesus lived. The reason the mission languishes is the acceptance of a nondiscipleship Christianity that creates shallow believers with hollow lives who don't affect those around them. This has led to the marginalization of the gospel and has retarded its spread because of its lack of authenticity and power" (215).
I have been a long-time fan of Bill Hull's writings and his passion for disciplemaking. With stark vulnerability, Hull reveals his own weaknesses and reasons why disciplemaking wasn't working as he desired at his Church. Hull asserts that character is formed in community and the New Testament model of discipleship should have the following characteristics:
1. A disciple submits to a teacher who teaches him or her how to follow Jesus. 2. A disciple learns Jesus' words. 3. A disciple learns Jesus' way of ministry. 4. A disciple imitates Jesus' life and character. 5. A disciple finds and teaches other disciples for Jesus.
Hull states, "The reason characteristics 2 through 4 are most common is that they are the least challenging of the five. Frankly, people can do these without having to change. It goes back to the indictment that we have found ways to be Christian without becoming Christlike. Items 1 and 5 make it all work" (37).
"Choose the Life" goes far beyond methodology to the underlying principles of how discipleship can be effective to transform others. Throughout the book, Hull emphasizes the necessity of relationships of trust in an environment of grace. Hull emphasizes that "people only accept truth they trust" (130). Hull candidly reveals his own spiritual journey how he, as a successful pastor, author, and discipleship leader, experienced brokenness before God resulting in a new perspective on ministry. "The key to developing character is brokenness before God. This brokenness is a product of humility and submission. These are the very qualities that Jesus modeled as his core" (194). God led him to an entirely new understanding of humility and submission to God, "I had so romanticized the concept of brokenness that I saw it as an event with a beginning and an end rather than a process - a state of being" (197). This is a significant concept for a proper understanding of brokenness.
I would be remiss if I did not reveal the source of the ideas which led to Bill Hull's spiritual revelation from success to significance. Hull clearly credits Bill Thrall and Bruce McNichol from Leadership Catalyst and their seminal book on character based leadership, "The Ascent of a Leader." Hull has masterfully applied the principles from the Leadership Catalyst workshop " Forming the High Trust Culture" to the disciplemaking context. I recommend that anyone who is serious about discipleship, attend the "Forming the High Trust Culture" workshop from Leadership Catalyst to learn the biblical principles which enables truth to transform others - I have witnessed firsthand its amazing effectiveness in transforming others into the likeness of Jesus Christ. "Choose the Life" emphasizes the necessity for a disciplemaker to develop the inner life because ministry flows from being. This will be one of the primary textbooks for my students in discipleship.