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Cultivating a Life for God: Multiplying Disciples Through Life Transformation Groups
by Neil Cole
The United States is a mission field in desperate need of the gospel. Somehow we have managed to lose sight of the prime directive given to us by Jesus to go and make disciples of all the nations. There is hope. We can still fulfill the great commission in this generation, but we will need to get back the power that spread the gospel across the globe in the first century. ...more
Paperback, 125 pages
Published January 1st 1999 by ChurchSmart Resources
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A gem. I read it once in college and let it sit untouched on my bookshelf. I wasn't to a point then where I was mature enough or positioned properly to appreciate it. Now, looking at a mission field that seems impossible, it looks like the only plausible strategy.
A very good book on how to make disciples, including oneself. A simple strategy of extensive weekly Bible reading (25-30 chapters), accountability questions and a focus on praying for the salvation of others to be done in groups of 2 or 3 and which are encouraged to multiply regularly. A practical challenge to fulfill the Great Commission without the need for lots of training or any experts. The best focus was on affirming the power of the Word of God to transform lives and the sufficiency of th ...more
Cole' thesis can be best summed up in this statement, Chrisians need "to be fed by a steady and voluminous intake of Scipture with no purpose other than to hear from God and obey His voice!" For Cole this means spending at least thirty minutes each day reading the Bible. The purpose of this book is to show how a strong Christian is one who is reproducing disciples for Christ.
This was a pretty good book. Cole highlights some of the reasons that discipleship is ineffective in many churches. He offers suggestions for effective discipleship, and while they are very challenging, he backs them up with logical arguments and specific examples from his own experience.
Neil Cole was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. While studying at CSULB he encountered the Good News of Jesus Christ and turned his life over to Him, never looking back. His journey in God's kingdom brought him to serve in a mega church, a local community church and now small rapidly multiplying organic churches that meet in homes, campuses and places of business all over the world. Neil travels ...moreMore about Neil Cole...