Derek Vreeland argues that response to the Gospel involves decisions, but is not limited to one-off decisions, it is about a call to follow Jesus as a disciple. When we only preach the Gospel as a call to make a decision, we sell Jesus short.
He says that a discipleship-based message has these advantages:
- This “come and follow” approach sounds much more like an invite to a party than a high-pressure sales pitch to purchase a new car.
- This approach is much more about belonging to a community than making a personal and individual choice.
- This approach may not appeal to the masses, but we will make disciples from the few who see the power, position and authority of Jesus.
What do you think?