Thursday, November 21, 2019

Be a Disciple, Make a Disciple Blog Tour

About the Book

Book: Be a Disciple, Make a Disciple
Author: Ellie M. Littleton
Genre: RELIGION / Christian Ministry / Discipleship  

The twenty-first century Church has the same Holy Spirit power and many more modern-day resources than the first century Church, yet the first century Church had greater success in making disciples. Why? They followed the plan Jesus gave them, and He blessed it. But the more worldly progress we’ve made, the more we’ve deviated from Jesus’s plan by choosing programs, entertainment, and socials with only surface-level encounters.  

We neglect to make a connection with the lost, and they see no real commitment from the church. So they come and go as we continue to meet and plan more programs. To end the cycle, we must go and make disciples as Jesus taught—investing our lives in the lives of others.  

Do you long to live the Great Commission and make disciples, but you’re not sure how? In Be a Disciple, Make a Disciple, Ellie Littleton offers biblical examples and concepts that break down the hard work of discipleship into sixteen thought-provoking lessons.  

So go and make disciples. “This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples” (John 15:8 niv). 

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My Review

Do we need disciple makers? I was shocked when Littleton cited a study showing how few “Christians” read their Bible regularly. “The survey reveals a critical issue for the Church, especially the local church: many people who claim Christ have no knowledge or interest in Him.” (Loc 362/1492) Since Littleton defines a disciple as one becoming more obedient to God and His Word, yes, we need disciples and disciple makers in the local church.

This is a good study to help Christians know what a disciple is, how to grow and mature as a disciple, and the why and how of making disciples. She uses Jesus' teaching and experiences with His disciples as a model for disciple making today. She covers many topics, such as prayer, fellowship, Bible study, and more. She draws from a number of authors who have written on discipleship.

I like this sixteen week study. It has a good combination of personal study and group discussion questions. Readers will be challenged to evaluate their own Christian walk and encouraged to grow in it. You will also be challenged to help others grow in their discipleship.

My rating: 4/5 stars.

About the Author

Ellie Littleton has spent most of her adult life teaching both high school and adult Sunday school. She is minister of Vision Teams at her church, and serves as an officer on the planning team of her church’s annual Women of the Word Conference. Her husband of twenty-one years and high school sweetheart, Brad Littleton, serves as minister of music at their church. Their daughter, Hannah Kate, has been active in AcTeens and children’s church. She plans to continue competitive cheer in college. Son, Grayson, is home from a six-month internship at Lifehouse Church in Tokyo, Japan, and is seeking a position as a youth pastor. Ellie and her family love their church, family-and-friend cookouts, volleyball, boat riding, and music. She also enjoys reading, women’s conferences, and sneaking away to occasional girlfriend getaways at the beach. 

More from Ellie

Eighteen years ago, I was blessed to be a part of a church plant in the community where I was raised and still call home.  The new church, South Shelby Baptist, gave me the opportunity to dig in and exercise the spiritual gifts given to me by the Holy Spirit.  As I begin to write and teach Bible lessons, a deep passion arose and bloomed within my heart to grow in the grace and knowledge of our LORD and Savior, Jesus Christ (2 Peter 3:18) and see others grow too.  I am a people-person and find great joy in connecting with people and seeing people connected, especially within the Body of Christ.  In the past five years, God has been and is pulling me out of that comfort zone of lessons into writing Bible studies.  My pastor, David Warren, leads the vision of our church- be a disciple and make a disciple.  He asked me a couple of years ago, to write a Bible study on the topic of discipleship for our folks as a resource to help us grow and activate the call to make disciples.  And that is how Be a Disciple, Make a Disciple Bible study began.  I wrote this Bible study for my church to use as resource to grow in discipleship, because my heart for ministry is in the local church, especially my local church, South Shelby Baptist.  But God.  God began prompting my heart with the dream to have Be a Disciple, Make a Disciple published… and here it is.  God is good and He is faithful; great is your faithfulness, O LORD!  It is my prayer that you can use it as a resource to help you and your local church grow in discipling others too.  To God be the glory and blessings to you in Christ, Ellie.

Blog Stops

Mary Hake, November 23
Sara Jane Jacobs, November 24
CarpeDiem, November 25
Artistic Nobody, November 27 (Author Interview)
Discipling4Life, November 28
Texas Book-aholic, November 30
janicesbookreviews, December 1
A Reader's Brain, December 2
Simple Harvest Reads, December 4 (Author Interview)

I received a complimentary digital copy of this book through Celebrate Lit. My comments are an independent and honest review. The rest of the copy of this post was provided by Celebrate Lit.


Dianna said...

I admit that I don't read my Bible every day. I used to, but got out of the habit.

Bea LaRocca said...

Thank you for sharing your review and the book details. I must confess that I haven't read the Bible in quite some time. I think that this book may be helpful to many.

Debbie P said...

This sounds like a great and very interesting read.

James Robert said...

Thank you for sharing your book with us and for the giveaway as well. I appreciate them both.

Melissa W said...

I know this is something I could improve in. Sounds like a good study!

Caryl Kane said...

Wonderful review! Thank you for sharing this timely study.

Julie Waldron said...

This sounds like a great study! Thanks for the review.