“Passing alongside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew the brother of Simon casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. And Jesus said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you become fishers of men.” And immediately they left their nets and followed him. And going on a little farther, he saw James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, who were in their boat mending the nets. And immediately he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired servants and followed him.” (Mark 1:16–20, ESV)
One of the blessings of my job at the Creation Museum is the incredible blessing I have to hear some of the world’s best teachers and preachers in our staff meetings. That not only includes our AiG speakers, but teachers and preachers from around the world.
Several weeks ago I had the opportunity to hear Pastor Robby Gallaty (Brainard Baptist Church, Chattanooga , TN) give a short devotional and was immediately impressed with his genuine passion for the Lord and his desire to multiply disciples. After seeking to learn more about him at his website: replicateministries.org, I learned of his upcoming book, “Growing Up.” I am excited to have the opportunity to share a brief review as part of his “launch team.”
So many young men and women come to faith in Jesus Christ and grow little in their faith. What is the “Difference that Made the Difference” (Ch. 1)? It’s having men in the faith come alongside the new believer to disciple him in his growing relationship with the Lord. Pastor Gallaty was blessed to have men come alongside him after his powerful conversion (from drug addiction/dealing), and he is passionate to be a blessing to others through personal discipleship and through this book.
and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. (2 Timothy 2:2, ESV)
“Growing Up” is not a theoretical treatise on discipleship. It is a “nuts and bolts, how-to.” The blueprint to discipleship that Gallaty recommends is what he refers to as “D-Groups” (Ch. 3). The D-Group is a closed group of 3-5 individuals who meet for the purposes of growth and fellowship. The key is an intimate, accountable relationship with a handful of like-minded people.
The core of the book is found in Chapters 5 – 10, which describes the spiritual disciplines that aid in developing a C.L.O.S.E.R walk with the Lord.
COMMUNICATE: Knocking on Heaven’s Door – Prayer
LEARN: Mining for Gold – Studying the Word
OBEDIENCE: Follow the Leader – Obedience
STORE: An Eternal Investment Strategy – Scripture Memorization
EVANGELIZE: Show and Tell – Sharing the Faith
RENEW: H.E.A.R.ing from God – Journaling
I was blessed and encouraged by “Growing Up.” It will prove to be an excellent tool in discipling those younger in the faith. In fact, I plan to lead the youth of our church through this study in the coming year.