The timeless truths of Biblical discipleship need to be proclaimed in every generation. Dr Peter Hammond has set out these truths in an orderly and practical way. It’s not by accident that Peter happened upon the word “practical” in his title. Isn’t this what it is all about? Christ’s constant refrain “if you want to be my disciple…” is always linked to the day-to-day outworking of following Christ in one’s secret life, family life, community life and in every other field.
Even as media in myriad forms increasingly saturate our lives, we nonetheless tend to describe our relationship to it in terms from the twentieth century: we are consumers of media, choosing to engage with it. In Feed-Forward, Mark B. N. Hansen shows just how outmoded that way of thinking is: media is no longer separate from us but has…
"If we have not evidenced a dramatic transformation in our beliefs, moral standards, way of life, behaviour and conduct then it is doubtful if we are even forgiven." That book was practical in every way but, just in case Christians have missed that emphasis, this new book lays out the every-day practicality of being a disciple of our Lord Jesus Christ.
The central theme of repentance is not lacking in these 29 chapters. Repentance offers hope and renewed faith. What help would one get from a book which explains how to live as a disciple if the how-to-find grace and victory in order to live as a disciple is absent?
as with many of Dr Peter Hammond’s other books, he looks at the crucial importance of genuine revival. The final two chapters: “Heart Cry for Revival” and “The Ulster Revival of 1859” are well worth reading again and again.
. It should always humble us to realize that revival is a sovereign act of God but also includes the practical promises that go hand-in-hand with discipleship. Would that God stir up a fresh agonizing for revival, while trusting that this is what God loves to give and we should love to seek with all our hearts, in prayer and repentance.
From the Introduction by
Rev Erlo Stegan