Discipleship as Holy Collaboration
Many Christians don’t disciple others because they think it’s the church leaders' responsibility. But Jesus commanded all his disciples to go and make disciples. If we're honest, many of us hesitate to disciple others because we don't feel qualified, fear we'll do more harm than good, and think we don't have time for it. Yolanda Solomon provides a practical guide to help us become disciples who are empowered by Jesus to make disciples.
Through biblical exposition and personal narrative, Solomon describes the beauty of discipleship in a way that will (re)ignite your passion to disciple others. Discipleship as Holy Collaboration describes the traits of a disciple and examines how disciples are made as people encounter a love that empowers and compels them to continue Jesus' mission. She walks us through the life of Jesus, pointing out numerous examples of embodied discipleship that we can implement in our own context. Solomon describes Jesus' call to make disciples as an invitation to collaborate with God in a sacred group project. The book also includes a discussion guide and multiple step-by-step praxis activities to encourage and equip you to answer the call.
"It's no secret that there is a dearth of discipleship resources written by Black women, which makes this book critically important. . . . Yolanda demystifies discipleship through her exegesis of Scripture and culture, which empowers the reader to disciple others or to seek out someone to disciple them."
"Yolanda Solomon has been a beacon of light and wisdom for years. Her godly insight and reflections are collected here to help us all continue our own transformative journey with Jesus and others."
"As a pastor, I've witnessed firsthand Yolanda Solomon's profound impact as our church's director of discipleship, where she not only teaches with faithfulness to the Word of God but also truly embodies biblical principles. This book seamlessly combines practical advice, rich personal experiences, and robust theological insights, reflecting her years of dedication to discipleship. It's more than just a guide; it's a testament to her deep expertise and passionate commitment to seeing spiritual growth within the body of Christ. This is an indispensable read for anyone looking to enrich their discipleship journey."
"Yolanda Solomon disrupts the individualism that has marked discipleship for far too long and restores the communal nature that is embedded in true discipleship—one where we are invited to co-labor with God in God's work in the world. This a must-read for all who are serious about pursuing Christ in authentic ways in today's world!"
"Yolanda Solomon is a chef who has served us a recipe for discipleship that includes all the ingredients of a great meal. In this unique work, she infuses her sage wisdom with biblical exposition and a life well marinated in campus ministry, church leadership, and real-world experiences. Yolanda plates her theologically rich and practical discipleship principles with a delightful blend of relatable stories and culturally relevant anecdotes that offers up a deep dish of fresh and satisfying insights that help us to think deeply and apply broadly what it means to collaborate as sous-chefs with the Master Chef who calls us to 'feed my sheep.'"
1. My Discipleship Journey
2. What is a Disciple?
3. Diagnosing the Discipleship Problem
4. A New Kin-Dom
5. How Do We Make Disciples?
6. Servants, Answer the Call
7. Discipleship or Mentoring?
8. Meeting Together
9. The Beauty of Discipleship: Binding and Unbinding
10. The Necessity of Rest
11. How to Walk in the Wilderness
12. Where’s the Fruit? Trust the Holy Ghost
Conclusion: Listen Well
Appendix A: Prayer and the Holy Spirit
Appendix B: Psalm 19 Bible Interpretation Exercise
Questions for Reflection and Discussion