Making Disciples Out of the Stuff of Everyday Life

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Matthew’s Genealogy Like You’ve Never Heard It Before

In this video performance from The Gospel Coalition’s ‘Songs of Hope’ Advent concert (which premiered Dec. 6, 2020), Poor Bishop Hooper performs their song “Christ”—a beautiful take on the genealogy of Jesus recorded in Matthew’s Gospel (1:1–17). The song is from Poor Bishop Hooper’s Advent project, Firstborn, which includes music, illustrations, videos, and writing—including a 48-page study on the lineage of Jesus. Why is the genealogy in Matthew’s Gospel important? Here’s what Tim Keller said in a 2016 interview with TGC: Matthew’s genealogy of Jesus does a lot of work. First, it roots Jesus in history. The gospel doesn’t begin...

Discipleship is an indispensible ingredient in the Christian life. We need it to mature in our faith, grow in Christlikeness, and make new disciples. Doing discipleship well requires intentionality, opening up your life, and publicly showing other believers—and unbelievers—what it looks like to follow Jesus in “the stuff of everyday life.” Yet far too many of us miss the opportunities God gives us in the stuff of everyday life to help friends, family, and fellow church members reach maturity in Christ. Instead, we’ve treated discipleship as a curriculum to be taught, not a life to be lived for the purposes of seeing Jesus glorified everywhere.

Is that really discipleship, though? If it isn’t a curriculum, then what is it? What is life-on-life on discipleship, and how do we do it well? What role does the local church play in this kind of discipleship? In an effort to answer these questions and to challenge our concept of discipleship, TGC’s Mark Mellinger spoke with Jeff Vanderstelt, visionary leader for the Soma Family of Churches, lead teaching pastor at Doxa Church in Bellevue, Washington, and the author of Saturate (Crossway, 2015).

In this seven-minute video, Vanderstelt talks about what it takes to do discipleship well, how to lead ourselves and others into a life that requires the power and presence of Christ, and more. If we want abundant life in Jesus, we’ll need to open up our lives and invite deliberate discipleship in. This conversation encourages us to do that very thing.