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Gospel-Centered Discipleship | Making Disciples

The following is entitled Making Disciples: Evangelism or Discipleship?, from Gospel-Centered Discipleship by Jonathan K. Dodson:

But what happens when we fail under Jesus’s lordship? How does King Jesus respond to disloyal servants who go headlong into sin? We discover Jesus as Christ. The Greek word for Christ is Christos, which means “anointed one.” This title refers to Jesus’s messianic identity as the anointed servant of the Lord, prophesied by Isaiah, as the one who would rescue and redeem God’s people (Isaiah 42, 49, 50, 53). Jesus rescues and forgives disloyal, undeserving disciples from their own sin over and over again through his once-for-all death on the cross. The King becomes Servant for all who hope in him, when Jesus lays his life down to atone for our every failure to obey and honor him as Lord. The King descends from his throne, moves out beyond the courtyard to a place outside the city, where his body is engulfed in sin to sanctify a people for himself: “So Jesus also suffered outside the gate in order to sanctify the people through his own blood” (Hebrews 13:12). God made the one who did not know sin to be sin for us, “so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Corinthians 5:21). Because Jesus is not only Lord but also Christ, every disciple has every reason to hope in failure. Jesus has secured our never-ending forgiveness through the end of his life. And with his triumph over death, he bought for us a new life of glad submission to him. Because Jesus is Christ, he is sufficient for our failures and strong for our successes.

Here at Redemption Hill, we want to always be digging into the riches of the cross, of who Jesus is, and what he has done for us. We want to be continually transformed by this reality, and pursue the enjoyment of grace as it comes to us in spiritual disciplines and mutually accountability. This is why the Redemption Hill Communities play such a vital role in the life of our local body of believers. As we gather together in homes across Richmond each week, we want to grow in our sense of responsibility for each other as we eat together, pray together, and explore the implications of the Gospel on our lives. More than anything else, these groups represent the church at a personal level. They are the place that we really begin to know one another and allow ourselves to truly be known. Together, we want to see our sin clearly, see the cross powerfully, and repent deeply both in private, and with one another. These groups become the main lifeline for care at Redemption Hill. Connecting with a community group is really the best way to be a part of Redemption Hill as well as the best avenue for us to pursue our mission “to do what we are”. If you would like more information on the Redemption Hill Communities, or if you would like to request a list of available Communities, drop us an email at



Mitzi Hubble

June 28 2012 Reply


We have visited worship services for two weeks.

I would like more info on Richmond Hill Communities. We are coming to the class on Saturday, will there be info there? Thanks.


Ben Roberts

July 2 2012 Reply

Thanks for mentioning Jonathan’s book. We are so excited to spread the news of gospel-centered living. For more on what it looks like to live as a disciple-making disciple of Christ, we publish free articles here:

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