JBU Professor Writes Book on Discipleship
Siloam Springs, Ark (January 9, 2004) — Dr. Ron Habermas, McGee professor of biblical studies at John Brown University has recently published his new book, The Complete Disciple. The book is a blend of evangelical theological foundations and practical ideas for life that challenge traditional discipleship teachings. The Complete Disciple offers readers a comprehensive look at Christian life, specifically, what it means to be a follower of Christ growing in the image of God. “All people bear the image of God because we were created in his image. The effects of the Fall severely distorted his image, but we never actually lost our priceless identity. The overarching purpose of discipleship – and it’s a severely understated one -- is to continuously restore the image of God within us. This is a lifelong task, and it obviously requires our Creator-Redeemer’s power.” Habermas wrote in the introduction. Response to the book has been overwhelming. Habermas has received various comments on how the book has helped open doors of the soul and introduce ideas that had never been presented before. “I commend The Complete Disciple to all thinking believers who are serious about learning and growing. It’s not for religious hitchhikers who are looking for free rides to instant maturity. True discipleship is costly-but substandard Christian living is even more costly!” Warren W. Wiersbe, general director of Back to the Bible said. Habermas’ ideas of discipleship have been compacted into twelve chapters within four sections. The first section “The Jesus Nobody Knows,” lays a foundation for biblical discipleship, starting with the Garden of Eden and the creation of Adam and Eve in God’s image. This section takes a backward look at discipleship. The second section, “The Jesus We Wish We Knew”, concentrates on looking inward at discipleship through the mystery of Jesus’ many titles. This section explores who Jesus was, what he did and how he responded to others. Converse to the inward examination, the third section, focuses on the outward look of a disciple, primarily applying Christ’s examples of character, calling and community. Lastly, the fourth section, “The Jesus We Will Fully Know”, explores an upward look through the eyes of disciples. This section explores the responsibly and duties of followers of Christ as they anticipate being restored to the image of God in heaven. The book is currently used in Christian formation course offered at JBU. Books can be purchased in the JBU bookstore (479-524-7195) or at www.TheCompleteDisciple.com. John Brown University is a top-tier university, ranked 11th by U.S. News & World Report in the Southern Region. JBU is a private university with an enrollment of more than 1,800 students from 42 states and 45 countries. JBU is a member of Arkansas’ Independent Colleges and Universities and the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities.