About The Author: Dr. Robby Gallaty
In his forward to the book, Growing Up: How To Be A Disciple Who Makes Disciples, David Platt described the Robby Gallaty he met years ago as a “6’6” 290-pound thieving drug-dealing pill addict trained in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu” who had just become a follower of Christ. This caught my attention, first because I learned some Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu myself, but more importantly because here is a powerful testimony of Jesus at work in someone’s life whose perspective I could learn from. Plus, I have great respect for David Platt, author of best-selling book, Radical, who became one of many men to disciple Robby before he went on to earn his Ph.D from the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, and become a pastor and President of Replicate Ministries.
About The Book: Growing Up
Robby’s book is endorsed by a handful of respectable people, including Robert Coleman, Dr. Greg Ogden, J.D. Greear, Ph.D., Derwin L. Gray, Larry Osborne and Dr. Ed Stetzer. Looking back, Clayton King’s endorsement best describes my feelings about the book, “I usually skip over books with the word ‘discipleship’ in the title because they’re either incredibly boring or totally impractical. This book is different.” I agree!
The book starts by addressing the sad reality of how so few Christians and churches are involved in evangelism and discipleship. David Platt accurately describes the book as “a practical, reproducible, and simple starting point for growing as a disciple of Jesus and giving your life to making disciples of Jesus.”
Growing Up walks Christians through how to start a gender-exclusive Discipleship Group (D-Group) of three to five people who meet weekly (for 12-18 months) for the express purpose of becoming disciples who make disciples. Accountability plays a crucial role in these groups. The book is written in such a way that it can be read in a D-Group together. Each group has a mentor and mentees, and is meant to be reproducible.
Growing Up is divided into two sections. The first three chapters build a case for the necessity of making disciples. Chapter 4 deals with training yourself to become godly. The remaining six chapters follow the acrostic, C.L.O.S.E.R., which highlight six principles in developing a closer walk with Christ.
- Communicate (Prayer)
- Learn (Bible Study)
- Obey (Obedience)
- Store (Scripture Memorization)
- Evangelize (Sharing Your Faith)
- Renew (Personal Quiet Time)
- The book includes more than ten helpful appendixes:
- Disciple-Making Covenant
- Spiritual Journey Inventory
- Sample H.E.A.R. Entry
- Sample Bible Reading Plan
- Prayer Log
- Sample Scripture Memory Card
- Accountability Questions
- Avenues for Building Relationships
- Commonly Asked Discipleship Questions
- Suggested Resources for D-Groups
- How to Pray For Lost Friends
- Dr. Gallaty’s website also has some excellent resources:
Lesson plans for each chapter.
- Growing Up is the first of a three-book series. The next two are:
- Firmly Planted (Growing in Your Faith)
- Bearing Fruit (The Great Commission)
- The resource I’m most excited about is a forthcoming DVD series called Discipleship University.
I highly recommend reading Growing Up. In fact, I plan to use this book in my College Ministry next semester. It is well written and full of ideas, stories, illustrations, and scriptures. I especially like chapter 4 on training ourselves for godliness. Overall, I give it Five Stars!
My Top 25 Favorite Quotes
- “Many Christians are birthed into the family of God and then abandoned.” ~Robby Gallaty
- “Tell me and I will forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I will understand.” ~Confucius
- “The lack of discipleship undermines all else that we seek to do.” ~Greg Nettle
- “Understanding “what a disciple is and what a disciple does are top priorities for the church.” ~Bill Hull
- “One must decide if he wants his ministry to count in momentary applause of popular recognition or the reproduction of his life in a few chosen men to carry on his work after he has gone.” ~Robert Coleman
- “You can’t microwave disciples.” ~Robby Gallaty
- “Ministry is the pathway to maturity, not the other way around.” ~Robby Gallaty
- “Every believer should be able to answer two questions. Who am I discipling? And who is discipling me? Every church should be able to answer two questions. Do we have a plan for making disciples? And is it working?” ~Robby Gallaty
- “We are God’s fellow workers.” ~Apostle Paul (1 Corinthians 3:9)
- “Imagine if every believer, not just paid leaders, were engaged in ministry. That’s the book of Acts.” ~Steve Murrell
- “As the Holy Spirit enables us to pursue holiness, accountable relationships become the lifeblood for personal growth.” ~Robby Gallaty
- “Jesus, it must be remembered, restricted nine-tenths of his ministry to twelve Jews.” ~Eugene Peterson
- “Discipline without direction is drudgery.” ~Donald Whitney
- “God uses three primary change agents to produce godliness in His children: people, circumstances, and spiritual disciplines. We participate passively in the first two, but actively in the third.” ~Robby Gallaty
- “Take the time and the trouble to keep yourself spiritually fit.” ~Apostle Paul (1 Timothy 4:7 (The Phillips Translation)
- “You cannot hold others responsible for your spiritual growth. You must take ownership of it yourself.” ~Robby Gallaty
- “Even though you may study a foreign language, the only way to learn it thoroughly is to speak it. Prayer is similar; you learn it by doing it.” ~Robby Gallaty
- “Plan time into your schedule to pray. We prioritize our lives around what is important.” ~Robby Gallaty
- “Begin each day with ‘Our Father’ and end it with ‘In Jesus’ name, amen.’ In between, talk to God all day long.” ~Robby Gallaty
- “Conviction without action is worthless.” ~Robby Gallaty
- “You will never serve Him faithfully until you love Him fervently.” ~Robby Gallaty
- “The reason we come away so cold from reading the Word is because we do not warm ourselves at the fire of meditation.” ~Thomas Watson
- “Share the gospel as graciously, lovingly, and tactfully as possible, but always share it boldly, accurately, and fully. A watered-down gospel is a false gospel.” ~Robby Gallaty
- “A goal without a plan is just a wish.” ~Antoine de Saint-Exupery
- “Ultimately, the best [Bible] translation is the one that gets read.” ~Robby Gallaty
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