Discipleship and Eschatology

The title of Trevin Wax’s new book, “Eschatological Discipleship”, caught me off guard and intrigued me. I imagined I had somewhat of an idea what this book might entail, but the title truly caught my interest. I am thankful I picked it up (rather, thankful B&H sent me a copy!)

Topics covered in this book are: defining eschatological discipleship by way of examining discipleship, worldview, eschatology, and wisdom; eschatological discipleship in the Old and New Testament; eschatological discipleship in the sexual revolution today and rampant consumerism; and contemporary thoughts and examples of evangelicals’ beliefs about discipleship.

The first chapter is heavy. Wax takes the reader through the process of defining the four aforementioned words and how they are interconnected in their relation to discipleship. These four words are the foundation to Wax’s definition of eschatological discipleship:

Spiritual formation that seeks to instill wisdom regarding the contemporary setting in which Christians find themselves (in contrast to rival conceptions of time and progress) and that calls for contextualized obedience as a demonstration of the Christian belief that the biblical account of the world’s past, present, and future is true. (41)

He then proceeds to discuss biblical examples of eschatological discipleship in the Old and New Testaments. I wish Wax would have compiled a substantive chapter discussing the Old Testament as much as he did with the New. However, the chapter on the Old Testament is worthy of serious conversation and the implications of the Old found in the New.

I am thankful he included two of the major issues facing society today in discussion with eschatological discipleship. If Christians are to wisely make disciples in light of the grand narrative of Scripture, we must discern our time. Wax uses these two issues as examples and guides to our own discipleship.

Finally, he concludes with evangelical thoughts on discipleship. His aim is not to prove or disprove thoughts but rather provide strengths and weaknesses of prevalent thoughts in our churches in light of his idea of eschatological discipleship.

This book is a worthy contribution to the Church. I am thankful Trevin Wax took the time to write and explain an excellent method to reconsidering how the church does discipleship.

Disclosure: I received this book free from B&H Publishers through the B&H Blogger Review Program. The opinions I have expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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