In TRUE DISCIPLESHIP William MacDonald highlights some principles of New Testament discipleship and challenges every genuine Christian believer. He makes clear that nothing less than an all-out commitment to the Lord Jesus Christ is required of us. The Saviour seeks those who will give Him first place in their lives.
“The Saviour repeatedly said, “whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it”. In fact, this saying of His is found in the four Gospels more frequently than almost anything else. Why is it repeated so often? Is it not because it sets forth one of the most fundamental principles of the Christian life, namely, that life hugged for self is life lost, but life poured out for Him is life found, saved, enjoyed, and kept for eternity?“
To be a true disciple is to be a bondslave of Jesus Christ and to find that His service is perfect freedom. There is liberty in the step of all who can say, “I love my master…I will not go out free”
“The Lord Jesus still calls, as He has ever called, for men and women to follow Him heroically and sacrificially… There cannot be divided allegiance… A disciple cannot live for two worlds.”
William Macdonald quotes Lucy R Mayer:
“Master, forgive, and inspire us anew;
Banish our worldliness, help us to ever
Live with eternity’s values in view.”
As well as the ‘original’ True Discipleship, the two booklets ‘Where is your Treasure?’ and ‘Lord Break me’ also by William Macdonald are included in this new version.
A word about the author: William MacDonald (1917 – 2007)
William (Bill) MacDonald was born in Massachusetts. His parents were from the Isle of Lewis and when he was six years old, his family moved to Stornoway, Scotland, later moving back to Massachusetts.
A commended worker for sixty years, a teacher, preacher, mentor, and author of eighty-four books, including the Believer’s Bible Commentary, William MacDonald was a man who said and wrote much. Yet, for the those who knew him well, it was his life that left the greatest impression.
Speaking of the Lord Jesus, the Bible says, “the one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked” (1 John 2:6). Bill wrote in his commentary, “Jesus’ life, as set forth in the Gospels, is our pattern and guide. It is not a life which we can live in our own strength or energy, but is only possible in the power of the Holy Spirit. Our responsibility is to turn our lives over to Him unreservedly, and allow Him to live His life in and through us.