Eschatological Discipleship, by Trevin Wax, book review

LifeWay Pastors | 7/12/2018 | Meredith Cook
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B&H Academic, 2018. 288pp.

The book is divided into four sections. Wax first defines four key terms (discipleship, worldview, eschatology, and wisdom) as foundational to the book’s focus on “eschatological discipleship.” Section two focuses on the biblical foundation for eschatological discipleship. Wax points out examples of spiritual formation and development from both the Old and New Testaments. Section three examines three worldviews that rival a Christian worldview: the Enlightenment, sexual revolution, and consumerism. Wax describes the eschatology of each worldview and how a Christian eschatology counters these false promises. Finally, section four surveys three evangelical perspectives on discipleship: discipleship as primarily evangelistic reproduction; discipleship in terms of personal piety through adopting spiritual disciplines; and discipleship that is gospel-centered in its motivation. Without claiming one approach as better than the others, Wax describes how each approach would benefit from training disciples to think eschatologically—to ask and answer the questions “What time is it?” in the culture in which they carry out kingdom work.

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Eschatological Discipleship is a helpful resource for pastors who want to expand how they approach discipleship. Wax gives the reader new ways to think about Christian eschatology and discipleship in his or her present context with biblically grounded concepts. He graciously points out deficiencies in common understandings of discipleship without undermining their merits. The result is not necessarily a brand new paradigm for discipleship, but an expanded view that incorporates discipleship methods one may already have in place.

Wax’s third section is especially helpful for the reader who wants...
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