by Juan Carlos Ortiz
A book review by Paul Mowen, July 2015
A joy to read, this classic book, by a Pentecostal Pastor from Argentina, Juan Carlos Ortiz, shows firstly how our view of salvation shapes our walk with Christ. Do we realise that now as ‘slaves of Christ’ we are to live only for him? (Servants don’t exercise rights, they continue to serve until told otherwise!) Once we are in the Kingdom of God, we are under the King’s authority. We move by His command.
Ortiz points out the blight of immaturity in the church. We need to move from being dependant children to mature spiritual adults. Ortiz explores in a captivating way the command to repent and the command to love. In the last few chapters he shows how the restructuring of the church (to a cell church model) is meant to facilitate the maturity of believers and the fulfilment of Christ’s mission to the world.
A disciple is one who learns to live the life his teacher lives. Discipleship is not simply communication of knowledge or information; it is a communication of life. It is not getting to know what the teacher knows; it is getting to be what the teacher is. Making a disciple is more than winning or teaching or instructing a disciple; it is creating a duplicate! This assumes the teacher is a disciple. The discipler is with his disciple in a form of shared life; the instructor cannot escape the obligation to demonstrate the outworking of his teaching in daily life openly viewed by the disciple.