This is a nice quick reading book (about 100 pages). This is a book for the “new” Christian or the “potential” Christian. The book is divided into 6 sections:
- Who can be a disciple?
- Types of disciples
- Those who failed to follow
- The cost of following
- Promises to followers
- Reflections on following Christ.
The bulk of the book examines the types of disciples. Each type of disciple is described by a biblical character. The book briefly describes the personalities of people like, Peter, James, John, Mary, Simon and others to demonstrate how God uses different people to advance His kingdom.
One of the things that jumped out at me was the brief section on how to confront false teachers. Most people have had members of a cult knock on their door and want to tell you about their religion. MacArthur recommends to simply tell them you are not interested in hearing what they have to say and to let them know what Jesus said about people who teach false doctrines. You also should let them know that you would be happy to share the truth with them, but are not interested in their lies. (page 63).
Overall, I would recommend this book for the “new” or “potential” Christian.