Are We Losing the Reached?

If you don’t know, Dr. Michael S. Horton is one of my favorite modern theologians. I am currently reading his book The Gospel Commission: Recovering God’s Strategy for Making Disciples. I am currently in the introduction, and I’ve already highlighted three sections/paragraphs.

One of those highlighted sections brought up two sore spots for me. One of which I don’t dare mention but the other is discipleship. I am not going to go into great detail about my frustrations, but they are there; it causes me to go into a fit of rage when I think about it, and I don’t know what to do about it except to pray.

In Dr. Horton’s book he states,

Instead of reaching the lost, are we losing the reached? Or are those reared in our own churches being truly reached in the first place? Do they know what they believe and why they believe it? Are we making disciples even of our own members — our own children — much less the nations?

These are all very good questions, and these questions have haunted me for a very long time. What does discipleship look like? Why aren’t we doing it or what is standing in the way of carrying it out? It is my hope that Dr. Horton will shed some light on these and other questions as well as move me to pray more intelligently about discipleship.