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ISBN: 9781839738616
Imprint: Langham Global Library
Format: Paperback
Dimensions (mm): 229 x 152 x 8
Publication Date: 31/08/2023
Pages: 156
Language: English

Called to Discipleship

Reflections on the Gospel of Mark


Drawing on Jesus’s example in the Gospel of Mark, this book offers an in-depth exploration of the nature of discipleship. A tool to help readers draw close to Jesus, it presents discipleship as a way of life centred on the journey back to God – a journey that integrates the quest for salvation, wholeness, and human fulfilment. Ultimately, the invitation to discipleship is an invitation to live in obedience to God and commitment to our fellow human beings, as Christ calls his followers not only to their own transformation but to participate in the transformation of others.

At a time when secular culture is rediscovering the benefits of discipleship, this book invites readers into a powerful experience of identity formation based on the values of Christ and his kingdom.

Author Bios

Dănuț Jemna

Dr Dănuț Jemna (PhD, Babeș-Bolyai University, Romania) is a professor and doctoral coordinator in the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, University of Iași, Romania. He is a visiting professor at the University of Poitiers, France.


As followers of Christ find themselves in increasingly challenging contexts brought about by more secular, multicultural, and multireligious cultures, discipling believers has also become an urgent need. In his book, Called to Discipleship, Dănuț Jemna introduces us to a fresh and dynamic perspective of discipleship for changing times.

Otniel Bunaciu, PhD
Professor of Historical Theology,
Dean of Facultatea de Teologie Baptista,
Universitatea din Bucuresti, Romania

The costly art of discipleship – as a commitment and a way of life, not a methodology or a programme – has become rare in our Christian communities. Dănuț Jemna’s book invites us to take a fresh look at the way Jesus went about making disciples as an inspiration for rediscovering this vital practice for the followers of Christ in the twenty-first century.

Dănuț Mănăstireanu, PhD
Research Associate,
Institute for Orthodox Research Studies,
University of Cambridge, UK

The verb mathēteuō (to make disciples) from the great post-Paschal commandment of Jesus (Matt 28:19) is an imperative not to reflect on discipleship, as a state that defines Christian identity, but to go out into the world and make disciples of Jesus. This book, by what it tells us is a step, mine and yours, towards the world where people await us as missionaries. That’s why after you read it, it doesn’t close! It always remains open for you to see where you are in the “work of discipleship.” So don’t close it!

Stelian Tofană, PhD
Professor of New Testament,
Faculty of Orthodox Theology,
Universitatea din Bucuresti, Romania

Table of Contents

  1. Preface to the Romanian Edition
  2. Preface to the English Edition
  3. Foreword
    1. 1 The Need to Reconsider Discipleship
    2. 2 Discipleship in the Context of Authority
    3. 3 The Theme of Discipleship in the Gospel of Mark
    4. 4 The Master’s Entry on the Scene
    5. 5 Calling the Disciples
    6. 6 Lessons from the Teacher’s Mission
    7. 7 A First Selection
    8. 8 Being Close to the Master
    9. 9 Disciples Put into Practice
    10. 10 The Work of Formation Continues
    11. 11 The Tests of Discipleship
    12. 12 Preparing for Separation from the Teacher
    13. 13 What We Learn when the Master is Tested
    14. 14 The Condition of the Disciple in the World
    15. 15 Dealing with Falls
    16. 16 Sending Disciples into the World
  4. Conclusion
  5. Afterword
  6. References

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