Ratings (out of 5 stars):
Content Heaviness ⭐⭐⭐
Easy to grasp with sufficient illustrations and examples
Ease to Read ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Content is written in an easily comprehensible manner
Scripture References & Explanation ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Scripture is used in explanations, and demonstrates how the Bible unveils and addresses various concepts
Case Studies & Application ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Discipleship plan and practical ideas help with application
"Follow Me" is a book that looks to understand what it means to follow Jesus Christ and what is required of us in order to do so. It challenges us to look at how our lives reflect the call of Jesus in Matthew 4:19 - “Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” (ESV). The author, David Platt, walks us through what being a Christian looks like and how a Christian must live. In essence, this is a book on Christian living and discipleship.
The main focus of this book is to help its readers understand that the life of Christian is heavily centered around understanding the Gospel message and obeying the Gospel call as followers of Christ. Building on the key message from his first book “Radical”, which sought to expose ideas and values in our culture that goes against the Gospel, this book shows what it means to die to ourselves and live for Christ.
The closing chapter of the book titled “Born to Reproduce" emphasizes that making disciples is an integral, indispensable part of a Christian’s life. Summing up what Platt says, if you are gripped by the message of the Gospel and have been transformed by it, then you would be reaching out and making disciples.
Beyond providing us with the reason for making disciples, Platt also included a personal discipleship plan to help readers get started. The plan provides a list of questions (also available on his website at www.radical.net) that readers might find helpful for self-examination and setting objective goals. Evidently, Platt does not just focus on the behavioral, outreach aspect but also on the internal motivations and personal growth.
The Study Guide (a separate publication) provides assignments that can be completed on a daily basis as devotionals, categorized into weekly segments that focus on one main concept. Readers can expect to complete the entire schedule over a course of six weeks. The Study Guide also encourages sharing and discussions in group/cell settings, through questions such as “What do you think of when you hear the phrase ‘Born Again’?” and “ In what way have you allowed Jesus to take control of your life as Master?”
One key takeaway for readers is understanding that if one holds to the Gospel as a precious treasure, one would joyfully obey the commands of Jesus. It demands that we examine our internal motivations and desires in following Christ, and reflect on our personal walk with God.
Overall, this a book that we would recommend Christians to go through together as a bible study material. The questions in this book would facilitate good discussion and help members to grow in their faith. Supporting materials such as the Study Guide, DVDs and leader’s guide are available as well, to help deepen understanding of and reflection on the book’s content.