The False Promise of Discipleship

Rescuing Discipleship from the American Gospel by Asking the Right Questions
Bill Hull (Author), Brandon Cook (Author)

December 1, 2019



This book deftly raises the issue that church leaders need to grapple with today—and in all generations.

BOBBY HARRINGTON, co-founder of and


Avoid a major pitfall. Most disciple-making efforts today fail because they focus on me: discipleship gets me closer to God, makes me a better Christian, and helps me gain purpose in life. But Jesus-style discipleship focuses on God and his kingdom.

How can we relearn this simple yet profound truth when so many people today have embraced the American gospel of me? And how can we teach this to others? Bill Hull and Brandon Cook tell readers to stop asking . . .

How am I doing?

Instead, they teach us to ask God-centered questions. This reorientation changes everything. The False Promise of Discipleship implores readers to stop asking the wrong questions and to start making disciples the way Jesus made disciples.

This short book equips you with practical takeaways so you can thrive as a disciple maker. Written for disciples at all stages of growth, it challenges common assumptions that may be undermining your disciple-making efforts.

Based on their personal experience as pastors, authors Hull and Cook provide you with a scriptural, gospel-centered approach to becoming a thriving disciple and disciple-making leader. Learn to ask the right questions and avoid some of the most pervasive—yet common—pitfalls among disciple makers today. Take a quantum leap toward Jesus-style disciple-making. Walk away with a new framework and the right questions you need to follow Jesus faithfully amidst the all-pervasive American gospel.

About the Authors

BILL HULL is a co-founder of The Bonhoeffer Project and author of Conversion and Discipleship, along with over twenty other books about discipleship. He speaks as a persevering prophet on the topic of discipleship around the nation.

BRANDON COOK serves as Lead Pastor at Long Beach Christian Fellowship and is a co-founder of The Bonhoeffer Project. He is also the author of Learning to Live and Love Like Jesus.


  • Page count: 76
  • Trim Size: 5.5 x 8.5
  • Binding: Perfect-bound paperback
  • Weight: 0.2032 lbs

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Gary Irwin
The False Promise of Discipleship

I'm currently using the book in a men's bible study. I think it is a great book about Discipleship.

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