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Divergent Ideas about Discipleship

“Sincere Christians hold helpful yet divergent ideas about discipleship.  Some focus on steps that disciples must follow, some emphasize one-on-one mentoring based on the relationship of Paul and Timothy, others see the practice of spiritual disciplines as the key, while others hold to an intellectual approach that accentuates reading and studying good books… And although their proponents look to Jesus for salvation, they do not focus enough on his view of discipleship.”  (p. 1)

Bayer, H. F. (2012). A Theology of Mark: The Dynamic between Christology and Authentic Discipleship. Phillipsburg: P&R Publishing.

Divergent Ideas about Discipleship

About Hans F. Bayer

Professor of New Testament at Covenant Theological Seminary.

Born and raised in Germany, Professor Bayer came to Covenant Seminary in 1994 after teaching for ten years at the German Theological Seminary at Giessen, where he also planted and co-pastored a church.

With his expertise in critical scholarship and commitment to the authority and unity of the Scriptures, Dr. Bayer seeks to exemplify our pastor-scholar model. He hopes that his personal interest in world mission might add a multicultural dimension to each student’s world vision for the Gospel.

Dr. Bayer lectures and preaches regularly in the U.S.A. and throughout Europe. He has published English and German monographs, essays, and dictionary articles, primarily on the Gospels and the book of Acts. He contributed to the ESV Study Bible, as well as video-taped lectures on Acts for Third Millennium Ministries, and has recently published A Theology of Mark: The Dynamic Between Christology and Authentic Discipleship, as well as a German commentary on the Gospel of Mark. He is currently working on a New Testament Introduction volume and The Watermarks of Christ: Contours of Peter’s Transformation in Mark, Acts, and His Epistles.

Dr. Bayer and his wife, Susan, have three children and two grandchildren.

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