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Robby Gallaty: How the Jewish Jesus Did Discipleship and Other Things We’ve Forgotten

Robby Gallaty

Robby Gallaty serves as the senior pastor of Longhollow Baptist Church in Tennessee. Before becoming a pastor, though, Robby struggled for three years with a crippling drug addiction. After being miraculously saved and healed, Robby was discipled by then-seminary student David Platt. The experience led Robby to eventually go to seminary himself. In addition to his leadership at Long Hollow, Robby is the founder of Replicate Ministries and the author of several books, including Rediscovering Discipleship andThe Forgotten Jesus.

Key Questions:

How did an SBC pastor and American like yourself come to be so interested in the Jewish identity of Jesus?

Are there particular resources or tools you have found to better preach from the Old Testament?

How is the forgotten Jesus related to the forgotten practice of disciple-making?

Why do you think discipleship isn’t happening in our churches today?

Key Quotes:

“I think what’s happened is we have, in a sense, missed this Eastern culture that Jesus was raised in.”

“Jesus is not a western, blond hair, blue-eyed surfer dude American….He’s a middle eastern, dark-skinned rabbi.”

“Could it be the reason the gospel writers say that the veil was torn in two—not from bottom to top—but from top to bottom. Could it be hinting at a picture of a loving father in anguish over the death of his one and only Son?”

“We have…focused on making Christians, or making decisions, or even making converts—which are all great. But Jesus challenges us, in Matthew 28, to make disciples.”

“Christian is more of a static term, where disciple is more of a dynamic term.”

“A return to biblical discipleship, I think, will enact the reformation of the 21st century.”

“We’re not just saved from something; we’re actually saved for something.”

“For years, we’ve looked at baptism as the finish line, when actually baptism is the starting line.”

“I’m the product of discipleship.”

“Discipleship is not a class you take; it’s the course of your life.”

“Ministry is the pathway to maturity. There are some areas of maturity that you will never attain to—that your people will never attain to—until they engage in some level of ministry.”

“Success is not the pastor or the staff executing all the ministry; it’s them equipping the saints to do the work of ministry.”

“If you seek to build a church, you rarely produce disciples…If you seek to make disciples, you always get the church.”

“Pray about God giving you 3-5 men you can invest your life in for the next 12 months, and challenge them at the end of 12 months to replicate the process. And you watch what God does.”

“Jesus restricted 90 percent of his time to 12 men. And out of the 12, he restricted a large portion of his time to three: James, John, and Peter.”

Mentioned in the Show:

The Forgotten Jesus: How Western Christians Should Follow a Jewish Rabbi

Rediscovering Discipleship: Making Jesus’ Final Words Our First Work

Longhollow Baptist Church

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Jason serves as the Chief Strategy Officer at PastorServe, a ministry committed to strengthening the Church by serving pastors through personal coaching and church consulting. He also hosts FrontStage BackStage, a podcast and YouTube show, that helps pastors embrace healthy, well-balanced leadership as they develop a sustainable rhythm for life and ministry. Prior to joining the PastorServe team, Jason served as Vice President of Ministry Mobilization at Outreach, Inc., and as the Executive Director of the National Back to Church Sunday movement. Additionally, Jason served for nearly two decades in pastoral leadership, primarily as a lead pastor, in several contexts, including church plant re-launch, multisite church, multiethnic urban church, and an established suburban church. His experience as a lead pastor has provided numerous opportunities to coach and mentor pastors across the country. Jason and his beautiful wife, Monica, are the proud parents of six children and live on Anastasia Island, Florida. @jasondaye