Rightly understood, the gospel calls the evangelical to more than belief to obtain a ticket, and disciples to more than spreading an anemic gospel which must be beeded up through spiritual disciplines or social justice. Jesus’s disciples would never have made this gross error. They knew the gospel was of kingdom proportions, animating and laying claim to all of life. The gospel makes all-encompassing demands, and what the gospel demands, it supplies. The disciples knew that the gospel, not mission, was the invigorating power of Jesus’s Commission. This is why they devoted their lives to the mission of making disciples by going, baptizing, and teaching the gospel.
Dodson, Jonathan K. Gospel-Centered Discipleship. Wheaton, Il: Crossway, 2012. 37.