The Training of the Twelve: Timeless Principles for Leadership Development By A. B. Bruce (PDF)

Posted: June 13, 2012 in Discipleship

Click here for a copy: The Training of the Twelve

This book is a classic study of Jesus’ teaching and training of his disciples (first published in 1871).  It is a very valuable study for any Christian who serves in any form of leadership capacity or anyone seeking to be a disciple of Jesus Christ.

The book’s 31 chapters give an absorbing commentary on selected passages of the four Gospels, following in chronological order Jesus’ ministry and teaching among his disciples. The writing style will take a bit of getting used to for the average modern reader, but it’s well worth the effort.The Training Of The Twelve By A. B. Bruce

A Review By Robert A. Weber:
After the Bible, The Training of the Twelve has been one of the most influential books in my development as a Christian. Using a loose “harmony of the Gospel” approach, Bruce uses all four gospel narratives to show how Jesus discipled His disciples. The book’s greatest strength is that it is NOT a how-to book on discipleship or a 12-step program for leadership development. Instead, Bruce exegetes the passages showing what Jesus was doing with his disciples and leaves contemporary application to the reader.
Written in the late 1800’s, Bruce’s use of the English language is outstanding…I find myself rereading it almost every other year. The first few times I read it as a disciple – what did Jesus want me to learn as His follower? Then I began to read it as a discipler – how can I be more effective in the process of making disciples? Now I also use it as a parent – how can I shepherd my lambs the way Jesus shepherded His?
Transcending cultures, I have had the privilege of using this book to train small group leaders in the U.S. and around the world. Theologically sound, biblically true, I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to obey Jesus’ command to make disciples.
  1. Tim Millward says:

    Please may I have the training of the 12.

  2. Allen says:

    Please send a copy of the book.

    God bless

  3. Allen says:

    I must read this.

    Please send a copy.

    God bless

  4. jjtmandi says:

    Please send me a copy

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