4  P E T E C H A R E T T E not free in terms of cost. It cost God and Jesus their relationship for three hours on the Cross as God poured out His undiluted wrath upon His Son (2 Cor. 5:21). Salvation has costs for the disciple, as well. Jesus calls His disciples to commitment levels often never mentioned in modern evangelism. Commitment to Jesus must exceed the disciple’s commitment to self, family, ma- terial goods, and everything else in their life, if they are to be a true disciple (Luke 14:25–33). Jesus must have first place in the life of a true disciple. When this level of commitment is omitted from our evangelism, the result is a generation of disciples who think that type of commitment is only for the “super Christians” and not for themselves. Second, the Church has placed an unhealthy focus on Jesus. I can almost hear the comments from readers now: “An unhealthy focus on Jesus? This guy is insane.” Let me explain. Much of the discipleship material I have encountered focuses on the disci- ple’s relationship with Jesus alone. I have encountered numerous discipleship books in which Jesus is the sole focus of a disciple’s relationship with God. I certainly understand the centrality of Jesus in God’s plan, but this focus on Jesus alone has excluded both the Father and the Holy Spirit from many disciples’ thought processes. In John 5:19–47, a great passage that describes the in- timacy between the Father and the Son, John refers to the Son as the One sent from the Father (or similar phrasing) six different times. Jesus said in this passage, “Truly, truly, I say to you, who- ever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment but has passed from death to life” (John 5:24). Here it is presented that belief in the Father (“him who sent me”) is essential for salvation. The point is that too often, attempts are made to simplify deep theological truths. The infinite, holy, and righteous God has revealed Himself to us. Why would we ever think that deepening our understand- ing would be simple? It is often in our struggle to understand that we gain significant revelation from God. The end result of