Now that I am only working on partnership development I’ll probably have more time to read. Actually, I finished the book “Radical” a little while back but just found I had time to sit down and write about it.
It was loaned to me by a friend who is very mission oriented. The author, David Platt, became the pastor of a large and growing Church in Birmingham, Alabama but was struck by the fact that Jesus’ ministry was concentrated on the raising up of 12 disciples who changed the world with the power of the Holy Spirit.
“I could not help but think that somewhere along the way we had missed what is radical about our faith and replaced it with what is comfortable.”
David Platt challenges his readers to think about what giving your life for the gospel really means. He tries to break people away from a self-centered Christianity, and encourages a global vision for God’s work.
Here is an excerpt:
“…where in the Bible is missions ever identified as an optional program in the church? We have just seen that we were all created by God, saved from our sins, and blessed by God to make his glory known in all the world. Indeed, Jesus himself has not merely called us to go to all nations; he has created us and commanded us to go to all nations. We have taken this command, though, and reduced it to a calling–something that only a few people receive.”
The book ends with a challenge to commit to living radically for Christ for 1 year in 5 ways.
- Pray for the entire world
- Read through the entire Bible
- Sacrifice your money for a specific God honoring purpose
- Spend time doing something for God outside of your home city
- Commit yourself to relationships in your church
I thought the book was excellent, it was a fast read and definitely worth picking up if you want to get fired up about God’s purposes in the world.