If you feel like the experience in the church you attend is not as fulfilling as it could be and that the Scriptures call for more from the body of Christ, then you will like this book by David Platt. The author continues to challenge how church is conducted in American Culture. He provides many thought provoking points to consider and questions to contemplate.
As Platt indicates, he does not have all of the answers, and there may be other ways to bring praise and glory to God. However, this book will certainly assist you in initiating important discussions and considering other perspectives for how to steward time, talent and treasures that are given to us by God.
David Platt is an author, speaker, and preacher who continually challenges my church paradigm. He did it in his first book, "Radical" and did not disappoint in his follow-up book "Radical Together." I never know for sure if I enjoy reading Platt's books but I know I must read them. I am always convicted, challenged, confirmed, and compelled by Platt's writing. "Radical Together" was no different.
What is the vision of the church? Are we more concerned with the comforts of our call or the cost of reaching people? As you read Platt, you realize there are very few people who have a greater passion for reaching all people groups in the world. He gives some amazing numbers of the unreached people groups across the world. Believing it is the task of the church to reach all people groups, he challenges the church to be radical in completing this task to usher in the return of Jesus Christ.
To accomplish this, the church must begin to remember she has been "entrusted by God with stewards of God's Word to equip God's people to be servants with God's Word" (pg 71). The church must regain her focus on equipping people and not just planning events. Platt will argue throughout the book of the importance of a selfless people serving a self-centered God. We must our eyes off of our comfort and put them squarely on the greatness of an all-mighty and all-sufficient God.
If I were to sum up Platt's ideas I would with two quotes of the many I underlined while reading "Radical Together:" "We want to see God glorified by people everywhere because God wants to see himself glorified by people everywhere" (pg 106). "Radical Together" takes the ideas of "Radical" and asks the question "How can we in the church best unleash the people of God in the Spirit of God with the Word of God for the glory of God in the world?" (3, 125).
I am always convicted and challenged by Platt. I would highly recommend the reading of "Radical Together." Be ready to be challenged. Be ready to ask yourself in you are more concerned with the comforts of following Christ or are you willing to submit to His Lordship and accept the cost of fowling. As a Christian, are you ready to get busy in getting the Gospel to every people group in the world to help usher in the coming of our Lord? If that is a challenge you are ready to undertake, take a moment to read "Radical Together." It is an easy read yet a challenging read.
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.
In Radical Together, David Platt picks right up where he left off in his previous book Radical. The book is easy to read but thought provoking and convicting. Platt calls the church to be the church by moving away from their comfortable and self-centered way of doing church to a gospel centered focus that drives churches to work for and serve others.
He challenges readers that some of the worst enemies for Christians are the good things in the church. Platt believes that we substitute church activities for kingdom purposes. He encourages all Christ followers to be holding all things before Christ and to consider the kingdom work to which they are called. Christians are challenged to make the best use of time, resources and talents so that God's kingdom might be known.
Platt challenges the belief that once a person becomes a Christ follower they should sit back and relax in the hope of their faith. Rather Christians should be working together to make a huge difference for the Kingdom. He gives practical examples of how that may happen in the life of the church and the lives of indivdiuals.
The book is a call for church to equip believers in their churches so that those believers can go out from the church and share the life changing hope of the gospel. Radical Together is an excellent read and a book I plan on reading again soon.
I received a free copy from Waterbrook Publishing but was not influenced to provide a positive review.