Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Book Review: Radical Together by David Platt

Radical Together: Unleashing the People of God for the Purpose of GodRadical Together: Unleashing the People of God for the Purpose of God by David Platt

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

See, my problem with this book is that if I buy into Platt's argument, then I have to let Christianity affect my whole life, instead of just the parts that are comfortable and easy. Specifically, I have to do this in the context of the church.

This book is a follow-up to Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream and contains David Platt's meditations on the implications of Christianity for our corporate life as a church. This is a much-neglected side of 20th and 21st century Christian life, and in turn has meant that most churches have become worldly, isolated, or spiritually dead. Platt's book is an important challenge to churches to recapture the belief that God is sovereign and to take the reality of God's sovereignty seriously. Specifically, Platt suggests that

1) traditional (or even non-traditional) church programs may need to be let go in order to better obey the Great Commission;

2) the Gospel should both rescue a church from legalism and inspire it to action;

3) the guide and means which God has established for us to do this is His Word;

4) the job of the church is not to reach out to non-Christians in the community, the job of the church is to equip Christians to do so themselves;

5) the job of the church is to establish new churches around the world to do 4);

6) the job of the church ultimately is to glorify God, not the church.

Overall, this is an excellent and challenging book. Platt's writing is clear and flows well, and his examples (while at times a bit of a stretch) are generally interesting and engaging (the mention of the Moravian Christians from Germany who sold themselves into slavery so they could share the Gospel in the Caribbean was especially interesting). I especially recommend this book to anyone who wants to know what the church is all about...

Disclaimer: I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.

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