Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream
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What is Jesus worth to you?
It's easy for American Christians to forget how Jesus said his followers would actually live, what their new lifestyle would actually look like. They would, he said, leave behind security, money, convenience, even family for him. They would abandon everything for the gospel. They would take up their crosses daily...
But who do you know who lives like that? Do you?
In Radical, David Platt challenges you to consider with an open heart how we have manipulated the gospel to fit our cultural preferences. He shows what Jesus actually said about being his disciple--then invites you to believe and obey what you have heard. And he tells the dramatic story of what is happening as a "successful" suburban church decides to get serious about the gospel according to Jesus.
Finally, he urges you to join in The Radical Experiment--a one-year journey in authentic discipleship that will transform how you live in a world that desperately needs the Good News Jesus came to bring.
could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. And they cried out in a loud voice: “Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.”9 In the beginning of earthly history, God’s purpose was to bless his people so that all peoples would glorify him for his salvation. Now, at the end, God’s purpose is fulfilled. Individuals from
education and resources. God saves me so that the nations will know him. He blesses me so that all the earth will see his glory! CHAPTER FIVE THE MULTIPLYING COMMUNITY HOW ALL OF US JOIN TOGETHER TO FULFILL GOD’S PURPOSE On a scorching November day, I was sitting in the middle of the vast African landscape, sipping hot tea with my friend Bullen. We were surrounded by damaged buildings in a land ravaged by twenty years of civil war. What used to be a thriving community in Sudan was
would have otherwise. I often ask members of our church if they are receivers or reproducers of God’s Word. Let me illustrate the difference. Imagine being in Sudan. You walk into a thatched hut with a small group of Sudanese church leaders, and you sit down to teach them God’s Word. As soon as you start, you lose eye contact with all of them. No one is looking at you, and you hardly see their eyes the rest of the time. The reason is because they’re writing down every word you say. They come up
they live, have this in common. All people have knowledge of God because God has revealed himself to them. Of course, not all people in the world say they believe in God. That leads to the second affirmation. TRUTH 2 : ALL PEOPLE REJECT GOD Paul said, “Although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him.”4 All people, including you, me, and the man in the African bush, have rejected true knowledge of God. The Bible says we have foolish hearts and futile minds.
time introduce this person to Christ. This is a cause worth living for. It is a cause worth dying for. It is a cause worthy of moving urgently on. We have the gospel of Christ in us, and we do not have time to waste. Some wonder if it is unfair for God to allow so many to have no knowledge of the gospel. But there is no injustice in God. The injustice lies in Christians who possess the gospel and refuse to give their lives to making it known among those who haven’t heard. That is unfair. I find