Our Last Great Hope: Awakening The Great Commission, by Ronnie Floyd, is a book that desires to bring back into the minds of Christians the reality of the Great Commission.
Ronnie, within this book, address the need to continue following the directive of Christ: to carry the gospel message to all the world. He states that many have set this urging of Christ aside, even to the point where some have declared that it is not directed to those within this era of history.
His passion and concern for this topic, the Great Commission of Christ, is felt as each page is turned. His love for God and his concern for the lost is openly absorbed within each paragraph. He leaves no question as to the importance he places upon the Great Commission and the need for its continued observance.
For the Christian, this book will bring forth a renewed Spirit. For those seeking a relationship with Christ, this book will serve as a guide into the understanding of what it truly means to serve God.
All in all, this book is a recommended read, as it will enhance the life of anyone who opens their hearts as they open this book.
Our Last Great Hope begins with a challenge from the author: if Christians truly believe the saving grace of God is meant for all humanity, that heaven and hell exist, and God desires to be in relationship with all who are lost from the path Home, then what are Christians doing to fulfill the Great Commission in their daily lives?
Mr. Floyd's book is a well-written, impassioned plea to consider Christ's charge of the Great Commission. Relying on academic and cultural studies, Floyd exposes the decline in Christianity currently taking place in American society, and confronts the Church (and Christians) to take noticeâ€”and respond.
Consider the following statistical projections (pages 62-65):
* At present the population of the United States = 308 million
* 25% of Americans (75 million) identify as Christian
* 75% of Americans (233 million) either have not heard, or say they have heard the message of the Gospel and rejected Jesus Christ as the only way to Heaven
* At present the population of planet Earth is quickly approaching 7 billion
* 750 million people worldwide identify as Christian
* 38% (2.6 billion) say they have heard the message of the gospel of Jesus and rejected it
* 50% (3.5 billion) of the world's population has yet to hear the gospel story
By sharing personal examples, Floyd offers advice on how to remove three of the most common stumbling blocks in sharing one's faith and turn apathy into urgency, anxiety into compassion, and fear of rejection into a trust-building conversation.
Starting with the personal sphere, the author presents tips and practical steps in thinking through the demonstration of the Great Commission in one's life, then through one's family, and ultimately by way of one's church to reach the community at large. Floyd provides strategies for engaging people locally and globally with the Good News of the gospel and how to think outside the box when attempting dialogue with people who may not readily identify a need for God in their life.
I highly recommend Our Last Great Hope to anyone searching to understand the great commission, questioning the purpose of evangelism, or looking to breathe new life into any church's outreach efforts.
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OUR LAST GREAT HOPE, Awakening the Great Commission by Ronnie Floyd - The message of this book is a command given to us by Jesus, to go into world and spread the Gospel to all the world. I like the points Floyd brings out in the chapter titled, Awaken The Church, that the church today is more interested in entertaining us instead of keeping God's command of spreading the Gospel. We as Christians need to be sharing the Gospel with all the people, hear in America and in other countries around the world.
The main point of this book is to get Christians to evangelize and support mission at home and overseas, to spread the Gospel to all who have not heard the Good News. Also, to awaken the church that they are to be spreading the truth of the Gospel.
We need to be praying for our mission workers and that the unsaved will be opened to the truth of Jesus Christ.
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I was fortunate enough to read the Last Great Hope by Ronnie Floyd. It is a challenging book that is mostly about evangelism, though he touches on other things as well. He encourages evangelism and mission trips, has ideas on how the whole family can get involved, entire churches, etc. He rightly says that this is not an option; the great commission is a command and we are supposed to go out and make disciples.
I enjoyed this book, though at times it came across as guilt inducing. Still, he's right to proclaim a sense of urgency.
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In a hopeless world, Dr. Ronnie Floyd of Cross Church says that acting upon Christ's command to teach the Gospel in "our last great hope." For Floyd, the Great Commission is much more than a gospel passage, but rather an ingrained way of life, a lifestyle he wishes to share with others through his 2011 book. Encouraging Christians to examine their own personal lives and motives and determine why they have not reached out to more people for the sake of Christ. Perhaps one has become placid in his or her faith, or they have simply fulfilled all of the "requirements" of salvation and see religion as a private practice. In order to combat these downfalls of mission work, Dr. Floyd instructs readers to give of themselves in a selfless and outlandish fashion. Through tithing, humbling one's self before God, and even adoption, one can fulfill Christ's call to spread the Gospel. However, though these actions are noteworthy, Dr. Floyd reminds all readers that Satan will work at any lengths to stop the spread of the gospel. Through careful prayer and fervent application, Floyd reminds readers that the Great Commission is the last hope for a dying humanity.
As one who struggles with spreading the gospel of Christ, this was an informative read. Thought it is probably geared more towards pastors, the text is written in "normal language" so those outside the ministry can apply the book to their lives. I especially appreciated the emphasis on prayer and tithing, actions that all believers, not just ministers can participate in. Through careful prayer and giving of myself, it is evident that there is nothing standing in my way to spread the good news of Christ. Overall, Dr. Floyd offers a simple, yet complex way of examining how all Christians can engage in the act of spreading the love of Jesus.
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