This book is based on the Great Commission given by Jesus in Matthew 28 that states "to go and make disciples of all nations". As Christians we are all charged with this commission, but how do we go about doing that in today's world?
Rev. Ronnie Floyd tells readers that we need to think differently about being Christian. He tells us that God wants us to have an active faith, which is more than just going to church, paying our tithes.
Rev. Floyd tells us that in the world today we are living in a time of emergency. As our scripture tell us to be awake and aware as we do not know the time when our Lord will come, but we must be awak. Rev. Floyd points out that we have not been awake with our faith, instead God finds us asleep. There are millions of people who do not know of God, let alone out Scripture.
This book is not about sitting back and learning theory, instead it is about taking action. Rev. Floyd writes in an easy to understand manner. The book reads much like you are listening to a conversation. Within the chapters he alternates between using a story like method and adding some historical facts. The one thing that kept me coming back to this book to read another chapter was Rev. Floyd's style of writing.
This is something we must do, we do not have a choice in this. Once we decide to follow Christ we are charged with helping others to come to Christ. The book is filled with personal story. The reader is able to see that Rev. Floyd has struggled with the Great Commission. Rev. Floyd doesn't pretend to have all the answers, instead he lays out a plan of enacting the Great Commission within our own churches.
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To say this book wrecked my world is an understatement.
This book changed my perspective on the great commission. I think as an American twenty-something, I realized how much the Great Commission seems out of reach. It seemed like something that people who are older than I am should be doing.
But the reality is this:
1) I am single.
2) I have little debt.
3) I am not tied down anywhere at this stage in life.
I think this is something I kept in the back of my mind, but Ronnie Floyd wrote words that changed something in my mind. He writes points that seem a bit repetitive as the book progresses, but a great book none the less.
And for that, I am thankful.
That there are people that take fulfilling the great commission as seriously as anyone else.
This book is a reminder of our purpose here on earth, if we call ourselves Christians. Our commission is to spread the news of God's mercy and forgiveness, and his ability to rescue us. Yet we are distracted by our busy lives, entertainment, our fears, and by our many church-related activities.
Ronnie Floyd's passion for the lost drives him to remove whatever roadblocks are in the way of their knowing God's love for them. He steers us back to our highest priority; chapter-by-chapter he challenges our reasons for avoiding sharing the gospel, then gives us tools to carry out that task.
I was excited to read this book because I was anxious to learn good attitudes and practices for sharing this good news of the gospel. I have met very few people who seem hungry for spiritual things. Yet I want to give them a taste of what a joy this life on earth can be when they walk with the Lord, and know the promise of eternal life after physical death.
I tend to get overwhelmed by the concept of how much the world tends to naturally move away from God. But I am encouraged by Floyd's reminder that we don't work alone to bring light, and that the best remedy for spiritual dryness is action. An important part of our action is prayer, and we are given nine actions we can take to talk to Jesus daily.
I would have appreciated some more examples of how this pastor and others have helped people with crises and struggles. When our friends try to manage their lives apart from God, we can encourage them to find spiritual answers to their troubles. I like hearing about these accounts. I want to know what the turning point is when an unbeliever changes their mindset and begins to believe.
I love how the author constantly challenges the reader. "Think of the ways we allot our time and energyÃ¢â¬âour causes, our quests, our dreams, our hobbies and our pursuits," he writes in Chapter 1. "How much eternal importance is in each one?" This reminds me of something I heard many years ago about taking a look at how you spend your time and money, and that will show you what you value most in life. A whole chapter in Our Last Great Hope covers the topic of evaluating everything financially.
I like the "Signs of Awakening" at the end of most chapters, gleanings from other authors and voices. For example, I am encouraged by a concept that the world is flat: no longer influenced only by a select few governments and businesses on the top, but also by all cultures and peoples, especially via the internet. I'm intrigued by the comment that as Christians we've been fleeing to the suburbs, leaving our inner cities to decline, and inspired to know about the Moravians in the 1700's who prayed for a century.
I recommend this book. It will help you focus on what matters the most, and on being intentional about sharing your faith.
With great urgency, Ronnie Floyd describes the Great Commission that Jesus left Christians as being the world's "last great hope." This book is a way of awakening individual believers as well as churches to the task of evangelism. He begins by inviting the reader to search their own heart towards the lost, and then gives practical ways that families and churches can partner together to further the Great Commission.
I found this book to be engaging and practical. The author's passion for evangelism and Christian missions shines through this book, and this is contagious to the reader. It is a convicting book that can not be merely casually read, especially with the questions that the author asks the reader to ponder their involvement in the Great Commision. But it is also an encouraging book with practical and creative examples given of how one can help their families and churches be actively participating in evangelism, several from the author's own life and experiences. It is a book that crosses denonimational barriers and focuses on what is truly important on believers, and I found that to be refreshing.
Our Last Great Hope: Awakening the Great Commission
Every day we encounter scores of people headed to an eternity without God. What will it take to wake us up to their desperate need for a Savior?
While the earth's time clock ticks away, well-meaning Christians go to church, pay their tithes, and pray for foreign missionariesÃ¢â¬âgoing through the motions of Christian life as millions face an eternity without God. If heaven is indeed for real, and only those who have put their faith in Christ will be given entrance, shouldn't we be making the most of every opportunity to share the Gospel, the last great hope for all the world?
Join pastor Ronnie Floyd as he challenges readers to face reality and begin a global movement to reach the lost. He says, "God is calling us to an awakening regarding his most urgent command found in Matthew 28:19 to go and make disciples of all nations. This Great Commission is the compelling charge given to us with divine authority by our Commander in Chief, Jesus Christ."
If the Great Commission was so important to Jesus, why have we relegated it to casual discussions and an annual campaign in our churches? An awakening has never been more needed. In this challenging book, Pastor Floyd discusses key imperatives such as:
--Get honest with yourself
--Wake up your church
--Understand the urgency
--Talk Jesus daily
--Reach the next generation now
The major themes that focus on Scripture serve to create an influential and intensely challenging book. There is a very obvious commitment here to teach Scriptural principles from the Bible and to invite the reader to follow hard after Christ.
I was hoping for a great book that would inspire people to share the gospel & give them the tools with which to do it. Unfortunately, this wasn't it. I just didn't like it. I never got into it. I might give it a second shot.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneezeÃÂ®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."