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Number of Pages: 240
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2011
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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 missionariesgoing 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."
Our Last Great Hope will move us beyond casual and theoretical talk about the Great Commission and lead us into a Great Awakening.
This book could revolutionize the way we think. . . . Read it and be inspired, changed, and equipped.
Bruce Wilkinson, best-selling author of The Prayer of Jabez
Floyd challenges us to engage the next generation . . . a must-read.
Greg Surratt, lead pastor of Seacoast Church and author of IR-REV-REND
This book inspires me to do extraordinary things through my most ordinary life. Our Last Great Hope should be your fi rst required read.
Leonard Sweet, best-selling author of Jesus Manifesto
Our Last Great Hope pushes us beyond predictability and points us to a deep, intimate knowledge of why we are here.
Ed Young Jr., pastor of Fellowship Church and author of Outrageous, Contagious Joy
Ill be pulling this book off my shelf again and again.
Pete Wilson, author of Plan B and Empty Promises
This book is an energizing wake-up call to todays churches.
Ed Stetzer, director of LifeWay Research
alannahpNew BrunswickAge: 18-24Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5Good for igniting a flame to win the lostNovember 15, 2013alannahpNew BrunswickAge: 18-24Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 3Initially, I had mixed feelings about this book but after digging in deeper to the message, I must say that I appreciate Floyd's level of thinking. This book gives a challenge to all believers to live out the Great Commission found in Matthew 28 in their daily lives. After reading, I felt challenged to evaluate my own views on evangelism with the ideas Floyd presented.
The author's passion for the lost generation is contagious. Floyd mentions several key parts of the Great Commission such as:
-Being honest with yourself
-Understanding the urgency in winning the lost
-Keeping constant communication with Christ
-Waking up your church from its slumber
-Reaching the next generation now
I strongly recommend this book for believers searching to build the Kingdom. It will challenge you to think outside the box to win souls for Christ as well as ignite a fire in you to see the Kingdom of God grown in a marvelous way.
*Note: I received this book free for review through Book Sneeze. I am not required to write a positive review, only an honest one.*
mzzterryTexasAge: 45-54Gender: female1 Stars Out Of 5God gets the glory, not the authorAugust 14, 2012mzzterryTexasAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 1Value: 2Meets Expectations: 1"Our Last Great Hope: Awakening the Great Commission" by Dr. Ronnie Floyd
It was about a year ago that I received the book "Our Last Great Hope: Awakening the Great Commission" by Dr. Ronnie Floyd" as part of a blogger review program that I participate in. I did not find the book to be interesting, even though I firmly believe in the Great Commission, Matthew 28:18-20
"And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." Amen.
I thought I would enjoy this book, the author is even a member of the same denomination as I am so I thought we would think alike. His basic ideas were fine, biblically based even, but the way he chose to play these out was not at all appealing to me.Dr. Floyd served as leader of the International Mission Board of the SBC. He is also pastor of a mega-church. I felt the author used himself as an example way to many times. I was turned off by his portrayal of his ways, his office, his church so I chose to put the book down and not finish it.
I still believe in the Great Commission and sharing Jesus and his grace,mercy and love with ALL of the world. I believe you can learn more by reading the Bible. You can live out the Great Commission by living your life in the pattern Jesus set for us, and just leave this book on the shelves.
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 gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
junnelaranasAge: 18-24Gender: male4 Stars Out Of 5great to readMay 29, 2012junnelaranasAge: 18-24Gender: maleQuality: 3Value: 3Meets Expectations: 4After reading this book, I highly endorse and recommend it as Greear leaves me with a hope for evangelicalism and the church as a whole that there will be a recovery of the gospel as the center of Christianity.
I highly recommend this book. This book is beneficial in two main areas: One it is thrilling to read how the gospel transforms lives...
This book has been like a sledgehammer to my soul, and it will take me months and years to sort out what God would have me do next. Many readers will find some of the content challenging, but they should not let this put them off reading through the whole book,This book could reawaken countless numbers of Christians to exalt God for who he is, and is even recommended for the non-Christian who believes that this particular faith is a usual, boring one. It is no exagerration to state that this book will point one to the fountain of joy: God Himself. Therefore, I would recommend this to all who are Christian Hedonists and all who desire to become one! When I first began reading this book, I was skeptical. I thought that this would turn out to be another Christian-themed self-help book, If you are struggling with your desire for God, first go to Him in prayer. Than go to His Word. Then go to your pastor, your family, and friends. Then read this book.If you are struggling with your desire for God, first go to Him in prayer. Than go to His Word. Then go to your pastor, your family, and friends. Then read this book.
It is certainly his most practical book to date and will be my companion for many years as I continue to battle for a heart satisfied in God alone.
CallieAge: 18-24Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Motivating, Thought-ProvokingMarch 1, 2012CallieAge: 18-24Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5I decided to review "Our Last Great Hope: Awakening The Great Commission" by Ronnie Floyd because the description reminded me of the book "Radical" by David Platt, which I found to be very thought-provoking and inspiring. "Our Last Great Hope" is about what we as churches and individuals can do to work toward spreading the gospel of Jesus to those who haven't heard it - "fulfilling the Great Commission". I was hoping to glean more motivation to do what I can to share the gospel from this book. It did not disappoint me.
You can tell from the outset that Floyd is very passionate about the Great Commission. The first few chapters seemed to be directed more at what churches can do to help further the gospel, and I was afraid I wasn't going to get much practical application for myself since I'm not a church leader. But about halfway through the book Floyd starts focusing more on changes that individuals can make to more effectively reach people for the Lord. I loved the section on evangelizing our children, and the chapters on "talking Jesus more" and reevaluating finances to do more for God's Kingdom were challenging and offered just what I was looking for when I picked up this book in the first place.
One thing that bothered me at the outset was that I felt Floyd was focusing so much on how we haven't "fulfilled the Great Commission" in the sense that there are still people who haven't heard about Jesus. It was almost as if he was discounting all the work and energy some of the great Christians in history have put forth to bring people to Christ and saying it wasn't good enough.
As I continues reading, however, I understood more of what he meant - he's viewing the Great Commission more as a measurable goal (ie. every person on earth hearing about Jesus), as opposed to an ongoing work, which is how I always viewed it before. He speaks throughout the book about missionaries in church history as examples to be followed, so it became apparent as I read more that he was not discounting their work as I thought in the beginning.
I found myself trying to think of ways to save money to offer more to mission work, ways that I can get involved in spreading the gospel, and I was motivated to pray more for missionaries and those who don't know Jesus. Any book that gets me thinking more along those lines is very worth reading. I'd recommend this book to any Christians who are looking for some inspiration to get more involved in obeying Jesus last command to us to "go make disciples of all nations . . .".
Note: I received this book from BookSneeze for free in exchange for this review. This is my honest opinion.
pastormatteAge: 25-34Gender: male4 Stars Out Of 5An inspiring AND practical bookJanuary 9, 2012pastormatteAge: 25-34Gender: maleQuality: 4Value: 3Meets Expectations: 4I had never heard of Ronnie Floyd. Never read any of his books. Never listened to any of his sermons. Never heard his name mentioned before.
But Our Last Great Hope is one of the best books looking at the Great Commission that I have ever read.
The Great Commission is what we call the final words of Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew, when He says: "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age."
Ronnie Floyd does a fantastic job of presenting inspiring - yet practical - tips on how to become a person who lives out the Great Commission each day. He does a great job of challenging and firing readers up, yet he also does a great job of giving specific steps and ideas for what this can look like in day-to-day life.
Usually books are either one or the other. Maybe you've read something that presents a lot of good ideas and it really makes you want to change the world, yet when you're finished reading you have no idea where you're supposed to start.
Or else maybe you've read a book that presents a lot of practical, how-to tips, but it fails to really excite and motivate you to take action.
Our Last Great Hope is the best of both worlds.
Floyd talks about several main points that can move us to being people who are actively living out the Great Commission. He does a chapter on how to become a church that is more active in the Great Commission, he devotes a full chapter to how you can lead your family in a way that will transform them forever. He discusses the importance of the Great Commission in terms of world-wide missions, and he also talks about the role the Great Commission plays in your own personal relationships with people who need to know Jesus. The final chapters of the book are spent talking about finances, and how we have the opportunity to use our money to make an impact in the world. These ideas, and many more, are explained in the light of the Great Commission.
All in all I have been challenged, inspired, and also given several practical steps to put into practice in my own life. Floyd obviously has incredible passion for reaching people who don't know Jesus, and that passion comes through in each page he writes.
As more and more Christians fall into complacent living, I strongly recommend Our Last Great Hope as a tool that will hopefully shake people up and stir them to take action in their own communities, as well as across the world.
Until I awake the Great Commission in my own life,
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."
Author: Ronnie Floyd
Located in: Fayetteville, Arkansas
Submitted: June 24, 2011
Tell us a little about yourself. I was born and raised in Texas. After pastoring churches for ten years in Texas, the Lord called me here 25 years ago to Pastor what is now called, Cross Church, which is located in Northwest Arkansas. You can go to crosschurch.com and ronniefloyd.com to learn more about us. On December 31, Jeana and I will be married for 35 years. We have two boys, Josh and Nick. Josh and Kate have three boys: Peyton, Parker, and Jack. Nick and Meredith have two children: Reese Caroline and Beckham. Within the next few months, they will finalize adopting twins from Ethiopia.
What was your motivation behind this project? Jesus asked us to tell every person in the world about Jesus Christ and make disciples of all the nations. This is known as the Great Commission. Since the Lord called me to preach as a sixteen year old boy, the Great Commission has always been my heart. Yet, I have gone through major progressive growth in both understanding it and leading people to fulfill it. In the year of 2009-2010, I was asked to serve as Chairman of an incredible group of twenty-two leaders. We were known as the Great Commission Resurgence Task Force of the Southern Baptist Convention. Our task was to study all we had and were doing to see how we could fulfill the Great Commission more faithfully and effectively. In leading this effort that was approved overwhelming by a three to one margin in 2010 and reaffirmed organizationally in June of 2011, the 45,727 churches and our twelve convention entities from this very point forward, are joining together in an unprecedented way to do all we can to fulfill the Great Commission. Through my year of service, God changed my life. In September of 2010, Thomas Nelson Publishers came to me and told me they wanted to publish a book by me on fulfilling the Great Commission. They wanted me to take the thirty-five years of experience as a Pastor and all I have learned about the Great Commission in all of my life, leadership, and service, and tell people what it would take to complete the Great Commission. When they shared with me they did not want me to theorize about it, but provide them a book that was action-driven, I knew God wanted me to do it. Therefore, together we entitled it: Our Last Great Hope: Awakening The Great Commission.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? I pray they will be challenged to face where they are spiritually and that God will awaken them to the dire lostness of the world. Never has there been a greater moment to fulfill the Great Commission than today. Now is the time for us to do it. I hope they learn a few things personally and as a church they can do to finish the task of telling every person in the world about Jesus Christ and make disciples of all the nations.
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? Over these past two years, God continues to change my life and ministry, both relating to the Great Commission. Jesus is awakening me to it as never before. When people read this book, they will read words written by an author whose life has been changed dramatically by the Lord.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? I am influenced by people who are on fire for Christ and energized to tell every person in the world about Jesus Christ and make disciples of all the nations. Through studying the Bible, praying, and journaling, God continues to motivate me daily to see the Great Commission completed. My church is more committed to it than ever before and what God is doing with them is inspiring me greatly!
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: I would like for them to read "Our Last Great Hope" and tell their church about it and every person they know. We need a global movement to see the Great Commission completed. Please share books with your small group and Pastor. If you are a Pastor, share it with your people as well other Pastors and spiritual leaders. Again, we need a global movement to see the Great Commission fulfilled. People without Christ are destined to an eternity in hell. Billions need to know of God's love and forgiveness. Now is the time we tell them and not letting up until we penetrate every people group of the world. Let's do it! It will take ALL of us. Prayerfully, God will raise this book up to inspire thousands of churches and Christ-followers from all across the world to complete the Great Commission. With God's vision and power, we can do it!
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