David Platt is a powerfully fresh voice within the evangelical community. His unassuming manner forces older pastors (such as myself) to re-evaluate our entire approach to ministry, making certain that we are working to truly further the spread of the Gospel and thus hasten the return of our Lord. The success of his first book, "Radical," which summoned Christians from their comfortable pursuits of the American Dream, is compellingly followed up by "Radical Together," a similar call to the church corporately. Platt writes in a manner that is read easily but applied with greater difficulty. The reason is that he takes dead aim at the complacency of western believers who have sacrificed the Great Commission on the altar of "ministry programs," "meeting places," "worship performances," and "paid professionalism." Platt challenges us to re-examine "church" within the context of the New Testament, as well as in the manner believers in other parts of the world worship and serve the Lord. His thesis is that pastors and other local church leaders begin "unleashing the people of God for the purpose of God," as his subtitle suggests. I received my copy by responding to a promotional offer by Mission Frontiers (missionfrontiers.org), an organization whose ministry I both support and recommend. I intend to purchase additional copies for my church board and other leaders. What a wonderful privilege to be able to play a role in the grand climax of history and welcome the return of our Lord Jesus Christ. The final push will require sacrifice on the part of believers, but the promised reward of seeing God eternally glorified by every people group far outweighs any risk. May the Lord raise up an army of visionary leaders like David Platt who refuse to allow us to simply "play church" while the challenge of making the Lord's name known to all nations remains.
I received this book with anticipation. Last year my mom and dad read Radical (book one) and loved it. Then I read it and I too loved it. It challenged me, it kept me intrigued, and it was easy to read. 3 very uncommon things for one book to posses at one time!!! :) But, Radical did.
Then Radical Together (Radical 2) was released. Eagerly I waited to be able to read it. What would it be like?It keeps up with its predecessor in wit, ideas, challenges, and good points.
In Radical Together, David Platt addresses the true meaning of the gospel and how some well meaning Christians can actually prohibit the people of God from fulfilling the gospel.
You will be challenged to give your all to further God's plan in the world. Reaching out to the nations who have never heard the word of God. How much are you willing to give for Christ and His Kingdom?
The Church is about the people of God. Not, performances, places, professionals, and programs. Look around you. Are you giving your all? Are you furthering the Kingdom of Christ as an individual, a family, a couple, a church, and as a community?
I highly recommend you read Radical and Radical Together.
If Radical was the call for revolution in the lives of individual Christians, then Radical Together must be the call for revolution within churches. In David Platt's newest book, Radical Together, he shifts his focus to how churches can implement the same truths he introduced in his New York Times bestselling debut title, Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream. Rather than simply rehash the same material readers can find in his first book, David Platt expands on those ideas and goes a step further by introducing fresh concepts just for churches. Using the same type of foundation he presented in Radical, the questions Platt asks call for a larger and more thought-provoking experience as readers take a solid look at the way churches currently execute ministries in ways that actually differ from the core biblical teachings Jesus left to the Body.
Without an ounce of condemnation, Platt asks some tough questions. He asks churches and ministry leaders to re-evaluate budgets to see if monetary resources are used in the most effective way possible, he asks leaders and pastors to re-examine modern concepts in preaching of the Word and missions around the world, and he asks the entire body of believers to work together toward the common goal he showed us in RadicalÃ¢â¬âto make the glory of Jesus known to all nations.
For individuals who embraced the teachings Dr. Platt presented in Radical, this book will assuredly offer a spark of hope. I remember after I finished Radical, though I felt enthusiastic about doing what Jesus said, I encountered a great deal of discouragement as I realized I truly couldn't impact the world by myself. In Radical Together, Platt makes it clear that the church is supposed to be comprised of individuals whose lives have been affected and transformed by the radical teachings of Jesus, and thus, those individuals come together to launch a radical movement in a united purpose.
While Radical could some-what be used in group study among churches, Radical Together is, without a doubt, written for that very purpose. If your church considers reading Radical Together, I highly recommend your group undergo some prerequisite reading with Radical before delving into this book. Reading Radical first will help provide a great foundation and sense of unity within churches who wish to study Radical Together.
While any church member can embrace the concepts found in this book, I think Radical Together will prove most beneficial for pastors and church leaders. That being said, once the pastors and leaders have read this book, I see no reason why they can't walk their own congregation through this study! To be honest, as the TeamKID leader at my own church, this book reshaped my view of the responsibility I hold.
Fans of Radical will especially enjoy this book as it could very well open a fresh way for them to recommend it to the staff at their own church. Once more, David Platt offers readers another thought-provoking book in Radical Together!
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Waterbrook/Multnomah Publishers in exchange for an honest review.
I called "Radical" the second most life-changing book I'd ever read - the Scriptures being Number One. "Radical Together" is an extension of its predecessor. I believe every Christian leader should read these books. I believe every Bible college student should be required to read these books. I believe every Christian who wants to live a life pleasing to the Lord, sold out to Him, will benefit from reading these books. I further believe if we implement the challenges put forth, we will transform the world.