David Platt, who pastors the Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham, Alabama is fast becoming the voice of the modern evangelical community. He is articulate, passionate, and deeply committed to the gospel of Jesus Christ and His church. In his first book, Radical: Taking Back Your Faith From the America Dream, Platt shared with readers how the so called American dream was incompatible with the radical claims of the gospel. In his follow up book, Radical Together: Unleashing the People of God for the Purpose of God, he shifts the emphasis from a personal embrace of the gospel to a corporate one. He writes “In my first book, Radical, I explored how the biblical gospel affects individual Christian lives. Simply put, in a world of urgent spiritual and physical need, gospel-believing, God-exalting men and women do not have time to waste their lives pursuing a Christian spin on the American dream…In Radical Together, I want to consider what happens – or can happen – when we apply revolutionary claims and commands of Christ to our communities of faith.”
This book is about the church. This book is about the church pursuing its mission that Jesus left for it to pursue. Platt calls for the church to awake and diligently go after Christ and His mission. His point is clear: get back to the teaching of the scripture.
Radical Together breaks down into six sections.
1.Tyranny of the Good: the worst enemy of Christians is good things in the church
2.The Gospel Misunderstood: the gospel that saves us from work save us to work
3.God is saying something: the Word does the work
4.The Genius of Wrong: building the right church depends on using all the wrong people
5.Our Unmistakable Task: we are living and longing for the end of the world
6.The God who exalts God: we are selfless followers of a self-centered God
This book is short (about 120 pages) and is an easy read. However, that does not mean it is not shallow or void of meaningful content. Just the opposite. It is engaging, thought-provoking, and challenging. Platt uses scripture taken in proper context as well as real-life example to prove his point of gospel transformation. I particularly like that the study guide that is found in the back of the book. I believe this is an asset since this is a book written to the church. Great book.
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