For Evangelical Christianity, the Great Commission represents the very heartbeat of our Savior Jesus Christ. For in its’ words and commands we find, with absolute clarity, the mission that we are to devote our lives to. In his new book, “Our Last Great Hope; Awakening the Great Commission”, Dr. Ronnie Floyd examines the Great Commission in a way that I have not seen or heard before. As a Southern Baptist, I am familiar with Dr. Floyd and his ministry as the senior pastor of Cross Church, a multi-site church in Northwest Arkansas. When I read that he had written a book of the Great Commission, I was immediately interested. Dr. Floyd recently chaired the Great Commission Resurgence Task Force that took an intentional and exhaustive look at how we as Southern Baptists could do better at fulfilling the Great Commission. He shares in his book how his service on this task force gave him a renewed passion for and a heightened sense of urgency in joining Christ in the work of taking the gospel to the nations.
Our Last Great Hope is not so much an academic work that dissects the Great Commission verses and explores all its’ nuances. That being said, this work is well researched and sits on a firm biblical foundation. Instead, Our Last Great Hope demonstrates how to move the Great Commission from the classroom to the driving force in every believers heart, family, and life.
Dr. Floyd walks the reader through the ways in which the Great Commission can become a personal reality. He begins with the individual. He builds his case that the Great Commission must first be personal before it can be public. He then goes on show how a commitment to the Great Commission will affect their families, businesses, local communities, and then the nations. He also says that a commitment to the Great Commission will affect our prayer lives, plans, and our giving.
Dr. Floyd has written a very challenging work. As a pastor, I am familiar with the Great Commission, however, I have been challenged to think about it differently. If it were possible, Our Last Great Hope should be required reading for all staff members and lay leaders. This is a book that I will read again. His balance of scripture and personal experience makes this book a joy to read. I highly recommended this book.
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