"Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen." Ephesians 4:29
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
This is a sequel of sorts to David Platt's first book "Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream". Whereas "Radical" was addressed to individuals in their personal walks of faith, "Radical Together" is addressed to the local church. I wish that I could say that the book's contents were not all that radical...I saw nothing in it that was outside of Biblical teaching. However, the subtitle, "Unleashing the People of God for the Purpose of God" is exactly what the church needs most, but to find it is all too rare. There are six chapters, each based on a guiding principle for the church to live radically. "1) One of the worst enemies of Christians can be good things in the church. 2) The gospel that saves us from work saves us to work. 3) The Word does the work. 4) Building the right church depends on using all the wrong people. 5) We are living--and longing--for the end of the world. 6) We are selfless followers of a self-centered God."
If these principles sound like something that you would like to read more about, then you would really enjoy this book. Even greater, the book would be great for small group study, with a discussion guide at the end with questions and brainstorming ideas to unleash your own local body for the purpose of God!