In Radical, David Platt challenges you to consider with an open heart how we have manipulated the gospel to fit our cultural preferences. He shows what Jesus actually said about being his disciple--then invites you to believe and obey what you have heard. And he tells the dramatic story of what is happening as a "successful" suburban church decides to get serious about the gospel according to Jesus. Finally, he urges you to join in The Radical Experiment: a one-year journey in authentic discipleship that will transform how you live in a world that desperately needs the Good News Jesus came to bring.
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By O-Coaster on 13-02-12
Cutting Through The Fluff
What did you love best about Radical?
I have been challenged to the core of my being by the message that David Platt brings. The challenge is clear and do-able. What a wake up call to the Church in North America!! Rather than continuing to insulate ourselves from the real needs of the world by building self-congratulating works that only show love to those who already love us back, Platt challenges us to overlay the Gospel with our lives to see if anything shines through. Jesus' commission is ours. If we fail to take it up, God will use someone else, but we will not see the reward nor have the fellowship with Him in its realization.
I'm not a Calvinist, but that doesn't really matter. The call of Jesus to His Church is exactly the same. Things that I've been blind to in the past, David has helped me see with crystal clarity for what they are. No Christian should be afraid to listen to this book, nor should we try to explain it away by a differing theology. As a CPA, I'm particularly challenged to live below my means and invest the money of this world to make eternal friends.
This is not an ivory tower exposition of the necessity of being active in the Church. It's also not a pastor trying to lay a guilt trip on his people to get them to do something. Instead, it is a call from one laborer in the Master's vineyard to another to be diligently about the Master's business. It's always been interesting to look at Paul's designation of himself as a bondservant of Christ. This book helped me see that status as my own and realise that I no longer belong to myself. I am Christ's, and He has priority over anything else.
This is a brave book in that it didn't comfort me in my current situation and congratulate me on how well I may be doing. Instead, Platt looks at the commands of Jesus and the claim of God on my life. He doesn't claim any supernatural knowledge of my situation, but he lays out the Biblical mandate and basically says,
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
The 5-point challenge is worth the price of the book. Very worthwhile reading.
Any additional comments?
After 8 hours of listening to Mr. Platt, one might tire of his emphatic delivery. Please don't let that dissuade you from listening. He does a very commendable job of reading and the message is so compelling that the emphasis of each point is important.
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By Joshua on 18-06-12
Declare War on American Religiosity
This Book is written as a wake-up call to American Christianity to separate their faith and what the Bible teaches from what we have learned from our society. I probably wouldn't have chosen this title for the book, since the word "radical" has become associated with so much negativity and violence, specifically radical Islam and all that has brought in the last decade. The book's subtitle would have done a better job as the title, as this is literally an assault on what we refer to as the American dream (or Nightmare, more aptly). And this is a good thing, especially according to the author.
While this book certainly isn't the last word on the subject, it speaks a lot about how Christians view money, time, and how different the Bible is from our American lifestyle. The amazing thing is that the concepts he advocates are not really radical at all, but are things that we clearly see Christians doing in the Bible, and still see in other countries around the world. I think this book illustrates how far we have fallen and how far we still have to go if we want to truly live out a biblical view of Christianity and reach the world for Christ.
This is definitely a hard book for many Christians in America to deal with. It is spot on in so many ways. I wish it could inspire even a fraction of us to change. That is probably the purpose. Truly it let's you see what could happen if all Christians began acting like those in the New Testament.
I think that, more than simply can be gained from reading this book, I would recommend actually traveling to another country to see what Christianity is like there. a lot of the concepts that you read here, I think, you would begin to see on your own simply by experiencing what life is like for others out there. I know I have seen from my travels in Asia and other parts of the world how differently other Christians live and how much more dedicated they are than the average American. What place does American patriotism have in the life of a Christian, who is called to go throughout the world and preach the Gospel? It's time to stop thinking about how great the United States is, and think about how we can make God's Kingdom great throughout the whole world. I particularly loved how he stated at so many people ask God what His will is for their life, when His Word is so clear that he wants us to reach the world for Christ. so if you are hesitating over whether or not you should go on a missions trip to give to missions or give your time to helping the poor or needy, it's time to stop wondering can just do it. The rewards are well worth it.
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