A Radical Idea: Unleashing the People of God for the Purpose of God

A Radical Idea: Unleashing the People of God for the Purpose of God

by David Platt

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What if building the right church depends on using all the wrong people?

Imagine. Churches not built on the greatest talent, the finest facilities, or the most exceptional programs. Instead, churches that come together to unleash every single person to impact the world with the Spirit of God for the glory of God.

It’s a radical idea.

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ISBN-13: 9781601424167
Publisher: The Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/13/2011
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 64
Sales rank: 846,449
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Dr. David Platt, President of the International Mission Board, is deeply devoted to Christ and His Word. David’s first love in ministry is making disciples, sharing, showing, and teaching God’s Word in everyday life. He has traveled extensively to serve alongside church leaders throughout the United States and around the world. 
A life-long learner, David has earned two undergraduate and three advanced degrees.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and Bachelor of Arts in Journalism (A.B.J.) from the University of Georgia, and a Master of Divinity (M.Div.), Master of Theology (Th.M) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.  He previously served at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary as Dean of Chapel and Assistant Professor of Expository Preaching and Apologetics, Staff Evangelist at Edgewater Baptist Church in New Orleans, and eight years as the Senior Pastor of The Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham, AL.
David founded Radical (Radical.net), a ministry devoted to serving churches and disseminating disciple-making resources toward the end that the gospel might be made known in all nations.
David and his wife Heather have four children, Caleb, Joshua, Mara Ruth, and Isaiah.

Read an Excerpt

High atop the Andes Mountains, the rays of the sun strike ice, and a single drop of water forms. It begins to trace
a hesitant course downward, gradually joining with other drops of water to become a steady stream. The stream gains speed and strength. Thousands of feet below and hundreds of miles later, what were once single drops have converged to become the mightiest river on earth: the Amazon. Flowing into the Atlantic Ocean at a rate of more than
seven million cubic feet per second, the Amazon is more powerful than the next ten largest rivers in the world combined.

In my 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, Godexalting men and women do not have time to waste their lives pursuing a Christian spin on the American dream. Using the imagery above, I tried to picture what happens when
the truth of Christ penetrates our hearts, melts our assumptions, and propels us on a journey of abandonment to God. You and I are not intended to plunge down the mountain of radical obedience alone.

But you and I are not intended to plunge down the mountain of radical obedience alone. That’s one of the reasons I love this imagery of the Amazon. The force of a single drop of water descending the Andes is minuscule. Similarly, as long as individual Christians journey alone—no matter how “radical” they are—their effect will be minimal.

But as men and women who are surrendered to the person of Christ join together in churches that are committed to the purpose of Christ, then nothing can stop the spread of the gospel to the ends of the earth. In A Radical Idea, I want to consider what happens—or can happen—when we apply the revolutionary claims and commands of Christ to our communities of faith. I want to contemplate the force of a people who come together to enjoy God’s grace in
the church while they extend God’s glory in the world. And I want to propose that a ovement of such people in such churches has the potential to permeate nations with the praise of God.

I am speaking to believers who are ready to lead, influence, or simply be a part of such a movement in their local church. You may be a follower of Christ who desires to live out a more biblical gospel, and you want to see your church do the same. You may be a pastor, staff person, or leader of some other description in the church, and you want
your local fellowship to count for the spread of God’s glory in the world. You may even be a Christian who is tempted to throw in the towel and say, “My church will never be radical.”

Whatever your circumstance, I invite you to engage God’s Word and God’s world with a fresh, honest, and open perspective so that together we might answer one question:

How can we in the church best unleash the people of God in the Spirit of God with the Word of God for the glory of God in the world?

As I pose this question, I do not claim to be an expert on how to answer it. I am merely one pastor in one church, and I have so much to learn. Yet I know that, as leaders and members of churches, we are called to spur one another toward Christ and his agenda in the world.

Throughout the history of humankind, God has chosen to call out not just individuals but a people for himself. He told the Israelites, “I will walk among you and be your God, and you will be my people.” Through Christ, God brought Jews and Gentiles together as “one body” in which “each member belongs to all the others.” Peter told the church, “You are a chosen people,…a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” Indeed, God’s intention is that “through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be
made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms.”1

If you and I want our lives to count for God’s purpose in the world, we need to begin with a commitment to God’s people in the church. God has called us to lock arms with one another in single-minded, death-defying obedience to one objective: the declaration of his gospel for the demonstration of his glory to all nations. This is God’s design for
his people, and it is worth giving our lives to see it accomplished. It is worth it for billions of people who do not yet know that Jesus is the grave-conquering, life-giving, all-satisfying King. And it is worth it for you and me, because we were made to enjoy the great pleasures of God in the context of total abandonment to his global purpose.

God has called us to lock arms with one another in single-minded, death-defying obedience to one objective: the declaration of his gospel for the demonstration of his glory to all nations.

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A Radical Idea: Unleashing the People of God for the Purpose of God (10-Pack) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Must clarify that this is just an excerpt of the full book and the 10-pack are shortened versions. Besides that, "A Radical Idea" still captures the essence of "Radical Together" and is good to stimulate new thought and discussion amongst believers.
ewarren More than 1 year ago
David Platt, simply put, has restated an old idea into modern language. Sound boring? Well his books should be, but because the church has become overwhelmingly obsessed with secular marketing techniques the idea sounds "Radical." Churches, church leaders, elders, deacons, and pastors alike ought to be seeking to unleash the power of their members instead of trying to lord over them. We are not "professionals" in the modern sense of the word. Rather, we are servant leaders. Servant leaders are not authoritarians though they are to be authoritative. They are not dominating though they should not be shy. Servant leaders are to be disciplers of the people of God, leading them not ruling them. In other words, the church is not some kind of business or daycare where parents drop their kids off for the professionals to bring them up in church life. Rather, parents are to be encouraged and built up in order to train their kids at home. Church is to look radically different than it often does. This notion lends itself to reformed thinking. That means we need to evaluate ourselves and our congregations, weeding out that which is not biblical. Platt suggests churches should not be concerned with buildings, noting one particular church that meets outside on a covered parking deck in order to save money. These are the kinds of ideas many churches ought to consider, specifically those churches without physical locations of their own. In his first book, "Radical," Platt notes a newsletter with a large article on a new multi-million dollar facility while only a few thousand dollars were given to missions. To be clear, Platt is not condemning churches that have nice facilities. Matter of fact, his church has a multi-million dollar campus. But, he inherited that. His point here is that we need to reevaluate our heart. Are we spending this money on nice extravagant facilities because they make us feel good? Are doing everything we can to live and give sacrificially so the Kingdom may be advanced? Depending on your reaction to these past few paragraphs, it may be wise to consider beginning a study on Platt's book "Radical," or perhaps giving "Radical Idea" out to church members. These are great resources that have all stemmed out of Platt's experience with missions and heart for the salvation of the lost. I highly recommend this short read as a primer on reevaluating your church. For those unchurched, dechurched, or currently looking for a church, this booklet will be of some help in finding a biblically grounded congregation. This book was provided to me from the publisher for free. I was not required to give a positive review.