Radical Together: Unleashing the People of God for the Purpose of God

Radical Together: Unleashing the People of God for the Purpose of God

by David Platt

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bestselling author David Platt challenges us to unite around a gospel-centered vision in Radical Together.

In Radical, David Platt’s plea for Christians to take back their faith from the American Dream resonated with readers everywhere. Now, he asks how a gospel-centered vision might reshape our priorities as the body of Christ? How might well-intentioned Christians actually prevent God’s people from accomplishing God’s purpose? And, how can we best unleash the people of God in the church to carry out the purpose of God in the world?
Writing to everyone who desires to make an impact for God’s glory—whether you are an involved member, a leader, or a pastor—Dr. Platt shares six foundational ideas that fuel radical obedience among Christians in the church. With compelling Bible teaching and inspiring stories from around the world, he will help you apply the revolutionary claims and commands of Christ to your community of faith in fresh, practical ways.

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ISBN-13: 9781601423733
Publisher: The Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/19/2011
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 176
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Dr. David Platt, President of the International Mission Board, 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.

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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 eleven million cubic feet per second, the Amazon is more powerful than the next ten largest rivers in the world combined.

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. 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.

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 Radical Together, 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 movement 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, in this book 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. And I am convinced that in the church we can—unknowingly and unintentionally—actually prevent God’s people from accomplishing God’s purpose. If we are not careful, our activities in the church can hinder the advancement of Christ’s kingdom. For this reason I believe certain ideas are foundational
for Christians who desire to be a part of churches that are unleashing people into the world with the gospel.

This book is organized around six such ideas. I do not claim they are exhaustive, but as a pastor working out the implications of the gospel in a local church, I do believe these ideas are essential. Here’s a preview:

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.

At first glance these ideas may seem fanciful, even untrue. I understand that. But then many of Jesus’ statements struck his listeners that way too. Statements like these: “Many who are first will be last, and many who are last will be first,” “It is the one who is least among you all who is the greatest,” and “Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it.” Though I certainly don’t claim the authority or creativity of Jesus, my aim is to put forward ideas that at first may seem confusing, if not contradictory, but upon deeper investigation will
bring to light important realities that most overlook.

I hope and pray that accurate theological foundations undergird all my practical exhortations. I am grateful for valuable resources that help us understand the nature and marks of the church. But I want to be clear that my goal here is not to present a comprehensive overview of the church. Instead, it is to build upon biblical foundations in order to consider practical implications for how a right understanding of the church fuels radical obedience among Christians.

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.”

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, lifegiving, 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.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 Tyranny of the Good 7

One of the worst enemies of Christians can be good things in the church.

2 The Gospel Misunderstood 25

The gospel that saves us from work saves us to work.

3 God Is Saying Something 39

The Word does the work.

4 The Genius of Wrong 55

Building the right church depends on using all the wrong people.

5 Our Unmistakable Task 77

We are living-and longing-for the end of the world.

6 The God Who Exalts God 101

We are selfless followers of a self-centered God.

Conclusion 125

Small-Group Discussion Guide 131

Acknowledgments 159

Notes 161

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Radical Together 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 47 reviews.
AvidReaderDana More than 1 year ago
I received an advance copy of "Radical Together". As a previous book review of Radical, I was asked to write the copy expressing my interest in receiving an advance copy of Radical Together. They give 50 reviewers the opportunity to read the book before its release. I submitted my essay and one day I received the book in my mailbox. I sat and read the book almost immediately. I wanted to see whether Platt would top the "Radical", whether I would find myself so closely connected to the message he was sharing. He did. And I believe I liked this book more than the last. In "Radical Together", Platt shifted from shock to a subtle dialogue, which asks readers to consider whether they believe the gospel. And if so, are they living it? "Radical Together" held a different vibe. The content was as relevant as Radical but I believe Platt delivered the first few chapters in a less "shocking" approach. He somewhat nursed readers into understanding the importance of the Great Commission and to consider whether we are living our lives in a bubble isolated from the world or if we are truly picking up our crosses daily for Christ. I would recommend this book to all believers, especially people in ministry and leadership in churches. Platt gives a very candid account of the issues before the leadership of his church and how they decided to address them. He also, shows readers how we can make our connections with others by coming a community of Christ believing, living, walking, Christians. ***PLEASE NOTE*** I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. The views expressed are my own.
BabsBonMots More than 1 year ago
I was so pleased that I was a winner for the contest to receive this book! If you enjoyed "Radical: Taking Back Your Faith From the American Dream" as I did, then this book is for you. Once again, Platt does not allow you to become complacent in your walk with God. He challenges us to really follow the faith practices that Jesus modeled for us while here on earth. He reminds us: "Don't sit in a classroom; share your lives. Don't build extravagant places; build extraordinary people. Make disciples who will make disciples who will make disciples, and together multiply this gospel to all peoples." Platt has a passion for igniting people to really take the Bible and God's message seriously. He uses God's word to convict us of the message of God (go and make disciples) and bring it to all people. He brought to my attention a verse that I had not considered before. Matthew 24:14 "This gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come." Platt explains that the original word for "nations" in the New Testament is "ethne" and refers to all the ethnic peoples of the world. What Jesus is telling us in the Bible is that "the end of the age will come when people from every single ethnic group have come to Christ." Platt tells us there are eleven thousand people groups in the workd and more than six thousand of them are still "unreached". This is an awesome responsibility that God has given us, and one that I personally need to grow in. In the beginning of the book, Platt shares a story of a man who had spent most of his adult life involved in programs and serving on committees in his church. When he began to become active in discipling and leading others to God he realized that "I have spent my life doing all the stuff in the church that I thought I was supposed to do. But I'm realizing that I have missed the most important thing: making disciples". Isn't that just true for most of us? We do all the "right things" from a world point of view, but are we really following God's commandment to "make disciples". This book will make yourself wonder - am I fully surrendered to God. It will make you ask - God, what do you want me to do.
tsfGodguy More than 1 year ago
OK, I am doing two book reviews today. The last one wasn't very flattering so I am pleased to stay this one has a very different tone! I loved it! Now to be honest, I did thumb through the book "Radical" and it didn't grab me. I liked the principles of it but something about the writing style just didn't grab me. However, when I saw this book was coming out, I nabbed it. Why? Because I love talking about Christian community! I love everything about it! The highs and the lows... the good and the bad.. when we are talking about true, Biblical Christian community, I always love being in the conversation. "Radical Together" did not disappoint! Right in line of my passion and way of thinking, the author digs into great topics including digging into God's calling for our lives instead of buying into the American dream, the beauty and foundation of faithfulness instead of playing games, discipleship and equipping instead full church schedules. Everything about it drives us towards community that we see in the Scripture and the unity that Christ prayed about in the garden. I believe God is driving us towards a revival towards the ancient practice of community and "Radical Together" encompasses a lot of the thoughts on my heart. While I got this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review of the book, it also encouraged me to take a new look at the book "Radical". I think it is back on my "to read" list. "Radical Together" doesn't come out until 4/19/11 so picking "Radical" to get your appetite going while you are waiting might be a good idea for you as well!
KenNichols on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
REVIEW: Radical TogetherAuthor: David Platt¿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?¿That¿s the question David Platt confronts us with in Radical Together. It is a serious question which every pastor, church leader, and Christian should be concerned with. It is a question that has no easy answers. But, it is a question we should seek to answer in every area of our personal lives and in our lives together in the local church.What I enjoyed most about this book is the fact that David Platt never claims to have the answer to ¿the question,¿ but he invites us to join him and his church as they are seeking to find it. I found his arguments compelling, and the personal stories recounting the struggles he and his church have encountered in pursuing a ¿radical¿ relationship with God through Christ. There are also a great many what I would call ¿success stories¿ about how members of his church family have bought in and are making life-changing decision to follow Christ in the context of ¿total abandonment to the global purpose of God.¿That phrase ¿total abandonment to the global purpose of God¿ may scare people into thinking that Platt believes only foreign missionaries are serving God faithfully. That¿s not what he¿s saying. What I believe he is saying though is that a church that is totally committed to living out the gospel in its local context will necessarily be committed to living out the gospel in the global context. What we do here affects what we can do there. I agree with Dr. Platt because Dr. Platt merely recounts God¿s plan and methodology as we find it in God¿s Word. Platt proposes six ideas which can help govern our decision-making, our structures, and priorities as individuals and churches, and I would say even Associations, Conventions, and Denominations.One of the worst enemies of Christians can be good things in the church.In chapter one Platt discusses how this principle led Brook Hills church to lay everything their church did, from ministries, events to budget items, on the table and ask the question, ¿Are these the best ways to spend our time, money, and energy to spread the gospel in our neighborhood and in all the nations?¿ At Brook Hills it led to downsizing what they did and where they spent their money, but has led to greater Gospel impact locally and globally. The gospel that saves us from work saves us to work. In chapter two Platt discusses how this principle rightly understood compels us to ¿radical¿ commitment to Christ. The gospel must be our motivation for commitment to Christ, or we have the wrong motivation. If our primary motivations are guilt or duty, they will not sustain ¿radical¿ living. We must understand that we have been loved greatly by God, and our deepest joy is found in displaying that same sacrificial love to others because God loves them. The Word does the work.In chapter three Platt focuses on the centrality of the Word in the life of the believer, and of the church. The basic building block of disciple-maker is the ability to teach people to obey the Word of God. Many have forgotten this simple, but important element. The Word of God must be taught, believed and lived in the church. Pastors, church leaders and teachers must pray for the Spirit to cause God¿s work in His people, and then trust that it will. The kicker to the chapter is this: There is only one thing God has promised to bless, that is the plan for global evangelization given in His Word. Building the right church depends on using all the wrong people.In chapter four Platt focuses on countering the upside-down model of church growth many churches employ. The prevailing model is for church members to spend their energies inviting people to church so that the ¿professionals¿ can share the Gospel with them and then disciple them. Platt proposes the more biblical model of the purpose of worship and church activities is to equip th
rswright on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Going into reading this, I expected to read much of the same as Platt's first book, Radical. i was thankful that it was not a re-hash of his first book, although there were some crossover points. This book makes much of the Gospel and the effect it should have on the bride of Christ. It is a book that pastor's ought to read as a means of rethinking, reshaping and reorienting and even removing the activities & programs that the church might be doing that hinder, rather than help the body in fulfilling the Great Commission.
laholmes on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A great follow up to his book, Radical. However, my same reservations from the first book apply to this one. While Platt speaks against works based salvation, it would be easy for members not well versed in scripture to get the idea that our works save us, or earn us favor in God's sight. Platt does a good job of generally speaking to the church as a whole and then giving some practical steps for churches to take. At times, this book sounds to much like his first one, thought, and could have probably been combined into one, if not intended for slightly different audiences.
moses917 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Pastor David Platt has published a follow-up book ¿Radical Together¿ to his previous bestseller book ¿Radical¿. In this second book Platt¿s purpose in this work is to take the principles in his first book ¿Radical¿ and demonstrate how they should function and flesh themselves out within a group of people in the context of a community of faith.His main theme which is wrapped around the main question posed throughout the book is ¿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?¿ When this is accomplished in the church by Christ followers living surrendered to God then the churches powerful resourced are harnessed and used for God¿s global purposes.This challenge is echoed in Matthew¿s Gospel in 24:14: ¿The gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come¿. Platt teaches that, ¿God does not involve us in his grand, global purpose because he needs us. He involves us in his grand, global purpose because he loves us¿.The writing style of the book is very easy while the content is convicting and rattling at times to one¿s comfort zone. As in the first book he calls Christians to live radically in this sequel he calls upon the churches to be radical.Even though I¿m fond of David Platt, his ministry and his message one criticism I find in Radical Together is that in Platt¿s teaching he narrowing interprets the taking of the gospel to the world as meaning somewhere outside the scope of the United States. As in his previous book he devotes and mentions hardly anything having to do with the mission field you find yourself in now at work, school, family, the guy across the room or the neighbor next door. For example when in I Corinthians 7:17-24, I read Paul teaching that at times you are saved by God and should remain in the social, ethnic, even geographical context that God saved you because that is where God wants to use to live radically in the social, ethnic, or geographical environment where he found you and saved you.What I found most pleasurable though was that Radical Together includes a discussion guide for small groups and encourages his readers to go through the study together. Reviewing it Platt has done an excellent job with the study guide questions as they will make you think and ponder. I would recommend this book as it is engaging but the reader would benefit from the reading of his original book Radical.
deusvitae on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
On the heels of Radical, a call for individual Christians to reconsider what it means to be a disciple of Christ, comes Radical Together, David Platt's extension of the same principles to the church.On the whole, the material is excellent-- he considers matters of the tyranny of the good over the best, how believers are expected to work, how God's Word is the Source and how it does the work, how people who may not feel qualified can serve God's purposes well, working toward evangelizing the world, and glorifying God and working toward His glory as opposed to being continually selfish.Platt takes aim at the practices of American churches in Radical Together just as he took aim at Christian practices in Radical. He is a needed breath of fresh air, focusing back on the Word and not programs and glitz, getting people to think about using resources to serve God in His Kingdom more effectively than for building projects and unnecessary social 'benefits' for believers, and the general attitude that says that God should serve us rather than us serving God. As usual, I'm not too terribly fond of some of the more Evangelical comments; I fear that his use of Matthew 24 out of the context of the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 CE undermines one of the main supports of his chapter on world evangelization. The world ought to be evangelized but never at the neglect of the local area; Platt tries to reassure readers of as much but I still feel that he undermines it by focusing on "Brook Hills Baruti" more than "Brook Hills Bob." I can understand his point when he declares that God is "self-centered" but wonder if we are wise to project such a condition upon the God whose "self awareness" or "self understanding" are never in doubt and Who Is, in reality, Three Persons expressing relational unity. These concerns should not overshadow the powerful import of the book and its value for the Christian community. On the whole the book is a welcome reminder of what is really important regarding the church and how so much has been missed because the church's mission was expanded beyond the intentions of its Author and Lord.*-- book received as part of early review program
psalm134_2 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Radical Together is both a convicting and encouraging look at what the church should look like. David Platt encourages believers to take a stand, to pray, and to seek God's glory above all else. It is my opinion that every church member should read this book. But don't just read it. Pray about it. Discuss it. And act on the things that God convicts you about.
jaredbyas on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
While I thought Radical was a much-needed book in the popular evangelical world, my one complaint was that it felt to be a book "in process." It seemed incomplete and rushed. So it was a relief to see Platt release Radical Together, a book that helpfully fills in the cracks and ties up some of the loose ends of Radical. While I do not agree with some of the evangelical tenants espoused by the book, the main thrust is a voice that needs to be heard. And it is great to see that in Radical Together Platt directs attention to the selfishness that underlies much of the force of the American Dream. A recommended read, for sure.
bbet More than 1 year ago
the thought provoking ideas mr. platt outlines are inspiring, however, I felt very inferior in my service to God as I felt the focus of the reading material was that you needed to serve outside your family and living arena. I could not figure out how that would be possible for a lot of people, including myself. I try to serve God in my daily encounters with strangers and spread the love of Jesus when I feel the time is appropriate. This book left me with more questions than answers which I guess makes it a good book.
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Amanda_Jones More than 1 year ago
Radical Together by David Platt I welcome any opportunity to read a David Platt book so when Blogging For Books made “Radical Together” available for review, I jumped on the opportunity to soak up the words. I was not disappointed. It was a non-stop adventure through what it means to be radical together as a church. He sets the tone for this theme with the opening question on page 3: 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? How, David? Well… he tells us how and he does it by addressing six main points: 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’re selfless followers of a self-centered god However, there is a warning I would issue here; if you are not ready and/or willing to make radical changes, you will fight against the radical ideas David proposes. Radical ideas like: - The last thing you and I want to do is waste our lives on religious activity that is devoid of spiritual productivity—being active in the church but not advancing the kingdom of God. - As Christians today, you and I can easily deceive ourselves into thinking that dedication to church programs automatically equals devotion to kingdom purposes - David Platt challenges us to let go of the good things in order to achieve greater purposes. I think we can all admit, letting go isn’t easy and letting go of what seems good is even harder. His challenge, after his stated thesis, unrolls in this claim: Put EVERYTHING on the table. Meaning, bring all things before God for His approval, no matter how good you think they are. And in this, David begins to show radical submission, radical work for the Lord, radical sacrifices, and radical living. He does all this first and foremost by sharing what God’s Word says about every single topic his thesis sets out to address. He challenges people, churches, and preachers to remember: God’s Word does all the work, we are but instruments for Him to use in spreading it. I could talk, in great excitement, for hours on the lessons and encouragement gained from this little book. It was an easy read with a tough but great message for modern times. It includes resources for small group study and links to his and other websites which contain further FREE resources helpful in growing radically together. Soaking up this information may have only taken a few days… but the impact will certainly last a life time. A must-read for every Christian, and especially for every Christian in a leadership position. Be radical, Jesus was. Those who find their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it. - Matthew 10:39
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I really enjoyed David Platt's book "Radical," so I was very optimistic going into "Radical Together." Platt builds on his former book by using some of the same concepts, with a few different examples. The book is subtitled, "Unleashing the people of God for the purpose of God." To Platt, the purpose of God is simply missional. There was a major emphasis put on the importance of missiology to the Christian, even to the point of making the local church seem unimportant. Platt used an example of starting at his church in Louisiana and immediately reallocating funds to missions. He mentions nothing, however, about all of the people who had to take pay cuts, whose livelihoods were greatly affected, and who left the church completely due to this. Overall, Platt's "Radical Together" is a nice idealistic book, but once we realize that not all of us are called to be third-world missionaries, the ideas seem nothing more than that.
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mel71 More than 1 year ago
As part of the Blogging for Books program from WaterBrook Multnomah, I received a copy of Radical Together, by David Platt for review. I haven't read his first book Radical but had heard many good things about it. This book looks at how to be radical corporately not just individually. A word of warning, don't open this if you like to be comfortable. I must admit the thought of putting everything on the table, open for question is a scary prospect but David Platt is spot on with his argument that this is what the church must do if we want to see God's work done. He asks the hard questions that desperately need asking and challenges us to let go of the good to do the best. The danger with asking these hard questions is that they can leave us feeling guilty without bringing lasting change. Platt addresses these issues in later chapters by focusing on the gospel and showing us how it is sufficient to sustain and strengthen the church over the long term. This short book is broken into six chapters: 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 Unmistakeable 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 It's a quick read that I can definitely recommend.
Michael_Wilson70 More than 1 year ago
I would not recommend that you read this book UNLESS you are willing to think, examine the way you do things and be willing to be made uncomfortable. This book will cause you to be very uncomfortable if you read it with an open mind. In Radical Together, by David Platt, he takes us a step further from his previous book, Radical. In Radical he challenges our walk with Christ on a personal level. In Radical Together he challenges our walk with Christ together as a community of believers. He challenges us to rethink the way that we act as the Church. He challenges the self-serving mindset that exists in so many local congregations: i.e. bigger buildings, more programs, bigger crowds and budgets. He is not opposed to these things but wants us to think through the question concerning everything that we do: is this the best that we can do with what we have? Is this what God wants us to do? He then proposes six keys to help us think through change. 1. The good things of church can become the enemy of the best. 2. The gospel saves us from work so that we can work. 3. The Word does the work. 4. Building the right church depends on using 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. His premise is that God wants to change the world and that He wants to use us to do it. Citing many good examples from the lives of his own congregation, David shows how ordinary people can make an extraordinary difference when they believe they can live radically. Many of the points that David makes in this book will fly in the face of American church-life. The reason for this is that many American Christians are comfortable in their faith and have settled for "safe-church" (all the pleasures without any responsibility). This is what David is countering. He contends that our lives are not meant to be comfortable for our own self-service. They are meant to take the gospel to the world and we must do that together. This book would be a great read for every pastor and church leadership team. Actually, I believe that all Christians should read both of his books. You may not agree with everything that he says, but they are both challenging enough that it should cause one to examine their faith to see if they indeed are radical. Many people think that being radical is all about how excited you are or how much you know. David defines radical by how well you serve others and give your life for the cause of Christ. I definitely recommend this book. Disclosure: WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group sent me this book for free for this review - the views expressed are my own.
mirandi More than 1 year ago
David Platt's Radical together is about living the Christian life and putting your faith before the world's culture. In a day and age where we are all pursuing the American Dream, Platt urges readers to return to Christ and put Jesus back into the place of most important in our lives. Platt outlines 6 ways we can live in obedience and serve God - creating radical amazing lives. I found this book an easy read and very inspirational. It was deep enough to get me thinking but not too difficult to understand. I think the great part about this book is that it is motivating and makes you excited to be a Christian again. For me, this book returned me to the days of me youth when I wanted to run out there and be a missionary and live for God! Platt follows in line with some of my other favorite authors (like Francis Chan, Frank Viola): calling Christians back to being REAL Christians and living the life and not a shallow Christianity. This is the Christianity that the 18-35ers have been seeking and missing in mainstream church! This is the reason we all left the churches. We couldn't find others who really wanted to LIVE Christianity. I highly recommend this book. I received this book free of charge from the publisher in exchange for this review but I did really give my honest opinion
AuntieMsUniverse More than 1 year ago
Radical Together by David Platt is a much-needed call to action in a desperate time. Radical Together is a call to the church in America to stop and take a serious look at the effectiveness of all our building projects and community programs. David Platt, pastor of the Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham, Alabama, asks us as the body of Christ to consider all that we are doing for the cause of Christ and ask God to show us if we are making the best use of His resources for the time and place in which he has each of us. The author puts it this way, "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?" (pg 11 e-book) Radical Together is written from the viewpoint of a mission minded family whom God called to pastor,much to their surprise, an old southern church who had turned inward rather than reaching out with the Gospel. Radical Together takes us on a journey that ultimately begs the question, "Are the good things we do in church in the name of God, our understanding of the Bible and who God is the very things that are keeping us from winning a lost world to Christ?" Radical Together challenges us to evaluate the good things we do in church to make sure they are the necessary things. It shows us our misunderstanding of the Gospel, when God is speaking, our task as believers, whom God exalts and dealing with the "wrong" people. Radical Together is written in sections. The first is the book content itself. Six chapters each dealing with how we do "church" in America today and how it can be different. In the back of the book you will find questions for small group discussion and after this section you will find David Platt's notes section in which he shows you all the resources he used in writing this book. I can't tell you how happy I was to read the notes section. Ninety five percent of the resources used in the making of this study are from the Bible itself. I almost jumped for joy. Here is an author who is challenging us to change the way we do church. He is challenging us to live differently. He actually used God's Word to show us how. What a concept! Bravo David! For me, this book was affirmation that I am not crazy nor am I alone. I have known that how we do "church" in America is not the best way to glorify God or reach the lost but didn't know how to change it. David Platt was able to put into words the hard questions that need to be asked if the church in America is going to be reformed.
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PlantsandPillars More than 1 year ago
I received this book with anticipation. Last year my mom and dad read Radical (book one) and loved it. Then I read it and I too loved it. It challenged me, it kept me intrigued, and it was easy to read. 3 very uncommon things for one book to posses at one time!!! :) But, Radical did. Then Radical Together (Radical 2) was released. Eagerly I waited to be able to read it. What would it be like?It keeps up with its predecessor in wit, ideas, challenges, and good points. In Radical Together, David Platt addresses the true meaning of the gospel and how some well meaning Christians can actually prohibit the people of God from fulfilling the gospel. You will be challenged to give your all to further God's plan in the world. Reaching out to the nations who have never heard the word of God. How much are you willing to give for Christ and His Kingdom? The Church is about the people of God. Not, performances, places, professionals, and programs. Look around you. Are you giving your all? Are you furthering the Kingdom of Christ as an individual, a family, a couple, a church, and as a community? I highly recommend you read Radical and Radical Together. Score ~ ????? Violence ~ None Indecency ~ None Language ~ None Age Appropriateness ~ 15 and above
Hollysmith More than 1 year ago
If Radical was the call for revolution in the lives of individual Christians, then Radical Together must be the call for revolution within churches. In David Platt's newest book, Radical Together, he shifts his focus to how churches can implement the same truths he introduced in his New York Times bestselling debut title, Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream. Rather than simply rehash the same material readers can find in his first book, David Platt expands on those ideas and goes a step further by introducing fresh concepts just for churches. Using the same type of foundation he presented in Radical, the questions Platt asks call for a larger and more thought-provoking experience as readers take a solid look at the way churches currently execute ministries in ways that actually differ from the core biblical teachings Jesus left to the Body. Without an ounce of condemnation, Platt asks some tough questions. He asks churches and ministry leaders to re-evaluate budgets to see if monetary resources are used in the most effective way possible, he asks leaders and pastors to re-examine modern concepts in preaching of the Word and missions around the world, and he asks the entire body of believers to work together toward the common goal he showed us in Radical-to make the glory of Jesus known to all nations. For individuals who embraced the teachings Dr. Platt presented in Radical, this book will assuredly offer a spark of hope. I remember after I finished Radical, though I felt enthusiastic about doing what Jesus said, I encountered a great deal of discouragement as I realized I truly couldn't impact the world by myself. In Radical Together, Platt makes it clear that the church is supposed to be comprised of individuals whose lives have been affected and transformed by the radical teachings of Jesus, and thus, those individuals come together to launch a radical movement in a united purpose. While Radical could some-what be used in group study among churches, Radical Together is, without a doubt, written for that very purpose. If your church considers reading Radical Together, I highly recommend your group undergo some prerequisite reading with Radical before delving into this book. Reading Radical first will help provide a great foundation and sense of unity within churches who wish to study Radical Together. While any church member can embrace the concepts found in this book, I think Radical Together will prove most beneficial for pastors and church leaders. That being said, once the pastors and leaders have read this book, I see no reason why they can't walk their own congregation through this study! To be honest, as the TeamKID leader at my own church, this book reshaped my view of the responsibility I hold. Fans of Radical will especially enjoy this book as it could very well open a fresh way for them to recommend it to the staff at their own church. Once more, David Platt offers readers another thought-provoking book in Radical Together! I received a complimentary copy of this book from Waterbrook/Multnomah Publishers in exchange for an honest review.
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