Friday, August 19, 2016

Follow Me Is Contradictory

Follow Me
David Platt
Book Summary: For many Christians, following Jesus is seen as best done from a distance. We want to be disciples as long as doing so does not intrude on our lifestyles, our preferences, our comforts, and even our religion. But what if we really took the time to look Jesus in the eye and see who He truly is? What if we really listened to Jesus’ words and heard what He is truly saying? Jesus’ invitation to follow Him was—and still is—an invitation into a relationship marked by self-denial, personal intimacy, single-minded ambition, and ultimate joy. When people truly engage with Jesus’ personal invitation to follow Him, everything changes, for He is worthy of all our trust and all our affections. Building on the lessons in Radical, this book will motivate all of us to experience the grand purpose for which we have been created: to exalt the glory of God by spreading the gospel of Christ—to make disciples who are making disciples.

Review: This was a little shaky at first. He starts out talking about how you make the decision for God and later says God chooses who is saved. With these unexplained conflicting concepts he sets the stage for leaving America and go to foreign soils to convert people. He repeatedly speaks of making disciples of people, yet he never says what that looks like in specifics. He spent a lot of time stressing moving to foreign countries because they are excited about the gospel, while this is true, it does not mean that we abandon our home country. Wouldn’t we be chasing a high as if we are the converters of man and not the Lord. Jesus told a parable of spreading seeds. Not all had permanent firm growth. Discipleship is not a week or 2 it is several years. One must become soaked in the Bible not dunked and be expected to know the entire Bible. I think creating disciples is important, but how that works is becoming soaked in the Bible and since it is such a rich book speed can not replace prayer and time. While I applaud his excitement, this begs the question why leave your pulpit if you think the American church is lukewarm. That should make one more committed to the local church. Could this be to catch the high of conversions? To me that is not my purpose. Planting seeds and walking with people to come to know Christ and/or grow in their knowledge of Him.
I would like to thank Net Galley and Tyndale House for allowing me to read and review this book in return for a free copy and I was never asked to write a favorable review by anyone. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

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