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Monday, May 23, 2011

Radical Together by David Platt

David Platt's book Radical truly got me to thinking about what church was supposed to look like. This book has propelled me into even deeper thinking. It seems that we have been duped into theatrical worship and none of us are authentically living out the gospel. What if we all lived out the religion that God accepts?
"Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world."
-James 1:27

When we left our church last year, I asked my husband to not make me go back into that type of environment again. Everything seemed manufactured and we were all emotionally manipulated. As we are planting a church, reading this and being challenged by the words of Jesus, I want to know what God desires. He wants something all together different. According to His word, God wants us to spend our resources of care of others and taking the gospel to the nations. How can we do that if our money is tied up in multimillion dollar sanctuaries that are form fitted to make us comfortable?

Here is an excerpt about seeker churches that spoke to me:
"But let me remind you of a startling reality that the Bible makes clear: "There is no one who seeks God." So if the church is sensitive to seekers, and if no one is seeking God, then that means the church is sensitive to no one. . . Jesus tells us that the Father is the one seeking worshippers for His praise. He is the one doing the seeking."
Have we confused ourselves with God?

I was amazed by how his congregation cut their budgets and decided against greater facilities that they had the money to build in order to share the gospel with the nations. What will we do? 

I highly recommend this book. It was graciously given for review by Waterbrook Multnomah Publishers.

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