A sequel to Radical, David Platt’s Radical Together hit another home run. Through out Radical Together, Platt expounds on how to live the radical concepts he talked about in his first book. Contrary to popular opinion, the church doesn’t need to be either evangelistic in nature or discipleship focused, it doesn’t need to be missions/outreach based or home focused. David makes a compelling case that we don’t need to be either/or, but both/and in our focus, both as individuals and the body of Christ.
This is the best book I’ve read so far on how to marry both concepts – they are joined through taking a hard look at the gospel and following Christ’s command to ‘go and make disciples of all nations’. Discipleship happens through intentional relationships, which builds community and spreads (evangelism – together). The idea of discipleship is a radical concept for American churches filled with programs – hence we get Radical Together.
“We and our churches never have to choose between impacting people with the gospel locally and impacting them globally. Disciple making frees us from having to make that choice. As we lay down our lives to multiply the gospel in the context of intentional relationships where we live, we are always doing it unilaterally for the spread of the gospel far beyond where we will live.” (p. 91)
Personally, I have become very involved in discipleship and am seeing firsthand the power of how this works. It works because we “Make disciples who will make disciples who will make disciples, and together multiply this gospel to all peoples.” (p.73)
As a youth leader, I’ve seen and done my fair share of great programs (and yes they have their place!) to reach the masses, but for the first time I am seeing long lasting life change in my teenagers through intensive one –on – one radical, time consuming, selfless discipleship. Programs are a lot easier, but the investment of discipleship is worth it. One of my Sr high teens is already discipling others and she spends her summers in Ethiopia with orphans. The Gospel is spreading by disicples making disciples.
I received this book for free from Waterbrook Multnomah’s Blogging for Books program to read and review it for them, and I highly recommend it!