Platt’s Urgent Call to Missions at T4G

I praise the Lord for raising up David Platt to champion the cause of world evangelization. You need to catch his understanding of missions and his passion for missions. How? First, listen to his message on missions from T4G 2012:

Second, read his book on audacious missions, Radical. I blogged about it here. My quick summary:

This is the most recent of the books listed here and was shared with me by my good friends Dick and Holly Stratton. It’s a “punch you in the mouth” book, challenging the materialism of the American Dream that we just assume coincides with biblical fidelity. It’s a quick read, more accessible than many of the others I’ve mentioned. I’ll also note that it’s a controversial book, earning rebuttals like this workshop from Shepherd’s Conference. Nevertheless, we studied it together last summer at TCBC and found it immensely helpful. Put it this way: If the people I pastor start taking missions too seriously and start making unsustainable sacrifices that border on irresponsibility, I’ll let them know. For now, getting people to rethink their view of normal Christianity, to consider doing something radical for the sake of the kingdom, and encouraging them to get their feet onto foreign soil is a great thing. The lingering influence of the book in my life? Platt’s urgent reminder that “There is no Plan B.” God has entrusted the gospel to His church. If we fumble it, there’s no backup strategy.

Related resource: Gospel Meditations for Missions. Get it here.

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5 Responses

  1. Being “Radical” can have very positive and negative implications for God’s people. This book is a much needed encouragement in many Biblical ways, but lets not overlook that it also goes beyond what’s Biblical presenting danger to believers. We must read with discernment and hold to that which has a firm Biblical basis.

  2. A group of men from our church go to T4G every year. Platt’s book is excellent, but don’t read if you’re not willing to make some changes. Also, I would encourage your church to participate in his “Secret Church” program. 2 times or so a year he’ll do about 6-7 hours of intense Bible study on a given subject. Drinking from a fire hose, but great stuff that you can go back and digest.

  3. Chris B, two questions:

    Where do you see the teaching of the book as “going beyond Biblical”?

    How does a call to live in such a way present Christians with danger since we have been called to give up all, even our own lives, for the sake of Christ?

  4. Joel,

    I’m referring to the books rationale to command that all believers must give away their possessions, help solve world poverty, and travel the globe to share the gospel as going beyond what’s biblical. I see no indication in scripture that these are what God expects from every believer. Nor do I believe that if you do any of these tasks you’re more spiritual than any one else, which the book seems to suggest.

    Radical goes extreme and that’s why I say “dangerous.” It is dangerous for the believer to naively follow what seems like good ideas, but isn’t clearly biblical.

    Again, there are much needed biblical truths strongly conveyed in the book. My desire and encouragement is that we apply clear biblical discernment because the truth of the gospel is at stake today.

  5. Chris B,

    Thanks for the interaction.

    I think that Platt may overstate some things, however I don’t think I could characterize those things as dangerous. It would seem that for us as American Christians it is far more likely and dangerous that we live our lives as though we have to give little or nothing at all to be followers of Christ. And such living contradicts the message of the New Testament.

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