The Gospel Commission Paperback
Recovering God's Strategy for Making Disciples
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The Gospel Commission
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Many churches in America today want to be powerful, relevant, and influential in personal and social transformation. A plethora of programs for outreach, discipleship, and spiritual disciplines are available at any bookstore and on countless websites. Yet what we need most is a renewed understanding of and commitment to the Great Commission.
At a time when churches are zealously engaged in creating mission statements and strategic plans, Michael Horton argues that we must ask ourselves anew whether we are ambassadors following the script we've been given, or building our own kingdoms with our own blueprint.
Pastors and church leaders will value this frank and hopeful next-step exploration of the Great Commission as a call to renewed understanding and good practice.
"The best book I've ever read on the Great Commission. Mike demonstrates that no matter how hard we try or how 'radical' we get, any engine smaller than the gospel that we depend on for power to do what God has called us to do--most importantly, the Great Commission--will conk out."--Tullian Tchividjian, senior pastor, Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church; author, Surprised by Grace: God's Relentless Pursuit of Rebels
"Horton calls us to recover a biblical understanding of mission and restore its centrality in the life of the church. The Gospel Commission is filled with both penetrating analysis and pastoral guidance, and I recommend it enthusiastically."--Doug Birdsall, chair, Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization
The Gospel Commission by Michael Horton was published by Baker in October 2012 and is our 54216th best seller. The ISBN for The Gospel Commission is 9780801013904.
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The Gospel CommissionAlison Morgan, via The Good Book Stall
Horton is from the USA, has a PhD from Coventry University in the UK, and is now professor of Systematic Theology and Apologetics at Westminster Seminary California. This book comes with commendations from the senior pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church and the chair of the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization. It's a comprehensive look at the Great Commission from the standpoint of an evangelical (Presbyterian Reformed) American context and it makes many good points. It is however a bit of a ramble, and on the way Horton conversationally offers his opinions on everything from the sacred nature of Sunday to the vacuous nature of the goal of evangelical reunion.
His basic thesis is that the church suffers from mission creep – that is, it does all sorts of things it hasn't been mandated to do, and neglects those which it has. "Disciples" is a bit of a catch all term - the book is really about what the church is and should be doing, or rather not doing.
If you were raised in a conservative evangelical background with an emphasis on getting saved, an individualistic approach to your faith and a desire to build the kingdom through your own efforts; and if you are comfortable with the kind of rather in-house vocabulary used in that kind of setting, then this book will offer a helpful and detailed challenge to your assumptions.
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Details for The Gospel Commission
|Author / Artist||Michael Horton|
|Publisher||Baker (October 2012)|
|Number of Pages||272|
|Page last updated||22nd January 2018|