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Church Planter: The Man, the Message, the Mission

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  • Posted September 12, 2010

    Great book for Christians and Church Planters Alike

    The church planting varsity league of the 21st century, Acts 29, has finally released their first book on church planting: Church Planter by Darrin Patrick. In particular, Patrick's work is about raising the bar for ban's (boy+man=ban) to stop merely being humans with male plumbing, but men who are defined by the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

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    At the center of this book beats a heat centered on Jesus Christ and him crucified. This got me excited about the book. At no point does Patrick slip into the all to easy vein of moralistic guilting. Darrin Patrick is a pastor, a pastor who loves Jesus, and you get the sense through the book that Patrick wants us to know the power of King Jesus as it relates to the call of some to plant churches. He wants what God wants, what the Bible clearly calls men to (if they should so choose to let the Bible speak for itself): men who know the power of Christ to rescue them from sin and call them into a life with God. He makes appeals to men being men of God simply because they are fundamentally rescued men.

    Eric Simmons has noted that page 25 of the book where he talks about "What does it mean to be rescued?" is worth the entire price of the book. I couldn't agree more. But let me add a couple more places that the book is worth its weight in gold. In chapter three, Patrick gives a fresh and helpful exposition of 1 Timothy 3's qualifications of a pastor. Seriously rich and illuminating stuff here. Further, on page 124 in chapter 9 on "Salvation-Accomplishing" I have a huge star for personal reference where Patrick goes through and gives an extensive Scripture listing of "The blessings that Christ has procured or us through his death and resurrection [that are] immeasurable". I know I will be continually referring back to this helpful listing (along with a section a few pages over on the imputed righteousness of Christ).

    A further helpful aspect of the book that I would note is Patrick's pastoral care for us through the material. He likes to ask you lots of questions to help you think through things. These tend to be at the end of chapters. He also wants to keep you from going off on bad roads from various things he presents. So very often he presents biblical truth, applies it to your life, and then gives observations (typically two or three) on how people can avoid this truth, supress it, take it the wrong way, etc. His wise insight will be helpful in guiding many men on a godly path of pursuing a church planting calling.

    In some ways I feel this book is mistitled. It should be something along the lines of "Being A Christian".Very little of this book is relegated to only church planters.

    I think Patrick should have given more discussion to the qualification of a man's love and care for his wife, especially given the fairly stark picture he paints of the modern man in his preface. Further, I am slightly concerns about Patrick's application of church planting primarily to cities and feel it will hinder the book from helping those in rural or suburban settings. But I don't think this keeps the book from being useful to all Christians, especially those church planting.

    I think all Christians who want a simple, packed, and "go to" manual in getting clarity and insight into who they are as a Christian, what they're called to, what their message is, and where they should be thinking about going will benefit from this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2010

    On Nook

    When will this be released on Nook?? I hope soon.

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