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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
Michael Horton (PhD, University of Coventry and Wycliffe Hall, Oxford) is J. Gresham Machen Professor of Systematic Theology and Apologetics at Westminster Seminary California. He hosts the White Horse Inn radio broadcast and is editor-in-chief of Modern Reformation magazine. He is the author or editor of more than fifteen books, including Christless Christianity and The Gospel-Driven Life.
Part 1 The Great Announcement 21
1 Before You Go 23
2 Exodus and Conquest: The Gospel and the Kingdom 35
Part 2 The Mission Statement 81
3 An Urgent Imperative:-"Go Therefore …" 83
4 One Gospel and Many Cultures: Contextualization 114
5 The Goal: "Making Disciples" 133
Part 3 The Strategic Plan 161
6 How to Make Disciples 163
7 Disciples and Discipline: "Teaching Them to Observe All That I Have Commanded" 189
8 The Great Commission and the Great Commandment: Evangelism and Social Justice 210
9 Mission Creep: Inventing Our Own Strategic Plan 247
10 Until He Comes: The Great Assurance 294
Posted September 14, 2012
Cohesive. Coherent. Lucid. Enlightened. Inspired. Perceptive scripturally, theologically, RATIONALLY. Fresh thinking forcefully presented with openess to and no fear of other points of view. Good on Horton!
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