The Gospel Commission: Recovering God's Strategy for Making Disciples [NOOK Book]

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Are we really fulfilling Jesus's final command?

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 ...
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The Gospel Commission: Recovering God's Strategy for Making Disciples

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Overview

Are we really fulfilling Jesus's final command?

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. We assume that we already know the nature of this commission and the appropriate methods of carrying it out.

But Michael Horton contends that it too often becomes our mission instead of God's. At a time when churches are zealously engaged in creating mission statements and strategic plans, he 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.

"Mike Horton has written the best book I've ever read on the Great Commission. Mike demonstrates in delectably deep and down-to-earth ways 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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781441232151
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/1/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 755,786
  • File size: 950 KB

Meet the Author

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/editor of more than twenty books, including Christless Christianity, The Gospel-Driven Life, and The Gospel Commission.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 6

Introduction 7

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

Notes 309

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  • Posted September 14, 2012

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    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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