The Radical Question: What Is Jesus Worth to You?

The Radical Question: What Is Jesus Worth to You?

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by David Platt
     
 

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What is Jesus worth to you?

It’s easy for American Christians to forget how Jesus said his followers would actually live, what their new lifestyle would actually look like. They would, Jesus said, leave behind security, money, convenience, even family for him. They would abandon everything for the gospel. They would take up their crosses

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What is Jesus worth to you?

It’s easy for American Christians to forget how Jesus said his followers would actually live, what their new lifestyle would actually look like. They would, Jesus said, leave behind security, money, convenience, even family for him. They would abandon everything for the gospel. They would take up their crosses daily…
 
But who do you know who lives like that? Do you?

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781601423672
Publisher:
The Crown Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/08/2010
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
64
Sales rank:
521,673
File size:
2 MB

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Imagine a scene that took place in Asia not long ago: A room in an ordinary house, dimly lit, all the blinds on the windows closed. Twenty leaders from churches in the region sit quietly in a circle on the floor, their Bibles open. They speak in hushed tones or not at all. Some still glisten with sweat; others’ clothes and shoes are noticeably dusty. They have been walking or riding bicycles since early morning when they left distant villages to get here.
   Whenever a knock is heard or a suspicious sound drifts in, everyone freezes while a burly, tough-looking man gets up to check things out.
   These men and women have gathered in secret, arriving intentionally at different times throughout the day so as not to draw attention. In this country it is illegal for Christians to come together like this. If caught, the people here could lose their land, their jobs, their families, even their lives…

I was in that dimly lit room that day, a visitor from America. I huddled next to an interpreter, who helped me understand their stories as they began to share.
   The tough-looking man—our “head of security”—was the first to speak up. But as he spoke, his intimidating appearance quickly gave way to reveal a tender heart.
   “Some of the people in my church have been pulled away by a cult,” he said. Tears welled up in his eyes. “We are hurting. I need God’s grace to lead my church through these attacks.”
   The cult that had been preying on his church is known for kidnapping Christians, taking them to isolated locations, and torturing them, my interpreter explained. Many brothers and sisters in the area would never tell the good news again. At least not with words. Their tongues had been cut out.
   A woman on the other side of the room spoke next. “Some of the members in my church were recently confronted by government officials,” she said. “They threatened their families, saying that if they did not stop gathering to study the Bible, they were going to lose everything they had.” She asked for prayer, then said, “I need to know how to lead my church to follow Christ even when it costs them everything.”
   I looked around the room. Now everyone was in tears. They looked at one another, then several said at once, “We need to pray.”
   Immediately they went to their knees, and with their faces on the floor, they began to cry out with muted intensity to God. Their praying was not marked by lofty language but by heartfelt praise and pleading.
   “O God, thank you for loving us!”
   “O God, we need you!”
   “Jesus, we trust in you!”
   “Jesus, you are worthy!”
   One after another they prayed while others wept.
   After about an hour the room grew silent, and the men and women rose from the floor. All around the room, on the floor where each had prayed, I saw puddles of tears.

The brothers and sisters in that Asian country have shown by their sacrifices just how much Jesus is worth to them. He is worth everything to them.
   And they are not alone.
   They are joined by brothers and sisters in Sudan who believe Jesus is worthy of their trust, even amid pain and persecution of genocidal proportions.
   They are joined by brothers and sisters in India who believe Jesus is worthy of their devotion, even when they face threats from Muslim extremists in the north and Hindu extremists in the south.
   They are joined by brothers and sisters all over the Middle East who believe Jesus is worthy of their love, even when their family members threaten to kill them for professing belief in him.
   They are joined by brothers and sisters around the world who believe Jesus is worthy of all their hopes, all their dreams, all their desires, all their possessions, all their plans, and all their lives.
   But are they joined by you and me?


From the Trade Paperback edition.

Meet the Author

Dr. David Platt, President of the International Mission Board, is deeply devoted to Christ and His Word. David’s first love in ministry is making disciples, sharing, showing, and teaching God’s Word in everyday life. He has traveled extensively to serve alongside church leaders throughout the United States and around the world. 
A life-long learner, David has earned two undergraduate and three advanced degrees.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and Bachelor of Arts in Journalism (A.B.J.) from the University of Georgia, and a Master of Divinity (M.Div.), Master of Theology (Th.M) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.  He previously served at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary as Dean of Chapel and Assistant Professor of Expository Preaching and Apologetics, Staff Evangelist at Edgewater Baptist Church in New Orleans, and eight years as the Senior Pastor of The Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham, AL.
David founded Radical (Radical.net), a ministry devoted to serving churches and disseminating disciple-making resources toward the end that the gospel might be made known in all nations.
David and his wife Heather have four children, Caleb, Joshua, Mara Ruth, and Isaiah.


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Radical Question 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
leah b More than 1 year ago
I was really impressed by this book. My pastor preached out of the main book, radical, and bought the little ones for people to take for free. I read it, and I have now bought the big book on the store for $5 (which i think is a steal) i was truly blessed by it, and i think you will too. Buy this for $2 please. give up your latte this morning and prepare to be changed!
rmattos More than 1 year ago
This booklet challanges the readers to reflect and re-evaluate their lives. The author questioned us if we are following the real Jesus or the image of Jesus we create based on our conveniences. Using his own words, "We take the Jesus of the Bible and begin twisting him into a version of Jesus that we are more confortable with". And the author makes his point through different scenarios. This is trully a wake up call question that everybody needs to answer sooner or later in our lives. This booklet was written by Dr. David Platt and was published by WaterBrook Multnomah, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group, a division of Random House, Inc, and they were kind enough to send me a copy as per my request.
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cs22 More than 1 year ago
A very quick read (for those of you who don't like to sit for too long) It is a basic summary of his book Radical, only with a differnt question in mind. What is jesus worth to you? If you have trouble answering this question, or would like to check your view. This is a must read for you.
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