The Radical Question and A Radical Idea

The Radical Question and A Radical Idea

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by David Platt
     
 

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Challenge the Status Quo                    
 
The Radical Question offers a compelling introduction to Radical’s challenge to the contemporary church. In this concise message, Platt asks, "What is Jesus worth to you?"

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Challenge the Status Quo                    
 
The Radical Question offers a compelling introduction to Radical’s challenge to the contemporary church. In this concise message, Platt asks, "What is Jesus worth to you?" Then he explores what a commitment to Jesus would actually look like in action.
 
The Radical Idea extracts key passages in Radical Together, the follow up to Radical, to show readers that church is not built on places, performances, programs, or professionals, but on people. Platt argues that those of us in the pews are meant to be active and intentional in spreading the good news of the gospel because when ordinary believers mobilize in everyday ministry, communities and church families change dramatically.
 
"The goal of the church is never for one person to be equipped and empowered to lead as many people as possible to Christ. The goal is always for all of God's people to be equipped and empowered to lead as many people as possible to Christ."
—David Platt

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781601424891
Publisher:
The Doubleday Religious Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/02/2012
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
981,787
Product dimensions:
4.86(w) x 6.28(h) x 0.56(d)

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THE RADICAL QUESTION

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.

The tough-looking man was the first to speak up.

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.

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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 has written several books, Radical, Radical Together, Follow Me and most recently Counter Culture (to be released February 2015).
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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The Radical Question and A Radical Idea 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
asyl2012 More than 1 year ago
     This book review is long overdue. Amidst the craziness of college life and Christmas break, I barely was able to read this small, yet powerful book. While I do not agree with every point or idea David Platt has, I did enjoy reading and learning his point of view.      In this double book, Platt asks this pensive question, "What is Jesus worth to you?" Convicting, huh? In all reality, most of struggle answering this question.  Platt challenges you to examine this question with an open heart. He asks you to consider this fact, that we have departed from a God-centered gospel in order to fit our self-centered priorities. Back to the question, "What is Jesus worth to you?" Is he worth departing from your comfortable American lifestyle to live a life completely devoted to Him? A life that requires perseverance and hard work, but in the end a life that is overflowing with blessings and benefits.      If you are not willing to give up your designer house, your weekly dinner outings, and yes, even your daily Starbucks (Ouch!); do not pick up The Radical Question/A Radical Idea. Maybe changing your lifestyle is something that you ARE planning on doing and NEED to do, pick up this book and dive into it with an open mind and heart.       The main thing I did not care for in this book was the fact that it i contains bits and pieces from David's main book, Radical. This mini-book leaves you wanting to read the main one. So pick that one up to while you are at it.       Hopefully, I have been able to wet your reading appetite a bit today. I challenge you to depart from the ordinary American life and live a radically transformed one in the light and love of Jesus Christ. Remind yourself of this question often, "What is Jesus worth to you?" I received this book free from Waterbrook Multnomah’s blogging for books and have given my honest review of this book.
PlantsandPillars More than 1 year ago
The Radical Question and A Radical Idea by Pastor David Platt My sister, Rachel, picked up this book when it arrived and commented, "Look, Radical for non-readers". And that's just what it is! If you are rather intimidated by the size (however miniscule it is!) of the former orange and white books in the Radical series, this is the Radical book for you! This little copy of David Platt's bestsellers Radical and Radical Together combines key passages from both books to create an introduction to the preceding books. If you have Radical and Radical Together, this book is a great review and reminder of the ideas and charges written in the previous two. If you have not read Radical or Radical Together, you should read this book as an introduction - and then read the other two. The Radical Question and A Radical Idea argues that a church is not the performance or programs, but on the people in the church. Are you living your life in full abandonment to Christ? Are taking the gospel to every corner of your world - literally and figuratively? "The goal of the church is never for one person to be equipped and empowered to lead as many people as possible to Christ. The goal is always for all of God's people to be equipped and empowered to lead as many people as possible to Christ." Pastor David Platt I highly recommend this challenging and convicting read. Add it to your bookshelf, give it to a friend or family member, read it for a refresher, put it on your coffee table. The Radical for non-readers! Score ~ ¿¿¿¿¿ Violence ~ None Indecency ~ None Language ~ None Age: 12 and Up
SavvyMomma More than 1 year ago
David Platt's "The Radical Question/A Radical Idea" is what I would consider a follow-up to his best seller "Radical". This book is essentially two books in one, but both share the same theme of true commitment to spreading the gospel of Jesus, even when it means sacrificing and taking risk.  "The Radical Question" discusses the difficulty of complete devotion to Christ in spite of a society that puts so much emphasis on personal success. This book uses personal stories and situations to make us think about how we can use whatever God has given us to help those around us, and further His kingdom. "A Radical Idea" discusses the need for Christian communities not only come together within the church, but in the community to extend God's word in the world. Bringing others to God should be one of the main focuses of our lives, and this commitment needs to come first for us.  Overall I thought these two books were very well written and make some really good points. Interesting, and I would recommend it.