From the author of the best selling titles Radical and Radical Together, David Platt offers up a short but powerful audio titled A Radical Idea: Unleashing the People of God for the Purpose of God. The CD edition contains two identical discs, one for you and one to give away.
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Must clarify that this is just an excerpt of the full book and the 10-pack are shortened versions. Besides that, "A Radical Idea" still captures the essence of "Radical Together" and is good to stimulate new thought and discussion amongst believers.
David Platt, simply put, has restated an old idea into modern language. Sound boring? Well his books should be, but because the church has become overwhelmingly obsessed with secular marketing techniques the idea sounds "Radical." Churches, church leaders, elders, deacons, and pastors alike ought to be seeking to unleash the power of their members instead of trying to lord over them. We are not "professionals" in the modern sense of the word. Rather, we are servant leaders. Servant leaders are not authoritarians though they are to be authoritative. They are not dominating though they should not be shy. Servant leaders are to be disciplers of the people of God, leading them not ruling them. In other words, the church is not some kind of business or daycare where parents drop their kids off for the professionals to bring them up in church life. Rather, parents are to be encouraged and built up in order to train their kids at home. Church is to look radically different than it often does. This notion lends itself to reformed thinking. That means we need to evaluate ourselves and our congregations, weeding out that which is not biblical. Platt suggests churches should not be concerned with buildings, noting one particular church that meets outside on a covered parking deck in order to save money. These are the kinds of ideas many churches ought to consider, specifically those churches without physical locations of their own. In his first book, "Radical," Platt notes a newsletter with a large article on a new multi-million dollar facility while only a few thousand dollars were given to missions. To be clear, Platt is not condemning churches that have nice facilities. Matter of fact, his church has a multi-million dollar campus. But, he inherited that. His point here is that we need to reevaluate our heart. Are we spending this money on nice extravagant facilities because they make us feel good? Are doing everything we can to live and give sacrificially so the Kingdom may be advanced? Depending on your reaction to these past few paragraphs, it may be wise to consider beginning a study on Platt's book "Radical," or perhaps giving "Radical Idea" out to church members. These are great resources that have all stemmed out of Platt's experience with missions and heart for the salvation of the lost. I highly recommend this short read as a primer on reevaluating your church. For those unchurched, dechurched, or currently looking for a church, this booklet will be of some help in finding a biblically grounded congregation. This book was provided to me from the publisher for free. I was not required to give a positive review.