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Contributors including David Platt, Louie Giglio,and John Piper join forces to compel Christians to cross cultural and linguistic barriers to reach the unengaged and unreached people groups with the gospel.
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About the Author
John Piper (DTheol, University of Munich) is the founder and teacher of desiringGod.organd the chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary. He served for thirty-three years as the senior pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and is the author of more than fifty books, including Desiring God;Don’t Waste Your Life;This Momentary Marriage;A Peculiar Glory;andReading the Bible Supernaturally.
David Mathis serves as the executive editor at desiringGod.org, pastor at Cities Church, and adjunct professor at Bethlehem College & Seminary. He writes regularly at desiringGod.org, and he and his wife, Megan, have four children.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Remember, Jesus Never Lies David Mathis 13
1 The Galactic God Who Invites Us into His Glorious Plan Louie Giglio 29
2 The Glory of God, the Lostness of Man and the Gospel of Christ David Piatt 47
3 Christ, Courage, and Finishing the Mission Michael Ramsden 67
4 From Every Land to Every Land: The Lord's Purpose and Provision in the Lord's Prayer Michael Oh 83
5 To Our Neighbors and the Nations Ed Stetzer 111
6 Let the Peoples Praise You, O God! Let All the Peoples Praise You! John Piper 135
A Conversation with the Contributors 149
Appendix: What Next? Disciple a Few David Mathis 169
Subject Index 184
Name Index 187
Scripture Index 189
Desiring God: Note on Resources 192
What People are Saying About This
“Finish the Mission issues a clarion reminder of God’s enduring passion to glorify himself by blessing all nations on earth. The gospel and mission are inseparable. A clear understanding of the mission of the church is absolutely essential in today’s fast-changing global environment.”
—Steve Richardson, President, Pioneers-USA
“What will it take to finish the mission? Gospel seed must fall into the ground and die. Lord Jesus, through these heart-exposing pages, would you thrust out thousands of risk-taking disciples to the ends of the earth? May this compelling admonition jolt the church out of complacency and into the gathering of your sheep from among the earth’s peoples.”
—David Sitton, President, To Every Tribe; author, Reckless Abandon and To Every Tribe with Jesus
“God defines marriage and God defines mission. Finish the Mission is a vital proclamation of an emphasis that even evangelicals dodge—mostly out of embarrassment. Putting God’s opinions above all others, the authors portray well God’s rescue operation to the peoples who still have no friend to help them comprehend the Easter story. As John Piper says, ’We’re concerned for all suffering, but especially eternal suffering.’ Serious disciples will take these declarations seriously.”
—Greg Livingstone, Founder, Frontiers; Coordinator, Ministries to Muslims, Evangelical Presbyterian Church