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

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

by Michael Horton


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Many programs for outreach, discipleship, and spiritual disciplines are available at any bookstore and on countless websites. We assume that we already know the nature of the Great 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 writing up 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, church leaders, and readers of Horton's Christless Christianity and The Gospel-Driven Life will value this frank and hopeful exploration of the Great Commission as a call to understanding and good practice. Now available in trade paper.

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ISBN-13: 9780801013904
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/01/2012
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 8.30(w) x 5.40(h) x 0.90(d)

About 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 and The Gospel-Driven Life.

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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