In the wake of the Conservative Resurgence in the Southern Baptist Convention, SBC leaders and messengers agree that God is now calling us to a Great Commission Resurgence as the next key step toward genuine evangelistic renewal.
Research confirms the urgent, convicting need: millions in North America still don't know Jesus, and more than 1.6 billion worldwide have likely never even heard of Him. Although the denomination's membership has increased greatly since 1950, Southern Baptists are reaching fewer persons with the gospel today than back then, suggesting many churches are making little eternal difference.
"Somehow, we have stood faithfully for a message that we have chosen to keep to ourselves," co-editor Chuck Lawless writes in his introduction to The Great Commission Resurgence.
Featuring essays by Johnny M. Hunt, Ed Stetzer, Thom S. Rainer, R. Albert Mohler Jr., Jerry Rankin, Daniel L. Akin, David S. Dockery, and more than a dozen other respected SBC voices, this timely book clarifies the biblical, theological, and practical matters related to this compelling movement. It will help recapture an exciting missional vision for presenting the gospel of Jesus Christ to every person in the world and making disciples of all the nations.
Lawless writes, "Any genuine Great Commission Resurgence will occur only when God's people-His church, gathered in local congregations-admit our apathy, confess our sin, turn to Him in brokenness, preach the Word in gratitude and obedience, invest personally in the lives of new believers, and give God alone the glory."
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About the Author
Adam W. Greenway is assistant professor of Evangelism and Applied Apologetics, associate vice president for Extension Education and Applied Ministries, and director of Research Doctoral Studies at The Billy Graham School of Missions and Evangelism at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky.
Chuck Lawless is dean of The Billy Graham School of Missions and Evangelism at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Table of Contents
Foreword Johnny M. Hunt xi
Introduction Chuck Lawless xiii
Section 1 Where We are
SBC Decline and Demographic Change Ed Stetzer 3
A Resurgence Not Yet Fulfilled: Evangelistic Effectiveness in the Southern Baptist Convention Since 1979 Thom S. Rainer 29
Southern Baptist History: A Great Commission Reading Nathan A. Finn 51
The Future of the Southern Baptist Convention R. Albert Mohler Jr. 77
Section 2 From the Word
Theology Bleeds: Why Theological Vision Matters for the Great Commission, and Vice Versa Russell D. Moore 103
Outside the Camp David Platt 121
The Big Picture of the Great Commission H. Al Gilbert 133
The Great Commission Tension: God's Work and Ours Thomas K. Ascol 149
Section 3 For the World
A Theologically Driven Missiology for a Great Commission Resurgence Bruce Riley Ashford 177
To All Peoples: The Great Commission and the Nations Jerry Rankin 209
North America as a Mission Field: The Great Commission on Our Continent Jeff Iorg 225
The American Dream or the Great Commission Resurgence? Al Jackson 245
Section 4 Via The Church
The Great Commission Leader: The Pastor as Personal Evangelist William D. Henard 265
Preaching for a Great Commission Resurgence David L. Allen 281
The Great Commission and the Urban Context Troy L. Bush 299
Great Commission Multiplication: Church Planting and Community Ministry J. D. Greear 325
Section 5 The Way Forward
Axioms for a Great Commission Resurgence Daniel L. Akin 345
Ready or Not, a New SBC is Coming: Partnering With Our Sons and Daughters for a Great Commission Future Ed Stetzer Philip Nation 365
Convictional Yet Cooperative: The Making of a Great Commission People David S. Dockery 387
Conclusion Adam W. Greenway 401
Name Index 409
Subject Index 413
Scripture Index 423