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

3.95  ·  Rating Details ·  129 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
Well-regarded Reformed thinker and author directs readers to a renewed biblical understanding and practice of the Great Commission.
ebook, 320 pages
Published April 1st 2011 by Baker Books
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Rob Blake
Jul 09, 2012 Rob Blake rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What is the mission of the church? This is a hot topic today with proponents offering any number of answers. Ultimately, the answer is mostly dependent upon how one defines the church.

Michael Horton's goal in writing "The Gospel Commission is to call us away from mission creep, centering our discipleship and our churches on the very specific sources, goals, strategies, and methods that Christ mandated for this time between his two comings" (8). He sets out to accomplish this goal by walking thr
Apr 07, 2011 Aaron rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Definitely some high points in this book. I rated it a 3 because I found that most of the time I had to wade through a lot of criticism to get to the core of what I was reading it for. Perhaps could have been better organized.
Larissa Langsather
Although I liked this book, I liked in the way you have to like a book because it fits with your beliefs, but it was long and much better suited for someone deep in theology and pastoral ministries. I should have read it with a dictionary close at hand because so many words I did not remember what they meant. Also much of the time I couldn't tell if the author was quoting someone he agreed with or not. I wasn't sure I was tracking much of the time. I still don't think I understand what he means ...more
Jun 24, 2013 Bob rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In “The Gospel Commission: Recovering God's Strategy for Making Disciples” Michael Horton argues that we need to return to our central mission, the Great Commission. "I believe that in our passion for relevance, we are subordinating the strategies that Christ has promised to bless to our own action plans." Horton believes that the Great Commission provides the church with its message (the announcement of Christ's authority), its mission (to proclaim the gospel and make disciples), & its meth ...more
Mar 30, 2011 Aaron rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My full review can be read at Blogging Theologically:

What is the mission of the Church? Depending on who you ask, you’re likely to hear answers that address various aspects of social and personal transformation. Some will say that we as Christians are to care for the poor, to love our neighbors as ourselves, and to be salt and light in the world.

And all of these are true. But what is the mission of the Church specifically?

Before He ascended into heaven, Jesus provided the answer to this question
Brian Collins
Michael Horton writes on a variety of levels. This book is pitched as a meaty popular level book. It seems to be the final book in an informal trilogy begun with Christless Christianity and The Gospel-Driven Life. Perhaps most helpful in this volume is the discussion of how the Reformation marks of the church (preaching, sacraments/ordinances, discipline) relate to discipleship. Also helpful were trenchant critiques of the emergent church, missional conception of the church, and the discipleshi ...more
Christopher Raffa
Here is another excellent critique of American evangelicalism and the emergent church movement by Horton. Many good points are made. However, it would seem that Horton embraces his reformed tradition, especially when he speaks of Christ’s ascension into heaven [pgs. 295-296]. Though he does confess, “We are baptized with real water and eat and drink a real meal, which as a Reformed Christian I confess nothing less than “the true and natural body and blood of Christ” (from the Belgic Confession, ...more
Jan 01, 2012 Kenneth rated it really liked it
Great book on the great commission. Read Christies Christianity and then The gospel driven faith and then this work last. The emphasis of the author and teaching of the book will be new to many who aren't familiar with reformed faith. The importance of the church is really put forth in this book and makes me excited for the Lords day. I give 4 stars mainly because I am a baptist and disagree with some of his views on the covenants and who should be baptized.
Won Ho Kim
Jun 27, 2016 Won Ho Kim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really wanted to love this book (as in, give this book 5 stars), since I generally really like Michael Horton. I thought that this was a very good book with an important message: insightful, well-researched, and thorough. But I found it a bit repetitive at points and just too long. I would definitely recommend this book, but I would also recommend skimming the repetitive parts and savoring the many nuggets of wisdom in the book.
Tyler Hurst
As with all three of the books Horton wrote in this series (Christless Christianity, The Gospel-Driven Life, and The Gospel Commission) the information and general argument of the book is very good, but I am regularly lost in the micro-arguments within the macro.

The Gospel Commission is the manuel that follows the previous two books . It argues that the key is discipleship and the method of discipleship is given to us in the great commission.
Dennis Henn
The material is solid, as is Horton's thinking. He points us to Christ and away for our overweening tendency to works, to law, to self. Solid though he may be, Horton is dry, and his writing is saturated with quotes, which distracted me. The last two chapters were my favorite. In fact, read the last two chapters first and then tackle the book. Drink caffeine first.
Bart Box
Apr 19, 2013 Bart Box rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Gospel Commission is an outstanding biblical and theological investigation of the Great Commission. Horton frequently corrects imbalance and misunderstanding in our methodology. The book isn't long on practical help, but that's not really the intention. Where Horton excels is providing theological underpinning for the Great Commission.
Good book on the topic of the mission of the church with the perspective of two-kingdom theology. I'm doing a interview with Horton at The Gospel Coalition this week, so that will give a better summary of things.
Mar 06, 2016 Chris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although Michael Horton shares some solid thinking about the Gospel and he rightfully warns against unbiblical trends and practices, his reductionist approach to the Kingdom of God keeps on cropping up repeatedly throughout the book.
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Aug 06, 2013 Andrew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book. Will read again sometime. It does drag a little bit.
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Dr. Horton has taught apologetics and theology at Westminster Seminary California since 1998. In addition to his work at the Seminary, he is the president of White Horse Inn, for which he co-hosts the White Horse Inn, a nationally syndicated, weekly radio talk-show exploring issues of Reformation theology in American Christianity. He is also the editor-in-chief of Modern Reformation magazine. Befo ...more
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“Secularization—that is, the gradual conformity of our thinking, beliefs, commitments, and practices to the pattern of this fading age—is not just something that happens to the church; it is something that happens in the church. In fact, it’s difficult to think of secularism as anything other than a Christian heresy.” 2 likes
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