If Radical was the call for revolution in the lives of individual Christians, then Radical Together must be the call for revolution within churches. In David Platt's newest book, Radical Together, he shifts his focus to how churches can implement the same truths he introduced in his New York Times bestselling debut title, Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream. Rather than simply rehash the same material readers can find in his first book, David Platt expands on those ideas and goes a step further by introducing fresh concepts just for churches. Using the same type of foundation he presented in Radical, the questions Platt asks call for a larger and more thought-provoking experience as readers take a solid look at the way churches currently execute ministries in ways that actually differ from the core biblical teachings Jesus left to the Body.
Without an ounce of condemnation, Platt asks some tough questions. He asks churches and ministry leaders to re-evaluate budgets to see if monetary resources are used in the most effective way possible, he asks leaders and pastors to re-examine modern concepts in preaching of the Word and missions around the world, and he asks the entire body of believers to work together toward the common goal he showed us in Radical—to make the glory of Jesus known to all nations.
For individuals who embraced the teachings Dr. Platt presented in Radical, this book will assuredly offer a spark of hope. I remember after I finished Radical, though I felt enthusiastic about doing what Jesus said, I encountered a great deal of discouragement as I realized I truly couldn't impact the world by myself. In Radical Together, Platt makes it clear that the church is supposed to be comprised of individuals whose lives have been affected and transformed by the radical teachings of Jesus, and thus, those individuals come together to launch a radical movement in a united purpose.
While Radical could some-what be used in group study among churches, Radical Together is, without a doubt, written for that very purpose. If your church considers reading Radical Together, I highly recommend your group undergo some prerequisite reading with Radical before delving into this book. Reading Radical first will help provide a great foundation and sense of unity within churches who wish to study Radical Together.
While any church member can embrace the concepts found in this book, I think Radical Together will prove most beneficial for pastors and church leaders. That being said, once the pastors and leaders have read this book, I see no reason why they can't walk their own congregation through this study! To be honest, as the TeamKID leader at my own church, this book reshaped my view of the responsibility I hold.
Fans of Radical will especially enjoy this book as it could very well open a fresh way for them to recommend it to the staff at their own church. Once more, David Platt offers readers another thought-provoking book in Radical Together!
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Waterbrook/Multnomah Publishers in exchange for an honest review.