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Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream by David Platt
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“Radical obedience to Christ is not easy... It's not comfort, not health, not wealth, and not prosperity in this world. Radical obedience to Christ risks losing all these things. But in the end, such risk finds its reward in Christ. And he is more than enough for us.”
David Platt, Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream
“We are settling for a Christianity that revolves around catering to ourselves when the central message of Christianity is actually about abandoning ourselves.”
David Platt, Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream
“The modern-day gospel says, 'God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life. Therefore, follow these steps, and you can be saved.' Meanwhile, the biblical gospel says, 'You are an enemy of God, dead in your sin, & in your present state of rebellion, you are not even able to see that you need life, much less to cause yourself to come to life. Therefore, you are radically dependent on God to do something in your life that you could never do.”
David Platt, Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream
“If we were left to ourselves with the task of taking the gospel to the world, we would immediately begin planning innovative strategies and plotting elaborate schemes. We would organize conventions, develop programs, and create foundations… But Jesus is so different from us. With the task of taking the gospel to the world, he wandered through the streets and byways…All He wanted was a few men who would think as He did, love as He did, see as He did, teach as He did and serve as He did. All He needed was to revolutionize the hearts of a few, and they would impact the world.”
David Platt, Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream
“But then I realize there is never going to be a day when I stand before God and He looks at me and says, 'I wish you would have kept more for yourself.' I'm confident that God will take care of me.”
David Platt, Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream
“My biggest fear, even now, is that I will hear Jesus' words and walk away, content to settle for less than radical obedience to Him. ”
David Platt, Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream
“We desperately need to explore how much of our understanding of the gospel is American and how much is biblical.”
David Platt, Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream
“As long as you and I understand salvation as checking off a box to get to God, we will find ourselves in the meaningless sea of world religions that actually condemn the human race by exalting our supposed ability to get to God. On the other hand, when you and I realize that we are morally evil, dead in sin and deserving of God's wrath with no way out on our own, we begin to discover our desperation for Christ.”
David Platt, Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream
“I could not help but think that somewhere along the way we had missed what was radical about our faith and replaced it with what is comfortable.”
David Platt, Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream
“God beckons storm clouds and they come. He tells the wind to blow and the rain to fall, and they obey immediately. He speaks to the mountains, 'You go there,' and He says to the seas, 'You stop here, and they do it. Everything in all creation responds in obedience to the Creator...until we get to you and me. We have the audacity to look God in the face and say, 'No.”
David Platt, Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream
“Every saved person this side of heaven owes the gospel to every lost person this side of hell.”
David Platt, Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream
“God's revelation is in the gospel not only reveals who He is, but it also reveals who we are.”
David Platt, Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream
“So what is the difference between someone who willfully indulges in sexual pleasures while ignoring the Bible on moral purity and someone who willfully indulges in the selfish pursuit of more and more material possessions while ignoring the Bible on caring for the poor? The difference is that one involves a social taboo in the church and the other involves the social norm in the church.”
David Platt, Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream
“As American Christians, we celebrate the idea that "all men are created equal." This statement from our Declaration of Indepenence is grounded in the biblical teaching that every person in the world has been formed in the image of God and therefore has instrinsic worth. it's a beautiful idea.
Subtly, however, this equality of persons shifts into an equality of ideas. Just as every person is equally valued, so every idea is equally valid. Applied to faith, this means that in a world where different people have different religious views, all such views should be treated as fundamntally equal.
In this system of thinking, faith is a matter of taste, not of truth.......
Then I implore you to consider the urgent need before us to forsake the American dream now in favor of radical abandonment to the person and purpose of Christ.”
David Platt, Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream
“I can almost picture the disciples faces. "No, not the drink-my-blood speech! We'll never get on the list of fastest-growing movements if you keep asking them to eat you!”
David Platt, Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream
“We will not wish we had made more money, acquired more stuff, lived more comfortably, taken more vacations, watched more television, pursued greater retirement, or been more successful in the eyes of this world. Instead, we will wish we had given more of ourselves to living for the day when every nation, tribe, people, and language will bow around the throne and sing the praises of the Savior who delights in radical obedience and the God who deserves eternal worship.”
David Platt, Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream
“We owe Christ to the world--to the least person and to the greatest person, to the richest person and to the poorest person, to the best person and to the worst person. We are in debt to the nations.”
David Platt, Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream
“God actually delights in exalting our inability. He intentionally puts his people in situations where they come face to face with their need for him.”
David Platt, Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream
“Disciple making is not a call for others to come to us to hear the gospel but a command for us to go to others to share the gospel.”
David Platt, Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream
“[...]there is no injustice in God. The injustice lies in Christians who possess the gospel and refuse to give their lives to making it known among those who haven't heard.”
David Platt, Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream
“You and I can choose to continue with business as usual in the Christian life and in the church as a whole, enjoying success based on the standards defined by the culture around us. Or we can take an honest look at the Jesus of the Bible and dare to ask what the consequences might be if we really believed him and really obeyed him.”
David Platt, Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream
“Yet in the American dream, where self reigns as King (or Queen), we have a dangerous tendency to misunderstand, minimize, and even manipulate the gospel in order to accomodate our assumptions and our desires. As a result, we desperately need to explore how much of our understanding of the gospel is American and how much is biblical.”
David Platt, Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream
“Instead of imagining all the things we can accomplish, we ask God to do what only he can accomplish. Yes, we work, we plan, we organize, and we create, but we do it all while we fast, while we pray, and while we constantly confess our need for the provision of God.”
David Platt, Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream
“If we conclude that people can get to heaven apart from faith in Christ, then this would mean there is something else they can do to get to heaven. Such a conclusion would not only undercut the proven truth we saw in Romans; it would also be tantamount to saying to Jesus, "Thank you for what you did on the cross, but we could have gotten to God another way.”
David Platt, Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream
“[...]not even dying a martyr's death is classified as extraordinary obedience when you are following a Savior who died on a cross.”
David Platt, Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream
“We can so easily deceive ourselves, mistaking the presence of physical bodies in a crowd for the existence of spiritual life in a community.”
David Platt, Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream
“How many of us are embracing the comforts of suburban America while we turn a deaf ear to inner cities in need of the gospel?”
David Platt, Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream
“What if we take away the cool music and the cushioned chairs? What if the screens are gone and the stage is no longer decorated? What if the air conditioning is off and the comforts are removed? Would his Word still be enough for his people to come together? At Brook Hills we decided to try to answer this question. We actually stripped away the entertainment value and invited people to come together simply to study God’s Word for hours at a time. We called it Secret Church. We set a date—one Friday night—when we would gather from six o’clock in the evening until midnight, and for six hours we would do nothing but study the Word and pray. We would interrupt the six-hour Bible study periodically to pray for our brothers and sisters around the world who are forced to gather secretly. We would also pray for ourselves, that we would learn to love the Word as they do.”
David Platt, Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream
“This is the unavoidable conclusion of Matthew 10. To everyone wanting a safe, untroubled, comfortable life free from danger, stay away from Jesus. The danger in our lives will always increase in proportion to the depth of our relationship with Christ.”
David Platt, Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream
“We can rest confident in the fact that nothing will happen to us in this world apart from the gracious will of a sovereign God. Nothing.”
David Platt, Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream

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