Dec 112013
 

Radical.
David Platt.

You might think this sounds as though we have to earn our way to Jesus through radical obedience, but that is not the case at all. Indeed, “it is by grace you [are] saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.” We are saved from our sins by a free gift of grace, something that only God can do in us and that we cannot manufacture ourselves.

But that gift of grace involves the gift of a new heart. New desires. New longings. For the first time, we want God. We see our need for him, and we love him. We seek after him, and we find him, and we discover that he is indeed the great reward of our salvation.

Page: 32

Amen! There is not a much better way to say how salvation works than to say it is a “gift of grace [that] involves the gift of a new heart.” Old things pass away and all things become new.

My only nitpick would be that Jesus is not so much “the great reward of our salvation” but that our desire to follow him is the great reward of our salvation and salvation is the reward of our being “in Christ.”

Book Posts

  • Radical: Taking Back Your Faith From the American Dream – David Platt
  • Radical Promise: Consequences of “Really” Believing and “Really” Obeying
  • Being Radical in a Rad World
  • Radical Gospel of Guilt
  • Risking All for a Biblical Gospel
  • Gospel of Self-Sufficiency
  • Poor, Puny, Pathetic Jesus?
  • God’s Gift of Grace: New Heart, New Desires, New Longings

  • Dec 102013
     

    Radical.
    David Platt.

    We have taken the infinitely glorious Son of God, who endured the infinitely terrible wrath of God and who now reigns as the infinitely worthy Lord of all, and we have reduced him to a poor, puny Savior who is just begging for us to accept him.

    Accept him? Do we really think Jesus needs our acceptance? Don’t we need him?

    Page: 31

    Sometimes sacred cows need sacrificing. That picture of Jesus at the door, knocking? Ever notice there is no door knob?

    My friend, Paul Davis, calls this the “Pathetic Jesus,” pleading for us to please let him in. Platt is correct that the contemporary church has a very poor, puny, and pathetic understanding of the Jesus of the Bible.

    Book Posts

  • Radical: Taking Back Your Faith From the American Dream – David Platt
  • Radical Promise: Consequences of “Really” Believing and “Really” Obeying
  • Being Radical in a Rad World
  • Radical Gospel of Guilt
  • Risking All for a Biblical Gospel
  • Gospel of Self-Sufficiency
  • Poor, Puny, Pathetic Jesus?
  • God’s Gift of Grace: New Heart, New Desires, New Longings

  • Dec 092013
     

    Radical.
    David Platt.

    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, and 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.

    Page: 28

    Platt hits the nail on the head when he points out that much of the Christian world thinks that to get to heaven all one must do is say a “superstitious prayer, a subsequent dose of church attendance, and obedience to some of the Bible.” This is a gospel of “self-sufficiency, self-esteem, and self-confidence” that attempts to hide the true gospel that declares the sovereignty of the triune God in bringing his people to salvation.

    Book Posts

  • Radical: Taking Back Your Faith From the American Dream – David Platt
  • Radical Promise: Consequences of “Really” Believing and “Really” Obeying
  • Being Radical in a Rad World
  • Radical Gospel of Guilt
  • Risking All for a Biblical Gospel
  • Gospel of Self-Sufficiency
  • Poor, Puny, Pathetic Jesus?
  • God’s Gift of Grace: New Heart, New Desires, New Longings

  • Dec 082013
     

    Radical.
    David Platt.

    In this book I want to show you that, with the best of intentions, we have actually turned away from Jesus. We have in many areas blindly and unknowingly embraced values and ideas that are common in our culture but are antithetical to the gospel he taught. Here we stand amid an American dream dominated by self-advancement, self-esteem, and self-sufficiency, by individualism, materialism, and universalism. Yet I want to show you our desperate need to revisit the words of Jesus, to listen to them, to believe them, and to obey them. We need to return with urgency to a biblical gospel, because the cost of not doing so is great for our lives, our families, our churches, and the world around us.

    . . .

    For the sake of more than a billion people today who have yet to even hear the gospel, I want to risk it all. For the sake of twenty-six thousand children who will die today of starvation or a preventable disease, I want to risk it all. For the sake of an increasingly marginalized and relatively ineffective church in our culture, I want to risk it all. For the sake of my life, my family, and the people who surround me, I want to risk it all.

    Page: 20

    Very noble intentions. Calling Christians “to return with urgency to a biblical gospel” should be the prime directive of every pastor along with urging Christians “to risk it all” in order to proclaim the gospel to a lost world. It will be Platt’s exposition of this “biblical gospel” that we must await.

    Book Posts

  • Radical: Taking Back Your Faith From the American Dream – David Platt
  • Radical Promise: Consequences of “Really” Believing and “Really” Obeying
  • Being Radical in a Rad World
  • Radical Gospel of Guilt
  • Risking All for a Biblical Gospel
  • Gospel of Self-Sufficiency
  • Poor, Puny, Pathetic Jesus?
  • God’s Gift of Grace: New Heart, New Desires, New Longings

  • Dec 072013
     

    Radical.
    David Platt.

    The price of our nondiscipleship is high for those without Christ. It is high also for the poor of this world.

    Consider the cost when Christians ignore Jesus’ commands to sell their possessions and give to the poor and instead choose to spend their resources on better comforts, larger homes, nicer cars, and more stuff. Consider the cost when these Christians gather in churches and choose to spend millions of dollars on nice buildings to drive up to, cushioned chairs to sit in, and endless programs to enjoy for themselves. Consider the cost for the starving multitudes who sit outside the gate of contemporary Christian affluence.

    Page: 17

    “…when Christians ignore Jesus’ commands to sell their possessions and give to the poor…”

    And here we begin Platt’s Gospel of Guilt. Does Jesus really command each and every one of us to sell our possessions and give the proceeds to the poor? Platt does not believe it. Yet he loves to make these sweeping statements and then pull back later with a “I am not saying everyone…”

    Last I checked, David Platt is pastor of Brook Hills Church, a very, very large church, with nice buildings, cushioned chairs, and endless programs. Is this another “do as I say and not as I do” statement? What is the author doing to bring his church to repent from their “contemporary Christian affluence?”

    Book Posts

  • Radical: Taking Back Your Faith From the American Dream – David Platt
  • Radical Promise: Consequences of “Really” Believing and “Really” Obeying
  • Being Radical in a Rad World
  • Radical Gospel of Guilt
  • Risking All for a Biblical Gospel
  • Gospel of Self-Sufficiency
  • Poor, Puny, Pathetic Jesus?
  • God’s Gift of Grace: New Heart, New Desires, New Longings