This weeks’ message is extracted from David Platt’s book, A Radical Idea: Unleashing the People of God for the Purpose of God.
How can we in the church best unleash the people of God in the Spirit of God with the Word of God for the glory of God in the world?
As leaders and members of churches, we are called to spur one another toward Christ and his agenda in the world. Throughout the history of humankind, God has chosen to call out not just individuals but a people for himself. He told the Israelites, “I will walk among you and be your God, and you will be my people.” Through Christ, God brought Jews and Gentiles together as “one body” in which “each member belongs to all the others.” Peter told the church, “You are a chosen people, … a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.”
Indeed, God’s intention is that “through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms.” If you and I want our lives to count for God’s purpose in the world, we need to begin with a commitment to God’s people in the church. God has called us to lock arms with one another in single-minded, death-defying obedience to one objective: the declaration of his gospel for the demonstration of his glory to all nations.
Platt, David. A Radical Idea: Unleashing the People of God for the Purpose of God. The Doubleday Religious Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.
“And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:18