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Elizabeth Ross

This Month’s Resource Recommendation:

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A Compassionate Call To Counter Culture
In a World of Unreached People Groups

By David Platt

The author reaches us in a furtive manner that cannot be ignored: “The most urgent need is for the Gospel.” I appreciate that Platt uses Romans 10:14-17 as the basis for answering the fundamental question, must people believe the Gospel in order to be saved? Here is the answer we find:

How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!’ But they have not all obeyed the Gospel. For Isaiah says, ‘Lord, who has believed what he has heard from us?’ So faith comes by hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.
He shares the Great Commission to go into all nations and proclaim the good news, he speaks of the Eternal Offense. Millions of Muslims believe that God “would never debase himself by becoming a man.” Billions upon billions of others would think it unimaginable that a man could be divine. Platt says,
Imagine taking a successful, well-dressed American man with a nice job, big house, and cool car and freethinking American woman who thrives on her independence and leading them to a garbage dump, where a naked man hangs by nails on a tree, covered in blood, and telling them, ‘This is your God.’ They will laugh at you, may possibly feel sorry for the man, and almost certainly will move on with their lives.

Yet the offense of the gospel reaches its peak when you tell them that their eternal destiny is dependent on whether they believe the man hanging there is their God – the Lord, Judge, Savior and King of all creation. As soon as you say, ‘If you follow him, you will experience eternal life; if not, you will experience everlasting hell,’ you will find yourself across a line of utmost contention in contemporary culture (and in the contemporary church, for that matter).

The Gospel claims that eternity is at stake in how you and I respond to Jesus.

He goes on to describe the Fundamental Question: do you believe the Gospel of Jesus Christ?

This is a book about how to witness, how to be a part of God’s move in this day and age, and also a surprising peek into what America is experiencing in this day and time. I wholeheartedly recommend this book to every person in ministry.

Love in Christ,
Elizabeth Ross