I caught wind of David Platt having a new book out, and I put it on the list of “things to pick up when I’m home”. Fortunately for me, my Unit Leader with AIM had some copies brought over for us to read.
David’s book, Radical, was a bit intense and certainly convicting, so I was prepared for a little bit of that in this book. Follow Me – A call to Die, A call to Live, is a book that I read in just a couple of days. Feverishly reading through the words leaving a trail of notes and highlights.
Let me say that I don’t necessarily agree with all of David’s points in the book, but it makes for great conversations. Also, I find him to come off a bit proud with his never-ending personal stories.
He starts with the question: “Is it possible for you or me to profess to be a christian and yet not know Christ?” Then goes into scripture that has haunted me ever since I read it.
Matthew 7: 21-23 – Not everyone who says to me “Lord, Lord” will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day “Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles? Then I will tell them plainly, “I never knew you. Away from me you evildoers!”
That verse doesn’t haunt me for my own salvation, but for those that will fall into this group. The group that “thinks” they will be spending eternity in heaven.
He talks about the misguided “sinners prayer”. Hammers home on not only preaching the gospel, but making disciples who make disciples. He talks a lot on the American church: watered down sermons and souped up rock concerts. Church membership. Accountability. And he also talks about the search for God’s will for your life. (PS – God’s will for your life is to spread the gospel. To make disciples who make disciples.)
Throughout the book, David poses questions to the reader: Have you been born again? Do you believe Jesus when he said…? How can any christian stay silent and sit idly by while family, friends, neighbors, coworkers and acquaintances walk off an eternal cliff into an everlasting darkness?
Like I said, this book is a great for conversations, and think it would be great for a small group to read through. It’s intense, challenging and a great accompaniment to your bible reading.
*Ugandan friends – I have both Radical and Follow Me here if you’d like to read them!