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Commissioned Paperback – January 7, 2010
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The content is great. I'm embarrassed to admit that as a missionary I did not realize that the great commission was made up of several different speaking encounters over the course of 40 days. I just assumed that it was a couple of encounters and was shared in 5 different passages where different angles were presented. Dr. Newell does a great job of explaining the nature of these events and the emphasis of each portion.
The first half of the book really digs into each specific "great commission" passage. Dr. Newell builds a case for how these passages layout the Model, Magnitude, Methodology, Message and Means of world evangelization. He shows clearly that this was a great concern to Christ. Surely Christ had other things to say to the disciples after His resurrection than just what we have recorded but God found these passages to be so important that they were specifically chosen to be recorded for our benefit.
The second half of the book talks about implications. Dr. Newell digs into such things as "was the great commission only for the original apostles?" He talks about how the great commission should impact mission leadership. He presents the tremendous task that still remains before us and then finally gives a personal challenge for each of us to be involved or be disobedient.
As much as I like the content, I have to admit that I did find the writing style to be not as enjoyable. It reminded me of a more technical writing like I would use in engineering documents. I don't believe this detracts from the value of the book but does make the book (especially the second half) less "enjoyable" to read. I believe that all Christians should be challenged with the material presented here and may just need to put a little discipline and work into reading a technical book with great content.
I do recommend this book.