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Finish the Mission: Bringing the Gospel to the Unreached and Unengaged Paperback – September 30, 2012
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“Finish the Mission issues a clarion reminder of God’s enduring passion to glorify himself by blessing all nations on earth. The gospel and mission are inseparable. A clear understanding of the mission of the church is absolutely essential in today’s fast-changing global environment.”
—Steve Richardson, President, Pioneers-USA
“What will it take to finish the mission? Gospel seed must fall into the ground and die. Lord Jesus, through these heart-exposing pages, would you thrust out thousands of risk-taking disciples to the ends of the earth? May this compelling admonition jolt the church out of complacency and into the gathering of your sheep from among the earth’s peoples.”
—David Sitton, President, To Every Tribe; author, Reckless Abandon and To Every Tribe with Jesus
“God defines marriage and God defines mission. Finish the Mission is a vital proclamation of an emphasis that even evangelicals dodge—mostly out of embarrassment. Putting God’s opinions above all others, the authors portray well God’s rescue operation to the peoples who still have no friend to help them comprehend the Easter story. As John Piper says, ’We’re concerned for all suffering, but especially eternal suffering.’ Serious disciples will take these declarations seriously.”
—Greg Livingstone, Founder, Frontiers; Coordinator, Ministries to Muslims, Evangelical Presbyterian Church
About the Author
John Piper (DTheol, University of Munich) is the founder and teacher of desiringGod.org and the chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary. He served for 33 years as the senior pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and is the author of more than 50 books, including Desiring God, Don’t Waste Your Life, This Momentary Marriage, Bloodlines, and Does God Desire All to Be Saved?
David Mathis serves as executive editor at desiringGod.org, pastor at Cities Church, and adjunct professor at Bethlehem College and Seminary. He and his wife, Megan, have three children.
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Top Customer Reviews
My problem with the book comes not that it has a bad main point, but that I had to search to find that point. The book wasn't focused enough to leave me with any one thing to hold onto or something to get excited about. Although some of the chapters were good individually, the whole of the book didn't "set me on for joining God's global mission". There were glimpses of really powerful points, but they were not reinforced or analyzed. My favorite part of the book was the appendix What Next? Disciple A Few because it was compelling, but more than that, focused enough to leave me with something to hang onto. This was a decent book, but I couldn't recommend it as one of my favorites.
Louie Giglio, Michael Oh, David Platt, Michael Ramsden and Ed Stetzer write chapters in addition to those by Piper and Mathis. Giglio in Chapter 1, using Isaiah 6:8 "Whom shall I send?" conveys the fact Isaiah is hearing a voice from our incomprehensibly great God.
David Platt in Chapter 2 gives a biblical, sobering view of hell highlighting the lostness of so many.
Michael Ramsden in Chapter 3 gives a realistic view of the dangers of mission and challenges us to be courageous.
Michael Oh in Chapter 4 teaches from the Lord's Prayer the necessity for Christians to go "from every land and to every land." He describes how this is currently happening in various locations around the world.
Ed Stetzer in Chapter 5 challenges all of us to send or be sent, and to be missionaries where we are. He emphasizes we are to be gospel centered and Spirit empowered.
In the final chapter John Piper teaches on Psalm 62 "Let the nations be glad and sing for joy..." He comments on Islam as not worshipping God and suggests the reason we have been given material wealth is so we will reach the nations.
At the end of the book is a conversation with the authors and an appendix by Mathis on What Next? This is a challenge to the church and to all Christians to disciple others.
Mathis says in the introduction "This is no ordinary missions book." He's right about that. I highly recommend this to all who are ready for a challenge.
(Note: This was my top "Missions" book for 2012)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I like the balance between cross-cultural and local missions. Overall a helpful picture of the mission of the church and encourages everyone to be involved in that mission.Published 10 months ago by Joe Joe's Circus
I believe this book gives great answers to many objections as to why missions can be overrated. It would be a great read for missionaries anywhere that may be struggling with their... Read morePublished 17 months ago by D. Coplen
This is a wonderful book encouraging missions, both in the United States and outside of the US borders. Read morePublished 17 months ago by John1v23
This is a great practical read. This will open your eyes and if it is already open to missions it will encourage you and give you hope.Published on May 14, 2014 by Tommie
Great book. Insightful. A great read. You'll learn if you keep an open mind and heart. John Piper's wisdom is something to soak up. Easy to read. Highly recommend.Published on February 6, 2014 by NC1955
This is a great collection of essays and talks from a national conference held in Minneapolis. While John Piper is listed as the author, understand that they messages/chapters in... Read morePublished on December 3, 2013 by DocTheology
I loved the book. I would recommend it to anyone with any sort of this thoughts towards missions. This applies to everyone on both ends of the spectrum, brand new to the idea of... Read morePublished on November 16, 2013 by Amazon Customer