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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 thirty-three years as the senior pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and is the author of more than fifty books, including Desiring God; Don’t Waste Your Life; This Momentary Marriage; A Peculiar Glory; and Reading the Bible Supernaturally.
David Mathis serves as the executive editor at desiringGod.org, pastor at Cities Church, and adjunct professor at Bethlehem College & Seminary. He writes regularly at desiringGod.org, and he and his wife, Megan, have four children.
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It’s a book in which both the reader and writer are challenged to follow the words of the great commission in tangible way by taking the Gospel globally. What each contributor offers are a unique perspective of the gospel and it has been manifested and understood by each of them. In the first chapter, Louie Giglio helps readers see the scope of God and just all powerful He is yet, He invites to be a part of his plan to save humanity. The next chapter, David Platt helps readers understand the position of God seated in his Holiness and therefore the state man in view of God’s holiness. Following this, Michael Ramsden focuses in on finding courage to finish the mission that is in front of the Christ follower. Then Michael Oh discusses the Lord’s provision and purpose for reaching all people groups. Ed Stetzer brings fourth a relevant conversation on how we can take the gospel to communities and nations abroad. Then lastly John Piper brings the book into the idea that all will praise the Lord Jesus to bring honor and glory to his name. Ultimately what all the authors bring to the forefront is an incredible glimpse of God and his kingdom in a way that challenges readers to faithfully dedicate their lives for the sake of the Gospel.
The book in many ways is like a charge for all of Christianity to hold true to the commandment of the great commission given by Christ. The book is well worth the time to read and is a helpful reminder of man’s purpose on earth which is to bring praise, honor and glory to the name of Jesus. This is accomplished by maintaining a level of obedience to God, the church and the great commission.
I would highly recommend this book for any Christian to read but especially those who have dedicated themselves to the call of ministry because it is a healthy reminder of what we are talked with doing as church leaders.
One of the most outstanding features of this book is the introduction to David Mathis. He writes that, "global missions is about the worship of Jesus. The goal of missions is the worldwide worship of the God-man by his redeemed people from every tribe, tongue and nation. The outcome of missions if all peoples delighting to praise Jesus. And the motivation for missions is the enjoyment that his people have in him. Missions aims at, brings about, and is fueled by the worship of Jesus" (14). Mathis notes that a "call to finish the mission is a call for martyrs--not a call for kamikazes, but a call for missionaries bent on Jesus's worldwide fame and satisfied in him that they can say with Esther, "If I perish, I perish" (Est. 4:16) and with Paul, "To die is gain" (Phil. 1:21), (25). This is just a sampling of what this insightful book offers to readers.
Finish the Mission is in my opinion one of the most important books written on the topic of missions. This book combines biblical-theological and practical insight that speaks to one of the biggest conversations going on within evangelicalism; how the church can reach the culture with the Word of God and how Gospel empowers the Church to finish the mission to the glory of God. Whether you are a seminary student, pastor, or lay person, Finish the Mission is an important book for every Christian to read, and re-read to learn the heartbeat of the Savior who longs to seek and save the lost and who uses the Church He redeemed to proclaim the fame of Jesus to the nations for His glory.
Title: Finish the Mission: Bringing the Gospel to the Unreached and Unengaged
Authors: John Piper and David Mathis Editors
Publisher: Crossway Books (2012)
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