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Godspeed: Making Christ's Mission Your Own Paperback – June 1, 2012
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The author begins the book by stating that what the church in America is missing is a right understanding of `mission'. He calls "living at Godspeed" is when we understand our mission, live as sent people of God and thus begin living the Jesus life to those around us.
He does a good job of establishing the biblical basis of us being a sent people, that we are called to join with Jesus on His mission. We are not bystanders but workers with God.
He says that, "Mission is the single reason why your life's purpose is different from most of the rest of the world." That for mission minded people the question is not `What should I do?' but `What is God doing?'
I feel that for many of us to be able to answer that question we must first wait in prayer until we can hear from God and then be able to see what He is doing.
The author also talks about the need to understand that the goal of the mission or the gospel is not to get people to come to our church service. We must understand that the church is `Gods express instrument for ministry and mission,' and if we realize our identity as the church, and begin to live out that identity that we would `shake the world'.
He makes this profound statement that would be deeply unsettling for many Christians, "Because you and I were sent into the world, it follows logic that our most meaningful and fruitful Christian experiences should take place outside the church building." Yet it seems that we spend so much of our resources and energy on the building.
The author gives these statistics: "of the 52 parables Jesus told, forty-five of them took place in the market context. Of the 132 public appearances Jesus made, 122 of them occurred in the marketplace....Read more ›
The book is structured around the idea that all three members of the trinity, the Father, the Son and the Spirit are all about what he calls "Missio Christi" (the mission of the church in the world).
Britt isn't pushing any particular mission program or denomination. He is pushing Jesus and is trying to get the reader to do the same. Not that we are supposed to be pushy people. To the contrary, we are to be loving people. We are to love people to the point that they take note. We are called to serve people. We are called to meet people where they are at.
Britt calls individual members to begin new missions ministries. They might fall into the category of random acts of kindness. Not everyone has the time to begin a new ministry. But everyone should do what they can.
Like many modern gospel books, he mentions the whole social justice thing. Maybe it is a needed correction to the "preaching only" focus that seemed to dominate modern church history. The church is correcting course, and I think rightly so.
The book, like many these days reads like a series of sermons. In other words Merrick writes like he preaches. He really is a good speaker. If you're not familiar with him, check him out on YouTube. Anyway, because he is a good speaker, as a corollary, he also writes well. My only criticism is that he over-uses platitudes. It makes for good motivational, whip-the-crowd-into-an-emotional-pitch kind of public speaking, but in written form, just comes across as cliché.Read more ›
Pastor Britt Merrick begins by asking readers to reflect about what is missing in the life of American churches. Many people have criticized churches either as hypocrites, as homophobic, as judgmental people. Such criticisms are understandable as some in the American church has embarked upon a pattern that has replaced grace with condemnation, relationships with rules, and truth with judgment. In the process, Merrick is convinced that the Church at large has lost sight of the person of Christ. This leads them to lose sight of the missio Christi: The mission of Christ. The premise of the book is as follows:
We need a right understanding of what mission is all about, to live something bigger than ourselves, or our churches, and to grasp a Christianity that will not only change us, but through Christ in us, the world will be changed.
I am fascinated by how Britt Merrick is able to be so creative in his presentation of the gospel, of God's mission through the Triune Godhead. The stories are plentiful. The passions are visible. Most of all, the simple point of God's mission is laid bare for all to see. I like the way Merrick is able to present theological truths of the Trinity, the Kingdom, the Mission of God is such a clear framework.Read more ›
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I loved how the author fleshed out the gospel in real life. He doesn't just say this is what you should do, but shows you what it looks like. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Wave killer
Incisive and relevant to today's church. A welcomed wAke up and shake up personally. Thank God for this timely intervention.Published 9 months ago by C Goh
Faith in situatuions not seen. Trust God and leave outcome to Him, as Dr. C. Stanley has said.Published 10 months ago by Jeneane Floyd
Great book from an anointed man of God. Loved both of his books (Big God) and wish he would write some more.Published 13 months ago by Kenzarag Pacos