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Godspeed: Making Christ's Mission Your Own Paperback – June 1, 2012
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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. There is not much to critique in this book, except minor ones like the use of certain quotations, like the oft-quoted St Francis of Assisi words that put works above words. It sounds nice, but the gospel needs to be both works and words.
This book is a preacher's guidebook on how to preach the mission of God. It is every Christian's guide not just for mission work, but for the work of mission to be planted in the hearts of every believer. It is also a book that can trigger off the alarm clock among those of us who are sleeping through life. May we all develop a character that is Godlike, a life that is Godly, and a pace that is Godspeed.
There really is no groundbreaking information covered in this book, but the author provides a well needed kick in the pants and a sense of purpose for believers today.
It was well written, the topics and organization of the content was well put together - and It was hard to put down.
I am a full time missionary & traveling musician, and found this to be right on topic with things I deal with daily inside the church and out.
Upon finishing the book, I tweeted Britt Merrick about it, which he then retweeted. The Publisher also interacted with me on twitter concerning the book when I would reference it. These small involvement's with the books creators give you the feeling that they are within reach of those who are reading their materials.
Buy this book if you are involved in church leadership, a missionary, or in the ministry in any way. Then do what it details. It is a valuable resource.
Godspeed is full of stories from everyday people who have taken the step to reach a world for Christ not inside the walls of a church, but wherever God has placed them from day to day.
Absolutely buy this book, but don't just read it and move on to the next book on your list. Find a way to put everything in these pages to practice!