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As in previous years Desiring God has put together a book based on the six sessions of their annual national conference The 2011 event boasted an impressive line up of speakers whose messages are now featured in this volume David Platt New York Times best selling author of I'm glad this was a freebieI'm not a big fan of Piper or Desiring God Ministries so perhaps I shouldn't have bothered reading this book However I always like to give people the benefit of the doubt There was nothing especially wrong with this book apart from the usual over emphasis on our feelings towards God being necessary for salvation The book just doesn't really say anything The different authors highlight various Scripture texts pointing out the need for evangelism not just at home but also abroadbut that's about it I was even disappointed with David Platt's chapter and I've enjoyed his books in the past The back cover reads This is no ordinary missions book The theme isn't new but the approach is refreshing and compellingI'm afraid I disagree with the summary This is an ordinary missions book and because the theme isn't new the approach is neither refreshing nor compelling I'd rather read a missionary biography that inspires me to do somethingApologies to any Piper super fans although really there shouldn't be any because elevating a man is always a dangerous thing to do Georg Buchner glad this was a freebieI'm not a big fan of Piper or Desiring God Ministries so perhaps I shouldn't have bothered reading this book However I always like to Gekka Mugentan, Vol. 4 give people the benefit of the doubt There was nothing especially wrong with this book apart from the usual over emphasis on our feelings towards God being necessary for salvation The book just doesn't really say anything The different authors highlight various Scripture texts pointing out the need for evangelism not just at home but also abroadbut that's about it I was even disappointed with David Platt's chapter and I've enjoyed his books in the past The back cover reads This is no ordinary missions book The theme isn't new but the approach is refreshing and compellingI'm afraid I disagree with the summary This is an ordinary missions book and because the theme isn't new the approach is neither refreshing nor compelling I'd rather read a missionary biography that inspires me to do somethingApologies to any Piper super fans although really there shouldn't be any because elevating a man is always a dangerous thing to do

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Radical; Louie Giglio founder and leader of Passion conferences; Michael Ramsden one of the foremost apologists of our day who works alongside Ravi Zacharias and speaks at events worldwide; Michael Oh president and founder of CBI Japan and All Nations Fellowship; Ed Stetzer I wasn't overly thrilled by this book in whole but it did bring up good points As a huge fan of Piper's work this felt disappointing because it got very repetitive I am very passionate about missions and the purpose of this book is very important but personally it was not a five star book Those Good Gertrudes good points As a huge fan of Piper's work this felt disappointing because it Refined Tastes got very repetitive I am very passionate about missions and the purpose of this book is very important but personally it was not a five star book

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Church planter professor and vice president of Lifeway Christian Resources; and John Piper teacher author and pastor and founder of Desiring God ministries The book is purposed to compel Christians to cross cultural and linguistic barriers to reach the lost with the gospel Finish the Mission is an excellent book about the church reaching every tribe and tongue and nation – finishing the mission But the book is so much than this Many Christians do not connect worship and missions This book makes clear that worship is what it’s all about Davis Mathis states in the introduction “The outcome of missions is all peoples delighting to praise Jesus And the motivation for missions is the enjoyment that his people have in him” 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 68 “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 worshiping God and suggests the reason we have been given material wealth is so we will reach the nationsAt 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 Handbook of Psychophysiology gospel Finish the Mission is an excellent book about the church reaching every tribe and tongue and nation – finishing the mission But the book is so much than this Many Christians do not connect worship and missions This book makes clear that worship is what it’s all about Davis Mathis states in the introduction “The outcome of missions is all peoples delighting to praise Jesus And the motivation for missions is the enjoyment that his people have in him” 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 68 “Whom shall I send” conveys the fact Isaiah is hearing a voice from our incomprehensibly Frugal Innovation great God David Platt in Chapter 2 American Presidents, Deportations, and Human Rights Violations gives a biblical sobering view of hell highlighting the lostness of so many Michael Ramsden in Chapter 3 Rediscovering Our Galaxy (Iau S334) 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 When Movements Become Parties 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 Gekka Mugentan, Vol. 6 gospel centered and Spirit empowered In the final chapter John Piper teaches on Psalm 62 “Let the nations be Illegal Affairs glad and sing for joy” He comments on Islam as not worshiping God and suggests the reason we have been 21 Short Plays given material wealth is so we will reach the nationsAt 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


10 thoughts on “Finish the Mission

  1. says:

    I'm glad this was a freebieI'm not a big fan of Piper or Desiring God Ministries so perhaps I shouldn't have bothered reading this book However I always like to give people the benefit of the doubt There was nothing especially wrong with this book apart from the usual over emphasis on our feelings towards God being necessary for salvation The book just doesn't really say anything The different authors highlight various Scripture texts pointing out the need for evangelism not just at home but also abroadbut that's about it I was even disappointed with David Platt's chapter and I've enjoyed his books in the past The back cover reads This is no ordinary missions book The theme isn't new but the approach is refreshing and compellingI'm afraid I disagree with the summary This is an ordinary missions book and because the theme isn't new the approach is neither refreshing nor compelling I'd rather read a missionary biography that inspires me to do somethingApologies to any Piper super fans although really there shouldn't be any because elevating a man is always a dangerous thing to do


  2. says:

    For years there has been a dichotomy in the church when it comes to what believers are called to be and live I know of churches who teach every teenager who travel through their youth ministry that they are each meant to be an overseas missionary and that they are somehow less serious a believer if they do not become one I also know churches that are so inwardly focused that they do not send anyone out But today there is a growing trend that understands the “sending” which we are all called to as simply localIn 1978 Frank DuBose in his book God Who Sends first used the term “missional” since then it has become the buzz word for many movements that seek strictly to define God’s mission for His people as merely local though I highly doubt that is what DuBose intended Even at Element we encourage and call people to “live on mission” By that we mean that all of us in a sense are involved in cross cultural work When a missionary goes to foreign countries they learn the culture they learn words that are used to describe “things” they learn the family and social dynamicsin the same way we that do not live overseas have many similar experiences as well We live work and go to school with people who do not know Jesus and so we are also called to missions work exactly where we are The word “Missions” is rooted in the Latin for “to send” and “missionary” can be understood as “sent ones” We are all sent ones but there is a core shift in the American church that is both good and bad when comes to its emphasis for and on missions Where many older churches have placed the majority of their focus on “missionary” meaning “over there” many younger churches have placed the entire focus of “missionary” to mean “right here” The truth is that the word means both and that is the essential push of Finish The Mission Crossway 2010 Finish The Mission is a book that helps redefine mission in terms of “missions” It is edited by John Piper and David Mathis and is comprised of 6 chapters by 6 different contributors I have always enjoyed Ed Stetzer’s insight and found his chapter to be the most helpful though John Piper’s was excellent as wellFor people to think that missions work is only overseas leads to a disengaged people in their own city Those who attend local churches may even begin to think that what they do with their lives raising there children loving their spouses working their jobs is not as honoring to Jesus as living in hut eating bugs and learning a foreign culture As I said I have known churches where everyone was told they needed to find a way to be an overseas missionary as if that is the only spiritual thing they could ever dobut I have also known churches who lead everyone to believe that the most spiritual thing they could do is to be “in ministry” which to them would translate to “work in a church” How sad it would be if those were the only things people ever saw as “spiritual” Think about it there would be no garbage men no plumbers no farmers no loggers no automobile makers no one to make your pizzaand ultimately there would be no church and no missionaries because no one would have a any money to support locally and send internationally We must understand that the jobs people do are deeply spiritual they are good in the eyes of God We are told that our God works and values work All that we do is meant to be honoring to Jesus and is a deep act of worshipthis includes our jobs and our homesand it is all to be lived “on mission” In remembering our own sent ness to the culture in which we live we must never forget that there is also deep calling of having a special vocation of a “missionary” as a person sent to unreached people groups around the globe Let us never forget one or the other hand in handwe are sent and the senders all for the great glory of Jesus Let’s Finish The Mission


  3. says:

    This is a repackage of the 2011 conference Much of what Platt Oh and Giglio say are repeats of all the stuff they always say in other books I did enjoy this uote Too often Christians just seem to be interested in other things I've noticed that when I blog about theological controversy readers flock to my blog And if I engage with dissenting comments readers go crazy But when I blog about the testimony of Christian missionaries in foreign contexts like Turkey my readership drops significantly It breaks my heart because it is a reminder that people love theological controversies but not the nations Ed Stetzer Finish The Mission


  4. says:

    I wasn't overly thrilled by this book in whole but it did bring up good points As a huge fan of Piper's work this felt disappointing because it got very repetitive I am very passionate about missions and the purpose of this book is very important but personally it was not a five star book


  5. says:

    I wish that every Christian would read this book and understand that if you believe the gospel you must care about these things


  6. says:

    45 stars


  7. says:

    A good short book on the call to missions and how to be missional The first chapter is definitely the most compelling and exhortational


  8. says:

    Jesus gave His Church a mission to complete a mission that begins and ends with Himself and His declaration that He came to seek and save the lost mend the broken hearted restore families people groups and nations to Himself for His joy and glory In 2011 Desiring God hadc a conference by the name Finish the Mission which was turned into a very helpful book featuring the writing of Louie Giglio David Mathis Michael Oh John Piper David Platt Michael Ramsden and Ed StetzerOne 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 416 and with Paul “To die is gain” Phil 121 25 This is just a sampling of what this insightful book offers to readersFinish 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 gloryTitle Finish the Mission Bringing the Gospel to the Unreached and UnengagedAuthors John Piper and David Mathis EditorsPublisher Crossway Books 2012Disclosure of Material Connection I received this book free from the publisher through the Crossway Books book review bloggers program I was not reuired to write a positive review The opinions I have expressed are my own I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”


  9. says:

    Finish the Mission is an excellent book about the church reaching every tribe and tongue and nation – finishing the mission But the book is so much than this Many Christians do not connect worship and missions This book makes clear that worship is what it’s all about Davis Mathis states in the introduction “The outcome of missions is all peoples delighting to praise Jesus And the motivation for missions is the enjoyment that his people have in him” 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 68 “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 worshiping God and suggests the reason we have been given material wealth is so we will reach the nationsAt 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


  10. says:

    At the end of the day global missions is about the worship of this spectacular 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 is 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 JesusAnother way to say it is that missions is about Jesus’s global glory From beginning to end—in target effect and impetus— missions centers on the worldwide fame of the Messiah in the praises of his diverse peoples from every tribe tongue and nation What’s at stake in missions is the universal honor of the Father in the global glory of his Son in the joy of all the peoples David MathisDiscipling means not merely the pursuit of our own spiritual maturity but getting outside ourselves for personal connection and substantial intentional investment of time in a few others—the kind of investment for which there must be going to accomplish among the nations David MathisNot only is suffering the conseuence of finishing the mission but it is God’s appointed means by which he will show the superior worth of his Son to all the peoples Just as it was “fitting that he should make the founder of our salvation perfect through suffering” Heb 210 so it is fitting that God save a people from all the peoples from eternal suffering through the redemptive suffering of Jesus displayed in the temporal sufferings of his missionaries David Mathis