“Awakening the Great Commission is our last great hope” (222).
In a hopeless world, Dr. Ronnie Floyd of Cross Church says that acting upon Christ’s command to teach the Gospel in “our last great hope.” For Floyd, the Great Commission is much more than a gospel passage, but rather an ingrained way of life, a lifestyle he wishes to share with others through his 2011 book. Encouraging Christians to examine their own personal lives and motives and determine why they have not reached out to more people for the sake of Christ. Perhaps one has become placid in his or her faith, or they have simply fulfilled all of the “requirements” of salvation and see religion as a private practice. In order to combat these downfalls of mission work, Dr. Floyd instructs readers to give of themselves in a selfless and outlandish fashion. Through tithing, humbling one’s self before God, and even adoption, one can fulfill Christ’s call to spread the Gospel. However, though these actions are noteworthy, Dr. Floyd reminds all readers that Satan will work at any lengths to stop the spread of the gospel. Through careful prayer and fervent application, Floyd reminds readers that the Great Commission is the last hope for a dying humanity.
As one who struggles with spreading the gospel of Christ, this was an informative read. Thought it is probably geared more towards pastors, the text is written in “normal language” so those outside the ministry can apply the book to their lives. I especially appreciated the emphasis on prayer and tithing, actions that all believers, not just ministers can participate in. Through careful prayer and giving of myself, it is evident that there is nothing standing in my way to spread the good news of Christ. Overall, Dr. Floyd offers a simple, yet complex way of examining how all Christians can engage in the act of spreading the love of Jesus.
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