In his previous book, Radical, David Platt presented a challenge to live a radical Christian life (is that redundant?) for a year. I wrote about Radical in a previous review. The five components of this challenge are both comprehensive and achievable.
1. pray for the entire world;
2. read through the entire Word;
3. sacrifice your money for a specific purpose;
4. spend your time in another context;
5. commit your life to a multiplying community.
But Platt understands the vital role of community in individual spiritual transformation. He knows that people are more likely to succeed with this radical challenge if they are in a radical community. Radical Together provides a road map for radical communities to achieve the Radial Challenge together.
‘Together’ is written for either individual or small group study (hence the ‘Together” part!) and it’s written in such a way with enough content that one can pretty much catch the main themes of ‘Radical’ by just reading ‘Together’. But for a deeper and fuller understanding of Platt’s challenge to live a radical life you should still read ‘Radical.’ The real strength and power of ‘Together’ is the opportunity to study these themes in a group setting – maybe even with your church staff or leaders – over six sessions.
I appreciate that Platt takes the ‘together’ part of ‘Together’ even further than just your immediate small group. Several of the questions for consideration in the group study portion at the end of the book are about our church communities. ‘Together’ goes beyond the miopic me-and-my-little-world syndrome that most of us suffer from and asks us to look around in our faith community to explore how we might be ‘Radical Together.’ It would make a great church-wide group study curriculum, a personal study, or a study with a handful of others. Just make sure that you enter into the radical challenge together and do it sooner rather than later.
The potential impact on your church is huge! Imagine a church full of people who are moving toward those five radical characteristics listed above! Imagine a church that embraces those elements as the normal way Christ-followers live rather than something reserved for those radical Christ-followers. Imagine your own life if these were your personal core values! ‘Together’ can help you get there.
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