In the months and years leading up to the Fall of 2008, I heard many Christians in my family and my church praying for God to send revival to America. These were ardent, fervent prayers of a people genuinely calling out to God to break the hearts of the lost and call them into his family.
However, when the financial tsunami hit, many of these prayers changed – prayers for God to rescue or resuscitate the economy. The tsunami wrecked investment portfolios and 401k plans. Fear over the future changed the prayers of God’s people.
I believe that God will do whatever it takes to restore people in their relationship with him – including a financial tsunami.
In the spring of 2010, I read Radical by David Platt. Platt is the pastor of The Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham, Alabama. This video gives an excellent overview of the main idea of the book:
Radical resonated with me on many levels – it critiques the American church for being far too comfortable – in a sense, exchanging the call of Christ to total abandonment with the comforts of the American dream. I’ve seen this exchange in the churches I’ve served in. I’ve experienced this exchange in my own life as well.
For the next few months, in conjunction with NRHBC’s Faith@Home endeavor, the church will be studying Radical in Sunday Morning Bible Study. The hope is that this book will break our lives for the lost – motivating us to share the gospel.
You can learn more about NRHBC’s plan to be Radical in 2013 click here: Radical Faith@Home