“Christian Retailing's Best” award finalist! What did Jesus really mean when he said, “Follow Me”? In this new book, David Platt, author of the New York. Follow Me book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. What did Jesus really mean when he said, “Follow Me”?In this new book . This book compels each one of us to examine the validity and vitality of our own personal faith. "Follow Me" is a life and death message for all who claim the.
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David Platt's Radical was one of those rare books that catapults a first-time author straight to top of the charts. For two years it was a fixture on. What did you leave behind when you chose to follow Christ? For some, the answers are obvious. If you struggled with habitual sins or addictions like alcoholism. What Did Jesus Really Mean When He Said 'Follow Me'?. David Platt Follow Me Bible Study - Member Book. Starting at Follow Me - Student Leader Guide.
Watch: Is God unfair? A young rich man came to Jesus and asked what more he could do to show his faith and come into the Kingdom of God. Christ challenged him to sell all his possessions, give the money to the poor, and join Him in the work of God. The young man walked away, discouraged at the high bar Jesus had given him. Few of the parables of Jesus are better known than the story of the prodigal son. Readers often focus on the son who went away, but as some have pointed out, it is in fact a story about two sons and a father who loves them both and wants them to experience a fullness of his fellowship and happiness.
These simple stories were effective teaching tools because of how they made gospel principles relatable to first century Galilean farmers, and they remain beloved today, nearly years later, precisely because stories like the Prodigal Son or the Good Samaritan continue to resonate with the lived This question contains spoilers… view spoiler [I think the author of "Follow me" got it absolutely right - true followers die to their former selves and live in Jesus.
This is how they become a Christ-like person. Do you understand it the same way? This question contains spoilers… view spoiler [People have you read "Follow me" by David Platt?
Follow Me: A Call to Die. A Call to Live.
He believes that many people around the world are only Christians by name but not by heart. He reckons that as a consequence congregations are full of people that Jesus would describe as being lukewarm I absolutely agree with him. Do you? See 2 questions about Follow Me…. Lists with This Book.
Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Apr 29, Benjamin Vineyard rated it it was ok. Initial Questions: What is it about David Platt's writing that allows him to turn, the "Pick up your cross and follow me," of Jesus' teachings into a national best seller?
I'm suspicious… Or, to play the cynic, does he lure people in with an intriguing, difficult message and then deflate the call to follow, or completely toss the message aside? Kudos to David Platt for sparking a healthy critique of the church; moderate examination is always a sign of health.
One thing Follow Me strongly accompl Initial Questions: One thing Follow Me strongly accomplished was encouraging the question, "Is my experience of Christianity the full picture of what Jesus brings? In Follow Me , Platt writes to reveal the who and how of "radical" Christian living.
In my reading, I discovered three healthy things and four unhealthy things from Follow Me. Follow Me brings the question: Jesus seems to ask more…" Platt spells out the reality and origin of God causing new life to take root within us p. This is the sanctifying work of grace. Follow Me spells out the necessity of repentance and grace in our world p. Side Note: On the point of grace, when writing about the end-goal of grace, I believe Platt misses that grace isn't about getting us to heaven, but about God bringing his justice into our world to make all things new, including you and me.
For a book about following Jesus, there was very little Jesus of the Gospels; Platt provided little Gospel narrative clarity on who you were going to follow, and what it looks like from a Gospels-perspective to follow.
Readers were inundated with the necessity substitutionary atonement theory and the old evangelical adage: As I wrote above, Platt's starting point is a handful of preconceived doctrines albeit biblical rather than a biblical, Gospel narrative. He uses doctrinal bullet points rather than the story of Jesus to try to speak about discipleship. There was very little direction for ordinary discipleship; Platt's litter of extraordinary missionary stories was deflating and felt grandiose almost boastful.
Plus, such adventures are markedly different than incarnational moving in with a people to share in the Gospel as a way of life, rather than the Gospel as a package to deliver. Platt concludes Follow Me by inviting the reader into a very personal, though personally shared with others who are also on their personal faith journey, "following" program of: Platt's conclusion, by my deduction, is that when people ask the above, "Isn't there more…" he says, "No, not really.
He's excelled at drawing people into a large megachurch in Alabama; what Platt does well is getting people to do the normal church thing.
Follow Me: A Call to Die. A Call to Live.
Why would he want to critique that legacy and impressive success by some standards and say, "I think we've missed something…" There's a lot of risk for him in that. My final thoughts: Platt does provide the gift of a great question in Follow Me as he invites people to entertain the thought that discipleship is missing in a lot of the church today. But, I don't feel Platt's answers take us in the best direction; while his examples are helpful and sentimental at times, I don't think we can provide a healthy path of Christian discipleship if our noses aren't buried in the Gospel stories and from that experience asking with people in our community, "How do we live this life that Jesus came to bring?
My feel is that this book only makes sense for a comfortable audience who knows little of brokenness on the systemic level and who is numb to identity behind the national capital system and this is sent searching for a greater brand for fulfillment.
You don't read this book in an inner city church for a church study, you'd be ashamed to bring it up, mostly because Platt all but ignores the "good news" of God's gracious justice which intends to restore all things. Finally, discipleship and dying to self from Platt felt like a self makeover and augmentation as Platt writes not about the loss of self but the enlargement of self as self discovers through Platt's book how to become part of the greatness and find fulfillment in the completion of self.
So, where would I point you if I wouldn't recommend Follow Me? Read this hidden treasure with the same title as Platt's book: Follow Me by Luke Kammrath. View 1 comment. Apr 24, Natalie Vellacott rated it really liked it Shelves: I read a book by Platt recently and decided to read some of his other books.
This book wasn't as challenging as "Counter-Culture" but nevertheless was a worthwhile read. Whilst "Counter- Culture" addresses specific issues and how Christians respond to them abortion, gay marriage etc, "Follow me" deals with Biblical discipleship. Platt begins by examining the state of Evangelical Christianity in the West represented by North Americans suggesting that most people that calls themselves "Evangel I read a book by Platt recently and decided to read some of his other books.
Platt begins by examining the state of Evangelical Christianity in the West represented by North Americans suggesting that most people that calls themselves "Evangelical" are not truly saved and are not following Jesus.
He highlights that this is largely to do with easy believism, the "Sinner's prayer" and failing to count the cost when coming to Christ. We've replaced challenging words from Christ with trite phrases in the Church.
We've taken the lifeblood out of Christianity and put Kool-aid in its place so that it tastes better to the crowds and the consequences are catastrophic. Multitudes of men and women at this moment think they are saved from their sins when they are not. Scores of people around the world culturally think that they are Christians when biblically they are not.
The author reminds us that we are all called to be "disciples making disciples. Our lives are too short to waste on mere temporal conversations when massive eternal realities hang in the balance.
Just as you and I have no guarantee that we will live through the day, the people around us are not guaranteed tomorrow either.
So let's be intentional about sewing the threads of the gospel into the fabric of our conversations every day, knowing that it will not always be easy, yet believing that eternity will always be worth it. I wasn't keen on the Intro by Francis Chan where he suggests that all of our decisions should be based upon what is going to have the greatest impact for God's Kingdom.
He is speaking in connection with evangelism after he decided to relocate as he was no longer "effective" in his previous location. I also didn't relate to a section in the middle of the book about our emotional response to what Christ has done for us. The author seems to make this necessary for salvation and in addition to obedience but how do we know if we love God; "If you love me you will obey my commands" John 14 vs 15 I like the heart of this author and sense his sincere desire to shake "comfortable Christians" out of complacency and apathy.
We need more like him who will challenge the Western church. However, I believe he goes a step too far occasionally by almost encouraging recklessness; mature Christians will be able to discern how to practically apply some of his more radical statements but new believers may make unwise decisions as a consequence. I recommend this book for Christian readers desiring to truly follow Jesus. Mar 15, Jeremy Zilkie rated it it was amazing Shelves: I am torn in how to rate this book. It's importance as a follower of Jesus is more than 5 stars and for that reason I would recommend every Christian to read it, and even every person to read it because of the material Platt presents.
He does a very good job addressing all the shady, manipulative, and ineffective ways that pastors, preachers, and church leaders have tried to use to "lead people to Jesus" over the centuries and recent decades. I grew up in a church and church culture that relied I am torn in how to rate this book. I grew up in a church and church culture that relied on many of these techniques and sadly the results were sketchy at best.
I could go into this further, but read the book Platt does a better and more thorough job than I could here. As far as the style and writing goes, it could have been better as I was not riveted by what I was reading. It is not a complicated message and may not have needed pages to present. Yet, the stories, anecdotes, and illustrations I am sure will be helpful for someone who is not steeped in the material as I have been for years now and even more so recently.
If you have wondered, what is being a "Christian" really supposed to be about? If you have thought, can the Christians and churches I see here in America and in my part of the world really be what God intended? If as a Christian you have ever wondered, did I miss something about following Jesus along the way? Then I would recommend Platt's book for you.
It will definitely help clarify some concerns and ambiguity as to what following Jesus is really all about. Sep 26, Christopher Rush rated it did not like it. I promise you I was hoping this was good.
The first chapter wasn't too shabby And continued. The longer it goes on, the worse it gets.
Somewhere in there Mr. Platt recites a letter he wrote to his now-wife from "back in the day," and he complains about his diction, tone, and content. Guess what, Mr. Once again Mr.
David Platt: A Review of FOLLOW ME
Platt gives us his version of Christianity, an insular, eisegetical Christianity. Apparently the only way to be Ugh. Apparently the only way to be a true, authentic Christian is a adopt a child from overseas and b go overseas as a missionary maybe for a short time, maybe for a long time. Anyone, especially an American, who tries to be a Christian without going overseas as a missionary is a failure at best.
But before Mr. Platt gets there, he spends an inordinate amount of time deconstructing the lingo of contemporary American Christianity for no other reason than to pad out this pseudo-book. According to Mr. Platt, a "church" is a group of Christians, not a building. I was shattered when I read that.
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Also, "accepting Jesus into your heart" is not actually what happens when you "get saved. The revelations keep coming. I don't know any Christians who don't know that, but then again I don't pastor a mega-church.
One suspects if Platt is aware of a lot of misunderstanding concerning these pressing issues, perhaps mega-church pastors should do a better job teaching truth. Just a suggestion. Though one wonders when Mr.
Platt has any time to actually do any pastoring. This book is replete with travelogue escapades. One moment Platt is in Karachi, another he is in Jakarta. Now he is in Beijing, now Tunisia. Okay, those may not be the actual places he mentions, but he does have too many stories of his missions trips to several places in Asia, Africa, and probably other continents as well - though certainly no stories of missionary work in America.
That is not genuine Christianity. When is he actually being a pastor? Maybe these stories are rare experiences over several years.
That does not eliminate the fact he gives us no real substance on how to "Follow Jesus.
Platt derides religion, as if Christianity is not a religion. Christianity is a religion - unashamedly so! It's not "just a relationship. Toward the end of the book, Platt realizes he needs to start telling his audience what Christianity is after spending a hundred-some pages about what he doesn't want it to be.
Church life does not seem all that important to Platt, which probably wouldn't resonate too well with his mega-congregation though since they are his congregation, they'll likely lap up whatever he says anyway. Apparently the church is a docking station for refreshment, a time for paling around for a bit on the way back out to the mission field.
Realizing it might sound like the church isn't important, Platt tosses out more meaningless ideas such as "do life together as you grow. He wants us simultaneously to abhor Christian jargon and passively accept it as if it is beyond explanation.
Platt gives us example after example of "true" Christians who go overseas the only mark of authenticity and transform their businesses and lives This book is a mess. Platt even goes so far as to say the Disciples were NOT the ones who spread the gospel to other lands, generic no-name Christians were!
The support he gives for this is Likely because there is none. He doesn't even stop to consider the implications of his declaration: Plus, he totally gets the "witnesses" thing wrong. Christians today are not "witnesses" the way the Disciples were - we didn't see Jesus do what He did. Platt doesn't understand this. He assumes there is no difference between what the Disciples did and what we should do other than their apparent failure at spreading the gospel.
Platt is in love with extraneous endnotes - next time, just put the Bible verse in parentheses in-text, please.
Though, most of the time Platt feels like his paraphrases are more worth reading than the actual Bible verses. Perhaps that's why so few Christians know how to do Christianity "the right way. Surprising no one but the author , Platt also complains about how he has received questions from readers of Schmadical a better title of his last output asking him about how to "do" Christianity correctly! Platt seems to have forgotten he prescribed a 5-part checklist on how to "do" Christianity correctly.
Instead of learning only about prayer, young Muslims now discuss issues of piety and mental wellbeing. In his travels around the UK, Kesvani gives three dimensions to a number of characters, including Abu Antaar, a religious zealot and Arsenal fan who left Britain to join Isis in Syria.
Follow Me, Akhi contains some thoughtful accounts of extremism, but focuses more on how Muslims have found areas online where counter-radicalisation prospers. Some of the most illuminating research concerns universal aspects of everyday life.
He also interviews Muslims who have joined alt-right online movements. One area where digitalism has had a knock-on effect in the opinions of Muslims is in conversations about gender roles.
Muslim women have responded to sexist behaviour with websites such as Side Entrance, which juxtaposes photographs of extravagant prayer spaces reserved for men with the usually dismal basements set aside for women.
In , women used MosqueMeToo to share stories of sexual assault and abuse in places of worship. Kesvani also writes about how once taboo subjects like abortion are discussed on Tumblr.Now he is in Beijing, now Tunisia. No trivia or quizzes yet.
Yes Triggers: From this suspected disappearance, and hints that their nemesis has infiltrated the New Jersey preppy crowd, the team are playing catch-up and just as easily led! I do think that David Platt is an excellent preacher and public speaker.