In Finish the Mission, contributors David Platt, Louie Giglio, Michael Ramsden, Ed Stetzer, Michael Oh, David Mathis, and John Piper take up the mantle of the Great Commission and its Spirit-powered completion.
From astronomy to exegesis, from apologetics to the Global South, and from being missional at home to employing our resources in the global cause, Finish the Mission aims to breathe fresh missionary fire into a new generation, as together we seek to reach the unreached and engage the unengaged.
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Finish the Mission issues a clarion reminder of God’s enduring passion to glorify himself by blessing all nations on earth. The gospel and mission are inseparable. A clear understanding of the mission of the church is absolutely essential in today’s fast-changing global environment.
—Steve Richardson, president, Pioneers USA
John Piper (DTheol, University of Munich) is teacher and founder of DesiringGod.org and chancellor of Bethlehem College and Seminary. He served for 33 years as senior pastor at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis and is author of more than 50 books, including Desiring God, Don’t Waste Your Life, God Is the Gospel, Seeing and Savoring Jesus Christ, and many more.
David Mathis (MDiv, Reformed Theological Seminary Orlando) is executive editor at DesiringGod.org and an elder at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis. He also serves as an adjunct professor at Bethlehem College and Seminary.
“So the call to finish the mission is unavoidably a call for martyrs—not a call for kamikazes but a call for missionaries bent on Jesus’s worldwide fame and satisfied so deeply in him that they can say with Esther, ‘If I perish, I perish’ (Est. 4:16) and with Paul, ‘To die is gain’ (Phil. 1:21).” (Page 25)
“Within the context of Matthew’s Gospel, is there not more to say? Does ‘disciple all nations’ not call to mind how Jesus himself discipled his men? They were, after all, his disciples. And when they heard him say, ‘disciple all nations,’ would they not think this discipling is similar to the very thing he did with them—investing prolonged, real-life, day-in, day-out, intentional time with younger believers in order to personally grow them to maturity, as well as model for them how to disciple others in the same way?” (Page 17)
“Jesus’s main command, ‘make disciples of all nations,’ follows the charge to ‘go’—to be sent out. Sending out and going are two sides of the same coin. Jesus and his established church send out, and those who go are ‘the sent ones,’ or ‘missionaries.’ So missions is the church’s sending out of missionaries (the sent ones) to pioneer the church among peoples who otherwise have no access to the gospel.” (Page 15)
“One way to sum it up is to say that we can’t be truly missional without preserving a prominent place for the pursuit of the unreached. It doesn’t matter how much a church may say that she is being missional; she is not fully missional in the biblical sense if she is not pursuing mission at home (traditionally called evangelism) among her native reached people as well as being an engaged sender in support of missionaries to the unreached.” (Page 23)