Believing is only the beginning
Christians, says Richard Stearns, have everything they need to finish Jesus’ mission — except the willpower.
Collin Hansen writes at christianitytoday.com:
Some Christian leaders contend that we are divided and ineffective in our witness because the Western world has turned against us and the church has abandoned the truth of the gospel. Others see a hostile, hurting world and blame the church for failing in compassion for the kind of sinners Jesus joined for dinner.
And then there’s Richard Stearns, president of World Vision and a former corporate CEO, who faults the church for a lack of will to finish the mission Jesus left behind for us. Following up on his successful first book, The Hole in Our Gospel, Stearns observes in Unfinished: Believing Is Only the Beginning that “affluent, comfortable, and distracted” Christians no longer burn with passion to change the world. Yet we still want to know our lives matter. We want to know we’re living out God’s purpose for us. We don’t want to confine our Christianity to Sunday morning. Stearns seeks to reinvigorate our Christianity with zeal to resume the revolution launched by Jesus so we can storm the very gates of hell.
… He challenges every one of us to consider whether we’ve really taken up our cross and followed Jesus in obedience to his command. Stearns reminds us that Jesus promised we would find abundant life only when we give it up. This book includes some of the best, clearest advice I’ve seen on how to do this, especially for younger Christians who itch to serve God in radical ways.