Wednesday, November 16, 2011

A Radical Experiment

I've been leading our church to read David Platt's book Radical the past two months. It's a great critique of the church and our culture from a pastor who's trying to turn his ship, so to speak, in a more Jesus-like direction. It's a fantastic read.

Fortunately, it's not just a critique. He offers great suggestions and examples for us to consider as Christ-followers.

As we near the end of this series I am challenging each person to engage the Radical Experiment for the next year. It includes the following (from the website):

The Radical Experiment is a year-long commitment to five specific challenges:
  • To pray for the entire world
  • To read through the entire Word
  • To commit our lives to multiplying community
  • To sacrifice our money for a specific purpose
  • To give our time in another context

I believe, along with Platt, that engaging these five parts of the experiment will change lives--both ours and others. So I've already begun every one. 

I want to encourage you to read David's book and then begin the experiment too. Or maybe just begin. After all, all he does in his book is point you to the teachings and commands of Jesus. So if you read your Bible, you already know what you should do and why. 

While I've already started, I encourage you to make plans to begin sometime between now and the end of the year.