Out Last Great Hope: Awakening The Great Commission
Published by: Thomas Nelson
Author: Ronnie Floyd
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Every day we encounter scores of people headed to an eternity without God. What will it take to wake us up to their desperate need for a Savior?
While the earth’s time clock ticks away, well-meaning Christians go to church, pay their tithes, and pray for foreign missionaries—going through the motions of Christian life as millions face an eternity without God. If heaven is indeed for real, and only those who have put their faith in Christ will be given entrance, shouldn’t we be making the most of every opportunity to share the Gospel, the last great hope for all the world?
Our Last Great Hope begins with a challenge from the author: if Christians truly believe the saving grace of God is meant for all humanity, that heaven and hell exist, and God desires to be in relationship with all who are lost from the path Home, then what are Christians doing to fulfill the Great Commission in their daily lives?
Mr. Floyd’s book is a well-written, impassioned plea to consider Christ’s charge of the Great Commission. Relying on academic and cultural studies, Floyd exposes the decline in Christianity currently taking place in American society, and confronts the Church (and Christians) to take notice—and respond.
Consider the following statistical projections (pages 62-65):
- At present the population of the United States = 308 million
- 25% of Americans (75 million) identify as Christian
- 75% of Americans (233 million) either have not heard, or say they have heard the message of the Gospel and rejected Jesus Christ as the only way to Heaven
- At present the population of planet Earth is quickly approaching 7 billion
- 750 million people worldwide identify as Christian
- 38% (2.6 billion) say they have heard the message of the gospel of Jesus and rejected it
- 50% (3.5 billion) of the world’s population has yet to hear the gospel story
By sharing personal examples, Floyd offers advice on how to remove three of the most common stumbling blocks in sharing one’s faith and turn apathy into urgency, anxiety into compassion, and fear of rejection into a trust-building conversation.
Starting with the personal sphere, the author presents tips and practical steps in thinking through the demonstration of the Great Commission in one’s life, then through one’s family, and ultimately by way of one’s church to reach the community at large. Floyd provides strategies for engaging people locally and globally with the Good News of the gospel and how to think outside the box when attempting dialogue with people who may not readily identify a need for God in their life.
I highly recommend Our Last Great Hope to anyone searching to understand the great commission, questioning the purpose of evangelism, or looking to breathe new life into any church’s outreach efforts.
- The Barna Group
- North American Mission Board
- http://www.namb.net/annualreport/ (2011 North American Mission Board Ministry Report)
- International Mission Board, Around the World
- Review – Our Last Great Hope. (aaronconrad.com)
- The Challenge of Ministry is in Missing the Point (relentlesschristianity.com)
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