Reviewing David Platt’s “Follow Me”

Silhouettes of Three Crosses

I recently finished reading David Platt’s latest book Follow Me. In Follow Me David Platt challenges believer’s of Jesus Christ to dive deeper into what it means to be a disciple of Christ and to abandon this life for the sake of His glory.

Along with Francis Chan’s latest book Multiply, also put together with David Platt, Follow Me is a great and practical tool for both young and old folks to educate themselves in disciple making and what it actually means to really follow Jesus Christ.

Averie and I are actually taking part in our own discipleship with our small family through Chan’s Multiply and the free discipleship material that comes with it at (www.multiplymovement.com). We are also enjoying the prayer, fellowship, growth, and prayer that is coming along with it.

Both Francis Chan and David Platt agree and explain with us through the scriptures how important it is to be teamed up with the local Body of Christ for the purpose of the global Body of Christ for the sake of all nations described in Matthew 28 (the Great Commission).

The sum of the material explains how fellowship is the key completing the task and that it cannot be done apart from it. 1. Fellowship with God and 2. fellowship with believers. Just like Platt’s earlier books Radical and Radical Together, I found Follow Me to be a great book to read on the original meaning of the early church and how it plays into precision in our modern world.

David Platt, also a pastor as well as an author expresses his greatest concern for the modern church being that scores of people all around American churches and around the globe may actually believe that they are going to heaven and be shocked one day to find out that Christ “never knew them,” as was the prophecy delivered by Christ from the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 7.

Throughout Follow Me David Platt challenges us to ask ourselves if we are really willing to abandon everything that we have in this temporary life for the sake of God’s global glory. Throughout the scriptures we see that God’s Word maintains disciple making as essential and not optional to the fruit of our faith in Jesus.

We cannot rightly neglect that this actually is the primary calling of the church. To love our neighbor as we love ourselves. If we truly believe that Christ is the Way, the Truth, and the Life as He demonstrated and also claimed to be, then discipleship is a key to loving our neighbor, as is loving the needy.

The subtitle of Follow Me is A call to die. A call to live. Have you answered that call?

An exerpt from the back cover of the book reads:

Is it possible for people to say they believe in Jesus but not truly be born again? Is it possible for people to claim they have accepted Jesus into their hearts yet not actually be Christians? 

 Not only is it possible, but according to Pastor David Platt, it’s also highly probable. The author of the best selling book Radical is convinced that many people in churches today are misled as to what it truly means to be a follower of Christ. Western culture has drained the lifeblood out of Christianity and replaced it with a watered down version of the gospel that is so palatable it isn’t even real anymore. 

 “Follow me,” Jesus calls. 

 Two simple words that change everything. You will never be bored. You will always have purpose. You will never lack joy. But it will cost you. This call is not a invitation to pray a prayer. It is a summons to lose your life. 

David Platt’s Radical really got my attention and opened my eyes as to what the church is a couple summers ago, as did Francis Chan’s Crazy Love and Forgotten God.

Platt ends Follow Me with six personal questions for you to answer and to make a year’s discipleship plan out of:

1. How will I fill my mind with truth?

2. How will I fuel my affection for God?

3. How will I share God’s love as a witness in the world?

4.  How will I show God’s love to a member of a church?

5. How will I spread God’s glory among all peoples?

6. How will I make disciple makers among a few people?

David Platt is the lead pastor at the Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham, Alabama and a Bible teacher all over the world. He also holds two undergraduate degrees as well as three advanced ones, with a PhD. He is also a founder of (www.Radical.net).

 

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