Gaining by Losing: Why the Future Belongs to Churches that Send by J. D. Greear
“Our God is a sending God” (pg. 33).
“Sending means giving away some of your best leaders and letting go of needed resources” (pg. 45).
I believe most Christians are guilty of this when it comes to missionary work: We believe that the mission field belongs to trained missionaries. Our Lord made it very clear in John 20:21— “As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” Yes, He is sending you and me into this mission field. If you ever wondered why He said, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few,” it’s because most of us believe that those whom God sends are the ones that are listed in our church’s Sunday bulletin (Matthew 9:37).
When it comes to “sending”, most of us think so little of whom God sent into this world to rescue sinners from their sin. The Father—through the Holy Spirit—sent the Son. Yes, that is right, His only begotten Son, and not one of His many angels He created.
This book is a must-have for your church’s missionary deacons, and every church member must read this book for membership class. I’m asking my teenage daughter to read this book for herself. Don’t leave out children in this mission field because the Lord of the Harvest is sending them as well.
Due to my reading schedule, this is my shortest review. I pray that our Lord will use this book to encourage us and get us out into the mission field to preach the Gospel to the ends of the earth.
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