Jesus’ final command must be our first priority.
Making disciples is the sole mission of Christ’s church. But many of us find it very difficult to remain focused on this mission— there are so many other things competing for our attention. As a result, many American denominations and fellowships are in decline. Some appear to be in a death spiral. Even the churches of Christ are losing members: 200 people leave the churches of Christ every week, and every week in America a church of Christ goes out of business forever. Is the sun setting on Christianity in the West?
Not on our watch.
This book is a call for us to return to Christ’s revolutionary mission for His church. Let’s become fully mature followers of Jesus Christ. Let’s be transformed by His Word, through repentance, discipline, and obedience. Let’s become fishers of people, going out into the whole world with a message that we truly believe is good news. The times ahead may be difficult, but this will be our finest hour.
In fact, maybe the sun isn’t setting after all. With a restored perspective, we may see it’s actually rising. It’s a new day, and the Light of the World will soon make all things new.
About the Author
David Young grew up in Tennessee, where he began preaching at the age of 16. He currently serves as the senior minister for the North Boulevard Church of Christ in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. He has worked for churches in Missouri, Kansas, and Tennessee, taught New Testament at several colleges, and traveled widely teaching and preaching.
David preaches at North Boulevard Church of Christ on Sunday mornings, is a board member for the Renew Network, and is a founder of New Day Resources. He is also the author of several books including King Jesus (Zondervan), A Grand Illusion (Renew Publications), The Rhetoric of Jesus in the Gospel of Mark, (Fortress Press, co-authored with Michael Strickland), and A New Day: Restoring the Revolutionary Mission of Christ’s Church (New Day Press).
He holds the B.A. from Freed-Hardeman University, the M.A. from Harding School of Theology, and the M.A. and Ph.D. in New Testament from Vanderbilt University. David and his wife Julie have two married children.