Most of us emphasize one aspect of Christianity over another. Competing voices tell us that the Christian life is all about this or that: missions, discipleship, worship, the cross, or the kingdom. It’s as if we are navigating the Christian life with fragments of a map—bits and pieces of the good news—rather than the whole picture. If we put those map fragments together, we discover a beautiful, coherent picture. Faithmapping invites Christians to see that map, exploring a whole gospel that forms a whole church who carries that glorious news to the whole world.
Faithmapping by Daniel Montgomery and Mike Cosper is a true gem for those that need the guide of a gospel compass, so since all of us do, it’s for all of us.
The book is beautifully written to lead us away from confusion, hype, division and instability that may happen as we attempt to maneuver through a life of faith. There are many sirens attempting to call our ship into the rocks but there is only one good path leading to truth. Mr. Montgomery and Cosper articulate such.
In each part of the book the authors illustrate how we fit amongst the Gospel Narrative; the Whole Gospel, the Whole Church, and the Whole World. I appreciated how well each portion was very clearly expressed, here are my favorites quotes from each.
The Whole Gospel: Crossless Christianity wants the glory without the suffering. It wants access to God (Genesis 2) without acknowledging the ravaging effects of sin in our hearts and in our world (Genesis 3). Jesus calls his followers to deny themselves and take up a cross; a share in the kingdom means a share in suffering. Paul shows us in Philippians 2 that Jesus’s glory is put on display because of his willingness to suffer the humiliation of putting on human flesh and enduring death on the cross.
The Whole Church: Our culture feeds us the lie that the main goal in life is to climb the ladder of power and influence . . . but Jesus says that all those things are found in descending. Jesus and his kingdom are on a collision course with the values of this fallen world and he is calling us to align with him.
The Whole World: We live in a world full of needy people, and the gospel is a message for needy people. To quote Tim Keller again: Before you can give this neighbor-love, you need to receive it. Only if you see that you have been saved graciously by someone who owes you the opposite will you go out into the world looking to help absolutely anyone in need.
I enjoy the minds and writing of these two Pastors, the book is insightful and also they are both humorous at times. I love G.K. Chesterton for that, who is always able to make us laugh at our own absurdity. The authors’ wit likewise definitely had me bemusing peculiarities. A book about the gospel that quotes both D.A. Carson and Larry David (Curb Your Enthusiasm), both Tim Keller and Garrison Keillor is a book I find engaging.
The book is clear yet doesn’t shy away from lovely theological thoughts but it is not an arduous book to read and I feel it would be helpful in any stretch of your journey, even for the Theologicophobic.
It may require some new words, but as missiologist Ed Stetzer has said, if Christians can learn to order at Starbucks, they can probably learn to handle some theological language.
I have read work from both the authors separately and have enjoyed it, likewise was my experience with Faithmapping. I look forward to their next book(s), together or separate.
This book was a complimentary copy from Crossway.
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