God's Love Compels Us

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Editors: D. A. Carson, Kathleen B. Nielson

Contributors: David Platt, John Piper, J. Mack Stiles, Andy Davis, Michael Oh, Stephen T. Um

Subtitle:

Taking the Gospel to the World

“Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.”
2 Corinthians 5:20

In this collection of biblical expositions, seven prominent Bible teachers lay the biblical foundation for missions based on the apostle Paul’s words in 2 Corinthians, addressing a number of oft-debated topics along the way. Chapters include:

  • D. A. Carson - The Biblical Basis of Missions (2 Corinthians 4:1-12)
  • David Platt - Why the Great Commission is Great (2 Corinthians 4:13-18)
  • John Piper - The Heart of God in the Call to Proclaim (2 Corinthians 5:1-10)
  • J. Mack Stiles - Being Ambassadors for Christ (2 Corinthians 5:11-21)
  • Andrew Davis - Are People without Christ Really Lost?
  • Michael Oh - The Individual’s Suffering and the Salvation of the World
  • Stephen Um - Jesus and Justice

God’s Love Compels Us focuses on God’s love as the motivation for missions, encouraging individual Christians to embrace the privilege of taking the gospel to the world.

Table of Contents:

  1. The Biblical Basis for Missions: Treasure in Jars of Clay (2 Corinthians 4:1–12)
    D. A. Carson
  2. Why the Great Commission Is Great: Reaching More and More People (2 Corinthians 4:13–18)
    David Platt
  3. The Heart of God in the Call to Proclaim: A Joyfully Serious Courage in the Cause of World Missions (2 Corinthians 5:1–10)
    John Piper
  4. Being Ambassadors for Christ: The Ministry of Reconciliation (2 Corinthians 5:11–21)
    J. Mack Stiles
  5. Are People without Christ Really Lost?
    Andrew Davis
  6. The Individual’s Suffering and the Salvation of the World
    Michael Oh
  7. Jesus and Justice
    Stephen Um

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About the editors:

D. A. Carson (PhD, Cambridge University) is research professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, where he has taught since 1978. He is president of the Gospel Coalition, and has written or edited nearly 60 books including ScandalousMemoirs of an Ordinary Pastor, and The Difficult Doctrine of the Love of God. He and his wife, Joy, have two children and live in the north suburbs of Chicago.

Kathleen B. Nielson (PhD, Vanderbilt University) serves as the director of women’s initiatives at the Gospel Coalition. She is the author or editor of numerous books, including Ruth and Esther: A 12-Week Study, and co-editor (with D. A. Carson) of Here Is Our God and (with Gloria Furman) Word-Filled Women's Ministry. Kathleen and her husband, Niel, have three grown sons, two beautiful daughters-in-law, and a growing number of grandchildren.