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Godspeed: Making Christ's Mission Your Own [Kindle Edition]

Britt Merrick
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Have you ever felt like there’s a higher calling for your life? Something more than the mundane weekly routine of work, eat, sleep, play, and church? In Godspeed, Britt Merrick challenges us to step out of our little, self-centered lives and step into God’s grand mission—His plan to restore, redeem, and renew the world.
 
Your heart has been aching for something more, and this is it. Join His mission and change the world.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 539 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: David C. Cook (1 Jun. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007ZH6XNO
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good 14 Nov. 2013
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Living at GodSpeed 31 May 2012
By Stan Sinclair - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Britt Merrick's new book GodSpeed is a great call to see "mission" in a new and clear way - without an "s". Our identity is that we are "called to God sent by God for the glory of God to meet the needs of the world - with God". Britt writes with great clarity and transparency as to our purpose and identity and calling, and includes many personal illustrations revealing some great truths. Highly recommend!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Godspeed 19 Sept. 2012
By Brian Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
GODSPEED by Britt Merrick published by David C. Cook

The author begins the book by stating that what the church in America is missing is a right understanding of `mission'. He calls "living at Godspeed" is when we understand our mission, live as sent people of God and thus begin living the Jesus life to those around us.
He does a good job of establishing the biblical basis of us being a sent people, that we are called to join with Jesus on His mission. We are not bystanders but workers with God.
He says that, "Mission is the single reason why your life's purpose is different from most of the rest of the world." That for mission minded people the question is not `What should I do?' but `What is God doing?'
I feel that for many of us to be able to answer that question we must first wait in prayer until we can hear from God and then be able to see what He is doing.
The author also talks about the need to understand that the goal of the mission or the gospel is not to get people to come to our church service. We must understand that the church is `Gods express instrument for ministry and mission,' and if we realize our identity as the church, and begin to live out that identity that we would `shake the world'.
He makes this profound statement that would be deeply unsettling for many Christians, "Because you and I were sent into the world, it follows logic that our most meaningful and fruitful Christian experiences should take place outside the church building." Yet it seems that we spend so much of our resources and energy on the building.

The author gives these statistics: "of the 52 parables Jesus told, forty-five of them took place in the market context. Of the 132 public appearances Jesus made, 122 of them occurred in the marketplace....of the forty miracles recorded in the book of Acts, thirty-nine of them occurred in the marketplace."

The author also stated that the model for mission is the incarnation of Christ and that model must shape the way we live in the world. He says "When the church does incarnational Christianity instead of religion, mission becomes more practical."

This book provides the biblical material and challenge that should motivate us to begin moving out of our buildings and into the streets. It will help us realize that we are on mission with God.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Something about Britt. 11 Dec. 2012
By Adam Wilson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I often struggle with many pastors in finding them believable. Britt makes we want to not only be a better man, husband, and father, but has inspired me to long for a deeper more sincere relationship with Jesus.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Spiritual Speedometer 5 Nov. 2012
By Dr Conrade Yap - Published on Amazon.com
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The title of this book is intriguing. Together with the front cover, it suggests three things. Firstly, it paints an extreme sense of urgency. Secondly, it shows us that it needs to be done in God's speed, rather than man's rush. Thirdly, it leads ultimately to a destination. The subtitle suggests a fourth thing: Making Christ's mission our own. These sets the tone for the entire book.

Pastor Britt Merrick begins by asking readers to reflect about what is missing in the life of American churches. Many people have criticized churches either as hypocrites, as homophobic, as judgmental people. Such criticisms are understandable as some in the American church has embarked upon a pattern that has replaced grace with condemnation, relationships with rules, and truth with judgment. In the process, Merrick is convinced that the Church at large has lost sight of the person of Christ. This leads them to lose sight of the missio Christi: The mission of Christ. The premise of the book is as follows:

We need a right understanding of what mission is all about, to live something bigger than ourselves, or our churches, and to grasp a Christianity that will not only change us, but through Christ in us, the world will be changed.

I am fascinated by how Britt Merrick is able to be so creative in his presentation of the gospel, of God's mission through the Triune Godhead. The stories are plentiful. The passions are visible. Most of all, the simple point of God's mission is laid bare for all to see. I like the way Merrick is able to present theological truths of the Trinity, the Kingdom, the Mission of God is such a clear framework. There is not much to critique in this book, except minor ones like the use of certain quotations, like the oft-quoted St Francis of Assisi words that put works above words. It sounds nice, but the gospel needs to be both works and words.

This book is a preacher's guidebook on how to preach the mission of God. It is every Christian's guide not just for mission work, but for the work of mission to be planted in the hearts of every believer. It is also a book that can trigger off the alarm clock among those of us who are sleeping through life. May we all develop a character that is Godlike, a life that is Godly, and a pace that is Godspeed.

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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best of 2012 20 Sept. 2012
By Tom Farr - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
GODSPEED: MAKING CHRIST'S MISSION YOUR OWN by Britt Merrick is definitely one of the best books I've read of 2012, and probably one of the best books I've read ever. It's both thought-provoking and heart-stirring in a way that brings Jesus and his mission to the forefront and encourages a complete embrace of God's mission to save the world.

GODSPEED is about Missio Christi, the mission of Christ, and our place within it. But we shouldn't mistake that this is a book about us, or that the Bible is a book about us. Merrick makes it very clear throughout that this grand story is all about Jesus and his mission. The beautiful reality that Merrick paints by looking into the pages of Scripture is that God invites us into his mission to work with him to save the world.

Merrick challenges the common ideas that come to mind when we think of missions and encourages us to lose the "s" and consider that our lives are meant to be lived on mission in the time and place where God has us. He also challenges the mundane lives many people who claim the name of Christ live and paints a picture of Christian living that is truly adventure of walking with and working with Christ.

I love how Merrick organized this book around the work of the trinity, and I also loved the stories he shares from his own life. Merrick is transparent and authentic in this book, and his life is clearly one that is on a genuine journey with Christ. Merrick also tells the stories from Scripture in compelling ways.

GODSPEED is a powerful look at what the Christian life should look like. It is a life that is meant to pursue the hearts of people and bring them into the life of journeying with Christ. I found myself challenged and convicted throughout, and I find myself wrestling with how the implications of what Merrick is revealing through GODSPEED need to specifically play out in my life. Christians everywhere need to read what God is doing through the message of GODSPEED.

I received this book for free for review from David C. Cook, and the opinions contained in this review are completely my own
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