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Dexter Low: God’s Mandate For Transforming Your Nation

One ministry that the author sees as vital to the transformation of a community, city or nation is “marketplace apostles” (pages 26-27). These are people who are sent into various areas of society to impact it for Christ; they exercise their ministry on the job in the marketplace. Marketplace apostles can be involved in government, media, or any of the spheres of influence listed above. Some may argue that we do not find “marketplace apostles” in the New Testament. It is true that the terminology is not there. However, Low points out that some biblical figures did minister in the marketplace. Also, since the word “apostle” means “one who is sent” I think it is reasonable to assume that the Lord does send people into various ministry fields, not only with reference to countries but also with reference to the workplace. This is the church going into the world, which is exactly what Jesus commanded (Matthew 28:18-20). The title of chapter four tells us what the goal of these marketplace ministries is “Influencing the Molders of Culture.”

One very important subject that Low addresses is the linking of the generations; he covers this in chapter 6. He believes that it essential to father, or mentor, younger leaders so that they can be prepared for ministry, indeed, that they can exceed the accomplishments of their spiritual fathers.

This book contains some theological terminology and concepts that some readers may not feel comfortable with, for example the mention of dominion theology. Others may find Low’s emphasis on the importance of apostles uncomfortable. Still others may not agree with some of what is said in the chapter on spiritual warfare (chapter 5). However, if these topics make you uneasy please do not allow them to distract you from the larger picture and the possibilities of what can, and is, happening as the church intentionally steps into the world for kingdom purposes. The importance of unity is a theme that surfaces a number of times in the book.

God’s Mandate for Transforming Your Nation is written by a ministry practitioner who is actively engaged in the work he writes about. The book contains many facts, figures, and names about what is happening in various places in the world. I think the author has given an encouraging report about what God is doing with people who step out to make a difference for Him. This book will provide some ideas for pastors and churches who truly want to help transform their communities, cities, and nations.

Reviewed by John P. Lathrop


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Category: Ministry, Summer 2017

About the Author: John P. Lathrop is a graduate of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and is an ordained minister with the International Fellowship of Christian Assemblies. He has written for a number of publications and is the author of four books Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, Pastors, and Teachers Then and Now (Xulon Press, 2008), The Power and Practice of the Church: God, Discipleship, and Ministry (J. Timothy King, 2010), Answer the Prayer of Jesus: A Call for Biblical Unity (Wipf & Stock, 2011) and Dreams & Visions: Divine Interventions in Human Experience (J. Timothy King, 2012). He also served as co-editor of the book Creative Ways to Build Christian Community (Wipf & Stock, 2013). Amazon Author page. Facebook

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