For decades, most mainline denominations have recognized that the commission of Christ calls the church into the world to establish the kingdom of God as well as to make disciples. However, many Pentecostals, charismatics and mainline evangelicals have essentially ignored this "kingdom" mindset and "marketplace" commission. Joseph Mattera, presiding bishop of the Christ Covenant Coalition and senior pastor of Resurrection Church in New York City, makes a bold call to all Spirit-filled movements to embrace a "kingdom revolution" in his book by that title.
Endorsed by church and marketplace leaders, including Peter Wagner, Larry Stockstill, Archbishop Gregory Venables, Sen. Martin Golden and Tony Carnes, Mattera's call to transformation of culture through advancing the kingdom of God provides a strong biblical and theological foundation for Spirit-filled ministry leaders and laity. Mattera adeptly dissects critical terms such as covenant, kingdom and economics to provide a new mindset for cultural transformation.
The book's premise is clearly stated by the author: "We must move out of our 'church-only' mentality and realize ministry encompasses all walks of life. Without Christians influencing the world's mind-molding spheres, we will fall short of Christ's Great Commission. The earth belongs to the Lord, everything in it and all who live on it. When we choose to separate sacred and secular, stating that our Christianity is only a private religious system rather than a worldview, we miss out on the blessings that God has in store for us."
Not for the faint of heart or those with plebian vocabularies, Mattera's treatise is a foundational work that provides serious theological and practical principles for the church to address the isolationist leanings of me-ism in the church and the cultural adversarial worldviews that must be addresses and transformed through a biblically based kingdom revolution. A must-read for pastors, marketplace ministers, lay leaders, theologians and evangelists.
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