God's Love Compels Us: Taking the Gospel to the World

Edited by D. A. Carson, Kathleen Nielson, Contributions by David Platt, John Piper, J. Mack Stiles, Andy Davis, Michael Oh, Stephen T. Um

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“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.

Published in partnership with the Gospel Coalition.

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D. A. Carson

D. A. Carson (PhD, Cambridge University) is Emeritus Professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He is a cofounder and theologian-at-large of the Gospel Coalition and has written and edited nearly two hundred books. He and his wife, Joy, have two children and live in the north suburbs of Chicago.

Kathleen Nielson

Kathleen Nielson (PhD, Vanderbilt University) is an author and speaker who loves working with women in studying the Scriptures. After directing the Gospel Coalition’s women’s initiatives from 2010–2017, she now serves as senior adviser and book editor for TGC. She and her husband, Niel, make their home partly in Wheaton, Illinois, and partly in Jakarta, Indonesia. They have three sons, two daughters-in-law, and five granddaughters.

Product Details

Category: Biblical Studies
Commentaries & Reference
Format: Paperback
Page Count: 144
Size: 5.5 in x 8.5 in
Weight: 6.3 ounces
ISBN-10: 1-4335-4379-6
ISBN-13: 978-1-4335-4379-1
ISBN-UPC: 9781433543791
Case Quantity: 72
Published: April 30, 2015

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