The Old Testament narrative of the Bible recounts the grand story of God calling a people to be his own. God chooses, saves, and spares that nation as he builds a channel of redemption in order to spread his glory over all the earth. Ultimately, God sends his son, Jesus Christ, to die for the sins of the world. What appears to be a defeat in the death of God’s Son becomes a victory, as Christ conquers death in his resurrection. Will God’s glory fill the earth? So Send I You: God’s Progress of Redemption: Part Two answers this question. As we follow the dramatic growth of the New Testament church, as recorded in the book of Acts, we will come to understand that God is surely at work in his world. His followers spread the good news of Christ’s work on the cross and his powerful resurrection, beginning from Jerusalem, cascading to the surrounding areas, and ultimately to the “ends of the earth.” As you read So Send I You: God’s Progress of Redemption, you just might discover that you too are part of God’s marvelous plan to spread his glory over all of the earth.
Evidencing years of both pastoral ministry and teaching in a seminary classroom, Rod Culbertson’s So Send I You well explains, in nontechnical language, the expanding mission of the church in Acts, and also touches the heart strings of the reader to be part of that mission. This engaging workbrings the book of Acts alive in a heartwarming way, and although written for the layman, So Send I You has a sophisticated understanding of the Triune God and his unfolding redemptive plan for the church.
Hugh and Sallie Reaves Professor of New Testament, Reformed Theological Seminary, Charlotte
God is a missionary God, who sent his Son to ‘seek and to save the lost,’ who in turn sends his disciples to make disciples of all nations. This book displays the church in Acts not only as a ‘growing’ church, but also as a ‘going’ church in obedience to Christ’s command. But it does even more. It places the early church’s ministry within the larger context of God’s plan for his creation from the very beginning—namely, to be glorified in all the earth and to have a people for his own glory, not just from one nation, but from a multitude of nations. Rod Culbertson’s zeal for the Great Commission is evident in his writing. But be warned, it is contagious.
Adjunct Professor of New Testament, Reformed Theological Seminary, Charlotte, and Senior Pastor, Sovereign Grace Presbyterian Church, Charlotte