“I have traveled the country speaking and meeting with college students from 150 colleges, teaching God’s heart for the world and challenging people to live missionally,” says Josh Cooper, author of the 2013 book Hold Fast: The Mission of God and the Obstacles of Man.
“Everyone has at least one good excuse why they shouldn’t live their life for the mission of God. Therefore, most people who live for God’s purpose won’t end up doing so accidentally. Out of the hundreds of thousands challenged to be missional Christians, only a small handful make it.”
- A lack of awareness of God’s mission purposes
- A focus on needs closer to home
- Romantic relationships
- Family opposition
- Theological issues (e.g., pluralism)
- Uncertainty about their calling
- The burden of debt
- Concerns about raising support
Cooper shares stories of those who have overcome each struggle and provides encouragement to keep the reader moving forward.
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