The church now has the opportunity to bear witness in a culture that often does not even pretend to share our “values.” That is not a tragedy since we were never given a mission to promote “values” in the first place, but to speak instead of sin and of righteousness and judgment, of Christ and his kingdom. (Onward, p. 9)
Dr. Russell Moore has put together a strong work to help the Christian church (especially in North America) to think about how the gospel of Jesus Christ works in all facets of life. It is apparent that the culture that the Church finds itself in today is one that quickly running in the opposite direction of the gospel of Jesus Christ. The encouragement that Dr. Moore shares in Onward is a breath of fresh air.
In Onward, Dr. Moore seeks to show how the gospel is needed in various areas of our culture like human dignity, religious liberty, family stability, and more. Dr. Moore uses not only illustrations from everyday life but drives the reader back to the source of truth (the Bible). Dr. Moore shares timeless truths in a fresh way by using references and wording that people of all walks of life can relate to as he points to the necessity of the Church living out the gospel in the sphere they find themselves.
I am grateful to Dr. Moore for this work. It is a faithful reminder of the call that every Christian has been called to: Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age (Matthew 28:19-20).
I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking to live out the gospel of Jesus Christ in this world. Dr. Moore has provided some great tools to help one stand boldly in a culture that just wants you to sit down and keep it to yourself.