Book Review: “Blood Bought World”
Author: Toby J. Sumpter
Part 1: Leaving Sharp Edges Sharp
Chapter 1: Anger Without Sin
Chapter 2: The Authority of the Author
Chapter 3: Parabolic Ministry
Chapter 4: Fighting Like a Prophet
Part 2: The Idols That Blind
Chapter 5: Fear Incarnate
Chapter 6: Autonomous Ants
Chapter 7: Fig Leaves for Jesus
Chapter 8: Worse Than You Think
Chapter 9: Preaching People into the Grave
Chapter 10: Grace Has a Beard
Chapter 11: God-Shaped Boldness
Part 3: The Mission
Chapter 12: No Parachutes
Chapter 13: Riding in the Storm
Chapter 14: Holding Truth Together
Chapter 15: Collision Course with Glory
Chapter 16: Seeker Insensitive
Chapter 17: Rules Are Like Rabbit
Chapter 18: Not Afraid Anymore
Chapter 19: Holy War
Chapter 20: ManAlive
Conclusion: Lord of Hosts
In the beginning he is lays the foundation for what our proper view of ministry and Christianity should be and then he progresses on to the godless philosophies that we Christians unwittingly have bought into, and let’s be real here, idols that we have raised up against the truth and authority of God’s Word and the truth of God.
These things are things like fear, the need to social approval, the lie of individual autonomy, the lust of the flesh things of this nature and how those things effect the heart and soul of our Christian walk, spending so much time hiding from that we are not leading other’s to Him, let alone making our sin nature die in obedience to Him.
I want to say that right of the bat your eschatology and your view of eschatology will determine how you read this book, pre-millenialism, either historical or classical and or Dispensationalist, will find this book to be under-whelming or a wishful hope for a utopia. That is okay, I don’t think he wrote this book for you, not that you couldn’t get anything for it, it just won’t drive the point completely home to you. To be clear, this book is clearly written not just from amillennial perspective but that radical post-millennial perspective.
The post-millennial perspective is what drive this book and if you share that perspective it is battle cry, the call to arms, to get realize that there is a war happening and you have been selected to be in God’s armies, but while the battles are ours to fight, God has won the war already so we can fight this battle not in and unsure of victory but with the hope that war is already won.
Toby starts off kind of light and dare say, almost in a whimsical tone, but by the end of the book, I had chills and the mighty work of God and how He truly is mighty save and the drive in that mighty to know that He is so mighty that He can handle any sin that is currently ripping your soul apart.
I think that was Toby’s goal, to let you know that your personal failings and sins, not only did Christ die for them, but He mighty enough to make the battle of our learning to slaughter those things that take us away from Him in shame, but to take that battle and let us have fun in slaughtering those idols that seek to destroy us.
Because that fact is Christ is reigning in Heaven next to His Father and on the earth that He bought with His own blood, so that the hearts of men may not faint in presence of wickedness, but slaughter it, and slaughtering is full of laughter, feasting, and joy.
Honestly, this book made dealing with sin, something that you can’t wait to do so, through that dead sin, the God that is mighty to save, is glorified.
I give “Blood Bought World” 5 out 5 stars, I highly recommend this book, especially if you need refreshment and renewal, the living water that refreshes the soul, for the battle of putting our sins to death in the war won by blood of Christ.