Friday, 22 February 2008

Romans 1:16

Dave Bish made a really interesting post today on proclamation evangelism, over at thebluefishproject.

It's always good to be reminded that it is God who works in people's lives. In the post, Terry Virgo was quoted from his recent article in the UCCF:thechristianunions NB magazine:

"...some have suggested that Christians need to display more humility, but sadly this sentiment is often misplaced. Certainly we should always show appropriate courtesy in presenting our message, but it would be wholy inappropriate to try and communicate humilty by expressing lack of certainty or personal doubt in the actually message we are communicating.... We need to be comprehensible and relevant. We must also stick to the point. We are witnesses to his resurrection. Forgiveness is available. Eternal life can be faced with joy and certainty. Death is defeated. Jesus is alive and can be known. Boldness is not inappropriate when we have good news to tell."

So true! When sharing the gospel we need to be where people are, we need to be engaging and relevant, we need to be enthusiastic, loving and gentle. But most of all, we need to be faithful!

"I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes".

It is God who changes hearts, and it is through faithful proclamation of the gospel that he has chosen to do it. And why wouldn't we? This is the news that has given us new life. This is the news that has made it possible for me to know the living God. It is amazing news! Why would I want to change it in any way? OK, it does offend some, but it is through this news that God works... ' the word of the Lord grew, spread, prevailed and multiplied.' God is glorified, his Kingdom extended and his truth passed on and multiplied when we share that word, for what it really is - showing Jesus for who he is and his work for what it is. When we water it down, it might be more acceptable for some, but it is not the gospel, and it will all be worthless.

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