Whenever you see someone outside the body of Christ, think: “This person needs the Good News.” Expand that to this: “This person needs to hear the Good News.” Expand that further still to this: “This person needs to hear the Good News from me.” If not from you, then from whom?
#evangelism #gospel #mission
A measure of one’s seriousness about God’s #mission to save is how much one is willing to forego in order to reach the lost.
To live for the Lord is to live to glorify him. To glorify him means, in great part, to teach the gospel to the lost. Those who don’t teach aren’t glorifying God.
Christians do good to others, as a reflection of who they are, but their mission is not to improve man’s physical or material condition. It seems to be a tendency of ministries that move away from the true gospel to devote themselves heavily to physical and material needs.
“… hospitality was an essential part of the Christian life, particularly in providing places for meeting and for the visiting ministry of prophets, evangelists and teachers, as well as of the apostles in the earliest days. The practice is reflected in many places in the New Testament, Paul often having occasion to thank the members of [the] churches for their generosity in this way and to request them to give hospitality to his fellow-workers when he sent them to different places. He too commends it as a virtue necessary for the church’s life in Rom. 12: 13 …” — A.R.C. Learney, Letters of Peter and Jude, p. 62.
Academic works may be dry and detached from the warmth of the Scriptures because they have missed the love of God and the mission of Christ in the world to save sinners.
“We judge our success by sending capacity, not seating capacity.” —J.D. Greear