Jimmy Faye Baker once told Time Magazine in 1986 that if Jesus was alive today, “he’d have to be on TV. That would be the only way he could reach the people he loves. (for contrast)
Religion is like a pair of shoes…..Find one that fits for you, but don’t make me wear your shoes. (For contrast)
One way to recognize whether we suffer from this disconnection is to look at our concern for people who are dirty… people who are “other”… people who don’t fit the core group’s image. The ravages of sin are not pleasant–but they are what Jesus came to forgive and heal. “The Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost” (Luke 19:10). Yet Christians often hesitate to reach out to those who are different. They want God to clean the fish before they catch them.
If he have faith, the believer cannot be restrained. He betrays himself. He breaks out. He confesses and teaches this gospel to the people at the risk of life itself.
Brian D. McLaren
We must never underestimate our power to be wrong when talking about God, when thinking about God, when imagining God, whether in prose or in poetry. A generous orthodoxy, in contrast to the tense, narrow, or controlling orthodoxies of so much of Christian history, doesn’t take itself too seriously. It is humble. It doesn’t claim too much. It admits it walks with a limp.”
Speaking to people does not have the same personal intensity as listening to them. The question I put to myself is not ‘How many people have you spoken to about Christ this week?’ but ‘How many people have you listened to in Christ this week?
We email, Facebook, tweet and text with people who are going to spend eternity in either heaven or hell. Our lives are too short to waste on mere temporal conversations when massive eternal realities hang in the balance. Just as you and I have no guarantee that we will live through the day, the people around us are not guaranteed tomorrow either. So let’s be intentional about sewing the threads of the gospel into the fabric of our conversations every day, knowing that it will not always be easy, yet believing that eternity will always be worth it.
Truth carries with it confrontation. Truth demands confrontation; loving confrontation, but confrontation nevertheless.
We must be global Christians with a global vision because our God is a global God.
The church is the only cooperative society in the world that exists for the benefit of its non-members.
D. Elton Trueblood
Evangelism is not a professional job for a few trained men, but is instead the unrelenting responsibility of every person who belongs to the company of Jesus.
David F. Wells
In our postmodern culture which is TV dominated, image sensitive, and morally vacuous, personality is everything and character is increasingly irrelevant.
I believe I never was more acceptable to my Master than when I was standing to teach those hearers in the open fields now preach to ten times more people than I would if I had been confined to the churches.
[St.] Patrick found a way of swimming down to the depths of the Irish psyche and warming and transforming Irish imagination-making it more humane and more noble while keeping it Irish.
Rebecca Manley Pippert
When God is seeking a person, he will not allow my fear, my feeling of intimidation or my lack of knowledge or experience to prevent that person from finding him.
The chief agents in the expansion of Christianity appear not to have been those who made it a profession or a major part of their occupation, but men and women who earned their livelihood in some purely secular manner and spoke of their faith to those whom they met in this natural fashion.
Christopher J.H. Wright
The Great Commission is an expanding and self-replicating task, not a ticking clock for the end times.
Prayer evangelism is talking to God about our neighbors before we talk to our neighbors about God.
Mark O. Wilson
Instead of being fishers of people, we’ve become keepers of the aquarium.
Evangelization does not consist in proselytizing, but … in humbly drawing near to those who feel distant from God and the Church, those who are fearful or indifferent, and saying to them: ‘The Lord, with great respect and love, is also calling you to be a part of his people’
Evangelii Gaudium, p.113
Shannon K. Evans
Evangelism is finding Christ already present in the world, and inviting the other into the loving belonging of the inclusive family of God.
Ed Stetzer and Mike Dodson
Our churches struggle with being evangelistically effective because they are locked into a self-affirming subculture while the larger culture continues to move in other directions.
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