Saturday, August 22, 2015

Stewart: missions not adjunct

Saturday, August 22, 2015
    Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, was one of the two who heard what John had said and who had followed Jesus. The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, “We have found the Messiah” (that is, the Christ). And he brought him to Jesus. Jesus looked at him and said, “You are Simon son of John. You will be called Cephas” (which, when translated, is Peter).
    —John 1:40-42 (NIV)
    The one reason for missions is Christ. He only is the motive, God’s presence in Him the one sufficient cause.
    The fact is, belief in missions and belief in Christ stand and fall together... The concern for world evangelization is not something tacked on to a man’s personal Christianity, which he may take or leave as he chooses. It is rooted in the character of the God who has come to us in Jesus. Thus, it can never be the province of a few enthusiasts, a sideline or a specialty of those who happen to have a bent that way. It is the distinctive mark of being a Christian.
    ... James S. Stewart (1896-1990), Thine is the Kingdom, Edinburgh: St. Andrews Press, 1956, p. 14-15 (see the book)
    See also Luke 2:17-18; John 1:40-42; 4:28-29; Acts 2:38; 4:19-20; 8:12; 11:20-21; 1 John 1:3
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, Your people’s hearts overflow with the good news.
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