Sunday, February 07, 2016

Webster: the missionary motive

Sunday, February 7, 2016
    [Peter:] “The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of our fathers, has glorified his servant Jesus. You handed him over to be killed, and you disowned him before Pilate, though he had decided to let him go. You disowned the Holy and Righteous One and asked that a murderer be released to you. You killed the author of life, but God raised him from the dead. We are witnesses of this.”
    Acts 3:13-15 (NIV)
    The missionary goes out to men of other faiths and of no faith, not to argue, not to make comparisons, never to claim a superior knowledge or revelation, but to tell of a glorious deed, of the New Creation that has occurred and of the New Being that has appeared and into which men may enter. This is testimony, the apostolic testimony, and this, with the energy of love, is the missionary motive. The insistent task of missionary education and responsibility is to engender this motive throughout the Church, a task that can only be accomplished as men are confronted anew with the message of the Bible and with its supreme and central story, the story of the cross.
    ... Douglas Webster (1920-1986), Local Church and World Mission, New York: Seabury, 1964, p. 71-72 (see the book)
    See also Acts 3:13-15; Rom. 1:14-15; 1 Cor. 9:16; 2 Cor. 4:13,14; 5:11-21; 2 Thess. 1:10
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, implant Your love in me, that I may speak Your Gospel.
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