Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Target: evangelism

Tuesday, December 6, 2016
    Feast of Nicholas, Bishop of Myra, c.326
    Now when they heard this they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?” And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself.”
    —Acts 2:37-39 (ESV)
    The paradox is that a genuine “love for souls” which allows itself to be diverted by fashionable modes into a mere “winning” of them to this or that mutually exclusive version of the “Truth,” very often descends to a use of people for more-or-less irrelevant ends (already an evil), and can then so easily degenerate into a total misuse of people for alleged evangelical “results” with the consequent loss of all respect for people and their souls, and the withering of the original concern and love.
    ... G. W. Target (b. 1924), Evangelism Inc., London: Penguin Press, 1968, p. 88 (see the book)
    See also Acts 2:37-39; Phil. 1:15; 1 Cor. 1:22-23; 9:19-23; 2 Cor. 4:5
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, grant me the heart that loves the lost.
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