Tuesday, January 16, 2024

Barth: the purpose of its summons

Tuesday, January 16, 2024
    [Jesus:] “No one lights a lamp and hides it in a jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, he puts it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light.”
    —Luke 8:16 (NIV)
    The community does not speak with words alone. It speaks by the very fact of its existence in the world; by its characteristic attitude toward world problems; and, moreover and especially, by its silent service to all the handicapped, weak, and needy of the world. It speaks, finally, by the simple fact that it prays for the world. It does all this because this is the purpose of its summons by the Word of God. It cannot avoid doing these things, since it believes.
    ... Karl Barth (1886-1968), Evangelical Theology: An Introduction, Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 1979, p. 38 (see the book)
    See also Luke 8:16; Matt. 5:13-16; Mark 4:21; Luke 12:8; 21:15; 2 Cor. 6:14; Phil. 1:27-28; 2:14-16; 2 Pet. 3:9
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, uphold Your church before the world.
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