Saturday, February 25, 2017

Schaeffer: the testimony of the Church

Saturday, February 25, 2017
    Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. Here there is no Greek or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all.
    —Colossians 3:9-11 (NIV)
    [Continued from yesterday]
    Now the world should be able to see in the Church those marks which exhibit that there is a substantial sociological healing possible in the present generation... It is not enough for the Church to be engaged with the State in healing social ills, though this is important at times. But when the world can turn around and see a group of God’s people exhibiting substantial healing in the area of human relationships in their present life, then the world will take notice. Each group of Christians is, as it were, a pilot plant, showing that something can be done in the present situation, if only we begin in the right way.
    ... Francis A. Schaeffer (1912-1984), The God Who is There [1968], in The Francis A. Schaeffer Trilogy, Good News Publishers, 1990, p. 166 (see the book)
    See also Col. 3:9-17; Rom. 15:1-2; Gal. 6:2; Eph. 4:2-3,32
Quiet time reflection:
    We are broken vessels, Lord, but You alone can mend us and make us useful again.
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