Sunday, October 22, 2017

Driver: faithfully preaching the Gospel

Sunday, October 22, 2017
    But Peter and John answered them, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you rather than to God, you must judge, for we cannot but speak of what we have seen and heard.”
    —Acts 4:19-20 (ESV)
    Local churches which are respected and even attended by “the public”—interpreted as people who under different circumstances would not feel obliged to attend church at all—are often found to be those where, on a Christian judgment, the gospel seems to be most faithfully preached. Such churches may invite and suffer temporary periods of unpopularity—by standing up for West Indian immigrants, say, or refusing indiscriminate baptism. But on the whole, the storms are weathered by churches, and ministers, whose interest in the community and presentation of the faith [are] alert and genuine. Even so, the Church has every excuse for getting itself disliked: none at all for escaping notice.
    ... Christopher Driver (1932-1997), A Future for the Free Churches?, London: SCM Press, 1962, p. 19-20 (see the book)
    See also Acts 4:19-20; Jer. 1:17-19; Mic. 3:8; Luke 2:10; Acts 7:52-54; 17:16-17; 18:5; 1 Cor. 9:16-17; 2 Cor. 6:4-10
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, grant boldness to me and my church fellowship to proclaim the Gospel despite social pressure against it.
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