Thursday, February 06, 2020

Mott: incapable of evangelism

Thursday, February 6, 2020
    Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
    —Romans 12:2 (NIV)
    The invasion of the Church by the world is a menace to the extension of Christ’s Kingdom. In all ages conformity to the world by Christians has resulted in lack of spiritual life and a consequent lack of spiritual vision and enterprise. A secularized or self-centered Church can never evangelize the world.
    ... John R. Mott (1865-1955), The Evangelization of the World in this Generation, New York: Student Volunteer Movement for Foreign Missions, 1905, p. 44 (see the book)
    See also Rom. 12:1-2; Matt. 28:19-20; Mark 16:15; Luke 24:46-48; John 15:16; 1 Thess. 5:3; 1 John 2:15-17; Rev. 3:14-18
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, reverse the decline of the church by the power of Your Spirit.
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