Monday, November 23, 2020

Bridge: evangelism is an attitude

Monday, November 23, 2020
    Commemoration of Clement, Bishop of Rome, Martyr, c.100
    [Jesus to the twelve:] “As you go, preach this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven is near.’ Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.”
    —Matthew 10:7-8 (NIV)
    Evangelism is not an activity at all. It is rather an attitude of mind behind all Christian activity. Evangelism is not a list of certain things done, but the spirit in which they are done. That is precisely why it cannot be organized. It is perhaps best described as an attitude of mind towards God and the world—an attitude which the Church must recover if she is to be true to her Lord, and to seize hold of the present opportunity.
    ... C. Gordon Bridge, Evangelism: Some principles and experiments, London: SPCK, 1937, p. 8 (see the book)
    See also Matt. 10:7-8; Luke 10:9; 16:16; Acts 4:1-4
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, move Your people to evangelize depending on You alone.
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