I long for a church…

Tim Brister —  May 10, 2014 — 1 Comment

“I long for a church that understands that it—the local church—is the chosen and best method of evangelism. I long for a church where the Christians are so in love with Jesus that when they go about the regular time of worship, they become an image of the gospel. I long for a church that disarms with love, not entertainment, and lives out countercultural confidence in the power of the gospel. I long for a church where the greatest celebrations happen over those who share their faith, and the heroes are those who risk their reputations to evangelize.

I yearn for a culture of evangelism with brothers and sisters whose backs are up to mine in the battle, where I’m taught and I teach about what it means to share our faith; and where I see leaders in the church leading people to Jesus. I want a church where you can point to changed lives, where you can see people stand up and say, ‘When I came to this church two years ago, I didn’t know God, but now I do!’ I long to be part of a culture of evangelism like that. I bet you do, too.”

- J. Mack Stiles, Evangelism: How the Whole Church Speaks of Jesus, 60-61.

 

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One response to I long for a church…

  1. Allen Ray Mickle Jr. June 4, 2014 at 3:10 pm

    Thanks for this Tim. I just ordered this book. I’m planning on digesting some things on creating an organic culture of evangelism in our church, and plan to develop it into a series for our Wednesday night group. We need to move out of “program culture” and into an organic culture where evangelism flows out of all of us naturally, through the aid of the Holy Spirit

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