Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Proto-Evangelism and the Call to the Nations

“The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; to proclaim the year of the LORD's favor, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn; to grant to those who mourn in Zion - to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit; that they may be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he may be glorified.”
- Isaiah 61:1-3

“God the Father is the author of evangelism. He conceived evangelism in eternity. Likewise in eternity He commissioned the Son to merit salvation for sinners by His substitutionary death on the accursed cross and by His rendering to the Father on behalf of sinners that perfect obedience the reward of which is eternal life.”
- R.B Kuiper, God-Centered Evangelism, p. 14

“The Lord of the Scriptures is a missionary God who not only reaches out and gathers the lost but also sends his servants, and particularly His beloved Son, to achieve his gracious saving purposes.”
- Kostenberger and O’Brien, Salvation to the Ends of the Earth, p. 269

“Knowing the desperate plight of men and women under divine judgment and that the gospel was the only hope for deliverance from the wrath to come, those who had once been in this predicament should be wholly involved in bringing it into the hearts and lives of others.”
- P.T. O’Brien, Gospel and Mission in the Writings of Paul, p. 112

“Never forget that the gospel is good news about the coming of a King.”
- John Frame, Salvation Belongs to the Lord, p. 157

Dear Christ Our Redeemer Family and Friends,

Evangelism is the glad and grace-filled responsibility God has given to the church, but only because God is Himself an evangelist. His desire is that the nations are gathered to worship Him and in Christ He has issued the world-wide call to repent and believe. Therefore, the mission mandate is derivative. Our call to evangelism comes from God’s call to the nations. Our call to outreach finds its source in the God who has already extended Himself to sinners and when we engage in evangelism we are simply heralding the call already given. Over the last few weeks there has been bad news all around. But this is truly good news - God has called sinners to Himself and in His sovereignty He’s called us to the same task. We are simply echoing the call already given.

This coming Saturday we are holding an evangelism seminar for Christ Our Redeemer Church. We will be meeting at Vista Community Church in Ridgefield from 9am to noon on Saturday. We’ve invited Living Waters Church and Red Sea Church to join us. My dear friend Pat Sczebel will be leading this. If you are able, please make every effort to attend, because this will enable us to more effectively repeat God’s call to the nations, starting with our own neighbors and friends.

Thank you for loving the Savior and desiring to make His name known.


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