Inside the Nov/Dec Issue
Evangelism and Discipleship
The good news invites us into rest, but also involves the high and costly call to follow—and to invite others on the journey. So as we think about evangelism, we’re disinclined to separate it from discipleship. Rightly understood, they are inseparable.
So we imagine, instead, the interlocking ideas of incarnation—through faith, Christ is born in us. Influence—as his disciple we are privileged to leave his footsteps throughout our world. And our influence is truly his impulse moving through us—his life within us, and the world tastes redemption because we serve it. But invitation follows influence, because it is unimaginable that we should stop short of explaining the wonder of Christ in us and throwing wide the door to all. Evangelism.
It’s such a small thing to use our words. Who would think they had the power to change someone’s eternity and spark a celebration throughout the halls of heaven? But they do.
We use our influence, then, but we never forget the inseparable words of invitation.
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Evangelism: Influence and Invitation
Reflections on the joyous imperative by Jeff Vanderstedlt, Kevin Harney, Kevin Palau, Alan Briggs, Russell Moore, Rick Richardson and Jerry Root.
Changing How We Change the World
A world changing for the better, where victims become heroes and everyone is called to the work of justice … it’s possible. …
The Hillsong Experience
An interview with Brian Houston: “I’ve always been passionate about big global cities, cities that have influence within nations, within continents.”.
The Outreach Interview: J.D. Greear
“Churches ought to measure their success not by how many they bring in, but how many they raise up and send out.”.
ALSO: Ed Stetzer on the Path to Discipleship; Planting Multiplying Churches; Bobby Gruenewald: Are Disciple-Makers Hosts or Producers? Hugh Halter on Evangelism and Life; and Much More.
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