Thursday, February 12, 2009

Quotes from Piper On Evangelism

I've been skimming through Piper's new book Finally Alive. Like all of Piper's he has laid out simple but profound truths. The last two chapters speak on "How we can help others be born again". It's excellent.

Here are a few quotes that stood out to me:

"Haughty, condescending proclamation of Christ, with no feeling of brokenness or servanthood, contradicts the gospel. And silent servanthood that never speaks the gospel contradicts love. 'We proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord with ourselves as your servants.' That's what we do to help people to be born again. We tell people the good news of Christ from a heart of love and a life of service."

" Make Acts 4:31 your dream and prayer for the church of Christ: 'When they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness.' If God would have mercy on us and pour out the Holy Spirit in this way on his church, our eyes would be bright with bold joy and our mouths would open with the story of the gospel. We would become a people who look and sound like we have heard the greatest news in the world- which we have. That is how we were born again. And that is how others will be born again. "

Referring to 1 Peter 2:3, " This is key to personal evangelism: Have you tasted the word of God- especially the gospel- that the Lord is good? Have you tasted it? I am not asking: Have you thought about it? Im not asking: Have you decided to affirm it? I am asking: Have you tasted it? Are there living, spiritual taste buds in your heart that taste Christ as more desirable than all else? This is where we need to get serious. We will spread the seed of God's mighty regenerating power if we have tasted that the Lord is good. The Lord is our delight. The Lord is our Treasure. The Lord is our meat and milk and water and wine. This tasting happens through the word of God. May God loosen our tongues and make us bold gospel- teller because we are drunk with the wine of the word of God and the goodness of the Lord"

That is my desire. To be so in love with God, have tasted his word and believe it with all my heart that I can't help but be a "bold gospel teller".

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