Sunday, April 09, 2006

The Gospel...

Just because I'm swamped with a presentation (which we finished - thank Goodness!) a Paper & sermon, internship report and post-Easter sermon, it doesn't mean that all of you out there (and I just KNOW there are a huge number of people who read this...) should suffer. So here's one of the best quotes I think I've ever come across concerning what we have to offer in regard to sharing the gospel. Feel free to tell me what you think of it, it's from Lesslie Newbigin's "Truth and Authority in Modernity - a great, short read.

Perhaps one final point needs to be made. If, in the postmodern world, we tell our story, we will be met with the rejoinder: Yes of course. That is your story. But there are other stories. Why should we believe this one?” How does the Christian respond to this? Clearly we must resist the temptation to propose some supposedly more fundamental and more reliable truth on the basis of which the story of the gospel could be validated. Certainly we may try to show how the biblical story makes sense of human life in a way that no other can; but even this becomes clear only when one is part of the story. In the end, the only answer we have to give to the question is along such lines as these: ‘I have been called and commissioned, through no merit of mine, to carry this message, to tell this story, to give this invitation. It is not my story or my invitation. It has no coercive intent. It is an invitation from the one who loved you and gave himself up for you.’ That invitation will come with winsomeness if it comes from a community in which the graced of the Redeemer is at work. Whether or not it is accepted is not a matter in our power. To be anxious about it, to fret about it, is a sign of unbelief. The one who invites is in control, not we.” P. 82-83

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