Trasformation Required

One last quote from Green.  This one is from the Epilogue and cuts right to the heart of the matter:

Unless there is a transformation of contemporary church life so that once again the task of evangelism is something which is seen as incumbent on every baptized Christian, and is backed up by a quality of living which outshines the best that unbelief can muster, we are unlikely to make much headway through techniques of evangelism.  People will not believe that Christians have good news to share until they find that bishops and bakers, university professors and housewives, bus drivers and street corner preachers are all alike keen to pass it on, however different their methods may be.  And they will continue to believe that the Church is an introverted society composed of ‘respectable’ people and bent on its own preservation until they see in church groupings and individual Christians the caring, the joy, the fellowship, the self-sacrifice and the openness which marked the early Church at its best.

–Michael Green, Evangelism in the Early Church (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans), p 381.

~ by toddbumgarner on July 16, 2008 6:01 am.

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