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Live blogging from MAGL in Pasadena - pt. 4

Evangelism in A Post Christian Culture

ok, so we're reading through a ton of books, and I've already mentioned this one... From the same book [ Exiles by Michael Frost ] - here's a great way of viewing evangelism through the lens of the incarnation of Christ:

"...only a compassion that acts is acceptable in incarnational ministry. Thus, following Jesus' example, incarnational Christian witness will include the following four aspects:

1. An active sharing of life, participating in the fears, frustrations, and afflictions of the host community. The prayer of the exile should be, "Lord, let your mind be in me," for no witness is capable of incarnationality without the mind of Jesus.

2. An employment of the language and thought forms of those with whom we seek to share Jesus. After all, he used common speech and stories: salt, light, fruit, birds, and the like. He seldom used theological or religious jargon or technical terms.

3. A preparedness to go to people, not expecting them to come to us. As Jesus came from the heavens to humanity, we enter into the "tribal" realities of human society.

4. A confidence that the gospel can be communicated by ordinary means, through acts of servanthood, loving relationships, good deeds; in this way the exile [ incarnational Christian ] becomes an extension of the incarnation in our time. Deeds thus create words."

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