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Topic: Evangelism (11/01/07)
TITLE: A Glorious Gospel
By David Smith
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Too often I hear evangelism presented as if salvation is the end of the matter. What I mean is we tend to present salvation in such a way to make it sound like once a person gets saved they can go back to their lives and be exactly as they were before except with this thing called “salvation” tacked on to their lives. The reality though is that Christ did not call us to simply be saved or to go out and make converts he called us to “go and make disciples” (Matt 28:19). I believe this is one of the biggest failures of the “evangelical church” today. We are content with being saved and being a part of the world and the world’s values.
I believe that Christ has called us to something greater. He has called us to a life of discipleship—a life wholly committed to Him. We have missed some of the glorious greatness of the gospel when we make it anything less than a radical life transformation. I am not questioning the salvation of those inside of cultural Christianity, I am sure that many of these people are saved. What I am saying is that they are missing out on the great joy of following Christ wholeheartedly, and we should not rob anyone of that pleasure by teaching anything less than the fullness of the Gospel and the wonder of a Grace that will allow us to become people that are radically and completely changed.
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