There is a great difference in excellency, usefulness, and comfort between people of clear, digested knowledge, and confused, undigested apprehensions. -Richard Baxter

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simplest terms, fullest sense

Mark’s been reminding us the last couple weeks (here, and here) that, though evangelism may not be your gift, it’s everyone’s calling.  

Interestingly, the most common google search phrase that ends up leading people to this blog is “fear of evangelism.”  (yesterday even, the search phrase that led them here was “I don’t want to evangelize!”) Google leads them to this post most frequently.

Well, if you’re wanting to take Mark’s instruction from Acts to heart, here’s where you can find your marching orders: an attempt at summarizing the Gospel in its simplest terms but without reducing it from its fullest sense.  Keller outlines the Gospel’s two foci: individual and corporate transformation, the former being in service of the latter. To emphasize one to the neglect of the other can lead to a misshapen, misleading Gospel.  As they say, you can’t have one without the other.  

Read and then see if you, too, can be simple without being reductionistic.  Use God’s word but find your own voice.

It’s high time to address your calling.  What’s the worst that could happen?