All of us who name the name of Jesus as Savior and Lord have a common assignment: Communicate God’s saving truth. Communicate it in one-to-one testimony. Communicate it in church services. Communicate it individually, locally, nationally, and globally. Communicate it by radio and television. Communicate it by tracts and magazines and books.
Yet in carrying out this all-inclusive imperative, our major concern is not with means and methods and media, the technology and techniques of our day. Our major concern is with ourselves—the motives we have as we communicate the Word, the principles we follow, the goals we keep in view, and especially the attitudes that control us. Of course we must preach the Word and tell the old, old story. But how? I suggest five controlling attitudes.
We must share the good news with conviction and authority. We must bear in our hearts and minds 1 Thessalonians 2:13: “And we also thank God continually because, when you received the Word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men, but as it actually is, the Word of God, which is at work in you who believe” (NIV).
Do we believe, personally and profoundly, that the message we are communicating is the Word of God? Perhaps our witness is stumbling, hesitant, tongue-tied, naive, and simple. Are we dead sure, nevertheless, that it is God’s truth we are sharing, backed by all of God’s authority and power? If we have this faith, then we can witness with confidence even though our witness may be weak and wobbly. For the power lies not in our words but in God’s Word.
David Hume, the eighteenth-century Scottish philosopher, was the father of modern skepticism. With irony ...1
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