It’s hard to read Jason Clark’s blog without getting inspired or challenged. Or both.
His I saw Jesus last night post totally inspired me. Especially this quote about the 10 people they baptized:
In our context, none of these people talked about praying a prayer to
accept christ (if they had that wouldn’t have been a bad thing), but of how they
oriented their lives over time, and through interaction with Jesus and our
church. Baptism was for many of them the beginning of a declaration that they
were christians, and followers with us all of Jesus into his mission.
This is something we’re seeing more and more. And it’s something Jesus seemed really comfortable with. He didn’t call Zaccheus to repentance, He instead extended grace. Z’s response to that over-the-top grace was repentance and restoration. Same with the woman caught in adultery. No call to repentance.
I was telling our Alpha group last night that His grace makes me uncomfortable. But it’s a discomfort I want to keep pressing in to.
To read more about recapturing a pre-20th century model of evangelism, be sure to check out George Hunter’s The Celtic Way of Evangelism.