Rob Bell and putting flesh and blood on the Gospel

I was listening to Rob Bell before his book, Velvet Elvis. He’s an amazing communicator of the faith I believe.

Check out this video:

Here’s a quote from near the end of the video:

This group of people who, by their compassion, their generousity, the grace that they extend to others, you find yourself believing, when you’re around them, that God hasn’t given up on the world.

That’s the Gospel.

That’s it.

The Gospel is the good news that God hasn’t given up on the world, that the tomb is empty, and that a giant resurrection rescue is underway. And that you and I can be part of it.

For followers of Jesus, this is a season called “Lent,” a special time of preparation before Easter. If you’re a follower of Jesus, I challenge you to examine whether this is true of you. And of the community of faith you belong to. If it’s not, invite God to show you what you can do to make it so. Or where else He might have you go.

If you don’t consider yourself a follower of Jesus, I hope and pray that you’ll have the opportunity to bump into people like Rob describes. It can be refreshing. It can even be life-changing.

Hat-tip to my pastor, Arlene Tully, for posting this to her blog!

Marc A. Pitman

Marc A. Pitman helps leaders lead their teams with more effectiveness and less stress. The author of "Ask Without Fear!®," he is the founder of The Concord Leadership Group and FundraisingCoach.com. He's also the executive director of TheNonprofitAcademy.com and an Advisory Panel member of Rogare, a prestigious international fundraising think tank. He is the husband to his best friend and the father of three amazing kids. And if you drive by him on the road, he’ll be singing 80’s tunes loud enough to embarrass his family! You can connect with him on Google+, on Twitter @marcapitman, and like "Ask Without Fear!" on Facebook. To get his free ebook on 21 ways to get board members engaged with fundraising, go to http://thenonprofitacademy.com/21waysebook

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