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Finding Balance In Our Message

By Don Loftis | 03.28.12

In looking forward to our OUTREACH BLITZ in a couple of weeks, I have been reflecting on the broad ways that God has called us to proclaim His good news to the world.  He has set a variety of issues in great balance within our individual and collective ministries.

Aristotle, the ancient Greek philosopher, believed that successful communication required a logical message (logos) presented persuasively (pathos) by a man of great character (ethos).  If any of these were missing, the audience would likely reject the presentation. Do you not see all three of these aspects present, as Paul describes his own ministry in I Thessalonians 1:5? “For our gospel did not come to you in word only (logos), but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction (pathos); just as you know what kind of men we proved to be among you for your sake (ethos).”

God’s message is divinely inspired and offers blessings to all.  We have no other Gospel to share but the one recorded in Scripture.  We must never be so timid that we are afraid to both boldly and lovingly share the story of the cross.  We have the truth, but do we lack the passion to share it?

Yet, before either of these is effective, we must have credibility in the eyes of those we seek to teach.  Do they see Christ at work in our lives?  Do they sense our unselfish love for them and their families?  It was Jesus who challenged us to “let our lights shine.”  Let’s do that April 8-14!

 


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