Today I thought I would share some more quotes from Bob Roberts book Real Time Connections, this is the kind of thing you can look forward to THIS SATURDAY at the 300 Leaders Conference. If you are free, why not come along? There are a few more tickets available!
“The message that the apostles preached demanded a specific response to the challenges of life. It would have been hypocritical to preach a gospel of love for God and for their neighbor, to teach about the life of Jesus, and not practice it as well.”
“I’d like to propose a new contest, similar to the contest between Elijah and the priest of Baal on Mount Carmel, between people of different religious views. But instead of a hostile confrontation involving sacrificial bulls, buckets of water, and fire from heaven, what if we challenged them to outdo us in love, service, and sacrifice? What if our primary witness to God was through sacrificial deeds of kindness instead of the righteous rhetoric that seems to dominate the discussion? If we were to begin our outreach with acts of love and service to our communities and neighborhoods and then move toward an explanation of our message, how much more effective might our evangelism be?”
“The gospel of the kingdom of God is the good news that God has established his rule and reign in all things.”
“If my gospel focus is exclusively on salvation, my focus tends to be on getting people to believe certain things. When a convert mouths the right belief statement, we think our work is done. They are saved because they have accepted the gospel and believed in Christ. But if my focus is on the gospel of the kingdom, I look at the Great Commission through a wider lens. My focus is still on sharing a message with someone to get a believing convert, but that no longer is my goal, my endgame. It becomes the starting point for a much larger mission, namely, to transform the individual and to reproduce transformation that brings change to an entire community.”
“The only way for disciples to cultivate a viral faith is for them to focus their efforts outside the church and learn to engage society.”