Life Together #8: Listening Evangelism

Evangelism, rightly understood, is the proclamation of the Gospel or “good news” of Jesus Christ. The Gospel, rightly proclaimed, is the announcement that Jesus is the Lord over all creation, the entire Cosmos, and even death itself. This “good news” has the result, for those who receive it, of entrance into God’s family, participation in his Kingdom, and forgiveness of sin. This is known as salvation.

I wonder if we can’t participate in this proclamation in silence. Might listening be a means of proclaiming God’s Kingdom and Christ’s lordship over our lives by him first being Lord over our tongues?

The first service that one owes to others in the fellowship consists in listening to them. Just as love to God begins with listening to His Word, so the beginning of love for the brethren is learning to listen to them. It is God’s love for us that He not only gives us His Word but also lends us His ear.

Many people are looking for an ear that will listen. They do not find it among Christians, because these Christians are talking where they should be listening. But he who can no longer listen to his brother will soon be no longer listening to God either; he will be doing nothing but prattle in the presence of God too.

One who cannot listen long and patiently will presently be talking beside the point and be never really speaking to others, albeit he be not conscious of it. (pg. 97-98)

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