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On why we tell the gospel

Today I am in The Basement Coffee House, writing some Bible studies on Paul’s letter to the Romans for Newcastle and Northumbria small groups. I came across this quote on the purpose of evangelism and thought I’d share it with you beautiful people:

The highest of all missionary motives is neither obedience to the Great Commission (important as that is), nor love for sinners who are alienated and perishing (strong as that incentive is, especially when we contemplate the wrath of God), but rather zeal – burning and passionate zeal – for the glory of Jesus Christ.” – John Stott, ‘The Message of Romans’, IVP, 1994.

In summary: enjoying the Bible.

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4 thoughts on “On why we tell the gospel

  1. That is exactly it. But what happens when we lose that zeal?

  2. ellidhcook on said:


    What do you think about doing it for the other reasons until you get your zeal back? Should we rather not, because the style of our evangelism when we’re doing it for the wrong reasons would be unhelpful, or do we trust that God will work through everything, and rejoice that, to use a (tenuously-linked) Paul quote, ‘whether in pretence or truth, Christ is proclaimed’?

  3. Yeh I deffo think we should carry on. I think God is gracious and can work through grumpy, miserable, religious (in all the wrong sense) Christians… Like Grumpy Jonah!
    But I think its also a warning like in Hebrews about not hardening our heart. Asking questions like – Is our Zeal for Jesus, loving Him, Loving the Father and inviting others to have that relationship with Jesus or is it to win evangelism points and a “holy status”?
    Its much more exciting and inviting when our zeal is rooted in Christ and his love overflows from us…instead of inviting them to become miserable overworked Christians…! but God can certainly use all that we do, but for our own enjoyment and relationship with God and others then perhaps we need to watch our hearts and re-capture our first love :). Does that make sense?

  4. ellidhcook on said:

    Deffo. Thanks Cat.x

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