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Take Courage & Love People

September 29, 2009

I couldn’t have said this better myself:

Be encouraged that simply finding people interesting and caring about them is a beautiful pathway into their heart. Evangelism gets a bad reputation when we are not really interested in people and don’t seem to care about them. People really are interesting. Every person you talk to is an amazing creation of God with a thousand interesting experiences…. Very few people are interested in others. If you really find their story interesting, and care about them, they may open up to you and want to hear your story—Christ’s story.

John Piper, Finally Alive, 185

The first step to being an effective evangelist? You have to actually love people the way Jesus loved people. Without that, all the clever slogans, memorized presentations, and programs won’t do you any good.

Lord, please let me love people the way you do. Amen.

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. September 29, 2009 6:37 pm

    I like that quote very much. You might even say that being interested in people brings glory to God… or at least Piper might say that. 🙂

    -Alan

  2. September 30, 2009 11:23 am

    They’re all around us. People who need the Lord. Part of being a redemptive person is to draw them our way. Thanks Bryan for this timely reminder of how important relationships are.

  3. September 30, 2009 11:30 am

    Alan –

    Thanks, look forward to hearing you in NT Theology… and I have no doubt that Piper would agree with you!

    Dr. Black –

    Thanks for your thoughts – you couldn’t be more right!

  4. September 30, 2009 3:21 pm

    Very nice quote. Is that from a new book?

  5. September 30, 2009 7:52 pm

    Stephen –

    Yes, it’s from John Piper’s new book (it may be his newest), Finally Alive. I believe it came out within the last 12 months.

    Bryan

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