Tuesday, November 25, 2008

1972 Brethren Evangelism Statement

Throughout the twentieth century, evangelism on the national level has been lodged with a succession of home mission boards and commissions. At times there has been a specific department or office for evangelism or Annual Conference Statements such as the following excerpt from the 1972 Annual Conference Statement on Evangelism.

Christians have too often been tongue-tied,
hesitant or apologetic when they have had
natural opportunities to tell the good news of God.
...But our confidence is not in ourselves:
it is in Christ whose examples and teachings,
whose life and death still speak with authority....
If we experience the love of Christ,
like Peter and John,
"we cannot but speak of what we
have seen and heard."
Source: Let Our Joys Be Known