(sharing and proclaiming the message of salvation)
is only possible through faith in Jesus Christ
and that discipleship
(helping followers grow into maturity in Christ)
is a responsibility of all followers of Jesus Christ.
18 Then Jesus came to them and said,
“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.
19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations,
baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.
And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you;
and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem,
and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.
9 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,”
and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead,
you will be saved.
10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified,
and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.
11 As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.”
12 For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile
the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him,
13 for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
14 How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in?
And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard?
And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?
15 And how can anyone preach unless they are sent?
As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!
But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord.
Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you
to give the reason for the hope that you have.
But do this with gentleness and respect,
Christianity is like a public swimming bath.
Most of the noise comes from the shallow health.
unless supported by pre-conditioning
and followed by ongoing support.
It is by deeds of love that Christianity is spread.
It is deeds of conquest that drive people away.
The evangelistic sermon is commonly a whip
that drives the converted to a fervour
and the unconverted to a fury.
Only the writings of Peter
seem to have a clear view
of the needs of others.
AN ALTERNATIVE VIEWPOINT