Friday, July 27, 2007

Evangelism: 7 Possibilities (#5)

The 7 possibilities are built around the story of Philip and the Ethiopian in Acts 8:36-40.

5. Engage with the Words of the bible.

This gift falls in Philip's lap. And Philip, we find out, takes the gift. The gift: The eunuch happens to be reading one of the most extraordinary verses in the Jewish Scriptures? Isaiah 53

Acts 8:32-33 Now the passage of the Scripture that he was reading was this:

"Like a sheep he was led to the slaughter
and like a lamb before its shearer is silent,
so he opens not his mouth.
In his humiliation justice was denied him.
Who can describe his generation?
For his life is taken away from the earth.

This passage, is, of course, central in the work of Jews for Jesus. No other passage in the Jewish Scriptures testifies so strongly about Jesus. Jesus is the embodiment of all Israel, that he might justify many. Jesus suffers judgment as Israel suffers judgment , to heal many. Jesus is raised to life, and he includes us in him. Jesus is the Servant. But first, he has to die unjustly like a sleep about to be slaughtered.

My point here is this: If we are going to introduce people to God, we must introduce them to what he said. The Bible must be engaged. There is more to say, and that more is next...


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