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When speaking about “influencing people in the Christian direction”, Dr. D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones said that some Christian leaders in his day were advocating a new method.  This new strategy for evangelism was:

“Not preaching, not the old method, but getting among the people, showing an interest, showing your sympathy, being one of them, sitting down among them, and discussing their affairs and problems.  This is being advocated a great deal in many countries at the present time, either as a means of bringing people to places of worship to listen to the Gospel, or else as not only a substitute for that, but as a very much better mehtod of propogating the Christian faith (Preaching and Preachers, 19).”

I often hear things like this being said about evangelism in a postmodern context.  What is Lloyd-Jones’ answer?

“Well now the great question is – what is our answer to all this?… all this is at best secondary… and that the primary task of the Church and of the Christian minister is the preaching of the Word of God (Preaching and Preachers, 19).”

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Dr. Jim Grier, Distinguished Professor of Philosophical Theology at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, MI, addressed church leaders at a Woodside Bible Church seminar on Saturday, October 25.  The seminar was ‘Truth, Certainty and Missional Ministry in a Postmodern Context‘ and contained two presentations: “The Epistemic Quandary: Certainty, Certitude, Assurance, Reasonable Doubt” and “Missional Ministry in a Postmodern Context: Enacting the Mission of God.”  The second session was well worth the price of admission and an early Saturday morning wake-up call.  His assertion that the church is a “people sent on a mission by God” functions both as foundational to his understanding of the church’s purpose in the world and frames his “Missional Ministry Enactment”.  To listen to or download the seminar sessions and notes, visit the seminar page.