Here’s a quote from my weekend reading that underscores the need for gospel-formed people to both live out and preach the good news.
“In discussions about the contemporary mission of the Church it is often said that the Church ought to address itself to the real questions people are asking. That is to misunderstand the mission of Jesus and the mission of the Church. The world’s questions are not the questions that lead to life. What really needs to be said is that where the Church is faithful to its Lord, there the powers of the kingdom are present and people begin to ask the questions to which the gospel is the answer. And that, I suppose, is why the letters of St. Paul contain so many exhortations to faithfulness but no exhortations to be active in mission.”
[Leslie Newbegin in “The Logic of Mission” New Directions in Mission & Evangelism 2, edited by James A. Scherer and Stephen B. Bevans, Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 1994), 19, bold emphasis added.]
Question: If the world’s [natural] questions don’t lead to life, what does the world need to hear from and see in us, in order to ask the right questions?