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“World’s gravest need is less than Christ’s great victory”

February 5, 2013

“Many of us specialize in challenging and provoking people into mission by focusing on what’s missing and what’s lacking.  Good-hearted people respond with compassion and kindness. We drive ourselves and others into the world with exhortations to: give more, do more, be more, care more, serve more, love more. Though this may provoke some people’s response and involvement, something is missing. How do we live the abundant life of Christ when our entire focus is on deficits and deficiencies?

P.T. Forsyth offered the great insight in his 1908 book, Mission in State and Church: ‘The weakness of much current mission work and much current preaching is that they betray the sense that what is yet to be done is greater than what has already been done.’ Forsyth goes on to say the gospel proclaims that ‘the world’s gravest need is less than Christ’s great victory…The great thing is already done. What needs doing is all less than has been done.'”

Quotation from Dearborn, Beyond Duty: A Passion for Christ, A Heart for Mission (2013:33, 35). Available on Amazon US, UK, India, Canada, Japan, France, Germany, Italy, Spain.

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