Communicating the Gospel Appropriately
The communication of the gospel is not something that we, as the people of God, are to engage in periodically. It is the lifeblood of our very identity. We must be in continual conversation with the people we encounter and the culture we inhabit. If we fail to be in regular conversation with our culture and its people, the gospel itself falls silent, and its voice quenches. Therefore, we must take courage, lay aside our fears, and rediscover new and creative ways of communicating the gospel least we silence the gospel by our inaction. In so doing, we must not cheapen the gospel in the process of communication but rather find appropriate ways of communicating it confidently, sympathetically and clearly. For our generation, like those before it, “has the responsibility of communicating the gospel in understandable terms, considering the language and thought-forms of that setting”, as Francis Schaefer kept reminding us.