Monday, December 27, 2004
Feast of John, Apostle & Evangelist
In several striking cases of conversion I have studied, those in need were inspired and affected, not merely by the kindness of an individual... but by the love and sympathy of the Church as a whole... Examples could be multiplied. This type of service is a great witness to the reality of Christian life and faith; but it presupposes a spirit of fellowship within the Church, a spirit which is all too rare. It means that there is mutual respect and trust between the minister and the members of his Church; and a spirit of fellowship which is outward-looking and which issues in service.
... Owen Brandon, The Battle for the Soul, Philadelphia, Westminster Press, 1959, p. 45-46
(see the book; see also Phil. 2:1,2; more at Church, Conversion, Faith, Fellowship, Inspiration, Kindness, Love, Need, Service, Spirit, Sympathy, Witness)
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