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FOUNDations: John Wesley

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John Wesley would train up those who thought they were called to preach the Gospel. He would teach them, train them and then send them out. When they came back he would ask them two questions:null “Did anyone get saved?”

If they answered yes, he would keep them in his ministry. If they answered no, he would ask them another question:

“Did anyone get mad?”

If they answered no to this question he would tell them, “You are not called to the ministry!”

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-Thanks to Pastor Doug Levy for this.

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  1. That’s really heavy.. and it might seem hard to understand together with the “preach the truth in love”…

    I think we are challenged to do both: preach the truth uncompromised, and not be afraid to let people be offended by the offence that is in the gospel.. And yet still preach the truth in love, so that people see that we are not there to make them mad, but because we care about their destiny..

    .. and all to the glory of God.. 😀

    God bless you brother

  2. The most loving thing we can do is preach the bad news of the Gospel…and then the Good News… regardless of what others (including Christians) think.

  3. I agree absolutely brother… “The one who loves you the most is the one who tells most truth” – somewhat paraphrased from Paul Washer..

    What I tried to point out was just this: It is possible to preach the true gospel with different “tones” in our voice.. While I think it’s important that we stay intense both for the sake of the crowd – and because there is an intense consequence for those who don’t surrender to the message preached – , we still need to preach with passion! I’ve “yelled” some OA sermons a couple of times, and don’t know if that was (or is) the right thing to do.

    What I mean is that I don’t think it should be a goal in itself to offend people. There are different kinds of “offence”. If people are offended by the message (which is offensive enough in itself), that’s one thing.. But if people are offended because we are mean, then something is wrong.. (2 Tim 2:24-25) Do you agree?

    Andreas.

  4. Oh I totally agree. I always caution my students to be respectful, gentle and gracious… and never argue—even when it’s a misinformed Security Guard.

  5. Amen brother… During the OA-meetings in Norway, only ONCE has security guards asked to see our permission – and of course that was the time when we had forgotten the permission at home! Some in the group prayed, while my leader talked politely and friendly with the Security guard.

    .. after around 2 minutes, he said he would check with his boss, walked off, and never came back! Praise God!

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