It’s Not Enough to ‘Proclaim Jesus’

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“It’s not enough to ‘proclaim Jesus.’  For there are many different Jesuses being presented today.  According to the NT gospel, however, he is historical (he really lived, died, arose, and ascended in the arena of history), theological (his life, death, resurrection and ascension have saving significance), and contemporary (he lives and reigns to bestow salvation on those who respond to him).  Thus the apostles told the same story of Jesus on three levels–as historical event (witnessed by their own eyes), as having theological significance (interpreted by the Scriptures), and as contemporary message (confronting men and women with the necessity of decision).  We have the same responsibility today to tell the story of Jesus as fact, doctrine and gospel.”

— John R.W. Stott, The Message of Acts.

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