Sunday, April 18, 2010

Snoopy, you'll have to be all the animals in our play. Can you be a sheep?

An insightful rhetorical question from John Piper's TULIP series (Part 5) ...
Is Evangelism Making Sheep or Gathering Sheep?

John 10:16 ...
I have other sheep, which are not of this fold; I must bring them also, and they will hear My voice; and they will become one flock with one shepherd.

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At 19 April, 2010 19:36, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is gathering them. From our standpoint, it appears as if we have "made" a sheep if the person goes from unbeliever to believer, but, in reality, God knew who and what they were before the conversion took place. And since we don't know, in advance, who the "sheep" are, we treat each person as a sheep, obeying the Lord by extending His loving and merciful offer of salvation. The person, then, in his response, may begin to evidence his sheephood.

At 21 April, 2010 10:13, Blogger Timothy said...

I like that observation because it takes the burden off our shoulders. It's His work, not ours. We just take the human steps and He brings them into the fold.


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