There is a wonderful Irish proverb that says:
You can't plow a field by turning it over in your mind.
Modern churches, teachers, pastors, small groups, even evanglism MINISTRIES do a lot of talking, conferencing, retreating and fund raising obstensibly with the so-called goal of 'reaching the lost'.
While D. L. Moody was attending a convention in Indianapolis on mass evangelism, he asked his song leader Ira Sankey to meet him at 6 o’clock one evening at a certain street corner. When Sankey arrived, Mr. Moody asked him to stand on a box and sing. Once a crowd had gathered, Moody spoke briefly and then invited the people to follow him to the nearby convention hall. Soon the auditorium was filled with spiritually hungry people, and the great evangelist preached the gospel to them.
Then the convention delegates began to arrive. Moody stopped preaching and said, “Now we must close, as the brethren of the convention wish to come and discuss the topic, ‘How to reach the masses.’”
Moody graphically illustrated the difference between talking about missions and evangelism (ie; missions conferences, mission 'plans') and going out and doing it.
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