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The Mark of a Christian

The Mark of a Christian by Francis Schaeffer

I am thrilled to tell you about the book I read a couple of Fridays ago. For a couple of reasons, the first being it only took me a couple of hours on a friday to read it! Francis Schaeffer was one of the great minds of the 20th century. He writes in that compelling yet conversational way that makes you feel like you are almost talking with him as you read. I consider him a new found influence for our small group leaders and our elders here at the Summit Church.  His book The Mark of a Christian was actually the last chapter in his book The Church at the end of the 20th Century. Schaeffer requested it be reprinted on its own as it carried a message he believed could be considered on its own by the church. At 60 pages it is barely a book but delivers a strong punch. Schaeffer argues love between the saints, and to the world, is the true mark of a christian. John 13:33-35 and John 17:21 are two places in Christ’s prayer that Schaeffer points to in building the argument that Love is the final apologetic for the gospel. That is, Jesus gave the world a license to judge the validity of the gospel by the unity of the saints. I cant help but agree with him here as I read Christ’s words. I do believe the most powerful evangelistic tool in the near future will be the unity and love between believers that Christ prays for multiple times in John 13 – 17. Schaeffer taught and modeled this love in his life, most notably infusing this lifestyle in others at L’Abri in Switzerland. I encourage you to take an afternoon and work through this short powerful treatise on love between the saints. And if you are a Summit Small Group leader, go ahead and expect to see it on the 2011 edition of the leader development track!

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