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Spiritual Effectiveness


George A. Rice

image002The prevalent conception of effectiveness in Christian service lays more emphasis upon, and draws more attention to, the man himself than to his Lord. When it is suggested that so-and-so is an effective man, the mental impression registered is usually that the person in question has definite capabilities, that his is a strong, forceful presentation of biblical truth, that he can “get things across”, that he is a man who has had considerable experience in Christian work and thus is well acquainted with the usual ins and outs of things, be it in the ordinary run of church life or in what is known as the “evangelistic field”.


On the other hand, according to so many, an extensive period of academic and theological training is indispensable to effectiveness, t...

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