• W. Austin Gardner

Response of a prepared heart to the call of God


I believe that every call which finds a positive response in the prepared heart will result in the following persuasions:

1. A deep conviction of the universal need of the gospel.

2. A deep conviction that God wills all people to hear the gospel, and that God is no respecter of persons.

3. The realization of our means to meet that need—the gospel of Jesus Christ.

4. A deep sense of personal inadequacy, inability and unworthiness.

5. The realization of our ability to meet that need (preparation) or our willingness to secure the ability (the willingness to prepare well).

6. A wholehearted and complete yielding to the task of meeting that need.

7. This is very often accompanied by an inner satisfaction, growing conviction, and peace and rest.

George W. Peters, A Biblical Theology of Missions (Chicago, IL: Moody Press, 1972), 284.


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