"If the exhibition of God's glory and the deepest joy of human souls are one thing, then evangelism means depicting the beauty of Christ and his saving work with a heartfelt urgency of love that labours to help people find their satisfaction in him. The most important common ground with unbelievers is not culture but creation, not momentary felt needs but massive real needs. Augustine's famous prayer is all important: "You made us for yourself and our hearts find no peace till they rest in you." If a person realises that the image of God in man is man's ineffably profound fitness to image forth Christ's glroy through everlasting joy in God, then he will not gut the great gospel of its inner life and power.
The gospel is not the good news that God makes much of me; it is "the gospel of the glory of Christ." And evangelism, St. Paul says, is the outshining of "the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God" (2 Cor 4v4). And when, by the agency of prayer and witness and the illuminating gradce of the Holy Spirit, unbelievers suddenly see the glory of God in Christ and rejoice in hope, it is because the Creator of the universe "has shone is [their] hearts to give the Light of the knowlegde of the glory of God in the face of Christ" (2 Cor 4v6). Our evangelistic task is not to persuade people that the gospel was made for their felt needs, but that they were made for teh soul-satisfying glory of God in the gospel."
Michael Spencer ponders this Piperan question:
"Do you believe that God's love is to "make much" of you, or that God's love is to enable you to "make much" of him, and his son, Jesus"