This list of significant evangelistic events in the history of the Church has been prepared in view of the World Congress on Evangelism, whichCHRISTIANITY TODAYwill sponsor in Berlin as a tenth-anniversary project in 1966. Space limits forced difficult choices upon the specialists who aided in compiling the list of events, and readers no doubt will wish to add to or delete from the compilation. Nearly all missionary agencies are excluded for reasons of space.—ED.

I. BEFORE THE TIME OF JESUS CHRIST

A. Prior to the Exodus

Enoch: spokesman for God

Noah: preacher of righteousness

Abraham: God’s messenger to the surrounding tribes

Joseph: God’s representative to the Egyptians

B. From Moses to Jesus Christ: Old Testament Revivals

Moses and the people of Israel at Sinai

Joshua in the closing days of his life

Period of the Judges: recurring apostasy, repentance, and revival

Samuel: Israel revived and the Philistines defeated

Elijah: revival victory over the priests of Baal

Jonah: the evangelization of Nineveh

Asa and the great revival (2 Chron. 14–16)

Hezekiah and the revival in Judah

Josiah: a time of reformation in Judah

The post-captivity revival

II. THE FULLNESS OF TIME

The Lord Jesus Christ: his evangelistic ministry

The death and resurrection of Jesus Christ

The Great Commission after the Resurrection

III. THE FIRST TEN CENTURIES A.D.

Pentecost (A.D. 30): the descent of the Holy Spirit and Peter’s first evangelistic sermon (3,000 converts)

Stoning of Stephen

The Apostle Paul: his worldwide missionary ministry; his apostolate to the Gentiles

Origen (186–253): teacher-scholar who preached every day for thirty years and who never divorced gospel preaching from scholarship

Gregory Thaumaturgus (213–c. 270): evangelist in Pontus of whom it was said that ...

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