In Part I, which appeared in the August 22 issue, Dr. Moffett pointed out the widespread difference of opinion on what constitutes evangelism. In seeking a biblical definition he concluded that first of all evangelism is preaching and that secondly it is preaching with power. He asserted that there is an indispensable link between witness and service.
3. This, however, carries us beyond the preaching and the power to a third point the Bible makes about evangelism. Evangelism in the Bible is not only preaching and preaching with power. It is preaching with power for a purpose. Its purpose is to turn men to Jesus Christ.
This is the purpose both of the signs and of the preaching. When John recounts the signs and wonders, the mighty acts of Jesus, he adds, “Many other signs truly did Jesus … but these are written that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing ye might have life through his name” (John 20:30, 31). In Peter’s sermon at Pentecost, he is not just presenting truth about Jesus Christ, but presenting that truth in order to secure a decision for Christ. He begins with the facts, but the facts lead to an appeal: “Repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus” (Acts 2:38). Paul and Barnabas at Iconium “spoke to such purpose,” says Luke, “that a large body of Jews and Greeks became believers” (Acts 14:1, NEB).
John Oman of Cambridge comments, “No discourse is really edifying unless all of it is concerned with stirring the heart and touching the conscience and moving the will, and the final word should be to clench the nail.” Don’t try to impress, he says. Seek only to persuade. And James Black puts it quite bluntly. ...1
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