Preaching the Gospel?
Fascinating quote from a book we’re using in a group at The Well:
“My concern about evangelism is that sometimes there is a greater emphasis on the need for some kind of response than on the clear exposition of the gospel. Telling people they need to come to Jesus, that they must be born again, that they should commit their lives to Christ, and so on, is not preaching the gospel. It is, at best, telling them what have out to do, or in the case of the new birth, what has happened when they have received the gospel. It is a remarkable thing in Acts 2 that Peter’s sermon contained no appeal. That appeal came from the congregation: “What should we do?” It was the power and clarity of the gospel message that impressed them with the need to do something about it.”
– Graeme Goldsworthy in Preaching the Whole Bible