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These demonstrations consist of words of knowledge — which bear more resemblance to clairvoyance — healing, prophecy, and deliverance from evil spirits. Traditional gospel centered evangelism, it is argued, may result in conversions, but since these new believers do not experience dramatic signs, there is something missing from their conversion experience, resulting in incomplete, weak, and powerless Christians. But is evangelism which relies upon the miraculous to prompt saving faith biblical evangelism? Is power evangelism scripturally based, or experientially based? Do Signs Prompt Saving Faith? When the scribes and Pharisees demanded that Jesus perform an attesting miracle, He did not view it as an opportunity to prompt saving faith in his interlocutors.

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These demonstrations consist of words of knowledge — which bear more resemblance to clairvoyance — healing, prophecy, and deliverance from evil spirits. Traditional gospel centered evangelism, it is argued, may result in conversions, but since these new believers do not experience dramatic signs, there is something missing from their conversion experience, resulting in incomplete, weak, and powerless Christians.

But is evangelism which relies upon the miraculous to prompt saving faith biblical evangelism? Is power evangelism scripturally based, or experientially based?

Do Signs Prompt Saving Faith? When the scribes and Pharisees demanded that Jesus perform an attesting miracle, He did not view it as an opportunity to prompt saving faith in his interlocutors. The demand for a sign was not limited to just the Pharisees. Sometimes it came from his many followers.

What work do You perform? The crowd asks this after they had just witnessed the feeding of the Jn Jesus made it clear that the motivation which the crowd had for following Him was not that they had seen signs, but it was the fact that He had met their immediate desires, i.

They did not look to Jesus for salvation, but for a fish sandwich. The desire to see signs is vigorously repudiated by Jesus.

The clearest reason for this is given in Luke His brothers need a sign Lk Signs and wonders are incapable of prompting saving faith. The persuasiveness of the gospel is not enhanced by the addition of signs and wonders. Their failure to believe Jesus was the result of their rejection of Old Testament teaching concerning the Messiah Jn In the purpose statement to his gospel, the Apostle John indicates that he has presented sufficient evidence to lead someone to saving faith: Many other signs therefore Jesus also performed in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; but these have been written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you may have life in His name.

Jn The testimony recorded in Scripture is sufficient. In 1 Corinthians, the Apostle Paul defended the sufficiency of the gospel against Jews who asked for signs 1 Cor Rather than capitulate to their demands, Paul simply preached the gospel of Christ crucified 1 Cor ; The testimony of both the Old and New Testament affirms that its documentation of signs and wonders is sufficient to lead anyone to saving faith.

Unfortunately, it is these key elements of the gospel, along with a call to repentance that is often missing from power evangelism. A Different Gospel It should be obvious that any evangelism which is dependent upon signs and wonders for its effectiveness is inherently unbiblical.

The object of faith becomes the signs and wonders, not the Savior, and a mystical, nebulous Jesus is substituted for the historical Jesus. The object of saving faith must be Jesus Christ, not self-serving signs and wonders. Personal experience becomes the basis for reality, not the teaching of Scripture. Experience, not the Bible, determines both its theology and its practice. Results are used as proof as its legitimacy. Let us be good Bereans Acts Post navigation.

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It gives a clear explanation for the gap between the acts of the Bible and the lack of power on a large scale in the Western Church. Wimber had many verified signs and wonders in his day. He gives an honest evaluation of how the Western mind often thinks and how we hinder the flow of the Spirit in us. This was very helpful and challenging. As you conclude this book he inspires you to trust God and take the risk of faith to be used by him to This book is a must for any Western Christian today. As you conclude this book he inspires you to trust God and take the risk of faith to be used by him to demonstrate the kingdom of God against the kingdom of darkness. This book brings a deep theology to the movement and the method of Evangelism.

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It changed the church world as we know it. I would say that John Wimber did more to bring renewal to the Bride of Christ than anyone we know. In fact, the renewal outlived him if we are to honest. I did not know much about John Wimber as a kid. I do remember my grandparents flying us to California for a conference and we went to Disneyland while there. I look back and realize that those meeting was really important and they was at the Vineyard Church that John Wimber pastored. We enjoyed the services and I knew that grandpa spend a morning in a special meeting with leaders.

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