Ways to Spur Evangelism

One of the greatest ways to spur evangelism in a church is for the preacher to speak of Jesus and thus train people to connect every discussion and need to the person and work of Jesus. 

– Driscoll, Mark and Gary Breshears, Vintage Church: Timeless Truths and Timely Methods, Crossway Books, Wheaton, IL, 2008, p. 103

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One Noteworthy Danger

There is one noteworthy concern regarding expository preaching.  The danger of expository preaching is that it can fall into worshipping the words of the Bible and ignoring the God who speaks through them.  It can also lead to getting so bogged down in examining every word in such painstaking detail that the big themes and concepts of the book are lost altogether.

– Driscoll, Mark and Gary Breshears, Vintage Church: Timeless Truths and Timely Methods, Crossway Books, Wheaton, IL, 2008, p. 92-93

The Value of Verse by Verse

While the Bible never commands or really even illustrates this method (verse by verse teaching), some practical reasons make it popular:

  1. Because all Scripture is God-breathed and for our benefit, there is not a page of Scripture that is not helpful to our faith so we should examine it all.
  2. From church history we know that influential preachers such as Justin Martyr preached expository sermons that went through books of the Bible line-by-line.
  3. It allows non-Christians and new Christians to follow along more easily than if the preacher jumps around the Bible.
  4. It doesn’t allow the preacher to avoid difficult texts and issues.
  5. It helps teach the congregation to study the Bible for itself.
  6. It helps show the importance of context in Scripture.
  7. It helps people to read and study along with the sermons each week.
  8. It makes it easier for people to refer back to what they have learned in Scriptures.
  9. It forces the authority to reside in the text and not the teacher.

– Driscoll, Mark and Gary Breshears, Vintage Church: Timeless Truths and Timely Methods, Crossway Books, Wheaton, IL, 2008, p. 92

In All Times and In All Ways

Jesus Christ is the head of the church (Ephesians 1:9, 22-23; 4:15; 5:23), the leader who builds the church (Hebrews 3:1), the senior pastor and Chief Shepherd who rules the church (Matthew 16:18).  It is ultimately Jesus who closes down churches when they have become faithless or fruitless (I Peter 5:4).  Therefore, it is absolutely vital that a church loves Jesus, obeys Jesus, imitates Jesus, and follows Jesus at all times and in all ways, according to the teaching of his Word (Colossians 3:16).

– Driscoll, Mark and Gary Breshears, Vintage Church: Timeless Truths and Timely Methods, Crossway Books, Wheaton, IL, 2008, p. 64

Proclaiming to the Culture in Deed and Word

Believers in Jesus Christ seek the welfare of the city where God has sent them to live (Jeremiah 29:7) and pray to the Lord on behalf of its rulers (Ezra 6:10; I Timothy 2:1-2).  They live as good citizens of the state while recognizing that they are first citizens of the state while recognizing that they are first citizens of the heavenly kingdom (Philippians 3:20).  As the church proclaims the gospel and seeks to win people to Christ, it proclaims righteousness in the culture by deed and word and exposes its evils in a context of grace.

– Driscoll, Mark and Gary Breshears, Vintage Church: Timeless Truths and Timely Methods, Crossway Books, Wheaton, IL, 2008, p. 59

One People of God

It seems best to say there is one people of God saved by grace alone through faith alone in the promised Messiah alone who are organized in different administering institutions of God’s one-kingdom purposes.  The physical and spiritual descendants of Abraham – Jewish people and especially Jewish believers – are the “first-born” of God’s working.  With the establishment of the new covenant in Acts 2, the people from every tribe and language and people and nation join in the body of Christ sharing in the inaugurated promises of the new covenant, but not in the Mosaic religion and national structure of Israel.

– Driscoll, Mark and Gary Breshears, Vintage Church: Timeless Truths and Timely Methods, Crossway Books, Wheaton, IL, 2008, p. 58

Customers Are Not Always Right – The Danger of Marketing

Consequently, the gospel came to be seen as – and in many churches still is – a product to be marketed in an attractive manner so as to draw as many customers to the church as possible to consume religious goods and services. Because in this business model the customer is always right, the church tends to sand off any theological edges that consumers find too rough (e.g. sin, God’s Wrath, hell).

– Driscoll, Mark and Gary Breshears, Vintage Church: Timeless Truths and Timely Methods, Crossway Books, Wheaton, IL, 2008, p. 52