I have recently finished teaching in a leadership school on the topic of prophetic evangelism. We can call it a number of other things – Bible evangelism, supernatural evangelism, or simply Christian life. The way evangelism was done right from the start in the Church (Acts 2) was supernatural with the disciples speaking in tongues after being baptized in the Holy Spirit. Jesus used many of the gifts that come with the baptism to impact and change the lives of those He encountered as He moved supernaturally. In Paul’s life evangelism was not simply a program it was actually a way of life and apparently as natural to him as breathing.
Programmatic evangelism which has been around for as long as I have been saved says we need to give people answers to all of their questions. Fair enough. Prophetic evangelism says we need to give them mysteries. We need to do some stuff they can’t figure out. This way they have to consider the existence of God and the fact that God knows them and wants to have a part in their daily, every day lives.
We have been so busy trying to give people answers that we have taken something potent out. We need to let a generation know our God is indescribable! People are tired of programmed and packaged religion. They want to see the power of God demonstrated. The want to see the presence of God – blind eyes to see, paralyzed legs to jump out of their wheelchairs. When the church fails to provide an engaging experience with God, you will see the youth immediately go to drugs and the occult. We need to show the world and especially the younger generation that Jesus is alive. We have been doing that here in Rusia during our recent apostolic trip. It has been exciting.
It is time for the Church to return to her supernatural roots and change whatever it takes to demonstate God to the world today. Paul knew this and said so in 1 Corinthains 2:1-5 When I came to you, brothers, I did not come with eloquence or superior wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God. For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. I came to you in weakness and fear, and with much trembling. My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on men’s wisdom, but on God’s power.
The word “demonstrate” means to put God on public display and exhibit Him in the real world in which we live. God demonstrates Himself through us His people. We need to know how to walk in the power and presence of God so that we can do just that – let others know that He is truly alive and deeply in love with them. Prophetic evangelism does just that!