Signs and Wonders #5 – Apostolic Evangelism #21

We are looking at signs and wonders, miracles and healings, deliverances and the raising of the dead – the need for the supernatural when we are speaking to others about Jesus and His resurrection from the dead.

We saw that apostolic evangelism goes beyond talk to demonstration. According to Paul, the apostle, “The kingdom of God is not in word, but in power” (1 Corinthians 4:20). Few people today will be won by persuasive words alone. Tired of our talk and bored with our theology, they are looking for evidence of the God who transcends our rationalistic and materialistic world.

It must have been similar in Jesus’ day. The multitudes didn’t show much enthusiasm for the synagogue meetings conducted by the scribes and Pharisees. Even though the Word of God was taught and the standard prayers were said, most people realized there was little reality or authority behind all the religious talk.

The Gospels are clear that more people were drawn to Jesus’ miracles than to His messages. As John chapter 6 begins, “…a great multitude followed Him, because they saw His signs which He performed on those who were diseased? (verse 2). Soon the crowd had swelled to more thyan 5,000 people and the miracles continued.

Next, Jesus amazed the crowd even further by feeding them all with only five barley loaves and two fish. He was not just doing “miracles for miracles’ sake,” but each supernatural event was an illustration of the Father’s love. Jesus was communicating His message not only in word but in deed. He not only gave people a Gospel they could hear, He gave them something they could see. The people became so excited that they proclaimed Jesus a great prophet and then tried to take Him by force and make Him king (John 6:14-15).

Can your Gospel be seen as well as heard? Are you able to demonstrate both the compassion and the power of Christ? Can you show people a living Savior, or must you just point to miraclesHe did many centuries ago? These questions will be crucial to the success of our evangelistic efforts in the years ahead.

Apostolic evangelism goes beyond talk to demonstration. According to Paul, the apostle, “The kingdom of God is not in word, but in power” (1 Corinthians 4:20). Few people today will be won by persuasive words alone. Tired of our talk and bored with our theology, they are looking for evidence of the God who transcends our rationalistic and materialistic world.

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