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Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Dever on Evangelism

Like Dan Phillips' work, I'm starting to wonder if everything Mark Dever writes is gold. Writing about evangelism on the T4G Blog, Dever states:
One part of clarity sometimes missed by earnest evangelists, however, is the willingness to offend. Clarity with the claims of Christ certainly will include the translation of the Gospel into words that our hearer understands, but it doesn’t necessarily mean translating it into words that our hearer will like. Too often advocates of relevant evangelism verge over into being advocates of irrelevant non-evangelism. A gospel which in no way offends the sinner has not been understood.

Look at Peter at Pentecost in Acts 2. He wanted to be relevant. But that relevance gave his words more bite, not less. How did Peter witness to those he wished to see saved? He said to them, among other things, “let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ,” (Acts 2:36).

Relevant? Yes. Pleasing? No. Clear? Undoubtedly.

Be clear about the fact of sin (Isa. 59:1-2; Hab. 1:13; Rom. 3:22-23; 6:23; Eph. 2:8-9; Titus 3:5; I John 1:5-6). Be clear about the meaning of the cross (Matt. 26:28; Gal. 3:10-13; I Tim. 1:15; I Peter 2:24; 3:18). Be clear about our need to repent of our sins and to trust in Christ (Matt. 11:28-30; Mark 1:15; 8:34; John 1:12; 3:16; 6:37; Acts 20:21). What would it mean to evangelize without being clear about what the Bible says about these issues?
You can check out the whole article here.


  • At 3:21 PM, Blogger BReformed said…

    What was your take on that article?

  • At 5:48 PM, Blogger BReformed said…

    I'm sorry, that wasn't a fair or even useful question. When you said you wondered if everything Dever writes is gold, I wondered if you meant everything he writes seems to always resonate with you, or if this article was calling into question a dispositon toward his writing.

    I'm going to guess that you liked the article and wished you would have written it.

  • At 8:47 PM, Blogger danny2 said…

    yeah, i meant that every thing he and dan phillips write seems to be right on target.


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