The Problem of Evangelism
A Sermon on 1 Thessalonians 1:5
because our gospel came to you not only in word, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction. You know what kind of men we proved to be among you for your sake. (ESV)
Does the passing of time necessitate a change in our evangelism method? Does it mean we must change the ways we communicate with a lost world? Listen to Dr. Martyn-Lloyd Jones give an emphatic “no” in response to these questions facing the church today. Based on his exposition of 1 Thessalonians 1:15, Lloyd-Jones takes us to the apostle Paul’s words to the Thessalonians regarding evangelism and the power of the Gospel. The problem Paul and the early church faced is the same problem before us today. It is the problem of people worshipping idols rather than the Creator. It is the problem of people facing the wrath and judgment of God. But as we consider how to share the good news of Jesus who can redeem such a people, we must reject the modern idea that changing our methods of evangelism is the solution. We must reject the idea that power, money, and advertising are necessary for Gospel influence. When we proclaim the Gospel, we do so out of confidence in the Gospel to save. Be encouraged as Lloyd-Jones reminds us that the New Testament shows us all the necessary elements for effective evangelism today: preachers who proclaim truth and the testimony of changed lives. This is how the Gospel was spread centuries ago and how it spreads today.