| | When Words are not Enough
When it comes to witnessing, one of my favorite verses is 1 Cor 4:20
"For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power."
My experience has been that the Church in my neck of the woods has made it exactly that............talk. The gospel is all talk, no demonstration. Maybe that is why the world sees Christianity as merely a religion or philosophy. It is a belief system to them. Yet we argue, ' No, it's a relationship with God'.
What evidence do we have to show the world that we are in intimate relationship with the most powerful being in the universe? Words, generally. And it just isn't cutting it.
Jesus himself encouraged people to believe He was who He said he was because of the miracles he did (Jn 10:38). Do we believe that what Jesus himself couldnt do, we CAN do? Can we, with words, testify of Jesus when He had to use miracles?
Paul himself did not use clever words but the power of the Spirit, when preaching the Gospel. He actively avoided persuasive teaching because he knew that talk is not enough. (Rom 15:19, 1Cor 1:17; 2:4-5; 4:19)
I believe that all arguments get silenced with one good miracle. And we do these miracles, not just to testify to the truth that Jesus Christ is the same, today, yesterday, and forever, but also to set hurting people FREE.
This is also why I feel the best 'seeker service' is the one where stuff goes on such that unbelievers say ' Surely God is in this place' (1Cor14:24)
How do you feel about this?