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By Anonym 14 Sep

Mark Dever

Prayer is the preview of God's action.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Mark Dever

Do you want to know that your new life is real? Commit yourself to a local group of saved sinners. Try to love them. Don’t just do it for three weeks. Don’t just do it for six months. Do it for years. And I think you’ll find out, and others will, too, whether or not you love God. The truth will show itself

By Anonym 15 Sep

Mark Dever

The important thing when you are tied down is to continue to model Christ's love. This will ensure that your words, perhaps spoken long ago, will have fresh relevance, or it will help little ones to understand what it means to live the Christian life in days to come. A life well-lived in these circumstances can be hugely useful in evangelism.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Mark Dever

I think we have to realize that God sometimes gives us more time to pray, and when he does this, we can pray that he will bless those who have opportunities to speak to others.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Mark Dever

If you think that the gospel is all about what we can do, that the practice of it is optional, and that conversion is simply something that anyone can choose at any time, then I'm concerned that you'll think of evangelism as nothing more than a sales job where the prospect is to be won over to sign on the dotted line by praying a prayer, followed by an assurance that he is the proud owner of salvation.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Mark Dever

Christians are defined not by our heritage, but by our mission; not by our blood, but by His.

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Mark Dever

I think it's unhelpful to suggest that the task of evangelism is essentially the responsibility of ministers.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Mark Dever

The gospel of Christ has never needed the gimmicks of man to effect conversion in the soul

By Anonym 13 Sep

Mark Dever

I assume that normally the Lord will be bringing people to himself through the instrumentality of the preached word. However, we have to be very careful that we don't assume that if we are 'X' faithful in evangelism, then we will see 'Y' results right now. It doesn't work like that.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Mark Dever

According to the New Testament, the church is primarily a body of people who profess and give evidence that they have been saved by God's grace alone, for His glory alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Mark Dever

God’s Word has always been His chosen instrument to create, convict, convert, and conform His people.

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Mark Dever

Let's say you don't want to stress the urgency of the gospel. Imagine that you are a hyper-Calvinist, and you just figure that people's salvation is a matter for the sovereignty of God. Well, if that's the case, there will never be the heartfelt pleading that you would see in a Spurgeon or an Edwards, or in the Apostle Paul where he pours out his heart in Romans 9 and 10 for the Jewish people.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Mark Dever

Our culture is becoming more hostile to the gospel. This trend may be more established in Australia than in the USA, but it's now certainly the case that the postmodern mindset is dominant, particularly in the media. Therefore, when we start speaking in terms of certainties, we sound scary to other people.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Mark Dever

An evangelist no more imposes his views on others than a pilot imposes his views on his passengers when he lands a plane on a runway. I bet the passengers are glad!

By Anonym 13 Sep

Mark Dever

Avoiding the doctrine of Hell is one step away from denying it altogether.

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Mark Dever

I love people thinking about apologetics. I just think that we have to be careful. We need to realize that we can argue about evolution or the existence of God or any number of things, but until we tell people the message of the cross, we have not evangelized them.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Mark Dever

A gospel that in no way offends the sinner has not been understood.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Mark Dever

A church is not a Fortune 500 company. It's not simply another nonprofit organization, nor is it a social club. In fact, a healthy church is unlike any organization that man has ever devised, because man didn't devise it.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Mark Dever

Discipling involves instruction and imitation.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Mark Dever

I don't have any way to control the Spirit or create revival. I pray that the Holy Spirit would move upon the church, but at the same time, I want to busy evangelizing. I am not one of those people who moan and pray for revival all the time, but do nothing.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Mark Dever

We are all called to have faith. So all of us are called to evangelize, while some are specially gifted for this ministry.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Mark Dever

If you are not offending people, then you are not an evangelist.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Mark Dever

I know a girl who has become a really enthusiastic Christian. I remember meeting her several years ago. She lived in a house near us. She was standing out the front smoking, not apparently interested in religious things, but she did have a respect for spiritual matters when I spoke to her. So as we talked, she expressed an interest, and began to come to church occasionally. Over the years, I have watched her come to Christ, be converted, baptized and changed in wonderful ways. It's a real joy to me when I see things like this.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Mark Dever

The difference between apologetics and evangelism is that in apologetics, you are answering objections that the world raises, whereas in evangelism, you are bringing the message that Christ brought. So unbelievers tend to set the agenda in apologetics, and you set the agenda in evangelism.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Mark Dever

If you have no interest in actually committing yourself to an actual group of gospel-believing, Bible-teaching Christians, you might question whether you belong to the body of Christ at all!

By Anonym 13 Sep

Mark Dever

Humility is not an 'added extra,' one of the lesser Christian virtues. If you don't have humility, you may be lost.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Mark Dever

A healthy church is not a church that's perfect and without sin. It has not figured everything out. Rather, it's a church that continually strives to take God's side in the battle against the ungodly desires and deceits of the world, our flesh, and the devil. It's a church that continually seeks to conform itself to God's Word.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Mark Dever

Unfortunately, many of our churches calibrate their life to these nominal Christians. The predictable result is that you get fake, hypocritical churches that confuse the message of the gospel and make it hard for others who are trying to do genuine evangelism.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Mark Dever

Your plans are fine, as long as you realize God has the right to change them.

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Mark Dever

Correct division should be preferred over corrupt unity.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Mark Dever

We can't know at any given time how God will bless our faithful witness. So the apparent numerical growth of the church is never a good guide to how faithful we have been in evangelism.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Mark Dever

Sometimes we have to wait a long time to see conversions.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Mark Dever

Forgetfulness of God's grace is one of the greatest tools in the enemy's war against our souls.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Mark Dever

The church arises only from the gospel. And a distorted church usually coincides with a distorted gospel.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Mark Dever

We are all called to initiate involvement in each other’s lives... We covenant together to work and pray for unity, to walk together in love, to exercise care and watchfulness over each other, to faithfully admonish and entreat one another as occasion may require, to assemble together, to pray for each other, to rejoice and to bear with each other, and to pray for God’s help in all this.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Mark Dever

Once we see more of our need and understand more of what Christ has done for us, he will become more precious to us. And this, in turn, will enable our obedience far more than sheer grunt effort.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Mark Dever

Evangelism is not imposing anything on anyone; it is simply sharing the truth.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Mark Dever

If we feel that our ministry has come to an end in one place, then it seems reasonable to move on.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Mark Dever

We may be sinking in the North Atlantic in the most famous ship disaster of all time, but God can still use us to reach out and save others through our witness.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Mark Dever

I think many people in the church are probably concerned that they can't answer all the questions that might come up. I am sure this affects people by playing on their doubts - especially if they have their own questions that they are wrestling with.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Mark Dever

If joy or urgency are missing from our presentation of the gospel, then our testimony to Christ will be missing that sort of fullness that we find in the New Testament.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Mark Dever

Advice on evangelism needs to be tailored to individual situations. For instance, I know someone who needs to be encouraged to speak less and work more. That would be a better testimony for him because he has certainly let his work colleagues know about Jesus. It's not that I don't want him to witness about Jesus, but I have a lot of sympathy for his employer. He is paying for work to be done.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Mark Dever

Christians, like everyone else, are prone to be selfish and scared, and wanting others to think well of them. So, although we possess what one part of us knows is the greatest news in the world, we don't act as though it is. Consequently, we share the gospel less than we should.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Mark Dever

Testimonies are great things about what the Lord has done for us, but no-one will be offended when you talk about what God has done for you. You need to be specific about sin, about Christ's death on the cross, about others' need for a saviour, and about their need to repent and trust in Christ.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Mark Dever

Pride causes us to care more about what our non-Christian friends think of us than what God will do to them in their sin.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Mark Dever

It's fine to deal with people's doubts and explain why they have good reasons to believe in Christ. But until we tell them the good news of Jesus Christ, we haven't done our job. They need a saviour that God has provided them in Christ. Once they know that, we can do as much apologetics as we need to.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Mark Dever

Membership is the church's corporate endorsement of a person's salvation.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Mark Dever

Friend, the church finds its life as it listens to the Word of God. It finds its purpose as it lives out and displays the Word of God. The church’s job is to listen and then to echo.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Mark Dever

It doesn't matter whether we live in the 19th or 21st centuries; we face the same basic problems that everyone who lives between the Fall and the return of Christ faces.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Mark Dever

If you say that the gospel lays a claim upon people, then you are invading their personal space, and they feel as though you have no right to be there. Now we don't even begin preaching the gospel until we get into their personal space and they feel the demands of God upon them.