How do we get them to pay close attention to the gospel we preach?

How do we get non-believers to pay close attention to the gospel we preach?

Dramatic evangelistic musical? Professional grade worship & music? Accomplished soloist? Dynamic preaching? Deep theological thinking? Insightful bible expositions? Friendly faces? Warm fellowship? Caring community, loving family?

All of the above – but there is more.

In Ac.8:6-8, we read about Philip the evangelist – the crowds paid close attention to what he preached when they saw the signs he performed. For healing and deliverance took place readily in his ministry, and that got the people’s attention!

So often missing in so many churches is this element of the supernatural. Everything has become mechanical and predictable. The contemporary churches criticise certain churches and denominations for being traditional, while their contemporary forms of worship have also become predictable and traditional! On the other hand, traditional churches criticise contemporary churches for being too casual and concert-like while their traditional form of worship has in some cases become the object of worship.

Does either have room for the supernatural? Does either have room for God to surprise us with something a little different and a little unexpected?

If we really want to get the attention of non-believers, our preaching needs to be accompanied by some kind of signs and wonders – whatever they may be! It has to be beyond human intellect, cleverness and human endeavour, it’s got to be a God-thing so that those who attend our worship gatherings may say like the non-believer in 1Cor.14:24-25 who fell down, worshipped and exclaimed, “God is really among you!”

“When the crowds heard Philip and saw the signs he performed, they all paid close attention to what he said. For with shrieks, impure spirits came out of many, and many who were paralyzed or lame were healed. So there was great joy in that city.” – Acts‬ ‭8:6-8‬ ‭NIV‬‬

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