Best Practice #7 "Come and See Evangelism"
Today’s post highlights the seventh of ten best practices of “Come and See Evangelism” found in the Gospel of John, chapter 1.
Best Practice #7—Use the Scriptures
“…of whom Moses in the Law and also the prophets wrote” John 1:45
Philip used the Scriptures to tell Nathanael who Jesus is, saying: "We have found him of whom Moses in the Law and also the prophets wrote.” This means Philip went beyond his individual understanding and experiences to anchor his witness about Jesus in the Scriptures, as we do when we share Gospel Story-arc messaging.
Our own experiences and reasons for becoming Christians are important, but they’re not the sole reasons why others should join us. They’re not even the most important reasons. The most important reasons why anyone should believe in Jesus are straight out of the Scriptures. The Scriptures reveal who Jesus is and his role in God’s plan for saving and redeeming and restoring all things. Thus they transcend our individual understanding and experiences.
The Scriptures also empower our witness. In 1 Peter 1:23, Peter wrote: "...you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God.”
This doesn’t mean that our first job is to lay out everything we know about the Bible, or even to convince people that the Bible really is the Word of God. We don’t even have to always give the reference for verses we quote. Hebrews 4:12 says: “For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword.” Someone has observed. “You don’t have to believe in a sword for a sword to be used against you.”
Ultimately, new birth in Christ is a marvelous miracle that could never happen apart from God and his Word. When we use the Scriptures to share who Jesus is, we are tapping into divine power, power far beyond on our own talents and abilities.