Methods of Jesus
What kind of techniques did Jesus and the Apostles use? What did they use for church growth, perhaps to get people to come to be interested, or as would be said today, to come to church? They told the truth. “Okay, so what is the technique then?” That’s it. He told the truth. They told the truth. They quoted scripture, read it, and explained it. The attraction was the truth or as good, God Himself, because God’s Word is truth. That’s how God wants it. God doesn’t want concoctions. The example of Jesus is what we follow for doing ministry, doing His work. That is recorded for us in scripture – in the Gospels and Acts. Then we get explanations or explications of that in the rest of the New Testament. God doesn’t want people to be here for other reasons than Him and His Word. What motivates us does matter to God. It is all to the glory of God. It is all to His pleasure. Anything else is idolatrous and covetous. God wants contentment with Him and the things of Him. What I’m describing is the whole New Testament, but it’s also taught explicitly and propositionally in the New Testament, especially in 1 Corinthians 1-3. The method matters. When you use something carnal, what Paul calls carnal weaponry in 2 Corinthians 11, God doesn’t get the glory. Man does. God uses spiritual means. Paul did not rely even on the excellency of his speech. He could have, but he knew that would stand in the wisdom of men and not in the power of God. That’s all that actually works to produce something eternal.