The idea is right though not unique.
I find the same helpful focus, more fully developed, in the work of Jack Miller, Paul Miller, Tim Keller, Terry Virgo, Martin Luther, John Calvin and many of the Puritans and my friends and colleagues in UCCF others who are calling for gospel-centredness.
What Dedmon and his pastor Bill Johnson are probably doing is pushing some the implications of that in supernatural direction further than some.
Words of Knowledge
As a Charismatic Kevin Dedmon believes that God speaks in the Scriptures and that he can and does speak beyond the Scriptures with prophetic words and words of knowledge. Nothing outlandish there. When I've done first contact evangelism it's been normal enough to gather to pray before hand for God to guide us to people and to help our conversations with them. Dedmon considers that God can not just silently guide us but could speak.
- I will encourage the members of my church home group who treasure hunt. I'd like to see them used for healings and for seeing people hear of Jesus become Christians and join our church.
|And the book? |
I think the book does have some useful things to say especially if our evangelism is a little less supernatural than the New Testament. I'm happier with the idea of 'supernatural evangelism' than I am with this book's approach to it. Good ideas but I'm left thinking this is a book that needs handling with care. There is some good material but there's a looseness and lack of focus that leaves me not wanting to recommend this book without some reservations.
I am thankful for a challenge and provocation to believe God and join in what he's doing, but wish I'd been shown more of God to believe since he's who the people of our city need to know. (The same could be said of many other evangelism books.)
I do want to see God heal and I do want to see him save, this book got me thinking but it's not a world changer for me.