Lecture 4 – Biblical Motives for Evangelism

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B. The biblical motives which ought to impel us towards and accompany us in the fulfillment of the task.

Mt. 22:36-40

1. Love to God

a. Love that is grieved by the sinner’s indifference to God’s Law, His Glory, His Fellowship, etc.

Ps. 119:136

Ezek. 9:4

Rom. 1:14-15, 21, 25ff

Acts 17:16-17

b. Love that constrains us to obedience to a clearly articulated duty

Jn. 14:21,24; 15:14

c. Love that speaks out of a full heart concerning its object

Mt. 12:34-35

Ps. 96:1-4

2 Cor. 4:5-6

2. Love to Men

a. Love that longs that they shall enjoy all the wonderful and distinctive privileges of the Gospel

Ps. 34:8

Mt. 9:36-38

Rev. 22:17

Isa. 55:1-3

Jn. 7:37-38

Lk. 19:41-44

Mt. 23:37

2 Kgs 7:9

b. Love which desires that they shall escape the frightening consequences of their sin and indifference to the gospel

Mt. 3:7

Jude 23

2 Cor. 5:10-11

Ps. 119:136

Charles Bridges, Psalm 119 An Exposition, (Edinburgh: Banner of Truth Trust, 1977), pp. 361-362.


Summary and Conclusion:

See Packer’s Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God, pp. 75-78