When God spoke about publishing a manual on miracle evangelism, our thoughts went immediately to John Ezekiel of Johor Bahru, Malaysia. We met him on our first trip to Malaysia in 1984 and we have never known a person more consumed with the desire to reach souls for Jesus. Person to person, leading a group from his church, or conducting huge evangelistic meetings, his calling is the same – that of the evangelist.
Since meeting him, we have ministered together throughout West and East Malaysia, India, Pakistan, Mauritius, Andaman Islands, Finland, Korea and in the United States. Together, we have seen the book of Acts come alive with thousands coming to Jesus as God continues to confirm His word with signs, wonders, and healing miracles. John's ministry is touching people from every ethnic and religious background as they witness the awesome demonstrations of the healing power of God
What John has written, he has proved in his own life. This is not a collection of theories, but has been written from a lifetime of learning and doing the works of evangelism. As you study this manual, you will thrill at biblical examples of miracle evangelism in action in the daily encounters of personal evangelism and before multitudes. From the examples of evangelism in the ministry of Jesus, the disciples, and the early believers like Peter, John, Philip and Paul, we learn evangelism was always accompanied by miracles. There is no biblical pattern for evangelism apart from miracle evangelism.
In our lifetime, God has been restoring miracles to mass evangelism. Now, He is restoring miracles to the daily witness of believers. In the Great Commission, Jesus made it clear that signs were to follow those who believe as they preached the gospel. His parting words continue to compel us into action today: "They will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover."
Challenged, commissioned and empowered like the early believers, we will experience the joy of the Lord working with us as we proclaim His gospel. "And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs."
When Peter and John ministered healing to the crippled man laying at the gate called Beautiful, a crowd gathered. Peter preached about Jesus, the Source of that miracle, and five thousand men heard the message and believed.
Philip went to Samaria and when the crowds heard Philip and saw the miraculous signs he did, they paid close attention to what he said. With shrieks, evil spirits came out. Many paralytics and cripples were healed. So there was great joy in that city. The account continues, "When the apostles in Jerusalem heard that Samaria had accepted the word of God ..." It appears that the whole town accepted Jesus!
Paul wrote, "My speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and power."
Paul's preaching and teaching in Ephesus was accompanied by miracles. "Now God worked unusual miracles by the hands of Paul, so that even handkerchiefs or aprons were brought from his body to the sick, and the diseases left them and the evil spirits went out of them."
The key to reaching the world with the gospel, whether our next door neighbor or going to the ends of earth, is found in this powerful study. It's miracle evangelism restored to the hands of every believer.Order Subject