William Dyer on the goal and substance of Christ-centered preaching

As gospel ministers, may these words describe our life and labor… "Dear Christians, according to my talents received, I have endeavored to set forth the riches, the loveliness, the preciousness and excellencies that are in Christ—to draw your heart after him, and to make you desire and love him. Oh! Jesus Christ is a…

Modern Evangelism: Mistake #1

Modern evangelism has shrunken God down to our size. I was sitting in a large Baptist church and the minister in the pulpit made the following remark. He said, “Friends, I can’t wait to get to heaven because when I die and go to heaven I want to walk up to Jesus and grab…

Modern Evangelism: Mistake #2

Modern evangelism has taken salvation out of the hands of God and placed it in the hands of men. A favorite Bible verse of modern day evangelism is Revelation 3:20, “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him,…

Modern Evangelism: Mistake #3

Modern evangelism has failed to preach the Gospel in its purity and proper order in preaching the doctrines of ruin, redemption, repentance, and regeneration. Men like Jonathan Edwards and Asahel Nettleton knew better than most of us today. They knew that the Gospel must be proclaimed in its purity and proper order. God must be…

Modern Evangelism: Mistake #4

Modern evangelism has failed to show man his duty of repentance. One of the greatest heresies to plague the church in the last 50-60 years has been the “Only Believe Gospel” invitation which omits the necessity of repentance to come savingly to Christ. Jesus declared, “…except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.” (Luke 13:…

Modern Evangelism: Mistake #5

Modern evangelism has failed to preach the utter strictness and severity of the law of God. Every man will be held up against the holy law of God and all will fail that test. I know I’m a sinner and I need a sin substitute in the person of Jesus Christ. All are the…

Modern Evangelism: Mistake #6

Modern evangelism has failed to proclaim that man first has to be lost before he can be saved. A man needs to be awakened to see his need of Christ before the remedy can be applied. This is the biggest fault of modern day evangelism, we just don’t get men lost. Man must be…

Modern Evangelism: Mistake #7

Modern evangelism makes false converts by mistaking a physical act like walking an aisle and repeating a prayer as true conversion. Conversion is not something we do. It is something that God does for us. God changes the heart of stone into a heart of flesh. Conversion is when a lost sinner experiences change. He…

Modern Evangelism: Mistake #8

Modern evangelism has failed to warn sinners to flee from hell and describe hell and its terrors. How many sermons on hell have you heard this year? How many sermons on hell did you preach this year? God used men like Jonathan Edwards and Asahel Nettleton because they preached on the doctrine of hell and…

Modern Evangelism: Mistake #9

Modern evangelism has failed to preach up the Lordship of Jesus Christ. Just because a modern day movement occurred in our lifetime whereby a major seminary omitted the necessity of repentance and salvation and preached an “Only Believe Gospel” of heresy, we have swallowed it hook, line and sinker and we’re sunk. You cannot…

Modern Evangelism: Mistake #10

Modern evangelism has failed miserably in telling people of the demands of discipleship in following a crucified Savior. Rather, we paint salvation as all red roses and honey blossoms where your road will be smooth when you come to Christ. But Jesus said, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the…

10 Mistakes in Modern Evangelism (Intro)

Each of these ten mentioned items is of immense importance to the salvation of a soul. My message today is entitled “10 Mistakes of Modern Evangelism.” I will first list them and then elaborate upon each of them as we proceed. Modern evangelism has shrunken God down to our size.Modern evangelism has taken salvation…