Preaching The Gospel In Acts And Today -- By: Gary R. Gromacki

Journal: Journal of Ministry and Theology
Volume: JMAT 020:2 (Fall 2016)
Article: Preaching The Gospel In Acts And Today
Author: Gary R. Gromacki


Preaching The Gospel In Acts And Today

Gary Gromacki

Professor of Bible and Homiletics
Baptist Bible Seminary
South Abington Twp., Pennsylvania

America’s Need For The Gospel

LifeWay Research surveyed 3000 adults to measure their agreement with a set of 47 statements about Christian theology to determine the state of American theology in 2016.1 In the survey 586 adults claimed that they were evangelicals by belief. Here are some of the results of the study reflecting Americans’ diverse views of theology:

God

69% of Americans said that there is one true God in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. 20% disagree. 11% are not sure.

66% of Americans said that God answers specific prayers

65% of Americans said that God is perfect and cannot make a mistake

64% of Americans said that God accepts the worship of Christians, Jews, and Muslims

60% of Americans said that God knows everything but does not determine all that happens in the world

Jesus

61% of Americans agree that Jesus is truly God with a divine nature and Jesus is truly man with a human nature.

52% of Americans agree that Jesus is the first and greatest being created by God.

64% of Americans agree that the biblical accounts of Jesus’ bodily resurrection are accurate. 23% disagree. 13% are not sure.

The Holy Spirit

56% of Americans agree that the Holy Spirit is a force, not a personal being. 27% disagree. 17% are not sure.

28% of Americans agree that the Holy Spirit is a divine being but is not equal with God the Father and Jesus. 51% disagree. 21% are not sure.

The Bible

58% of Americans agree that God is the author of Scripture. 31% disagree. 11% are not sure.

52% of Americans agree that the Bible alone is the written word of God.

51% of Americans agree that the Bible was written for each person to interpret as he or she chooses. 40% disagree. 9% are not sure.

50% of Americans agree that the Bible has the authority to tell us what to do. 42% disagree. 8% are not sure.

47% of Americans agree that the Bible is 100% accurate. 43% disagree. 10% are not sure.

44% of Americans agree that the Bible is helpful, but not literally true. 45% disagree.

Sin And Condemnation

65% of Americans agree that everyone sins a little, but most people are good b...

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