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John Teter: Ordinary Disciples in Extraordinary Evangelism

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The Power of the 72
Ordinary Disciples in Extraordinary Evangelism
(IVP, 2017)

WHO: John Teter, senior pastor of Fountain of Life Covenant Church in Long Beach, California, and executive director of Fountain of Life Antioch, FOL’s church planting wing.

HE SAYS: “The 72 prayed. The 72 developed spiritual friendships. The 72 helped their friends experience God’s healing and hear the Word. And the 72 called people to faith. You also are one of the 72.”

THE BIG IDEA: By using the example of the 72 unidentified disciples found in Luke 10:1-2, John provides a clear theological foundation for evangelism and the call to preach the gospel to the poor.

THE PROGRESSION:
Part 1, “Theology,” explains the theology of ministry flowing out of being, evangelism that prioritizes the poor and a fresh understanding of persecution and suffering. The author states it is his desire to teach the Scripture with hermeneutic integrity and appropriate intensity.
Part 2, “Application,” is all about how to “do” evangelism. John includes personal examples and explains benchmark events present in process conversion.

“Jesus called, trained, and sent these followers into an unknown and strategic mission field. The 72 were the answer to his earnest prayers to the Lord of the harvest. And they were found faithful in accomplishing the mission God had set before them. Although they were like lambs among wolves, joy awaited them at the finish line.”

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