There is a reasoning which is effective in evangelism. It is not apologetic in character. It is not defensive. In fact, it is an aggressive offense. It is the kind of biblical reasoning used in Peter’s preaching in Acts 2, Stephen’s preaching in Acts 7, and Paul’s preaching in Acts 17, and the preaching of the apostles in Corinth (1 Cor. 1–2).

These two books are examples of this kind of reasoning today:

• Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis. This book is extrabiblical and starts with the subject of sin.

• Basic Christianity by J.R.W. Stott. This book reasons within a biblical framework, starting with the deity of Jesus Christ.

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