7 powerful passages from The Book of Acts
That show that the Apostle Paul used evidence and reason to turn the world upside down for Jesus
by Erik Manning
Well-meaning Christians argue that using evidence and reason doesn’t bring people to faith. We’re just supposed to preach the gospel and let the Holy Spirit do his job. Paul is the model missionary, and he said that preaching Christ with eloquent speech would empty the cross of its power. (1 Corinthians 1:17)
On the surface, arguments like this sound right. People do need the aid of the Holy Spirit to come to Christ. Plus, faith does come by hearing the word of Christ. (John 16:7-9, Romans 10:17) But if we look closer at Paul’s teaching and life, we will see that Paul absolutely relied on logic, reason, argumentation, and evidence to defend the truth of the gospel.
For example, Paul told the Philippians that he was “appointed for the defense of the Gospel”. (Philippians 1:16) In his letters he appealed to fulfilled prophecy and eyewitnesses to the resurrection as evidence. (Romans 1:3-4, 15:12, 16:25-26, 1 Corinthians 15:3-8) He also invoked God’s creation as evidence. (Romans 1:20) Paul even said that one qualification for ministers is that they would be able to defend the faith. (Titus 1:9, 2 Timothy 2:24-26)
So contrary to some Christian’s beliefs, Paul’s faith was an evidential faith. To prove this, we can look no farther than the book of Acts.
Here are 7 examples from Acts that demonstrate the evidential faith of Paul…