by Stuart Briscoe

NOTE: This sermon is part 1, 2, and 3 of a 3 part sermon series. Three sermons outlines are included in this download.


Part 1: Their Roots
Series: The Evangelicals
Stuart Briscoe
1 Corinthians 15:1-4

Probably the most visible, vocal and viable section of the church in contemporary America is that which is called "evangelical." What it is and how it works needs to be clearly understood, particularly by those who profess to be part of it!

I. Sixteenth Century-Reformation.

A. Social, political, economic, cultural change in Germany.

B. Spiritual hunger for life and reality.

C. Luther: the Ninety-five Theses.
1. Challenge to church practice, papal authority.

2. Rediscovery of:


Part 2: Their Distinctives
Series: The Evangelicals
Stuart Briscoe
1 Corinthians 15:1-4

The evangelical segment of the Christian church, as its name suggests, places special emphasis on the "Gospel" (Gk. evangelion). What evangelicals believe to be the content, the demands and the products of the Gospel constitute the distinctives of the Evangelicals.

I. A Distinctive Exposition of the Evangel.

A. The fact of human sin.
1. Innocent man the victim of corrupt environment?
2. Evil man the producer of wicked environment.

B. The effect of human sin.
1. Vertical alienation.
2. Horizontal fragmentation.
3. Internal confusion.

C. The remedy for human sin.

Part 3: Their Mission
Series: The Evangelicals
Stuart Briscoe
John 17:12-18

Emil Brunner said, "The Church exists by mission as fire exists by burning." The evangelical church needs to be particularly aware of the nature, the necessity and the nurture of mission if it is to avoid degenerating into a heap of ashes.

I. The Necessity of the Church's Mission.

Note: "Mission (L. 'missio': a sending) being sent out with authority to
perform a special duty."

A. The character of God.
1. He sent His spokesmen-the prophets.
2. He sent His Son-the Savior. Galatians 4:4
3. He sent His Spirit-the Comforter. John 14:26
4. He sent His servants-the disciples. John 17:18
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