Most modern American churches that stand within the Evangelical tradition hold to a biblically orthodox theology that maintains the doctrines of Scripture’s inspiration, inerrancy, and authority. However, the doctrine of Scripture’s sufficiency, especially as it pertains to evangelism, has been practically abandoned. This abandonment of sufficiency has been justified by citing the difficulties of evangelism in a post modern and increasingly post Christian society. However, the early church preached to a culture that was entirely pagan. Therefore, it stands to reason that if they sought to fulfill the Great Commission while holding to a theology that put the sufficiency of Scripture into practice then the same practical theology should serve the modern church in its current time and place. That said, most people in the modern American evangelical churches know very little about the early church’s faith and practice. Therefore, this paper attempts to show that the Apostolic Fathers demonstrated a conviction in the sufficiency of Scripture for evangelization.
Legler, Shane T.
"The Apostolic Fathers on the Sufficiency of Scripture for Evangelization: A Model for the Modern Evangelical Church in America,"
Diligence: Journal of the Liberty University Online Religion Capstone in Research and Scholarship: Vol. 1
, Article 19.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.liberty.edu/djrc/vol1/iss1/19