The gospel “is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes,” (Ro. 1:16). The apostle Paul makes it clear that it is the power of God, not that it only contains power so that we could somehow make it powerless.
For example, Paul tells the Philippians:
Philippians 1:14-18 (ESV) And most of the brothers, having become confident in the Lord by my imprisonment, are much more bold to speak the word without fear. Some indeed preach Christ from envy and rivalry, but others from good will. The latter do it out of love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel. The former proclaim Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely but thinking to afflict me in my imprisonment. What then? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is proclaimed, and in that I rejoice.
So whether the gospel was preached from false motives or pure, Paul rejoices that the gospel is preached. Why? Because the gospel is power. The Holy Spirit connects Himself with the preaching of the gospel and saves sinners. The Spirit is always present with the preaching of the gospel.
Why is it then that preachers like Kris Vallotton of Bethel Church in Redding California teach that in order for the gospel to have power, it must accompany signs and wonders? Is this biblical, or does Vallotton and others like him take passages that talk about signs and wonders out of context?
In this podcast episode I review a sermon that Valloton preached at Bethel called “The Gospel of Power.” We also look at an article by “Let Us Reason called ” “The Purpose of Signs and Wonders.” Enjoy!