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InterVarsity Press. P.O. Box , Downers Grove, IL World Wide Web: E-mail: [email protected] by J. I. Packer. If God is in control of everything, can Christians sit back and not bother to evangelize? Or does active evangelism imply that God is not really sovereign at all?. Or does active evangelism imply that God is not really sovereign at all? J.I. Packer shows in this classic study how both of these attitudes are false. In a careful.

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Aug 02, Micah Lugg rated it it was amazing Shelves: When it comes to evangelism, it seems that Calvinists have quite a poor reputation in the church today.

See all reviews. While Packer achieves his goal, the answer to this common question is both satisfying and unsatisfying at the same time.

Packer This book has challenged my approach in how I share the gospel of Jesus Christ. That reminder made the book worth reading to me.

Packer is clear, concise, profoundly theological and yet practical at the same time. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. The Master Plan of Evangelism. The principle is that the best method of evangelism is the one which serves the gospel most completely… which bears the clearest witness to the divine origin of the message… which makes possible the most full and thorough explanation of the good news of Christ and his cross… which most effectively engages the minds of those to whom witness is borne… What that best method is in each case, you and I have to find out for ourselves.

Whether you believe in election or not, this is a important read to combat against such a false pre This is an excellent book!

Read more Read less. Open Preview See a Problem? Wrestling with some questions and this book is very helpful about a Christian believer’s role in light of the doctrine of God’s sovereign control over everything. Log In Sign Up. Aside from this misstep, Packer’s volume is sovereivnty.


Grasping the concept of antinomy is key to understanding how these two truths or, in Spurgeon’s words, these “friends” work together.

I won’t attempt to summarize the book but rather will encourage anyone wanting to challenge their understanding of evangelism in light of who God is to read this great book. Oct 29, Eric Durso rated it it was amazing.

Packer does an excellent job of connecting, as the title suggests, the sovereignty of God and evangelism. Packer shows in this classic study how both of these attitudes are false. After all, if God truly is sovereign, if He does control absolutely everything, what reason is there to evangelize? In this, Packer is both explaining the gospel to future evangelists, but he’s also demonstrating to those same individuals how to explain it to others.

If we overemphasise God’s sovereignty, our evangelism ceases all together as unnecessary.

Packer ends his book by providing some practical thoughts to readers about how to move forward based upon the information he provided. Alas, Packer does a much better job unpacking pun not intended! There is a reason that it is an evangelical classic.

But it was biblical. This has quickly become one of my favorite books. Yet throughout the New Testament, these two concepts are taught side-by-side as both being true. I only wish I read it earlier, this has given me more confidence in my evangelism and soothed my soul for the times when there was no fruit visible when evangelizing. The great strength of this style is the end result; as the truths of Scripture are put forward, you become convinced by the sheer reasonableness of the argument.

Only pages yet brilliantly outlines how God’s sovereignty fits perfectly with the commands to evangelize.

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At a number of points, as attention is drawn to the theological understanding required for the topic, Packer points out things we should be praying for. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? For a clearer, more detailed study of this issue, see Gordon H. I love this book for several reasons, but here are the main ones: Ironically, I think Packer, in this very book, does a pretty packdr job of showing how the two doctrines logically cohere.


There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Meanwhile, I was expecting magic-bullet answers for the particular questions that I had. Divine Sovereignty and Human Responsibility.

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Finally Packer delves into the most profound issue — how do we view evangelism in light of God’s sovereignty? Product details Audio CD Publisher: Enter the email address you signed up with and we’ll email you a reset link. Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants.

We cannot see Divine sovereignty and human responsible as opposites or principles that sovedeignty in conflict with each other, but rather as principles that complement each other and are equally true. The only thing I regret evanvelism this book is that it was written prior to the Boston Movement. Goodreads helps you keep track socereignty books you want to read.

If you want a really good book on evangelism and the role that believe “Were it not for the sovereign grace of God, evangelism would be the most futile and useless enterprise that the world has ever seen, and there would be no more complete waste of time under the sun than to preach the Christian gospel.

Not in the sense that the book was of poor quality e. As here in Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God, J. Alongside the praying though, is the doing.