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?. Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God. JI Packer. Inter-Varsity Press, Westmont, pp. Recently republished as part of the ‘IVP.

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This is evident throughout, as the readability, theology, application and illustration are perfectly balanced.

When it comes to evangelism, it seems that Calvinists j.i.pacoer quite a poor reputation in the church today. 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. After outlining the evangelistic events vs evangelistic weekly services debate, Packer provides an exhaustive list of questions to ask of any effort. As a general rule, I dislike it when people start off a book or sermon by telling me what aand is not going to be about.

Packer provides readers with a framework in which to think about the sovereignty of God. Rather than a paradox, we are actually dealing with an antinomy: This section is split into four smaller sections covering topics such as what evangelism is, what the evangelistic message consists of, what the motivation is for evangelism, and in what ways it should be practiced. I had really high expectations for this book, and to be brutally honest I was a bit disappointed.

Sponsor Show Your Support. It is against this backdrop that J. Conclusion Overall, Packer does accomplish his main goal as previously stated, however it is done at the expense of some critical thinking for lack of a better term.

Divine sovereignty and human responsibility are not enemies but allies. Help Center Find new research papers in: The author evanfelism to a lengthy discussion of evangelism where he defines what evangelism is and what it is not.


Evangelism was disappointing because it was really so biblical and balanced. In addition, it cannot be said that it is impossible to resolve apparent antimony within scripture because one has reached the soveerignty of human knowledge as far as scripture is concerned.

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 soveregnty 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.

If an evangelist is receiving little traction it is worth examining the method in which the gospel is being presented.

There is plenty of content, and yet, because its focus is on addressing a single question, the new edition comes in at around pages and is easily digested in a couple of hours. Reviews Latest Reviews By Category.

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Recommendations Let me help you find the best evangelisk on: I highly recommend this book for all believers and trust anyone will be able to learn and grow through it.

Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God. The single question that concerns the book is pretty much contained within its title. While this book is recommended for those with a passion for evangelism, some small portions should possibly be taken with a grain of salt and should involve deeper reflection.

As Packer explains in his introduction: Packer ends his book by providing some practical thoughts to readers about how to move forward based upon the information he provided. In order to accomplish this goal, Packer provides readers with the idea of antimony versus paradox. You May Also Like.


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This mindset is meant to serve readers when Packer later claims that the divine sovereignty of God and human responsibility exist as antimony So be prepared to look up the occasional word. Somehow, although God abd absolutely sovereign, He has ordained that we would be responsible for our involvement in His plans. This is evident right from the introductory words, which calmly argue that if you pray at all then you or God is sovereign even if you like to argue with Calvinists in the debating chamber.

I wanted Packer to succinctly draw all my queries together into a simple combined proposition that answered all my questions, that I could then place into a rigid box, tie it closed with a nice little bow, and sit it on the shelf to admire.

In the first section, J. I shall try to make it evident that this is nonsense. Included in this is consistent analysis of the evangelistic frameworks that were current when the book was written in the s, which the present-day reader soon realizes remains current today.

Arminian churches seem to grow much faster than churches based on Calvinist principles. Packer not only wishes for the book to be an encouragement to Christians to evangelize, but also to help settle some disagreements within the Christian community on the subject as well 9.

While in his first task it can be said that Packer does well at inspiring an evangelistic zeal, it is harder to determine his success at his second goal because the issues which he attempts to engage were those that existed back in when the book was originally published.