Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God Paperback – Special Edition, 31 March 2012
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A short but exceedingly powerful book. Packer shows that rather than precluding evangelism, God's sovereignty provides the most powerful incentive and support for it. . . . [C]ontains impressive depth and contains a thorough and satisfying treatment of the subject.--Discerning Reader
I've often recommended this book to faithful Christians who are confused about how they are to think about prayer, missions, giving--any area in which our efforts could be wrongly pitted against God's own necessary action. Packer introduces us to clear truths, handles Scripture with exemplary care, and supplies us with just the right amount of illustrations and application.--From the foreword by Mark Dever, Senior Pastor, Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Washington, D.C.
Whether you consider yourself a Calvinist, an Arminian, or somewhere in between, Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God will stimulate your thinking about evangelism and increase your desire to join God in his work. It is easy to see why InterVarsity Press has republished this book as one of its IVP Classics.--Todd Sauve, 1340mag Books (1340magbooks.com), April 2009
About the Author
J. I. Packer is Board of Governors' Professor of Theology at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia. He also serves as a contributing editor to Christianity Today. His many books include Praying, Never Beyond Hope (both with Carolyn Nystrom) and Knowing God, which has sold over a million copies.
- Language : English
- Paperback : 122 pages
- ISBN-10 : 083083799X
- ISBN-13 : 978-0830837991
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Packer takes the reader through issues such as sin, repentance and faith, showing that faith is a commitment to a new life, not just a mental assent. In the last third of the book he explores the significance of God's sovereignty to evangelism: how it does not remove human responsibility or the need for a personal response. He makes it clear that our only hope in evangelism is, in fact, the sovereignty of God, as is the security of the believer. In short that not only is there no conflict between evangelism and God's sovereignty, but that one cannot function without the other. God calls on all to repent and believe, and those who respond in faith are justified. The response is itself evidence of the sovereign call of God, and that call is expressed through evangelism.
This is a beautifully prepared and written book, very clear to follow and Biblically grounded. For anyone involved in telling others the Christian gospel it has very important things to say, and for the person exploring Christianity it is enlightening. Highly recommended.
this writer. It shows how the truth of Election is an encouragement
to evangelists and evangelising people that their work is not in vain.