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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So be prepared to look up the occasional word. Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God. After outlining the evangelistic events vs evangelistic weekly services debate, Packer provides an oof list of questions to ask of any effort. 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.
Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God. 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: But it was biblical. Rather a Christian should always look to learn more and gain a deeper understanding of scripture. Help Center Find new research papers in: Summary In order to accomplish his proposed goal, Packer divides his book into four sections.
The book was republished in but the edition remained the same. Packer provides readers with a framework in which to think about the sovereignty of God. It all sounds a sovereigny glass-half-empty at the moment, but let me spoil the end of the review for you now; you should definitely read this book! I give this book 4. Our obedient response to this antinomy is to accept it for what it is and learn to live with it.
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No, not as an acronym for the five points of Calvinism, just start picturing the flowers. Conclusion Overall, Packer tne accomplish his main goal as previously stated, however it is done at the expense of some critical thinking for lack of a better term.
As Packer explains in his introduction:. Click here to sign up. Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God by J. Any other response would be to minimize something God deems important and even necessary to a godly life.
The sections cover divine sovereignty, divine sovereignty as it relates to human responsibility, the topic of evangelism, and the relation between evangelism and divine sovereignty. When talking about what would seem to be a basic topic of what evangelism actually is, Packer states that much of the confusion happens at this early stage and that evangelism is truly about a delivered message rather than achieving a desired affect from listeners For me, one of the more unexpected challenges of reading this book came out of the manner in which it addresses evangelism.
Is an improper emphasis being placed on a certain portion of the message? In lieu of a comments section, I accept and encourage letters to the editor. Reviews Latest Reviews By Category.
Review: “Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God” by JI Packer
Packer not only wishes for the book to be an encouragement to Christians h.i.packer evangelize, but also to help settle some disagreements within the Christian community on the subject as well 9. Recommendations Let me help you find the best books on: If instead fo want an easy-to-read treatise on this issue, which seeks to clarify what the Bible teaches in a brief and accessible manner, then Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God is for you.
The biblical account holds both these truths together, therefore our intellectual framework must be able to do likewise. I shall try to make it evident that this is vod. Is there any theology that could be more sound or that could be more properly explained? Alongside the praying though, is the doing.
For a book weighing in at a mere pages, this one contains impressive depth and contains a thorough and satisfying treatment of the subject. Remember me on this computer.
As a general rule, I dislike it when people start off a book or sermon by telling me what it is not going to be about. The supposition seems to be that you cannot evangelize effectively unless you are prepared to pretend while you are doing it that the doctrine of divine sovereignty is not true. While the Gospel message is at the center of evangelistic activities, the delivery of that message still deserves some attention so as to ensure that it is what God desires and that it brings Him glory.
If God is sovereign and in control, and will save whomever he has predestined to save, then why would anyone bother to evangelize? Skip to main content. Is there a better way to relate the message to the current circumstances of the listener?
Meanwhile, I was expecting magic-bullet answers for the particular questions that I had.