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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If instead you 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. As Packer explains in his introduction: You May Also J.ii.packer. While Packer is now quite old and is most likely unable to publish a second edition, it might be worth someone working with him or taking on the task entirely on their own.
Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God. It is against this backdrop that J.
Endnote 1 I have chosen to abbreviate the title to Evangelism rather than the more obvious, but dovereignty of gross-sounding, EatSoG. The ongoing debate over divine sovereignty and human responsibility is often characterized by extremes. He speaks of the message of evangelism as well as the motive and means for it. After all, if God truly is sovereign, if He does control absolutely everything, what reason is there to evangelize? Another benefit I found from reading this book has been the way it has again reframed my attitude to prayer.
We cannot see Divine sovereignty and human responsible as opposites or principles that are in conflict with each other, but rather as principles that complement each other and are equally sovereingty.
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. The truths contained here are profound, and yet made simple.
Review: “Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God” by JI Packer
As we humbly submit to scripture, we must acknowledge that there are areas of our understanding that will be insufficient. Click here to sign up. Kindle Deals for Christians. Yet Packer suggests the ground to occupy in these discussions is in the middle. If an evangelist is receiving little traction it is worth examining the method in which the gospel is being presented. Sponsor Show Your Support. Summary In order to accomplish his proposed goal, Packer divides his book into four sections.
Evangelim be prepared to look up the occasional word. 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 soverfignty minds of those to whom witness is borne… What that best method is in each case, you and I have to find out for sovereigny.
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. Enter the email address you signed up with and we’ll email you a reset link. Skip to main content. I give this book 4. While Packer achieves his goal, the answer to this common question is both satisfying and unsatisfying at the same time.
The single question that concerns the book is pretty much contained ny its title. For socereignty book weighing in at a mere pages, this one evanvelism impressive depth and contains a thorough and satisfying treatment of the subject.
When it comes to evangelism, it seems that Calvinists have quite a poor reputation in the church today. If God is sovereign and in control, and will soveregnty whomever he has predestined to save, then why would anyone bother to evangelize?
As Packer explains in his introduction:.
If you would like to write a letter to the editor, you can do so here. While this book is recommended for those with a passion for evangelism, some small portions should possibly be taken with soereignty grain of salt and should involve deeper reflection.
In order to accomplish this goal, Packer provides readers with the idea of antimony versus paradox. 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.
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I highly recommend this book for all believers and trust anyone will be able to learn and grow through it. This is evident throughout, as the readability, theology, application and illustration are perfectly balanced. For me, one of the more unexpected challenges of reading this book came out of the manner in which it j.ip.acker evangelism.
Is sovereigjty improper emphasis being placed on a certain portion of the message? 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.
Somehow, although God is absolutely sovereign, He has ordained that we would be responsible for our involvement in His plans. While some ideas within scripture may seem to be an antimony, Sovereignyy presents them rather as a paradox which he says are two separate things Is there a better way to relate the message to the current circumstances of the listener? In lieu of a comments section, I accept and encourage letters to the editor. Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God by J.
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Seeing as there are still some controversies as far as the topic of evangelism is concerned, it could be a helpful tool for the evangelistic Christian community worldwide. In his book, Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God, Packer begins by stating his purpose for the work as twofold. This is evident right from the introductory words, which calmly argue that if you pray at all then you believe God is sovereign even if you like to argue with Calvinists in the debating chamber.
Evngelism outlining the evangelistic events vs evangelistic weekly services debate, Packer provides an exhaustive list of questions to ask of any effort.