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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Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Open Preview See a Problem? If God is in control of everything, can Christians sit back and not bother to evangelize? For a book weighing in at a mere pages, this one od impressive depth and contains a thorough and satisfying treatment of the subject.

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From AudioFile While not “deep” theology, this is an erudite and thoughtful discussion of evangelism in the context of God’s sovereignty. Inter-Varsity Press has copyrighted the “Americanization” of this book wovereignty Since there is no discovered limit to human knowledge, especially on scripture, it is irresponsible to sit back and accept apparent contradictions as they are when there is the possibility wovereignty they could be reconciled or resolved.

It provides a good balance between doctrine, theology and biblical insight into a very important topic.

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Packer does a good job dealing with the relation between evangelism and the sovereignty of God, namely, that God’s sovereignty and man’s responsibility do not conflict, but complement each other despite the antinomy they createand that God’s sovereignty gives us our only hope in evangelism. When we come across what we assume to be a contradiction, namely that a God will save whomever he chooses, and b we are called to evangelize people in order for them to be saved, we ought to pause to consider.

In addition, it cannot be said that it is impossible to resolve apparent antimony within scripture because one has reached the limit of human knowledge as far as scripture is concerned. Packer does an excellent job of connecting, as the title suggests, the sovereignty of God and evangelism.


Whether you believe in election or not, this is a important read to combat against such a false premise that God’s sovereignty and evangelism can’t go hand and hand. I won’t attempt to summarize the packe but rather will aand anyone wanting to challenge their understanding of evangelism in light of who God is to read oc great book. Somehow, although God is absolutely sovereign, He has ordained that we would be responsible for our involvement in His plans.

As Packer writes, ” it is an apparent incompatibility between two apparent truths “. Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. Remember me on this computer. Or to put it another way, here is a title that explains the work of God in the affairs of men.

Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God

The presentation of the Gospel message, according to Packer, has 4 parts: He begins evngelism brushing aside objections to belief in God’s sovereignty by claiming that every Christian who prays at all, who thanks God for their own salvation, and who prays for the salvation of others undeniably demonstrates belief that God is sovereign.

Kindle Deals for Christians. 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 anr 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.

I’m not entirely sure what that means, but this is a very approachable and short book that deserves to be on every Christian’s bookshelf.

The dvangelism of God doesn’t stifle prayer, but encourages it. Packer shows in this classic study how both of these attitudes are false. Of course, the details here matter. Want to Read saving…. In chapter 2 he outlines the classic antinomy of God’s sovereignty vs human responsibility — two concepts which are clearly biblical truths, but cannot be J. 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.


Biblical fundamentals in an inclusive format, perfect for starting conversations. Packer gives one of the best summaries of the gospel I’ve ever read.

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 Packer goes on to say in his book.

Without being disrespectful or polemical, Packer has dismantled the typical Arminian concerns regarding the doctrines of grace, as regards evangelism. Get to Know Us.

While the Gospel message is at andd 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. Share your thoughts with other customers. Not the most exciting read but I learned a lot!

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.

Another benefit I found from reading this book has been the way it has again reframed my attitude to prayer. Explore the Home Gift Guide. 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.

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. Reviews Latest Reviews By Category. Packer goes on to show, with plenty of examples, that both divine sovereignty and human responsibility are taught in Scripture.

Packer ends his book by providing some practical thoughts to readers about how to move forward based upon the information he provided.