Evangelism & the Sovereignty of God

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Evangelism the Sovereignty of God are Book I think that every professing Christian should read this book or at the very least those who go on mission trips evangelistic outings J I Packer deliv

Evangelism & the Sovereignty of God are Book I think that every professing Christian should read this book, or (at the very least) those who go on mission trips/evangelistic outings. J.I. Packer delivers a comprehensive, but still brief, explanation of the seemingly incompatible relationship between human responsibility in evangelism and God’s sovereignty in salvation. There are many Christians who say that believers who emphasize the sovereignty of grace and unconditional election do so to the neglect of human responsibility and divine accountability. (I used to be one of them!) Packer explains how this can be attributed to an incomplete understanding of these two biblical doctrines; they are actually “friends” and work alongside one another. Truly, God is our only hope for the salvation of our friends and family; there is no other way for a dead heart to be made alive or for blind eyes to receive sight but through the power of God’s grace! Yet we are still responsible as bearers of this good news! We must allow these doctrines to exist as they do in Scripture; side by side! Chapter 3 is one of the best essays on evangelism that I’ve ever read, and Chapter 1 is an undeniably effective argument for God’s sovereignty. Packer is thorough yet easy to understand in his points and takes care to avoid misinterpreted extremes in his theology. In reading this book, I feel like I have found a biblically sound explanation of these topics…and I think the Holy Spirit agrees! Thanks to my girlfriend for suggesting this one!. 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 J.I Packer shows in this classic study how both of these attitudes are false In a careful review of the biblical evidence, he shows how a right understanding of God s sovereignty is not so much a barrier to evaIf 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 J.I Packer shows in this classic study how both of these attitudes are false In a careful review of the biblical evidence, he shows how a right understanding of God s sovereignty is not so much a barrier to evangelism as an incentive and powerful support for it.. Popular Ebook Evangelism & the Sovereignty of God I recently re-read this "classic" (if that word can apply to books while the authors are still living) since this year marks the 50th anniversary of its publishing. This is one of the greatest treatments on the subject of how Christians are to reconcile God's sovereignty with man's responsibility, and something I consider an absolute "must-read" for every Christian.Debate has raged for centuries about this topic, yet I know of no more helpful book to address it. Most Christians tend to overemphasize either God's sovereignty or man's responsibility, to the exclusion of the other, but Packer explains that we must not do this. The Bible emphasises BOTH; therefore we must believe and teach both.One of the best sections of the book is Packer's explanation of the difference between paradox and antinomy. A paradox is a figure of speech that seems to unite two opposite ideas, a play on words which creates the appearance of a contradiction. A biblical example is Christ's teaching that those who seek to save their lives will lose them, while those who lose their lives for his sake will find them. The contradiction is in words only; we can see what Jesus meant by this teaching when we give it a little thought.Antinomy is different. As Packer writes, "it is an apparent incompatibility between two apparent truths". This describes the biblical position on God's sovereignty and man's responsibility. The teaching that God is absolutely sovereign over salvation, electing some to become his people before the foundation of the world, appears to be incompatible with the teaching that men are responsible for the choices we make, and will be judged based on our decision to accept or reject Christ as Savior and submit to him as Lord. Yet throughout the New Testament, these two concepts are taught side-by-side as both being true. Grasping the concept of antinomy is key to understanding how these two truths (or, in Spurgeon's words, these "friends") work together.Armed with the knowledge that God is sovereign AND man is responsible, Packer focuses on what this means for the evangelistic efforts of Christians: "Far from making evangelism pointless, the sovereignty of God in grace is the one thing that prevents evangelism from being pointless. For it creates the possibility -- indeed, the certainty -- that evangelism will be fruitful." His thoughtful teaching is both practical and biblical, providing encouragement and impetus for personal and corporate evangelism that is marked by the gospel and driven by prayer.One interesting note about the particular edition of this book which I read comes from the copyright page. Listed among all the other legal jargon is something I don't believe I've seen before: Inter-Varsity Press has copyrighted the "Americanization" of this book in 2008. 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.
Evangelism Evangelism Definition of Evangelism by Merriam Webster Evangelism definition is the winning or revival of personal commitments to Christ. What Is Evangelism christianity Jul , Evangelism means preaching, announcing, or otherwise communicating the gospel, our salvation It s delivering the message that Jesus Christ is not only the Son of God but also gave His life as a sacrifice for our sins In doing so, He ensured eternal life for anyone who believes. What Is Evangelism Zondervan Academic Mar , Evangelism, then, is the English term for the act of communicating the gospel, an act conveyed in the New Testament by the verb euangelizo to bring good news . Evangelism Reconsidering Our Approach in a Pandemic The Church Evangelism For a time, one could argue that the most commonly engaged form of evangelism in the Western world was church evangelism, focused on the whole church being engaged in reaching Evangelism Desiring God Jul , The gospel is the good news that Jesus Christ, the Son of God, died for our sins and rose again, eternally triumphant over his enemies, so that there is now no condemnation for those who believe, but only everlasting joy. Evangelism Topics Christianity Today Sep , Evangelism There is nothing quite so straightforward and yet so complicated as the task of evangelism Evangelism is our call to share our faith with our neighbors, be it Things You Should Know about Evangelism Crossway Articles Evangelism is designed for the church and the church is designed for evangelism A healthy church with a culture of evangelism is the key to great evangelism Jesus did not forget the gospel when he built his church in fact, a healthy church is meant to display the gospel. What is the biblical method of evangelism GotQuestions Jan , Biblical evangelism The holiness of God What is missing from much modern evangelism is the holiness of God In Isaiah s vision of heaven, God s holiness is being extolled by the seraphim around the throne Of all the attributes of God they could have praised, it was His holiness not His love of which they sang. Evangelism CARM Evangelism is the duty of every Christian Whether you share your faith a lot or a little, the Lord wants Christians to share the message of the gospel of Jesus Christ Below are articles that can help you tell others about Jesus.

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    What do J I Packer, Billy Graham and Richard John Neuhaus have in common Each was recently named by TIME magazine as among the 25 most influential evangelicals in America Dr Packer, the Board of Governors Professor of Theology at Regent College, was hailed by TIME as a doctrinal Solomon among Protestants Mediating debates on everything from a particular Bible translation to the acceptability of free flowing Pentecostal spirituality, Packer helps unify a community evange licalism that could easily fall victim to its internal tensions Knowing God, Dr Packer s seminal 1973 work, was lauded as a book which articulated shared beliefs for members of diverse denominations the TIME profile quotes Michael Cromartie of the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington as saying, conservative Methodists and Presbyterians and Baptists could all look to Knowing God and say, This sums it all up for us In a similar tribute to Dr Packer almost ten years ago, American theologian Mark Noll wrote in Christianity Today that, Packer s ability to address immensely important subjects in crisp, succinct sentences is one of the reasons why, both as an author and speaker, he has played such an important role among American evangelicals for four decades For over 25 years Regent College students have been privileged to study under Dr Packer s clear and lucid teaching, and our faculty, staff and students celebrate the international recognition he rightly receives as a leading Christian thinker and teacher regent college about_r

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  • I think that every professing Christian should read this book, or at the very least those who go on mission trips evangelistic outings J.I Packer delivers a comprehensive, but still brief, explanation of the seemingly incompatible relationship between human responsibility in evangelism and God s sovereignty in salvation There are many Christians who say that believers who emphasize the sovereignty of grace and unconditional election do so to the neglect of human responsibility and divine account [...]


  • I recently re read this classic if that word can apply to books while the authors are still living since this year marks the 50th anniversary of its publishing This is one of the greatest treatments on the subject of how Christians are to reconcile God s sovereignty with man s responsibility, and something I consider an absolute must read for every Christian.Debate has raged for centuries about this topic, yet I know of no helpful book to address it Most Christians tend to overemphasize either [...]


  • Depending on the background of the reader, this book could be either eye opening, infuriating, or a great way to refocus on the fundamentals of evangelism.Eye opening for those who have never considered the sovereignty of God in evangelism, infuriating for those who strongly disagree with it, and refocusing for those who know it already.I was in the latter camp, so that is the perspective the review will be written from.The author takes the first half of the book to explain three truths can exis [...]


  • Were it not for the sovereign grace of God, evangelism would be the most futile and useless enterprise that the world has ever seen, and there would be no complete waste of time under the sun than to preach the Christian gospel J I PackerThis book has challenged my approach in how I share the gospel of Jesus Christ This has quickly become one of my favorite books I plan on reading this again before 2017 is over If you want a really good book on evangelism and the role that believers play and th [...]


  • This is a short read and a helpful treatment of God s sovereignty and man s responsibility It help deconstruct caricatures of views of evangelism.


  • What an excellent read Packer does an excellent job of connecting, as the title suggests, the sovereignty of God and evangelism I won t attempt to summarize the book but rather will encourage anyone wanting to challenge their understanding of evangelism in light of who God is to read this great book After reading this book, I feel encouraged to pray , develop meaningful relationships with others without such fear around sharing the gospel, and having patience in knowing salvation is in God s ha [...]



  • To have published a single literary work that becomes a classic is a notable accomplishment Publishing two gives the writer a corner on contemporary Christians reading lists James Inverness Packer has accomplished just that Packer is well known for his landmark book, Knowing God, which first was published in 1973 This is not a review of that book, but if you have not read it you should Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God first published, 1961 is the other classic Packer has written, and it pun [...]



  • A great book that answered a lot of big questions for me, especially as an evangelism coordinator for InterVarsity J.I Packer clearly explains the relationship between divine sovereignty and human responsibility as an antimony that is, both are true and from the bible and seem to contradict each other, yet they don t Alas, Packer does a much better job unpacking pun not intended this than I can Packer then also connects this relationship to evangelism what it is, what is its purpose goal, how it [...]


  • J.I Packer has an amazing gift for explaining theology with great clarity and brevity He begins by 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 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 recon [...]


  • Awesome and refreshing read Packer does an awesome job at holding the two concepts of man s responsibility and divine sovereignty together in truth He affirms that we are called to evangelize and that God s sovereignty in salvation does not remove our need to do so, but he also comforts and encourages that a belief in God s sovereignty in evangelism is our only hope of success, since God is the one who wields the power to change hearts Packer provided awesome logical arguments for God s sovereig [...]


  • Great book on our role in evangelism, which is unquestionably the work of God The author warns against both extremes trying to evangelize on our own power using the latest techniques and foregoing evangelism altogether because it it God who turns hearts and presents a solid Biblical middle ground He argues that the doctrine of divine sovereignty and our evangelistic duty are not opposites, but work together for the salvation of souls in a Biblical manner The only thing I regret about this book i [...]


  • Good book that successfully refutes the anti Calvinist assertion that the doctrines of unconditional election, effectual calling, and particular redemption somehow impede the motivation of evangelism However, the book cripples its own argument by an odd insistence that the truths of God s sovereignty and man s responsibility form an insoluble antinomy in Scripture Ironically, I think Packer, in this very book, does a pretty good job of showing how the two doctrines logically cohere For a clearer [...]


  • This is an excellent book Seriously, after personally hearing that those who hold to God sovereignty in salvation shouldn t believe in evangelism, this book does an excellent and fair job of completely destroying that false premise I only wish I read it earlier, this has given me confidence in my evangelism and soothed my soul for the times when there was no fruit visible when evangelizing Whether you believe in election or not, this is a important read to combat against such a false premise th [...]


  • Though some believe that a high view of God s sovereignty discourages evangelism and promotes fatalism, Packer argues in his book The sovereignty of God in grace is the one thing that prevents evangelism from being pointless For it creates the possibility indeed, the certainty that evangelism will be fruitful I found this book to be very encouraging and refreshing to be reminded of the truth of the Gospel God s sovereignty motivates me to go forth in boldness, declaring The Gospel, knowing that [...]


  • I loved this book There is a reason that it is an evangelical classic Packer tackles some big theological territory in only few pages It strengthened my belief in the sovereignty of God, encouraged me to engage in evangelism, and shepherded my heart closer to Christ.I highly recommend it.


  • Simply excellent There are only a few books that I would recommend for all Christians to read This is most definitely one of them.If someone asks me for a book on evangelism, I recommend this one.If someone asks me for a book on the sovereignty of God, I recommend this one.Truly a must read You will enjoy it and be blessed.


  • Easily the best book I ve ever read on evangelism Packer is clear, concise, profoundly theological and yet practical at the same time Only 122 pages yet brilliantly outlines how God s sovereignty fits perfectly with the commands to evangelize Our evangelism and our Christian faith must hold together God s sovereignty and human responsibility in tension, as the Bible does.


  • Saber que Deus soberano na salva o nos encoraja, nos traz paci ncia, nos consola e nos traz perseveran a para continuarmos a fazer a nossa tarefa, que anunciar as boas novas Os frutos surgir o da gra a divina e ocorrer o para a gl ria de Deus


  • 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 create , and that God s sovereignty gives us our only hope in evangelism.


  • Wrestling with some questions and this book is very helpful about a Christian believer s role in light of the doctrine of God s sovereign control over everything.






  • In the book Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God, J.I Packer addresses the relationship between three realities God s sovereignty, man s responsibility, and the Christian s evangelistic duty However, he hones in on evangelism in relation to the sovereignty of God s government and grace Packer assumes the sovereignty of God is in the heart of each believer who can answer yes to the following questions Do you ask God for your daily bread Do you thank God for your conversion Do you pray for the co [...]


  • I decided to re read this book, after having read it several years ago It addresses the classic question, If God has predestined who is going to be saved, and there is nothing men can do to change it, then why evangelize Packer early in the book defines the word antinomy as two concepts that are apparently contradictory but in fact are not These two concepts are God s sovereignty in predestination and the man s responsibility in repenting and believing God is King of all His creation, but He is [...]


  • I have never been convicted, yet encouraged I recommend this to anyone who struggles with the opposing ideas of God s sovereignty and Man s responsibility to repent Packer will lay any confusion to rest This book helped me by exposing my sinful tendencies to just let God sort it out and to instead call me to obedience We are to evangelize as an expression of love first to God and second to Man Packer has helped me to understand this balance, as well as how to keep a healthy mind about what eva [...]


  • A very brief primer on a question that has long been the subject of intense conversations and controversies what is God s role in evangelism The first chapter of four total is where Arminian claims start to unravel After all, listen to how someone prays for those who are not yet Christians and you will understand what they actually believe about God s sovereignty in salvation.This would be a good introduction to the topic of God s Sovereignty for anyone however you might answer that same questio [...]


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