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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This was a discouraging discovery. 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 that they could be reconciled or resolved. Rather than a paradox, we are actually dealing with an antinomy: Skip j.i.pwcker main content.
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Arminian churches seem to grow much faster than churches based on Calvinist principles. At a number of points, as attention is drawn to the theological understanding required for the topic, Packer points out things we should be praying for. It really is so simple.
Included in this is consistent analysis of the evangelistic frameworks that were current when the book was written in evangelosm s, which the present-day reader soon realizes remains current today.
After all, if God truly is sovereign, if He does control absolutely everything, what reason is there to evangelize? Yet Packer suggests the ground to occupy in these discussions is in the middle. The truths contained here are profound, and yet made simple.
After outlining the evangelistic events j.u.packer evangelistic weekly services yb, Packer provides an exhaustive list of questions to ask of any effort.
Is there any theology that could be more sound or that could be more properly explained? I had really high expectations for this book, and to be brutally honest I was a bit disappointed. As Packer explains in his introduction: He speaks of the message of evangelism as well as the motive and means for it. Reviews Latest Reviews By Category.
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Another benefit I found from reading this book evangelixm been the way it has again reframed my attitude to eangelism. In lieu of a comments section, I accept and encourage letters to the editor.
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. Not in the sense that the book was of poor quality e. It all sounds a bit glass-half-empty at the moment, but let me spoil the end of the review for you now; you should definitely read this book!
Somehow, although God is absolutely sovereign, He has ordained that we would be responsible for our involvement in His plans.
Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God
This is evident throughout, as the readability, theology, application and illustration are perfectly balanced. 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.
For a book weighing in at a mere pages, this one contains impressive depth and contains a thorough and satisfying treatment of the subject. 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. But it was biblical. 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.
Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God. If an evangelist is receiving little traction it is worth examining the method in which the gospel is being presented. 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. In order to accomplish this goal, Packer provides readers with the idea of antimony versus paradox.
Meanwhile, I was expecting magic-bullet answers for the particular questions that I had. The ongoing debate over divine sovereignty and human responsibility is often characterized by extremes.
It is against this backdrop that J. 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.
Is there a better way to relate the message to the current circumstances of the listener? While he holds to Anglican tradition which lately has become more liberal in its theology, Packer is known for engaging books and is highly regarded in evangelistic Christian circles.
For me, one of the more unexpected challenges of reading this book came out of the manner in which it addresses evangelism.
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The book was republished in but the edition remained the same.