Evangelism & the Sovereignty of God

Evangelism the Sovereignty of God 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

  • Title: Evangelism & the Sovereignty of God
  • Author: J.I. Packer
  • ISBN: 9780830813391
  • Page: 470
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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.

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    1. 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 [...]

    2. 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 overempha [...]

    3. 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 [...]

    4. "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 more 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 believe [...]

    5. 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.

    6. 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 more, develop more meaningful relationships with others without such fear around sharing the gospel, and having patience in knowing salvation is [...]

    7. 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, [...]

    8. Excellent!!! It is one of the most practical theology books (and only 127 pages!) that I've ever read! Every Christian should (re)read it!

    9. 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/goa [...]

    10. 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 [...]

    11. 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 sover [...]

    12. 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 b [...]

    13. 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 cle [...]

    14. 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 more 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 pre [...]

    15. 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, kno [...]

    16. 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.

    17. 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.

    18. 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.

    19. Saber que Deus é soberano na salvação nos encoraja, nos traz paciência, nos consola e nos traz perseverança para continuarmos a fazer a nossa tarefa, que é anunciar as boas-novas! Os frutos surgirão da graça divina e ocorrerão para a glória de Deus!

    20. 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.

    21. 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.

    22. Packer simply answers the issue - if God has already predestined things, why evangelise? He answers it neatly and succinctly.

    23. This is an excellent little book. Focused. Helpful. Practical. It will be a good one to re-read periodically.

    24. There's a reason this is considered a classic. It is excellent. Now I need to act on what I have learned.

    25. 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 [...]

    26. 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, bu [...]

    27. I have never been more convicted, yet more 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 m [...]

    28. 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 [...]

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