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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That reminder made the book worth reading to me.

Tension arises when my reality and your reality differ, but rather than work out the differences we just ignore the tension, as if it would just go away. Tracing the Storyline of the Bible Paperback. This idea contradicts every example we have in the Scriptures, and even contradicts things he Mr. To have published a single literary work that becomes a classic is a notable accomplishment.

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If we overemphasise God’s sovereignty, our evangelism ceases all together as unnecessary. Everything I’ve ever read from the pen of James Innell Packer has been pure gold. Included in this is consistent analysis of the evangelistic frameworks that were current when the book was written in the s, gld the present-day reader soon realizes remains current today.

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Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God

I highly recommend it. James Inverness Packer has accomplished just that. For it creates the possibility– indeed, the certainty– that evangelism will be fruitful. Packer not only wishes for the book to be an encouragement to Christians to evangelize, but also to help settle some disagreements within the Christian community on the subject as well 9.


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Review: “Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God” by JI Packer

Another benefit I found from reading this book has been the way it has again reframed my attitude to prayer. Alas, Packer does a much better job unpacking pun not intended! Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God is written in 4 chapters: If God has ordained kf will be saved, they reason, that person will be saved regardless of my efforts. This was a discouraging discovery. We live at a time of spiritual lethargy, which is often rightly equated with laziness. Otherwise, an excellent tome.

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. 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 in God’s hands and not my own.

Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. Reiterating over these fundamental principles of evangelism was beneficial. The author takes the first half of the book to explain three truths can exis Depending on the background of the reader, sivereignty book could be either eye-opening, infuriating, or a great way to refocus on the fundamentals of evangelism.

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. If we overemphasise human responsibility in salvation, our evangelism becomes nothing but method and technique to manipulate a response.

If God is sovereign and in control, and will save whomever he has predestined to save, then why would anyone bother to evangelize? It is one of the most practical theology books and only pages! What an excellent read.


In this, Packer is both explaining the gospel to future evangelists, but he’s also demonstrating to those same individuals how to explain it to others. 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. 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. Without watering it down one bit, he simplifies the message to four main heads namely, God, Sin, Christ, Summons to Repentance and Faith.

Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God. A short book, to read and re-read.

The only thing I regret about this book is soereignty it was written prior to the Boston Movement. God’s sovereignty motivates me to go forth in boldness, declaring The Gospel, Though some believe that a high view of God’s sovereignty discourages evangelism and promotes fatalism, Packer argues in his book ” Packer is thorough yet easy to understand in his points and takes care to avoid misinterpreted extremes in his theology.

This has quickly become one of my favorite books. I used to be one of them! Yet we are still responsible as bearers of this good news!