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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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It all sounds a bit glass-half-empty at the moment, but let me spoil the evangslism of the review for you now; you should definitely read this book! For a cle 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.

After all, if God truly is sovereign, if He does control absolutely everything, what reason is there to soveriegnty Log In Sign Up. Finally Packer delves into the most profound issue — how do we view evangelism in light of God’s sovereignty? Please try again later. What is the evangelistic message?

Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God

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 eva If God is in control of everything, can Christians sit back and not bother to evangelize?

It really is so simple. The great strength of this style is the end result; as the truths of Scripture are put forward, you become convinced by the sheer reasonableness of the argument.


I had been recently thinking through the questions that this book is all about. English Choose a language for shopping. If someone asks me for a book on evangelism, I recommend this one. Evangelism, he says, without God’s sovereignty, would be a complete and total waste of time with no hope of success, but in fact God’s sovereignty should fill us with great confidence as we share our faith.

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Oct 26, Matt Kottman rated it it was amazing Shelves: Every Christian should re read it! Since there is no discovered limit to human knowledge, especially on scripture, it sovereugnty irresponsible to sit back and accept apparent contradictions as they are when there is the possibility that they could be reconciled or resolved.

While some ideas within scripture may seem to be an antimony, Packer presents them rather as a paradox which he says are two separate things 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.

As Packer explains in his introduction: 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 pzcker don’t.

The question of how God can hold sinners accountable and without excuse when he himself is the sovereign Potter, forming the clay as he purposes is applicable to other areas, like prayer.

You will enjoy it and be blessed. This book helped me to pray.

Evangelism & the Sovereignty of God

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. There was a problem filtering reviews right now.


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 l sovereignty is not true.

What is the motive for evangelizing? Depending on the background of the reader, this book could be either eye-opening, infuriating, or a great way sovereiynty refocus on the fundamentals of evangelism.

Alongside the praying though, is the doing. Our evangelism and our Christian faith must hold together God’s sovereignty and human responsibility in tension, as the Evangelsm does.

The second best was the reminder to pray. As we humbly submit to scripture, we must acknowledge that there are areas of our understanding that will be insufficient.

It is against this backdrop that J. 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. 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.