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The Sacrament of Evangelism

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Table of Contents Foreword I. Preliminaries Chapter ^1: Missing Out Chapter 2: Getting Started Chapter 3: Prayer Chapter 4: ^Target Practice Chapter 5: The Great Commission II. Abiding in Christ Chapter ^6: Discovering God's Love Chapter 7:...


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Table of Contents

Foreword
I. Preliminaries
Chapter ^1: Missing Out
Chapter 2: Getting Started
Chapter 3: Prayer
Chapter 4: ^Target Practice
Chapter 5: The Great Commission


II. Abiding in Christ
Chapter ^6: Discovering God's Love
Chapter 7: Responding to His Love
Chapter 8: The ^Spirit: God's Abiding and Empowering Presence
Chapter 9: Character: Habits of ^the Heart
Chapter 10: Mirroring the Presence of Christ in the World


III. ^The Gospel and Humanity
Chapter 11: Points of Connection
Chapter 12: Longing: ^Pilgrim
Chapter 13: Longing: Lover
Chapter 14: Longing: Ascetic / Saint
Chapter ^15: Other Longings


IV. Content and Follow Up
Chapter 16: Basic Content
Chapter ^17: Communication
Chapter 18: Follow Up I: Jesus, Prayer, and Bible Study
Chapter ^19: Follow Up II: Worship, Fellowship, Obedience, and Stewardship
Chapter 20: ^Reproducing Reproducers


V. Bibliography on Evangelism and Discipleship





A recent statistic suggests that 15% of the churches in America are ^growing but only 2.2% are growing evangelistically.

Much of the church in ^America has lost its evangelistic zeal and forgotten how to re-ignite it; this book ^is an attempt to light the fuse of the powder keg so that the church, long-distracted ^by so many things, might return to its primary mission in the world.

We ^do not take Christ to anyone; He is already there. We go to make explicit what we ^see Him doing implicitly. It is not a question of whether God is at work in His ^world . . . Our hope is to see more of God's people at work with Him! Learn about ^why we share our faith, Christ's role in our evangelism, the deep longings in all ^our hearts, and how to effectively live a sacramentally evangelistic lifestyle.



DR. JERRY ROOT is an Associate Professor at Wheaton College where ^he teaches graduate courses in the MA in Evangelism Program as well as courses in ^the undergraduate Christian Formation and Ministry Department. In addition, Jerry ^is a visiting professor at Biola University and Talbot Graduate School of Theology ^in La Mirada, California.Jerry has written many books centered around the teachings ^of C.S. Lewis. He has lectured on C. S. Lewis at 48 College or University Campuses ^in 11 countries. He has taught college and graduate courses on C. S. Lewis for 30 ^consecutive years.Jerry and his wife Claudia have four married children, four grandchildren, ^and a Welsh Corgi; they live in Wheaton, Illinois.

STAN GUTHRIE is ^an editor at large for Christianity Today magazine. His most recent book, ^All that Jesus Asks: How His Questions Can Teach and Transform Us, was released ^by Baker. He is author of Missions in the Third Millennium: 21 Key Trends for ^the 21st Century. Besides authoring, writing, and editing books, Stan is a literary ^agent, bringing together good authors, good books, and good publishers.


A recent statistic suggests that 15% of the churches in America are ^growing but only 2.2% are growing evangelistically.


Much of the church in ^America has lost its evangelistic zeal and forgotten how to re-ignite it; this book ^is an attempt to light the fuse of the powder keg so that the church, long-distracted ^by so many things, might return to its primary mission in the world.


We do ^not take Christ to anyone; He is already there. We go to make explicit what we see ^Him doing implicitly. It is not a question of whether God is at work in His world ^. . . Our hope is to see more of God's people at work with Him! Learn about why ^we share our faith, Christ's role in our evangelism, the deep longings in all our ^hearts, and how to effectively live a sacramentally evangelistic lifestyle.


We ^are offering a way of looking at life and the world that is open to God's presence ^everywhere. This approach is called sacramental. And where better to experience ^God's presence than in His workplace? This is the Sacrament of Evangelism.




Back Cover:

"Biblical, passionate and practical ^- here's a clarion call for Christians to introduce others to the God who is already ^present. Jerry and Stan offer a much-needed antidote to the fear many Christians ^feel about that dreaded word evangelism."

Lee Strobel, author, The Case ^for the Real Jesus

--

Evangelism is cooperating with what God ^is already doing! That insight is not only liberating but it is laid out beautifully ^in this timely book by Root and Guthrie. They understand that evangelism means practicing ^God's presence as we engage in compassionate, authentic relationship with seekers ^and skeptics. The stories are inspiring and the discussion questions make this a ^perfect tool for small groups. I highly recommend it!


Rebecca Manley Pippert, author, ^Out of the Salt Shaker, Hope Has Its Reasons


Inside Pages:

"Biblical, ^passionate and practical - here's a clarion call for Christians to introduce others ^to the God who is already present. Jerry and Stan offer a much-needed antidote to ^the fear many Christians feel about that dreaded word evangelism."

Lee Strobel, ^author, The Case for the Real Jesus

--

Having taught evangelism ^around the world I have discovered that the fears are remarkably the same: What ^if I offend? What if I'm rejected? What if they ask me a question I can't answer? ^However, over time I realized that the deeper, unspoken fear was the assumption ^that evangelism is ultimately all about us and our skills. We suck up our courage ^and just hope that God will back us up! But we've got it backwards. God always goes ^before us because He is already there. We follow Him into the world, He doesn't ^follow us. Evangelism is cooperating with what God is already doing! That insight ^is not only liberating but it is laid out beautifully in this timely book by Root ^and Guthrie. They understand that evangelism means practicing God's presence as ^we engage in compassionate, authentic relationship with seekers and skeptics. The ^stories are inspiring and the discussion questions make this a perfect tool for ^small groups. I highly recommend it!






Rebecca Manley Pippert, author, ^Out of the Salt Shaker, Hope Has Its Reasons

--

"Need confidence ^in sharing your faith? Let this book encourage you: you are not aloneGod was ^there before you; He'll be there with you. Reach out boldly-this is God's deal. ^He is at work, and he wants you to join Him in the all-important sacrament ^of evangelism."


Mark Mittelberg


author of The Questions Christians ^Hope No One Will Ask and The Reason Why, and coauthor (with ^Bill Hybels) of Becoming a Contagious Christian


--

What ^a brilliant book to help us shift our paradigm of evangelism from dry obligation ^to a vitality of worship and a refreshing experience of God. In a world fearful ^to share truth Root and Guthrie give us key ingredients for evangelism that have ^not been fully examined for centuries. The authors have a gift for helping us understand ^bedrock biblical principles as well as exposing us to tried and tested ("that is ^so obvious why-didn't-I-think-of-that") practical methodology.  I love that ^the book introduces to a wide variety of interesting people from football players, ^college students and restaurateurs, to Calvin, Chesterton, Moody, Rousseau, and ^of course C.S. Lewis.  In sports ministry we say, "Always training, never playing ^makes athletes stale." The Sacrament of Evangelism will help get you into ^the game, revitalize your faith and put some muscle on the dry bones of evangelism. ^I think I better ask my neighbor out to lunch, right now!


Dr Steve Connor
Director/ ^Facilitator
Sports Outreach International
International Sports Coalition- ^North America

--

If you think there couldn't be anything new written ^about evangelism, The Sacrament of Evangelism will shatter that belief. Jerry ^and Stan do a great job of peeling back the curtain on the universal longings that ^can only be met by God. By doing so, they help the believer see how we are participating ^in the work God is already doing when He brings the unsaved to Himself. That is ^the Sacramental nature of Evangelism.


AJ Rinaldi
Ministry Director, EvanTell ^Inc.


evangelism.net




A recent statistic suggests that 15% of the churches in America are growing but only 2.2% are growing evangelistically.


Much of the church in America has lost its evangelistic zeal and forgotten how to re-ignite it; this book is an attempt to light the fuse of the powder keg so that the church, long-distracted by so many things, might return to its primary mission in the world.


We do not take Christ to anyone; He is already there. We go to make explicit what we see Him doing implicitly. It is not a question of whether God is at work in His world ... Our hope is to see more of God's people at work with Him! Learn about why we share our faith, Christ's role in our evangelism, the deep longings in all our hearts, and how to effectively live a sacramentally evangelistic lifestyle.


We are offering a way of looking at life and the world that is open to God's presence everywhere. This approach is called sacramental. And where better to experience God's presence than in His workplace? This is the Sacrament of Evangelism.



-Publisher

PRODUCT DETAIL

Stan Guthrie

Stan Guthrie is an editor at large for Christianity Today. An award-winning veteran journalist, author, and commentator on the evangelical scene, he has edited or cowritten a dozen books including All That Jesus Asks: How His Questions Can Teach and Transform Us. Guthrie lives in Illinois.

Jerry Root

Jerry Root (Ph.D., British Open University, Oxford Centre for Mission Studies) has taught college and graduate courses on Lewis every year since 1980 as well as lecturing on Lewis throughout America and many other countries. He is a co–editor of The Quotable C. S. Lewis and also the author of C. S. Lewis and a Problem of Evil: An Investigation of a Pervasive Theme. He teaches at Wheaton College in Illinois and at Biola University in Southern California.

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