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Evangelism & The Sovereignty of God (New Format)

Evangelism & The Sovereignty of God (New Format)

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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 evangelism as an incentive and powerful support for it.
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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 evangelism as an incentive and powerful support for it.
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Meet the Author

J I Packer

James Innell Packer was born in Gloucester, UK, in 1926, the son of a clerk for the Great Western Railway. Packer won a scholarship to Oxford University, where he obtained a BA (1948), MA (1954), and PhD (1954). It was at Oxford that Packer attended lectures by C.S. Lewis, whose teachings would become a major influence in his life. In a meeting of the Oxford Inter-Collegiate Christian Union, Packer committed his life to Christian service.

After briefly teaching Greek at Oak Hill College in London, Packer entered Wycliffe Hall to study theology and was ordained in the Anglican Church, becoming a presbyter in 1953. From the 1950s through the 1970s, Packer held several academic positions at Tyndale Hall, Bristol and Oxford. During this time, he became recognized as a leader in the evangelical movement in the Church of England. In 1978, he signed the Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy, which affirmed the conservative position on inerrancy, although he is not a literalist with regard to the creation narratives of Genesis. On the matter of ministry roles in the church, Packer is a complementarian. His theology is Reformed, though he is open to ecumenical rapprochement with Anglo-Catholics, which has drawn sharp criticism from some quarters. He famously parted ways with Martyn Lloyd-Jones over this issue in the late 1960s.

In 1979, Packer moved to Vancouver, BC, Canada, to take up a position with Regent College, where he would become Professor of Theology, a position he retains beyond the age of 90, even though his vision is now seriously impaired. Since 2009, Packer has been theologian emeritus of the Anglican Church in North America.

During a ministry career spanning over six decades, and through his prolific written output, Packer has distinguished himself as one of the leading theologians and church historians of our time. His book Knowing God (1973) has become a modern classic, and he has done much to stimulate wider interest in the great works of Puritan spirituality - a great passion of his. He has been a frequent contributor to and an executive editor of Christianity Today. Packer served as general editor for the English Standard Version of the Bible (2001), an evangelical revision of the Revised Standard Version of 1971. His other books include, A Quest for Godliness, Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God, Growing in Christ, and Rediscovering Holiness.

Packer and his wife Kit have three adopted children. Packer rises early at four in the morning, and until he lost his eyesight wrote by means of his old manual typewriter. He loves seriously hot and spicy food, and his favourite book of the Bible is Ecclesiastes.

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A must-read classic
4 stars By Stephen, Jan 08 2017
Packer carefully explains the commonly considered antimony of God's sovereignty with our responsibility as believers to evangelise. It carefully explains our role as believers who are used by God for the furtherance of His kingdom. Although not explicitly applicatory, it provides a good mentality and attitude we should adopt when it comes to realising that a person's acceptance of the gospel is ultimately in God's hands and not within our own. 
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A must read classic on evangelism
5 stars By Aaron, Sep 03 2016
Packer writes a short, yet richly biblical volume on how evangelism and the sovereignty of God fit together. Packer discusses divine sovereignty and evangelism separately, before walking through how the both come together in the last chapter. Particularly helpful was Packer's discussion on evangelistic methods that we often see today in the church; as well as the final chapter, where he addresses common misunderstandings that may arise when Christians consider evangelism and the sovereignty of God.

This is certainly a must read classic. Grab a copy, read it, and pass it on to a friend.
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Thought-provoking
4 stars By Josh, Feb 09 2015
Packer provides a critical examination of attitudes surrounding evangelism, showing that we must strike a balance between God's sovereignty and man's active use of free will in spreading the gospel. He successfully reconciles these two, often controversial and opposing attitudes, showing that God's sovereignty is a powerful incentive for evangelism and that we as Christians are actively called to evangelise. This is a well-reasoned book providing a practical and theological model of evangelism that is Biblically sound. I found Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God quite thought-provoking in assessing the theological reasoning behind different applications of evangelism.
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Motivating and informative
5 stars By Charles, Jun 12 2013
In this book, Packer addresses the relationship of the sovereignty of God and evangelism. If you want an academic and thorough defense of the sovereignty of God, this probably isn't your book. If you want a very practical book on how to do evangelism, this probably isn't your book either. However, if you want your heart to be driven to evangelism with the solid foundation and assurance of God's sovereignty, then this is your book. Clear and effortless to read, Packer asks why we should evangelise and what effect the sovereignty of God has on evangelism. It is worth noting that at points, he assumes that readers already believe in doctrines such as predestination and limited atonement, but the point of the book isn't to convince people of these doctrines. Well worth reading and re-reading, for the way in which it prompts us to evangelism.
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A must-read
5 stars By Dan, Mar 30 2013
For anyone doing evangelism or thinking about it (which as Packer rightly states, should be every Christian), this book helps you to understand several essential truths for proper evangelism, most importantly the sovereignty of God in salvation, and how these truths should affect our approach to spreading the Gospel.

This book is short, yet crams a great number of amazing truths that anyone wanting to evangelize must understand. Some things may appear tricky at first to comprehend, such as why evangelism is needed at all if God is sovereign, yet having a proper respect for the many seemingly-contradictory truths associated with evangelsm is essential for properly sharing the Gospel.

This is one of those books that you keep coming back to for years in the future.  It is very well written, and the many scriptural references allow you to easily explore where Packer is coming from and discover more for yourself.  Highly recommended and so cheap, buy this book!
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  • Catalogue Code 310151
  • Product Code 9781844744985
  • ISBN 1844744981
  • EAN 9781844744985
  • Pages 136
  • Department Academic
  • Category Theology
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Intervarsity Press Uk
  • Publication Date Aug 2010
  • Sales Rank #4284
  • Weight 0.185kg