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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If God is sovereign and in control, and will save whomever he has predestined to save, then why would anyone bother to evangelize? For it creates the possibility– indeed, the certainty– that evangelism will be fruitful.

Packer goes on to show, with plenty of examples, that both divine sovereignty and human responsibility are taught in Scripture. Packer simply answers the issue – if God has already predestined things, why evangelise? 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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If you would like pacekr write a letter to the editor, you can do so here. In the first section, J. This idea contradicts every example we have in the Scriptures, and even contradicts things he Mr. Most Christians tend to overemphasize either Evanhelism sovereignty or man’s responsibility, to the exclusion of the other, but Packer explains that we must not do this.

Aovereignty easy to lose sight of the importance of evangelism and forget that Christians should be enterprising in their evangelism, always considering better ways to love their neighbors through the method. No, not as an acronym for the five points of Calvinism, just start picturing the flowers. It all sounds a bit glass-half-empty at the moment, but let me spoil the end of the review for you now; you should definitely read this book!


For it creates the possibility — indeed, the certainty — that evangelism will be fruitful. 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. Share your thoughts with other customers. No trivia or quizzes yet.

These chapters are preceded by a foreword, preface, and introduction. The Christian can have great confidence that their prayers lead to powerful results, not despite God’s sovereignty but because of it.

Evangelism & the Sovereignty of God by J.I. Packer

I’m thankful for the reminder of my impotence and dependency on God, and I hope to approach evangelism in humility, following His plans, and presenting my greatest treasure, this salvation from Jesus Christ, to those oacker are my neighbors. As Packer writes, ” it is an apparent incompatibility between two apparent truths “.

May 12, C. As Packer explains in his introduction:.

Debate has raged for centuries about this topic, yet I know of no more helpful book to address it. This book is a must read for every Christian.

Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God

Yet we are still responsible as bearers of this good news! While Packer achieves his goal, the answer to this common question is both satisfying and unsatisfying at the same time.

Packer addresses the question: Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. For me, one of the more unexpected challenges of reading this book came out of the manner in which it addresses evangelism. Conclusion Overall, Packer does accomplish his main goal as previously stated, however it is done at the expense of some critical thinking for lack of a better term.


Not the most exciting read but I learned a lot! This book helped me to pray. It is a matter, not merely of informing, but also of inviting. While he holds to Anglican tradition which lately has become more liberal in its theology, Packer is known for engaging books and is highly regarded in evangelistic Christian circles.

Whether you believe in election or not, this is a important read to combat against such a false premise that God’s sovereignty and evangelism can’t go hand and hand. It is against this backdrop that J. It needed, therefore, to be taught. Biblical fundamentals in an inclusive format, perfect for starting conversations.

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The author takes the first half of the book to explain three truths can exist together: To have published a single literary work that becomes a classic is a notable accomplishment. 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 What evangelissm excellent read.

Armed with the knowledge that God is sovereign AND man is responsible, Packer focuses on what this means for the evangelistic efforts of Ane Of course, the details here matter. It help deconstruct caricatures of views of evangelism.