Evangelism & the Sovereignty of God by J.I. PackerIf 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 Gods sovereignty is not so much a barrier to evangelism as an incentive and powerful support for it.
Review: “Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God” by JI Packer
Advanced Search Tips. LEVEL 2. True to its title, this book attempts to faithfully explain two strands of biblical teaching that seem to contradict one another. On the one hand the Bible makes clear and demanding statements about our activity in evangelism and the real results that follow our activity. Jesus Christ Himself commanded us to go and make disciples of all nations , a commission carried out by our activities.
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His aim is to show that divine sovereignty and personal responsibility to repent and believe the Gospel are not mutually exclusive. Many readers know Packer has a thoroughly Reformed soteriology, and this is clear throughout the book. This approach makes this an excellent gift to Christians of all theological flavors. He begins by discussing divine sovereignty. You know God is sovereign, because you pray. Every Christian also knows God is sovereign in salvation.