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Evangelism and the Sovereignty of Godby J.I. Packer


Have you ever wondered, “If God is in control of everything, then why evangelize?” In his classic work on this issue, J.I. Packer explains how God’s sovereignty and man’s responsibility (and privilege) to evangelize are not only compatible, but necessary. 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. The sovereignty of God in grace is what gives us our only hope of success in evangelism. It is the confidence that God will save people that should make us bold, make us patient, and make us prayerful. If you are lacking motivation in your evangelism or your heart remains cold to the fact that people need to hear of Christ to be saved, Packer’s book is a must read. Although written almost 50 years ago, Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God is a timely book, not only for today’s church in general, but for Maranatha Bible Church as we examine a biblical basis for evangelism over the next few weeks.