Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God

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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 new edition to the popular IVP Classics 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 ...

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Overview

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 new edition to the popular IVP Classics 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.

With over 100,000 copies in print, Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God is truly a classic that should be read by every Christian.

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Editorial Reviews

Discerning Reader
"A short but exceedingly powerful book. Packer shows that rather than precluding evangelism, God's sovereignty provides the most powerful incentive and support for it. . . . [C]ontains impressive depth and contains a thorough and satisfying treatment of the subject."
From the foreword by Mark Dever
"I've often recommended this book to faithful Christians who are confused about how they are to think about prayer, missions, giving—any area in which our efforts could be wrongly pitted against God's own necessary action. Packer introduces us to clear truths, handles Scripture with exemplary care, and supplies us with just the right amount of illustrations and application."
Todd Sauve
Whether you consider yourself a Calvinist, an Arminian, or somewhere in between, Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God will stimulate your thinking about evangelism and increase your desire to join God in his work. It is easy to see why InterVarsity Press has republished this book as one of its "IVP Classics."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780830837991
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press
  • Publication date: 1/16/2012
  • Pages: 122
  • Sales rank: 387,386
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

J.I. Packer is regarded as one of the most influential evangelicals in North America. He is Board of Governors' Professor of Theology at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia and his writings include books such as Knowing God, A Quest for Godliness, Growing in Christ (Crossway) and Rediscovering Holiness. He has preached and lectured widely in Great Britain and North America and served as General Editor of the English Standard Version of the Bible published in 2001, and Theological Editor of the Study Bible version.

In 2014, Packer was named Author of the Year by the Association of Logos Bookstores. He is a frequent contributor to and an executive editor of Christianity Today and has written numerous articles published in journals such as Churchman, SouthWestern Journal, Reformation & Revival Journal and Touchstone. He received a BA, MA and PhD from Oxford University.

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Mark Dever
Preface
Introduction
1. Divine Sovereignty
2. Divine Sovereignty and Human Responsibility
3. Evangelism
4. Divine Sovereignty and Evangelism

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2000

    very helpful

    I just finished reading Evangelism & the Sovereignty of God and found it very helpful. Mr. Packer writes clearly and concisely, helping his readers understand what the gospel message is and how God's sovereignty relates to evangelism. There was a lot of good food for thought and discussion.

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