Evangelism: A Biblical Response to Today's Questions

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In his new book, Evangelism: A Biblical Response to Today's Questions, J. D. Payne responds to today's most commonly asked questions. Written in an engaging style with concise chapters, this book establishes a biblical, theological, and practical foundation for missional living.

Instead of a one-size-fits-all approach, this book provides the reader with healthy and clear parameters for sharing faith that can be applied to differing cultural ...

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Overview

In his new book, Evangelism: A Biblical Response to Today's Questions, J. D. Payne responds to today's most commonly asked questions. Written in an engaging style with concise chapters, this book establishes a biblical, theological, and practical foundation for missional living.

Instead of a one-size-fits-all approach, this book provides the reader with healthy and clear parameters for sharing faith that can be applied to differing cultural contexts in today's globalized world. Some of the questions addressed include:
What is evangelism anyway? What is the gospel? What is repentance? If God is in control, then why do we need to share the gospel? What is election? Does a loving God send people to hell? What is the role of free will in salvation?

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780830856466
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press
  • Publication date: 2/1/2011
  • Pages: 178
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

J. D. Payne (Ph.D., Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) serves as the pastor of church multiplication for The Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham, Alabama. He has pastored churches in Kentucky and Indiana and served as a seminary professor for a decade. The author of several books and articles, Payne also serves as the book review editor for the Great Commission Research Journal.

He is a National Missionary with North American Mission Board and holds memberships in the Evangelical Theological Society, Evangelical Missiological Society, and the Great Commission Research Network.

He and his wife Sarah and their three children live in Birmingham, Alabama.

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.

Packer 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 ix

Preface xi

Introduction 1

1 What is Evangelism, Anyway? 5

2 What is the Gospel? 9

3 What is Repentance? 13

4 What is Saving Faith? 17

5 What is Conversion? 21

6 Does Conversion Occur at One Point in Time, or is it a Process? 25

7 What does it Mean to be Born Again? 29

8 What are we Saved From? 33

9 If God is in Control, Why do we Need to Share the Gospel? 37

10 What is Election? 43

11 Does a Loving God Send People to Hell? 51

12 What is the Role of Free will in Salvation? 55

13 What about Those Who Never Hear the Gospel? 61

14 What about Children Who Die and the Mentally Disabled? 67

15 What is the Holy Spirits Role in Evangelism? 71

16 What is the Role of Prayer in Evangelism? 77

17 Is There a Gift of Evangelism? 83

18 What is Lifestyle Evangelism? 87

19 What Should I Share in an Evangelistic Situation? 93

20 What if I Don't Feel Like Sharing the Gospel? 97

21 Do I Have to Offend People When I Share the Gospel? 101

22 What if I Make a Mistake when Sharing the Gospel? 105

23 What if Someone Asks Me a Question 1 Can't Answer? 109

24 Am I Disobedient if I Don't Share the Gospel with Strangers? 113

25 What Should I Do if My Church is Not Evangelistic? 117

26 What if I Can't Memorize All Those Bible Verses? 121

27 "What is the Sinner's Prayer? 125

28 How Do I Begin Conversations about Spiritual Matters? 129

29 What is the Best Way to Witness to Family Members or Close Friends? 137

30 After I Have Shared the Gospel, Must I Bring it Up in All Future Conversations? 141

31 What Do I Do When Someone Says He Wants to Follow Jesus? 145

32 What Do I Do When Someone Says He Doesn't Want to Follow Jesus? 149

33 What if My Behavior Wasn't Christ like When I Shared the Gospel? 155

Epilogue 159

Notes 161

Some Books to Consider in Relation to Evangelism 167

Scripture Index 169

General Index 173

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