Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God

Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God
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Packer, J. I.


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Listen to 3 lectures by J. I. Packer from the 1988 Desiring God Conference entitled The Source of Saving Faith, The Nature of Saving Faith, and The Path of Saving Faith.
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Publisher's Description

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.

  • New edition of a classic work on divine sovereignty and human responsibility
  • Challenges extreme views on both sides of the issue
  • Outlines a proper incentive and support for evangelism

Includes a Foreword by Mark Dever

About the Author

J. I. Packer is Board of Governors' Professor of Theology at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia. He also serves as contributing editor to Christianity Today. Packer's writings include books such as Knowing God (IVP Books), A Quest for Godliness (Crossway), Growing in Christ (Crossway), Rediscovering Holiness (Servant), and numerous articles published in journals such as Churchman, Southwestern Journal, Christianity Today, Reformation & Revival Journal and Touchstone.

Book Details

122 Pages
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
Publication Date: January 2012
ISBN 10: 083083799X
ISBN 13: 9780830837991

“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.”
— From the Foreword by Mark Dever, Senior Pastor, Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Washington, DC

"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.... Contains impressive depth and contains a thorough and satisfying treatment of the subject."
- Tim Challies

"The emphasis of Packer’s book is scriptural, and its conclusions are lucid, enlightening, and convicting. This is an excellent little book for any believer who has wondered about the relationship between God’s sovereignty and human responsibility in evangelism."
- Andy Naselli

“An excellent resource.”
- Reformation & Revival Journal