4 Stars Out Of 5
Hope for sharing Jesus with your family
May 17, 2011
Just hearing the word evangelism scares most people. Add to that the notion of bringing the gospel home might cause knuckles to turn white and eyes to bulge in fear! There is something about Bringing the Gospel Home that freaks us out. We feel uncomfortable, a sense of despair, guilt, shame and hopeless. While there are those 'few' who talk as if sharing the gospel is as easy as breathing, for the rest it takes all we have to just bring up the gospel with our family and close friends. In his own words, author Randy Newman states, 'My purpose in this book is to offer hope (pg. 14).' This book is for the majority of believers who struggle with sharing the gospel.
Randy Newman shares personal testimonies from others as well has his journey (he is a Messianic Jew who has lead several family members to faith) to provide a backdrop that allows us to learn from a wide range of experiences of evangelism. Weaving this together with scripture and closing each chapter with practical steps to take makes this a solid resource for equipping believers to bring the gospel to those they love.
This is not a 'how to guide' or a '3-step method' to evangelism. It is so much more than that. Newman begins by sharing God's plan for the family and Satan's attempt to thwart that plan. Moving next to how the gospel redeems the family, the book transitions to the topics of grace, truth, love, humility, time and eternity. Focusing on these areas centers evangelism on the gospel, not the audience (parents, siblings, neighbors, best friends, etc). There is not a separate chapter for each audience because the gospel transcends subsets of people. As each topic is addressed, numerous examples are shared that 'flesh out' each of the topics.
Bringing the Gospel Home encourages us to have hope in the gospel message as we share it with our family and friends. Evangelism is more than a method, it is the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ!
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Crossway as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commision's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."