Robert E. Coleman's bestselling The Master Plan of Evangelism ranks with J. I. Packer's modern day classic Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God as one of the most important books ever written on the practice of evangelism and missions. Yet, while Packer's work tended to focus on one theological question about evangelism, Coleman's work (Master Plan) set out a map and strategy for evangelizing.
While Coleman's The Master Plan of Evangelism remains a powerfully relevant book, it has become clear that a broad and accessible theological supplement supporting its contents is necessary given our current context. Thus, in The Heart of the Gospel Coleman sets down in systematic fashion the theology that underwrites the principles provided in his earlier work..
His purpose is to ground and inform our practice within Scripture as a whole, and to show that mission and evangelism are part of God's plan within the Bible and throughout history...indeed that they are the very heart of the Gospel.
Each chapter in The Heart of the Gospelcovers a major biblical doctrine, explains its various evangelical interpretations, treats misconceptions adversely affecting evangelism, and offers practical applications of the doctrine. Based on decades of classroom teaching at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, this comprehensive work is aimed at ministry professionals, clergy, missionaries, and all Christian readers interested in evangelism and outreach.
Robert E. Coleman is Distinguished Professor of Evangelism and Discipleship at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He also served as dean of the Billy Graham International Schools of Evangelism as well as director of the Billy Graham Center Institute of Evangelism at Wheaton College.
With the keen mind of a theologian and the warm heart of an evangelist, Robert Coleman displays how evangelism is the heartbeat of all theology. This work is biblical and practical--vintage Coleman!
-Timothy K. Beougher,
Billy Graham Professor of Evangelism, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
I have waited over thirty-five years for this book! It was the life and teaching of Dr. Coleman that convinced me of the inseparable link between evangelism and theology, and this has resulted in several books that I have written. Now we have a comprehensive treatment from the master himself in the style of biblical and theological writing that is devotionally rich and practically helpful, which we have come to expect from Robert Coleman.
National Director, Youth for Christ, Sri Lanka
Here is the theology of the Gospel in classic Wesleyan dress, vividly presented by one of its most honored veteran expositors. All who love the Lord will find this a heartwarming read.
-J. I. Packer,
Board of Governors Professor of Theology, Regent College
This magnificent study by Robert Coleman will undoubtedly become a classic among theologies of evangelism. With great personal sensitivity and elegant simplicity, he places the question of 'Why evangelism?' into a biblical and theological context that is larger than many of us know. His study could very well ignite an evangelical fire within our hearts. This is a genuinely inspiring and instructive book not to miss--a must-read.
-John A. Woodbridge,
Research Professor of Church History and Christian Thought, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
What rich wisdom learned from a life lived in the Word and in the teaching and practice of evangelism! Coleman's love for both the Gospel and the Christ of the Gospel is contagious. Read and learn and worship.
-Dennis F. Kinlaw,
President, Francis Asbury Society
When Robert Coleman and I taught together at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, students would often tell me that his classes changed their lives, and I think that will also happen with those who read this book. He brings all the great doctrines of the Bible to bear on the topic to which he has devoted his life: the wonderful Gospel of salvation through Christ alone. Though Coleman writes from a Wesleyan/Arminian perspective, at many points he graciously explains the Calvinistic Reformed view and shows when both sides can agree regarding evangelism. He also warns against many false gospels today that deviate from the truth of the Bible. This book will awaken readers' hearts to proclaim the Gospel, and no doubt to worship God.
Research Professor of Theology and Biblical Studies, Phoenix Seminary
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