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In about a hundred pages, Dever discusses modern apprehensions towards evangelism, what the Gospel and evangelism are (and are not), who, how and why we should evangelize, and what we should do after presenting the Gospel. He minces no words, stripping his message down to the basics, and covers the topics thoroughly while leaving nuances and theory to other writers. Depth isn't his intention here, as the subject is already incredibly deep. This is for those of us who have the knowledge of the mandate to evangelize, recognize the persuasion of the Holy Spirit to do so, and have enough compassion for a fallen world to impel us to follow His leading.
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Evangelism is not only misunderstood, it is often unpracticed. Many Christians want to share the gospel with others, but because those Christians don't grasp the fundamentals of witnessing, they feel intimidated and incapable of sharing the truth of the gospel.
Yet those believers fail to recognize that God has already established who and how we are to evangelize. In The Gospel and Personal Evangelism, Dr. Mark Dever seeks to answer the four basic questions about evangelism that many Christians ask: Who should we evangelize? How should we evangelize? What is evangelism? Why should we evangelize? In his answers Dever draws on New Testament truths and helps believers apply those truths in practical ways. As readers understand the fundamentals of evangelism, they will begin to develop a culture of evangelism in their lives and their local churches.
I appreciate Devers humility, his clarity, and his brevity (the book is only 119 pages). The chapters are designed to answer basic questions concerning evangelism: Why dont we evangelize? Who should evangelize? How should we evangelize? Why should we evangelize? Dever does a thorough job answering these questions in a very biblical and logical manner.
The chapters on What is the Gospel? and What Isnt Evangelism? are especially valuable. Both of these chapters get to the heart of true evangelism and set this book apart from other modern evangelistic books. Listen to this challenge from Dever: That which passes for the gospel too often becomes a very thin veneer spread lightly over our cultures values, becoming shaped and formed to its contours rather than to the truth about God. (p. 32)
Dever has a very readable style, including many personal illustrations, highlighting both successes and failures at living out the message of this book. Also, the author does not merely fill the mind with great theology, but gives many practical steps in which the principles he highlights can be lived out.
I highly recommend The Gospel and Personal Evangelism as a clear and concise manifesto for personal evangelism. Pastors would not only benefit themselves by reading this book, but should make this book available to their congregations to stir up the faithful to evangelize. I would especially recommend this book to those who think evangelism is not for them. Todd Burgett, Christian Book Previews.com
Patti4 Stars Out Of 5The Gospel and Personal EvangelismJanuary 29, 2015PattiThese were gifts for Christmas---I have not personally read this----soon perhaps!
David GoughAlexandria, VAAge: 55-65Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Doing what should come naturally!June 18, 2013David GoughAlexandria, VAAge: 55-65Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Christians should not have to be told to share their faith with unbelievers. If they have truly come to grips with what it means to turn from sin and embrace the gift of salvation provided through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, evangelism should be a natural consequence. The sad truth is that is not always--or even often--the case! Perhaps that is because in the church's zeal to develop evangelists, they have made witnessing to one's faith in Christ seem so unnatural. In this small but practical volume, Mark Dever strips away much of the myth and error that accompany most Gospel presentations today. So-called "methods" sometimes get into the way of simply sharing with others the change that God has brought about in the life of the believer. The author does a good job of first explaining the Gospel (the need for repentance and faith) before discussing the "who," the "how", the "what" and the "why" of evangelism. Coming from a reformed perspective Dever explains how election and evangelism are not counterintuitive, but rather complementary in the fulfillment of the Great Commission. I personally found his concluding chapter entitled "Closing the Sale" to be extremely practical in exposing how contemporary "soul-winning" plans tend to place the responsibility of "making converts" unfairly on the shoulders of those who witness and tragically lead to "false conversions." "Salvation is of the Lord" comes through clearly in the book. That being said, his appendix, "A Word for Pastors," leaves those of us who minister the word from the pulpit with a challenge to be intentional in sharing the Gospel in our preaching as well as in all of our lives. This is an informative and motivational read. Would make a great small-group study.
Virginia Harper Ho5 Stars Out Of 5May 13, 2010Virginia Harper HoThis is an excellent, concise, well-written one-stop resource for anyone wanting to understand the foundations of why and how to share the gospel. I think it should be part of a basic toolkit for new believers and I'm planning to use it as a resource and teaching tool for a short evangelism training session in our church youth group. I agree with the other comments that it isn't as much about practical "how to"s but some great core principles. Highly recommended.
Eun Chae Cheong5 Stars Out Of 5November 10, 2009Eun Chae CheongThis book really helps me understand how important the evangelistic message is. I was greatly encouraged to evangelize by preaching good news. I recommend this book to all who are afraid of personal evangelism. I am sure they will get the good idea that evangelism is not burdensome but delightful and that they will not hesitate to deliver good news right away. This book is the very impressive and excellent book every one should read.
Doug Van Der Weide4 Stars Out Of 5February 24, 2008Doug Van Der WeideNot a bad book and a very quick read. This is a basics book for the beginner in evangelism. Gives you a foundation to start with. I would recommend other reads for putting evangelism more into practice. It is definitely a must read for any Christian.