All Christians are called. Called to love God with all that we are. Called to serve Him. Called to reach out to the lost. However, when we're honest, the majority of us would admit that we find this last calling the most difficult. We gladly support the evangelistic ministries of others, but most of us feel discouraged by our own attempts at witnessing because our memorized approaches don't seem to work. This biblical study of evangelism gracefully reminds us all that the New Testament model of witnessing is not one-size-fits-all. With compassion for the lost filling every page, Jerram Barrs shows us the variety of approaches used in the New Testament. There the same true, timeless, unchanging Gospel was presented as differently as the audience, calling us to follow its example. You can learn to witness comfortably in your own circumstances so that sharing Christ doesn't feel like a chore. And as you watch God work in the lives of others and see the great blessings He brings, you'll discover what a privilege it is to live out the heart of evangelism: truly loving others to Christ.
This biblical study of evangelism calls today's Christians to follow the New Testament model of listening carefully to the unsaved and loving them enough to tailor one's approach without compromising the message.
Jerram Barrs (MDiv, Covenant Theological Seminary) is the founder and resident scholar of the Francis A. Schaeffer Institute at Covenant Theological Seminary, where he is professor of Christian studies and contemporary culture. He and his wife served on staff with LAbri Fellowship in England for eighteen years. Jerram and his wife, Vicki, have three sons and seven grandchildren.