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Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God [Kindle Edition]

J. I. Packer , Mark Dever
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Book 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.


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  • File Size: 753 KB
  • Print Length: 122 pages
  • Publisher: IVP Books; Americanized edition (January 16, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008I3A6KK
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #338,431 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cornering the market on classics May 12, 2012
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To have published a single literary work that becomes a classic is a notable accomplishment. Publishing two gives the writer a corner on contemporary Christians' reading lists. James Inverness Packer has accomplished just that. Packer is well-known for his landmark book, Knowing God, which first was published in 1973. This is not a review of that book, but if you have not read it you should. Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God (first published, 1961) is the other classic Packer has written, and it punches far above its weight (my copy is a 2008 reprint edition--it's only 134 pages) in the world of biblically faithful Christian classics.

The first chapter, Divine Sovereignty, makes the case that all believers adhere to a confidence in God's absolute sovereignty. Packer calls the average Christian's prayer life to the witness stand, and the testimony is irrefutable. If you are inclined to question this last sentence, just read the chapter and form your own opinion: it's only seven pages long.

Next, in Divine Sovereignty and Human Responsibility, Packer shows that these two poles of activity (divine and human) comprise not a paradox, but an antinomy: the assertion of two statements which seem to be contradictory, but both of which are logically necessary: "An antinomy exists when a pair of principles stand side by side, seemingly irreconcilable, yet both undeniable" [26]. Packer goes on to show, with plenty of examples, that both divine sovereignty and human responsibility are taught in Scripture. His advice regarding how to handle the conflict between the two is wise:
"What should one do, then, with an antinomy? Accept it for what it is, and learn to live with it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Impacts my Belief System January 8, 2013
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I talked to a fellow in a Reformed college (Geneva College in Beaver Falls, PA). I said, 'aren't you reformed guys, the same folks that told William Carey to sit down because God will save the heathen if He wants without your help or mine' The gentleman replied that I have misunderstood the Sovereignty of God and should read Packer's book. I am glad I did. It really explains the purpose and method of evangelism. I think often of his approach. I think I should read this book again.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good biblical balance September 8, 2012
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Packer has such a good way of showing all of biblical truth, and he does a good job explaining how things that appear contradictory come together. All the teaching is in the context of evangelism, and for anyone who struggles with their role in evangelism, this gives you great hope and confidence in following Jesus' words. This is the second book on evangelism I would recommend, the first being Dever's The Gospel and Personal Evangelism. But this is the first book I would recommend in trying to grow in understanding God's sovereignty.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful January 31, 2013
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I've been struggling to reconcile these two, and now see that there is no need. They are both true and can happily exist side by side.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read January 15, 2013
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Read it for our home groups. Would recommend, if needed, spending some unrushed time ensuring that, if you use it for a group study, that they understand and embrace what Packer assumes (the wonderful truth of predestination).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent March 16, 2014
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The right topic at the right time. Thanks Pastor Mark Dever for the hint at Pastors Conference at DesiringGod.org at Bethlehem Baptist Church.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best description of the the subject April 14, 2013
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This book is great in reconciling the two concepts which is difficult to understand for a someone who is not a theologian.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic. A Must Read for Every Christian December 20, 2012
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Hands down the best book on a very difficult topic. Easy read, well researched and well written. I would give this book to every Christian I know.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars great book, must read!
Easy to understand ...
It goes straight to the point ...
It's a book every christian should read, regardless of what stage you are on your personal walk with Christ ...
Published 23 hours ago by Renato Henrique de Oliveira Peres
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Theological Treatise on Evangelism
This book explains the ultimate purpose and reason for evangelism. It is a must read for every Christian!
Published 1 month ago by Thomas Winborn Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars Deep thoughts, needs to be read multiple times to ...
Deep thoughts, needs to be read multiple times to get all the nuggets of truth. I bought this copy as a gift.
Published 1 month ago by His servant
5.0 out of 5 stars Packer does an excellent job speaking to the heart of the matter
Packer does an excellent job speaking to the heart of the matter. He explains how God's part and the part of human involvement work together in this area. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Morris Overstreet II
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
J. I. Packer is a trust name in the Evangelical world, and his book Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God is a classic.
Published 2 months ago by Lou. S. Nowasielski
5.0 out of 5 stars It's about evangelism
Although I do not believe in his doctrinal stance, this book was written with careful consideration for the subject at hand. He says much about the need for evangelism. Read more
Published 3 months ago by jeff chandler
5.0 out of 5 stars Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God
This is a nice addition to my library. I received it in a timely delivery fashion. Thank you. I have collected Packer through the years and I am always glad to find another great... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Robert M. Orgeron
5.0 out of 5 stars Truth
This book, once and for, puts the lie to the claim that Calvinism discourages evangelism. No, it gives meaning and dignity to evangelism, and some of the greatest evangelists have... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Douglas Groothuis
3.0 out of 5 stars evangelism and the sovereignty of God
I thought Packer did well to show the relationship between the two concepts, but he goes into too much detail, and it would have been very helpful had he divided the book into more... Read more
Published 7 months ago by jwilburn
5.0 out of 5 stars Life changing insight
The views of Packer in this book literally changed the entire way that I look at evangelism and I thank God that I read this book. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Joseissaved
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