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The Master Plan of Evangelism Paperback – April 1, 2006
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It all started when Jesus called a few men to follow him and share God's message with their neighbors. We are called to do the same. But evangelism can be difficult--even intimidating. With all the evangelism resources available, where should you turn to find advice on how to share the Good News with others? Robert E. Coleman says the answers aren't found in TV evangelism, easy-evangelism guidebooks, or the latest marketing techniques. Rather, he looks to the Bible, to the ultimate example found in Jesus Christ.
For more than forty years this classic, biblical look at evangelism has challenged and instructed over three million readers. Now repackaged for a new generation, The Master Plan of Evangelism is as fresh and relevant as ever. Join the movement and discover how you can minister to the people God brings into your life.
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One day when I was in college, a guest speaker came to our youth ministry class and uttered a sentence that would open an entirely new dimension to my understanding of the gospel. "Jesus' methods," the speaker said, "are just as much a part of the gospel as his message." Wow!
This book takes a simple, yet profoundly insightful, look at Jesus' methods--how he made disciples, how he equipped his disciples to carry out his mission.
If we want to know how best to make disciples, doesn't it make sense to ask how the greatest disciple-maker of all time did it? That's what Coleman does in this book that has become a classic.
Many of today's "discipling" methods consist primarily of guiding either individuals or groups through a curriculum. They begin with cognitive knowledge and assume that cognitive knowlege leads to behavioral change. Sometimes it works. Often it doesn't.
That was not Jesus' approach. Coleman identifies eight principles that Jesus embodied in his disciple-making: Selection, Association, Consecration, Impartation, Demonstration, Delegation, Supervision, and Reproduction--and devotes a chapter to each.
A few excerpts:
"Most of the evangelistic efforts of the church begin with the multitudes under the assumption that the church is qualified to preserve what good is done. The result is our spectacular emphasis on numbers of converts, candidates for baptism, and more members for the church, with little or no genuine concern manifested toward the establishment of these souls in the love and power of God, let alone the preservation and continuation of the work.Read more ›
We must have a well thought through strategy for fulfilling the Great Commission. For this Coleman offers his book as a study in principles. He follows Jesus' method as the model for the principles he sets forth in his book.
Chapter one is titled "Selection." Coleman begins with the observation that men were Jesus' method. Jesus focused on training a few men who were willing to learn, without neglecting ministering to the masses. Jesus concentrated on a few men because he knew that he needed quality leaders to carry on the work of the kingdom in his absence.
Coleman observes that this is seldom the practice in churches today. He says most evangelistic efforts are directed to the multitudes because of our emphasis on numbers of converts rather than a genuine concern for the spiritual welfare of those that are reached. But we must begin to intentionally disciple believers if we are to achieve lasting growth. This will be a slow, tedious, and painful process that will probably go unnoticed by people at first, but the result will be glorious.
Chapter two is titled "Association." Coleman says that Jesus had a very informal teaching method. The essence of his training program was just letting his disciples follow him, just to be with him. They were able to observe, discuss, ask questions, and listen to Jesus' teaching. His method was himself. Coleman points out what our problem is today.Read more ›
This is a must read for anyone who is involved in Christian ministry of any kind. I rank it as one of the top 5 books that should be on the bookshelf of every devoted Christian.
He is NOT writing about methods. Coleman is highlighting the strategy and principles of Jesus. These principles can be applied in a multitude of methods across cultures, generations, and technological fronts. As a wise old friend has said,
"Methods are many, but principles are few. Methods will change, but principles NEVER do."
Aside from a need for a modern update and not just a cover change, this book is by far the most helpful resource on Jesus' strategy and philosophy of ministry, the very same He has called us to (Matt. 28:19-20), that I have ever seen. I am involved in full-time evangelism and discipleship ministry and have found no other source better for training laborers and leaders to follow Jesus in reaching the world. This would be a five star if not for the need for an update in the text and references.
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Excellent book on leadership! I recommend this for any Christian who wants to be a more effective witness as well as anyone who wants to become a better leader. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Paul/Big Dog
This little book is packed with helpful information about the approach Jesus took when making disciples. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kelly Pinella
This book should not be overlooked by anyone involved in, or intending to be, mentoring. It will help to focus your ministerial efforts.Published 2 months ago by Gamaliel Garcia
Discipleship. It's not a common word, even in the church. This book does a great job of distilling the basics of the process out of Jesus's life and work with his disciples. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Richard Reeb
Jesus lived a strange life. It was a life defined by compassion to all, yet dedicated to a very small group of people. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Rob Denison