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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Crossway (February 8, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581347154
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581347159
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #354,572 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jerram Barrs (MDiv, Covenant Theological Seminary) is the founder and resident scholar of the Francis A. Schaeffer Institute at Covenant Theological Seminary, where he teaches apologetics and outreach as professor of Christianity and contemporary culture. He and his wife also served on staff at English L’Abri for many years. He is the author of Learning Evangelism from Jesus and Echoes of Eden.

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The story of Manasseh encourages me to keep praying for unbelievers.
Modern Puritan
This book focuses on how to relate to the person you're speaking with-how to really listen and tune in to what they're saying.
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Beyond its tone and basic thrust, another reason for reading this particular work lies in the author's intention and content.
M. P. Ryan

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By M. P. Ryan on August 20, 2004
Format: Paperback
With new books on evangelism appearing almost every week, I sometimes wonder why I should read any particular one over another. (Usually it is because of the author. Rarely is it because of some genuinely new insight into the evangelistic task.) But in the case of this new work, the answer is immediately plain. It is both the absence of hype and the author's unwillingness to exalt technique. Like the evangelical church itself, too many books on evangelism exhibit an over reliance on the tools and insights of psychology and marketing strategy. While this is not all bad, yet the biblical and theological foundations on which the ensuing `latest techniques' and `most dynamic strategies' rest are often superficial at best. In contrast to this kind of focus, The Heart of Evangelism serves to remind us of what is truly essential to evangelism: a humble dependence on God that is matched by faithfully doing what is ours to do.

Beyond its tone and basic thrust, another reason for reading this particular work lies in the author's intention and content. Concerned that Jesus and the apostles inform our practice of evangelism, close attention is paid to their instruction and example. Committed to recovering a New Testament pattern of evangelism, the body of this work opens (not unexpectedly) with a study of the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:6-11). Its different horizons are discussed, as is what this commission means for our own prayers and daily lives.

Turning from our responsibility to the role of the Great Evangelist Himself, this work makes much of God and the infinite variety of means He employs to draw people to Himself. First, the account of the Ethiopian Eunuch (Acts 8:26-40) is employed to counter any sense of God being reluctant to save.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. W. White on February 16, 2009
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Jerram Barrs writes a great book to give anyone a good foothold and foundation in evangelism. Many times in our culture we view a good evangelism book as one with a step by step method or many great trivia-facts that will impress or convince those we are speaking to. Professor Barrs takes another route - and a better one I believe. In The Heart of Evangelism he seeks to find common ground in the way that God is already working in an individual's life through God's common grace. He focuses on how Jesus goes about his ministry here on earth. There is a strong focus on love, hospitality and genuine care for the person.
This book is made up of very short chapters (maybe on 3-6 pages each). I would view this book as a great devotional style book, or one that can be used easily for discipleship and small group settings. There is much to chew on in this book, so slow down and meditate on the nuggets of wisdom Prof. Barrs gives you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Modern Puritan on June 16, 2011
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Like Professor Barrs, I feel that God is slow in answering my prayers for unsaved loved ones. The story of Manasseh encourages me to keep praying for unbelievers. I am also encouraged by Professor Barrs' reference to the Apostle Paul asking believers to pray for him to have the courage (Eph. 6:19-20) and clarity (Col. 4:3-4) to effectively present the gospel. If the Apostle Paul needed prayer in this area, so do I.

I appreciate Professor Barrs' application of the Lord's command to love widows and orphans by helping the growing number of single parent households in our churches. I agree with Professor Barrs' belief that every Christian should practice hospitality as commanded in Romans 12:13, Hebrews 13:2, 1 Peter 4:9, and many other passages.

This book has given me some good ideas of questions to ask people in various settings. When searching for a pastor, it is helpful to ask a candidates' (former) staff what it was like working for him. If he is difficult to work for, he will likely cause problems with any congregation. Professor Barrs also had good questions to ask new believers about how they came to know the Lord. This reminds me that God often works in a person's life through various means (and sometimes for many years) prior to a person's conversion.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jesus Fan on August 9, 2010
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Highly recommend it. Having an EE background, this book offered a fresh perspective that everyone should read.
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By Amazon Customer on September 24, 2009
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I like this book even though I don't agree doctrinally with everything the author seems to believe. We do share many beliefs. If you are really into the evangelism topic you might want to start with the 20th chapter and read to the end and then go back and read the beginning. The first part was trying to convince me that the 'great commission' was for everyone, and I am already convinced of that fact.
One of my favorite quotes from the book is, "...each biblical summary of our faith is different because each time that truth is made known, the situation is different. When we are communicating the Gospel to someone we know and love, or even to someone we meet for the first time, our communication is not merely to be a matter of stating the central truths of the Gospel in some form that we can readily memorize....The focus in evangelism is not to be whatever is easy for us, but the particular person to whom we are speaking . Communicating the Gospel is a personal endeavour, one person to another, and therefore we must be prepared to be flexible." Anyway, I recommend the book!
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Jerram Barrs is the founder and Resident Scholar of the Francis Schaeffer Institute at Covenant Theological Seminary. He also teaches apologetics and outreach, among other subjects, as Professor of Christianity and Contemporary Culture at Covenant. He and his wife were on staff at English L'Abri for many years.

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