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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Moody Publishers; New Edition edition (March 24, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802422888
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802422880
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #567,413 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Back Cover:

"Biblical, passionate and practical - here's a clarion call for Christians to introduce others to the God who is already present. Jerry and Stan offer a much-needed antidote to the fear many Christians feel about that dreaded word evangelism."

Lee Strobel, author, The Case for the Real Jesus

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Evangelism is cooperating with what God is already doing! That insight is not only liberating but it is laid out beautifully in this timely book by Root and Guthrie. They understand that evangelism means practicing God's presence as we engage in compassionate, authentic relationship with seekers and skeptics. The stories are inspiring and the discussion questions make this a perfect tool for small groups. I highly recommend it!

Rebecca Manley Pippert, author, Out of the Salt Shaker, Hope Has Its Reasons

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"Biblical, passionate and practical - here's a clarion call for Christians to introduce others to the God who is already present. Jerry and Stan offer a much-needed antidote to the fear many Christians feel about that dreaded word evangelism."

Lee Strobel, author, The Case for the Real Jesus

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Having taught evangelism around the world I have discovered that the fears are remarkably the same: What if I offend? What if I'm rejected? What if they ask me a question I can't answer? However, over time I realized that the deeper, unspoken fear was the assumption that evangelism is ultimately all about us and our skills. We suck up our courage and just hope that God will back us up! But we've got it backwards. God always goes before us because He is already there. We follow Him into the world, He doesn't follow us. Evangelism is cooperating with what God is already doing! That insight is not only liberating but it is laid out beautifully in this timely book by Root and Guthrie. They understand that evangelism means practicing God's presence as we engage in compassionate, authentic relationship with seekers and skeptics. The stories are inspiring and the discussion questions make this a perfect tool for small groups. I highly recommend it!

Rebecca Manley Pippert, author, Out of the Salt Shaker, Hope Has Its Reasons

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"Need confidence in sharing your faith? Let this book encourage you: you are not aloneGod was there before you; He'll be there with you. Reach out boldly-this is God's deal. He is at work, and he wants you to join Him in the all-important sacrament of evangelism."

Mark Mittelberg

author of The Questions Christians Hope No One Will Ask and The Reason Why, and coauthor (with Bill Hybels) of Becoming a Contagious Christian

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What a brilliant book to help us shift our paradigm of evangelism from dry obligation to a vitality of worship and a refreshing experience of God. In a world fearful to share truth Root and Guthrie give us key ingredients for evangelism that have not been fully examined for centuries. The authors have a gift for helping us understand bedrock biblical principles as well as exposing us to tried and tested ("that is so obvious why-didn't-I-think-of-that") practical methodology.  I love that the book introduces to a wide variety of interesting people from football players, college students and restaurateurs, to Calvin, Chesterton, Moody, Rousseau, and of course C.S. Lewis.  In sports ministry we say, "Always training, never playing makes athletes stale." The Sacrament of Evangelism will help get you into the game, revitalize your faith and put some muscle on the dry bones of evangelism. I think I better ask my neighbor out to lunch, right now!

Dr Steve Connor
Director/ Facilitator
Sports Outreach International
International Sports Coalition- North America

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If you think there couldn't be anything new written about evangelism, The Sacrament of Evangelism will shatter that belief. Jerry and Stan do a great job of peeling back the curtain on the universal longings that can only be met by God. By doing so, they help the believer see how we are participating in the work God is already doing when He brings the unsaved to Himself. That is the Sacramental nature of Evangelism.

AJ Rinaldi
Ministry Director, EvanTell Inc.

evangelism.net

About the Author

DR. JERRY ROOT is an Associate Professor at Wheaton College where he teaches graduate courses in the MA in Evangelism Program as well as courses in the undergraduate Christian Formation and Ministry Department. In addition, Jerry is a visiting professor at Biola University and Talbot Graduate School of Theology in La Mirada, California.Jerry has written many books centered around the teachings of C.S. Lewis. He has lectured on C. S. Lewis at 48 College or University Campuses in 11 countries. He has taught college and graduate courses on C. S. Lewis for 30 consecutive years.Jerry and his wife Claudia have four married children, four grandchildren, and a Welsh Corgi; they live in Wheaton, Illinois.

STAN GUTHRIE is an editor at large for Christianity Today magazine. His most recent book, All that Jesus Asks: How His Questions Can Teach and Transform Us, was released by Baker. He is author of Missions in the Third Millennium: 21 Key Trends for the 21st Century. Besides authoring, writing, and editing books, Stan is a literary agent, bringing together good authors, good books, and good publishers.

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I thank God today for His guidance, His mercy, His love, and His grace.
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This book will not only help you sort through that, but give you something so much better in return.
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I have read a lot of books on spiritual topics like Bible study methods, prayer, and evangelism.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D. Bartol on June 6, 2011
Format: Paperback
While other books on the subject of evangelism tend to focus on the "how", this little gem dives heavily into the "what" and the "why" (which is rare). Root and Guthrie know full well that there are enough methods out there to express the same Jewel of a message called the gospel, so instead of focusing all of their attention on teaching the reader how to share the gospel with others, they assume that you already are, and encourage you greatly as to the foundation of what we're doing (or supposed to be doing) and why, so that we might continue running the race with confidence in the One for whom we are running. Like a cup of water for a marathon runner, this is a very encouraging series of motivational boosters.

The baseline for the catch phrase in this book is rooted in the understanding that God's presence can be found in everything (since He is omnipresent), "from the majestic to the mundane". So "whenever we respond to the gift of God's presence, we call that mutual effort - God's grace and our response - sacramental."
Some approach evangelism as getting on board with a mission where God "needs" us. This is a terribly sad way of doing evangelism, and really puts a burden on people that Jesus never intended. Some come to it with a, "They're going to hell, and it's up to us to bring Christ to them so they can steer clear of that terrible place of torment." This will get really discouraging when people do not respond positively to the message of turn or burn*, since, in this view, all of the weight of responsibility is on us.

So what? What is the real motivating factor that should drive the body to the great commission? (matthew 28:18-20).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lynn L. Severance on June 19, 2011
Format: Paperback
Review of "The Sacrament of Evangelism" by Jerry Root and Stan Guthrie

I grew up in the Catholic faith tradition. I am thus acquainted with the sacredness of "sacrament" in the context of this definition: "an outward sign, instituted by Christ to give grace." The outward sign is visible in the ceremony or prayers said that accompany the 7 sacraments' administrations -- Baptism, Confirmation, Holy Eucharist, Penance, Extreme Unction ( Last Rites), Holy Orders, and Matrimony. All of these sacraments symbolize the grace that flows inwardly, the person of God's Spirit strengthening an individual for his life and for his roles in life.

I am also a born again Christian who knows the sacredness in affirming that Christ is my Lord and Savior.

I heard the title of this book long before it was published. I was immediately taken by the title as the perfect "marriage-merger" of two words, "sacrament- evangelism". They resonated deeply within me.

Now, having read Jerry Root and Stan Guthrie's book, that resonating is firmly set.
If I were to encapsulate the message they bring, it is about Incarnation. God, the Son ( Jesus Christ ) became flesh entering our world. He bore our sins as Savior dying on the Cross, reconciling us to our Father and our eternal Home. We are filled with His Spirit. Some of us know this experience of being in relationship with Him, having accepted Him as Lord and Savior. For those not yet aware that they are, "pregnant" if you will, with the God we know, we long to bring them the good news of such a relationship so its birth can take place. The longing in them begs to be identified for them.

Jerry Root and Stan Guthrie lead their readers through a new path of recognition.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By jamesmirror on December 8, 2012
Format: Paperback
Summary: The thesis of The Sacrament of Evangelism is that evangelism is a sacrament (i.e., filled with the presence of God) and should be part of the daily lives of all Christians. Evangelism isn't optional, only done by super spiritual people or left to those called to the ministry. Rather "Christians out to plant God's flag wherever they are called, using the unique opportunities and relationships He provides". The book is targeted to those new to evangelism who need encouragement and basic direction at the high school or early college level. It has four sections that cover the God's requirement of evangelism, God's love expressed in evangelism, connecting with others at their point of need to engage in evangelism and reproducing evangelists. It's sprinkled with examples of evangelism from the two authors and generally limited to their experiences.

Assessment: It's not a bad book, but it's not really a great one either. The authors didn't seem to know what they wanted the book to be about. It's a mile wide and an inch deep with a mixture of examples of how to do evangelism, quotes from secular philosophers that show identify the longings of humanity, a very basic introduction to theology and encouragement that anyone can (and must) call others to God through the Gospel. None of them were necessarily bad, but I was hoping for something deeper.

My favorite chapter was titled "Points of Connection." It provided helpful guidance on how to relate to other and move beyond small topic to conversations of more substance that could ultimately lead to a discussion about our need for God. The book is also designed with short chapters and study group questions after each, which make it a useful tool for small group discussions on the topic of evangelism.

Note: This book was provided to me by Moody Press in exchange for an unbiased review.
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