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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Kregel Classics (May 2, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0825423848
  • ISBN-13: 978-0825423840
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 6.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,152,174 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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[ True Evangelism] . . . deals with some of the common difficulties involved in personal evangelism. [It] emphasizes the basic need for spiritual power and the need for earnest prayer if witnessing is to be effective. (Cyril J. Barber Ministers Library 2004-06-03)

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Lewis Sperry Chafer (1871–1952), American Presbyterian clergyman and educator, was born in Rock Creek, Ohio; studied at New Lyme Academy and Oberlin Conservatory and College, both in Ohio; studied under C. I. Scoffield; and was ordained in 1900. In 1924, he founded the Evangelical Theological College (now Dallas Theological Seminary) and was its president and professor of systematic theology until his death. His many other works include Satan, True Evangelism, Grace, Major Bible Themes, and the eight-volume Systematic Theology.

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Without understanding it, going forward and confessing in the public can be misunderstood as the personal work in earning the salvation.
Steven So
Although there is much room for debate and conversation regarding some of Dr. Chafer's views, his book is as relevant today as it was when he first put ink to paper.
Sten-Erik Armitage
Evangelism can be embraced by masses however, one heart at time, by personal choice and action of the will through the conviction of the Holy Spirit.
MARILYN SHARP

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Brad Doskocil on September 8, 2000
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Chafer depicts in this book an analysis from the Bible of the two most important things about witnessing for Christ. First the importance of sharing the correct information, that Christ being God became man, paid the penalty of the entire human race for sin on the cross by his spiritul death, and rose again to provide eternal life. This eternal life can be obtained by the simple act of belief in the savior. The second thing stressed in the book is the necessity of prayer for the unbeliever, for only God can bend the will of an unbeliever. If only the church would discard its gimmicks and rely on God's truth and focus on the accuracy of the message a great revival might occur. Chafer's book is a witness to this truth.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By H. L. Nedrow on June 12, 2005
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Lewis Sperry Chafer was a theologian, author, andthe founder of Dallas Theological Seminary. Several other books I am reading now are rather overweight considering their contents but this volume is slim, only 100 small pages, and filled with ideas to savor.

The previous reviewer is correct in that when this book was originally published it received many scathing reviews from Christians. Why? Because Chafer take aim at manipulative forms of evangelism in the first chapter of his book called "False Forces in Evangelism. Chafer believes that only God changes peoples hearts and that it is harmful for Christian ministers to try to manipulate people into "coverting." He defend his views from the Scripture and does so skillfully yet briefly. Chafer particularly criticizes meetings which try to manipulate people into coming forward and preaching which make it seem as if salvation is dependent upon raising your hand in a meeting or kneeling at the altar. He also criticizes the view that evangelism is only for certain people, i.e. so-called "evangelists", and that it is best done only a specific season, the "revival"

Chapter Two, "Salvation: The Objective in Evangelism," is theologically rich. Recognizing that the objective of evangelism is salvation, Chafer explores the elements of salvation. He speaks of salvation in "three tenses" on p. 29, "The believer was saved from condemnation . . . he is being saved from the habit and power of sin . . . and he will be saved from the presence of sin" and focuses mainly on the "first tense." I appreciated his seven-part summary of the changes that occur immediately a person comes to Christ, especially his reminder that one who believes is now clothed with the righteousness of God.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Sam M. Tannenbaum VINE VOICE on September 17, 2005
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I'm reading this as part of my evangelism class at DTS, and I really enjoy it. It's systematic and rational. I especially appreciate the way Chafer cites the 'evangelism career path' that has infected the thinking of so many in this century.

The review below cites only revenue loss as evidence for this book's impotence; but when has God ever needed the bottom line as evidence of His blessing on a work?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sten-Erik Armitage on March 29, 2009
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Lewis Sperry Chafer penned True Evangelism: Winning Souls Through Prayer in 1911. One would expect a work nearing the century mark to be both wooden and no longer relevant in a world of constantly changing evangelicalism.

Although there is much room for debate and conversation regarding some of Dr. Chafer's views, his book is as relevant today as it was when he first put ink to paper. It is impressive how he was able to succinctly present a biblical perspective of evangelism differing from the many other works that give step-by-step advice on how to knock on doors and solicit conversions in restaurants.

In the first chapter, Dr. Chafer walks us through many of the errors and dangers that face the potential evangelist. He breaks these forces down into three categories: Men, Methods and Messages.

This chapter resonates with wisdom concerning evangelism. The emphasis is not on an evangelist attempting to fulfill a numerical quota in order to demonstrate his or her effectiveness in ministry. Rather, the focus is on genuine conversion of the lost.

Dr. Chafer clearly outlines the dangers of a pressured, public conversion experience that is often made under duress and in ignorance. This type of "evangelism" diminishes the work of the Spirit, and the promises of God.

In chapter two, Dr. Chafer begins at the end. The goal of any evangelistic effort is to bring a lost person to a saving knowledge and relationship with Christ. Dr. Chafer explores the conversion experience, the sanctification process and the eternal glorified state of a believer.

It is refreshing to read the emphasis that the author places on God's role in the salvation of the lost.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Steven So on February 26, 2007
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True Evangelism by Lewis Sperry Chafer is a timeless gem in Christianity. Reading it almost a hundred years after Chafer wrote it in 1919, it still feels fresh, present, thought provoking, practical and life changing. His writing fills with scholastic and practical authority. They are shown in his profound doctrinal clearness as a scholar and Spirit depending agent as an evangelist by engaging in traveling evangelistic endeavors from 1901-1914. This book is practical, doctrinal and spiritual. He started his book by saying that this is the result of his evangelistic experience and study covering many years. His conviction has been changed from emotional and superficial methods to entirely dependent on the Holy Spirit in every phase of the work in soul-winning. His purpose, though seemingly critical, is to offer constructive advice to avoid spiritual death and formalism by the misguided and yet faithfully strived evangelism. Reading this book one can always sense his profound love for God, the believers and the lost. He says in his last chapter, his purpose is to allow his reader to gain new vision for God's soul-winning ministry through yielding to Him, so that every new understanding of divine Truth may become the abiding fruit to the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ.

Six chapters along with the final appeal give insightful wisdom and doctrinal definition to many crucial areas in Christian life, especially in carrying out God's work. They are the knowledge of the ever-bounding grace of God and sacrificial love of Jesus Christ, the response of the genuine faith, partnership with the Holy Spirit through prayers, willingness to suffer with Christ and determination in living a pure life.
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