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God Centered Evangelism Paperback – May 1, 1966
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My favorite illustration from the book is on page 155 and is a good example of Kuiper's writing style and content throughout the book . . .
"A criminal finds himself in prison, locked in his cell. A visiting friend calls out to him: 'I have good news for you.' With eager expectation the prisoner demands: 'What is it? Out with it! The answer comes: 'Be good.' Well that might drive the prisoner mad. Yet, precisely that is the only message which some who call themselves evangelists have for the sinner. It is not good news. It is not news at all. Good news for the sinner is that provision has been made for his release from sin and hell."
Kuiper's stated his purpose as a "plea for a God-centred, in contradistinction to man-centred, evangelism. In other words it presents a theology of evangelism" (p. 8).
First addition was published in 1966 and the edition I am reviewing in 1998.
- God the Author of Evangelism
- God's Infinite Love and Evangelsim
- God and the Scope of Evangelism
- God and the Urgency of Evangelism
- God and the Means of Evangelism
- God and the Triumph of Evangelism
- And many more theology based essays on evangelism
Bible-minded believers need to witness more often. The great English Puritan, John Rogers, one time stirred up his congregation for the lost by imitating the screams of the souls in hell. Hell should prompt your mouth to open and trumpet the truth of God. Your love for Jesus should enkindle your heart to urge Christ upon the pagan; your glorious union with Christ should prompt you to yearn for the salvation of those God has providentially set in your path. It is no longer you who live, but Christ lives in you, the one who loved you and died for you. As a Christian, Jesus lives in your heart by faith. Jesus said, "I came to seek and save that which was lost" (Luke 19:10). Since that was one of His goals, and He dwells in our hearts; we must follow Him as a seeker of the lost. To arouse your heart for the unsaved: ponder the cross, consider the love and excellencies of Jesus, look to the glories of heaven, and the eternal pangs of hell. As one old preacher said, "I want the stench of hell in my nostrils and the splendor of heaven in my eyes."
God Centered Evangelism is a wonderful book (247 pages) on witnessing. Kuiper exhorts the church with the following: "God commands sovereignly and for that very reason must be obeyed... To apply the foregoing to evangelism, the sovereignty of God comes to vigorous expression in the many missionary commands of the Bible, and in the measure in which one recognizes the divine sovereignty, in that very measure must one be zealous in carrying out those commands."
Thus it is written, and thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day, and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. And you are witnesses of these things (Luke 24:46-48).
for more essays on biblical evangelism and apologetics see my book:
Truth, Knowledge and the Reason sfor God: The Defense of the Rational Assurance of Christianity
"God Does Exist!: Defending the faith using Presuppositional Apologetics, Evidence, and the Impossibility of the Contrary"