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Tell the Truth: The Whole Gospel Wholly by Grace Communicated Truthfully & Lovingly Paperback – January 14, 2013
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Metzger has been a campus minister at the University of Delaware since 1965, where he serves with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and Christian InterAction (a church and campus connection). His evangelism ministry has taken him to every continent, and he has witnessed to people from varied nationalities both on campus and through a church that he pastored.
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In this thorough handbook on evangelism Metzger addresses the following issues with great theological depth, biblical support and commentary, and practical applications: The importance of doctrine and theology in evangelism; Distinguishing our role from God's role in evangelism; Man-centered verses God-centered methods in evangelism; The five primary points of evangelism; Myths and facts about God's grace; God's sovereignty and our responsibility; How worship is the motivation for evangelism; Challenges for evangelism amid pluralism; How to communicate the gospel personally with different types of people; and how to bloom with the gospel where you are planted.
This book also contains a plethora of resources for training material on every aspect of evangelism including: How to prepare your testimony; How to develop a theological methodology of evangelism; How to say what you mean; How to ask good questions; Doing friendship evangelism; Questions non-Christians ask; Sharing the gospel using stories; and many other helpful templates, Charts, outlines, guides, questions to ask, and so forth. There is also a schedule for doing a God-centered evangelism training seminar in your church, school, or small group; and a study guide containing twelve sessions for individuals or groups.
I believe Metzger's book is arguably the best resource on evangelism available today from a God-centered perspective. It is the equivalent of a seminary course in evangelism and is a book that you will come to again and again for its depth of insight and practical wisdom as you seek to better understand and declare the good news of the gospel for life. I am so grateful for this exceptional resource that guides the beginner or seasoned veteran in "speaking the truth in love."
Will Metzger tells it like it is...no half-truths here. The Church is called to task on preaching the biblical Gospel of its founder...Jesus Christ.
It has loads of illustrations a reusable stuff for teaching in the Appendix.
There will come many in the later (today) that will desire a message to tickle the ear...your best life now...sound familiar? Have you heard the false gospel? Can you tell the difference? Remember that there "are" wolves (false teachers) in this day that will fleece many save the elect.
This book is hard to put down. So much meat cut up and served in this book.
You cannot go wrong buying this book. I own the paper and Kindle versions. The Kindle version is great to read and mark up to use in presentations for teaching evangelism.
You can cut and paste your notes and book references right from the Kindle page in a PC.
I have read tomes of pages about evangelism...this book is now top on my shelf!
In the second section, he explains how evangelizing is meant to impact the mind, the emotions and the will ("the whole person"). Some evangelistic techniques focus on the will, getting someone to "make a decision for Christ." This is important, but it is only one part of the equation. Others focus on an emotional experience, and try to create them with music and manipulation. Metzger explains how a true gospel response affects the whole person, not just a single part of them.
The last section deals with our part: sharing the message. It includes lots of tips for communicating with people, how to start conversations and lead them toward the Gospel, how to deal with fear, the importance of prayer, and the end goal of making disciples.
This is a helpful book. It exposes bad evangelistic techniques and offers a solid way forward. It is stirring to read - I was convicted of the need to evangelize more regularly. I've thought through evangelism pretty thoroughly (after reading Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God,Today's Gospel: Authentic or Synthetic?, and Todays Evangelism) but I was stretched even further by some of Metzger's thorough analysis.
I definitely recommend it as a good book on the "how-to" of evangelism.