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Today's Evangelism: Its Message and Methods Paperback – June 1, 1982
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Ernest C. Reisinger is pastor emeritus of Grace Baptist Church in Cape Coral, Florida, and has been a frequent conference speaker. His published works include Lord and Christ: The Implications of Lordship for Faith and Life; Today's Evangelism: Its Message and Methods; Reforming the Local Church; and What Should We Think of the Carnal Christian?.
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Out of Commission- Paul Chappell
One thing you Cant do in Heaven- Mark Cahill
The author defines what evangelism is in the 1st chapter which is just the communication of a divinely inspired message called the gospel. To evangelize one must present Jesus to sinful men so that they may trust him as savior. To do this involves telling people they are sinners and headed to Hell apart from Christ. This is not a popular message in the day of relativism that we live but its the Biblical message. We need to be true to the message regardless of the results which the author argues are up to God and not us nor our efforts. This is quite contrary to the methods and message of evangelism in todays "Luke Warm Church." This book was so motivating and encouraging for me as a Street Evangelist because it's not common for me to get converts, but regardless I stay true to the message of evangelism and the preaching of sin and I fully trust God to bring forth his elect to salvation with me or without me. I only seek to obey the great commission (Mk 16:15, Mt 28) of which honors Him. Much more could be said about this book which I strongly recommend to all believers.
Some other good Calvinist based Evangelism books
Nothing but the Truth-John MacArthur
The Gospel & Personal Evangelism- Mark Dever
From the Foreword - "Anyone who will make an honest comparison [between Bunyan, Whitefield, Edwards and Spurgeon vs. today] will soon see a vast difference in the message in many areas, but particularly in respect to the character of God, the condition of unregenerate men, the biblical doctrine of regeneration, the Spirit's effectual calling of sinners to Christ, the person and work of Christ as it relates to redemption accomplished and applied, and the relationship of the Ten Commandments to gospel proclamation." This outlines the core substance of the book, and it is an excellent book.
Highlights include the section on repentance in chapter 4 "Doctrinal Content of the Message of Evangelism." I'm convinced that this is THE missing element in today's evangelism. The Bible says "repent and believe." But we try to get people to "pray and accept." Or we try to get people to believe in Jesus, without any repentance. The two are really two sides of the same coin, and one without the other is a counterfeit.
His teaching on The Law goes hand in hand with repentance, for it is the Law that shows us our sin and our need of Christ. Reisinger argues for this directly from the Bible in a very powerful way.
The Appendix - "The Nature of Saving Faith" - is worth the price of admission on its own, even if it weren't preceded by such an excellent book. I've given this book to people who were wrestling with assurance and said "just read the appendix." It does such a good job of clearly explaining the "Differences between Spurious and True Faith" (153).
In all I highly recommend this book to anyone who cares about evangelism and wants to see people genuinely come to Christ and be saved. As much as is possible, we don't want to be responsible for leading someone into a false conversion, and thankfully the Bible gives us clear answers. This book goes a long way toward setting those answers forth for us.