Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God

J.I. Packer describes his book Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God as “a piece of biblical and theological reasoning, designed to clarify the relationship between three realities: God’s sovereignty, man’s responsibility, and the Christian’s evangelistic duty.”  The book, which is short and accessibly written but still meaty, does a good job of explaining how an appreciation for God’s sovereignty actually equips and underscores evangelism, rather than rendering it moot.

I enjoyed Packer’s writing style and found the book instructive.  If you’ve ever been involved in a discussion about why you should bother to evangelize if you really believe in predestination, or why anyone would believe in God’s sovereignty anyway, this would be a great book to read.  It has theological depth without being too dense or difficult to navigate for a lay person.

Throughout, I appreciated Packer’s reliance on Scripture and emphasis on the fact that God’s sovereignty should make us “bold, free, natural, and hopeful of success” as we share the Gospel.”  I’d recommend Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God as a useful and encouraging read.


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