InterVarsity Press. P.O. Box , Downers Grove, IL World Wide Web: E-mail: [email protected] by J. I. Packer. If God is in control of everything, can Christians sit back and not bother to evangelize? Or does active evangelism imply that God is not really sovereign at all?. Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God. JI Packer. Inter-Varsity Press, Westmont, pp. Recently republished as part of the ‘IVP.

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In order to accomplish this goal, Packer provides readers with the idea of antimony versus paradox. You May Also Like. For a book weighing in at a mere pages, this one contains impressive depth and contains a thorough and satisfying treatment of the subject. The book was republished in but the edition remained the same.

After all, if God truly is sovereign, if He does control absolutely everything, what reason is there to evangelize? As Sovereigntt explains in his introduction:. Seeing as there are j.i.packre some controversies as far as the topic of evangelism is concerned, it could be a helpful tool for the evangelistic Christian community worldwide.

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good I shall try to make ghe evident that this is nonsense. Reviews Latest Reviews By Category. Rather than a paradox, we are actually dealing with an antinomy: Since there is no discovered limit to human knowledge, especially on scripture, it is irresponsible to sit back and accept apparent contradictions as they are when there is the possibility that they could be reconciled or resolved.

Conclusion Overall, Packer does accomplish his main goal as previously stated, however it is done at the expense of some critical thinking for lack of a better term.


In his book, Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God, Packer begins by stating his purpose sovereiggnty the work as twofold. The principle is that the best method of evangelism is the one which serves the gospel most completely… evagelism bears the clearest witness to the divine origin of the message… which makes possible the most full and thorough explanation of the good news of Christ and his cross… which most effectively engages the minds of those to whom witness is borne… What that best method is in each case, you and I have to find out for ourselves.

Rather a Christian should always look to learn more and gain a deeper understanding of scripture. Is an improper emphasis being placed on evangelis, certain portion of the message?

Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God.

When talking about what would seem to be a basic topic of what evangelism actually is, Packer states that much of the confusion happens at this early stage and that evangelism is truly about a delivered message rather than achieving a desired affect from listeners Is there any theology that could be more sound or that could be more properly explained?

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Review: “Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God” by JI Packer

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As we humbly submit to scripture, we must acknowledge that there are areas of our understanding that will be insufficient. While Packer is now quite old and is most likely unable to publish a second edition, it might be worth someone working with him or taking on the task entirely on their own. Godd he holds to Anglican tradition which lately has become more liberal in its theology, Packer is known for engaging books and is highly regarded in evangelistic Christian circles.


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Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God

Divine sovereignty and human responsibility are not enemies but allies. The supposition seems to be that you cannot evangelize effectively unless you are prepared to pretend while you are doing it that the doctrine of divine sovereignty is not true. Somehow, although God is absolutely sovereign, He has ordained that we would be responsible for our involvement in Sovereigntyy plans.

While Packer achieves his goal, the answer to this common question is both satisfying and unsatisfying at the same time.

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Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God by J. Endnote 1 I have chosen to abbreviate the title to Evangelism rather than the more obvious, but kind of gross-sounding, EatSoG.

Another benefit I found from reading this book has been the way it has again reframed my attitude to prayer. Packer not only wishes for the book to be an encouragement to Christians to evangelize, but also to help settle some disagreements within the Christian community on the subject as well 9.