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Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God

, 2012
ISBN: 9780830866748


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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?

J. I. Packer shows in this new edition to the popular IVP Classics how both of these attitudes are false. In a careful review of the biblical evidence, he shows how a right understanding of God's sovereignty is not so much a barrier to evangelism as an incentive and powerful support for it.

With over 100,000 copies in print, Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God is truly a classic that should be read by every Christian.

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  • Presents a piece of biblical and theological reasoning
  • Seeks to clarify the relationship between God's sovereignty, man's responsibility and the Christian evangelistic duty
  • Intends to dispell the suspicion that faith in God's absolute sovereignty releases Christians from evangelistic responsibility
  • Divine Sovereignty
  • Divine Sovereignty and Human Responsibility
  • Evangelism
  • Divine Sovereignty and Evangelism
I've often recommended this book to faithful Christians who are confused about how they are to think about prayer, missions, giving—any area in which our efforts could be wrongly pitted against God's own necessary action. Packer introduces us to clear truths, handles Scripture with exemplary care, and supplies us with just the right amount of illustrations and application.

—From the foreword by Mark Dever, Senior Pastor, Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Washington, D.C.

Whether you consider yourself a Calvinist, an Arminian, or somewhere in between, Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God will stimulate your thinking about evangelism and increase your desire to join God in his work. It is easy to see why InterVarsity Press has republished this book as one of its "IVP Classics.

—Todd Sauve, 1340mag Books (1340magbooks.com), April 2009

A short but exceedingly powerful book. Packer shows that rather than precluding evangelism, God's sovereignty provides the most powerful incentive and support for it. . . . [C]ontains impressive depth and contains a thorough and satisfying treatment of the subject.

—Discerning Reader

  • Title: Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God
  • Author: J. I. Packer
  • Publisher: IVP UK
  • Print Publication Date: 2012
  • Logos Release Date: 2018
  • Pages: 122
  • Era: era:contemporary
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Reader Edition
  • Subjects: Evangelistic work; Providence and government of God
  • ISBN: 9780830866748
  • Resource ID: LLS:9780830866748
  • Resource Type: Monograph
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2022-01-19T17:37:23Z

In the Logos Reader Edition, this volume is enhanced to best fit the content. Scripture references are hand-tagged to integrate with powerful functionality in Logos Bible Software. Page milestones and internal citation tagging provide accurate points of reference. Search important words across resources to find exactly what you’re looking for. Take the discussion with you using tablet and mobile apps. With Logos Bible Software, the most efficient and comprehensive tools for reading digital content are in one place, so you get the most out of your study.

J. I. Packer

J. I. Packer (1926–2020) is regarded as one of the most influential evangelicals in North America. He was Board of Governors’ Professor of Theology at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia, and his writings include books such as Knowing God, A Quest for Godliness, Growing in Christ (Crossway) and Rediscovering Holiness. He preached and lectured widely in Great Britain and North America and served as general editor of the English Standard Version of the Bible published in 2001, and theological editor of the Study Bible version. In 2014, Packer was named Author of the Year by the Association of Logos Bookstores. He was a frequent contributor to and an executive editor of Christianity Today and wrote numerous articles published in journals such as Churchman, SouthWestern Journal, Reformation Revival Journal and Touchstone. He received a BA, MA and PhD from Oxford University.


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  1. Phil Gons (Faithlife)
    Wonderful book that holds together God's decisive work in salvation and our responsibility to proclaim the gospel to the ends of the earth.


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