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Packer, Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God. Downers Grove: InterVarsity, Above are a couple cover designs for reprints of this classic book. Below is a summary and outline of the book that I prepared on March 1, It is not a blueprint for modern evangelistic action 7.

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Packer, Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God. Downers Grove: InterVarsity, Above are a couple cover designs for reprints of this classic book. Below is a summary and outline of the book that I prepared on March 1, It is not a blueprint for modern evangelistic action 7. The aim is to dispel the suspicion that belief in the absolute sovereignty of God hinders evangelism and to show that it actually strengthens evangelism 8, The book divides logically into four chapters.

See the outline of the book below. To be more specific, you already believe that God is sovereign in salvation for two reasons: you give God thanks for your conversion 12 , and you pray for the conversion of others That is a mystery 24 or antinomy, which is merely an apparent incompatibility between two apparent truths 18 , as opposed to a paradox, which is a dispensable, comprehensible play on words that seems to unite two opposite ideas 19— The antinomy of divine sovereignty and human responsibility in evangelism may lead to the temptation to an exclusive concern with human responsibility 25—29 or to an exclusive concern with divine sovereignty 29— Reflections on Suffering and Evil 2d ed.

He evangelized as the commissioned representative of Christ as His steward, herald, and ambassador 42— His primary task was to teach the truth about Christ 46—49 , and his aim was to convert his hearers to faith in Christ 49— One reason that evangelism is not limited exclusively to special evangelistic meetings is that there are many others ways such as personal evangelism, home meetings, group Bible studies, and regular Sunday services 54— The evangelistic message is about God, sin, Christ both His person and work , and the summons to repentance and faith 57— Faith and repentance are both acts of the whole man.

Mere credence without trusting and mere remorse without turning do not save 70— Two motives spur believers to evangelize constantly. The primary motive is love to God and concern for His glory 73—75 , and the secondary motive is love to humans and concern for their welfare 75— Evangelism should spring up spontaneously and naturally for believers 76— Its means is the gospel of Christ explained and applied; its agent is Christ through His Holy Spirit; and its method is the faithful explanation and application of the gospel message 85— One should test all his evangelistic plans and practices with five questions: Is this way of presenting Christ calculated to impress on people that the gospel is a word from God 87?

Is it calculated to convey the whole doctrine of the gospel and not just part of it 88? Is it calculated to convey the whole application of the gospel and not just part of it 88—89? Is it calculated to convey gospel truth in a manner that is appropriately serious 89—90?

The best method of evangelism in principle most completely serves the gospel The former is what believers know, and the latter is what only God knows and what will ultimately occur Packer defends two propositions.

First, the sovereignty of God in grace does not affect anything previously mentioned about the nature and duty of evangelism 96— Second, the sovereignty of God in grace gives believers their only hope of success in evangelism — This confidence and certainty should have effects on the attitude of believers when evangelizing.

It should make them bold, patient, and prayerful — Both preaching and praying are essential I strongly agree. Outline The following outline follows the logic and wording of the book. Divine Sovereignty A. You already believe that God is sovereign in salvation because you give God thanks for your conversion.

You already believe that God is sovereign in salvation because you pray for the conversion of others. Divine Sovereignty and Human Responsibility A. The antinomy mystery of divine sovereignty and human responsibility in evangelism may lead to the temptation to an exclusive concern with human responsibility.

The antinomy mystery of divine sovereignty and human responsibility in evangelism may lead to the temptation to an exclusive concern with divine sovereignty. Evangelism 1. Paul evangelized as the commissioned representative of the Lord Jesus Christ. Evangelism is not limited exclusively to special evangelistic meetings. There are many others ways of evangelism such as personal evangelism, home meetings, group Bible study, and regular Sunday services. Some believers are committed to the ways of evangelism above but do not have special evangelistic meetings e.

A special meeting is evangelistic only if it teaches the truth of the gospel—not whether it appeals for decisions. What is the evangelistic message? The gospel is a message about God. The gospel is a message about sin. Conviction of sin is essentially an awareness of a wrong relationship with God.

Conviction of sin always includes conviction of sins: a sense of guilt for particular wrongs in the sight of God from which one needs to turn. The gospel is a message about Christ. We must not present the person of Christ apart from His saving work.

We must not present the saving work of Christ apart from His person. The gospel is a summons to faith and repentance. The demand is for faith as well as repentance. The demand is for repentance as well as for faith. What is the motive for evangelizing? The primary motive for evangelizing is love to God and concern for His glory.

The secondary motive for evangelizing is love to man and concern for his welfare. By what means and methods should evangelism be practiced? The last analysis of evangelism reveals that it has only one means, agent, and method.

Evangelism has only one means: the gospel of Christ explained and applied. Evangelism has only one agent: Christ through His Holy Spirit. Evangelism has only one method: the faithful explanation and application of the gospel message. Test all your evangelistic plans and practices with five questions. Is this way of presenting Christ calculated to impress on people that the gospel is a word from God? Is this way of presenting Christ calculated to convey the whole doctrine of the gospel? Is this way of presenting Christ calculated to convey the whole application of the gospel?

Is this way of presenting Christ calculated to convey gospel truth in a manner that is appropriately serious? Divine Sovereignty and Evangelism A. The sovereignty of God in grace does not affect anything that we have said about the nature and duty of evangelism. The belief that God is sovereign in grace does not affect the necessity of evangelism. The belief that God is sovereign in grace does not affect the urgency of evangelism.

It is always wrong to abstain from doing good for fear that it might not be appreciated. The non-elect in this world are faceless men as far as we are concerned. The belief that God is sovereign in grace does not affect the genuineness of gospel invitations or the truth of gospel promises. The belief that God is sovereign in grace does not affect the responsibility of the sinner for his reaction to the gospel.

The sovereignty of God in grace gives us our only hope of success in evangelism. Man naturally and irresistibly opposes God. Satan actively keeps man in his natural state. This confidence and certainty should have effects on our attitude when evangelizing. This confidence should make us bold. This confidence should make us patient. This confidence should make us prayerful.

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Packer Ph. Packer is the author of numerous books, and is considered one of the most influential Christian theologians today. I I , directing every process and ordering every event for the fulfilling of his own eternal plan. An antinomy exists when a pair of principles stand side by side, seemingly irreconcilable, yet both undeniable…You see that each must be true on its own, but you do not see how they can both be true together. To teach the gospel is his first responsibility: to reduce it to its simplest essentials, to analyze it point by point, to fix its meaning by positive and negative definition, to show how each part of the message links up with the rest- and go on explaining it till he is quite sure that his listeners have grasped it. Conviction of sin is essentially an awareness of a wrong relationship with God Conviction of sin always includes conviction of sins Conviction of sin always includes conviction of sinfulness. A message about Christ.

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Summary and Outline of J. I. Packer’s “Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God”

Packer delivers a comprehensive, but still brief, explanation of the seemingly incompatible relationship between human responsibility in evangelism and Gods sovereignty in salvation. There are many Christians who say that believers who emphasize the sovereignty of grace and unconditional election do so to the neglect of human responsibility and divine accountability. I used to be one of them! Yet we are still responsible as bearers of this good news! We must allow these doctrines to exist as they do in Scripture; side by side!

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