“Biblical, Spiritual, Intentional,
“In Matthew 5, Jesus calls believers the salt of the earth and light of the world. Indeed, we must reach out to tell others His story of sacrifice and grace so glory is given to God throughout our communities and the entire planet.
Evangelism Handbook is a thorough guide to the daily ministry of sharing Christ. Writer and professor Alvin Reid is particularly concerned about how the Western Church is practicing evangelism—its failure to reach the hardcore unchurched and its trend of losing young people faster than it can win them.
With all of
that in mind, Reid organizes his research and experience in effective modern
evangelism into four clear and actionable categories: Biblical (with chapters on Jesus, Paul, and
evangelism in Acts), Spiritual (the work of the Spirit, the power
of prayer and other disciplines), Intentional (leadership, creativity, worship),and Missional
(church planting, reaching the unchurched).” (From the B&H Publishing Group Website) One of BaptistMessenger.com's Editor's Picks for 2009!
About the Author: Alvin Reid is associate dean of Proclamation Studies, professor of Evangelism, and Bailey Smith Chair of Evangelism at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina.
My Thoughts About the Book: The book EVANGELISM Handbook, is indeed “Biblical, Spiritual, Intentional, Missional,” Informational, Encouraging, and Edifying. The author neatly breaks the book down into four main parts, those being; Part 1 Biblical, Part 2 Spiritual Resources, Part 3 Intentional, and finally Part 4 Missional. He then effectively provides the reader Biblically Centered, helpful and practical insights that somehow relates to all four areas.
The book consists of 468 pages of material that includes a large amount of Scripture, numerous quotes from the writings of church leaders, and practical nuts and bolts, how you do evangelism when you are in the trenches information that anyone who does evangelism will surely find invaluable. I have to say that this book is to Evangelism what an auto repair manual is to the professional and lay mechanic – it is an essential resource and tool so that the evangelist can be fully equipped and most used of God in the Spirit-driven ministry of Evangelism. And two aspects of the ministry of Evangelism that author Reid covers is regarding the “Work of the Spirit” and the “Power of Prayer” bringing the supernaturalness of God into the work of evangelism. At the end of each chapter there are Questions for Consideration so the reader can stop and ponder what they have read and consider how to make what they have learned practical in their lives.
I can see why Evangelism Handbook was chosen as the BaptistMessener.Com’s Editor’s Pick in 2009. The book is worthy of such reward for all the wisdom it shares and help it provides for people who do the work of evangelism or want to do the work of an evangelist. Anyone and everyone who wants to be effective in winning souls for the Lord regardless of their position or ministry in the church needs to read this book and then do as it suggests. If that were to happen we would have Holy Spirit driven, holy, men and women, wholly committed to and being more successful in doing the Gospel Commissioned work of evangelism which in turn would lead to more souls being saved.
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