THE SACRAMENT OF EVANGELISM PB
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- ISBN 9780802422880
- Author ROOT & GUTHRIE
- Pub Date 01/09/2011
A recent statistic suggests that 15% of the churches in America are growing but only 2.2% are growing evangelistically. Much of the church in America has lost its evangelistic zeal and forgotten how to re-ignite it; this book is an attempt...
A recent statistic suggests that 15% of the churches in America are growing but only 2.2% are growing evangelistically.
Much of the church in America has lost its evangelistic zeal and forgotten how to re-ignite it; this book is an attempt to light the fuse of the powder keg so that the church, long-distracted by so many things, might return to its primary mission in the world.
We do not take Christ to anyone; He is already there. We go to make explicit what we see Him doing implicitly. It is not a question of whether God is at work in His world . . . Our hope is to see more of God's people at work with Him! Learn about why we share our faith, Christ's role in our evangelism, the deep longings in all our hearts, and how to effectively live a sacramentally evangelistic lifestyle.
We are offering a way of looking at life and the world that is open to God's presence everywhere. This approach is called sacramental. And where better to experience God's presence than in His workplace? This is the Sacrament of Evangelism.
As reviewed by Regin Guttesen, GLO Italia church plant in Sant’ Elia, Italy- 'The Sacrament of Evangelism' by Jerry Root & Stan Guthrie is an encouraging, practical, and biblically rooted book for the many of us, who do not have the evident gift of the evangelist but do have a heart for reaching our neighbour with the Gospel. 'Evangelism', say Jerry & Stan, 'is not just for the super-spiritual saints. It is for all of us.'
In what way is evangelism a sacrament? The authors explain how the word 'sacrament' simply means 'filled with the presence of God.' God is the chief evangelist, compassionately seeking and drawing lost people to himself, powerfully cooperating with us! God draws near to us in the moments we engage in evangelism. We don’t understand how much we’re missing out if we’re not doing it.
The authors stress the urgency of evangelism, quoting G.K. Chesterton when he said: 'If a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing badly.' They challenge all of us to get started, even though we feel ungifted, unprepared and even afraid.
Though filled with stories and hands on examples this is not just another how-to book but an inspiring call to not miss out on the nearness of God in evangelism.'
Publisher : Moody; New edition (1 April 2011)
Language : English
Paperback : 208 pages