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Evangelism shouldn't be an impromptu event, cropping up only infrequently - and awkwardly even then - and timidly supportive of any inclination to religion or spirituality that the other person holds. As Christians, this should be an appalling representation of our Great Commission. Christians should be bold about the Gospel with other Christians as well as sinners, praying and planning and working together to bring the Gospel more into our lives as well as the lives of those around us. In The Gospel & Personal Evangelism Mark Dever has written a book, both instructive and encouraging, for all Christians in the same spirit that he motivates us to move towards.

In about a hundred pages, Dever discusses modern apprehensions towards evangelism, what the Gospel and evangelism are (and are not), who, how and why we should evangelize, and what we should do after presenting the Gospel. He minces no words, stripping his message down to the basics, and covers the topics thoroughly while leaving nuances and theory to other writers. Depth isn't his intention here, as the subject is already incredibly deep. This is for those of us who have the knowledge of the mandate to evangelize, recognize the persuasion of the Holy Spirit to do so, and have enough compassion for a fallen world to impel us to follow His leading.
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Doing what should come naturally!

Date:June 18, 2013
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David Gough
Location:Alexandria, VA
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Christians should not have to be told to share their faith with unbelievers. If they have truly come to grips with what it means to turn from sin and embrace the gift of salvation provided through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, evangelism should be a natural consequence. The sad truth is that is not always--or even often--the case! Perhaps that is because in the church's zeal to develop evangelists, they have made witnessing to one's faith in Christ seem so unnatural. In this small but practical volume, Mark Dever strips away much of the myth and error that accompany most Gospel presentations today. So-called "methods" sometimes get into the way of simply sharing with others the change that God has brought about in the life of the believer. The author does a good job of first explaining the Gospel (the need for repentance and faith) before discussing the "who," the "how", the "what" and the "why" of evangelism. Coming from a reformed perspective Dever explains how election and evangelism are not counterintuitive, but rather complementary in the fulfillment of the Great Commission. I personally found his concluding chapter entitled "Closing the Sale" to be extremely practical in exposing how contemporary "soul-winning" plans tend to place the responsibility of "making converts" unfairly on the shoulders of those who witness and tragically lead to "false conversions." "Salvation is of the Lord" comes through clearly in the book. That being said, his appendix, "A Word for Pastors," leaves those of us who minister the word from the pulpit with a challenge to be intentional in sharing the Gospel in our preaching as well as in all of our lives. This is an informative and motivational read. Would make a great small-group study.
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Date:May 13, 2010
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Virginia Harper Ho
This is an excellent, concise, well-written one-stop resource for anyone wanting to understand the foundations of why and how to share the gospel. I think it should be part of a basic toolkit for new believers and I'm planning to use it as a resource and teaching tool for a short evangelism training session in our church youth group. I agree with the other comments that it isn't as much about practical "how to"s but some great core principles. Highly recommended.
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Date:November 10, 2009
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Eun Chae Cheong
This book really helps me understand how important the evangelistic message is. I was greatly encouraged to evangelize by preaching good news. I recommend this book to all who are afraid of personal evangelism. I am sure they will get the good idea that evangelism is not burdensome but delightful and that they will not hesitate to deliver good news right away. This book is the very impressive and excellent book every one should read.
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Date:February 24, 2008
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Doug Van Der Weide
Not a bad book and a very quick read. This is a basics book for the beginner in evangelism. Gives you a foundation to start with. I would recommend other reads for putting evangelism more into practice. It is definitely a must read for any Christian.
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Date:September 25, 2007
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Rev. Doyle Peyton
A simple, clear, healthy little book on understanding the true nature of evangelism. The author gives practical, biblical answers to the Why? How? When? etc.,questions of evangelism. It's not a "how to" book as much as it is a practical, foundational book. It helps Christians arrive at a healthy, biblical understanding of essential issues central to evangelism. It is wonderfully balanced.
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