Many think evangelism is rooted in a method. It is rooted in something much deeper. It is found in what makes us whole and healthy messengers of God's truth about Jesus.
Mack Stiles has lived the life of the healthy evangelist in homes and coffee shops, at universities and farms. He has lived out and spoken about the gospel to Kenyans, Koreans, Arabs and North Americans. What he has learned around the world and at home is summarized here in a few basic truths that can shape any of us into faithful people who bring good news to needy and hurting friends.
The whole gospel changes much more than our relationship with God. Stiles shows how it changes all of who we are and what we do. It means learning the whole gospel without shaping its message to meet our tastes. It means not just going through the motions of accepted behaviors. It means showing the unity of witness and justice. It means love. It means community.
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Review 1 for Marks of the Messenger: Knowing, Living, and Speaking the Gospel
Marks of the Messenger was a book that I (and a few other administrators) passed out to the faculty and staff of the school that I serve at. Prior to receiving this book, I was not familiar with J. Mack Stiles, but a few of the people endorsing his book are authors whose books and blogs I have benefited from greatly (D.A. Carson, Thabiti Anyabwille, and C.J. Mahaney).
Although I read more than the average person, I do not often read books in a short period of time. This was not the case with Stiles' book which I completed in less than a day. I found my introduction to Stiles, a man who has served in both the United States and UAE, to be quite enjoyable. I foresee that this will not be the last time I find myself reading his work. Perhaps I am slightly biased because Marks of the Messenger covers an all-important topic - knowing, living, and sharing the Good News. Unfortunately this is a topic that is not always handled well. Stiles on the other hand delivers very solid cross-centered teaching.
Marks of the Messenger is less than 130 pages and consists of only ten chapters. Chapter titles include, "Does the Message We Share Look Like the Message We Bear?," "Worldly Love and its Fruit," and "A Manifesto for Healthy Evangelism." If you want to read about the Truth and how to be a better witness, I highly recommend Stiles' book.
So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ. Romans 10:17
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Review 2 for Marks of the Messenger: Knowing, Living, and Speaking the Gospel
Date:May 12, 2010
What a refreshing book on evangelism! Mack has taken 25 plus years of ministry and boiled them down to the essentials. God calls us all to do evangelism and Mack shows us how following clear Biblical direction. No formulas just simple wisdom and common sense.