This book comes out of years of reflection, failures, and some successes in the task of reaching out to others with the gospel.
Many Christians think of the task of mission as an entirely verbal activity, when perhaps the best kept secret of New Testament teaching about mission is that it involves a whole range of activities that explicitly promote Christ to the world and draw others to him, and only a few of them involve speaking. Without diminishing or downplaying the importance of speaking the gospel, John Dickson shows that, on the other hand, downplaying the range of activities that promote Christ to the world has its own set of problems. It can make those who are not confident about speaking—of anything, let alone Jesus—feel inadequate and self-conscious in the task of reaching out to others. Equally, it can make those who do have a flair for speaking feel as though they are fulfilling Christ’s mission just by talking. But the reality is that the Lord wants our whole life, not just our lips, in the task of bringing the gospel to the world. Every facet of our lives can be used by God to promote the news of his power and mercy.
In this practical guide to the biblical art of sharing your faith, John Dickson offers refreshing insight into the ways that all Christians can and should be involved in spreading the good news of Jesus. While not all Christians are called and gifted to become evangelists, we are all called to promote the gospel through a wide range of activities—prayer, financial partnership, good deeds, godly lives, public worship, daily conversation, etc.—with and without our lips.
As listeners engage with this book, grapple with its arguments and hear the stories of people coming to faith, they will be inspired to see the whole of life as significant for bringing the gospel to the world, and they will be liberated out of guilt and self-consciousness in evangelism into becoming natural promoters of Jesus Christ.
©2010 John Dickson (P)2010 Zondervan
John Dickson has given us a great little gem of a book on promoting Christian missions. He has an uncanny knack for distilling the significant aspects of evangelism , placing them in an order that builds on the previous facet and the Christian reader is encouraged to use his own personal gifts to promote the Gospel. Also, Dickson defines the Gospel in a way that moved my perception away from the more self-centered 4 spiritual laws, Chick tract , avoidance of judgement Gospel I am used to . That aspect of the Gospel is obvious but now I understand, "Sure, the full Gospel includes a holy God's awful judgement on rebellious man, how could it not?, but there's a really positive side to evangelism, too. "Dickson emphasizes the positive aspects of sinners recognizing the great God who truly made them for worshipping Him and finding fulfillment spreading the news of His Kingdom. No exaggeration, I have listened to this book at least 10 times and every time I am exhilarated to be a Christian man in my culture and I want to go out and confront it with the Gospel. I am on the Way.
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