Another excellent book on evangelism appearing this year is Richard D. Phillips’ Jesus the Evangelist: Learning to Share the Gospel from the Book of John (Reformation Trust: 2007). His book concludes with a helpful appendix on the relationship of divine election and personal evangelism built from J.I Packer’s classic (pp. 168-185).
Here is Phillips’ outline:
A. Does God’s sovereignty argue against evangelism?
- Sovereignty does not rule out human will and responsibility.
- Sovereignty ordains not merely the ends but the means.
- Evangelism is one of the best ways to glorify God.
- Evangelism is one of the best ways to fulfill God’s command that we love our neighbors.
- Sovereignty does not invalidate anything the Bible shows us about our calling to evangelize.
B. Does God’s sovereignty actually encourage evangelism?
- It makes us dependent upon Him.
- It makes us bold in evangelism.
- It makes us patient in evangelism.
C. How should our belief in God’s sovereignty reform our approach to evangelism?
- Our evangelism should be biblical, both in its message and method.
- Our evangelism should be prayerful.
- Our evangelism should be personal, courteous, and loving.
- Our evangelism should be zealous and creative.
- We should never lose heart in our evangelism efforts.