Subscribe now

Evangelistic Preaching

By Roger Carswell
October 2015 | Review by Richard Atherton
  • Publisher: 10ofthose
  • ISBN: 978-1-91058-717-1
  • Pages: 60
  • Price: 5.99
Buy this book »

Book Review

Don’t read this book if you want a comfortable, easy-going Christian life! It is aimed particularly at preachers, but its message applies to all of us acting on Jesus’ words: ‘You shall be my witnesses’ (Acts 1:8).

The introduction, ‘The need for evangelistic preaching’, points out how our lives can be so full of Christian meetings and good works that evangelism can be squeezed out, ‘so that we are spending far less time involved with eyeball to eyeball evangelism than we are seated behind our laptops and PCs’ (p.4).

Five brief chapters follow, describing the marks of authentic evangelistic preaching. My favourite chapter is on preaching with love: ‘If our hearts are full of love, we will find that it is hard, though not impossible, to offend people. To keep a heart of love we will need time to be alone with the Lord, and also time with ordinary people’ (p.26).

The final chapter, ‘Evangelistic preaching expects results’, encourages us all to keep on taking the gospel to an often hostile world. Calvin is quoted: ‘The gospel cannot be proclaimed without driving the world to rage’. But, as Carswell reminds us, ‘according to Romans 1:16, the gospel is not an idea to be debated or a philosophy to be discussed, but a power to be unleashed’ (p.55).

The book is full of punchy phrases, jolting the sleepy reader wide-awake! At 60 pages it is brief, so ideal for reading a second and third time.

In these days, when there is so much to discourage us from clear and bold proclamation of the gospel, this book is just the tonic for putting iron into our bones and propelling us out of our comfort zone into the world of lost men and women.

A final quote: ‘Let us remember that God uses the weakest Christian as well as the most powerful evangelist. He uses a tract, a sentence or poster as a tiny seed…’ (p.58).

Richard Atherton

Whitby

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Book Reviews

Read our latest book reviews

The History and Theology of Calvinism
Curt Daniel

This must be the most comprehensive study of the subject available today. It is difficult to think of any aspect of Calvinism that is not covered. It is divided into two major sections. The first covers the history, and ranges…

See all book reviews
The History and Theology of Calvinism
Curt Daniel

This must be the most comprehensive study of the subject available today. It is difficult to think of any aspect of Calvinism that is not covered. It is divided into two major sections. The first covers the history, and ranges…

Searching Our Hearts in Difficult Times
John Owen

It is difficult to do this book justice in a review – the only way to grasp how helpful it is will be to read it for yourself. John Owen has a reputation for writing in a style that is…

An Introduction to John Owen: A Christian vision for every stage of life
Crawford Gribben

It is difficult to do this book justice in a review – the only way to grasp how helpful it is will be to read it for yourself. John Owen has a reputation for writing in a style that is…