We should trust the Bible, says Timothy Paul Jones, because it is ‘grounded in the words of a man who died and rose again’ (p.111). Jones’s basic presupposition is this: ‘If we live in a world where it is possible…
- Publisher: John Ritchie Publishing
- ISBN: 978-1-91252-245-3
- Pages: 336
- Price: £8.99
Experience proves that it’s perfectly possible to hold deep spiritual conversations with complete strangers, if we’re open about our agenda. Everyday Evangelism will equip and encourage the average believer to seek out and make use of those opportunities for ‘cold contact’ outreach.
The authors make a vital clarification that evangelism is not seeing sinners saved: it is ‘telling sinners the gospel so that they may be saved’ (p.24). And they maintain that this skill can be learned by anybody who knows the gospel well and is prayerfully deliberate about it. Their positive, ‘can-do’ approach is both liberating and refreshing.
The pages are crammed with practical tips, like how to ask open-ended questions, keep a conversation on track, apply God’s law to the conscience, and turn objections into openings. They recommend memorising a brief personal testimony and a 60-second summary of the gospel (could you give one if you were asked?).
A chapter is given to each of the five most common challenges that arise: the reliability and ethics of Scripture, the ‘science vs religion’ debate, the presence of suffering, the exclusivity of the gospel, and the humanity, deity, death, and resurrection of the Saviour. But the authors never lose sight of the purpose of these discussions: to open up the way to present Christ.
Theologically there is some ambiguity about the sovereignty of God in conversion, with an over-emphasis on the freedom of the human will. For that reason, this is perhaps not the best book to give to a new Christian. However it is not a prominent feature, and there is much that can be learned.
The tone is consistently gracious, advising compassionate engagement rather than aggressive debate. Other helpful features include example conversations and alliterative headings to aid the memory. Overall, Everyday Evangelism will surely make ordinary Christians more informed and more confident when speaking about the Lord.