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Overview This biblical study of evangelism calls today's Christians to follow the New Testament model of listening carefully to the unsaved and loving them enough to tailor one's approach without compromising the message.
All Christians are called. Called to love God with all that we are. Called to serve Him. Called to reach out to the lost. However, if we are honest, the majority of us would admit that we find this last calling the most difficult. While we gladly support the evangelistic ministries of others, many of us feel discouraged by our own attempts at witnessing because our memorized approaches don't seem to work.
This biblical study of evangelism gracefully reminds us that the New Testament model of witnessing is not a one-size-fits-all methodology. With compassion for the lost filling every page, Jerram Barrs shows the variety of approaches used in the New Testament-where the same uncompromised Gospel was packaged as differently as the audience-and calls you to follow its example.
You can learn to witness comfortably in your particular circumstances so that sharing Christ doesn't feel like a chore. And as you watch God work in the lives of others and see the great blessings He brings, you'll discover what a privilege it is to live out the heart of evangelism: truly loving others to Christ.
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Studio: Crossway Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.5" Width: 5.72" Height: 0.76" Weight: 0.75 lbs.
Release Date Mar 1, 2005
Publisher GOOD NEWS PUBLISHING #65
ISBN 1581347154 ISBN13 9781581347159
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More About Jerram Barrs
Jerram Barrs (MDiv, Covenant Theological Seminary) is the founder and resident scholar of the Francis A. Schaeffer Institute at Covenant Theological Seminary, where he is professor of Christian studies and contemporary culture. He and his wife served on staff with L'Abri Fellowship in England for eighteen years. Jerram and his wife, Vicki, have three sons and seven grandchildren.
Jerram Barrs currently resides in the state of Missouri.
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The Fruit of Prolonged Meditation Aug 20, 2004
With new books on evangelism appearing almost every week, I sometimes wonder why I should read any particular one over another. (Usually it is because of the author. Rarely is it because of some genuinely new insight into the evangelistic task.) But in the case of this new work, the answer is immediately plain. It is both the absence of hype and the author's unwillingness to exalt technique. Like the evangelical church itself, too many books on evangelism exhibit an over reliance on the tools and insights of psychology and marketing strategy. While this is not all bad, yet the biblical and theological foundations on which the ensuing `latest techniques' and `most dynamic strategies' rest are often superficial at best. In contrast to this kind of focus, The Heart of Evangelism serves to remind us of what is truly essential to evangelism: a humble dependence on God that is matched by faithfully doing what is ours to do.
Beyond its tone and basic thrust, another reason for reading this particular work lies in the author's intention and content. Concerned that Jesus and the apostles inform our practice of evangelism, close attention is paid to their instruction and example. Committed to recovering a New Testament pattern of evangelism, the body of this work opens (not unexpectedly) with a study of the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:6-11). Its different horizons are discussed, as is what this commission means for our own prayers and daily lives.
Turning from our responsibility to the role of the Great Evangelist Himself, this work makes much of God and the infinite variety of means He employs to draw people to Himself. First, the account of the Ethiopian Eunuch (Acts 8:26-40) is employed to counter any sense of God being reluctant to save. Then, Namaan the Syrian (2 Kings 5), the Widow of Zarepath (1 Kings 17), King Manasseh of Israel (2 Kings 21:1-18; 2 Chronicles 33:1-20), and the author's own testimony (pp.116-125), are all utilized to exemplify the diverse manner in which God works in people's lives.
Having established that God is not reluctant to save, what follows is an investigation of some of the barriers that stand in the way of our working to complete the Great Commission. Barriers within ourselves (like guilt, fear, uncertainty and over commitment), and barriers erected between the church and the world are examined and ways of dismantling them suggested. Furthermore, it is within this context that some of the peculiar stumbling blocks of postmodern culture are treated and a broad means of Christian response outlined.
The final section looks at the principles of communication that characterized the evangelistic ministry of the apostle Paul. Distilled from several Pauline messages delivered in various settings (Acts 13:14-52; 14:8-18; 17:16-31), and focused by the apostle's ardent desire to be all things to all men (1 Corinthians 9:22), the author articulates seven principles which ought to govern our presentation of the Gospel. Combined with the previous section, what these principles really provide is an approach that advances evangelism beyond that of a series of raids on enemy lines and the carpet-bombing of total strangers with memorized Gospel outlines. Rather, having broken down the "Us" versus "Them" mentality, evangelism is once again made to center around the establishing of meaningful relationships and the purposeful, personal communication of the good news.
The obvious fruit of prolonged meditation on the ministry of Jesus and on Paul's endeavor to imitate Christ, this volume represents a biblically grounded, God-reliant and honestly achievable means of practicing evangelism. A satisfying and freeing work, The Heart of Evangelism, shows the evangelistic task to be something we engage in in partnership with God and in reliance on His grace. It portrays our involvement in the Great Commission not as a chore to be `over and done' with, but as an invitation to grow in our relationship with God and man, even as God works through us to reach and bless the lives of others.
Excellent book on evangelism Aug 30, 2002
This book is a summary of Jerram Barrs' approach to evangelism and outreach--largely a summary of one of the best classes I had in seminary. A great approach to reaching out with the grace of God to the unbelieving.
Extremely important instruction on Christian evangelism. Feb 5, 2001
Jerram taught this material to us in several classes at Covenant Theological Seminary in the early 1990s.
However, that material only occupies a small section towards the end. It is very valuable.
Unfortunately, the bulk of the volume seems given to polemics against other Evangelicals. I think the author would have "caught more flies with honey than with vinegar" if he'd followed his own advice in writing this volume. I fear that it will turn off a large percentage of the very people that need to read that important end section.