Item description for Going Public with the Gospel: Exploring the Unity & Diversity of Scripture by Lon Allison & Mark Anderson...
Overview In some circles public evangelism has fallen out of favor. But the gospel of Jesus Christ has always been a matter of evangelistic proclamation, and in every age the growth of Christianity has been tied to public preaching of the good news. In this landmark book, evangelists Lon Allison and Mark Anderson issue a stirring call for the revival of public gospel proclamation They show how God has used evangelistic preaching in the past and how it can be practiced with relevance and effectiveness today.
Publishers Description In some circles public evangelism has fallen out of favor. Many churches are daunted by the prospects of reaching the unchurched out in the open, beyond the walls of their sanctuaries. And many Christians assume that the days of mass public evangelism have passed and instead rely on outreach through private, individual efforts. But the gospel of Jesus Christ has always been a matter of public proclamation. From the earliest days of the church, in every age, the growth of Christianity has been tied to the public preaching of the good news. In this landmark book, evangelists Lon Allison and Mark Anderson issue a stirring call for the revival of public gospel proclamation. They show how God has used evangelistic preaching in the past and how it can be practiced with relevance and effectiveness today. Recovering public proclamation, they argue, is key to the vitality and ongoing mission of the church. An essential resource for evangelistically minded Christians from the local church to specialists in international missions organizations, this guide offers hope that Christianity can again reach the masses in the public square.
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Studio: IVP Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.26" Width: 5.42" Height: 0.52" Weight: 0.44 lbs.
Release Date Jan 4, 2004
Publisher IVP-InterVarsity Press
ISBN 0830813659 ISBN13 9780830813650
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More About Lon Allison & Mark Anderson
Allison is director of the Billy Graham Center at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois. He previously directed the Evangelism and Prayer Division for the Evangelical Covenant Church and planted two churches focused on reaching pre-Christian and nonchurched people. Allison also wrote John R. Mott: That the World May Believe (Billy Graham Center Publishing, 2002).
Reviews - What do customers think about Going Public With the Gospel: Reviving Evangelistic Proclamation?
This book will shake your comfortable notions of the gospel Sep 28, 2005
This book is at its best when it is challenging a secular worldview and exhorting the reader to be sold out for Jesus Christ. Unfortunately, it doesn't do that enough. It actually gives short shrift to the purported subject of the book, which is how to proclaim the gospel in large public meetings.
Has it's good moments... May 16, 2004
This book makes many wonderful points, and at times is very exciting to read. The authors make very good points about many things concerning the gospel, prayer, discipleship, etc. The exhortation to take the gospel public is very strong, and I don't think many could have it put it much better. There is also a brief history of the public proclomation of the gospel that is a nice feature to the book that makes everything more well rounded.
However, the book has some horriable short-comings. One thinks that this book is leading up to an encouragement to go do some old-fashioned street-corner soap-box preaching. However, about half way through the rug is pulled right out from underneath you, and the rest of the book for the most part, turns into plugging/advertising various Mass-Evangelism Organizations and preachers. Instead of being remotely practical, the book essentially turns into a big book on holding Crusade-Style-Evangelism, where one is pulling Billy Graham style events involving an all star cast of performers: staff/directors/cordinators, muscians, artists, volunteers who do ushering, counseling at the altar calls, and follow-up, etc. In this book, the author states 45% of any such event will be prep work, 45% follow-up, and only about 10% proclamation of the gospel. In all that time of prep-work of negotiating with various churches to help you in the work, renting out baseball stadiums, printing flyers, training volunteers, etc., one could have probably preached the gospel to many more throngs of people on a street corner or through friendship evangelism.
Granted, I must show much respect for the author exhorting preachers to give strong messages that don't get folks trapped into easy-belivism, and reminds us at the same time that we must demonstrate the gospel in the supernatural, as well as compassion ministries.
Sadly, this book just isn't very practical. One can glean many things from this book, but I think it's focus is off. The authors seem to have lost touch of the real world to some degree, as they have forgotten to come down from the mountain top of mega-churches where they have ministered much of their lives and mass-crusades, where most churches simply do not have the option of doing 95% of what is suggested in this book. (they even bring in the mega-church's bad vocubular of meeting things like 'felt needs' and 'being relevant'; Get some books by Philip Kenneson and Os Guiness which nicely show the errors of mega-church thought.)
I still would recommend you read this book.
great job Jan 13, 2004
This book is a must read, I have found that Mark and have an insightful way of showing people that the the Gospel can be made relevant to people today. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to be involved in reaching out to your friends, family or community.
I would also recommend this book to anyone feels that spirituality and anthing to do with religion is a private thing. This book will really get you thinking about your worldview and should be issued to every bible college student in the world.