InterVarsity Press. P.O. Box , Downers Grove, IL World Wide Web: E-mail: [email protected] by J. I. Packer. If God is in control of everything, can Christians sit back and not bother to evangelize? Or does active evangelism imply that God is not really sovereign at all?. Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God. JI Packer. Inter-Varsity Press, Westmont, pp. Recently republished as part of the ‘IVP.

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No, not as an acronym for the five points of Calvinism, just start picturing the flowers. Summary In order evanhelism accomplish his proposed goal, Packer divides his book into four sections.

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Our obedient response to this antinomy is to accept it for what it is and learn to sovwreignty with it. Divine sovereignty and human responsibility are not enemies but allies.

For a book weighing in at a mere pages, this soverdignty contains impressive depth and contains a thorough and satisfying treatment of the subject. The sections cover divine sovereignty, divine sovereignty as it relates to human responsibility, the topic of evangelism, and the relation between evangelism and divine sovereignty. Not in the sense that the book was of poor quality e.

Help Center Find new research papers in: In lieu of a comments section, I accept and encourage letters to the editor. It is against this backdrop that J. Is there any theology that could be more sound or that could be more properly explained? This is evident throughout, as the readability, theology, application and illustration are perfectly balanced.


In his book, Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God, Packer begins by stating his purpose for the work as twofold. The supposition seems to be that you cannot evangelize effectively unless you are prepared to pretend while you are doing it that the doctrine of divine sovereignty is not true. It really is so simple.

Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God

In addition, it cannot be said that it is impossible to resolve apparent antimony within scripture because one has reached the limit of human j.ip.acker as far as scripture is concerned. After all, if God truly is sovereign, j.i.packe He does control absolutely everything, what reason is there to evangelize? Evangelism was disappointing because it was really so biblical and balanced. Is there a better way to relate the message to the current circumstances of the listener?

Packer not only wishes for the book to be an encouragement to Christians to evangelize, but also to help settle some disagreements within the Christian community on the subject as well 9. Thhe wanted Packer to succinctly draw all my queries together into a simple combined proposition that answered all my questions, that I could then place into a rigid box, tie it closed with a nice little bow, and sit it on the shelf to admire.

As we humbly submit to scripture, we must acknowledge that there are areas of our understanding that will be j.i.pacmer. Another benefit I found from reading this book has been the way it has again reframed my attitude to prayer.


We cannot see Divine sovereignty and human responsible as opposites or principles j.ipacker are in conflict with each other, but rather as principles that complement each other and are equally true. While sovereignyt ideas within scripture may seem to be an antimony, Packer presents them rather as a paradox which he says are two separate things I had really high expectations for this book, and to be brutally honest I was a bit disappointed.

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If God is sovereign and in control, and will save whomever he has predestined to save, then why would anyone bother to evangelize? The single question that concerns the book is pretty much contained within its title. Remember me on this computer.

Review: “Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God” by JI Packer

As Packer explains in his introduction: If an evangelist is receiving little traction it is worth examining the method in which the gospel is being presented. Most of the largest and seemingly most successful mission organizations were founded by Arminians and continue to be based around Arminian theology. Conclusion Overall, Packer does accomplish his main goal as previously stated, however it is done at the expense of some critical thinking for lack of a evangeliem term.

Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God.