By Mark Dever
The Gospel and Personal Evangelism is packed full of help for the believer that is having trouble sharing their faith or maybe just wants to be more competent in spread the gospel. Their was several different themes that stood out to me in this book but I will only talk about a few important ones.
One big idea that Dever hits home is the necessity of a strong gospel understanding. he lays the groundwork for evangelism, a proper understanding of what the Gospel is and what it is not. Dever makes clear that the gospel is not just good news, the gospel is not simply God’s love or that he want to be our friend. The gospel is not primarily concerned about social justice or community survive. The gospel is the good news that Jesus died on the cross to reconcile sinners to God. This is naturally applied to my life in ministry through the way that I share the gospel. When sharing my faith, I am not simple sharing my opinion on life. It is not just about sharing simple steps to living a moral life. I am sharing the good news that sinners can receive forgiveness of their trespasses and can be transferred form death to life.
Another aspect of personal evangelism that Dever hit home for me is the reason that we should evangelize. Within a few pages, the reader is exposed to biblical reasons why he or she needs to be involved in evangelism. We are called to share the gospel because God command us too, we love the lost, and we love God. This applies to my personal life in ministry during times that I am not motivated to share the gospel. I am reminded by this book that it is my calling as a Christian to share the gospel, and I should be motivated by a love for God and a love for the lost. Often times I loose site of why I should be doing evangelism but these reasons applied to my ministry remind me of my mission. I can apply this section of the book to my ministry by keeping these think in mind when I am not motivated to speak the truth or when I want to keep to myself. This is not what we have been called to do as Christians.
The biggest overall help that this book provide is a better understanding of the gospel and its application of everyday evangelistic opportunities. By going through the scriptures use of word good news, we see that the gospel has many different parts. The coming of Christ, his life, his death, his salvation, his work in believers, his return and several other thing are all part of the gospel. In other words, the gospel is not necessarily one specific simple thing but rather a collection of events and realties that come together to make the gospel good news. You can apply Dever’s teaching about the gospel every time you interact with a lost person. This book is worth your time and will benefit your everyday ministry.
This book review was written by Pastor Jonathan Ahlgren.
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