Sunday, April 12, 2015

Evangelism in the face of a hardening culture

There may be a few people out there who honestly enjoy evangelism, there are a probably some who evangelize even though they would rather be doing something else, and then there are the rest of the body, those who are quick to point out Paul’s words: “…Some to be prophets, some to be evangelists,, and some to be pastors and teachers” (Eph. 4:11). With the implication being that they were given to be something other than evangelists.
And it’s for that latter bunch that Rico Tice has written “Honest Evangelism: How to Talk about Jesus even when It’s Tough” (The Good Book Company, 2015).
There are basically two parts to this simple book. Part I explains why we should be evangelizing, sharing the gospel – even when it’s tough. And then Part II gives some tips on how to go about it.
This is a small book, both in number of pages (take out the front and back matter, and we’re talking less than 100 pages) and in the dimensions. The font used is also a larger one than is found in many books. Obviously, based on those simple statements, this is not an in-depth treatment of the subject. And that is one of the positive things about this book.
Tice doesn't try to cover everything ever written about evangelists and evangelism. And that’s a good thing. This book is written for people who haven’t had years of theological training. A book with hundreds of pages in a very small font with hundreds or thousands of footnotes would quickly scare away the very people he was trying to reach.
This book is written for the lay people in western churches; it’s written in a style that tells people: yes, you can do this, it might not be as easy as you would like, but it can be done. Part of your life as a Christian involves telling others about Christ – that’s the why you do it. And here are some helpful tips for doing what you’re supposed to be doing.
As mentioned earlier, this is not a complete resource, but it is an excellent place to start, and a great resource for all the people in any church who insist that the Holy Spirit gave them gifts, but evangelism wasn't one of them.
I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for a review.


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