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4.0 out of 5 stars inspired and challenged, 26 July 2014
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I found this book to be a really helpful in making clear the simplicity of the gospel and how and why we should be sharing it in our every day lives rather than leaving it to the "professionals". A couple of quotes I found particularly good were:

"The good news is not simply that God is love"
Being a christian comes at a cost and Dever emphasises the need for honesty, urgency and joy.

"We are not to put forward on,y positives that we imagine our non christian friends presently value and present God as simply the means by which prey can meet their own ends"
We are challenged here not to dilute the gospel to make it more attractive and people more likely to come it church. Instead Dever in the book points out Romans 10:1 saying;

"We can work and witness for the salvation of someone but only God can finally bring it about. It is his work so we must pray."
Once agin it is encouraging to remember that God is in control and He calls people to Himself. Our job is to declare the good news of the gospel and pray. Lots more packed into this book. Well worth a read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A challenge to engage, 29 Nov. 2010
Mr. Alastair Gooderham "al133087" (Doncaster, UK) - See all my reviews
This review is from: The Gospel and Personal Evangelism (9marks) (Paperback)
Mark Dever has served the church well by producing this thought provoking book which both exposes our heart and challenges us with grace. The biggest challenge I will take away from it is the need to be engaging with those in the world around us.

Dever encourages us and refreshes us not with a methodology or how to but with examining the reasons why we fail to engage in evangelism, and how and why we must engage in evangelism. I found his appendix to Pastors particularly helpful in the encouragement to get out of the office and meetings and engage in evangelism.

The first chapter brilliantly exposes the excuses we make for not engaging in evangelism and seeing them in black and white shows us how pathetic and vacuous they are, in many wasy it was the highlight of the book.

He then also goes on to suggest 12 steps to overcome our non-evangelising, all are good and challenging encompaasing the obvious which we will easily recognise on ourselves and others which may catch us with our guard down.

It is not a book for the evangelist but for each and every person who claims to follow Jesus and wants to engage with the world around them for God's glory.
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