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ISBN/ASIN : 0281056412
Manufacturer : SPCK (Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge)|
Release data : 20 February, 2004
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This is one of the most accessible, insightful and practical books I have read on evangelism for decades. Some books on evangelism seek to be a wakeup call to the church - but then we know things are tough! Graham Tomlin starts there. Yes, its a challenge making the gospel known in a world that really isn't all that interested, but that's no reason not to try. His book is easy to read, putting it into practice will be harder. But then whoever said it would be easy - certainly not Jesus! If you want a book about how the Christian gospel can transform the church and those we touch, get it and prayerfully read it.
I have not yet been able to use the study guide in any depth, but the questions seem suitable for use individually, or perhaps more helpfully in a small group. In keeping with the book, they are more than occasionally - 'provocative'.
The Church of England recently completed its Decade of Evangelism with congregational attendance at an all time low. Tomlin argues that perhaps the Evangelism ought to have been directed in a different way. Many people have the idea that Evangelists are those who stand on soap boxes in city centres and proclaim the doom and destruction of the world, thumping the Gospel cushion with one hand and holding the other out eager for donations. This view of Evangelism couldn't be further from the truth: Evangelism is the Church's proclamation of the Gospel message to the world. However, Tomlin asks, "what does the Church have to say that the world wants to hear?" How does the Church perform its task of Evangelism in a world that largely perceives it as irrelevant?
This then, is Tomlin's reason for this book. It is incisive and real, examining the World's reaction to evangelism and re-assessing the Church's previous attempts at spreading the Gospel.
He offers a new approach that the Church should be challenging the World, just as the Lord challenged His listeners.
The book is refreshing, honest and clear. It provokes serious thought about the Church's methods and offers many directions to the reader as to how the message should be preached.