This week’s book of the week is J. I. Packer’s classic, Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God. This book was based off on some lectures by Packer concerning how believers should reconcile free will and election (both two prevalent biblical concepts that seem to be warring against one another). In actuality, these two concepts go together well even if we can’t fathom how. Spurgeon was once asked how does he reconcile free will and election and he stated, “I never reconcile friends.”
This is a great read full of a lot of good insights.
Top 5 Thoughts:
- Packer’s attempt to reconcile Arminians and Calvinists was well-received. Both groups have more in common than are readily admitted, and Packer was wise to remind both groups of the common kinship before delving into his subject (14).
- Packer reminded that the Christian’s job is to proclaim, but it is God’s responsibility to save (27).
- Versus focusing too heavily on one doctrine, Packer emphasized that the Christian should passionately hold to both the doctrine of divine sovereignty and human responsibility (35).
- Packer made sure he did not portray evangelism as simply the transfer of information devoid of love (52).
- Packer commends evangelists not to neglect the urgency of the mission even in light of a high view of God’s sovereignty (98).
Travis Agnew serves as the Lead Pastor of Rocky Creek Church in Greenville, SC. His most recent book is Distinctive Discipleship. He is married to Amanda and the father of two sons and one daughter. Travis graduated from North Greenville University with a B.A. in Christian Studies and earned his M.Div. and D.Min. from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, with his doctoral focus on family discipleship.