Mark Dever. The Gospel and Personal Evangelism. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, September 7th, 2007. 124 pp.
I was reading this book together with a brother from church and found this to be a helpful resource. I appreciated the tone of the book since it was pastoral, biblical and loving towards the Lord and those who don’t believe. I enjoyed this book enough to went ahead and purchase a few copies for other members of my church for Christmas.
The book’s seven chapters answers different questions pertaining to evangelism such as “Why don’t We Evangelize?” “What is the Gospel?” and “How Should We Evaangelize?” I think the way the chapters were organized was helpful for the sake of the book’s logical flow. Since someone reading this book might be struggling to engage in personal evangelism it makes sense that the first chapter evaluate the excuses of why Christians don’t evangelize. I thought it was helpful to have a heart check based upon this chapter and have oneself identify what is one’s frequent excuse one might have in saying no to evangelism. I love the second chapter that went over “What is the Gospel?” especially with how the author hit on what the Gospel is not. One needs to be clear what the Gospel is, and sometimes it is not the popular mantra and one-liners you hear from Evangelical circles. By far my favorite section of the book were the chapters on how should we evangelize, what isn’t evangelism and what should we do after we evangelize. There are many books on evangelism out there and it’s always good to see the differences different guys have with their mechanics of evangelism and pick up what is good. I think the author was really good in showing Christian principles rather than exact tactical “methods.” All readers shouldn’t miss Mark Dever’s recommended reading lists. Pastors shouldn’t miss Dever’s practical word to pastors on how to be more faithful in fulfilling the work of an evangelist which I took to heart from knowing how much of an evangelistic heart Pastor Dever has both in and out of the pulpit.
Again I think this is excellent for a Christian personal reading and also for discipleship.