Why don't more Christians practice evangelism? Why do so many who do seem to do it incorrectly? American culture is such that it can seem taboo to talk about our faith with others when it should be an integral part of who we as Christians are. This is why Jesus the Evangelist is a book for our times, regardless of whether you are an active street preacher or someone who seems to have little contact with other people.
Reverend Phillips addresses all these obstacles and more in his book, and clearly and succinctly follows Jesus in his very early ministry as recounted in the Gospel of John, specifically chapters one (John the Baptist's preparatory ministry and Jesus' calling of the disciples), three (Jesus' discussion with Nicodemus) and four (the discussion with the Samaritan woman at the well). By following John's illustration of evangelism's biblical principles, evangelistic theology and evangelistic practice Phillips provides a plain understanding of how Jesus evangelized and how we are expected to replicate that in our witness to the world that we encounter.
Phillips provides the biblical model for individual modern evangelism that all Christians should embrace in seeking and saving the lost, and does not shy away from aspects of the modern church where he sees man-made barriers to that responsibility. By using the Law to show sinners the reality and implications of sin, Jesus put the Gospel in proper perspective to the unrepentant souls he confronted, and in Jesus the Evangelist, by revealing the truth of God's Word concerning evangelism, Phillips restates the Great Commission for Christians in a way will be accessible to almost every Christian.
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