Looking for some help on the subject of evangelism? (Who couldn’t use some help & encouragement in that particular department?)
There are a lot of really good books about evangelism. Here are just a few of them that you may find helpful:
Jesus the Evangelist, by Richard Phillips
Phillips takes the reader through the opening chapters of the Gospel of John to show how the Lord Jesus Himself preached the gospel to the lost. He deals with principles of evangelism (chapters 1-4), the theology of the gospel (chapters 5-8), and then highlights Jesus’ own practice of evangelism (chapters 9-13). He concludes with an appendix dealing with the subject of God’s sovereignty in evangelism.
I found this book to be very helpful, first and foremost because of the straight-forward & thoroughly biblical way with which he deals with the subject. He makes his case simply & directly from the Word of God (rather than stating his own case and then throwing in a few proof texts here and there).
Evangelism & The Sovereignty of God, by J.I. Packer
If you have been struggling to understand the relationship between God’s sovereignty in salvation and our responsibility to evangelize, then this is the book for you. The doctrine of the sovereignty of God is often pitted against the practice of evangelism, as if it somehow rendered it unnecessary or superfluous. Packer explodes this misconception and clears away the confusion in this helpful little book.
He shows that, far from discouraging our efforts in evangelism, the sovereignty of God in the salvation of sinners should actually fill us with great encouragement and zeal for the task. It is actually the one thing that can give us confidence that when the gospel is faithfully proclaimed, sinners can and will be saved!
The Gospel & Personal Evangelism, by Mark Dever
This is a brief (only 119 pages!), but very helpful book. He deals with the who, what, why & how of evangelism. He starts by clearing away our laundry list of excuses for failing to evangelize. If you are looking for a basic, biblical introduction to the subject of personal evangelism (in other words, not just a book for pastors or evangelists), then this book would be a great place for you to start!
There are many, many other good books on evangelism. These are just a few suggestions to point you in the right direction. May the Lord Jesus use your reading to both encourage and equip you for the work of evangelism!