Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Sharing the Gospel

I just finished reading Marks of the Messenger by Mack Stiles. The subtitle clearly defines this handy little volume, "Knowing, Living and Speaking the Gospel." Stiles doesn't waste words. He strikes at the heart of the challenges facing Christians in the realm of personal evangelism.

There are lots of books available on evangelism. If you are looking for a book that offers you a so called "sure-fire method" or "strategy," look elsewhere. However, if you want to be challenged to better understand the gospel, why we share it and the heart of what it means to be a "healthy evangelist," then Stiles work will be very helpful. Additionally, the author nails down the essentials of sharing Christ in a way that exposes the weaknesses of most overly pragmatic "strategies."

"When our lives are in line with the gospel and our witness to Christ is consistent, we find that our grace-filled lives have perfume-like attraction (2 Cor. 2:16). Don't be surprised at the opportunities God will bring your way to share your faith. And as you share your faith, you become the instrument that God uses to move people from death to life." pg. 58

I highly recommend Marks of the Messenger for everyone who has experienced God's grace in Christ and wants to be able to share that same truth with others. Pastors, you will want to pick up extra copies to give away. It's that good.

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