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Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God

Revised Edition

by J. I. Packer
Foreword by Mark Dever

Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God
  • Length: 122 pages
  • Dimensions: 0 × 0 in
  • Published: June 28, 2012
  • Imprint: IVP
  • Item Code: 6674
  • ISBN: 9780830866748

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J. I. Packer's Classic Resource on Evangelism

If God is in control of everything, can Christians sit back and not bother to evangelize? Or does active evangelism imply that God is not really sovereign at all?

J. I. Packer shows in this new edition to the popular IVP Classics how both of these attitudes are false. In Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God, readers will find:

  • A careful review of the biblical evidence,
  • Packer's explication of how a right understanding of God's sovereignty is not so much a barrier to evangelism as an incentive and powerful support for it, and
  • Powerful illustrations and applications that bring biblical wisdom into everyday life.

With over 100,000 copies in print, Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God is truly a classic that should be read by every Christian.

"I've often recommended this book to faithful Christians who are confused about how they are to think about prayer, missions, giving—any area in which our efforts could be wrongly pitted against God's own necessary action. Packer introduces us to clear truths, handles Scripture with exemplary care, and supplies us with just the right amount of illustrations and application."

From the foreword by Mark Dever, Senior Pastor, Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Washington, D.C.

Whether you consider yourself a Calvinist, an Arminian, or somewhere in between, Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God will stimulate your thinking about evangelism and increase your desire to join God in his work. It is easy to see why InterVarsity Press has republished this book as one of its "IVP Classics."

Todd Sauve, 1340mag Books (1340magbooks.com), April 2009

"A short but exceedingly powerful book. Packer shows that rather than precluding evangelism, God's sovereignty provides the most powerful incentive and support for it. . . . [C]ontains impressive depth and contains a thorough and satisfying treatment of the subject."

Discerning Reader


Foreword by Mark Dever
1. Divine Sovereignty
2. Divine Sovereignty and Human Responsibility
3. Evangelism
4. Divine Sovereignty and Evangelism


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J. I. Packer

J. I. Packer (1926–2020) is regarded as one of the most well-known theologians of our time. He served as Board of Governors' Professor of Theology at Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia, and his many books include Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God and A Quest for Godliness.