Jesus says his followers are the salt of the earth. But many Christians struggle with this call to be active in the world as witnesses to Christ. The word evangelism often carries negative connotations. How do we cut through fear and guilt to communicate our faith freely and effectively?
In this bestselling classic, Rebecca Manley Pippert offers a refreshing view of evangelism as a lifestyle. For over forty years, Out of the Saltshaker and Into the World has equipped believers of different backgrounds around the world. Using memorable stories, biblical insight, and practical communication techniques, Pippert points to Jesus as our model and helps us feel relaxed and enthusiastic about sharing the good news.
This landmark work is now available as part of the IVP Signature Collection, which features special editions of iconic books in celebration of the seventy-fifth anniversary of InterVarsity Press.
"As Christians, every Christmas we happily buy devotional books. Why? Because devotional books are safe. We read them in private for our own edification. But Christians don't buy as many books on evangelism. Why? Because books on evangelism are dangerous. They're only going to ask us to be public about our faith. And there's nothing scarier than that! But fear no more. Because this wonderful new edition of Out of the Saltshaker and Into the World will inspire you. It will get you excited about the good news of Jesus. It will get you relying on God's power—especially through the Holy Spirit—and not yours to tell your friends about Jesus. And most importantly, you will realize that it's more about being evangelistic than a method of evangelism."
"Out of the Saltshaker and Into the World is a timeless classic and one of the very few books that have energized me personally toward evangelism. Becky's joyous and determined persona comes through on every page of this celebrated book, a book that should be read and reread by those investing in spreading the love of Christ through personal witness."
"Becky Manley Pippert has given her life to giving people the confidence to speak about Jesus. How does she do it? First and foremost, she's absolutely thrilled about Jesus, and he is the message. Then she models the fact that the sovereign Lord loves to organize encounters with lost people, and the Spirit loves to illumine their hearts . . . wonderful! But Becky is not naive; she understands our guilty silence and helps us practice the presence of Christ as we seek to overcome our fears and discover what it means to live and speak for Jesus."
"We evangelists spend the majority of our lives passionately sharing the good news. Yet also, as part of God's calling, we spend a significant amount of time urging God's people to faith and action in the work of soul winning—compelling others to know their calling as a follower of Christ and to testify to his goodness, just as an evangelist's job is described in Ephesians 4. And still, as saturated as I am in this joyful work, I am refreshed and inspired by the clarifying and compelling way in which Rebecca Manley Pippert shares about the importance and practicality of evangelism as a way of life. It's like a fresh start for me, a new motivation, an energy reset. She is preparing all of us for our works of service. To have this important resource updated and enhanced, as it is now, will be an encouragement and blessing, helping each one carry on with the good news in this generation for which we are responsible."
"Out of the Saltshaker helped generations of fearful students (and other would-be evangelists) to loosen up."
Foreword to the Signature Edition by Mark Mittelberg
Introduction to the Second Edition
1. Sleepless in Spain
2. Jesus—the Most Human of Us All
3. Jesus—the Lord of All
4. A Question of Love: Being Radically Identified with the World
5. A Question of Holiness: Being Radically Different from the World
6. A Question of Obedience: Another Way of Knowing God
7. Christ with Us
8. Practicing the Presence of Christ
9. Developing Conversational Skills
10. Three Ways to Witness
11. Cultivating the Soil
12. Planting the Seed
13. Reaping the Harvest in God’s Truth and Love
14. Reaping the Harvest in God’s Power
15. Revealing Truth Through Reason
16. Revealing Truth Through Stories
17. Revealing Truth Through the Power of the Spirit
18. The Witness of Community
19. Without a Vision the People Will Perish
Appendix 1: Gospel Outlines
Appendix 2: Books for Evangelism
Appendix 3: Study Guide for Individuals or Groups