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Tell the Truth

The Whole Gospel Wholly by Grace Communicated Truthfully Lovingly

Fourth Edition

by Will Metzger

Tell the Truth
  • Length: 301 pages
  • Published: October 03, 2012
  • Imprint: IVP
  • Item Code: 6603
  • ISBN: 9780830866038

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"Picture a gigantic cruise ship filled with happy people.

"It's the S.S. Evangelical Gospel. In the midst of their fun and excitement, passengers have not noticed holes in the ship's side under the water line. Well-meaning leaders are attempting to plug these holes with new methods, technology, social activism and cultural savvy. All these are important, yet the structure of the ship remains compromised by years of neglect."

In this thoroughly revised fourth edition of the now classic Tell the Truth, Will Metzger reinstate the truth framework necessary for the survival of evangelicalism. Biblical illiteracy among evangelicals is on the rise. Theological discernment between truth and error is increasingly elusive. We need to be recalibrated not to the changing times but to the changeless gospel.

As useful as it is passionate, Tell the Truth will refocus and re-energize a whole new generation to communicate the whole gospel, wholly by grace, truthfully and lovingly.

Includes a study guide and new training materials for personal witnessing!


Preface to the Revised and Expanded Edition
Introduction: The Whole Gospel to the Whole Person Wholly by Grace by Whole People: Our Task in Evangelism
Part One: The Whole Gospel: Content of Our Message
1. Personal Witness as Planting and Watering
What Is Witnessing?
The Difference Between the Gospel and Our Testimony
Distinguishing Our Role from God's
2. The Gospel Reduced
Packaging the Gospel
Whole Gospel/Shrunken Gospel
Is the Gospel Really Being Compromised?
Truth: The Measuring Stick of Evangelism
3. The Gospel Recovered
Gospel Grammar: The Five Primary Points of the Gospel
Gospel Telling: "Come Home" Diagram
Part Two: To the Whole Person: Conversion of the Total Person
4. Professors but Not Possessors
Mere Conversion
A Partial Response to the Gospel
5. The Whole Gospel to the Mind
All Head Knowledge
Little Head Knowledge
The Balance: Thinking God's Thoughts, Not Judging God's Ways
6. The Whole Gospel to the Emotions
Only Emotional Reaction
No Emotional Reaction
The Balance: Emotions Led by Truth
7. The Whole Gospel to the Will
The Balance: God Moving Sinners Through Persuasion
The Labeling Fallacy
Reaching the Whole Person
Part Three: Wholly by Grace: The Foundation for Evangelism
8. Grace Is Only for the Powerless
Salvation Is Impossible for Nice People
Three Myths That Obscure Grace
Unable yet Responsible
9. God Is Grace-Full
Grace Makes Salvation Possible
Our Re-creating God
10. Sovereign, Saving Grace
Grace Discriminates
Not Free Will but a Freed Will
Because It Pleases Him
11. Worship
Motivation for Evangelism: Encountering a Macro-God
Worship: The Passion for and the Purpose of Evangelism
Real Converts Really Worship
God-Centered Evangelists Worship
Part Four: Offered by Whole People: Character and Communication in Witnessing
12. Ordinary Christians Can Witness
Pluralism and the New Definition of Tolerance
Christ, the Only Way to God
Reasoning with People
Speaking to the Conscience
Our Fears
Wholeness in Attitudes and Motivation
Prayer and the Spirit
13. How to Communicate Personally
No Perfect Methods, but Help for Starting
Different People, Different Places
Getting Started
Conversation Turners
Conversation with a Direction
The Uninterested
Using a Summary of the Gospel
Bloom Where You Are Planted
Practical Effects of Grace-Centered Evangelism
Our Goal: Disciples
Plans to Obey
Appendix A: Training Materials for Learning God-Centered Evangelism
The Kind of Person God Uses in Evangelism
Preparing Your Testimony
Learning to Say What You Mean
Being a Good Listener
How to Ask Good Questions
Friendship Evangelism
Language Barriers
Four Role Plays for Learning to Witness
Evaluating the Content of a Gospel Presentation
Questions Non-Christian Ask
Guidelines for Organizing Contact Evangelism
Spiritual Interest Questionnaire
Schedule for a God-Centered Evangelism Training Seminar Weekend
Appendix B: Learning the Gospel Diagram "Come Home"
Procedures for Learning the "Come Home" Gospel Diagram
Come Home: Overview for Memorization
"Come Home: Simplified Version"
Telling the Gospel Through Stories
God's Test for Everyone: Measure Yourself by God's Law
Do You Dare Look Inside Yourself?
Appendix C: Study Guide: Twelve Sessions for Individuals or Groups
Appendix D: Doctrine Is Not an Obscene Word
Scripture Index


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Will Metzger (d. 2022) was a campus minister since 1965 at the University of Delaware, where he served with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and Christian InterAction (a church and campus connection). His evangelism ministry took him to every continent, and he witnessed to people from varied nationalities both on campus and through a church that he pastored.