The Best Kept Secret of Christian Mission: Promoting the Gospel with More Than Our Lips (Google eBook)

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Zondervan, Jun 8, 2010 - Religion - 240 pages
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This book comes out of years of reflection, failures, and some successes in the task of reaching out to others with the gospel. Many Christians think of the task of mission as an entirely verbal activity, when perhaps the best kept secret of New Testament teaching about mission is that it involves a whole range of activities that explicitly promote Christ to the world and draw others to him, and only a few of them involve speaking. Without diminishing or downplaying the importance of speaking the gospel, John Dickson shows that, on the other hand, downplaying the range of activities that promote Christ to the world has its own set of problems. It can make those who are not confident about speaking—of anything, let alone Jesus—feel inadequate and self-conscious in the task of reaching out to others. Equally, it can make those who do have a flair for speaking feel as though they are fulfilling Christ’s mission just by talking. But the reality is that the Lord wants our whole life, not just our lips, in the task of bringing the gospel to the world. Every facet of our lives can be used by God to promote the news of his power and mercy. In this practical guide to the biblical art of sharing your faith, John Dickson offers refreshing insight into the ways that all Christians can and should be involved in spreading the good news of Jesus. While not all Christians are called and gifted to become evangelists, we are all called to promote the gospel through a wide range of activities—prayer, financial partnership, good deeds, godly lives, public worship, daily conversation, etc.—with and without our lips. As readers engage with this book, grapple with its arguments and hear the stories of people coming to faith, they will be inspired to see the whole of life as significant for bringing the gospel to the world, and they will be liberated out of guilt and self-consciousness in evangelism into becoming perfectly natural promoters of Jesus Christ.

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Let me start out by saying that it is an easy read at 218 pages, with a font that is very comfortable to read with or without my glasses on. The flow is wonderful and makes for enjoyable reading. The ... Read full review

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User Review  - Ryan Day - Goodreads

Very accessible and thoughtful approach to mission for non-evangelistic types. Great chapter on how corporate worship can be evangelistic or inspire evangelism. Read full review


IntroductionConfessions of an Evangelist
CHAPTER 1The Oneand the Many
CHAPTER 2The Many andthe One
CHAPTER 3Following theFriend of Sinners
CHAPTER 4The HiddenMission
CHAPTER 5Partners for Life
CHAPTER 8What Is theGospel?
CHAPTER 9The Few andthe Many
CHAPTER 10Heralds Together
CHAPTER 11The Apt Reply
CHAPTER 12A Year in the Lifeof the Gospel
APPENDIX 1Gospel Bites
APPENDIX 2A Modern Retellingof the Gospel

CHAPTER 6Being the Lightof the World
CHAPTER 7Being Beautiful
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John Dickson (PhD, Macquarie University, Sydney) is a senior research fellow of the Department of Ancient History, Macquarie University; co-director of the Centre for Public Christianity; and senior minister at St. Andrew’s Roseville. The author of more than a dozen books, he is the host of two major historical documentaries for Australian television and is a busy public speaker in corporations, universities, churches, and conferences.

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