Mark Dever has been greatly used over the years to help and encourage pastors faithfully shepherd the flock. He continues to exercise his gift by encouraging pastors and all Christ-followers to evangelize lost sheep – so they might be among the flock. His book, The Gospel & Personal Evangelism is written with this end in mind.
This small book addresses the answers to some very important questions:
1. Why Don’t We Evangelize?
2. What is the Gospel?
3. Who Should Evangelize?
4. How Should We Evangelize?
5. What Isn’t Evangelism?
6. What Should We Do After We Evangelize?
7. Why Should We Evangelize?
Dever stresses the importance of the evangelistic mandate. He emphasizes the God-centeredness of this task: “The redemption of an eternal soul is one sale that we, in our own strength , cannot accomplish. And we need to know it, not so that we won’t preach the gospel, but so that we won’t allow the gospel that is preached to be molded by what finally gets a response.” And Dever reminds us that failure to evangelize is, in the final analysis, tantamount to disobedience: “We do not fail in our evangelism if we faithfully tell the gospel to someone who is not subsequently converted; we fail only if we do not faithfully tell the gospel at all.” May Dever’s words be met with faithful, passionate, Christ-centered, Word-centered proclamation – so that nations might know of God’s great love and the provision he made in his Son for everyone who believes!