The Reluctant Evangelist

Moving from can't and don't to can and do

Learn how to be an effective evangelist from the book of Jonah.

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Jonah is famous for being a reluctant evangelist. But God had other plans!

If we're honest, we are also often very reluctant when it comes to telling others about Jesus. We can learn from God's dealings with Jonah about how to be effective for the Lord, whom we love and want to serve. We can move from can't and don't to can and do.

Like Jonah we need learn to trust his awesome power (chapter 1), experience his sovereign grace (chapter 2), fear his coming judgment (chapter 3) and share his gut-wrenching compassion (chapter 4). All this is perfectly revealed in Jesus, the divine Evangelist, and as we look to him and as the Holy Spirit fills our hearts with his evangelistic compassion, our hearts will sing with the melodic line of Jonah, “Salvation comes from the LORD” (Jonah 2 v 11) and our lives will erupt with the evangelistic enterprise that our cities so desperately need.

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  • 1. The Evangelist is the Lord
    2. The Evangelist cares because the nations are his
    3. The Evangelist directs all our circumstances and conversations
    4. The Evangelist who saves through a sacrificial substitute
    5. The Evangelist is always there
    6. The Evangelist transforms rebels by his grace
    7. The Evangelist is kinder than idols
    8. The Evangelist will judge us all
    9. The Evangelist calls us all to turn in repentant faith
    10. The Evangelist has promised to relent
    11. The Evangelist challenges our cultural prejudices
    12. The Evangelist is full of compassion

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Contributors Richard Coekin
ISBN 9781784983413
Format Paperback
First published July 2018
Dimensions 5.1" x 7.8" x 0.4"
Case quantity 1
Language English
Pages 144
Publisher The Good Book Company

Timothy Keller

The late Founding pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City and Chairman of Redeemer City to City.

This is the most readable and accessible commentary on the book of Jonah. The story of the prophet is filled with surprising twists and turns—and loads of lessons for us today. Richard is a trustworthy and insightful guide to the readers of this book. It will be a boon to preachers and listeners alike.

Don Carson

Research Professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

Some expositions of Jonah almost entirely miss God's evangelistic compassion—infinitely stronger than that of the prophet Jonah. Not so this popular exposition, written with verve and panache by Richard Coekin. Coekin thinks through what it means to lose our reluctance to be evangelists. Above all, he reminds us of what Jonah rediscovered: "Salvation comes from the Lord!"

Vaughan Roberts

Rector, St Ebbe’s Church, Oxford

I love this book! It’s full of biblical insight and practical wisdom on evangelism but, far from just filling the head with instruction, it warms the heart with passion. Richard not only reminds us of why and how we should share our faith but also inspires us to get on with it.

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