24 January, 2015
Overall, this book is a worthwhile one on evangelism. Even though one might disagree with little bits of Torrey’s views, God used him as a leader in the early 20th century to point Christians to the trustworthiness of the Savior and His Word, and so his writing is worth considering.
Christ has given to His church the task of making disciples (Matthew 28:18-20), and this book helps us think through the first step in the discipleship process, that of leading people to Christ.
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Even though many Christians earnestly want to share the saving-message of Jesus Christ, they simply lack any method to go about sharing the Gospel. In this very practical book by R. A. Torrey, you will discover the keys to effective evangelism that will enable you to fulfill your calling as an ambassador for Christ.
But how is one to get a love for souls? This question is easily answered. First of all, a love for souls like very other grace of Christian character, is the work of the Holy Spirit. If then we are conscious that we do not have that love for souls that we should have, the first thing to do is to go to God and humbly confess this lack in our lives and ask Him by His Holy Spirit to supply that which we so sorely, need and expect Him to do it (1 John 5:14, 15; Phil. 4:19). In the second place Jesus Christ had an intense love for souls (Matt. 23:37; Luke 19:10), and intimate and constant companionship with Him will impart to our lives this grace which was so prominent in His. In the third place feelings are the outcome of thoughts. If we desire any given feeling in our lives we should dwell upon the thoughts which are adapted to produce that feeling. If any saved person will dwell long enough upon the peril and wretchedness of any man out of Christ and the worth of his soul in God’s sight as seen in the death of God’s Son to save him, a feeling of intense desire for that man’s salvation is almost certain to follow. In the fourth place, reflection upon our own ruined and unhappy condition without Christ and the great sacrifice that Christ-made to save us, is sure to fill our hearts with a desire to bring others to the Saviour we have found.