David Gustafson: Gospel Witness

Evangelism in Word and Deed

Gospel Witness
(Wm. B. Eerdmans, 2019)

WHO: David Gustafson, chair of the mission and evangelism department at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.

HE SAYS: “Gospel witness is about more than sharing the gospel with others. It is about whom we worship, who we are, what we receive, what we say and what we do.”

THE BIG IDEA: Pastors and church leaders can shape a “gospeling” culture within their congregations by encouraging them to speak the good news in words and demonstrate it in actions.

THE PROGRESSION:
In light of our increasingly post-Christian Western contexts, David Gustafson offers a mission-oriented ecclesiology that moves from missional theory to practices of missional engagement. Introducing “God’s human drama” as a way to explain the gospel within God’s redemptive story, he expertly lays the foundations of and approaches to evangelism that blend academic scholarship and practical experience.

“Unless we reorient our church life toward the biblical tasks of announcing the good news and making disciples, we will miss our opportunity to engage people who are spiritually far from God.”

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