In a day of moral relativism and post-modern thinking, the art of evangelism is more than necessary and yet so hard to get right. In Honest Evangelism How to Talk about Jesus Even When It’s Tough Rico Tice has shown the reader both the urgency of evangelism and the challenges it can pose in our society. He does this by bringing the reader through his own narrative which itself is wrought with struggle. He doesn’t stop there though, using scripture as a foundation Tice points us to the prime example of evangelism done well.
If you’re thinking this is just another book on evangelism, then I think you’ve missed something here. It’s not only about a “do this, say that” sort of ministry. It’s about a robust knowledge of scripture and a deep intimacy with God that sharing the gospel with people will be burning in us with a sense of urgency. If we are honest with ourselves, most of us don’t have either of those.
Tice roots our evangelistic fervor in the fact that God is sovereign over his creation. Whether we convince those outside the walls of Christendom or not, we are not in charge. We must place our reliance on the power of the Holy Spirit living in us and model our lives after Christ. Tice hammers home the point that people are looking at us with microscopes and in their hearts they long to see some out working of a true relationship.
It’s time that we as a church, myself included, take a stand for truth. We have at our hands the deepest well of theological resources ever imagined. We have journals and textbooks, free websites, free seminary courses at our fingertips, and so much more. How are we to give an account if we don’t dig deep and share the love of Christ with a lost and hurting world? I’m in, however uneasy that makes me feel, are you?
Tice, Rico. Honest Evangelism How to Talk about Jesus Even When It’s Tough. Purcellville: Good Book, 2015. 112. Print.