Book Review: Eats With Sinners: Loving Like Jesus, by Arron Chambers
If the gospel is shared best through relationships, how do you go about building intentional relationships with non-Christians? How can you work at understanding them? How do you avoid offending them?
Those are the questions dealt with in Arron Chambers’ latest offering, Eats With Sinners: Loving Like Jesus. The title and theme of the book is that Jesus regularly ate with sinners because he longed to eat with them in heaven. The author blends biblical teaching, motivational thoughts, encouraging stories, and practical ideas to help the reader know how to let their guard down so God’s love can flow through them to their non-Christian friends.
The author takes a somewhat different approach in addressing the topic of evangelism. This is evident in each of the chapter titles and themes.
- Integrity – We need to make sure our hearts and lives are pure before sharing our faith.
- Accessibility – We need to remove unnecessary barriers that keep non-Christians from hearing the message.
- Grace – We need to live lives of grace and share the message of grace.
- Faith – We need to trust God and believe that he can reach and save the lost.
- Intimacy – True intimacy is developed with lost people as we share our lives over a meal.
- Tolerance – While we should not tolerate sin in believers, we should be tolerant of sinful people.
- Resolve – We should set goals about sharing our faith.
- Urgency – We need a sense of urgency to reach the lost.
- Mercy – Look for ways to meet needs and demonstrate God’s mercy.
- Humility – Jesus demonstrated humility by going to the cross.
- Investment – We need to invest our time, energy, and resources to reach the lost.
- Joy – Heaven celebrates when lost people find salvation in Christ.
- Vision – We need to see people as God sees them.
The first edition was published in 2009 and is now revised and reformatted. A helpful and encouraging book on the topic of evangelism.
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