Book Critique 1 The Master Plan of Eva Essay

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Liberty University Baptist Theological Seminary

The Master Plan of Evangelism
By Dr. Robert E. Coleman

A Book Critique
Submitted to Dr. Christopher Ballew
In Partial Fulfillment
Of the Requirements for the Course
Contextualization and Global Theology
THEO 650-B03

By
Cassandra Wood

August 31, 2014

INTRODUCTION Dr. Robert E. Coleman is the writer of the book The Master Plan of Evangelism.1 Dr. Coleman is the Distinguished Senior Professor of Discipleship and Evangelism at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He holds six advanced degrees, including two Doctor of Divinity degrees. Dr. Coleman has written hundreds of articles and twenty-eight books of which The Master Plan of Evangelism is the best-known
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Secondly, the principle of concentrated selection of a few is for the purpose of transforming the multitude. “Though he did what he could to help the multitudes, he had to devote himself primarily to a few men, rather than the masses, so that the masses could at last be saved.”6
Association
The second principle of evangelism is that of association. Jesus trained men by having them with Him. The simple but effective methodology is embodied in Jesus words to the disciples, “follow me”7. Jesus spent and invested a great deal of time in the lives of these few men. For three years, He ate, slept, and talked with them. Jesus was training the men, so that after He was gone, they would be His witnesses. His mission was to build them up while He was with them. The strength of the principle of association lies in its simplicity. Simply taking the time to be with His disciples on a daily basis for three solid years enabled them to know Him on an intimate level. The weakness of the principle of association with a few men is that the many can feel excluded. However, Jesus also shared concern by being associated with others. Dr. Coleman refers to three specific instances in the Gospels which illustrate how Jesus took the time to associate closely with Zacchaeus, the woman at the well in Samaria, and the group of faithful women followers.8 Therefore, although Jesus did closely associate with others,

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