Conversion: How God Creates a People
Does what a church believes about how people become Christians change how we do evangelism? In this concise book, Michael Lawrence explains the doctrine of conversion and helps us consider the relationship between what we believe about how people are saved and our approach to sharing the gospel in the context of the local church. Readers of this book will understand how th...more
Michael Lawrence has written a needed corrective for the western church. The Bible's description of conversion imp ...more
"Recently I was talking to one of my friends about his two adult kids. He's worried about them. They're not into drugs or partying. They both have healthy, warm relationships with their parents and peers. They went to excellent universities and excelled. They're athletic, ambitious ...more
Repent from sin, believe Jesus died on the cross and rose again. There is a family of believers, the church, ready to live life with you.
This book from Michael Lawrence is full of both hard, solid doctrine and soft, messy pastoral application. A wide range of Christians can glean benefits from these 130 pages.
I selected to review this book because I’m also reading another book about conversion at the time, and I know these series of books are relatively short, quick reads. That is true of this book, but it is packed full of hard-hitting truth in relatively a brief introduction, 8 chapters, and conclusion.
As the title sugg ...more
This is another of the 9 Marks books that are intended to help busy pastors think about important topics. As the title suggests the topic is conversion but rather than discussing all of the theology attached to that topic, Lawrence gives a biblical and practical discussion. He is not anti-theology, that is just not his focus. He will typically use a passage of Scripture or perhaps a whole book of the Bible to illu ...more
Although, some passages were mixed up. Lawrence has no category for covenantal Christians who are either apostate or unregenerate. He consequently struggles to resolve certain tensions that arise in his ...more
This book unearths what Scripture was attempting to do in laying out a process for people to be converted into a church that is uniform in belief. Those beliefs become the tether of our testimony for Jesus, and many ...more
Lawrence helpfully walks us through the need for conversion, the nature of conversion, what a converted person should look like in ways that will help any believer grow in their faith. His concluding chapters, on charity towards those professing faith imperfectly, and on the implications of this for our life an ...more
For some it will be properly disturbing. And hopefully life saving.
Get a few copies and give them out to people who need to rethink their easy- believism or decisionism ways. Or, give them to people who could bone up on an already good theology of saving faith and assurance.
"Real repentance is being convicted by the Holy Spirit of the sinfulness of our sin— n ...more
Thank you Lord for this book! We need churches that are biblical and clear on the subject of conversio ...more
As a father and a pastor, I've never been more challenged by a singular book; Lawrence - using the Scriptures - explains what the Gospel and what it is not AND THEREFORE why conversion itself is such a crucial doctrine to understand. Read it. Test it by the Word. And apply it. ...even better - read it with others and pray for all the ones in your sphere of influence who are not evidencing signs of true conversion. Pray for opportunities to show them the truth of God's Word ...more
The author has called us to a clearer presentation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the cost of dis ...more
MICHAEL LAWRENCE is senior pastor of Hinson Baptist Church in Portland, OR. He earned a PhD in church history from Cambridge University and an MDiv from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He previously served as associate pastor at Capitol Hill Baptist Church with Mark Dever. In addition to his books, he's con ...more