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
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
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
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
The author has called us to a clearer presentation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the cost of dis ...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
I'd recommend it for new Christians seeking to grapple with their newfound faith and long time Christians who don't seem to understand that their faith in Jesus necessarily entails change in their faith ...more
In a Church culture that promotes decisions, Lawrence lays out what it means to be a disciple, and one does not necessarily lead to the other.
Every church member needs this book.
Loved the theological overview but really needed the practical “feet on the ground” application of this theology.
My eyes are now opened and considering how to slow down and walk alongside others more intentionally
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