Book Critique 1 The Master Plan of Eva

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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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Jesus required that his followers obey him. He required from His disciples single-minded dedication. This dedication was manifested by their obedience to Him. The strength of the principle of consecration is that all who are not sincerely dedicated are weeded out. The principle of consecration demands full commitment. Dr. Coleman gives several illustrations of men who could have been disciples of Jesus, but were stalled because of their own selfishness.9 The principle of consecration could be considered weak by spiritually superficial people because it excludes people from following who are not quite ready for full commitment. They may be ready tomorrow, but not today, not at the time of the call. Spiritually superficial people would complain that the requirement of an immediate decision and follow through is “unfair”. Jesus’ response to such was not to beg them to follow Him. He was interested in those who had leadership potential, those who were willing to count the cost and pay the price, today. Jesus clearly spoke to the multitude to let them know that the cost of being His disciple was high. He said, “If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes and his own life also he cannot be my disciple. And whoever does not bear his cross and come after me cannot be my disciple.”10 Consecration is a process that begins with a disciple voluntarily laying
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