Now a modern classic, Michael Green's Evangelism in the Early Church
provides a comprehensive look at the ways the first Christians -- from the New Testament period up until the middle of the third century -- worked to spread the good news to the rest of the world.
In describing life in the early church, Green explores crucial aspects of the evangelistic task that have direct relevance for similar work today, including methods, motives, and strategies. He assesses the strengths and weaknesses of the evangelistic approaches used by the earliest Christians, and he also considers the obstacles to evangelism, using outreach to Gentiles and to Jews as examples of differing contexts for proclamation. Carefully researched and frequently quoting primary sources from the early church, this book will both show contemporary readers what can be learned from the past and help renew their own evangelistic vision.
"This fascinating book will be read with profit all around the world. . . It should be on every preacher's desk and go abroad with every missionary. It will furnish abundant illustrations for sermons and give biblical and theoretical depth to the greatly needed and currently spreading stress on evangelism and church growth."
"This book should be studied carefully by every Christian who is concerned about our lack of evangelistic power today."
"Vivid historical imagination and literary verve characterize Green's handling of a multitude of scholarly details. . . A capable and broadly based historical study of a subject that obviously has the greatest degree of relevance for the survival of the church today."
"It's rare to find an author who, like this one, can state his purposes clearly and then accomplish them with equal clarity. . . Evangelism in the Early Church is meaty as well as lively and interesting."
Catholic Biblical Quarterly
"Green's book is a good contribution because it is readable, comprehensive but disciplined in scope, and because it makes extensive and representative use of primary sources."
"A stimulating and insightful book on evangelism."
"Green has provided an excellent treatment of his subject, scholarly and impassioned. . . Scholars will value this book, and those who are not will find it repays the effort invested."
"Michael Green has made an immense contribution to our knowledge of evangelism. . . It has given me great personal encouragement."