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No Experience Necessary

Fulfilling the gospel commission is easier than you think

BY Karl Haffner

When it comes to spiritual gifts, where would the gift of “evangelism” fall on your list of the ones most desired? Are you one of those eager evangelists who just can’t wait to hit the streets, knock on doors, or shout it from the rooftop when it comes to sharing your faith? Or are you like the remaining ninety five percent of us who cringe at the thought of intentionally witnessing?

Author Karl Haffner believes that the declining witness of the average church member is cause for concern, and he addresses this issue by going back to the gospel commission and recasting it for twenty first century Adventists. Haffner admits evangelism has not always been on the top of his list either, but he is eager to help each of us—young or old—to understand how to reach people for Jesus.

Using stories—both personal and biblical—Haffner demonstrates that God can use even the most timid among us to bring His children home. Yes, He can use you and every evangelistic misfit out there to carry out His mandate: “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 28:19, NIV). So take heart, come on board, and explore Scripture to discover how God has uniquely gifted every one of us to accomplish what matters most to Him: reaching His kids for the kingdom.

As Christ-followers, sharing the good news is a privilege we all share. You can use your unique gifts, talents, and resources to change the world in Jesus’ name. So what are you waiting for? Let’s go!


Publisher: Pacific Press

ISBN: 9780816363698

Format: Paperback

Qty on Hand: 6 In Stock

Pages: 128

Customer Reviews

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Karl Haffner begins No Experience Necessary with a confession many of us can identify with: that even as a pastor, evangelism seems to rank at the bottom of any list of his spiritual gifts and “Yup, I’ve carried a lot of guilt over this.” But he is also quick to point out that God never intended “to relegate evangelism to a few professionals who own pricey projectors.”
No Experience Necessary goes on to address some of the common objections and discomforts surrounding evangelism, then examines four case studies of biblical evangelists demonstrating the variety of people and methods God can use in His mission (spoiler: “God can use me, and you, and every evangelistic misfi t out there to carry out His mandate”). And the book rounds out by exploring a selection of Jesus’ kingdom parables that again show the various and inclusive ways in which His kingdom works in our world and in people’s lives.
Haffner urges that a broader understanding of evangelism— allowing God and His love to work through us—means that we can all fi nd a place in the mission of God, using who we are with our skills, interests and resources to connect others with God and His love for them. His study is particularly effective in bringing the topic back to biblical examples and models.
At the end of each short chapter, there is a page of questions that would work well for small-group discussion or personal refl ection and application.
No Experience Necessary employs Haffner’s light and engaging style of communicating to explore a sometimes heavy and guilt-inducing topic with fresh energy and inspiration. The simplicity in his approach reminds us that evangelism as it should be is necessary, possible and even natural. And while it might not always be easy, it will be joyful and ultimately rewarding.
—Nathan Brown, Book Editor, Signs Publishing

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