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Tell the Truth: The Whole Gospel Wholly by Grace Communicated Truthfully & Lovingly (4th Edition) (Metzger)

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"Picture a gigantic cruise ship filled with happy people.

"It's the S.S. Evangelical Gospel. In the midst of their fun and excitement, passengers have not noticed holes in the ship's side under the water line. Well-meaning leaders are attempting to plug these holes with new methods, technology, social activism and cultural savvy. All these are important, yet the structure of the ship remains compromised by years of neglect." 

In this thoroughly revised fourth edition of the now classic Tell the Truth, Will Metzger reinstates the truth framework necessary for the survival of evangelicalism. Biblical illiteracy among evangelicals is on the rise. Theological discernment between truth and error is increasingly elusive. We need to be recalibrated not to the changing times but to the changeless gospel.

As useful as it is passionate, Tell the Truth will refocus and re-energize a whole new generation to communicate the whole gospel, wholly by grace, truthfully and lovingly.

Includes a study guide and new training materials for personal witnessing!

Table of Contents:

Preface: What Is the Biblical Model for Evangelism
The Doctrine Is the Drama
--The situation Diagnosed
--The Scripture Consulted
--Doctrine: Concise Statements of the Pieces of Truth in the Divine Drama of Scripture
--The Downfall and Recovery of the Doctor: An Allegory
Content of Our Message

1. Evangelism as Planting and Watering
      What Is Evangelism?
      The Difference Between the Gospel and Our Testimony
      Distinguishing Our Role from God's Is Crucial
2. Genuine Conversion
--Mere Profession or Real Possession?
--Misleading Partial Responses by the Mind, Emotions, Will
--Summary: The Holy Spirit Touches the Whole Person
3. The Gospel Reduced
      Packaging the Gospel
      Whole Gospel/Shrunken Gospel
--You're a Beautiful Person
      Is the Gospel Really Being Compromised?
      Truth: The Measuring Stick of Evangelism
4. The Gospel Recovered
      Gospel Grammar: The Five Primary Points of the Gospel
      Gospel Telling: "Come Home" Diagram
PART TWO: WHOLLY BY GRACE The Foundation for Evangelism
5. Grace Is Only For The Powerless
      Salvation Is Impossible for Nice People
      Three Myths That Obscure Grace
--Unable Yet Responsible
6. God Is Grace-Full
      Grace Makes Salvation Possible
      Our Re-creating God
7. Sovereign, Saving Grace
      Two Friends: God's Sovereignty and Our Responsibility
      Not Free Will but a Freed Will
      Why God Chooses to Love Us
8. Worship: The Whole-Souled Response to Grace
      Motivation for Evangelism: Encountering a Macro-God
      Worship: The Passion for and the Purpose of Evangelism
      Real Converts Really Worship
--God-Centered Evangelists Worship
--Worship: It's All About God
9. Ordinary Christians Can Witness
      Pluralism and the New Definition of Tolerance
      Christ, the Only Way to God
      Reasoning with People
--Speaking to the Conscience
--Our Fears
--Wholesome in Attitudes and Motivation
--Prayer and the Spirit-- Prayer and the Spirit
10. How to Communicate Personally
      No Perfect Methods, but Help for Starting
      Different People, Different Places
      Getting Started
      Conversation Turners
      Conversation with a Direction
      The Uninterested
      Using a Summary of the Gospel
      Bloom Where You Are Planted
      Practical Effects of Grace-Centered Evangelism
      Our Goal: Disciples
      Plans to Obey
APPENDIX 1: Training Materials for Learning God-Centered Evangelism
A. Recommended Books and Websites
B. The Kind of Person God Uses in Evangelism
C. Checkup: How Am I Doing in Telling the Gospel?
D. Preparing Your Testimony
E. Explaining the Doctrine Underlying the Gospel and Evangelism
F. A Theology of Evangelism Methodology (Talk/Sermon)
G. Learning to Say What You Mean
H. Being a Good Listener
I. Asking Good Questions
J. Friendship Evangelism
K. Language Barriers
L. Four Role Plays for Learning to Witness
M. Evaluating the Content of a Gospel Presentation
N. Questions Non-Christian Ask
O. Guidelines for Organizing Contact Evangelism
P. Spiritual Interest Questionnaire
Q. Telling the Gospel Through Stories
R. God's Test for Everyone: Measure Yourself by God's Law
S. Exposing Heart Attitudes
T. Code of Ethics for Christian Integrity in Witnessing
U. Schedule for a God-Centered Evangelism Training Seminar Weekend
APPENDIX 2: Learning the Gospel Diagram "Come Home"
A. Procedures for Learning the "Come Home" Gospel Diagram
B. Come Home: Overview for Memorization
APPENDIX 3: Study Guide
Twelve Sessions for Individuals or Groups


"Christianity is for sharing, and Christians who love their neighbor want to do that persuasively. Pizzazzfree and non manipulative, Metzger's training manual on helping people to care about truth and face the truth about Jesus is first-class of its kind." - J.I. Packer, author, Knowing God

"This book soars with a fresh passion for the supremacy of God in truth-driven evangelism. May God use it to move thousands to make much of Christ among the perishing." - John Piper, founder, Desiring God Ministries, and author, Future Grace


Will Metzger has been a campus minister at the University of Delaware since 1965. His evangelism ministry has taken him to every continent, and he has witnessed to people from varied nationalities both on campus and through a church that he pastored.