Robert E. Coleman's bestselling The Master Plan of Evangelism ranks with J. I. Packer's modern day classic Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God as one of the most important books ever written on the practice of evangelism and missions. Yet, while Packer's work tended to focus on one theological question about evangelism, Coleman's work (Master Plan) set out a map and strategy for evangelizing.
While Coleman's The Master Plan of Evangelism remains a powerfully relevant book, it has become clear that a broad and accessible theological supplement supporting its contents is necessary given our current context. Thus, in The Heart of the Gospel Coleman sets down in systematic fashion the theology that underwrites the principles provided in his earlier work..
His purpose is to ground and inform our practice within Scripture as a whole, and to show that mission and evangelism are part of God's plan within the Bible and throughout history...indeed that they are the very heart of the Gospel.
Each chapter in The Heart of the Gospelcovers a major biblical doctrine, explains its various evangelical interpretations, treats misconceptions adversely affecting evangelism, and offers practical applications of the doctrine. Based on decades of classroom teaching at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, this comprehensive work is aimed at ministry professionals, clergy, missionaries, and all Christian readers interested in evangelism and outreach.