A clear and vigorous challenge to preachers and laymen to remain persistent in sharing the gospel with unsaved people. The book is split in two parts:
1. The promise of duty. How does Christ make men 'fishers of men'? Why are unconverted men compared to fish under water? In what ways are ministers fishers by office?
2. How may I come by this art? What following Christ supposes and implies? In which way is Christ to be followed?
This is a classic explanation of the Puritan approach to evangelism that is also an encouragement for anyone explaining the gospel to someone else.
Table of Contents:
Part One: The Promise and the Duty
1. How Does Christ Make Men Fishers of Men
2. But Why are Unconverted Men Compared to Fish in the Water?
3. Ministers are Fishers by Office
Part Two: How May I Come by This Art?
1. What Following Christ Supposes and Implies
2. Wherein Is Christ to be Followed?
Thomas Boston (1676–1732) was a Scottish church leader. He was educated at Edinburgh, and licensed in 1697 by the presbytery of Chirnside. In 1699 he became minister of the small parish of Simprin, where there were only 90 examinable persons. His autobiography is a record of Scottish life, with humorous touches, intentional and otherwise. His books, The Fourfold State, The Crook in the Lot, and his Body of Divinity and Miscellanies, had a powerful influence over the Scottish peasantry.
"The 'scribble,' [as Boston called it] was published in 1773. Since then it has been hailed by evangelicals as a masterpiece on ministry... The idea of a beginning preacher of 22 producing a spiritual masterpiece is startling, no doubt, but Boston was an unusual man." - J. I. Packer ~ Board of Governors' Professor of Theology, Regent College, Vancouver, Canada