God has a Wonderful Plan for Your Life by Ray Comfort
Comfort, Ray. God has a Wonderful Plan for Your Life: The Myth of the Modern Message. Bellflower: Living Water Publications, 2010. 128 pp. $8.99. Purchase at Amazon for much less.
Ray Comfort has, graciously, become a very familiar name here at Christian Book Notes. We recently hosted a “Living Waters Week” featuring a few reviews and one interview with Ray. You can read all of those and more here. This particular work, God has a Wonderful Plan for Your Life is, in my estimation, a foundational work for the ministry of Living Waters. All of Ray’s teachings revolve around the issue presented in this book.
The book is small at only 128 pages. When you see that it is divided into eight chapters and has a forward and appendix along with endnotes and recommended resources, you quickly realize that this a very fast read. Beginning in chapter one, Comfort shows that the problem with biblical evangelism versus many modern methods is that biblical evangelism does not lead to the phenomenal growth so many pastors and congregations deem as a successful ministry. Chapter two and three further explore the sad realities of offering Jesus as a fix-all to our problems. Chapter four is pivotal in that Comfort now shifts the reader’s attention to what needs to be explained to those in need of the gospel (and that is all of us).
The work concludes with chapters titled “making grace amazing” and “what did Jesus do?” From chapter four through chapter eight the reader will be introduced to a proper understanding of biblical evangelism according to Christ. The appendix is dedicated to those who evangelize using the Four Spiritual Laws of Campus Crusade. Here, Comfort does critique the methodology while affirming the heart behind men like Dr. Bill Bright and others within the organization.
First, this book has automatically moved to the top of my list insofar as book covers are concerned. The title and the picture are so disturbing and thought provoking that for once, you can judge a book by the cover. When you are called to follow Christ, you are called to die. We seem to forget that in our evangelism.
While there have been a number of books penned recently dealing with the shallow depth of much evangelism today, I cannot recall one that has so well explained the problem while also offering a solid, biblical solution without being divisive among conservatives. There has been much written about losing children to the world as they grow older or the dwindling numbers found in most congregations or churches that are just no longer vibrant. I believe Ray Comfort has thrown an atomic bomb in the midst of all church goers as to why it appears that people are no longer interested in the faith. The reality is, our churches are dying because so many “members” are unconverted.
Comfort shows from Scripture why so many methods are bankrupt of true conversions (though God does bless even the poorest evangelism as I am a testimony to). He also shows, from the lips of Jesus Christ, the manner in which He proclaimed the Kingdom. Why not seek to be more like Christ in our evangelism? That is not to say that it is the only method of evangelism. What one cannot say is that it is not biblical even if it does not bring in a record number of converts.
Be careful reading this book. You may discover and begin to question your own faith. That is a good thing as assurance is not guaranteed though is promised to those who fight the fight of faith. Ray Comfort’s book, God Has a Wonderful Plan for Your Life needs to be must reading for all believers. To that end, you can get one single copy of God has a Wonderful Plan for Your Life for free. You can also order the books in bulk for $1 each. I highly recommend doing one or both. This is a book you will give away over and over. I promise.