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Christ Centered Preaching: Redeeming the Expository Sermon – Bryan Chappell
Chappell shares not only a great vision of the importance and power of biblical, Christ-centered expository preaching, but he also gives you the nuts and bolts to do it yourself.
“A sermon is an explanation of the continuing truth principles evident in the Bible that indicate how contemporary persons should respond to a mutual condition we share with those who were the original subjects or recipients of the text in light of God’s response to or provision for their situation.”
Nine Marks of a Healthy Church – Mark Dever
Dever explores 9 biblical marks that separate healthy churches from spiritually sick ones including expositional preaching, biblical theology, biblical church membership and church discipline.
“Simply put, we need churches that are self-consciously distinct from the culture. We need churches in which the key indicator of success is not evident results but persevering biblical faithfulness. We need churches that help us recover those aspects of Christianity that are distinct from the world, and that unite us.”
Worship Matters: Leading Others to Encounter the Greatness of God – Bob Kauflin
Bob takes us to the core of what worship truly is and moves out from that core to its implications for pastors, churches, worship leaders, and Christians.
“Worship matters. It matters to God because He is the One ultimately worthy of all worship. It matters to us because worshiping God is the reason for which we were created. And it matters to every worship leader, because we have no greater privilege than leading others to encounter the greatness of God. That’s why it is so important to think carefully about what we do and why we do it.”
As You Go: Creating a Missional Culture of Gospel-Centered Students – Alvin Reid
Students today need and want more than a moral code and a party. Reid tells us what they need and want is the whole gospel and to be part of the mission to take that gospel to the world. A great starting point for creating a culture of gospel and mission in your student ministry.
“We have taken the good news of the gospel off the headlines of our ministries where it should always be, and we have put it in the advice column part of our youth groups. We pull the gospel out to give advice rather than showing students how Jesus is the hero of all of Scripture, all of life, all the parts of their lives, and showing them how the gospel makes sense of everything.”
Dangerous Calling: Confronting the Unique Challenges of Pastoral Ministry – Paul David Tripp
Tripp examines the unique dangers facing those in pastoral ministry and the unhealthy culture that often grows up around them. Combining years of counseling experience with keen biblical insight, Tripp provides us with one of the most important resources for those in ministry.
“Remember again that the ministry you are doing is never just shaped by your gifts, knowledge, skill and experience. It is always also shaped by the true condition of your heart. This is why it is important to acknowledge that local church ministry is one big glory war. In every situation, location, and relationship of your ministry there is a war going on for what glory will magnetize your heart and, therefore, shape your ministry.”
reThink: Decide for Yourself, Is Student Ministry Working? – Steve Wright with Chris Graves
Current trends in student ministry show something is wrong. In reThink, Steve and Chris call student ministers to be honest about their struggles and to align their ministries with a biblical framework.
“Our goal as student pastors isn’t to simply help students get through the pitfalls of high school, although that is part of the assignment. Our biblical commission is to build disciples of Christ.”