As you begin the new year, included below are excellent resources to equip you as disciple and as you learn more about how to share your faith with others and equip others to do the same.
- Follow Me: A Call to Die. A Call to Live. by David Platt - David's forthcoming book will be released February 5, and it explores what it truly means to be a Christ-follower. This book also has an accompanying video-driven study.
- Multiply by Francis Chan - If you are discipling someone or simply want to grow in your understanding of discipleship, this resource can greatly aid you in the process, and it can either be purchased or downloaded for free.
- Evangelism: A Biblical Response to Today's Questions by J.D. Payne - I am currently reading this book by our own Pastor of Church Multiplication, and in it, he uses a fictitious mentoring conversation between two men to answer commonly asked questions about the faith such as: whether conversion happens at one moment in time or is a process, what election is, what happens to those who never hear the gospel, and the best way to witness to family members and close friends.
- Why Do You Believe That? by Mary Jo Sharp - This DVD/workbook study helps believers to better understand the faith and equips them to clearly communicate to others what they believe.
- Real Life Discipleship by Jim Putnam - This book defines what a disciple is, identifies three simple keys to Jesus' success as a disciple-maker, and describes five stages of a disciple's growth and how to help someone from one stage to the next. Our Adult Local Disciple-Making Team read through this book in the fall and found it to contain practical, simple, and clear truths about disciple-making that are easily applied. We encourage you to pick up this book and to learn more about disciple-making.
- Gospel Coach: Shepherding Leaders Who Glorify God by Scott Thomas & Tom Wood - If you disciple disciple-makers, this book presents shepherding principles based on Scripture that can help you as you lead leaders.
- The Master Plan of Evangelism by Robert Coleman - The Master Plan of Evangelism stands as a foundational book on discipleship. In it, Coleman examines the life of Christ and gleans eight principles from how Jesus made disciples: selection, association, consecration, impartation, demonstration, delegation, supervision, and reproduction. Christ's strategy can be applied by all believers as they make disciples in their own sphere of influence, and Coleman challenges believers to focus in on a few people and prioritize investing in them for the sake of the masses to know Christ.
- 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess by Jen Hatmaker - I read this book soon after its release last spring, and it challenged me to think through the choices I make with regard to money, possessions, food, media, and clothes. Having been at Brook Hills through the Radical process and trying to figure out how to apply biblical principles to my everyday life, this book aided me in thinking through the practical details of what this can look like. This isn't a Bible study but an insight into another believer's journey as she seeks to alter her lifestyle for the sake of the Kingdom. LifeWay recently released a DVD/workbook series to help others think through how to stage their own mutiny against excess.