RESOURCES ON WORSHIP
Are we doing church the way the Bible instructs us? Are we supposed to gather in a building once a week to sing a few songs and hear someone else talk about God? Are we really supposed to take Communion facing forward in silence, eating dry wafers and drinking wine from tiny plastic cups? Is that the church Jesus ask His followers to create?
Gospel Shaped Worship is a seven-week whole-church resource that explores what it means for a church to be a worshiping community.
The life of faith is difficult because God sometimes seems far off, but is he really? The Campaign for Core Christianity provides learning resources that reveal God through his word. Along the way, we’ll discover how our life story only makes sense in God’s story.
RESOURCES ON LIVING IN COMMUNITY
In Total Church, Chester and Timmis first outline the biblical case for making gospel and community central and then apply this dual focus to evangelism, social involvement, church planting, world missions, discipleship, pastoral care, spirituality, theology, apologetics, youth and children’s work. As this insightful book calls the body of Christ to rethink its perspective and practice of the church, it charts a middle path between the emerging church movement and conservative evangelicalism that all believers will find helpful.
As followers of Christ, we are recipients of a new covenant. He has bought us with His blood and sealed our salvation for all of eternity. As a result of each of us being in Christ, we are also members of a new community. In a very real sense, we belong to each other. The covenant that unites us to God also unites us to one another. This separates the church—the body of Christ—from any other institution, organization, club, or relationship that we might have. We literally have an eternal bond with one another. In God’s covenant with us, He has designed a covenant community that will display His character to a watching world.
We live in an increasingly post-Christian culture. More and more we find ourselves on the margins as less and less people have any intention of ever attending church. What used to work doesn’t work anymore and we need to adapt.
Helping us to see the way forward, this book offers practical ideas and personal stories for engaging with Western society. Find out how to effectively reach people in the context of everyday life and take hold of the opportunity to develop missional communities focused on Jesus.
Many Christians have unwittingly embraced the idea that “church” is a once-a-week event rather than a community of Spirit-empowered people; that “ministry” is what pastors do on Sundays rather than the 24/7 calling of all believers; and that “discipleship” is a program rather than the normal state of every follower of Jesus.
Drawing on his experience as a pastor and church planter, Jeff Vanderstelt wants us to see that there’s more—much more—to the Christian life than sitting in a pew once a week. God has called his people to something bigger: a view of the Christian life that encompasses the ordinary, the extraordinary, and everything in between.
Packed full of biblical teaching, compelling stories, and real-world advice, this book will remind you that Jesus is filling the world with his presence through the everyday lives of everyday people…
People just like you.
God built us for relationships. They supply the most joy we experience, but also the most heartache. Whether you are single or married, whether you consider friendships or romances, you understand the potential intensity and conflict of relationships. How do you live a life full of relationships that honor God and encourage you in our faith?
J.D. Greear, the lead pastor at The Summit Church in Raleigh, North Carolina, teaches this six session in Ephesians 5 on the theme of building gospel-centered relationships. This passage focuses on marriage, but the lessons apply to all of us. Our first love is Jesus, and all other loves should be enhanced by, and secondary to, our love for him.
At Christ Community Church we believe that learning and growing happen best in the community. This page contains a set of questions that you can apply to any book or study. Use these questions as a guide to unpack together the material you have read independently.
RESOURCES ON MISSIONS
A Field Guide for Everyday Mission answers these and more for individuals, churches, groups, and organizations. Each day’s reading includes an immediately practicable biblical principle and a few ways to help you live it out. By the end of Day 30, you’ll have 101 different ways to demonstrate the gospel. With stories from Steve Timmis, Jeff Vanderstelt, Mark DeYmaz, Mary DeMuth, Rick McKinley, and Lance Ford, pastors and practitioners Ben Connelly and Bob Roberts Jr. have created a tool for anyone ready to jump into the grace-filled mess of everyday mission.
Multiply exists to serve local churches by encouraging and equipping disciples who make disciples in all nations. We do this by providing biblical resources and hosting gatherings that prepare followers of Christ to go, baptize people, and teach them to obey everything Jesus commanded – including the call to make disciples.
Let the Nations Be Glad! has become a modern missions classic. A trusted resource for thousands of missionaries, pastors, church leaders, and laypeople, it provides a biblical basis for missions and worship. This third edition has been expanded to include timely new material on the prosperity gospel.