A weak gospel foundation leads to fragile missions practices. Understanding both the biblical foundations and biblical missionary practices is essential to joining the everyday mission of God."" "Life on Mission" is a rich but simple guide that will help everyday missionaries (electricians, lawyers, church planters, students, etc.) in the areas of gospel and mission, which will lead to an effective ministry within one's own community. The content is adaptable to any context and can function well as an individual study or within a small group environment. "Life on Mission" not only delivers a robust gospel base with daily mission practices, but is threaded with engaging stories and powerful questions that help indi ... more
For more than 40 years, this classic study has shown Christians how to minister to the people God brings into their lives. This convenient, portable format has an updated look for a new generation of readers.
Author Sarah Lanier explains how cultures around the world can fit into two basic categories and how these categories differ. Whether you are a cross-cultural worker or simply live in a cross-cultural neighborhood, you'll find this book to be a valuableresource for understanding and relating to others from a different "climate".
Health, finance, family, the future - life is full of questions. There are deeper questions, too. Who am I Why am I here? Where am I going? Does life have any purpose? But the ultimate questions are about God. Does he exist? What is he like? Can I know him and experience his power in my life? And if so, how? This booklet tackles these vital questions head-on - and answers them simply, clearly and directly. Read it carefully. It could change your life - for ever. 'John Blanchard masterfully presents the gospel in a thought-provoking introduction followed by 12 straightforward questions with their answers - using more than 100 Scripture verses. The content is superb, the message clear, and the challenge powerful. God is ho ... more
Tired of finding yourself flat-footed and intimidated in conversations? Want to increase your confidence and skill in discussions with family, friends, and coworkers? Gregory Koukl offers practical strategies to help you stay in the driver's seat as you maneuver comfortably and graciously in any conversation about your Christian convictions.
"Few books have had as great an impact on the cause of world evangelization in our generation as Robert Coleman's The Master Plan of Evangelism."--Billy Graham
It all started when Jesus called a few men to follow him and share God's message with their neighbors. We are called to do the same. But evangelism can be difficult--even intimidating. With all the evangelism resources available, where should you turn to find advice on how to share the Good News with others? Robert E. Coleman says the answers aren't found in TV evangelism, easy-evangelism guidebooks, or the latest marketing techniques. Rather, he looks to the Bible, to the ultimate example found in Jesus Christ.
"Unbinding Your Heart" is perfect for a Lenten, summer, or fall study for all established classes and small groups, and new ones formed just for the study. It is a six-week version of "Unbinding the Gospel," with the addition of 40 days of individual prayer exercises coordinated with each chapter. The study is wonderful for everyone in your church from junior high through your most senior seniors It will help individuals risk face-to-face encounters with God. Your entire congregation will begin to pray and talk about their faith, and to risk sharing their faith beyond church walls. See "Unbinding the Gospel: Real Life Evangelism" (the church leaders' guide) and "Unbinding Your Church" (the Pastor's Guide) Important ... more
What if you knew that by simply crossing the room and saying hello to someone, you could change that person's forever? Just a few steps to make an eternal difference. It has nothing to do with methods and everything to do with taking a genuine interest in another human being. All you need is a heart that's in tune with the Holy Spirit and a willingness to venture out of your 'Circle of Comfort' and into another person's life. Just Walk Across the Room brings personal evangelism into the twenty-first century. Building on the solid foundation laid in Becoming a Contagious Christian, Bill Hybels shows how you can participate in the model first set by Jesus, who stepped down from heaven 2,000 years ago to bring hope and rede ... more
"The Insanity of God" is the personal and lifelong journey of an ordinary couple from rural Kentucky who thought they were going on just your ordinary missionary pilgrimage, but discovered it would be anything but. After spending over six hard years doing relief work in Somalia, and experiencing life where it looked like God had turned away completely and He was clueless about the tragedies of life, the couple had a crisis of faith and left Africa asking God, "Does the gospel work anywhere when it is really a hard place? It sure didn't work in Somalia. Nik recalls that, "God had always been so real to me, to Ruth, and to our boys. But was He enough, for the utter weariness of soul I experienced at that time, in that ... more
Steve Rocker, one of the most successful high school basketball coaches in Kentucky's history, is about to enter into the most difficult season of his career. With expectations at an all-time high, his players have lost their will to win and their passion for the game; none of Coach Rocker's tried-and-true motivational methods are working, and he doesn't know why. As the season continues to spiral downward and his home life begins to mirror the problems he's facing on the court, Coach Rocker stumbles upon a most unlikely mentor--Joe Taylor, the school's janitor--who seems to have the answers to all of the coach's problems.
This is the true story of a young American missionary woman courage and triump of faith in the jungles of New Guinea and her four years in a notorious Japanese prison camp. Never to see her husband again, she was forced to sign a confession to a crime she did not commit and face the executioner's sword, only to be miraculously spared.
Combining biblical foundations with real-world application, a pastor and professional songwriter guides worship leaders and pastors to root their corporate worship in unchanging scriptural principles rather than divisive trends.
Nothing is more essential than knowing how to worship the God who created us. This book focuses readers on the essentials of God-honoring worship, combining biblical foundations with practical application in a way that works in the real world. The author, a pastor and noted songwriter, skillfully instructs pastors, musicians, and church leaders so that they can root their congregational worship in unchanging scriptural principles, not divisive cultural trends. Bob Kauflin covers a variety o ... more
Written by church consultant Will Manciniѡn expert on a new kind of visioning process to help churches develop a stunningly unique model of ministry that leads to redemptive movement. He guides churches away from an internal focus to emphasize participation in their community and surrounding culture. In this important book, Mancini offers an approach for rethinking what it means to lead with clarity as a visionary. Mancini explains that each church has a culture that reflects its particular values, thoughts, attitudes, and actions and shows how church leaders can unlock their church's individual DNA and unleash their congregation's one-of-a-kind potential.
If God is in control of everything, can Christians sit back and not bother to evangelize? Or does active evangelism imply that God is not really sovereign at all?J. I. Packer shows in this new edition to the popular IVP Classics how both of these attitudes are false. In a careful review of the biblical evidence, he shows how a right understanding of God's sovereignty is not so much a barrier to evangelism as an incentive and powerful support for it.With over 100,000 copies in print, Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God is truly a classic that should be read by every Christian.
Hostility and hunger that's the response to the message of Jesus. The first is painful, the second is wonderful, and Rico Tice is honest about both.
Short, clear, realistic and humorous, this book will challenge you to be honest in your conversations about Jesus, help you to know how to talk about him, and thrill you that God can and will use ordinary people to change eternal destinies.
Christians are increasingly aware that we live in a post-Christian culture. We recognize the need to adapt, but are unsure of the way forward. This book offers practical ideas for engaging with secularized society and does so in a way that is enfranchising, helping churches rely on their members instead of one leader with a dynamic personality or specialist skills. Chester and Timmis contend that the solution is an "everyday church" doing everyday mission with no signage except our lives. They organize the book around a missional reading of 1 Peter, since Peter's first-century readers faced a similar situation as aliens and strangers. Gifted communicators and experienced pastors, these authors have proven their abilit ... more
Duane Elmer asked people around the world how they felt about Western missionaries. The response? "Missionaries could be more effective if they did not think they were better than us."
The last thing we want to do in cross-cultural ministry is to offend people in other cultures. Unfortunately, all too often and even though we don't mean it, our actions communicate superiority, paternalism, imperialism and arrogance. Our best intentions become unintentional insults. How can we minister in ways that are received as true Christlike service?
Cross-cultural specialist Duane Elmer gives Christians practical advice for serving other cultures with sensitivity and humility. With careful biblical exposition and keen cr ... more
Christians often struggle to know where to start when it comes to telling others about God, Jesus, sin, and salvation. In this short book, J. Mack Stiles challenges us to view evangelism as something we do together instead of something we do alone, helping churches cultivate a culture of evangelism that goes beyond simply creating new programs or adopting the latest method. The seventh volume in the 9Marks: Building Healthy Churches series, this book will help Christians joyfully embrace evangelism as a way of life as it equips them to share their faith with those who don't yet know Jesus.
More than one million people participate in short-term mission projects outside of North America every year--and millions more are involved in domestic cross-cultural missions right here at home. This is encouraging news. But the work is not done. There are weaknesses in our approach and practice. And these volunteers need resources to help them prepare for effective cross-cultural engagement. "Serving with Eyes Wide Open" helps Christians understand the changing face of Christianity and how that affects short-term missions. In three parts, author David A. Livermore will take a broad look at what the twenty-first-century church is doing on the mission field, the assumptions people make about Christianity, and what it ... more
You want to lead others to Jesus, but how do you witness in a culture disconnected from basic Christian principles? Trusted authors David and Norman Geisler reveal how evangelism today isn't about laying out the truth and leading someone to walk in it--it's about forming a relationship and connecting with twenty-first century seekers.
If the idea of more dialogue and less dogma leaves you at a loss for words, this guide will give you the confidence and skills you need to share the gospel in a relational, personal way as you
ask questions, listen attentively, and understand what someone believes
identify the barriers to belief so you can build bridges to truth
Bestselling author Joel Osteen offers practical insight and encouragement for a new beginning with God--essentials about who He is, who we are, and how with Him we can fulfill our destiny. God loves to give people fresh starts. He wants everyone to see His blessings in new ways so we can reach our full potential and achieve extraordinary levels of success. In this truly one-of-a-kind guide, Joel Osteen encourages growing Christians with a "How to Study the Bible" and "Bible Promises" feature to help everyone find the courage to start over and live their best lives now. In FRESH START, readers learn what it takes to rise to a new level of honor, a new level of influence, and a new level of favor.
Has the God who prepared the gospel for all people groups also prepared all people groups for the gospel? Don Richardson, author of the bestselling book "Peace Child," has studied cultures throughout the world and found startling evidence of belief in the one true God within hundreds of them. In "Eternity in Their Hearts," Richardson gives fascinating, real-life examples of ways people groups have exhibited terms and concepts in their histories that have prepared them for the gospel. Read how Pachacuti, the Inca king who founded Machu Picchu, the majestic fortress in Peru, accomplished something far more significant than merely building fortresses, temples, or monuments. He sought, reached out, and found a God far gr ... more
In an age when Christians are often more fearful and suspicious of Muslims than warm and relational, A Muslima (TM)s Heart will help you understand Muslim culture and how to share Christ within the context. A practical, quick-to-read guide, this book is ideal for those befriending Muslims at home and abroad.
" When Helping Hurts" is a paradigm-forming contemporary classic on the subject of poverty alleviation and has sold over 225,000 copies. Now, this stand-alone resource applies the principles of "helping without hurting" specifically to short term missions. "When Helping Hurts: Short Term Missions" is aimed at the preparation and debriefing of short-term missionaries. It will take the fully-formed ideas of "When Helping Hurts" and apply them to short-term missions with theory, application, examples, and reader interaction through questions and journaling. It will be an ideal resource for churches, Christian colleges, missions agencies, and missionaries to use in preparing people to serve in a short term capacity ... more