Follow | Week: 1

Resource Topics:

Please explore the following resources that our Resource Team curated. We think they will help you as you dive deeper into the topics discussed in our sermon series Follow.

Recommended Books:

Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God by J.I. Packer

“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 how a right understanding of God's sovereignty is not so much a barrier to evangelism as an incentive and powerful support for it.”

Something Needs to Change by David Platt

“In Something Needs to Change, Platt invites readers to come along on both the adventure of the trek, as well as the adventure of seeking answers to tough questions like, "Where is God in the middle of suffering?" "What makes my religion any better than someone else's religion?" and "What do I believe about eternal suffering?" Platt has crafted an irresistible message about what it means to give your life for the gospel--to finally stop talking about faith and truly start living it.”

Sharing Jesus Without Freaking Out by Scott Hildreth

“The goal of the book is simply to show what evangelism looks like when it’s part of ordinary, everyday conversations. Sharing Jesus with others isn't a mystery, and it can be as natural as working a job, practicing a favorite hobby, or engaging in any other kind of daily activity. The authors show how anyone can make sharing the gospel a commonplace part of their lifestyle. Without all the freaking out part.” 

Recommended Articles:

Gospel Coalition - What I Had Wrong About Evangelism

“We don’t have to know all the answers. We don’t have to be extroverts or have seminary training. Instead, we can know with confidence that God sends us into the lives of others around us. We can wake up with the joyful expectation that God will use us to seek and save the lost as part of our identity in Christ.”

Gospel Coalition - 3 Reasons We Avoid Evangelism

“It’s not easy to initiate gospel conversations in a secular age. Perhaps unhurried interactions in your life are rare, or the relational vibe isn’t conducive to serious moments, or we fall into conversational ruts that make the thought of going there seem painfully awkward.But what if the reasons for our silence go deeper?” 

Desiring God - Hi, I'm a Christian: Simple Strategies for Better Evangelism
“To grow in faithful evangelism this year, we don’t necessarily need to attend more seminars or master complex techniques. In my experience, these three simple goals — pray more intentionally, seek to be present, and speak as a Christian — can help us make progress.”

Ligonier Ministries - 5 Things You Should Know About Evangelism

“Evangelism is part of the life and purpose of the church and of every Christian. A church that does not evangelize is not a true church. This may seem to be a hard statement, but it is true. The church is to make disciples, and discipleship begins with evangelism”

Recommended Podcasts:

Warehouse Podcast

Welcome to The Warehouse! Has a Sunday sermon ever left you running to Google with new theological questions? Have you ever wished that you could peer behind the curtain to see how the message comes together? That’s where we come in! Here at Cornerstone Church, we spend hours every week talking about the Bible. This is the place to learn about Scripture, dive into its context, and study the Bible’s cultural background. Come to the Warehouse–where we’ll extend the stuff you learn from the stage.

Ask Pastor John - Overcoming Fear and Passivity in Evangelism

“This is the story of one man’s attempt to win another man to Christ — a story of two neighbors. And it’s a story that will challenge us to consider the all-important question behind our evangelism: What is Jesus worth to me? Your answer to that question becomes your sharable testimony. It’s what you offer others as you seek to win them to Christ.”

With the Perrys - How to Give the Gospel (Part 1)

“In our communication of the gospel message, many of us overemphasize the fall, leading the conversation by starting with our sin. We inherited sin, but we were not created to be sinful. It is wiser for us to begin the gospel conversation by communicating the nature of God – “God is good.” Join Jackie and Preston for Part 1 of a conversation on engaging those around us with the gospel, and being anchored in love as we do so.”

With the Perrys - How to Give the Gospel (Part 2)
“Why is it important we address sin when presenting the gospel? Because people need to know what stands in the way of their relationship with God… but how we communicate really matters. In this episode, Jackie and Preston take a look at 2 Timothy 2, which discusses character traits necessary when addressing sin. We can’t do it in our flesh. It requires dependence on the Holy Spirit.”

Let's Talk: Sharing Your Faith

“In this first episode of Let’s Talk, a podcast for women from The Gospel Coalition podcast network, hosts Jackie Hill Perry, Melissa Kruger, and Jasmine Holmes tell their own stories of coming to faith in Christ. They also branch out from their own stories to talk more generally about how we should think about, pray about, and go about sharing our faith with those who don't know Christ.”

Recommended Videos:

The Gospel Coalition - Effective Methods of Evangelism

“Pastors Thomas Terry and Joshua Ryan Butler share how their churches are reaching people who are far from Christ.”

Tim Keller - Evangelism in the 21st Century
“Tim Keller, founder and senior pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, talks about evangelism and contextualizing the gospel for the 21st century city.”

Recommended Sermons:

David Platt - Sharing Your Faith Without Fear

“In this sermon based on Acts 18: 1–17, David Platt encourages us to share the gospel without fear. Even though opposition is inevitable, God’s power and His mission are unstoppable.”

Matt Chandler - Gospel Simplicity: This is the Gospel

“The gospel is both simple enough for a child to understand yet complex enough to never discover its full depth. Each of us is called to share the gospel within our everyday, relational circles. We don’t need to have every answer ready in order to do so; we just need to be willing to let the Holy Spirit work.” 

Other Recommended Resources:

North American Mission Board - 3 Circles

The 3 Circles gospel sharing method is a simple tool that anyone can learn and easily train others to use as well! This resource includes a “How To” guide for the method, a link to download the free “Life on Mission” app, (which includes strategies for how to use the 3 Circles), videos of people using this tool for evangelism, and downloadable conversation guides. This method is excellent for both students and adults!