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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:

Desiring God - Guilt Evangelism: A Better Reason to Share Your Faith

“Far more of us can become capable and effective evangelists than we realize. Own it up front: you’re not destined to be the next Billy Graham — but you can be used by God to share the good news with a handful of people. Deliberate practice will develop into a gift.”


Got Questions: What does it mean that there is a way that seems right to a man?

What is the difference between our worldly and, possibly, well meaning decisions and that of the Godly discernment of right and wrong.


Got Questions: Got Forgiveness?

Why do we need God’s forgiveness and how do we get it? Why would God offer forgiveness to people? 


Why Is the Gospel Called “Good News”? - Ligonier Ministries

This excerpt from R.C. Sproul explains why and how the Gospel is good news! “God is holy and He is just, and I’m not…the good news of the gospel is that Jesus lived a life of perfect righteousness, of perfect obedience to God, not for His own well being but for His people. He has done for me what I couldn’t possibly do for myself”







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. 


With the Perrys: When Friends Leave the Faith

Friends are like family. Especially friends that have the same faith as you. So it can be devastating when a friend leaves the faith they once represented. On today’s episode, we will be talking about how to deal with it, including how to walk with friends that are “deconstructing”.


Knowing Faith: If God Calls, Why Evangelize?

Kyle Worley is joined by Joe Allen to answer the question: if God calls, why evangelize? 


With the Perrys: When Deconstruction Ends As A Miracle - A Testimony

The Perrys friendship with Caresse has been . . . complicated. She joins them for this episode as they chat about her deconstruction journey, her exploration of queer thelogy/LGBT lifestyle, and how she experienced the transformative power and love of Jesus while on the brink of suicide. This podcast provides some wonderful encouragement for those of us who are close to giving up on the salvation of a loved one—God is working even when we do not see it! 






Recommended Videos:


The Village Church Institute: Sharing Your Faith

“At The Village Church Institute, we believe discipleship can and should happen primarily in the context of the local church. Our goal is to make the Bible and theology accessible to everyone through transformative learning environments within the church. In this forum, Zane Pratt talks about the importance of sharing your faith and shares practical ways to do so by teaching from the book of Romans. For us to grasp the importance of evangelism, we need to understand what’s at stake.”


e3 Partners: Responses to the Gospel: Red, Yellow, Green Light

This is a quick video about 4 basic responses to the Gospel. When reaching out to others, they may be ready, want to know more, or not interested in the Gospel message.


The Human Condition You Can't Escape (No Matter Where You Live)

This Bible Project video explains what it means to experience “exile” because of humanities failures and the longing for a true and better home; a new, redeemed, and transformed creation.


David Platt: How Do We Respond to the Gospel?

“What does it look like to be involved in others accepting Christ? For others to accept Christ, we must call out those around us to truly repent and believe. This gospel work is only possible through the Spirit of God prompting hearts. In this sermon, Pastor David Platt explains the work of the gospel in new believers’ hearts.” 



Recommended Sermons:


Matt Chandler: The Depth of the Gospel

“You can grow up in church your entire life and never truly hear the gospel because receiving it and being transformed by its power requires God to move. In this sermon, Matt Chandler unpacks the true Gospel and our common responses to it.” 


R.C. Sproul: The Parable of the Sower (Luke 8)

“When Jesus spoke in parables, some of His hearers gained insights into the kingdom of God while other listeners were left in confusion. In this sermon, R.C. Sproul continues his exposition of Luke’s gospel and reveals the important reason why Christ taught in this way.”





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!


North American Mission Board - Evangelism Resources

This resource is a gold-mine of options and helpful tools if you are looking to get serious about sharing your faith. In addition to all of their 3 Circles materials, it also includes: evangelism training sessions, online courses, starter kits, children’s resources, student and adult devotionals, sermons, and more! 


Songs:


“This is the Gospel” song by Elevation Rhythm

“Should’ve Been Me” song by Citizen Way


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