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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: How the Whole Church Speaks of Jesus (Building Healthy Churches) by J. Mack Stiles

“Every few years, churches jump into the latest evangelistic fad. Leaders administrate the new program, and members go on a raid. But picture a church where evangelism is simply part of the culture. Leaders share their faith consistently and openly. Members follow, encouraging one another to make evangelism an ongoing way of life. Such is the way of evangelism presented by this brief and compelling book. No program here. Instead, it just might give your church a new way to live and share the gospel together.”


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:

Biblical Evangelism: An Essay by Richard Coekin

Evangelism is proclaiming the Gospel – the good news about Jesus Christ which is God’s power to save all who believe it and turn from sin to follow him.


Gospel Coalition: Discipleship & the Idols of Family & Culture

“Whatever the case may be, as disciples of Christ we are challenged to give him our ultimate allegiance, no matter our cultural background or social location”


Desiring God: If You Don't Hate Your Father, You Cannot Be My Disciple

“Whatever you do, don’t domesticate the radical teachings of Jesus. If they make you uncomfortable, let them do their work. They are designed to create real disciples who are ready to lose all to gain Christ.”


Gospel Coalition: Does Jesus Really Want Me to Hate My Family?
“We may be scandalized by the “hate” speech, but I suspect in stumbling over Jesus’s plain talk, we can miss the real scandal of this text: There will be rivals warring for supremacy over the throne of our hearts, but our love for King Jesus must defeat every one.”


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 - Following Christ is Costly--But How Do You Count the Cost?

“...we must count the cost in order to be a disciple. The cost is total in principle and may be total in actual experience. In the end, having Jesus means gain, like Paul says: “I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord” (Philippians 3:8).”


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.”


Recommended Videos:


David Platt: Risk it All for Christian Mission

“God has called all Christians for mission. There are still billions of lost people who have not yet heard the gospel of Jesus Christ. This inspirational video, features a clip from a sermon by David Platt, challenging us to risk it all for Christian mission.”


Ask Pastor John: Is the Great Commission for Every Individual Christian?

“So how will the nations and peoples be reached? By means of believers opening their mouths and telling the good news deposited by the apostles in the New Testament concerning the gospel of Jesus. And who are those cross-cultural emissaries? Who are they? Individuals.”


Francis Chan on Luke 14

An 11 minute clip on seriously counting the cost of following Jesus and the need to tell people what it really is so people are not surprised by the reality of how hard things can be when we are saved.


The Importance of Discipleship

This is a good 9 minute video with Paul Washer on the need for one-on-one discipleship in our lives even when we're in a good, healthy local church, whether we're an older or younger person, a newer Believer or an older one. They also discuss the importance and benefits of mentoring and how to find someone to disciple you.


How Discipleship Strengthens the Church

This is an excellent panel discussion on the importance of discipleship and how we can start to disciple others or find someone to disciple us. They lay out guidelines making discipleship more attainable for you and your mentor. This can also be found on The Gospel Coalition’s podcast.


Recommended Sermons:


John Piper: Evangelism & Missions (Outreach)

“The highest motive for missions and evangelism is not obedience to the Great Commission, although obedience is required. Nor is the highest motive love for sinners, great as that love may be. The greatest motive for missions and evangelism is a passionate zeal for the glory of Jesus Christ. As Dr. John Piper explains in this lecture, worship of the living God is the fuel and goal of missions and evangelism.”


David Platt: Divine Sovereignty - The Fuel of Death Defying Missions
A pastor who believes that God is sovereign over all things will lead his people to be a death defying missional people. Our sovereign God holds the destiny of the world in the palm of his hand. Therefore, his shepherds should lead their people to pray confidently, give sacrificially, go intentionally and die willingly for the spread of the gospel message to those who have never heard.


How to Hate Your Parents

A sermon from Tim Keller. This “is not really about fathers and mothers, although it would appear to be so on the surface, but it’s about discipleship. It’s about what it means to exclusively follow Jesus and be his disciple. We’re going to look at these five aspects of Jesus’ discipleship: it’s not optional; it’s unpredictable; it’s deeply emotional; it’s completely positional; and it’s unconditional.


R.C. Sproul: The Cost of Discipleship

“Jesus calls His people to a lifetime of discipleship. We must count the cost of following after Him. In this sermon, R.C. Sproul continues his series in the gospel of Luke by acknowledging the sacrifice involved in living for the Lord and declaring the immeasurable worth of Christ Himself.”





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:

"If I Got Jesus" by Ben Fuller

"Jesus Changed My Life" by Katy Nichole

"No Turning Back" by For King & Country



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