Top 10 Book List

By Andrew Stroud

Below is my Top 10 Book List for Young Leaders in the Church. A few thoughts about the list.

First, it has young, next generation leaders among the church in mind (people who are usually in their 20’s and early 30’s). These are the best extra-biblical books I could recommend to someone who “desires to be an overseer” (1 Timothy 3.1). I have found that these young leaders come with little to no background with the Bible and even less understanding of the history of the church. Occasionally they have the opposite problem, having been steeped in American church tradition and micro-culture. Young leaders who have been steeped in American church tradition and micro-culture often get locked into rigid, narrow viewpoints that hinder them from having the flexibility to really move out and take new ground with the gospel. On the other hand, I have watched as those with little or no background bounce from one new and exciting fad/movement to the next every few years. In either case, almost every young leader I have had the privilege of investing in has had a need for a foundation that can provide perspective.

Second, this list is fluid. Several of these books have stood the test of time and have been on my short list for 10-15 years. Others are more recent additions that I have come across. If you ask me for this same Top 10 list several years from now, chances are there will be 2-3 new titles that have worked their way in.

Finally, there is a clear distinction in value between the first 5 books on the list and the second 5. I’m pretty confident that the top 5 books will be on my list for years to come.

  1. The Master Plan of Evangelism, Coleman
  2. The Untold Story of the New Testament Church, Viola
  3. The New Testament: Its Background, Growth and Content, Metzger
  4. The Rise of Christianity, Starks
  5. Paul: In Fresh Perspective, Wright
  6. The History of Christianity: From the Disciples to the Dawn of the Reformation, Johnson
  7. Church History in Plain Language, Shelley
  8. Center Church: Doing Balanced, Gospel-Centered Ministry in Your City, Keller
  9. Good to Great and the Social Sectors: A Monograph, Collins
  10. Studying, Interpreting, and Applying the Bible, Henrichsen

 

Six Heroes of Faith

Over a 70 year period, God used six people to evangelize the entire world. Who were they and what did they share in common?

Listen as Jim Downing shares on the lives of these six and highlights the commitment they had that caused them to be used by God in such a powerful way.

Mr. Downing recently celebrated his 103rd birthday and has been serving the Lord for 75+ years. Lots of wisdom for us to learn from!

Audio Notes

The main message runs from 0:00 to 32:00 and is followed by an insightful question and answer session that runs from 32:00-52:45.

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If we assume it, we lose it.

“Let me now remind you of the good news I proclaimed to you before. I passed on to you what was most important and what had also been passed on to me.”
– 1 Corinthians 15.1-3

The gospel is the starting point of the great commission. If you can’t share the good news of Jesus Christ with somebody, you can’t make disciples of Jesus.

Listen below as Ben Kayser shares on the importance of knowing and sharing the gospel message with others.

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It’s not just about money…

“No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.”
– John 15.15

What have we been entrusted with? What are the two essential qualities you must have if you want to be a good steward of Christ Jesus? Matt Chao teaches through John 15.12-17 to help us find the answers.

Listen to the audio below to learn more about how you can be a faithful steward.

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NASNI Chao

 

Introduction to the Bible

By Andrew Stroud

“The sacred writings are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation…”
– 2 Timothy 3.15

Of all the world religions, Christianity is the most historical in its character. Its central claim is that the Divine enters human history in a specific human person – and changes history. The Christian faith is built on the message found in its holy text: the Bible. This too, is a matter of history.

The 5-part series below will introduce you to the Bible (or help you introduce others to it) and answer some of the most fundamental questions about it.

  1. How the Bible Came to Us: Divine Origins
  2. How the Bible Came to Us: Human Formation
  3. How the Bible is Organized
  4. Overview: Books of the Bible
  5. How to Study the Bible

 

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