Additional Resources: Family Member
- United: Captured by God’s Vision for Diversity, Trillia Newbell
- The Compelling Community, Mark Dever and Jamie Dunlop
- Life Together, Dietrich Bonhoeffer
- What Is a Healthy Church Member? Thabiti Anyabwile
Additional Resources: Witness
- Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God, J.I. Packer
- Questioning Evangelism, Randy Newman
- The Gospel and Personal Evangelism, Mark Dever
- Dream with Me, John M. Perkins
- Constructing a Testimony, Will McRaney
- Unless We Are Sent, J.D. Greear
- Divine Sovereignty: The Fuel of Death Defying Missions, David Platt
Jesus said, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength” (Mark 12:30 CSB).
God wants to transform your entire life. As you grow in being a disciple-making disciple, there may be times when you encounter issues you don’t know how to address, whether it be addictions, disorders, depression, abuse, or any other difficult issue.
In those times, we encourage you to go to your campus staff team for wisdom and prayer. Additionally, we want to provide you with a bank of resources from one of our pastors, Brad Hambrick.
No matter what you’re going through, remember God’s promise, “I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5 ESV).
“Evangelism” can be a scary word to a lot of people. What do we mean when we say “evangelism”? It comes from the Greek noun euangelion, which is found 72 times in the New Testament. Euangelion means “good news,” the gospel. And the Greek verb euangelizesthai, “to announce good news,” occurs 52 times in the New Testament.
J. Mack Stiles defines evangelism like this:
Evangelism is teaching (heralding, proclaiming, preaching) the gospel (the message from God that leads us to salvation) with the aim (hope, desire, goal) to persuade (convince, convert).
Jesus wants his disciples to be his witnesses to all the nations. And if we are faithful witnesses, we will share the good news of Christ with others.
Below are some resources to help you grow in evangelism!
Cultivate Discipleship Relationships
Paul is a great example of one who spent his life cultivating his relationship with Timothy. Paul had great affection for Timothy and called him his “dear son” (2 Timothy 1:2 NIV). They partnered in ministry together, regularly working side by side (Acts 16:1–5; 18:5; 19:22). They even co-authored five New Testament letters together! Paul didn’t merely teach and co-labor with Timothy, he spent his whole life modeling what following Jesus looks like. In his final letter, he tells Timothy: “You, however, have followed my teaching, my conduct, my aim in life, my faith, my patience, my love, my steadfastness, my persecutions and sufferings …” (2 Timothy 3:10–11). Paul continued to invest in Timothy till the very end of his life (2 Timothy 4:6–9).
That is our vision for you. You may have finished Groundworks, but you are not done with cultivating the mutually edifying relationships you have started. Don’t throw your investment away. Continue your commitment to each other as you grow together in Christlikeness.
Below are some resources to help you cultivate your discipleship relationships.
One to One Bible Reading, by David Helm
This tiny booklet guides you to make the most of reading the bible with each other
Side by Side, by Ed Welch
This book is a great guide of how to live the Christian life with others in wisdom and love
Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands, by Paul Tripp
This book is similar to Side by Side (above), but a little more robust. It helps us understand how God uses each of us to sanctify one another.
This study is similar to Groundworks. It walks through the Book of Philippians and covers the fundamental aspects of following Christ
Reading Mark with a Friend
This simple study walks through the Gospel of Mark and does a great job in applying the truths in Mark to life