The primary and most important book we read is Gods Word (The Bible).
Because: The Word of God has real power and it cuts through our thoughts to convict us, heal us and change us "For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword,it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12)
Because: Faith comes as a natural result of hearing the Word of Christ and since Jesus is the Word (John:1) the Word must be heard by speaking it in order for people to hear about faith in Christ. "Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ". (Romans 10:17)
Because: Scripture is inspired by God Himself but it must be breathed out by human agents to in order to reprove, correct, train, and equip every believer for “every good work.” When the Word of God is read in front of the congregation, it unleashes God’s own power (Rom 1:16) and there is assurance that His Word will achieve what He sent it out for (Isaiah 55:11). "All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work". (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
What other influential books do we read?
Today many pastors are struggling to adapt to a post-Christian culture without abandoning orthodox theology. How do we communicate the concepts of grace and substitutionary atonement in our globalized culture and context? In Center Church, Timothy Keller offers challenging insights and provocative questions based on over twenty years of ministry in New York City. This book outlines a theological vision for ministry - applying classic doctrines to our time and place - organized around three core commitments: • Gospel-centered: The gospel of grace in Jesus Christ changes everything, from our hearts to our community to the world. It completely reshapes the content, tone and strategy of all that we do. • City-centered: With a positive approach toward our culture, we learn to affirm that cities are wonderful, strategic and underserved places for gospel ministry. • Movement-centered: Instead of building our own tribe, we seek the prosperity and peace of our community as we are led by the Holy Spirit. "In this important book, Tim Keller unpacks the gospel and gently but firmly reminds us that it is nonnegotiable. At the same time, he enables us to think through how we can responsibly interact with the culture, how we can - indeed, must - appreciate good things within it, and how we can firmly and faithfully apply the gospel to it." - D.A. Carson, research professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
Even if they want to, many Christians find it hard to talk to others about Jesus. Is it possible this difficulty is because we're trying to speak a language we haven't actually spent time practicing? To become fluent in a new language, you must immerse yourself in it until you actually start to think about life through it. Becoming fluent in the gospel happens the same way—after believing it, we have to intentionally rehearse it (to ourselves and to others) and immerse ourselves in its truths. Only then will we start to see how everything in our lives, from the mundane to the magnificent, is transformed by the hope of the gospel. Gospel Fluency is a book you can see your story within. Your struggles to share the Gospel, our fear to to know when the time is right to share our story. Gospel fluency is practical with a real approach to sharing the Gospel in todays world.
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