Resources collected from my personal study, suggested for your personal study.
Every week I bring you a list of articles, podcasts, and sermons that I found helpful for my own edification. My hope is that you also will find these useful in your personal growth in the Christ.
Let me just say a huge, AMEN!, to this article! I have lived this to a certain extent and would beg my brothers and sisters in Christ to NEVER send yourself to do a new work (frontier missions, church planting, ect.). It is not biblical, increases the suffering, and wrecks individuals, families, and communities. I know that sounds dramatic, but as a man who was once very prideful about such things I am telling you, “Have a healthy church send you into the work!”
READ THIS!!!! Seriously, if you have 1 minute and 23 seconds to spare you should read this super short article (1 minute and 22 second long). We are all tempted daily to believe the lies of our enemy Satan. Which means we must daily preach the gospel to ourselves and be reminded of who we are in Christ.
I’ve been exploring some new blog here lately and I ran across this blog and article. I don’t know the full story here, but I love this article. It feels wounded to me. Like someone who knows where I have been, and in the midst of it reminds me of the goodness of God. Makes me feel like less of an alien when that happens.
A grandview of the glory of God in missions as only John Piper can say it. This one is also super accessible. You can watch it, listen to it, or read it! DesiringGod.org, what a gift to the church!
I actually listened to this week before last, but was having trouble finding the link since I was using iTunes. I can be a bit of a technology noob sometimes! Anyway…This is a great workshop talk on how the church (individually and corporately) should expect the gospel to change the way we live in our communities. I will warn you it is a bit long (55 mins), but do like I do and break it up. In a few 15 minute drives, walks, or sittings you can receive some great, hopefully life giving/changing, knowledge.
Speaking of DesiringGod.org, have you hear of the podcast “Ask Pastor John”? If you have not let me encourage you to give it a try. Each episode is fairly short (usually under 10 mins). It is easy to listen to and can answer questions that you might have or perhaps cause you to think on subjects you have not yet considered. It is a mainstay of my personal study every week.