Resource Roundup #34

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Featured Resource: The Pay It Forward Campaign

We strive to provide quality resources at little to no cost, and always will. We want this site to help you do what you do, because we bet (even though we don't know all of you) that you and your work make this world (and the one to come) better.

Since we hope the resources we provide help you, we also hope that you will help others. So we're offering you an opportunity to pay it forward. From this day until the end of 2017, all the proceeds from the sales of our ebooks will go to support these church planters in 2018. 

Sound like a good deal? We hope so! If you want to share your thoughts or support a church planter, contact us.  Otherwise, thank you for your interest in Sojourn Network and enjoy those ebooks!


 
 

Pastor, Aim to Preach Simple Sermons

Not long ago, a fellow pastor recommended Simplicity in Preaching by J.C. Ryle. The practical benefit of Ryle’s essay on my preaching and congregation cannot be exaggerated. In fact, a quote from Ryle even serves as the screen saver for my desktop monitor: “Unless you are simple in your sermons, you will never be understood, and unless you are understood you cannot do good to those who hear you.”

Relative to the amount of time preachers spend in critical study of a text, how much attention is given to attaining simplicity in preaching? I’ve come to believe that faithful preaching is marked by simplicity. And simple preaching best serves others by communicating the point of the passage in a clear and Christ-centered way.

 
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Remarkable Bible Memorization

Vern Poythress is a godly man. One simply cannot live the sort of life he has, with the career path he has chosen, and the works he has contributed, without an accompanying measure of authentic faith. Yet this is perhaps the area where I can best provide illumination, seeing as my father has not been one to maintain an extensive social circle. It is within a man’s private life, in the refuge of recreation, in those “unseen hours,” where his character is most laid bare. And so it is there that I wish to speak on behalf of his “differentness.”

 
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Buy This Book & Your Entire Church Benefits

Groups can be the best of times and the worst of times. While this isn't Shakespeare’s lost sonnet on community groups (cell groups, D-groups, small groups, missional communities, etc.), this is a “How-To” guide making the connections between what we believe and how we live out life together. Most group life books focus on what you should do because: “Well, it worked for my successful church.” Linneman chooses to focus instead on what Christ has done and the implications that have for the church and our shared life together in the smaller intimate settings outside of Sunday morning. Do you want to enjoy group again? Do you want to see them multiply? Then this is the e-book for you.

"During Jeremy’s time as our Pastor of Community Life, our community groups not only doubled in size, but they grew in depth, health and sustainability.  This is a great, practical resource for anyone who is trying to build a healthy, multiplying group culture."Kevin JamisonLead Pastor, Sojourn East

 
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People Are Going to Hell. Do I Really Need Seminary Training?

If the world is lost and going to hell, why spend precious years in seminary getting theological education? After all, there is so much to do in this world to win the lost to Christ, disciple them, plant churches, and teach them all that Christ commanded us. Missiologists estimate that over a third of the world’s population hasn’t heard the gospel. That means about 2.5 billion people have no access to the gospel. Of that number, about fifty thousand people die daily and go into a Christless eternity. How can we justify delaying even one more day?