Archives For Exponential

SparkWhat would it look like if a significant number of churches had to intentionally try not to multiply and the Lord added to their numbers daily? (Acts 2: 42-7)? In this FREE resource, Exponential Director Todd Wilson presses into Exponential’s 2015 theme, “SPARK: Igniting a Culture of Multiplication,” to give church leaders a vision for reproducing churches and the tools needed to see that vision come to fruition. The eBook sets the framework for Exponential’s 2015 eBooks series focusing on multiplication and champions Exponential’s focus on moving the multiplication needle in the U.S. Church.

Wilson highlights the prominent church cultures leaders most naturally create and challenges you to honestly assess which culture you’re creating. He points out that every church–regardless of your context or phase (pre-launch, launch or post-launch)–is creating a culture and takes readers through a thorough explanation of how culture is created and what is needed to create a multiplication culture.

He offers an exploration of what Scripture says about God’s command to multiply and out of that scriptural study comes fresh insight as he contends that the U.S. church needs both addition (what he calls the micro strategy of adding disciples one on one,…

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Master Plan RevisitedDr. Robert Coleman set the standard for discipleship and evangelism in the 20th century when he wrote the watershed book The Master Plan of Evangelism over 50 years ago. Since then, Coleman’s work has sold more than 3.5 million copies and has been translated into 100-plus languages. In this new eBook, Bobby Harrington, director of Discipleship.org, joins Coleman to revisit the timeless material of the book.

The two friends and co-authors believe that Jesus’ method incorporated all the divine wisdom, knowledge and insight included in Jesus’ identity. And in this resource, they point out the ways in which Jesus’ method is the perfect method. Throughout Harrington’s interview with Coleman, we get a front-row seat to listen in on the conversation as Harrington talks with him to review and update the eight (now nine) principles of Jesus’ method. What emerges are the wisdom and insights of a man who has spent his life pursuing Jesus and His method and teaching others to do the same. Their exchange will feed readers’ souls. Some 50 years after Coleman wrote the book, he says he believes these timeless and transcultural principles of Jesus’…

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Have we forgotten that the gospel mandate is actually to “make disciples of the nations”? Missiologist and author Alan Hirsch believes that we have. In this new eBook, Hirsch highlights the missional priority of discipleship and helps leaders reframe their understanding and practice of evangelism in the context of disciple making. By reframing mission and evangelism around discipleship, not only do we grow more obedient, but also make space for long-term, authentic, loving relationships with the people in our lives. Hirsch points out that if every follower of Jesus simply did this with just two or three people in their lifetime and asked those people to do the same—disciples making disciples making disciples—in just a few generations we would accomplish what we have sought to accomplish through most of our reductionist evangelistic efforts. “Disciple making lies at the very core of the church’s ‘sentness’ and mission,” he writes. “It has never been an optional extra.”

Key highlights:

In this eBook, Alan Hirsch helps us discover/rediscover:

  • Why reimagining evangelism through the lens of discipleship is crucial to the local church and accomplishing the Great Commission.
  • The theological significance…

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Mission Creep Larry OsborneEvangelism and discipleship aren’t rocket science. When Jesus sent out a ragtag team from Galilee with the expectation that they would evangelize and disciple the world, they pulled it off as a natural and spontaneous outworking of their faith.

Yet 2,000 years later, this same natural and spontaneous process has been turned into a complex and highly programmed skill left to the professionals. In this free resource, pastor and author Larry Osborne exposes what’s gone wrong and the five subtle shifts that sabotage our best efforts to reach the lost and bring them to full maturity.

Key highlights:

  • What happens when we count and report the wrong things.
  • Why too much knowledge can be a bad thing.
  • God’s game plan for fighting the culture wars.
  • Why assimilation and membership are meaningless.
  • What Protestants failed to learn from Roman Catholics.

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Narrow Minded EvangelismThe Golden Rule is one of the best-known and most quoted scriptures in the Bible. But, what if we have it all wrong? What if The Golden Rule was never meant to be a simple and safe mantra—recited to children to get them to see the importance of sharing their toys with one another? What if we’ve looked at that verse too narrowly and missed Christ’s point altogether? What if The Golden Rule is really a profoundly dangerous mission statement—to be embraced by Christ followers and lead people away from the broad way that leads to death and back onto the narrow way that leads to life? In this FREE resource, and using The Golden Rule as a mission statement, pastor and author Arron Chambers shares the keys you and your church can use to help more lost people find the narrow way that leads to life.

Key highlights:

    • Thorough exploration of Matt. 7:12-14 and historical origins of The Golden Rule
    • Contextual biblical analysis of when Jesus spoke these words, who He spoke them to and why He spoke them
    • Why these verses speak into the ethics of how we treat each…

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Discipling Skeptics and SeekersIf we are serious about the Great Commission and making disciples, then we need to be serious about evangelism because evangelism is the discipleship of skeptics and seekers of Jesus, say InterVarsity ministry leaders Beau Crosetto and James Choung. In this new FREE eBook, the authors help leaders understand two things: 1) Why every believers needs to be doing evangelism and leading people to faith: and 2) How you can create a culture of witness in your church or faith community. For too long, we were pressuring people, and now we have become passive in evangelism. Crosetto and Choung say the time is now to seek a third and better way! Download the eBook.

Key highlights:

  • Inspiring stories of people leading others to faith in Christ.
  • The difference between pressure, passive and proactive evangelism.
  • Why the church has become more passive in its approach to evangelism.
  • Four insightful reasons why we need to disciple skeptics and seekers.
  • Why evangelism is “the discipleship of skeptics and seekers.”
  • The role of the gifted evangelist in the Great Commission.
  • Four rhythms that will help you create a culture of discipling skeptics and seekers in your church.
  • What it…

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Great Commission CreationMost people hope that they can help make the world a better place, and many think they can accomplish that by saving something—rain forests, wild life, gray whales or even the whole planet. The ecological undercurrent rightly attributes value to every living thing, and believes that humanity is responsible for right actions towards the earth. Its value system, however, does not comprehend a Creator who has a comprehensive saving plan for everything He created. In this FREE resource, church planting veteran Linda Bergquist offers a new perspective for understanding Scripture in more whole, ecological ways. She provides practical suggestions for helping people who really care about the world to better understand and connect with God’s plans and purposes. The Great Commission and the Rest of Creation encourages leaders in a relationship with Christ that empowers them towards more saving activity than they could ever imagine in their own strength. Download the eBook.

Key highlights

  • How creation care is directly incorporated into the biblical themes of sin and redemption
  • How creation care is directly linked to God’s promise that everything broken will someday be healed through Christ (Rom. 8:19-21, Col….

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Repent Into“The goal of evangelism is to make disciples, not merely get people to make decisions. Once the right people are in the room, churches must be ready to receive these new believers,” writes John Teter, pastor and church planting team leader for The Evangelical Covenant Church. “Otherwise, ‘decisions’ will never become disciples. We must also focus on long-term goals for disciples and invest in their spiritual development.”

Teter explores Acts 1-2 as an example of how disciples flourished in the midst of the crucible of adversity and gives today’s church a blueprint for making disciples, not just decisions. Peter encourages the 120 disciples in the upper room, and then stands again to preach a sermon that will cause 3,000 people to covert. In this free resource, Teter points out that Christians often speak of repenting “from,” but forget to think about or share what we repent into? In Acts 2, the new believers live lives devoted to God’s Word, fellowship, prayer, breaking of bread, and generosity. In each of these key areas of being a believer, the first disciples repented “from” the world and devoted themselves “into” these life-giving rhythms…

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Evangelism-and-Discipleship-Cover-Final-copyEvangelism or Discipleship: Can They Effectively Work Together? by Bobby Harrington and Bill Hull Evangelism and discipleship are not two things; they are one. Jesus has commanded us to “make disciples.” In this new eBook, veteran discipleship leaders Bobby Harrington and Bill Hull focus on the need for leaders to bring together discipleship and evangelism and plant churches with that mindset. The two authors offer Bible-based insights into how evangelism and discipleship work together to accomplish the Great Commission, sharing stories and examples of leaders and churches that have successfully brought the two together for kingdom impact.

Jesus’ Matthew 28 commandment included the expectation of reproduction—that new disciples would become well-taught disciples who would in turn embrace the mission and make other new disciples. Anything less is to sabotage the master plan. Evangelism is simply a form of pre-conversion discipleship. When we engage in this disciple-making process, Jesus tells us that He will be present with us—to the end of the age (Matt. 28:20). Download the free eBook.

Key highlights:

  • Helpful observations of the state of evangelism and discipleship in the West
  • The theological significance of discipleship and how it encompasses evangelism.
  • Experienced perspective from…

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Mission ZeroBy Vince Antonucchi

So many churches attract people from other churches, but Jesus called us to seek and save the lost. How do we refocus on Jesus’ mission? How do we create evangelistic DNA in our churches and awaken our evangelistic impulse? How do we keep our passion for the lost red hot? And if we do, in what ways will this renewed focus impact our churches This new eBook from pastor and author Vince Antonucci is intended to break your heart over what breaks God’s heart–His wandering children who have yet to come home to their Father. Mission Zero gets at the heart of what you and church are about–and should be about. It’s designed to inspire, challenge and equip you to clearly see why and how the answer to the question “What exactly are we trying to accomplish?” is what Jesus called His core mission on earth–”to seek and save the lost” (Luke 19:10). Download Mission Zero here.

Key highlights:

  • Scriptures reinforcing what God intended His church’s “true north” to be
  • Why when churches focus on the “how” (the method or strategy) they easily lose the “why” and their way
  • Scriptural study on…

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