Men's Retreat - Living on God's Mission
7:00pm - Session 1 - God's Plan for Ages and Nations, Matthew 24:14 (Tom Mercer)
8:00am - Breakfast
8:45am - Session 2 - On Mission At Work, Titus 3:3-8 (John Luther)
10:00am - Session 3 - Leading a Missional Family, John 20:21 (Nik Lingle)
11:00am - Corn Hole Tournament
12:30pm - Lunch
Here is a great resource we'll be handing out at the retreat called Simple Ways to Be Missional
(this resource is available from the Verge Network)
And these are the books that will be available on the resource table this weekend. We did an informal survey of CCC staff and the books have been arranged in order of ranking. The first on the list is the most highly recommended.
Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God | J. I. Packer
If God is in control of everything, can Christians sit back and not bother to evangelize? Or does active evangelism imply that God is not really sovereign at all? In a careful review of biblical evidence, Packer shows how false both these attitudes are. He shows how God’s sovereignty is not so much a barrier to evangelism as an incentive and powerful support for it. This book packs a serious theological punch, yet at only 126 pages and four chapters long, you’ll easily be able to make your way through it. Still, the short length betrays the incredible depth.
The Gospel and Personal Evangelism | Mark Dever
At 112 pages, this is another easily accessible book. But it picks up right where J. I. Packer left off. You might this of this book as the perfect follow-up or companion to Packer’s book. If Packer’s focus is more theological in nature, then Dever’s approach might be considered more practical. The core of the book focuses around the idea that our evangelism should be shaped by honesty, urgency and joy. This book equally practical and theological.
A Faith Worth Sharing | C. John Miller
Rounding out the top three staff picks is this wonderful personal testimony from a Presbyterian pastor, C. John Miller. The subtitle says it all for this book: “a lifetime of conversations about Christ.” In these warm reflections on his own growth as a witness to the faith, written in the final weeks of his life, Miller tells how he learned to share Good News with others—and how you can too.
Let the Nations Be Glad | John Piper
This modern classic on missions provides a biblical basis for missions and worship. Here’s a key quote, “Missions is not the ultimate goal of the church. Worship is. Missions exists because worship doesn’t. Worship is ultimate.” This is really an outstanding book, but then again so are all the other books on the list. It’s middle of the pack on this list simply because at 260 pages, it is a long and theologically heavy read. But it is well worth the effort for those interested.
Tell the Truth | Will Metzger
This book is clearly in line with the theme of our weekend. One theologian said of this book, “Will Metzger writes Tell the Truth for a reformation of personal evangelism. He laments the evangelism that encourages nice people to be nice to others, in the hope that they will be nice to God. This probing book presents the key to evangelism in the power of grace, the sovereign grace of the gospel.” This is the book of choice for many campus ministries, such as Campus Outreach, who are seeking to train students how to evangelize amongst other students.
Questioning Evangelism | Randy Newman
Evangelism is essential to following Jesus. Unfortunately, sharing the Good News is often seen as a matter of using the right method. But methods don't go very far in the face of defensiveness, arguments, and objections. So what’s a disciple of Christ to do then? “Ask a question,” says Randy Newman. It is, after all, what Jesus did. This “questioning” style of evangelism is without formulas and without answers to memorize. If it sounds too simple, don’t worry. It worked for Jesus; it will work for you.
What Is the Mission of the Church? | Kevin DeYoung and Greg Gilbert
This book lies just a bit outside the reach of what we’re talking about with our retreat this weekend, but it is a very good book for those thinking about the role of the church in regards to the twin responsibilities of social justice and evangelism. How do these two objectives line up for the life of the church, where should we devote our energies, which one is primary? For those who have asked these questions, DeYoung and Gilbert provide a careful and balanced theological and biblical approach to the answers.