Resources

I enjoy reading and love learning.  So, I have listed below some excellent resources on a dozen topics that can help us not only on the mission field but also in every other ministry of the local church and in the Christian life.  I hope that these resource will help you better understand and apply Scripture to your life and ministry.  Happy reading!

The Centrality of God in Missions
Catching a passion for God's Name to be great among all peoples
 Video: Divine Sovereignty: The Fuel of Death-Defying Missions – David Platt
Reckless Abandon – David Sitton (ebook)
 Let the Nations Be Glad: The Supremacy of God in Missions – John Piper (ebook)
A Vision for Missions – Tom Wells

Missiology
Mission methodology, strategy, etc.
 A Practical Theology of Missions – Eric E. Wright
 Paul's Missionary Methods: In His Time and Ours – Edited by Robert L. Plummer and John Mark Terry (ebook)
Reaching and Teaching: A Call to Great Commission Obedience – David Sills (ebook)
 Mack & Leeann's Guide to Short-Term Missions (ebook)

Missions Within the Storyline of the Bible:
Seeing how missions develops and unfolds in redemptive history from Genesis to Revelation 
God Dwells Among Us: Expanding Eden To the Ends of the Earth – G. K. Beale and Mitchell Kim (ebook)
 A Biblical Theology of Missions – George W. Peters (ebook)
Salvation to the Ends of the Earth: A Biblical Theology of Mission – Andreas J. Köstenberger and Peter T. O'Brien

God’s Guidance
There are many popular books out there on this topic that are less than biblical.  In fact, some of the books on this topic today are essentially promoting a kind of mysticism more reminiscent of pagan divination than the biblical way.  Here, then, are some excellent resources for learning how to biblically seek God's will and guidance in your life
Video: Modern Spirituality and Your Mind – Voddie Baucham
Just Do Something: A Liberating Approach to Finding God's Will, Or How To Make A Decision Without Dreams, Visions, Fleeces, Impressions, Open Doors, Random Bible Verses, Casting Lots, Liver Shivers, Writing in the Sky, Etc. – Kevin DeYoung (ebook)
Led by the Spirit: How the Holy Spirit Guides the Believer – Jim Elliff
Do You Feel Called? – Michael Bennett (ebook)
Decisions, Decisions: How (and How Not) to Make Them – Dave Swavely
Free To Be Wise: A Guide to Biblical Decision Making — Kirk Youngblood (ebook)
 Taking God at His Word – Kevin DeYoung (ebook)

The Storyline of the Bible
These are helpful in chronological Bible storying for seeing the big picture of the whole Bible in order to better understand and communicate the Story of the Bible to others.
God’s Big Picture: Tracing the Storyline of the Bible – Vaughan Roberts (ebook)
What Does God Want of Us Anyway?: A Quick Overview of the Whole Bible — Mark Dever (ebook)
 The Big Story: How the Bible Makes Sense out of Life – Justin Buzzard (ebook)
Jesus on Every Page: 10 Simple Ways To Seek and Find Christ in the Old Testament – David Murray (ebook)
The Kingdom of God: A Baptist Expression of Biblical & Covenant Theology – Jeffery D. Johnson
What Is Biblical Theology?: A Guide to the Bible's Story, Symbolism, and Patterns – Jim Hamilton (ebook)
According to Plan: The Unfolding Revelation of God in the Bible – Graeme Goldsworthy (ebook)
A New Testament Biblical Theology: The Unfolding of the Old Testament in the New – G. K. Beale (ebook)

Prayer
Missionaries need to be men and women of prayer, and those back home need to pray for missionaries.

Developing a Fruitful Prayer Life:
A Method for Prayer: Freedom in the Face of God – Matthew Henry, edited by Ligon Duncan (ebook)
 Developing a Healthy Prayer Life – Joel R. Beeke and James W. Beeke (ebook)
Alone With God: Rediscovering the Power and Passion of Prayer – John MacArthur (ebook)
 Prayer and the Voice of God – Phillip Jensen and Tony Payne (ebook)
The Autobiography of George Müller – George Müller (ebook)

Praying for Missions:
 Warfare Prayer: Praying Effectively For Your Missionaries (pdf) (free Kindle book) – David Sitton
 Operation World: The Definitive Prayer Guide To Every Nation – Jason Mandryk

The Gospel
IMB president Tom Eliff once said: "The most important thing you can do to prepare for missions is to get the Gospel right."  Missionaries must know and understand the Gospel if they are to communicate the Gospel to the nations.  Let us never forget that it is the Gospel of Jesus Christ that is the power of God unto salvation.  If the Gospel is not proclaimed to a people, there is no hope of salvation for them.
 The Truth of the Cross  R. C. Sproul (ebook)
What Is the Gospel? – Greg Gilbert (ebook)
The Gospel: How the Church Portrays the Beauty of Christ – Raymond C. Ortlund, Jr. (ebook)
 The Gospel's Power and Message – Paul Washer (ebook)
The Gospel Call and True Conversion – Paul Washer (ebook)
Gospel Assurance and Warnings – Paul Washer (ebook)
From Heaven He Came and Sought Her – Edited by David Gibson and Jonathan Gibson (ebook)
The World-Tilting Gospel – Dan Philips (ebook)

The Local Church
Missionaries are to be about planting biblical churches among all peoples.  Therefore, there is a need for missionaries to have a sound ecclesiology. There's a lot of bad ecclesiology being promoted that is becoming popular among church planters today both in the States and abroad. 

What Is the Church:
 Video: Ecclesiology – Mark Dever
 The Church: The Gospel Made Visible – Mark Dever (ebook)
 What Is a Healthy Church? – Mark Dever (ebook)
 Why We Love the Church: In Praise of Institutions and Organized Religion – Kevin DeYoung and Ted Kluck (ebook)
The Church, Why Bother?: The Nature, Purpose, an Functions of the Local Church – Jeff Johnson
 Church Membership: How the World Knows Who Represents Jesus – Jonathan Leeman (ebook)

Church Life and Ministry:
The Life of God in the Soul of the Church: The Root and Fruit of Spiritual Fellowship – Thabiti Anyabwile (ebook)
 The Trellis and the Vine: The Ministry Mind-Shift That Changes Everything – Colin Marshall and Tony Payne (ebook)
 Life in the Father's House: A Member's Guide to the Local Church – Wayne Mack and Dave Swaverly
 Reverberations: How God's Word Brings Light, Freedom, and Action to His People – Jonathan Leeman (ebook)
 What Is the Mission of the Church? – Kevin DeYoung and Greg Gilbert (ebook)

Evangelism
Missionaries are to evangelize, that is, proclaim the good news of Jesus to people.  Let's learn how to evangelize in a manner that is faithful to Scripture.
 The Battle Belongs to the Lord: The Power of Scripture for Defending Our Faith – K. Scott Oliphint (ebook)
 The Gospel and Personal Evangelism – Mark Dever (ebook)
Evangelism: How the Whole Church Speaks of Jesus – J. Mack Stiles (ebook)
 Evangelism: How To Share the Gospel Faithfully – John MacArthur and the Pastors and Missionaries of Grace Community Church (ebook)
Covenantal Apologetics: Principles and Practice in Defense of Our Faith – K. Scott Oliphint (ebook)

Discipleship & Biblical Counseling:
Learning how to disciple believers and to counsel them with the Word of God 
Five Things Every Christian Needs to Grow – R. C. Sproul (ebook)
Devoted to God: Blueprints for Sanctification – Sinclair Ferguson
The Marrow of Modern Divinity – Edward Fisher
 Cross Talk: Where Life and Scripture Meet – Michael R. Emlet (ebook)
How People Change –  Timothy S. Lane and Paul David Tripp (ebook)
Counsel from the Cross: Connecting Broken People to the Love of Christ – Elyse M. Fitzpatrick and Dennis E. Johnson (ebook)
Counseling the Hard Cases – eds. Stuart Scott and Heath Lambert (ebook)
The Hardest Sermons You'll Ever Have To Preach: Help From Trusted Preachers For Tragic Times – Edited by Bryan Chapell (ebook)

Missionary Biographies
Looking at the lives of missionaries who have gone before us 
 Filling Up the Afflictions of Christ: The Cost of Bringing the Gospel to the Nations in the Lives of William Tyndale, Adoniram Judson, and John Paton – John Piper (ebook)
 Bruchko: The Astonishing True Story of a 19-Year-Old American, His Capture by the Motilone Indians, and His Adventures in Christianizing the Stone-Age Tribe – Bruce Olson (ebook)
 The Life and Diary of David Brainerd – Jonathan Edwards/David Brainerd (ebook)
John G. Paton: The Autobiography of the Pioneer Missionary to the New Hebrides – John G. Paton 

Shadow of the Almighty: The Life and Testament of Jim Elliot – Elisabeth Elliot
To the Ends of the Earth: Calvin's Missional Vision and Legacy – Michael Haykin and Jeff Robinson (ebook)
The Golden Shore: The Life of Adoniram Judson – Courtney Anderson

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