Each week we will be highlighting important resources. Check back each Friday to see what we have dug up for you. From this week’s cache:
1. Evangelism Isn’t as Scary as You Think: By Matt Smethurst – Smethurst says: “Whether we’re hoping to witness to a child, to a friend, or to a complete stranger, may the Holy Spirit grant us the courage to live lives of gospel intentionality—humbly and prayerfully seizing opportunities to speak of our great Savior.”
2. 7 Ways Christian Academics Can Be Truly Christian: By Kevin DeYoung – DeYoung notes: “I love the life of the mind. I am immensely thankful for good scholarship, intellectual investigation, and the best of the academic enterprise. As a pastor and just as an intellectually curious sort of chap, I want Christian academics to flourish. I also want these Christian scholars to be thoroughly Christian.”
3. Are Rewards a Valid Motivation for Sanctification?: By Rick Phillips – Phillips says: “Not only do rewards and punishments stand alongside gratitude as biblical motivations for sanctification, but none of these may be seen as the primary or ultimate impulse for holy living and good deeds. For this we must turn to the indwelling Holy Spirit and the new spiritual nature that Christians all receive in the new birth.”
4. 4 Benefits of Stories for Discipleship: By Mathew Sims – Sims says: “Stories should play a crucial role in discipleship. Choose wisely. Read broadly. Let the stories grab your heart as they form you into a more mature disciple of Jesus Christ.”
5. The Difficulties of Dialogue and Disagreement: By Matthew Hosier – Hosier says: “We need to talk, but sometimes we need to admit that we simply disagree, and there isn’t much space for further talk, as disagreeable as that sounds.”
Matt Manry is the Assistant Pastor at Life Bible Church in Canton, Georgia. He is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Religion at Reformed Theological Seminary and a Masters of Arts in Christian and Classical Studies from Knox Theological Seminary.