Putting on the Armor, Chuck Lawless

 

puttingonthearmorBefore reading Putting on the Armor, I must confess that I often viewed the “armor of God” passage in Ephesians 6 as somewhat irrelevant. In a way, I knew it was probably important, but it seemed to be no more than a descriptive metaphor for walking with God, something I could easily skim over and get the point. I remember hearing a small handful of sermons or talks on the subject that seemed to trivialize the description of the armor. These talks of “praying on the armor” or “which piece of the armor are you missing?” trivialized the concepts of the passage so much that it had a negative effect on how I viewed the relevance of the verses. Dr. Lawless’ book has changed my view on the concept of the “armor” by providing me with an accurate view of the passage as a whole, helping me understand each individual piece of armor, and walking me through how to “wear” the armor in everyday life.

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Expositional Preaching, David Helm

expositionalpreachingbookcoverExpositional Preaching is short book by David Helm in the 9Marks of a Healthy Church series that seeks to define true biblical preaching. Helm makes a compelling argument that biblical preaching is “expositional preaching,” also commonly called “expository preaching.” Helm defines expository preaching as “empowered preaching that rightfully submits the shape and emphasis of the sermon to the shape and emphasis of a biblical text.” First published in 2014, Expositional Preaching aims to lay down the foundation in training preachers to herald the Word of God in this way, a way that is submitted to the Word of God.

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Discipleshift: Jim Putnam, Bobby Harrington, and Robert Coleman

discipleshiftDiscipleshift is a ministry altering book, especially for anyone who is looking to align their ministry with the Great Commission: making disciples who make disciples. This book reminds the reader of the importance of disciple-making as the primary work of the church. Throughout, Putnam gives practical insight  into how make disciples in a local church context. Many other discipleship books stress the importance of discipleship but fail to give an answer to the question of “how do we do this in a local church?” Discipleshift answers that question.

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