I’ll be presenting a number of seminars in the next few days about sharing the gospel. One seminar seeks insight about the question, “Are people really lost without Christ?” Another seminar tries to give an overview of the entire Bible’s missional message. I promised people I would post my suggestions for further study on these topics. I could have come up with a much longer list but I wanted to keep it manageable and current. So here’s what I came up with:
Resources to help with the question, “Are people really lost without Christ?”
Tim Keller’s The Reason for God (especially chapters 1, 5, and 14)
D.A. Carson’s The Difficult Doctrine of the Love of God
John Piper’s The Pleasures of God
Edward William Fudge and Robert A. Peterson’s Two Views of Hell – (see also Justin Taylor’s summation of Peterson’s argument at: http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/justintaylor/2011/10/04/ten-foundational-verses-for-eternal-punishment-in-hell/
William Lane Craig’s Hard Questions, Real Answers
Randy Newman’s Questioning Evangelism (especially chapter 4)
Kevin DeYoung’s review of Rob Bell’s Love Wins. – “God Is Still Holy and What You Learned in Sunday School Is Still True: A Review of “Love Wins” – See: http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/kevindeyoung/2011/03/14/rob-bell-love-wins-review/
Robertson McQuilken’s “Lost Apart from Christ” http://crupress.campuscrusadeforchrist.com/green/_assets/resources/Lost_Apart_From_Christ.pdf
Video and Audio:
Don Carson, “God Abounding in Love, Punishing the Guilty” at The 2011 Gospel Coalition National Conference – http://thegospelcoalition.org/resources/a/god_abounding_in_love_punishing_the_guilty_carson_lecture
see also his message about Melchizedek: http://thegospelcoalition.org/resources/a/getting_excited_about_melchizedek
John Piper – search for several audio messages about hell at www.desiringgod.org
Resources to help you see the whole message of the Bible
D. A. Carson’s For the Love of God (a daily devotional through the entire Bible which shows how the individual parts fit into the whole. You can also find a free online version of this book at The Gospel Coalition’s website, www.thegospelcoalition.com/ blogs/loveofgod/
Colin Smith’s Ten Keys for Unlocking Your Bible
Vaughn Roberts’ The Big Picture
Gene Edward Veith’s Why God Gave us a Book
D. A. Carson’s The God Who is There
Any of Walk Thru the Bible’s many resources (see www.walkthru.org) – attend one of their seminars, subscribe to one of their magazines, etc.
Resources to help you grow in your heart for the entire world
Operation World – an invaluable resource that informs and helps you pray for every country of the world
David Platt’s Radical
John Piper’s Let the Nations Be Glad – Desiring God Ministries, www.desiringgod.org, also has many good audio messages about world missions.
Taking “The Perspectives Course” (see www.perspectives.org). See especially their Reader.
Elizabeth Elliot’s accounts of her and her husband Jim Elliott’s missions experiences in Ecuador (Shadow of the Almighty, Through the Gates of Splendor, The Savage My Kinsman).