Our Top 5 Posts of February
Sat Mar 08, 2014
Resurgence Roundup, 3/7/14
Fri Mar 07, 2014
How to Replant a Church, Part 5: Rally Your Troops
Thu Mar 06, 2014
by Bubba Jennings
The 4 Pillars of Pastoral Work
Thu Mar 06, 2014
by Dave Bruskas
10 Ideas For Keeping Lent
Wed Mar 05, 2014
by Winfield Bevins
Buy the Newest Re:Lit Books
Today marks the release of our two newest Re:Lit books, Disciple and Community, which are written by two Mars Hill pastors and friends. You can pick them up at your nearest bookstore or online at Amazon.com. Read below to find out more about each book or click the big book titles to take you to their Amazon.com pages:
A disciple is a follower. As Christians, we are disciples of Christ. Our entire identity is defined by Jesus, so we do well to think carefully about what it truly means to be a disciple. In Pastor Bill Clem’s book, Disciple, the reader is asked, if it is all about Jesus, then where do you fit into God’s story?
Pastor Bill uses Scripture and real-life stories to illustrate the essential elements of Christian discipleship. Each chapter ends with an assignment in which Pastor Bill encourages you to journal through Scripture passages built around a particular theme. The book finishes with a practical look on weekly planning and the multiplication of disciples, since we’re also called to be disciple-making disciples.
Both veteran and new Christians can benefit from this comprehensive look at what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ.
In Pastor Brad House’s new book, Community, he examines healthy, gospel-centered small groups in three sections. He first lays a biblical foundation for the need and purpose of small-group community: We weren’t built for isolation. We weren’t made to live lives disconnected from one another. We are created in the image of a God who dwells in community. We are created for community.
Maybe you’re already in community, but your group feels like it’s barely surviving. How do we take our community groups off life support? In the second part of the book, Pastor Brad presents a big-picture “health plan” for small groups, looking closely at the nuts and bolts of small-group ministry. We want our communities to be thriving, healthy gospel centers. That doesn’t mean that everything is perfect and no one has problems, but it does mean we're continually grounded in the good news of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection.
The book ends with a practical section detailing with ways the church can move forward having more missional small groups that bless each other, the church, and their communities.
Community is a great gift from God given to us to share with anyone and everyone.