Note: This is the first post in a series on Sovereign Grace’s Key Resources. Over the upcoming weeks, members of the Leadership Team will share why they commend each other’s resources to you. We pray that God would use them to strengthen your faith.
Our Bibles are filled with values that communicate principles and beliefs that when applied, shape, guide, and define our lives as individual believers and as a family of churches. One of the many reasons I love being a part of Sovereign Grace is because we have seven values that shape and guide our churches. How these values are applied may vary from church to church, but they contain some of the biblical principles that we share together. Our values are:
- Reformed Soteriology
- Gospel-Centered Doctrine and Preaching
- Continuationist Pneumatology
- Complementarian Leadership in the Home and Church
- Elder-Governed and Led Churches
- National and International Outreach and Church Planting
- A Family of Interdependent Churches
I want you to be strengthened by these values. Therefore, I am eager to commend to you Craig Cabaniss’s message The Seven Shared Values of Sovereign Grace Churches. As I listened to Craig preach this message, I thought, “God, thank you for calling me to this family of churches who seek to apply these wonderful biblical values. Shape my life and ministry by them to the praise of the glory of your grace!”
Craig does a great job showing from the Bible why we take these values so seriously and making them relevant to our daily lives as a family of churches.
So, I encourage you: Take up and listen!
Download the message (right click and select "Save Target As") or listen below:
Mark Prater is the Executive Director for Sovereign Grace and serves as an elder at Covenant Fellowship Church. He and his wife, Jill, have three married daughters and a growing number of grandchildren.
April 29, 2014 by
Show them Jesus is a new book just released by New Growth Press that I wanted to throw my endorsement behind and encourage pastors to give to their leaders and teachers of their children’s ministry programs. Jack Klumpenhower does a great job helping teachers see the redemptive storyline of Scripture and showing teachers how the individual stories of Scripture connect to God’s bigger gospel plan.
Jack encourages teachers to take the time to work hard at teaching and casts a vision for the amazing gospel work it is to minister gospel truth to children. No matter what curriculum you use, Show Them Jesus will give teachers a ton of practical examples of connecting familiar Bible stories to the gospel.
Looking at the landscape of Christian books, there are few books you can use as a training tool for your children’s workers and volunteers. I’ve searched for a book I could use to help train and envision my teachers without success, until today. I’ll be purchasing enough books to give one to each of my leaders and teachers.
New Growth Press, along with WTS Bookstore, is offering a great new release promotion that you will want to take advantage of (a 72 hour sale only, ending at 5pm Friday). The books are only $5 when you order a case of 26, making this a great gift to give your teachers as a thank you for their work. Find out more details and order a case of books at the New Growth Press website.
March 19, 2014 by
Categories: Books | Resources
True Beauty by Carolyn Mahaney and Nicole Whitacre is now available for purchase!
According to the book's description, “Exposing the lie of physical perfection for what it really is, True Beauty directs women to the truth of God’s Word, which proclaims an entirely different—and refreshingly liberating—standard for beauty.”
Here are a few endorsements of the book:
“Finally . . . the book I’ve been wishing someone would write—a book that helps women like me who obsess about our own beauty (or more accurately, our lack there-of) to the detriment of our souls and our witness to the beauty and sufficiency of Christ. The answers Carolyn and Nicole put forward to our consuming and crippling desires to be beautiful on the world’s terms are neither square nor simplistic but rather completely scriptural and deeply satisfying.”
—Nancy Guthrie, Bible Teacher; author, Seeing Jesus in the Old Testament Bible study series
“Combining the eminently practical with the deeply theological, Carolyn and Nicole give us a work that is both terrifically up-to-date and rooted in God’s unchanging Word. With plenty of personal anecdotes and an inviting conversational style, True Beauty will meet women of all ages right where they are. But it won’t leave them there! Carolyn and Nicole expose the lies we have picked up from the world and the half-truths that get passed along from well-meaning but misguided believers. We will recommend this book often and set it aside for our daughters to read as they grow up.”
—Kevin and Trisha DeYoung, Senior Pastor, University Reformed Church, East Lansing, Michigan, and his wife
“What woman hasn’t struggled with the impossible standards of beauty bombarding her from magazine covers to her own mirror? We owe a debt of gratitude to Carolyn Mahaney and Nicole Whitacre for taking on this confusing ‘crisis of beauty.’ From self-loathing to apathetic acceptance, from closets to curbside, from plunging necklines to plastic surgery, the authors help us dig down to the real issue—our pursuit of self-glory. They show us the link between a woman’s heart and her purity, modesty, and body image. True Beauty is theologically astute as well as practical, offering deliberate suggestions without being dictatorial, freeing us to develop our own Christ-honoring tastes as we see and savor authentic beauty in God and his Word. True Beauty will help every reader steward her beauty effectively for Christ. Read it. I can’t wait to see the results!”
—Jani Ortlund, Executive Vice President, Renewal Ministries; author, Fearlessly Feminine and His Loving Law, Our Lasting Legacy
“This book contains fascinating and eye-opening information about our American beauty habits. Carolyn and Nicole have acted as our research assistants to open our eyes to the vanity of physical beauty and our hearts to the power of true beauty.”
—Dannah Gresh, best-selling author and creator of Secret Keeper Girl
Purchase a copy of the book now from the Sovereign Grace Store (or Amazon).
November 26, 2013 by
Categories: eBook | Resources
Today only, Amazon is offering an free Kindle eBook version of Marty Machowski's Long Story Short: Ten-Minute Devotions to Draw Your Family to God.
Marty is a pastor at Covenant Fellowship Church and authored The Gospel Story for Kids curriculum. Long Story Short is a family devotional program designed to explain God’s plan of salvation through the Old Testament and is suitable for children from preschool through high school.
Enjoy a free download of the eBook today!
HT: Gospel eBooks
November 8, 2013 by
We're big fans of the newly released Gospel Transformation Bible. In fact, we gave away a bunch of copies at our recent Pastors Conference. Today we want to give away three more copies.
Use form at the end of this post to enter, and we'll pick three winners next week.
Watch a video introduction to the Gospel Transformation Bible:
June 18, 2013 by
Categories: Resources | eBook
Have you ever been confused about the topic of spiritual warfare? What is this battle the Apostle Paul describes in Ephesians chapter 6? And, what resources does God provide for us to deploy in this warfare?
The following ebooklet titled, "A Call to Arms" by Jeff Purswell addresses these questions and many others while calling us to stand firm in what God has done for us, what God has done in us, and what God promises to do for us.
A Call To Arms (276.19 kb)
This ebooklet is based on Jeff Purswell's second general session message at our 2012 Pastors Conference. You can download that message (right click), or listen here:
March 26, 2013 by
Take Words With You, a compilation of 1,500 Scripture promises and prayers, is now available as an ebook on the Amazon site for kindle and other formats.
Over Holy Week it will be available as a $0.99 download. After that the price goes up to $2.99.
All profits go directly into new editions. The heart of this project by Tim Kerr is to get people praying by praying Scripture!
March 15, 2013 by
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Have you ever noticed how much the gospels slow down as they approach Jesus’ death and resurrection?
The gospels begin with Jesus’ birth (except Mark which begins much more quickly). They then march along, gaining speed. Jesus makes repeated stops. He calls disciples. He preaches constantly. He heals blind, deaf, paralyzed, demon-possessed people at every stop. He can hardly rest.
This pace continues and gains steam.
But, as he enters Jerusalem, everything slows down dramatically. Much a train slows as it approaches its destination, so the gospels slow down as Jesus reaches his destination: death on a cross.
Consider this. In the gospel of Matthew, of twenty-eight total chapters, eight are devoted to the final week of Jesus’ ministry.
This week has historically been called “holy week.” It is simply a designation used to capture all that happened in the final days and week of Jesus’ ministry. It begins with Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem and ends with his resurrection day.
This is what the gospel slow down to consider.
And, perhaps, so should we.
With celebrating Easter on March 31, I want to encourage you to take a few moments individually or as a family to consider this important week and its all-too-important climax in Jesus’ death and resurrection.
A Few Suggestions
Read through the gospel accounts of each day - This chart is fantastic. It organizes all that occurred each day of holy week, beginning with his triumphant entry into Jerusalem on the Sunday before Easter. Take a few minutes to talk through this as a family each day.
Read these daily devotions from Desiring God Ministries - In this short e-book Love to the Uttermost, Desiring God has collected excerpts from various messages by John Piper to go along with each day of holy week.
Rejoice in the wonderful truths of the gospel - To name a few:
- We are reconciled to God—Ephesians 2:11-22
- We are forgiven of our sins, as the debt has been cancelled—Colossians 2:14, Isaiah 53:6
- We are counted righteous in Christ—2 Corinthians 5:21, Romans 3:23-26
- We are adopted as sons and daughters—Romans 8:15-17, Galatians 4:4-7
- We are born again, becoming new creations in Christ—John 3, 2 Corinthians 5:17
- We are kept in the love of God, which nothing can disrupt—Romans 8:28-39, Jude 1
- We are look to the hope of heaven—Romans 8:24-25, 1 Peter 1:3-5
Remember his death on Good Friday, March 29 - Good Friday was an agonizing day for Jesus, as he endured the agony of the cross and the wrath of God. Take time to remember his sacrificial death. Take time to read the accounts of that day—Matthew. 26:57-27:61, Mark 14:53-15:47, Luke 22:54-23:54, and John 18:13-19:42. Take time to listen to this Crucifixion Narrative by pastor Rick Gamache.
Celebrate his resurrection on Easter, March 31 - Christ has risen; He has risen indeed. Jesus has triumphed over sin and death and risen from the dead. He is alive and, because we united to Him, we too are alive and are new creations! Celebrate Easter and rejoice in what Jesus has done.
* This post first appeared on the Cornerstone Church of Knoxville blog.
Walt has been a member of Cornerstone Church of Knoxville since the spring of 2002. He graduated from the Sovereign Grace Pastors College in June, 2008. As student at the University of Tennessee, he discovered Cornerstone Church through Volunteers for Christ (VFC). He serves the church by overseeing the worship ministry, the Care Group ministry, men's ministry, and tending to various administrative duties. He married Kim in 2007. They welcomed their first child, son Rev, in September of 2010.
The Sovereign Grace Store has added free mp3 sets for Next 2012 and our Pastors Conference 2012. General sessions, break-out sessions, and "conversations between friends" are listed below with relevant detail. Download today and enjoy.
General Session Messages:
- Jeff Purswell, "The Church and the Purpose of God"
- Jared Mellinger, "The Church and Membership"
- Ian McConnell, "The Church and Sunday"
- Kevin DeYoung, "The Church and Friendship"
- Kevin DeYoung, "The Church and Holiness"
- Matt Chandler, "The Church and Culture"
- C.J. Mahaney, "The Church and Disappointment"
Conversations Between Friends:
- C.J. Mahaney with Kevin DeYoung
- C.J. Mahaney with Matt Chandler
- Bob Kauflin with Devon Kauflin
General Session Messages:
- Dave Harvey, "Forgiveness: Debtor No More" (Mt 18:21-35)
- Jeff Purswell, "A Call to Arms" (Eph 6:10-20)
- Ligon Duncan, "God and Your Ministerial Discouragement" (Dt 34, 1 Kings 19, 2 Tim 4)
- Ian McConnell, "Gospel Men on Gospel Mission" (Mt 6:13-21)
- Matthew Wassink, "What Polity Can, Can't and Shouldn't Do For Us"
- Paul Buckley,"Godly Speech - The Power of the Words We Speak, Write and Read"
- Phil Sasser, "Effective Elderships: Fostering Clear Roles, Healthy Function, and Strong Leadership"
- Jon Payne, "Union with Christ and Everyday Pastoring: Reinforcing an Important Doctrine"
- Craig Cabaniss, "Leading through Change: How to Address Sin, Mistakes and Growth in the Church"
- John Loftness, "Evaluating Pastors: Common Mistakes, What We've Learned, and What Scripture Calls Us To"
- Mark Prater, "Loving and Leading Those Who Criticize"
- Dave Harvey, "What’s Our Role? Elders and the Global Mission"
- Mickey Connolly, "Discerning Holiness: Legalism, License and the Principle/Practice Distinction"
- Bob Kauflin, "Parenting and the Grace of God: Has Our Understanding Changed?"
- Nancy Guthrie, "Pain that Can't be Prayed Away"
- Nancy Guthrie, "Learning to Walk with Each Other Through Loss"
February 4, 2013 by
Categories: Conferences | Resources | Video
The Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary hosted the 20/20 Collegiate Conference this past weekend. Hundreds of college students gathered to consider this year’s theme, “Gospel and Mission.”
Along with Danny Akin, Darrin Patrick, and Bruce Ashford, C.J. Mahaney had the opportunity to address these college students from God’s Word on two occasions. The audio and video have been made available.
The Profile of a Church Planter
1 Thessalonians 2
Called and Kept for Christ’s Purposes
For a fuller description of 20/20 2013, watch this introduction by Tony Merida.