The Cost of Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Examining the Sermon on the Mount, Bonhoeffer illuminates the distinction between “costly grace” and “cheap grace.”
One-to-One Bible Reading: A Simple Guide for Every Christian by David Helm. A short and very practical guide that demonstrates how one-on-one discipleship can happen when two people read the Bible together. One-on-one Bible reading is helpful for conversion, sanctification, training, and building relationships.
Following the Master by Michael Wilkins. A hefty biblical theology of discipleship, but really excellent.
How People Change by Timothy S. Lane and Paul David Tripp. A clear book about how the Holy Spirit works to change and transform people.
Designed to Lead: The Church and Leadership Development by Eric Geiger and Kevin Peck. A unique leadership book with a gospel-centered perspective.
Faith Mapping: A Gospel Atlas for Your Spiritual Journey by Daniel Montgomery and Mike Cosper. FaithMapping encourages readers to see how all aspects of the Gospel are interconnected and equally important; the cross, God’s enduring love, and His coming Kingdom are three ways of looking at the same gospel.
The Trellis and the Vine; The Ministry Mindshift That Changes Everything by Colin Marshall and Tony Payne. Using the metaphor of a vine growing on a trellis, Marshall and Payne demonstrate how the structure of a ministry or church (the trellis) must receive some attention and care so that the people the ministry serves (the vine) can grow and thrive.
Bible Study: A Student’s Guide by Jon Nielson. This resource was written specifically for teens who are eager to learn how to study the Bible. First and foremost, Nielson shifts the focus of Bible study from self to God, so that students begin to see Him revealed through His Word.
Grounded in the Gospel: Building Believers the Old-Fashioned Way by J.I.Packer and Gary Parrett. Packer and Parrett make the argument that catechesis is a crucial tool for giving believers the essential of the faith.
Beginning Well: Christian Conversion and Authentic Transformation and Transforming Conversion: Rethinking the Language and Contours of Christian Initiation by Gordon T. Smith- These are both great books that help us process conversion and discipleship in a biblical way.
You Are What You Love: The Spiritual Power of Habit by James K.A. Smith. Smith asserts that “what do you want?” is the essential question any would-be disciple needs to answer.
A more extended, scholarly treatment of the same premise is Smith’s Desiring the Kingdom: Worship, Worldview, and Cultural Formation.
In the Name of Jesus: Reflections on Christian Leadership by Henri Nouwen. An extremely valuable account of what Nouwen learned from serving the mentally handicapped at L’Arche.
New City Catechism: 52 Questions for Our Hearts and Minds by Kathy Keller. A catechism written by Kathy Keller and published by TGC. There is a curriculum and a children’s version as well.
Multiply: Disciples Making Disciples by Francis Chan This is a core discipleship resource that covers biblical and theological basics that can be easily used for students and small groups. Goes along with videos at www.multiplymovement.com.
The Explicit Gospel by Matt Chandler. Chandler found that many churches talk about the Bible and the teachings of Jesus without making the gospel explicit. This book seeks to make the good news, with its implications and applications, as clear as possible.
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