Free Bible Overview Video Course: God’s Big Picture by Vaughan Roberts

God's Big Picture - Bible Overview Course

One of the books we recommend on biblical theology is God’s Big Picture: Tracing the Storyline of the Bible by Vaughan Roberts.

Our friends at Clayton.TV have released a free video study tool that walks through each of the nine units of the book. Each unit features a video of 10-12 minutes and a study guide. This is an ideal resource for churches and any Christian wanting to dig deeper in understanding the Bible’s overarching story.


Click to download the whole course (all videos and printable material). At average download speed (10Mbps) this could take up to half an hour.

Click to download a short printable ‘How To Use God’s Big Picture’ guide.

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Summary of God’s Big Picture Video Study (via Clayton.TV)

UNIT 1: THE PATTERN OF THE KINGDOM

The Bible isn’t just a random collection of books but one connected story and it is vital to understand it in that context. This first video explains that the Bible has one author: God, one subject: Jesus Christ and one overarching theme: God’s plan to save the world through his son Jesus Christ.

We begin to look at this unfolding story in Genesis, the first book of the Bible, which sets up the pattern of God’s kingdom that we will trace through the rest of the units. We see that in God’s perfect created order, God’s People, Adam and Eve, live in God’s Place, the Garden of Eden, and enjoy his Rule and Blessing. In this creation the relationships between God & man, man & woman and mankind & creation are perfect, just as they were supposed to be. But it doesn’t last long…

UNIT 2: THE PERISHED KINGDOM

God’s perfect creation is all too quickly ruined. In this episode we consider the question of evil, the tactics of the Devil who wants people to distrust and disobey God and the sinfulness of human hearts.

As we read more of Genesis we see that God’s people, Adam and Eve, disobey God, reject his rule and suffer the dire consequences. Once they have turned their back on God he must turn his back on them. Relationships are broken and God’s people suffer the just curses of a fallen world. Sin and death infect the whole of creation. God’s people deserve judgment but in God’s grace this isn’t where the story ends…

UNIT 3: THE PROMISED KINGDOM

It looks like it’s all gone wrong but in unit 3 we learn that God has an eternal plan to save his people and restore his perfect creation. Reading on in Genesis we see that God, in his amazing grace, is going to send a saviour to rescue his fallen people. He then makes a foundational covenant or promise with one man, Abraham, which has implications for the rest of history. God promises to make himself a people through Abraham, to bring his people to a place and to bless them. As we see more of human sin and weakness we also see more and more of God’s grace and we realise God’s people cannot save themselves. Only God can save.

But questions abound… How will he make a people from an elderly, barren couple? Where is this land? And how can he restore the perfect relationships of creation?

UNIT 4: THE PARTIAL KINGDOM- People, Rule, and Blessing

God’s covenant promises of unit 3 are beginning to be worked out. In Genesis 12 – Exodus 18 we see how God begins to make a people for himself by miraculously granting Abraham and Sarah children and then many descendants. We see again and again that evil, unworthy persons become God’s people and it becomes clear that it is God who saves and that no man can boast.

We see how God rescues his people from slavery in Egypt by substitution, by conquest and by defeating their enemies. Once freed from slavery God begins to bless his people by giving them his law and by living amongst them. Things are beginning to look up, but there is much more to be fulfilled.

UNIT 5: THE PARTIAL KINGDOM- Place and King

Having seen the ‘people’ and ‘blessing’ promises partially fulfilled we’re now looking out for the promise of ‘land’ to be fulfilled. But, because of further disobedience, we read in the book of Numbers that God’s people are delayed forty years in getting into the land he has promised them. Once in the land things don’t get much better: the nation descends into a cycle of sin, judgment and grace. God provides judges to rule his people.

Perhaps God’s people would do better if they had a king to rule over them? In 1 Samuel – 2 Chronicles God’s promise of a king is seemingly fulfilled by Saul, David and then Solomon. The last two kings bring great periods of peace and prosperity to Israel, but ultimately each one fails to bring the everlasting peace and kingdom that God has promised. We conclude that these partially fulfilled promises must be pointing to something greater.

UNIT 6: THE PROPHESIED KINGDOM

Israel’s history takes a downward turn as the people continue to disobey. They are exiled from the promised land, they become a scattered fragmented people and are left facing God’s judgment rather than blessing. But in his grace God sends prophets to speak his word to his people and enforce his covenant.

This unit maps the various prophets found in the Old Testament, all bringing a message of judgment and hope. Speaking God’s words and not their own, the prophets stress that God’s people will face judgment if they continue to disobey, but the prophets also bring a wonderful message of hope: God will keep his promise to bless his people. Most excitingly they prophesy of a new hope and a glorious, perfect King who will rule God’s people forever – that is of course, Jesus Christ. We’re left at the end of this unit eagerly looking for the arrival of true God’s King.

UNIT 7: THE PRESENT KINGDOM

Finally all of God’s promises are fulfilled! Here we truly see how the whole of the Bible fits together. God’s promised king arrives to save God’s people – Jesus is born. This unit shows how each of the four gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) give complementary accounts of Jesus’ life and teachings, each concluding that Jesus is the Messiah, the saviour of God’s people and the fulfillment of all the Old Testament promises. We see how Jesus is God’s people, place, rule and blessing and what each of these promises means for the believer.

Most importantly this unit describes the way in which Jesus saves God’s people through substitution, by taking the punishment they deserve, so that God’s people can be restored to perfect relationship with him. There is a tension that remains however because the presence of sin remains…

UNIT 8: THE PROCLAIMED KINGDOM

Jesus’ kingdom is both ‘now’ and ‘not yet’. This unit explains that we live in the ‘last days’ between Jesus’ first and second comings. God is patiently waiting for more people to come into his kingdom before he sends Jesus back to wrap everything up. As we move on to the book of Acts we see that to accomplish the task of making a great people for himself God sends his Holy Spirit into Christians so they can tell others of Jesus.

We learn that the Holy Spirit brings about new birth, he equips believers to serve Christ and he produces holiness. Though believers have been wonderfully saved God does not promise an easy life now, rather suffering is to be expected. Believers are to persevere in holiness and in spreading the gospel, by looking forward to the glorious, eternal future when sin and death will be no more.

UNIT 9: THE PERFECTED KINGDOM

The end of evil and the beginning of eternity: the final book of the Bible, Revelation, is a series of visions given to the apostle John which conveys a message through symbols to strengthen believers.

There is a vision of a lamb on a throne in Heaven which encourages believers to know that though this world is full of evil there is someone in charge, Jesus, who gave his life for his people. Next there is a series of visions of seals, trumpets, and bowls which depict the warmongering, economic instability and death that will mark every age until Christ returns. Then there is the final judgment when all evil and opposition to God will be totally and finally destroyed. And finally, there is the glorious picture of the new creation; God’s perfect kingdom where there will be no sin, or sadness or death.

We see how God’s promise to Abraham is fully and finally fulfilled: God’s people from all nations will live in God’s place, the new creation, and enjoy his rule and the blessing of his presence eternally. So we pray ‘Come Lord Jesus’ and while we wait ask for ‘the grace of the Lord be with God’s people Amen’.

“The Kingdom of God is God’s people in God’s place under God’s rule and blessing.”

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Measuring Impact – Video of Webinar with Craig Parro

How should non-profits and missions organizations measure impact?

The challenging (and sometimes ambiguous) nature of measuring impact may deter some from even trying, but LRI President Craig Parro says measuring impact is crucial.

In the webinar Craig Parro hosted with the Barnabas Group in Chicago, IL, Craig unpacks the why and the how of measuring impact. Since every organization is so different, Craig bases much of his talk on how Leadership Resources measures impact training pastors in biblical exposition in the Training National Trainers program.

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“Why is it that everyone loves learning, but nobody loves being evaluated?” – Craig Parro

One-to-One Bible Reading Video Seminar with David Helm

One-to-One Bible Reading Video Seminar - Pastor David Helm

Leadership Resources champions expositional Word ministry of any kind because the Word of God alone has the power to bring life and transform. For that reason, we love recommending believers to read the Bible one-to-one with others; it is indeed a simple way to fulfill the Great Commission.

David Helm, pastor and author of One-to-One Bible Reading and friend of LRI, presented the following seminar at Covenant Life Church in Gaithersburg, Maryland. The seminar is courtesy of Matthias Media and Reading121.org.


OVERVIEW: HOW THE COURSE WORKS
This online course is a way to share the idea of One-to-One Bible Reading with a group, to encourage others to get started with it. The course consists of four lessons that may be enjoyed by groups of any age or size. It’s for adult Sunday school classes, home groups, youth groups, or just a few friends who want to give themselves to reading the Bible. It can be used by churches to promote the idea at a half-day seminar. Or it can be used by Christians anywhere to simply share the idea informally.

Each lesson consists of three parts: Watch, Discuss, and Interact. You can use all the parts or only one or two. However you want to make use of the materials, each lesson is designed to be used in a 45-60 minute time slot. But, with discussion, it can certainly be expanded. To watch the videos and access the discussion PDFs, click on the lessons below to be directed to Reading121.org.

Lesson 1: What is it? Why do it?

Lesson 2: Who is it for?

Lesson 3: How can I get started? (Part 1)

Lesson 4: How can I get started? (Part 2)


For a shorter introduction to the what, why, and how of one-to-one Bible reading, listen to this interview with LRI’s Program Director of Europe Sean Martin (or read transcript):

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The 2018 Blog Year in Review


2018 has been a remarkable year for the ministry of Leadership Resources International. In teamwork with our international partners, we’ve trained over 12,000 pastors in almost 50 countries.

The LRI blog has also experienced fruit and growth. The following links give a Year in Review for our blog. We hope the posts encourage and challenge you to faithfully minister God’s Word in your life and ministry.

Articles

Audio Resources

Video Resources

Stories from the Field

Central Asia: Preaching the Word with Clarity and Confidence

One preacher told Turstan that before this training “we got stuck in our own web. The harder we worked to make things clear, the more we confused even ourselves!” Now he preaches from the Word with both clarity and confidence.

Colombia: “Lord, please make this pastor go away!”

Costa Rica: “The pulpit now is no longer a burden, but a blessing”  [Video]

Cuba: Empowering Faithful Word Ministry

“TNT [Leadership Resources’ training for pastors] is really cool because students develop thoughts and sermons based on the principles we learn. This fuels us and also gives us feedback. At the same time, the student can be reproducing this training in home groups, Sunday School, and other places. . . . TNT has helped us greatly.”

Kenya: “His passion is channeled by the text itself. . .”

“His teaching has become more clear and to the point. He doesn’t just appeal to emotions. Paul is still a passionate preacher, but his passion is channeled by the text itself.”

Philippines: From Fear to a Passion to Preach God’s Word

“Everyone there had a far greater understanding of God’s Word. I thought I could never catch up.”

Security-sensitive Asian country: A Movement of the Word…Even Among Drug Addicts 

“A few years ago I was wondering, ‘Who will I train?’ A group of drug addicts at a local rehabilitation center were eager to learn, so I began with them. Soon they were changed by the power of God’s Word. Their hunger for the Word grew further still.

Security-sensitive Asian country: Transformed Pulpits Lead to Transformed Communities 

Chinh’s passion is to equip churches to shower the love of Christ on their communities by meeting social, physical, and spiritual needs . . . acts of love which “adorn” the gospel (Titus 2:10). These churches build schools, care for widows, dig toilets, and help farmers gather their crops when they are sick – they serve both Christians and non-Christians. When asked why, their reply is simple, “Because we love you! And because God loves you so much.” This outpouring of love has created a spiritual hunger among unbelievers to know this God of love. And as a result, many have come to know Christ.

25 Quotes from The Vine Project: Shaping Your Ministry Culture Around Disciple-Making

The Vine Project - Shaping Your Ministry Culture Around Disciple-Making Book Cover

Our friends Colin Marshall and Tony Payne, authors of The Trellis and the Vine, have recently released a “sequel” to the book that Mark Dever called “The best book I’ve read on the nature of church ministry.”

The Vine Project: Shaping Your Ministry Culture Around Disciple-Making seeks to sharpen and build upon the principles shared in The Trellis and the Vine to comprehensively and practically answer the question, “How can we shift the whole culture of our church in the direction of disciple-making?”

The quotes below give a snapshot into the heart and content of The Vine Project. Learn more about The Vine Project in our review.

This book does come with a minor language warning: several times American readers will be shocked by an extra “u” in a word like “behavior”, referring to “mom” as “mum”, or calling a shopping cart a “trolley.” We sincerely hope you can overlook the peccadillos of our friends ;).

Order The Vine Project on Amazon or through Matthias Media’s website.


We long for Great-Commission style ‘vine work’ to be the normal agenda and priority within our churches. We yearn for every member of our congregation to grasp this and to live it—to pray for and reach out to those around them to make new disciples, and to nurture and edify and encourage one another to maturity in Christ. (15)

How can we shift the whole culture of our church in the direction of disciple-making? That’s the question that The Vine Project is aiming to answer. (16)

Disciple-making is really about calling people to faith and hope in Jesus Christ in the midst of this present evil age, with all its pressures. To become a church more focused on disciple-making is to become a fellowship that understands more clearly why life is often hard, and what resources God has given us to grow in faith and hope and love in the midst of the struggle. A disciple-making church is actually better able to handle the crises and pressures of everyday life. (17)

You can’t usually change culture by trying to change culture. You must change deeply held beliefs/convictions that underpin culture (even underlying ones) and activities, practices, structures that express those beliefs. (31)

This is why we want to make more and more disciples of Jesus Christ: because God’s goal for the whole world and the whole of human history is to glorify his beloved Son in the midst of the people he has rescued and transformed. (58)

Making disciples is not primarily a human activity with goals that we set (although it is those things in a subsidiary sense). Whatever happens in Christian ministry and in church, and whatever happens in our neighbour hoods and families and work places, is part of what God is doing to move all things inexorably towards their goal and end—which is Jesus Christ. (59)

The people Jesus calls to be ‘learners’ don’t have a blank slate. Their slate is very full—of foolish, darkened, enslaved thinking that is opposed to learning Jesus at every point. Becoming a learner of Christ therefore requires a radical change. It requires a great work of God to rescue us from the dark domain in which we were enslaved, and to transfer us into the kingdom of his beloved Son. From our side, it requires repentance—that is, a dying to the web of lies that our lives once were built on. (67)

Everything we do as God’s gathered people (as ‘church’) should be an exercise in the transformative learning of Christ. (71)

What is a disciple? A forgiven sinner who is learning Christ in repentance and faith. (74)

Disciples are made by the persevering proclamation of the word of God by the people of God in prayerful dependence on the Spirit of God. (83)

In the New Testament, the proclamation of the word is the basic means for creating and growing ‘Christ-learners’. You could even say that there is only one central activity in making disciples—the speaking of the word of God —and that all the other elements describe in what Spirit, by which people, and in what manner that speaking is done. (84)

One symptom of a congregational culture that is weak in ‘disciple-making’ is that there are few contexts or instances beyond the Sunday sermon in which the Bible’s word is regularly being spoken.(86)

Prayerlessness, like Wordlessness, is a classic symptom of a sick disciple-making culture. (90)

The goal of every form of Christian ministry could be summarized simply as seeking to help each person, wherever they happen to be…to come closer towards hearing the gospel and being transferred out of the domain of darkness into the kingdom; and then to press forward towards maturity in Christ in every aspect of their lives. (96-97)

Moving to the Right Graphic from The Vine Project - Trellis and the Vine

With confidence that God will work through his word and Spirit, even slowly and gradually over time, we can all do our part in helping everyone around us take a step forward in Christ. (99)

In a church where the four Ps are being widely practised by many believers across the congregation, the sermon is an occasion not just where one man speaks, but where he teaches a multitude to speak. In his preaching, a pastor sounds the tuning fork so that the whole orchestra knows in what key to play. He teaches and guards the sound deposit of the gospel so that all may know it clearly and thoroughly (for how else will they speak it?). He shows them not only what the Bible says, but how they can read and speak that truth for themselves. He constantly teaches the sound doctrinal framework that shapes the Bible reading and speaking of the whole congregation. (117)

The Expository Church Diagram — Colin Marshall

If we want a church culture of transformative learning, our households need to reflect this vision, and our families need to be taught and encouraged and equipped to embrace it. The connection between home-based and church-based disciple-making is very close. The one will nurture the other. (140)

“It is better to hear one sermon only and meditate on that, than to hear two sermons and meditate on neither.” Thomas White (164)

If we wish everyone in our congregation to be feeding on and digesting and praying over the word of God, then we cannot ignore the importance of doing so ourselves. (165)

Prayer comes before transformation, as we beg for God to change us by his Spirit; and prayer follows transformation, as we verbalize and express our growing trust in Christ. (165)

A successful activity/program in the church: an activity or program is ‘effective’ to the extent that it facilitates the prayerful speaking of the word of God (in whatever way) over time with the result that people ‘move to the right’. (187)

Christianity does not have two messages, one for the outsider and one for the insider. The gospel word that builds someone into the church is the same word that builds them up in the church. (214)

Small groups have enormous potential to move people to the right—but their frequent failure to do so is in very large measure due to poor quality leadership. Whatever energy or resources we put into recruiting and equipping small group leaders will pay enormous dividends over time. (277)

Strategic planning is actually the easy part. Execution is where nearly everyone falls down. The truly challenging stage in driving any deep culture change is actually executing your plans—persistently, flexibly and effectively over the considerable period of time that will be required for any real change to take place. (315)

Pastoral leadership flourishes and is effective when pastors are constantly seeking to invest in and deploy new pastors and co-workers to serve alongside them, whether as volunteers, part-timers or full-time staff. We need more pastors (not less) who can teach the faith, nurture spiritual maturity, and take responsibility to lead and equip the saints in all aspects of Christian living and 4P ministry. (323)


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What Makes an Excellent Bible Teacher? Dick Lucas Answers.

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What makes an excellent teacher?

In a recent episode of Help Me Teach the Bible, that is the question Dick Lucas answers.

Dick Lucas, former Rector of St. Helen’s Bishopsgate and Founder of The Proclamation Trust in the UK, has taught the Bible for over forty years. Lucas was one of Leadership Resources’ primary influences for launching Training National Trainers, training pastors worldwide to preach God’s Word with God’s heart.

Listen to the audio below or download the mp3.


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Dick Lucas UK Preacher at St Helens Proclamation TrustSome of Lucas’s most helpful thoughts are summarized below.

1. Seek honest feedback in the context of friendliness and fellowship with the goal of everyone getting a little bit better. Receiving feedback is like jumping in a cold swimming pool: “Once you love jumping in the cold swimming pool…you love swimming around.”

2. Preachers need to be both called by God and properly equipped to preach.

3. Excellent teachers have a hunger to learn. Be a reader. (See LRI’s recommended reading)

4. It is the job of a pastor to be looking for people in the congregation who are able to teach.

5. Ask the following questions of a preaching text:

  • What does the text actually say?
  • What significance has this for the world, my church, my neighbor?
  • How can I get that into order? (The outline of the text for speaking.)

6. Clarity in speaking is key. “The one supreme need of the speaker is clarity.” [This is why our training uses the Main Idea and Intended Response hermeneutical principle.]

7. Illustrations are helpful for giving people mental rest and catching the attention of the sleepy. [See 10 Pro Tips for Better Sermon Illustrations.]

8. Deal with discouragement. If you can’t deal with discouragement, you can’t continue in ministry.


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Free eBook: Finishing Well in Life and Ministry: God’s Protection from Burnout

Free Ebook Finishing Well in Life and Ministry Battling Burnout

Burnout is inevitable.

Apart from the sustaining presence of God, the pressures of the ministry are more than any man or woman can bear. We, as church leaders, battle against a host of enemies: unrealistic expectations, unrelenting schedules, resistant people, a morally bankrupt culture, and spiritual forces of darkness. How are we to survive this onslaught, let alone flourish in the ministry? Finishing Well in Life and Ministry will give you hope as you discover that you are not alone.

For a limited time, Leadership Resources is offering the eBook version (Kindle, ePub, and PDF) of Finishing Well in Life and Ministry: God’s Protection from Burnout free of charge to subscribers to our blog.** This book co-written by our Founder Bill Mills and President Craig Parro will lift your soul by unpacking God’s sustaining provision for us in Christ.

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A sneak peak from the book’s introduction:

“The key to life and ministry is found in our view of God, our view of ourselves and in our view of ministry…As our vision of God becomes greater, our hearts will become freer and our ministries will grow fuller. We will be continually coming back to God, seeking Him for His eternal resources, which alone can sustain us from day to day.”

What Amazon readers are saying:

“This book is full of Scripture. Though it is written for pastors, I found it very encouraging as it points you to the Lord in every trial explored! Highly recommended for anyone in any area of serving!”

“As a pastor who is nearing the close of pastoral ministry before retirement, I found this book quite helpful as I reflect on how to finish well and not coast.”

“Such a powerful word to encourage His servants, to keep their eyes on Jesus. Great book to use in a pastor’s small group.”

The book is available in paperback in our web store and on Amazon.

Six of the Best Books on Prayer for Pastors and Leaders

List of Best Books on Prayer for Pastors and Leaders

“The wheels of all machinery for extending the gospel are moved by prayer.” —J.C. Ryle

The importance of prayer in the life of a pastor or ministry leader cannot be overstated.

Without prayerful dependence on God Almighty for wisdom, grace, and gospel fruit in ministry, we are tempted to serve in our own strength. To make a lasting impact ministering God’s Word to a lost world, we must be people of prayer.

The Bible is by far the best way to learn and grow regarding the topic of prayer. In addition to the Bible, Leadership Resources recommends the following books that have helped us better understand the crucial subject of prayer.

1. Prayer and the Voice of God by Phillip Jensen and Tony Payne.

This is a simple, yet profound introduction to prayer. It covers a whole range of questions people have about prayer in a very clear, concise (125 pages), biblical manner.

Description from the Amazon page:

Prayer doesn’t have to be a mystery or a burden. In this Guidebook for Life, Phillip Jensen and Tony Payne open up what God himself says to us in the Scriptures about prayer, including what prayer really is, why we should do it and why we often don’t. This insightful, practical book offers powerful motivations to get us back on our knees and praying, as well as helpful discussions of what to pray for.

Buy on MatthiasMedia.com.

2. The God Who Hears by W. Bingham Hunter.

This is a thorough, yet easy to read book on prayer. LRI staff member Phil Smith recommends this and enjoyed Hunter’s focus on the nature of God informing us on how and why we pray.

  • “If God really cared he would answer my prayer.”
  • “I hesitate to ask him anything.”
  • “I can’t understand why he continues to ignore my deepest needs.”

Bingham Hunter recognizes that most believers have these thoughts from time to time. He encourages us to look at prayer from the standpoint of who God is. The true aim of prayer is intimacy with God. We pray effectively when we make him the desire of our hearts, Hunter answers our questions about prayer by directing us to the nature and attributes of God and to our own lives. God responds not to our prayers but to who we are–what we think, feel, will and do. Prayer is communication from the whole person to the Wholeness that is the living God.

3. Praying with Paul: A Call to Spiritual Reformation by D.A. Carson.

What better way to grow in prayer than a deep study of how the apostle Paul prayed? In Praying with Paul, D.A. Carson expounds the New Testament prayers of Paul in a way that encourages and equips readers to conform their prayers to the priorities of Scripture as modeled by Paul.

God doesn’t demand hectic church programs and frenetic schedules; he only wants his people to know him more intimately. The apostle Paul found that spiritual closeness in his own fellowship with the Father. Praying with Paul calls believers to reject superficiality and revolutionize their lives by embracing a God-guided approach to prayer. By following Paul’s life-shaping principles, we can hear God speak to us today.

4. Language of the Heart: 20 Worship Prompters & Meditations on Prayer by Bill Mills, Founder of Leadership Resources.

LRI Founder Bill Mills presents twenty worship prompters and meditations on prayer to lead readers into a rich experience of awe and wonder as they contemplate God’s deep and marvelous mysteries.

If you are looking for a book to stir your heart to pray and enjoy communion with your loving heavenly Father, Language of the Heart is the book for you. Read a sample of the book or buy the book in our web store.

5. The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers & Devotions edited by Arthur Bennett

This collection of Puritan prayers features prayers from the works of Thomas Shepherd, Thomas Watson, Richard Baxter, John Bunyan, Isaac Watts, William Williams, Philip Doddridge, William Romaine, David Brainerd, Augustus Toplady, Christmas Evans, William Jay, Henry Law, Charles Haddon Spurgeon, and more. Reading and praying The Valley of Vision is the next best thing to like joining a prayer group with spiritual giants of yesteryear.

I personally enjoy praying The Valley of Vision to help me add rich, biblically-rooted substance to my prayers. The deep Trinitarian theology and gospel focus stir my heart and fill me with renewed affection for God while expressing those thoughts to the Creator.

You can also read these prayers online for free.

6. Prayer by John Bunyan

John Bunyan’s blood has been described as “bibline.” That bibline blood comes through in this short, two-part book on prayer. The publisher’s description:

Two works on prayer are here brought together. In Praying in the Spirit Bunyan defines what it means to pray with the spirit and with the understanding, and deals with difficulties in prayer. In The Throne of Grace, he explains how to approach God’s throne in prayer and opens up the blessings God’s people receive from the high priestly ministry of Jesus Christ.


Six of the Best Books on Prayer for Pastors and Leaders

While we’re on the topic:

Complete Audio from The Trellis & Vine Talk Podcast

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A few years ago, our friends Tony Payne, Colin Marshall, and friends hosted a podcast called Trellis & Vine Talk, coinciding with the release of their influential book on church ministry The Trellis and the Vine. This podcast unpacks the major themes in the book and goes deeper in talking about implementation.

Below you will find the nine episodes embedded for your listening convenience. You may also be interested in audio/video from the Re:Growth Conference that shared what Tony and Colin have learned in the five years since T&V debuted.

Leadership Resources and Matthias Media (the publisher of The Trellis and the Vine) are partnering together to foster an expositional mindset in pastors and churches. Learn more about our work.

You can download the audio by right clicking (audio) and saving the file to your computer.

1. Not about small groups (audio)

2. Who is Your Sheep? (audio)

3. Are Evangelistic Events Worth it? (audio)

4. All About Small Groups (audio)

5. Disciple-Making a Mental Virus (audio)

6. Discipleship Teams (audio)

7. Common and Uncommon Preaching (audio)

8. Sunday Sermons: Necessary, but Not Sufficient (audio)

9. Church Planting and Personal Discipleship (audio)

The Vine Project Conference with Colin Marshall (Audio and Video)

ReGrowth Conference - Colin Marshall - Disciplemaking in the Local Church

In the fall of 2015, Leadership Resources had the privilege of hosting the Re:Growth Conference with Colin Marshall, author of the acclaimed The Trellis and the Vine (watch a short video summary of The Trellis and the Vine) for a conversation around growing a culture of disciples making disciples in the local church.

UPDATE: Much of the content from this mini-conference is included in the recently released book The Vine Project: Shaping Your Ministry Culture Around Disciple-Making by Colin Marshall. Read our review.

What is Re:Growth?

Re:Growth is more than a training course: it’s a theologically driven approach to leading culture change. Rather than a superficial fix or a short course, Re:Growth is a robust process that aims for lasting and true change.

The ultimate aim of Re:Growth is to change the ministry DNA of the whole church, by doing a deep work in a few change makers, a work which will multiply as they, and you, make disciples.

Re:Growth has been developed on biblical principles of discipleship, and a tried and tested framework that has emerged from real world experience and groundwork of coaching churches in many different areas and contexts.

Here is a short biography for Colin Marshall:

Colin has spent the past 40 years training men and women in the ministry of the gospel, both in university and local church contexts. He is a graduate of Moore Theological College and the author of The Trellis and the Vine (with Tony Payne)Growth Groups, and Passing the Baton. He was the Director of the Ministry Training Strategy (MTS) for 15 years to 2006 and took up the role of International Director until 2009. Alongside his work for MTS, he was Chaplain to the NSW Cricket Team for 8 years.

Col founded the Vinegrowers ministry in 2010 to help pastors and church leaders implement the principles of The Trellis and the Vine and build churches where disciple-making affects everything. He works alongside the ministry team at St George North Anglican Church in Sydney, training men to be effective leaders of disciple-making ministries.

Suggested ways to use this resource:

  • Watch with your ministry team and go through the discussion questions provided by Marshall. (If you would prefer to listen in on discussion from the discipleship conference, you can watch the version with discussion here.)
  • Follow along with Colin’s PowerPoint and take notes on the ReGrowth Handout.
  • Consider browsing the Vinegrowers website and engaging Colin Marshall as a consultant for your church or ministry. You can also sign up for Vinegrowers newsletter to stay in the loop.
  • Watch the video or download the audio of the four sessions below.

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