A Few Good Reads

April 20, 2016
photo credit: solidether via photopin cc

photo credit: solidether via photopin cc

25 Simple Ways to Be Missional in Your Neighborhood
Living as an effective Christian witness becomes more difficult when you consider the isolation most Americans have from their physical neighbors. Josh Reeves gives us some solid advice for getting to know our neighbors and engaging them with the Gospel. “Below is a list of my top 25. Not all of these are for everyone, but hopefully there will be several ideas on the list that God uses to help you engage your neighbors.”

9 Reasons to Prioritize Personal Discpleship
Too often we neglect the important work of one on one discipleship. Matt Rogers offers a helpful corrective and gives nine reasons why we should make this a priority. “Over the years, the gap between the mission of disciple-making and the actual practice of most Christians grew wider and wider. Many knew they should be making disciples and wanted to do so, but they simply didn’t know how.”

A Simple Cure for Restlessness
Everyone knows the restlessness that comes from not getting the work done we need to get done. Brett McKay has a great suggestion- work when you are working and play when you are playing. “Restlessness occurs when we mix play with our work, and work with our play. A failure to keep these pursuits separate robs us of enjoyment and pleasure in our play, and of effectiveness and satisfaction in our work.”

Discipleship
Mark Dever’s work on Discipleship in the “Building Healthy Churches” series provides a rationale for discipleship with an practical program to pursue. This is an important work for any serious Christian to read. “Before ascending to heaven, Jesus instructed his followers to ‘make disciples of all nations.’ But what does this command actually entail? What does it look like for Christians to care for one another’s spiritual well-being and growth? In this introduction to the basics of discipling, Dever uses biblical definitions and practical examples to show how Christians can help one another become more like Christ every day.”

Scott Slayton

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Scott Slayton is the Lead Pastor at Chelsea Village Baptist Church in Chelsea, AL. He and Beth have been married since 2003 and have four children.