Books We Are Reading
Have you ever wondered what books the pastors and staff at IBC are reading? Do you ever feel you don’t know where to begin when looking for a good book to read? Here are some that have moved and challenged us. Occasionally, we’ll include a video that has been meaningful to us as well.
I (Clint) walked into Pastor Rob’s office for a meeting one day and was asked how things were going. My response was ‘crazy busy.’ Rob immediately introduced me to this book as a response to being busy. Frankly, I am extremely happy he did because this was a very interesting book to go through, and the best part about the book is that it is only 118 pages. What was most beneficial for me regarding the book was the realization that Jesus was busy, but His busyness was the correct busyness in working on kingdom work. We get caught up in adding these new fads, and trends that try to provide an easier lifestyle as well as correct our issues but instead add to our busy lifestyles. The book challenges our faithfulness to God and making him the priority. What we have to understand is that there is a difference between busyness and productiveness, as well as questioning whether our productivity is yoked in Christ or in this world.
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There is a great movie out about one of the missionaries we support. God has used George Verwer in great ways as a founder of the missionary organization Operation Mobilization and this movie takes you on a journey with George and you get to hear his story of triumph, personal failure, success, and discouragement and how through God’s grace George continues to carry on his mission to bring the Gospel around the world.
While you can watch this trailer for free, The full hour-long movie is a video rental and you can learn more about renting or purchasing the video here: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/georgeforreal for instant streaming playback and download.
The book’s subtitle states: “taking back your faith in the American Dream.” How often do we get caught up in our lives and forget about the last time we invested in proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ? Unfortunately what we think of the gospel message at times becomes an American version of the gospel itself. Platt challenges us to go back to the basics of what God desires from us in a simple command, GO.
Radical provides tangible ways for us to refocus our mindset towards evangelism and live the Gospel in Truth. As the book concludes, there is a great summary of what Platt explains throughout the book: “Real success is found in radical sacrifice. Ultimate satisfaction is found not in making much of ourselves but in making much of God. The purpose of our lives transcends the country and culture in which we live. Meaning is found in community, not individualism; joy is found in generosity, not materialism; and truth is found in Christ, not universalism.
Ultimately, Jesus is a reward worth risking everything to know, experience, and enjoy.” The book finishes with providing a one year plan of action for us all to consider how we can change this current American Dream mindset and instead bring back the true faith found in Jesus Christ alone. (Reviewed by Clint Steinke)
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When I (Rob) was a younger pastor this book was used to speak to what I was feeling about my own life but could not put into words. I remember sitting at the dining room table and not being able to put it down. The Bible warns us that the only things that are going to last into our eternal life are those things done for Christ (Mt 6:19-21). If we believe this, how will it affect our choices, our budgets, or vocations? One imagery in the book that struck me as I read was the alarming condition of young men who are pressured to waste their lives. In his book, Piper shares the account of a young man who was just seventeen when he snuck into the European theater during WWII and found himself on the beach at Normandy. Here is a young man who sneaks himself into the conflicts of war in order to invest himself in the greater cause. We can contrast this with the current temptation within ourselves to shrink back from great responsibility and opportunity. In the end we can see that the danger of wasting our life is present at every turn.
In addition to being a great book (especially for young men who are rising to the occasion of God’s names sake) it’s also free. Just follow this link and download the e-book. http://www.desiringgod.org/books/dont-waste-your-life (Reviewed by Pastor Rob)
There might be no more frequently used word in the Christian church right now that the word “gospel.” Honestly, it might mean different things depending on who’s using the word. Most often in our circles people mean the invitation to accept Christ. Matt Chandler, the Pastor of Village Church near Dallas, does a great job explaining that the gospel “is not the response to the gospel (pg 82).” The gospel is explicit however. It is not something we can subtly hint at or something we can tailor for certain individual responses. If you believe that “the gospel is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes,” (Romans 1:16) than this might be a good book for you. (Reviewed by Pastor Rob)
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This summer, as we read and studied small group programs in the process of retooling and re-visioning our own small group ministry at IBC, this book was inspiring and encouraging. It clearly presents the strengths and benefit of uniting small groups together as sermon-based small groups. As a small group leader, you will find this book provides many good ideas and encouragement as we grow into our own sermon-based small group ministry. As a congregation member, this book can help you understand the benefits and goals of sermon-based small groups. If you’re in a small group, you’ll be encouraged, and if you are not in a group, I’m certain you’ll find yourself wanting to find a small group. (Reviewed by Pastor Mike)
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About one year ago, Bob Kauflin released his second book on worship. His first book, Worship Matters very practically addresses the worship leader and worship musicians. Bob leads Sovereign Grace Music a resource we find very useful for new songs. Some of our congregational favorites, such as In Christ Alone, Behold Our God, and All I Have is Christ have come from this resource. Bob is a “leader of leaders” and is looked to by many worship leaders and worship teams for guidance. In his newest book, True Worshippers addresses the worshipper. Of course, this includes worship leaders and worship musicians, but goes much further. We are all worshippers. Bob’s practical and Biblical teaching has been a great encouragement and challenge to me over the past several years. (Reviewed by Pastor Mike)
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