Where Do I Go After Overflow?
So you joined us for Overflow 2014, and you heard the gospel preached in a way that you never have before. You want to stop idolizing the effects of the cross, as Pastor John challenged us Friday night, and wholeheartedly pursue Jesus simply for his glory and grace. Here are some resources that will help you take the next steps.
- Tim Keller, The Centrality of the Gospel
- Jerry Bridges, Gospel-Centered Sanctification
- John Piper, How Does the Gospel Save Believers? (Part 2) (Part 3)
- Jonathan Dodson, Gospel-Centered Discipleship
- God Is Most Glorified in Us When We Are Most Satisfied in Him
- Sorrowful Yet Always Rejoicing
- Missions Exists Because Worship Doesn't
John Piper, The Pleasures of God
Isn’t it true--we really don’t know someone until we understand what makes that person happy? And so it is with God! What does bring delight to the happiest Being in the universe? John Piper writes, that it’s only when we know what makes God glad that we’ll know the greatness of His glory. Therefore, we must comprehend “the pleasures of God.” Unlike so much of what is written today, this is not a book about us. It is about the One we were made for—God Himself.
Tim Keller, The Prodigal God
Many lifelong Christian believers feel they understand the basics of the Christian faith quite well and certainly don’t think they need a primer. Nevertheless, one of the signs that you don’t grasp the unique, radical nature of the gospel is that you think you do. Sometimes long-time church members find themselves so struck and turned around by a fresh apprehension of the Christian message of grace that they feel themselves to have been essentially “reconverted.” This book, then, is written to both curious outsiders and established insiders of the faith, to both the people Jesus calls “younger” and “elder” brothers in his famous Parable of the Prodigal Son.
John Piper, Don't Waste Your Life
John Piper writes, "I will tell you what a tragedy is. I will show you how to waste your life. Consider this story from the February 1998 Reader's Digest: A couple 'took early retirement from their jobs in the Northeast five years ago when he was 59 and she was 51. Now they live in Punta Gorda, Florida, where they cruise on their 30-foot trawler, play softball and collect shells. . . .' Picture them before Christ at the great day of judgment: 'Look, Lord. See my shells.' That is a tragedy. God created us to live with a single passion to joyfully display his supreme excellence in all the spheres of life.
D.A. Carson, The God Who Is There: Finding Your Place in God's Story
It can no longer be assumed that most people-or even most Christians-have a basic understanding of the Bible. Many don't know the difference between the Old and New Testament, and even the more well-known biblical figures are often misunderstood. In this basic introduction to faith, D. A. Carson takes seekers, new Christians, and small groups through the big story of Scripture. He helps readers to know what they believe and why they believe it.
Jerry Bridges, The Transforming Power of the Gospel
The apostle Paul wrote that we are to be transformed, but for many Christians, figuring out how to approach spiritual transformation can be elusive. Best-selling author Jerry Bridges (The Pursuit of Holiness, Respectable Sins) helps us understand that we have available to us the ultimate power source for true spiritual growth: the gospel. In The Transforming Power of the Gospel, you’ll be guided through an examination of what the biblical meaning of grace is and how it applies to your life.