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  1. Preaching God's Word: Audio Lectures

    Preaching God's Word: Audio Lectures

    A Hands-On Approach to Preparing, Developing, and Delivering the Sermon

    Runtime: 5.5 Hrs. - Unabridged
    Regular Price: $24.99 Member Price: $19.99 (or 4 credits)
    Regular Price: $24.99 Member Price: $19.99 (or 4 credits)
    Good preaching begins with good exegesis. Preaching God's Word: Audio Lectures - a companion to the widely used textbook Preaching God's Word - provides 15 lessons, each corresponding to a chapter in the textbook. Professors Terry Carter, Scott Duvall, and Daniel Hays walk you through the steps of the "interpretive journey" from the biblical text to contemporary application. Carter, Duvall, and Hays also show listeners how to understand their audience, develop powerful applications, use illustrations well, and deliver sermons effectively. The concluding lectures discuss unique preaching challenges presented by various biblical genres, providing interpretive keys, things to avoid, and numerous examples. Preaching God's Word: Audio Lectures is designed to help preachers and homiletics students - whether they are participating in traditional, distance, or online learning courses - develop and deliver biblically based expository sermons relevant for the 21st century.
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  2. The Color of Compromise

    The Color of Compromise

    The Truth about the American Church’s Complicity in Racism

    Author: Jemar Tisby
    Narrator: Jemar Tisby
    Runtime: 8.37 Hrs. - Unabridged
    Regular Price: $23.99 Member Price: $19.19 (or 4 credits)
    Regular Price: $23.99 Member Price: $19.19 (or 4 credits)
    The Color of Compromise reveals the chilling connection between the church and racism throughout American history. A survey of the ways Christians of the past have reinforced theories of racial superiority and inferiority provides motivation for a series of bold actions believers must take to forge a future of equity and justice.
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  3. Hero Maker

    Hero Maker

    Five Essential Practices for Leaders to Multiply Leaders

    Narrator: Mark Smeby
    Runtime: 6.3 Hrs. - Unabridged
    Regular Price: $20.99 Member Price: $16.79 (or 4 credits)
    Regular Price: $20.99 Member Price: $16.79 (or 4 credits)
    Everybody wants to be a hero, but few understand the power of being a hero maker. In Hero Maker you will learn how to bring real change to your church and community by developing the practical skills to help others reach their leadership potential. Drawing on five powerful practices found in the ministry of Jesus, Hero Maker presents the key steps of apprenticeship that will build up other leaders and provides strategies for how you can activate gifts, help others take ownership, and develop a simple scorecard for measuring your kingdom-building progress. Besides rich insights from the Gospels, Hero Maker is packed with real-life ministry stories ranging from paid staff to volunteer leaders and from established churches to new church plants. Whether you lead 10 people or 10,000, Hero Maker will not only help you maximize your leadership, but in doing so you will also help shift today's church culture to a model of reproduction and multiplication. Authors Dave Ferguson (a Chicago pastor and church planter) and Warren Bird (an award-winning writer) make a compelling case that God's power and purpose are best revealed when we train and release others, who in turn do likewise. Become that rare breed of leader who brings change into our world by sacrificially investing in others who become the heroes. By becoming a hero maker, you will join a movement of influencers that are impacting hundreds, thousands, and perhaps millions of people around the world.
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  4. Know How We Got Our Bible: Audio Lectures (KNOW Series)

    Know How We Got Our Bible: Audio Lectures (KNOW Series)

    11 Lessons

    Runtime: 5.47 Hrs. - Unabridged
    Regular Price: $21.99 Member Price: $17.59 (or 4 credits)
    Regular Price: $21.99 Member Price: $17.59 (or 4 credits)
    In the Know How We Got Our Bible: Audio Lectures, church historian Ryan Reeves leads viewers through the history of the Bible, covering how and when its books were written, the formation of the Old and New Testaments, and finally the translation efforts that have led to our modern versions today.
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  5. The Mission of God's People: Audio Lectures

    The Mission of God's People: Audio Lectures

    A Biblical Theology of the Church's Mission

    Runtime: 14.3 Hrs. - Unabridged
    Regular Price: $24.99 Member Price: $19.99 (or 4 credits)
    Regular Price: $24.99 Member Price: $19.99 (or 4 credits)
    These audio lectures are a unique learning experience. Unlike a traditional audiobook's direct narration of a book's text, The Mission of God's People: Audio Lectures includes high-quality live recordings of college-level lectures that cover the important points from each subject as well as relevant material from other sources. The typical Christian understanding of "missions" encompasses only a small part of God's overarching mission in the world. But God is relentlessly reclaiming the entire world for himself. In The Mission of God's People: Audio Lectures, author and international ministries expert Chris Wright explores how God's big-picture plan directs the purpose of God's people, the church. Each session emphasizes what the Old Testament teaches Christians about being the people of God and addresses both ecclesiology and missiology with topics like "called to care for creation", "called to bless the nations", "sending and being sent", and "rejecting false gods". The Mission of God's People: Audio Lectures provides pastors, teachers, students, and lay learners with first-rate biblical study while at the same time addressing the practical concerns of contemporary ministry. The Mission of God's People: Audio Lectures enlivens and refocuses the study, teaching, and ministry of those truly committed to joining God's work in the world.
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  6. How to Lead When You're Not in Charge: Leveraging Influence When You Lack Authority

    How to Lead When You're Not in Charge: Leveraging Influence When You Lack Authority

    Narrator: Clay Scroggins
    Runtime: 6.33 Hrs. - Unabridged
    Regular Price: $20.99 Member Price: $16.79 (or 4 credits)
    Regular Price: $20.99 Member Price: $16.79 (or 4 credits)
    "This book will be one of the most, if not the most, pivotal leadership books you'll ever read." - Andy Stanley "If you're ready to lead right where you are, this book can show you how to start." - Dave Ramsey "Read this book! The marketplace is full of leadership messages, but this one is a stand out." - Louie Giglio Are you letting your lack of authority paralyze you? One of the greatest myths of leadership is that you must be in charge in order to lead. Great leaders don't buy it. Great leaders lead with or without the authority and learn to unleash their influence wherever they are. With practical wisdom and humor, Clay Scroggins will help you nurture your vision and cultivate influence, even when you lack authority in your organization. And he will free you to become the great leader you want to be so you can make a difference right where you are. Even when you're not in charge.
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  7. The Gathering Storm

    The Gathering Storm

    Secularism, Culture, and the Church

    Narrator: Tom Parks
    Runtime: 7.5 Hrs. - Unabridged
    Regular Price: $23.99 Member Price: $19.19 (or 4 credits)
    Regular Price: $23.99 Member Price: $19.19 (or 4 credits)
    The president of Southern Seminary reveals how secularism has infiltrated every aspect of society and how Christians, equipped with the gospel of Jesus Christ, can meet it head on with hope, confidence, and steadfast conviction. A storm is coming. Western civilization and the Christian church stand at a moment of great danger. The storm is a battle of ideas that will determine the future of Western civilization and the soul of the Christian church. The forces we must fight are ideologies, policies, and worldviews that are deeply established among intellectual elites, the political class, and our schools. More menacingly, these ideas have also invaded the Christian church. From threats to religious liberty and redefinitions of marriage and family to attacks on the sacredness and dignity of human life, the perils faced by the West and the church are unprecedented. How should Christians respond to this challenge? The Gathering Storm provides the answer, addressing each dimension of culture and showing Christians how to give an answer for the hope that is within them and how to contend for the faith that was once and for all delivered to the saints.
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  8. Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus: Audio Lectures

    Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus: Audio Lectures

    A Former Muslim Shares the Evidence that Led Him from Islam to Christianity

    Narrator: Nabeel Qureshi
    Runtime: 4 Hrs. - Unabridged
    Regular Price: $24.99 Member Price: $19.99 (or 4 credits)
    Regular Price: $24.99 Member Price: $19.99 (or 4 credits)
    Building on the powerful story and arguments he shared in Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus, author Nabeel Qureshi takes viewers deeper into apologetics and evangelism among Muslims with this complete audio lecture course. In eight sessions of about 30 minutes each, he explores Muslim culture, the most common Muslim objections to Christianity, and the core doctrines upon which Islam stands or falls. Compassionate and clear, Nabeel's lectures will be a useful training tool for pastors, outreach leaders, and any believers wanting to winsomely engage Muslims in spiritual conversations. Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus: Audio Lectures develops in further detail the objections to Islam and case for Christianity that Qureshi introduced in Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus. When used with the accompanying Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus Study Guide, this accessible course is perfect for adult classes, small groups, segments in college or seminary courses, and motivated independent learners alike.
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  9. God's Word Alone: Audio Lectures (The Five Solas Series)

    God's Word Alone: Audio Lectures (The Five Solas Series)

    A Complete Course on the Authority of Scripture

    Runtime: 8.17 Hrs. - Unabridged
    Regular Price: $24.99 Member Price: $19.99 (or 4 credits)
    Regular Price: $24.99 Member Price: $19.99 (or 4 credits)
    Historians and theologians alike have long recognized that at the heart of the 16th-century Protestant Reformation were five declarations (or solas) that distinguished the movement from other expressions of the Christian faith. Five hundred years later, we live in a different time with fresh challenges to our faith. Yet these rallying cries of the Reformation continue to speak to us, addressing a wide range of contemporary issues. The Five Solas series will help you understand the historical and biblical context of the five solas and how to live out the relevance of Reformation theology today. In God's Word Alone: Audio Lectures, together with accompanying book God's Word Alone, scholar and professor Matthew Barrett explores the historical and biblical roots of the doctrine that Scripture alone is the final and decisive authority for God's people. Sessions explain the development of this theme in the Reformation and trace the crisis that followed, resulting in a shift away from the authority of Scripture. Each session shows the need to recover a robust doctrine of Scripture's authority in the face of today's challenges and why a solid doctrinal foundation built on God's Word is the best hope for the future of the church. God's Word Alone: Audio Lectures is accessible to a variety of audiences - college and seminary students, pastors, lay learners, and anyone interested in learning about the authority of God's Word.
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  10. Together

    Together

    A Guide for Couples Doing Ministry Together

    Narrator: Mark Smeby
    Runtime: 3.57 Hrs. - Unabridged
    Regular Price: $15.99 Member Price: $12.79 (or 3 credits)
    Regular Price: $15.99 Member Price: $12.79 (or 3 credits)
    Serving in numerous ministry capacities together, Geoff and Sherry Surratt have valuable lessons and observations to pass along to couples seeking to serve in ministry together. Marriage is hard. Learning to do life with another human being presents unanticipated challenges that take determined, focused, humbling effort to work through. Ministry is hard. Much like marriage, it's full of unanticipated challenges, requires a great deal of selflessness, and often comes with little reward. Marriage and ministry together? It's a unique calling, yet couples who enter into it seldom receive adequate preparation, training, or even warning! Geoff and Sherry Surratt have been at both marriage and ministry together for over 30 years and have seen the highs, the lows, and everything in between - they've managed to figure out a way to make it all work together. But the Surratts aren't the Facebook ministry couple with perfect hair, perfect skin, and perfect children. In fact Together isn't a how-to guide to create the model marriage-in-ministry. It's more like coffee with friends who've been where you are going and have learned some valuable lessons that may help you find your way together.
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  11. Evangelism in a Skeptical World: Audio Lectures

    Evangelism in a Skeptical World: Audio Lectures

    How to Make the Unbelievable News About Jesus More Believable

    Author: Sam Chan
    Narrator: Sam Chan
    Runtime: 6.55 Hrs. - Unabridged
    Regular Price: $24.99 Member Price: $19.99 (or 4 credits)
    Regular Price: $24.99 Member Price: $19.99 (or 4 credits)
    Most Christians already believe they should be telling others about Jesus, but traditional methods are no longer as effective in today's post-Christian world. Thus, we may become frustrated, blame ourselves, or simply give up. Evangelism in a Skeptical World equips Christians with the principles and skills needed to tell the unbelievable news about Jesus to friends in a skeptical world. Presented by speaker and evangelist Sam Chan, this audiobook combines the theological and biblical insights of classic evangelistic training with the latest insights from missiology on contextualization, cultural hermeneutics, and storytelling. Every session is illustrated with real-world examples drawn from more than 15 years of evangelistic ministry. These are methods that really work - getting past the defensive posture that many people have toward Christianity so they can seriously consider the claims of Jesus Christ.
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  12. The Emotionally Healthy Church, Updated and Expanded Edition: A Strategy for Discipleship That Actually Changes Lives
    Regular Price: $23.99 Member Price: $23.99 (or 5 credits)
    The Emotionally Healthy Church, Expanded Edition, the newly updated and expanded edition of the groundbreaking bestseller The Emotionally Healthy Church, features a fuller, deeper look at the six principles contained in the original and includes a crucial, additional chapter: Slow Down to Lead with Integrity. New Life Fellowship in Queens, New York, had it all: powerful teaching, dynamic ministries, an impressive growth rate, and a vision to do great works for God. Things looked good—but beneath the surface, circumstances were more than just brewing. They were about to boil over, forcing Peter Scazzero to confront needs in his church and himself that went deeper than he’d ever imagined. What he learned about the vital link between emotional health, relational depth, and spiritual maturity can shed new light on painful problems in your own church. In this revised and expanded edition of his Gold Medallion Award–winning book, Scazzero shares refreshing new insights and a different and challenging slant on what it takes to lead your congregation to wholeness and maturity in Christ. Our churches are in trouble, says Scazzero. They are filled with people who are: • unsure how to biblically integrate anger, sadness, and other emotions • defensive, incapable of revealing their weaknesses • threatened by or intolerant of different viewpoints • zealous about ministering at church but blind to their spouses’ loneliness at home • so involved in “serving” that they fail to take care of themselves • prone to withdraw from conflict rather than resolve it Sharing from New Life Fellowship’s painful but liberating journey, Scazzero reveals exactly how the truth can and does make you free—not just superficially, but deep down. This expanded edition of The Emotionally Healthy Church not only takes the original six principles further and deeper, but also adds a seventh crucial principle. You’ll acquire knowledge and tools that can help you and others: • look beneath the surface of problems • break the power of past wounds, failures, sins, and circumstances • live a life of brokenness and vulnerability • recognize and honor personal limitations and boundaries • embrace grief and loss • make incarnation your model to love others • slow down to lead with integrity This new edition shares powerful insights on how contemplative spirituality can help you and your church slow down—an integral key to spiritual and emotional health. The Emotionally Healthy Church, Expanded Edition includes story after story of people at New Life whose lives have been changed by the concepts in this book. Open these pages and find out how your church can turn a new corner on the road to spiritual maturity.
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  13. Intentional Churches

    Intentional Churches

    How Implementing an Operating System Clarifies Vision, Improves Decision-Making, and Stimulates Growth

    Narrator: Josh Childs
    Runtime: 7.6 Hrs. - Unabridged
    Regular Price: $23.99 Member Price: $19.19 (or 4 credits)
    Regular Price: $23.99 Member Price: $19.19 (or 4 credits)
    In spite of many church leaders and Christian researchers doubt about the local church’s relevancy and ability to grow, there are many churches growing and making disciples. They are implementing a revolutionary new Intentional Growth Planning™ operating system. Pastors and church leaders are frequently frustrated and overworked, not knowing how to create systems and structures to support church growth and the making of more and better disciples. Just as laptops and smart phones have an operating system, the church needs a biblically-based operating system which its various programs and activities can effectively plug in to. In Intentional Churches, church growth leaders Doug Parks and Bart Rendel unveil a proven and practical operational system that will help leaders clarify their unique vision, filter trends and new idea through their mission, improve implementation abilities, and maintain unity and alignment to what matters most. It is a repeatable and transferable process any church can learn!
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  14. Revelation: Audio Lectures

    Revelation: Audio Lectures

    22 Lessons on History, Meaning, and Application

    Narrator: Craig S. Keener
    Runtime: 6.5 Hrs. - Unabridged
    Regular Price: $27.99 Member Price: $22.39 (or 5 credits)
    Regular Price: $27.99 Member Price: $22.39 (or 5 credits)
    These audio lectures are a unique learning experience. Unlike a traditional audiobook's direct narration of a book's text, Revelation: Audio Lectures includes high-quality live recordings of college-level lectures that cover the important points from each subject as well as relevant material from other sources. Revelation: Audio Lectures features top New Testament scholar Craig S. Keener teaching through the book of Revelation in these engaging and challenging lessons. These lessons explore the links between the Bible's final book and how we should live our lives today. With honesty and scholarly insight, each lesson shows how Revelation strengthens our hope in the future while enabling us to live out our Christian faith wisely in the present. Revelation: Audio Lectures is part of the Zondervan Beyond the Basics Series, which is dedicated to bringing expert teaching from the world's best biblical scholars and theologians directly to interested learners. Revelation: Audio Lectures offers the chance to learn about this important and controversial New Testament book from one of today's premier New Testament scholars.
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  15. The Dawn of Christianity

    The Dawn of Christianity

    How God Used Simple Fishermen, Soldiers, and Prostitutes to Transform the World

    Narrator: Bill Russell
    Runtime: 8.5 Hrs. - Unabridged
    Regular Price: $23.99 Member Price: $19.19 (or 4 credits)
    Regular Price: $23.99 Member Price: $19.19 (or 4 credits)
    Drawing upon the most recent discoveries and scholarship in archaeology and the first-century Near East, The Dawn of Christianity reveals how a beleaguered group of followers of a crucified rabbi became the founders of a world-changing faith. How did Christianity truly come to be? Where did this worldwide faith come from? The Dawn of Christianity tells the story of how the first followers of Jesus survived the terror and despair of witnessing the one they knew to be the messiah—God’s agent for the salvation of the world—suddenly arrested, tried, and executed. Soon after Jesus’ death, his relatives and closest followers began hearing reports that Jesus was alive again—reports that even his most loyal disciples at first refused to believe.  Using the most recent studies by top Christian and secular scholars, Robert Hutchinson, known for his popular books on Christianity and Biblical Studies, reconstructs all of the known accounts of these early resurrection appearances and follows the witnesses to the resurrection as they experience brutal persecution at the hands of zealots such as Saul of Tarsus and then become committed evangelists to the major population centers in Antioch, Damascus, Rome, and Athens—and ultimately across the world. A riveting thriller of the most improbable history-changing movement imaginable, The Dawn of Christianity brings to life the compelling story of the birth of Christianity.
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