As I mentioned earlier, I spoke this past weekend on the gospel and personal evangelism.  One of the things I challenged the college students to do is to read and resource themselves on the subject of the gospel and evangelism.  One of my goals is that, no matter what I’m studying or where I am in my theological development, I always have a book about the gospel before me.  I cannot afford for there to be a time in my life where I’m not being challenged and comforted by the gospel.

Below are the books I recommended to those at the college retreat.  The reading and resourcing challenge is one of ten areas where I specifically encouraged them in the development of a personal evangelism strategy, which I hope to write about more in the near future. By the way, I was able to fit these books all in one backpack. 🙂


Alleine, Joseph. A Sure Guide to Heaven. Carlisle, PA: Banner of Truth,

Barrs, Jerram. The Heart of Evangelism. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2001.

Beeke, Joel R. Puritan Evangelism: A Biblical Approach. Grand Rapids: Reformation Heritage Books, 1999.

Belcher, Jim. Deep Church: A Third Way Beyond Emerging and Traditional. Downer’s Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 2009.

Bridges, Jerry. The Gospel for Real Life: Turn to the Liberating Power of the Cross . . . Every Day. Colorado Springs, CO: NavPress, 2002.

Carson, D.A. The Cross and Christian Ministry: Leadership Lessons from 1 Corinthians. Grand Rapids: Baker, 1993.

Chester, Tim and Steve Timmis. Total Church: A Radical Reshaping around Gospel and Community. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2008.

Dever, Mark: The Gospel and Personal Evangelism. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2007.

Dodson, Jonathan. Fight Clubs: Gospel-Centered Discipleship. Austin, TX: Austin City Life, 2009. Hardcover available at

Green, Chris, ed. God’s Power to Save: One Gospel in a Complex World? Leicester: Apollos, 2006.

Jensen, Phillip and Tony Payne. Two Ways to Live: Know and Share the Gospel. Kingsford, Australia: Matthias Media, 2003.

Kuiper, R.B. God-Centered Evangelism. Carlisle, PA: Banner of Truth, 2002.

Lane, Timothy S. and Paul David Tripp. How People Change. Greensboro, NC: New Growth Press, 2006.

Lovelace, Richard. Dynamics of Spiritual Life: An Evangelical Theology of Renewal. Downer’s Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 1979.

Mahaney, C.J. Christ Our Mediator: Finding Passion at the Cross. Sisters, OR: Multnomah, 2004.

_________. Living the Cross-Centered Life: Keeping the Gospel the Main Thing. Sisters, OR: Multnomah, 2006.

_________. The Cross-Centered Life: Keeping the Main Thing the Main Thing. Sisters, OR: Multnomah, 2002.

Manchester, Simon and Simon Roberts. Six Steps to Talking About Jesus. Kingsford, Australia: Matthias Media, 2006.

Metzger, Will. Tell the Truth: A Training Manual on the Message and Methods of God-Centered Witnessing. Downer’s Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 2002.

Newman, Randy. Questioning Evangelism: Engaging People’s Hearts the Way Jesus Did. Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2004.

Packer, J.I. Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God. Downer’s Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 1961.

Piper, John. God Is the Gospel: Meditations on God’s Love as the Gift of Himself. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2005.

Reisinger, Ernest C. Today’s Evangelism: It’s Message and Methods. Phillipsburg, NJ: Craig Press, 1982.

Spencer, Ichabod. A Pastor’s Sketches: Conversations with Anxious Souls Concerning the Way of Salvation. Vestavia Hills, AL: Solid Ground Books, 2006.

Sproul, R.C. Getting the Gospel Right: The Tie That Binds Evangelicals Together. Grand Rapids: Baker, 1999.

Spurgeon, Charles Haddon. All of Grace: The Infinite Love of God. Springdale, PA: Whitaker House, 1983.

_________. Spurgeon’s Sermons on Soulwinning. Grand Rapids: Kregel, 1995.

_________. The Soul Winner. Springdale, PA: Whitaker House, 1995.

Stott, John R.W. Christian Mission in the Modern World. Downer’s Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1975.

_________. Our Guilty Silence: The Church, the Gospel, and the World. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1967.

Thune, Bob and Will Walker. The Gospel-Centered Life: A Nine Lesson Study. Jenkintown, PA: World Harvest Mission, 2009. Accessed September 28, 2009. Link:

Vincent, Milton. A Gospel Primer for Christians: Learning to See the Glories of God’s Love. Bemidji, MN: Focus, 2008.

Wells, Tom. A Vision for Missions. Carlisle, PA: Banner of Truth, 1985.


Carson, D.A. “The Biblical Gospel” in For Such a Time as This: Perspectives on Evangelicalism, Past, Present, and Future. Edited by Steve Brady and Harold Rowdon. London: Evangelical Alliance, 1996, 75-85. Accessed September 28, 2009. Link:

_________. “The Gospel of Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 15:1-19).” The Spurgeon Fellowship Journal Spring 2008. Accessed September 28, 2009. Link:

Dever, Mark. “God’s Plan of Salvation” from ESV Study Bible. The Gospel Coalition. Accessed September 28, 2009. Link:

Keller, Tim. “Evangelism Through ‘Networking’ . . .” July 1992. Accessed September 28, 2009. Link:

_________. “The Gospel in All Its Forms.” Leadership Journal Spring 2008. September 28, 2009. Link:

Thorn, Joe. “Gospel-Centered.” Available online at Accessed September 28, 2009. Link:

Thune, Bob. “DNA of a Gospel-Centered Church.” Coram Deo of Omaha, Nebraska. Accessed September 28, 2009. Link:

Wax, Trevin. “Gospel Definitions.” Kingdom People. Accessed September 28, 2009. Link: PDF: