The growth that the gospel produces in people's lives is also the organizing principle for Matthias Media's ministry resources. As the word is prayerfully proclaimed, people change. They move and grow. With some grey areas and overlap, the ‘gospel growth process’ usually follows the diagram below.
This is a helpful way of thinking about pastoral ministry. Ministry is about shepherding people through these stages of growth—to evangelize them, care for them, feed them, protect them, and equip them so that they grow into mature, gospel-hearted servants of others.
Our ministry resources are designed to help you at each stage of this gospel growth process. Everything we produce is designed to support outreach, follow-up, growth and training.
Titles Included in This Set
One to One Bible Readingby David Helm
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About the Authors
Phillip Jensen is an internationally renowned preacher and evangelist. He is the author of the well-known Two Ways to Live gospel presentation, as well as numerous books and Bible study materials, including Guidance and the Voice of God. He currently serves as Dean of Sydney at St Andrew’s Cathedral. Phillip and his wife, Helen, have three children and a growing number of grandchildren.
David Helm is a pastor at Holy Trinity Church in Chicago, and Chairman of the Charles Simeon Trust, a ministry devoted to equipping expository preachers. He longs for all Christians to read God's Word for themselves and with others. He is the author of The Big Picture Story Bible.
Paul Grimmond is a gifted and well-known Bible teacher, currently serving on the campus of the University of NSW. He is the author of Right Side Up, a book aimed at helping new Christians to understand the Christian life. Paul lives with his wife, Cathy, and their three children in Sydney’s east.
Colin Marshall has spent the past 30 years training men and women in the ministry of the gospel, both in university and local church contexts. He is a graduate of Moore Theological College (BTh, MA) and the author of Growth Groups, a graining course for small group leaders, and Passing the Baton, a handbook for ministry apprenticeship. Until 2006 he directed the MInistry Training Strategy, and is now heading up Vine Growers, a new training ministry aiming to help pastors and other ministry leaders implement the principles in this book (see VineGrowers.com).
Tony Payne has spent more than 20 years in Christian writing and editing as the Publishing Director of Matthias Media. He is a graduate of Moore Theological College (BTh Hons), and the author or co-author of many popular books and resources, including Two Ways to Live: The choice we all face, Fatherhood: What it is and what it's for, Guidance and the Voice of God, Prayer and the Voice of God, and Six Steps to Reading Your Bible.
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4 Books | 618 Pages
The Trellis and the Vine
"God makes ministers in the midst of his church. It is in the context of the faithful local church that ministers are best taught, shaped and equipped. The Trellis and the Vine is a superb guide to preparing pastors and ministers for Christ's church. It comes from a ministry so deeply committed to the recovery of biblical truth and the cause of the gospel. The wisdom in this little book is invaluable. My advice: Keep a good stack on hand at all times, and put this book to good use. "
The Trellis and the Vine also recommended by Mark Dever, Ligon Duncan, and Derek Thomas
The Archer and the Arrow
"Phillip Jensen has been both faithfully and provocatively preaching God's word for decades. Here he tells us how. His observations are keen, his suggestions convicting, his speaking plain. (And he also finally explains for us why most commentaries are so useless to the preacher!)"
One to One Bible Reading
“Helm’s booklet encourages relational evangelism and disciple- ship based on the living and active word of God, offering practical tools for one-on-one Bible reading and envisioning a mobilization of God’s people that would complement church programs. Helm calls us to invite people not only to an event, but into our lives and into the life of faith in Jesus Christ offered in his word.
“One-to-One Bible Reading is practical and clear. Our pastoral team is excited about how this resource will equip people to use scripture to both evangelize and disciple. It’s a tool we want every member of our church to have.”
"So you loved The Trellis and the Vine, and you want to flow those principles into your small groups? The key is people (surprise, surprise). You need to work closely with your leaders (and prospective leaders), and train them in ‘vine work’. The best framework I know of for doing this is Growth Groups, a small group leadership course by my good friend (and co-author) Colin Marshall. It is simply superb."