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Vine workers' book list

A set of basic titles to have on hand for ministry, arranged alphabetically by author within each of the four basic gospel growth process categories:

  • Outreach: books to give to non-Christians
  • Follow up: Books to teach new Christians the basics
  • Growth: Books to help Christians grow to maturity in conviction and character
  • Training: Books to train and equip Christians to serve others

Author Title Publisher How to use in vine work
Martin AyersNaked GodMatthias MediaFor someone who doesn't think that the 'God' question really matters; or who has read 'The God Delusion'.
Paul BarnettIs the New Testament history?Aquila PressFor those who have questions about the reliability of the New Testament.
John ChapmanA Fresh StartMatthias MediaExplains what a Christian is and how to become one; for someone who has shown some interest and wants to find out more.
John ChapmanMaking the most of the rest of your lifeMatthias MediaA large print title for older readers (55+); all about how to participate in God's eternity.
Barry Cooper and Rico TiceChristianity Explored: the bookGood Book CompanyFollows the gospel logic of Christianity Explored; a simple, clear evangelistic book.
John DicksonSimply Christianity: Beyond ReligionMatthias MediaExplains the gospel through a retelling of the key ideas of Luke's Gospel; also contains a fresh translation of Luke.
John DicksonA Sneaking SuspicionMatthias MediaA classic evangelistic book for youth (aged 14+).
Tony Payne et alThe Essential JesusMatthias MediaThe framework of Two ways to live combined with a fresh translation of Luke's Gospel.
Dominic SteeleIntroducing God: the bookIntroducing GodUtilises the framework of Two ways to live to explain the gospel in book form.
John StottBasic ChristianityIVPA classic presentation of what Christianity really is; especially good for those who may have had some church background.
John ChapmanA Sinner’s Guide to HolinessMatthias MediaWhat holiness is and how God plans to get us there.
John DicksonHanging in ThereMatthias MediaAn introduction to basic discipleship topics for young people (14+)
Paul GrimmondRight Side UpMatthias MediaWritten especially for new Christians; an introduction to the 'adventure' of the Christian life.
Vaughan RobertsGod's Big PictureIVPA simple introduction to the story of the whole Bible.
Bryson SmithFaithMatthias MediaDemystifies 'faith', and explains what it means to trust God.
Jerry BridgesThe Discipline of GraceNavPressExplains how the Christian life is built on God's grace, and yet also involves a fervent pursuit of holiness.
DA CarsonA Call to Spiritual ReformationBaker BooksCalls Christians to prayer by looking at the prayers of Paul.
DA CarsonHow long, O Lord?Baker BooksLays out the Bible's teaching on suffering and the sovereignty of God.
John ChapmanA foot in two worldsMatthias MediaExplains the basic tension of the Christian life, the 'now' and the 'not yet'.
Ray GaleaGod is enoughMatthias MediaA book for the flagging 'middle-aged' Christian to re-ignite their faith.
JI PackerKnowing GodHodder and StoughtonA readable but stretching exposition of the character of God.
Phillip Jensen and Tony PayneGuidance and the Voice of GodMatthias MediaA book about the sufficiency of Scripture for finding God's will.
Phillip Jensen and Tony PaynePrayer and the Voice of GodMatthias MediaA clear, biblical explanation of what prayer is and its place in the Christian life.
DB KnoxThe Everlasting GodMatthias MediaA profound introduction to the doctrine of God; to stretch and shape the Christian mind.
JC RyleHolinessEvangelical PressA classic work on the Christian life.
John StottThe Cross of ChristIVPA non-basic but non-technical exposition of the cross. The benchmark book on this topic.
John ChapmanKnow and Tell the GospelMatthias MediaStill the classic book on the why and how of personal evangelism.
Gordon ChengEncouragementMatthias MediaAn explanation of the ministry that all Christians have: to encourage each other.
Colin Marshall and Tony PayneThe Trellis and the VineMatthias MediaSets out a mind-shift for Christian ministry: to focus on people rather than programs.

Naturally, this is a necessarily brief list. There are bound to be other books. Whilst trying to keep the list to a 'basic' book list, please feel free to suggest other books that you would add to our list. We'll certainly consider adding them.

The background to why we produced this list can be found in the article here: (PDF file 2.2mb).


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