'HAVE A GO'

"Train yourselves to be godly… For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for the present life and the life to come." 1 Timothy 4:6-8

This collection recommends a bunch of ways to be growing during this season.

Our God is at work in all things for our good (Romans 8:28).

Now is one of those times, perhaps you have more time or could use some recommendations for things to be doing, reading, listening to, or watching to see God use this time to grow you to be more like our incredible saviour - Jesus.

DO

A bunch of ideas for things you can DO to keep growing spiritually in this season.

Take a walk

Walk

1. Take a walk with someone from church.

2. While you walk... ask each other these 2 questions; how are you going? How you going spiritually?

3. Take a pic and post it to the EV Church All In Facebook group or DM EV__Night on instagram to encourage others.

Pray

Pray

No matter what is going on around us we can always pray to our Almighty Father, God invites his children to pray as part of his plans for his world.

Listen to some great sermons on prayer

CHECK OUT> Trev’s video on some ideas for prayer

Get updates from our church family asking for prayer - subscribe to the prayer email 


Be on mission

SHARE the Life series online with friends

The Life online 5 week series looks at the claims of Jesus and reliability of the Bible.

evchurch.info/life

Life series on YouTube

SHARE the Q&A live stream series

This series, filmed in 2020, includes questions taken live and reflects on the big questions of life, and what Jesus has to say about them.

Q&A live stream on YouTube

Scripture memory verse

I have hidden your word in my heart; that I might not sin against you” Psalm 119:11

Join the EV Bible memory group

1. Get the Free Bible Memory App - iPhone

Free Bible Memory App - Android

2. Join the EV Group called "Having a Go".

3. There’s 3 verses to start and we'll add more throughout this lockdown season.

Scripture memory with the family

You can purchase scripture memory packs for the kids here, they include songs, pictures, and other helpful tricks.

Check out EV Kids memory verse songs.

Find on Apple Music or Spotify

With the Family

Have a go at some of these things with your family.

Family devotions

Check out age-appropriate Bibles recommended by EV Kids team. 


Engaging with the stream together

coming soon

Christian Family - The Vibe



WATCH

Check out the new Digging Deeper bitesize episodes below, see recent Hot Topics nights and recommended Christian documentaries and movies.

Digging Deeper - bite-sized

Digging Deeper

Think about an important theological topic for a few minutes with one of these clips. Entire bite-sized playlist

Assurance  (5.10)

The Trinity (5.41)

Incarnation (6.41)

Hot Topics

Hot Topics

Watch some recent 'hot topics' talks dealing with important aspects of our contemporary culture and the Bible's perspective.

Church & Vaccine Passports

Racism - Understanding and responding rightly

Living in the Spiritual Realm

Spiritual and Emotional Wellbeing

Identity


Life series online

Life series - look into life with Jesus

If it's been a while since you went to the Life series, or if you've never been, check out this online version.

Watch it with the family, it would even be appropriate for some kids/teens.

Watch via website: evchurch.info/life or YouTube

Christian movies and documentaries

The American Gospel

YouTube

Billy Graham: An Extraordinary Journey

Amazon Prime

The Case For Christ

On most stream providers

Risen

Amazon Prime

LISTEN

A great way to deepen your love and understanding of God, especially if you don’t have much time. Put it on while you're in the car, exercising, or dance and sing at home!

Podcasts

Unsung Stories - Laura Smith 

Unsung Stories interviews regular mums living out the gospel in regular, everyday life. ​Unsung Stories seeks to press into these feelings and show how God is working in these spaces - in the ordinary women in ordinary places.​ 

Ask Pastor John - John Piper

E.g. Is my repentance real if I keep committing the same sins?

John Piper answering tough theological and pastoral questions.

Simply Put - Barry Cooper

E.g. Being filled with the Spirit

Simply Put is a short podcast about long words. Every week, Barry Cooper sheds light on a different biblical or theological term, using helpful illustrations to apply it to your life. 

Knowing Faith - Jen Wilkin, JT English and Kyle Worley,

E.g. Who is God?

Knowing Faith is a podcast exploring how our faith is founded upon Scripture. We believe the Bible is for everyone and are committed to helping the Church understand where their faith is rooted.

Lift Your Eyes - Lionel Windsor

Read through Ephesians with Christian preacher and lecturer Lionel Windsor. This podcast will take you deeper into every sentence of Ephesians, lifting your eyes and raising your sights to love and enjoy God more.

Audio books

Desiring God by John Piper

The pursuit of pleasure in life is empty. The pursuit of knowing God is what we were made for and where we can find our greatest joy.

Hole in Our Holiness by Kevin DeYoung

This book calls us to care about holiness as much as God does. It is challenging without being a "guilt trip". Instead, DeYoung brings rich theological truths that will encourage you in the daily fight, as well as plenty of practical wisdom.

12 ways your phone is changing you by Tony Reinke

A short book on how our phones shapes our spiritual health for better and for worse.

The Cross of Christ by John Stott

There is no better book to help you see what the Bible says about the cross, the centre of our faith, and its significance. "There are not many must read books... but this is one of them" (D. A. Carson)  

Praying with Paul: A Call to Spiritual Reformation by D. A. Carson

Shaping our prayer life needs to deal with our heart and values. Paul shows us what matters by what he prays and this book invites you to change your heart and your prayers.

The Unquenchable Flame  by Michael Reeves

In this lively, accessible book, Michael Reeves introduces readers to the colourful characters and gripping historical drama of the Reformation. Discover what the great reformers were like, what motivated them, and the core content of their ideas, which still shape our faith today!

George Whitefield by Arnold A. Dallimore

God's accomplishments through George Whitefield are to this day virtually unparalleled. In the wake of his fearless preaching, revival swept across the British Isles, and the Great Awakening transformed the American colonies. Have your heart stirred by this powerful story.

Music

Check out some of Trev’s suggestions on songs to help you reflect on our good God.  On Facebook Group EV All In

Psalms playlists

10 different playlists ranging across different aspects of the Psalms, from lament and cursing to thanks declaration and praise. Page of Playlists

EV Homegrown

A collection of all the new tunes from people and projects at EV. 

Find on Spotify

EV Kids music 

Music from albums Jesus is the Word and Jesus is Uber Bamboo , includes memory verses and more!

Find on Apple Music or Spotify

Sovereign Grace

Find on Apple Music or Spotify

City Alight

Find on Apple Music or Spotify

READ

Feed your spiriutal growth by getting into the Word of God -the Bible! Here are some ideas to get you started as well as some other great christian books and articles. 

Reading the Bible

Start reading the Bible regularly

Daily Reading Notes

Try reading the Bible each day using the Daily Reading Notes - 5 mins for 5 days a week - Subscribe online at evchurch.info/subscribe

Read the Bible in 2 Years

Start the 'Read through the Bible over 2 Years' (PDF)

Great christian books

Desiring God by John Piper

The pursuit of pleasure in life is empty. The pursuit of knowing God is what we were made for and where we can find our greatest joy.

God's Big Picture by Vaughan Roberts

One of the best and easiest reads to get a handle on how the Bible is one unified story that all points to Jesus

Enjoying God by Tim Chester

We love Him, serve, glorfy, and trust Him, can we enjoy Him? Experiencing the joy of being in relationship with God in everyday life.

Hole in Our Holiness by Kevin DeYoung

This book calls us to care about holiness as much as God does. It is challenging without being a "guilt trip". Instead, DeYoung brings rich theological truths that will encourage you in the daily fight, as well as plenty of practical wisdom.

Gospel Centred Marriage by Tim Chester

A great book to read with your spouse on how the incredible news of Jesus shapes our everyday interactions with our spouse

Gospel Centred Family by Tim Chester

How does the gospel shape parenting and family life? A great book, easy-read, applies the gospel to the everyday specifics.

Knowing God  by J.I. Packer

Revealing the wonder, glory and the joy of knowing God.

Praying with Paul: A Call to Spiritual Reformation by D. A. Carson 

Shaping our prayer life needs to deal with our heart and values. Paul shows us what matters by what he prays and this book invites you to change your heart and your prayers.

Articles

Books for kids

Check out these great resources for kids from Jo. Or visit EV Kids Recommends page

For parents:

5 things to pray for your kids by Melissa B Kruger

A great little book that will help you to pray ‘big’ prayers for your kids fuelled by scripture.

Birds and Bees by the Book by Patricia Weerakoon

A great set of books to help parents have those important conversations about sexuality with their kids. Beautifully illustrated and gospel centred.

Books for young kids

The God Contest – The true story of Elijah, Jesus, and the Greatest Victory by Carl Laferton

This is the latest book in the ‘Tales that tell the truth series’ and it’s a great one! A lively retelling of the story of Elijah and Ahab on Mt Carmel that doesn’t end there, but brings it to Jesus who rises from the dead… ‘the greatest proof that Yahweh is truly God and Jesus is Yahweh.’ 

Visit the EV Kids Recommends page for more great resources!

Books for primary kids

Little Pilgrim’s Progress by Helen Taylor, John Bunyan

A simple adventure story and a profound allegory of the Christian journey through life, a delightful read with a message kids ages 6 to 12 can understand and remember. Adapted from Bunyan's classic Pilgrims Progess especially for kids.

Big Truths for Young Hearts by Bruce A. Ware

Encourages and enables parents of children 6-14 years of age to teach through the whole of systematic theology in an understandable, chapter-a-day format.

Visit the EV Kids Recommends page for more great resources!

Books for teens

Books for teens

How do we know Christianity is true? by Chris Morphew 

Why does God let bad things happen? by Chris Morphew

What happens after we die? by Chris Morphew

This series is perfect for a whole range of teens – don’t let the cover or blurb put you off. They are short, well-written, and full of goodness. We would recommend it to anyone who has these questions or wants to think about how to answer these questions for others.

Frog and the Fish: Reflections on Work, Technology, Sex, Stuff, Truth and Happiness. by Chris Parker

This book is ideal for older teens. It will help them think critically about the world around them in contrast to the goodness of the Christian life. It is perfect for those who are starting to work out for themselves how their life is going to look.

Tried something new? Do you have a story about having a go? Let us know about it here.


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