“Expositional teaching allows teens to dive deep into the waters of God’s Word, rather than skipping like a rock across the surface.”- Gospel-Centered Youth Ministry, pg. 56.
- Two Simple Shifts for Teaching Apologetics in Youth Ministry by Bradley Blaylock
- Teaching Teenagers Biblical Context by Kyle Hoffsmith
- Weekly Preparation to Teach the Bible at Youth Group by Matt Ballard
- Three Ways I Wish My Youth Pastor Preached by Cole Shiflet
- Seeing Jesus in a Talking Donkey: How to Preach Jesus from the Weird Parts of Scripture by Seth Stewart
- Three Values for Gospel-Centered Bible Teaching by Ben Birdsong
- Bible Storying in a Post-Christian Generation by Kendal Conner
- Three Reasons Youth Workers Need to Teach the Old Testament by Chelsea Kingston Erickson
- The What’s and the Why’s of Teaching: A Snapshot of My Youth Ministry by Andy Cornett
- Three Students I’m Always Speaking To by Cameron Cole
- Teaching Youth God’s Big Picture by David Brashler
- Teaching Teenagers by Scott Douglas
Top 5 Commentaries on Every Book of the Bible: Ligonier Ministries
Preaching: Communicating Faith in an Age of Skepticism by Tim Keller. Wisdom from a master communicator, this book aims to be helpful for sharing the gospel in a variety of contexts.
Biblical Preaching: The Development and Delivery of Expository Messages by Haddon Robinson. A classic from the “teacher of preachers.”
Preach: Theology Meets Practice– Mark Dever. A very practical guide to preparing Christ-centered, Scripture-driven sermons.
Teaching the Faith, Forming the Faithful: A Biblical Vision for Education in the Church by Gary Parrett and Steve Kang. In this comprehensive text, Gary Parrett and Steve Kang attend to both the content and process of educational and formational ministries. They set forth a thoroughly biblical vision for intentional teaching of the Christian faith, with a holistic concern for what and whom is taught as well as how and why.
Speaking to Teenagers by Duffy Robbins and Doug Fields. Written by two youth ministers, a good and helpful book focused on preparing and delivering effective talks to teens.
Christ-Centered Exposition Commentary Series. Each volume focuses on “exalting Christ in the book of _____”. The series is helpful for text-based small group discussions for teaching. These commentaries do a good job of relating the text to life and providing good discussion questions.
Ancient Near Eastern Thought and the Old Testament: Introducing the Conceptual World of the Hebrew Bible– John Walton. Walton gives a thematic look at ancient near eastern backgrounds for studying the OT. A must read for anyone wanting to take the study of the OT beyond surface level devotions.
Zondervan Exegetical Commentary Series, Clint Arnold. This is a go-to commentary series, both accessible and in-depth. It also gives lots of helps for preaching points. Available in volume form or as software.
Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament, G. K.Beale/D.A.Carson. The best resource out there on seeing how the NT uses the OT.
Text-Driven Preaching: God’s Word at the Heart of Every Sermon by Daniel Akin, David Allen, and Ned L. Matthews. “This book rests firmly on the biblical and theological foundation for exposition: God has spoken.”
Christ-Centered Preaching: Redeeming the Expository Sermon by Bryan Chapel. “In this complete guide to expository preaching, Bryan Chapell teaches the basics of preparation, organization, and delivery–the trademarks of great preaching.”
Roadmap to Jesus by Alistair Chalmers. “In simple terms, Chalmers tackles a complex subject; namely, how all of Scripture represents a single story with Jesus at the center. ”
Being God’s Image: Why Creation Still Matters by Carmen Joy Imes. “Imes skillfully traces the important theme of God’s image from creation to final restoration, tackling several significant debates within biblical studies along the way.”
The Atonement: An Introduction by Jeremy Treat. “In Jeremy Treat’s readable study on the atonement, he endeavors to bring back together two biblical themes that have often been wrongly separated: the kingdom and the cross.”
- Bible Storying: Teaching the Scriptures to a Post-Christian Generation with Kendal Conner
- Rooted Conference: Dr. Nicholas Reid, “Getting Hitched to the Old Testament”
- Foundations of Youth Ministry: Biblical Teaching Book by Book with Steve Yates
- Teaching Christ Out of Every Book of the Bible (with Seth Stewart)
- The Important Skill Your Students Need: How to Love God Through Studying His Word with Chelsea Kingston Erickson: Rooted 2020 Conference Workshop
- Rooted Podcast: Bijan Mirtolooi on Tools for Contextualization
- Rooted 2017: David Ake on Teaching Junior High Students Scripture
- Rooted 2017: Julius Kim on Preaching the Whole Counsel of God
Spoken Gospel Podcast- David Bowden and friend of Rooted, Seth Stewart. The mission of Spoken Gospel is to equip the church to speak the gospel out of every corner of scripture. Co-hosts and close friends, David Bowden and Seth Stewart, sit down every week to talk through a Bible passage and see how it points to Jesus.
Exploring My Strange Bible– Tim Mackie. Podcast by the founder of the Bible Project consisting largely of excellent sermons.
Unbelievable? by Premier Christian Radio. Justin Brierley tackles major questions about Christianity in a format designed to get believers and skeptics talking together.
Help Me Teach the Bible with Nancy Guthrie- The Gospel Coalition. Listen as Bible teacher Nancy Guthrie interviews different experts on each book of the Bible.
Chelsea Kingston on Teaching the Old Testament (Rooted Conference)
Enduring Word Commentary (enduringwordcommentary.com). Enduring Word exists to promote the work of Christian discipleship and evangelism worldwide, mainly through the publication and dissemination of the Bible teaching work of David Guzik and like-minded people.
The Bible Project (thebibleproject.com). The Bible Project is a non-profit animation studio that produces short-form, fully animated videos to make the biblical story accessible to everyone, everywhere. They create videos, podcasts, and study guides that explore the Bible’s unified story. They focus on the Bible’s overarching themes and each book’s literary design and are committed to understanding the Bible in its historical context.
The Verses Project (theversesproject.com). A highly recommended resource,” the Verses Project creates musical and visual art that helps people meditate on and memorize Scripture.”