One of the most influential writers and speakers in my understanding of life and ministry has been John Piper.  Below is a link to an audio message from him that may be helpful in reinforcing much of what we went over this last Sunday at our first Core Meeting. The Whole Glory of the Gospel of God

"Christians in the West are weakened by wimpy worldviews. And wimpy worldivews make wimpy Christians. God is weightless in our lives. He is not terrifyingly magnificent. His sovereignty is secondary (at best) to his sensitivity." — John Piper