Recommended Reading

Recommended Reading

Nothing can or should replace a consistent daily time in the Word of God. The Scriptures alone are sufficient for teaching, reproof, correction, and training in righteousness (2 Timothy 3:16). However, we would like to introduce helpful resources to reinforce the philosophy, vision, and purposes of our God-given mission as a churchWhile we may not align with each author in all areas, we are confident these resources will be profitable for you as you strive to grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Build a Personal Library

The following books are suggestions to guide you in building a personal library. There are always more good books than we can even begin to recommend, but we believe this will be a great start. Each of these titles will soon be available in the Resource Center where you can either check out a copy or purchase one for yourself or a friend.

Systematic Theology

– Christian Beliefs – Wayne Grudem
Know the Truth – Bruce Milne
– Christian Theology – Millard Erickson
Devotional Doctrine (free PDF) – Armstrong

Biblical Theology

God’s Big Picture – Vaughn Roberts
– Biblical Theology – Michael Lawrence
Christ from Beginning to EndHunter & Wellum

The Gospel

The Gospel for Real Life – Jerry Bridges
Gospel Revolution – JD Greear
What is the Gospel? – Greg Gilbert

Evangelism

Evangelism & the Sovereignty of God –J.I. Packer
Honest Evangelism – Rico Tice

Apologetics

More than A Carpenter – Josh McDowell
Can Man Live without God – Ravi Zacharias
Why Trust the Bible? – Greg Gilbert

Religion & Worldview

Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis
An Illustrated Guide to World Religions, Dean Halverson

Missions

Operation World, Johnstone & Mandryk
Missions: How the Local Church Goes GlobalJohnson
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Dispatches from the FrontKesee
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For the Sake of His Name Doran

The Church

What Is A Healthy Church Member?, Thabiti Anyabwile
– What Is A Healthy Church?, Mark Dever
Why Bother with Church?, Sam Allberry
Understanding the Congregation’s Authority, Jonathan Leeman

Christian Growth

Disciplines of Grace, Jerry Bridges
The Hole in Our Holiness, Kevin DeYoung
Created for His Glory, Jim Berg
Knowing God, JI Packer

Trials

 Trusting God: Even When Life Hurts, Jerry Bridges

Prayer

 Praying the Bible, Donald Whitney
A Call to Spiritual Reformation, D.A. Carson

Devotional

A Gospel Primer, Milton Vincent
New Morning Mercies, Paul Tripp

Biography

To The Golden Shore, Adoniram Judson
The Life and Diary of David Brainerd 

Marriage

When Sinner say “I Do”, Dave Harvey
Sacred Marriage, Gary Thomas

Parenting

Shepherding a Child’s Heart, Ted Tripp
Parenting is More Than A Formula, Jim Newheiser
Give Them Grace, Elyse Fitzpatrick
Instructing a Child’s Heart, Tedd Tripp
Age of Opportunity, Paul Tripp

Teens

This Changes EverythingJaquelle Crowe
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Get Your Story Straight, Kristen Hatton

What Do You Think of Me? Why Do I Care?, Edward Welch
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Changed Into His ImageJim Berg 

Children

The Jesus Storybook Bible, Sally Lloyd-Jones
The Ology – Marty Machowski
The Biggest Story: How the Snake Crusher Brings Us Back to the Garden, Kevin DeYoung

Money

 The Treasure Principle, Alcorn

Passion Week Devotional Readings

This Sunday, April 5, marks the beginning of the week known as the Passion Week. As we prepare for this special time of year, we’ve prepared some brief Scripture readings to help you to … Take some time each day to reflect on what Scripture reveals about the person and work of Jesus. Consider the significance of Jesus’ final days. Prepare to celebrate His resurrection and promise of new life for all who believe! These passages are just a small selection to…

Be Still

This is our final post in our series of meditations through Psalm 46. If you haven’t yet, take some time to read through the Psalm and then read the first few posts. Confidence in Crisis (v. 1-3) The Joy, Stability, and Security of God’s Presence (v. 4-7) Behold the Works of the Lord (v. 8-9) In verses 8-11, we are given a 2-part invitation to know God’s presence. This isn’t just knowing His presence theoretically, but knowing it as a day-to-day reality.…

Behold the Works of the Lord

In Psalm 46 we have learned that the greatness of God’s character and the reality of His presence can turn our fear, distress, and anxiety into joy, security, and stability! But let’s get honest. The idea of God’s presence does seem a little bit abstract, at least to some of us. How can we truly experience His presence, knowing it to be a day-to-day reality and not just a concept? Real fears need real answers, and vague theological concepts are…

The Joy, Stability, and Security of God’s Presence

This week, we are meditating on Psalm 46 together. You can read the first part of this series here. In verses 1-3 of this Psalm, we saw that fear comes into our lives when we realize that the very things we thought we could count on have the potential of being removed at any moment. That is where many people in our world are living right now. However, in the face of distress and uncertainty, the reality of God’s character…

Confidence in Crisis

The tone of Psalm 46 seems to suggest it was written at a time of crisis. Of course, the particular crisis of the Psalm is not specified, but that’s okay, we are all keenly aware of a current crisis. Many are struggling with fear and insecurity in ways they have never experienced. On a global level, to say that our world is characterized by fear, distress, and instability would be an understatement. But on a personal level, are you sensing uncertainty, apprehension,…

Scripture Meditation and Prayer Guide

Living for Jesus in a world that is opposed to Him is not easy. Staying faithful to Him in the midst of difficulty and trial requires a God-given endurance of faith. Because God knows we are weak and susceptible to discouragement, in His wisdom has provided for us a “support system” to help us – the church. According to Hebrews 10:23-25, it is the routine gathering of God’s people that serves as the primary means of helping us “hold fast…

Jesus, the Risen Lord

The gospel is the good news about who Jesus is and what He has done to rescue sinners from judgment and reconcile them back to God! Jesus died in our place as the Sinless Substitute. On the cross, He absorbed the wrath of God on sin making a way for sinners to be made right with God. But the death of Jesus is only a portion of the good news. Three days later, Jesus defeated the curse of sin by overcoming death and rising from…

Why Missions Conference?

Each February, our church sets aside a few days to focus on what God is doing locally, nationally, and globally. Much more than just a 4-day event, we take the time, energy, and finances to meet together like this for a few reasons. REMIND We are forgetful people and often get preoccupied with living our lives for ourselves. We easily get distracted and forget about what God has called us to do. Missions Conference is our opportunity to be reminded…