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

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