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 be in agreement with all of the doctrinal positions or associations of the authors, we are confident they will be profitable for you as you strive to grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (2 Peter 3:18).

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

Biblical Theology

God’s Big Picture – Vaughn Roberts
– Biblical Theology – Michael Lawrence

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 Front
Kesee
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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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Summer Equipping Classes

This summer, beginning June 2, we will set aside our Sunday evenings to offer 3 different equipping classes. These classes are designed to be interactive discussions and instruction regarding marriage, parenting, and general Christian discipleship. You can learn more details about the classes below. We are encouraging each member to commit to being equipped in one of these ways this summer. Please sign up for one of the classes using the form at the bottom of this page. EQUIPPING CLASSES…

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At the end of the message on Intentional Living (April 28), we introduced the plans and ideas for our Summer of Service. If you missed the message, take some time to listen to it here. WHAT IS SUMMER OF SERVICE? Summer of Service is a strategic initiative for the LBC family to display the loving-kindness of Jesus by intentionally serving our neighborhoods and communities in very practical ways. A variety of service projects will take place over select days throughout the summer in place of the…

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