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

Passion Week Devotional Readings

This Sunday, April 14, 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…

Just for Starters

What would happen if God were to bring a brand new believer into your life? What if suddenly, our church soon began to witness God answering our prayers to see more people coming to faith in Jesus through the witness of our members? How would you help? Would you know where to start? Would you struggle with what to say? Could you identify if they truly understand the Gospel? Would you feel capable of helping establish them in the faith? …

How to Handle Sin: 1 Corinthians 5

This past Sunday, we took a look at a somewhat shocking passage of 1 Corinthians, where Paul begins to speak to the Church about their tolerance of outright sexual sin in their midst and how they should instead respond. We learned about the biblical teaching of a practice referred to today as church discipline, its end goal (restoration of the one being disciplined), and its rooting in the teachings of Jesus in Matthew 18. One of my favorite parts of…

Why Missions Conference

Each year around this time, we set aside a few days to focus on what God is doing locally, nationally, and globally. It’s really a wonderful time for our church family and the missionaries that are with us for the week. But it’s much more than a programmed event. In fact, let me suggest to you 3 reasons why we would take the time, energy, and finances to host a Mission’s Conference. Remind  We are such forgetful people.  We get so…

New Resource for Parents & Children

In his book, The Disciple-Making Parent, Chap Bettis says, The foundational parenting text is not Ephesians 6:1-4 or Deuteronomy 6:4-9, as important as they are. Rather it is Matthew 28:18-20. In other words, as Christian parents, your primary goal is not simply to parent your children, but to disciple your children to love and obey Jesus. Of course, discipleship takes place along the way through all of life, but according to Ephesians, one of the most significant means of discipleship for the family is the…

How Should Leaders Lead?: 1 Corinthians 4:1-5

This week, we delved into the first five verses of chapter 4 in 1 Corinthians. Previously, we saw Paul correcting the Corinthians in their disunity, specifically in the area of their devotion to some leaders over others–when ultimately all the good these leaders had done was Christ in them, who has unified all believers through faith. In these five verses, Paul gives the Corinthians, and us as a part of God’s church, a framework for thinking about and treatment of…

The Prayer War

Okay everyone, pray for our missionaries! That’s what we’re supposed to do, right? But how can we move beyond, “God, bless the missionaries” and truly engage in praying for our missions team in real ways? Last week in our morning gathering, Paul Seger addressed the church regarding this very topic. If you didn’t get to hear the sermon, take some time to listen to it here.  The Apostle Paul gave the churches to whom he wrote very specific ways to pray for…

2019 Bible Reading

Have you ever had good intentions of reading the Bible on a consistent basis? How long did you make it? Did you find yourself a bit overwhelmed or discouraged? Did you feel like you were grasping truth, or just checking boxes? What if you did something different this year? What if you could get the big picture of the Bible by reading a few of chapters a day? Or, what if you slowed down and just read one chapter a…