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 other 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

Evangelism Initiative

We believe that the local church is God’s primary means of getting the message of the Gospel to the world. Since the New Testament indicates that the proclamation of the gospel is the responsibility of each member of the body, then we want to commit to understand and proclaim the Gospel locally, nationally, and globally. As a church, we call this priority intentional evangelism. We lovingly proclaim the gospel to all kinds of people and call them to respond in repentance…

Operation Joy!

For several years, individual members of Lebanon Baptist Church have made an effort to adopt and support our missionary kids for the Christmas season. We do so by donating $50 per child to help provide funds to buy them Christmas gifts. We will begin receiving funds for this project on October 6. The goal is to distribute the funds to the respective mission boards before December. Representatives from the missions committee will be at the Hospitality Center to receive your contributions. If you are willing to be a part,…

Why LifeStage Classes, Part 5

We’ve been discussing a few reasons why each member should seriously consider being a part of a LifeStage Class each Sunday. So far we’ve looked at … Biblical Literacy + Theological Understanding Practical Life-application + Obedience Mutual Care + Discipling Today, we will briefly consider the final objective: Leadership Training + Development In the traditional Sunday School set up of the past, each particular class had their own teacher. But, if you’ve been a part of a LifeStage Class over…

Why LifeStage Classes, Part 4

This Sunday, our new season of LifeStage Classes begin. But why should you consider assembling an hour before the main morning gathering for these classes? To answer that, we’ve dedicated a few posts here at LBCEquip to discuss the importance of LifeStage Classes for each member. So far, we’ve discussed 2 objectives: Biblical literacy + Theological Understanding Practical Life-application + Obedience In this post, we will consider the third objective of mutual care and discipling. Mutual Care + Discipling In our western culture,…

Why LifeStage Classes? Part 3

We are dedicating a few posts at LBCEquip to discuss the importance of LifeStage Classes for each member. There are 4 different objectives we are exploring: Biblical literacy + Theological Understanding Practical Life-application + Obedience Mutual Care + Discipling Leadership Training + Development In this post, we will consider the second one: Practical life-application & Obedience in·er·tia [iˈnərSHə] – a tendency to do nothing or to remain unchanged So, what does physics have to do with LifeStage Classes? Good question.1 If something is…

Caring for One Another

What if you were a part of a community of believers who really entrusted themselves to each other’s care? A group where you can openly talk of your pain and others respond with deep understanding, compassion, and prayer. You can speak of your joys, and people rejoice with you. You can be honest about your struggles with sin, and others run to help you fight and pray with you. A group where you can even humbly and graciously recognize differences with…

Why LifeStage Classes? Part 2

In our previous post, we began discussing why each member of Lebanon Baptist Church should commit to being equipped through LifeStage Classes. There are 4 different objectives we are exploring: Biblical literacy + Theological Understanding Practical Life-application + Obedience Mutual Care + Discipling Leadership Training + Development In this post, we will consider the first one: Biblical literacy & theological understanding Scripture reveals that the choices we make flow from the desires and affections of our heart. But those desires…

Why LifeStage Classes?

Our mission is to make disciples of Jesus for the glory of God. However, it’s not just about amassing a bunch of people to pack out a building so we can build bigger ones. Our vision is to raise up and send out our own to see other churches established and strengthened so that more disciples of Jesus would be made for the glory of God – here and around the world. How good God is to allow us the…