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

Sola: The One and Only Gospel

For centuries, the Gospel had been shrouded and distorted by the teachings and practices of the Catholic Church. The claim to be the only true church and the belief that the Pope held preeminence over all churches everywhere placed the church’s teaching on par (and even above) Scripture. Throughout the years had been small isolated groups who resisted the Church’s doctrine (Waldensians, Lollards, Brethren, etc.). And while several individuals that never embraced the practices of Roman Catholicism had been martyred for…

Evangelism Tool

As members, we are called to help each other be the faithful ambassadors of Jesus we should be. Each one of us should know the Gospel and be able to present it to others. Of course, our circumstances, personalities, and gifts will vary, but if you are a follower of Jesus, you should know the message of Christ, and be able to explain it faithfully and clearly. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore…

The Time the Church Struck Gold: 1 Corinthians 1:4-9

Last week, we were introduced to the city of Corinth and the miraculous work that God had done in the city–He had called people to be saints together. As he prepares to launch into a long portion of the letter dealing with the different divisions amongst the believers in this church of Corinth, Paul is taking time to help them remember what God has done and what their response should be. This week we looked at 1 Cor. 1:4-9, in…

The God of Corinth: 1 Corinthians 1:1-3

This past Sunday, we were introduced to the first message in our new series, Life in My Corinthian Context: Gospel Perspective in a Secular Age. We will be looking into and studying the book of 1 Corinthians over these next few months (and years!) An important city for trade in Greece, Corinth was an ancient combination of modern-day New York, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas – all rolled into one. Known for its sexuality, substance abuse, worship of money, and…

What is Equip?

In a society where online communities are about as abundant as Baptist churches in the south, you could spend most of your week just trying to keep up with blog posts (if you’re into that kind of thing). But the goal for Equip is not just to give you something else to follow online. The goals will be specific to this community of believers. We hope to provide helpful follow-up discussion from Sunday sermons, keep you up-to-date on the life of the…

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. In the past, many have known this as the LIGHTS program. Recently we began calling it, Operation Joy!  We have already started receiving funds for this project and need to do so before Thanksgiving. The goal is to distribute the funds to the respective mission boards before December.…

Not God Enough

A.W. Tozer once said that “what comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.” So, what do you, deep in your heart, conceive God to be like?   We are, in part, “the product of a Christian culture that has fostered and promoted a small, domesticated view of God. The Western Christianity in which I have been immersed focuses on the practicality of faith. We present God as the best way to…

Making Disciples

Matthew 28:19-20 is the heart of the primary assignment Jesus gave to his disciples. This was the one thing that He wanted his followers to do in his absence. And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all…
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