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 & the Sovereignty of God –J.I. Packer
Honest Evangelism – Rico Tice


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


Operation World, Johnstone & Mandryk
Missions: How the Local Church Goes GlobalJohnson
Dispatches from the FrontKesee
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


 Trusting God: Even When Life Hurts, Jerry Bridges
Suffering: Gospel Hope When Life Doesn’t Make Sense, Paul Tripp


 Praying the Bible, Donald Whitney
A Call to Spiritual Reformation, D.A. Carson


A Gospel Primer, Milton Vincent
New Morning Mercies, Paul Tripp


To The Golden Shore, Adoniram Judson
The Life and Diary of David Brainerd 


When Sinner say “I Do”, Dave Harvey
Sacred Marriage, Gary Thomas


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


This Changes EverythingJaquelle Crowe
Get Your Story Straight, Kristen Hatton

What Do You Think of Me? Why Do I Care?, Edward Welch
Changed Into His ImageJim Berg 


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


 The Treasure Principle, Alcorn

What Is A Healthy Church Member?

This last Sunday, we saw in Romans 12 that a life shaped by the mercies of God is first and foremost corporately shaped, and apart from a committed connection to a Christian community, we will never rightly live out a sacrificial transformed devotion to God. Remember, when you came to faith in Jesus, God graciously gave you the capacity to function well as a member of a body (Romans 12:3-5). This means we have to rethink what church and church…

Running the Race

Life is hard, our faith is fragile, distractions are everywhere, and the pressure to give up and give in as a Christian is becoming greater and greater. In our post-modern, post-Christian culture, many followers of Jesus are haunted by the thoughts of bailing out altogether. Some wonder if it is even possible to remain faithful and make it to the end as a Christian. No doubt, there are those within our own church family facing this very struggle. So, how can…

Summer of Service

WHAT IS SUMMER OF SERVICE? Summer of Service is a strategic initiative for the LBC family to serve our neighborhoods and communities in very practical ways. We hope to mobilize a number of teams to take on a variety of service projects on select days throughout the summer. Since serving people is something that Christians should be doing all the time, we want to encourage each church member to get involved in some way in their neighborhoods and communities this summer. The…

Family Ministry Resources (Spring 2021)

The purpose of our family ministries is to glorify God by partnering with and equipping parents to lead children to embrace Jesus as Lord and Savior and pursue God with their whole heart.   Here are a few notable resources to consider for your family over the next few months. Be sure to check out our other recommended resources for families. FOR THE PARENTS The Disciple-Making Parent: A Comprehensive Guidebook for Raising Your Children to Love and Follow Jesus Christ Have you ever…

Passion Week Devotional Readings

This Sunday, March 28, 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…

Easter and Evangelism

This Easter, we are encouraging every member of LBC to once again remember our privilege and opportunity to speak the good news of Jesus to this world! So here’s the challenge … challenge to the Church Following our gathering this Sunday, you will find a free book, The Case for Easter, in one of the main hallways. Plan to pick up a copy, read it, and think through it for yourself. Then, after you have read it, plan to give it to…

Living Life Backward

How does one actually live life backward? The idea is that you take the one thing in your future that is certain – death – and you let that reality inform everything about your life now. In other words, to live life backward is to live with the end in mind. While that may sound like a morbid approach to living, the Bible reveals that it’s the only way anyone can begin to live life joyfully. As David Gibson states,…

Ecclesiastes Sermon Series

Beginning this March, I am looking forward to shepherding our church through a sermon series on the Old Testament Book of Ecclesiastes. The book ends with the revelation that the wise words recorded in this book were given by One Shepherd (Ecclesiastes 12:11). The words of the wise are like goads, and like nails firmly fixed are the collected sayings; they are given by one Shepherd. I personally believe this refers to none other than our Lord Jesus! These are Old…