Recommended Reading (Page 2)

Recommended Reading (Page 2)

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

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…

Family Ministry Resources (Winter 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. Click here to see our previous Family Ministry Resources recommendations. FOR THE PARENTS Parenting: 14 Gospel Principles That Can Radically Change Your Family Feeling pressure to do everything “right” and raise up “good” children,…

2021 Bible Reading Plans

Each year we seek to give ourselves to a simple, yet consistent reading of the Bible. For 2021, there are two different plans we are encouraging the church family to consider. ChoosE A PLAN One of these plans works through the entire Bible at multiple chapters a day, the other works through the New Testament at only one chapter a day. Visit our Treasuring Scripture Together webpage for the details on both of these plans. BOOK-AT-A-TIME READING PLAN NEW TESTAMENT…

Reading the Christmas Story

How do you explain to your non-Christian friends the significance of Christmas? Sure, they may enjoy a good nativity scene. They might love the idea of a baby born away in a manger on a silent night in the little town of Bethlehem. They may even speak about vague religious holiday sentiments like peace, hope, joy, and light. But do they really understand the story of Jesus’ birth? Do they realize that the God of the universe has personally invaded time and space and took on flesh so…

Pray. Love. Vote. Remember.

2020 just might go down as one of the most turbulent years in modern history – at least in the United States. To add to it all, our nation is choosing her next President in the midst of what may be the most hostile political environments of our time. The controversy and divisiveness surrounding this election is rampant. However, the controversy and divisiveness is not limited to NPR, CNN, and FOX News. It has hit the body of Christ with a wave of disunity…

Meet Caleb and Maddie

This last August, Caleb Sturgis came to LBC to serve as our Pastoral Intern! The goal of our Pastoral Internship is to glorify God by identifying, training, testing, and affirming individuals in a local church context in order to develop the next generation of pastors and church planters. This is an exciting opportunity not just for our pastors, but for the whole church family to invest in Caleb to see the ministry of the Gospel multiplied through our church! Since Caleb grew up at…

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 immediately! The goal is to distribute the funds to the respective mission boards before the beginning of December. Signup ends October 25. FIRST, SIGN UP Visit our Operation Joy Sign Up Genius. Scroll to the bottom of the page and select the missionary child…