Recommended Resources

“When you come, bring the cloak that I left with Carpus at Troas,
also the books, and above all the parchments” (2 Tm 4:13)

A famous C. H. Spurgeon quote dovetails from this verse:
 

 

Give yourself unto reading. The man who never reads will never be read; he who never quotes will never be quoted. He who will not use the thoughts of other men’s brains, proves that he has no brains of his own. You need to read. … We are quite persuaded that the very best way for you to be spending your leisure time, is to be either reading or praying. You may get much instruction from books which afterwards you may use as a true weapon in your Lord and Master’s service. Paul cries, “Bring the books” — join in the cry.

 


This list represents books that Pastor Shaun has read and recommends for the Body of Christ on a variety of subjects. Many of them were required reading in college and seminary, so some are header than others. This list will grow and change as he finds other commendable resources, and we hope this will be useful in your studies!

Ten[ish] Books Every Christian Should Read

Before getting to the list, it should go without saying that you need a Bible.  If you don't have one, see us on Sundays to get one for free.  Every Christian should become conversant in the Book that God gave us.  

 

The best kind of Bible to have for your study is a text-only, accurate translation of the Bible.  A faithful translation is essential, and Christians need a Bible that won’t distract them with commentary and notes from others.  Good translations include the New American Standard Version ("NASB," what I preach from) or the English Standard Version ("ESV").  The historic King James Version would also fall into this category, but because its language proves difficult for many in modern audiences, we recommend the New King James Version as an alternative.

 

 

With that said, let’s start the list:

  1. A MacArthur Study Bible (MSB). As a twenty-first century believer, you’ll need help to understand the background and historical context of the books of the Bible. The MSB represents years of expertise from the professors at the Master’s College and Seminary, becoming an invaluable resource to the Body of Christ full of notes, maps, and charts. You can purchase a MacArthur Study Bible today in multiple versions, including the ESV, NASB, NKJV, and even the NIV.

  2. Knowable Word, Peter Krol. Krol wraps a powerful Bible study tool in a small package, paring acres of difficult hermeneutical texts down into this accessible 100+ page resource. His book leaves you with confidence that you can actually understand Scripture through the tested Observe-Interpret-Apply method.

  3. Knowing God, J. I. Packer. This classic may be a bit heady in places, but it will ultimately challenge you to reconsider and refine what you mean when you say you “know God.”

  4. A Gospel Primer for Christians, Milton Vincent. I’ve read it several times in the past few years to remind myself of the clear scriptural truths concerning the gospel. It is an essential read for Christians young and old.

  5. Our Sufficiency in Christ, John MacArthur. This book calls believers to the center of our faith—Jesus Christ—and challenges us to reject anything which might rob us of trusting fulling in Him.

  6. Whichever of these three is (or mix-and-match as) appropriate: 
    - Disciplines of a Godly Man, Kent Hughes 
    - Disciplines of a Godly Woman, Barbara Hughes
    - Disciplines of a Godly Family, Kent and Barbara Hughes
    . Another required read for parents in particular would be Shepherding a Child’s Heart, Tedd Tripp.

  7. Understanding End Times Prophecy, Paul Benware. Everyone has an opinion on what the end-times will bring, and the world seems obsessed with this question. The Bible talks about the events surrounding Christ’s Second Coming in a way that tells Christians God wants them to know. This book will give you a good overview of the biblical scenario that will soon unfold.

  8. Charismatic Chaos, John MacArthur. This lightning-rod will help you develop an understanding and wariness of some of the Holy Spirit hucksters and hustlers the Bible warned us about. A good follow-up to this book is Strange Fire, edited by the same author.

  9. Think Biblically, John MacArthur and the Faculty of TMC. Being a Christian doesn’t stop at learning about God and believing the gospel; Christians must develop a thorough-going Christian worldview on science, social issues, politics, etc. This book is a great place to start.

  10. Nine Marks of a Healthy Church, Mark Dever. If you are not in a church, God wants you in a sound fellowship of believers under the preaching of His Word. This book will help you either gain appreciation for your local fellowship or send you on a path to look for a biblical congregation.   

The Big Recommended Reading List

(​Feel free to send me a message for more recommendations.)

  • Apologetics and Polemics

    • Bahnsen, Dr. Greg L. Always Ready: Directions for Defending the Faith, Covenant Media Press, 2006

    • Coleman, Robert E. The Master Plan of Evangelism, Revell, 1993

    • Cowan, Steven, B., ed. Five Views on Apologetics, Zondervan, 2000.

    • Frame, John M. Apologetics to the Glory of God: An Introduction, P&R Publishing, 1994

    • Gundry, Stanley & Steven Cowan. Five Views on Apologetics, Zondervan Publishing, 2000

    • Jones, Peter. Gospel Truth Pagan Lies: Can You Tell the Difference?, Winepress Publishing, 1999

    • MacArthur, John. The Truth War: Fighting for Certainty in an Age of Deception, Thomas Nelson Publishers, 2007

    • Pratt Jr., Richard L. Every Thought Captive: A Study Manual for the Defense of Christian Truth, Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing, 1979

    • Sire, James W. Naming the Elephant: Worldview as a Concept, IVP, 2004

    • Van Til, Cornelius. The Defense of the Faith, Presbyterian and Reformed, 1955
       

  • Biographies

    • Butterfield, Rosaria. The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert: An English Professor's Journey Into Christian Faith, Crown & Covenant Publications, 2012.

    • Morris, Henry. Men of Science, Men of God, Master Books, 1988.

    • Murray, Iain. Jonathan Edwards: A New Biography, The Banner of Truth Trust, 2003
       

  • Christian Denominations and Sects

    • Jehovah’s Witnesses

      • Bowman, Robert M. Understanding Jehovah's Witnesses: Why The Read the Bible the Way They Do, Baker Books, 1991

      • Martin, Walter. The Kingdom of the Cults, Bethany House Publishers, 1992

      • Harris, Murray J. Jesus as God: The New Testament Use of Theos in Reference to Jesus, Baker Books, 1992

    • Presbyterian, Reformed, Congregational

      • Beeke, Joel R. & Randall J. Pederson. Meet the Puritans: With A Guide to Modern Reprints, Reformation Heritage Books, 2008

      • Hyde, Daniel. Welcome to a Reformed Church, Reformation Trust Publishing, 2010

      • Murray, Iain. Jonathan Edwards: A New Biography, The Banner of Truth Trust, 2003

      • Ryken, Leland. Worldly Saints: The Puritans As They Were, Zondervan Publishing, 1990

    • Roman Catholicism

      • Boettner, Loraine. Roman Catholicism, P & R Publishing, 1962

      • Geisler, Norman L. and Joshua M. Betancourt. Is Rome the True Church?: A Consideration of the Roman Catholic Claim, Crossway Books, 2008

    • Seeker-Friendly and Emergent/Emerging

      • Carson, D. A. Becoming Conversant with the Emerging Church: Understanding a Movement and Its Implications, Zondervan Publishing, 2005

      • Prichard, G. A. Willow Creek Seeker Services: Evaluating a New Way of Doing Church, Baker Books, 1996
         

  • Christian Experience

    • Evangelism

      • Coleman, Robert E. The Master Plan of Evangelism, Revell, 1993

      • Packer, J. I. Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God, IVP, 1961

      • Vincent, Milton. A Gospel Primer for Christians: Learning to See the Glories of God's Love, Focus Publishing, 2008

    • Building The Christian Life and Mind

      • Adams, Jay E. How to Overcome Evil: A Practical Exposition of Romans 12:14-21, Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing, 1977

      • Bridges, Jerry. Trusting God: Even When Life Hurts, NavPress, 2008.

      • Bunyan, John. The Pilgrim’s Progress, Dover Publications, 2003.

      • Edwards, Jonathan. The Religious Affections, Dover Publications, 2013

      • Edwards, Jonathan. The Experience that Counts, Grace Publications, 1991.

      • Horton, Michael. Christless Christianity: The Alternative Gospel of the American Church, Baker Books, 2008

      • Hughes, Kent. Disciplines of a Godly Man, Crossway, 2006.

      • Hughes, Barbara. Disciplines of a Godly Woman, Crossway, 2006.

      • Lewis, C. S. The Screwtape Letters: A Devil's Diabolical Advice for the Capturing of the Human Heart, Bantam Books, 1982

      • MacArthur, John. Our Sufficiency in Christ: Three Deadly influences that Undermine Your Spiritual Life, Word Publishing, 1991

      • MacArthur, John. Think Biblically! Recovering a Christian Worldview, Crossway Books, 2003

      • Naselli, Andrew David. Let Go and Let God? A Survey and Analysis of Keswick Theology, Lexham Press, 2010

      • Packer, J. I. Knowing God, IVP, 1993

      • Vincent, Milton. A Gospel Primer for Christians: Learning to See the Glories of God's Love, Focus Publishing, 2008

    • Marriage and Family

      • Adams, Jay E. Marriage, Divorce and Remarriage in the Bible, P & R Publishing, 1980

      • Adams, Jay E. Solving marriage problems: biblical solutions for Christian counselors, Zondervan Publishing, 1983

      • Barnett, John S. Word-Filled Families: Walk in Truth, Müllerhaus, 2009

      • Hughes, Kent and Barbara. Disciplines of a Godly Family, Crossway, 2007

      • Johnson, Terry. The Family Worship Book: A Resource Book for Family Devotions, Christian Focus Publications, 2009

      • Köstenberger, Andreas. God, Marriage, and Family, Crossway, 2010

      • MacArthur, John. Biblical parenting for life: nine session, Bible-based study on rearing godly children from preschool to high school, Word Pubilshing, 2000

      • MacArthur, John. What the Bible Says About Parenting, Word, 2000

      • Mack, Wayne A. Your family, God's way: developing and sustaining relationships in the home, P & R Publishing, 1991

      • Mack, Wayne A. and Carol Mack, Sweethearts for a lifetime: making the most of your marriage, P & R Publishing, 2006

      • Mack, Wayne. Strengthening your marriage, P & R Publishing, 1999

      • Piper, John and Wayne Grudem, ed., Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, Crossway, 1991

      • Scott, Staurt. The exemplary husband: a Biblical perspective, Focus Publishing, 2002

    • Prayer

      • Bennett, Arthur. The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers and Devotions, Banner of Truth Trust, 1973.

      • Eastman, Dick. The Hour That Charges the World: A Practical Plan for Personal Prayer, Chosen Books, 2002

      • Harris, Greg. The Cup and the Glory: Lessons on the Suffering and the Glory of God, Kress Christian, 2006

      • Ryle, J. C. A Call to Prayer, Audubon Press

      • Sproul, R.C. The Prayer of the Lord, Reformation Trust Publishing, 2009
         

  • Knowledge (Epistemology)

    • Modern Western Philosophy

      • Nash, Ronald H. Life's Ultimate Questions: An Introduction to Philosophy, Zondervan Publishing, 1999

    • Research

      • Badke, William B. Research Strategies: Finding Your Way Through the Information Fog, Writer's Club, 2000

      • Barber, Cyril J. & Robert M. Krauss Jr. An Introduction to Theological Research: A Guide for College and Seminary Students, University Press of America, 2000

    • Philosophy and Psychology

      • Nash, Ronald H. Life's Ultimate Questions: An Introduction to Philosophy, Zondervan Publishing, 1999

      • Sire, James W. Naming the Elephant: Worldview as a Concept, IVP, 2004

      • Szasz, Thomas. The myth of psychotherapy: mental healing as religion, rhetoric, and repression, Syracuse University Press, 1988

      • Welch, Edward T. Blame it on the Brain? Distinguishing Chemical Imbalances, Brain Disorders, and Disobedience, Resources for Changing Lives, P & R Publishing, 1998
         

  • Modern Israel and Middle East

    • Bard, Mitchell G. The Complete Idiot's Guide to Middle East Conflict, Pearson, 2003

    • DeYoung, Jimmy. Sound the Trumpets, Shofar Communications, 2000
       

  • Pastoral Office

    • Baxter, Richard. The Reformed Pastor, The Banner of Truth Trust, 1974

    • Hegg, David W. Appointed to Preach: Assessing a Call to the Minstry, Mentor, 1999

    • Jefferson, Charles. The Minister as Shepherd: The Minister as Shepherd, CLC Publications, 2006

    • Lutzer, Erwin. Pastor to Pastor: Tackling the Problems of Ministry, Kregel Publications, 1998

    • MacArthur, John. Pastoral Ministry: How to Shepherd Biblically, Thomas Nelson Publishers, 2005

    • Roberts, Maurice. The Thought of God, The Banner of Truth Trust, 2001

    • Ryken, Leland. Worldly Saints: The Puritans As They Were, Zondervan Publishing, 1990

    • Strauch Alexander. Biblical Eldership: an Urgent Call to Restore Biblical Church Leadership, Lewis & Roth Publishers, 1997

    • Counseling

      • Adams, Jay E. The Biblical View of Self-Esteem, Self-Love and Self-Image, Harvest House, 1986

      • Adams, Jay E. The Christian counselor's casebook, Zondervan Publishing, 1974

      • Adams, Jay E. The Christian Counselor's Manual: The Practice of Nouthetic Counseling, Zondervan Publishing, 1973

      • Adams, Jay E. Christ and Your Problems, P & R Publishing, 1983

      • Adams, Jay E. Critical stages of biblical counseling, Timeless Texts, 2004

      • Adams, Jay E. How to help people change: the four-step Biblical process, Zondervan Publishing, 1986

      • Adams, Jay E. How to Overcome Evil: A Practical Exposition of Romans 12:14-21, Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing, 1977

      • Adams, Jay E. Solving marriage problems: biblical solutions for Christian counselors, Zondervan Publishing, 1983

      • Adams, Jay E. A Theology of Christian Counseling: More than Redemption, The Jay Adams Library, Zondervan Publishing, 1979

      • Ganz, Richard. PsychoBabble: The failure of Modern Psychology-and the Biblical Alternative, Crossway Books, 1993

      • MacArthur, John. Counseling: How to Counsel Biblically, Thomas Nelson Publishers, 2005

      • MacArthur, John. The Vanishing Conscience: Drawing the Line in a No-Fault, Guilt-Free World, Word Publishing, 1994

      • Mack, Wayne A. A homework manual for Biblical living - Vol 1 Personal and Interpersonal Problems, P & R Publishing, 1979

      • Mack, Wayne A. A homework manual for Biblical living - Vol 2 Family and Marital Problems, P & R Publishing, 1980

      • Sande, Ken. The Peace Maker: A Biblical Guide to Resolving Personal Conflict, Baker Books, 2004

      • Smith, Robert D. Medical Desk Reference, Timeless Texts, 2000

      • Tripp, Paul David. Instruments in the Redeemer's hands: people in need of change helping people in need of change, Resources for Changing Lives, P & R Publishing, 2002

    • Preaching

      • Arthurs, Jeffery D. Preaching with variety: how to re-create the dynamics of biblical genres, Kregel Academic & Professional, 2007

      • Chapell, Bryan. Christ-Centered Preaching: Redeeming the Expository Sermon, Baker Academic, 2005

      • Fabarez, Michael. Preaching that Changes Lives, Wipf & Stock Pub, 2005

      • Kaiser, Walter. Toward an exegetical theology: biblical exegesis for preaching and teaching, Baker Books, 1981

      • Kaiser Jr., Walter C. Preaching and Teaching from the Old Testament, Baker Academic, 2003

      • MacArthur, John. Rediscovering Expository Preaching, Thomas Nelson, 1992

      • Montoya, Alex. Preaching With Passion, Kregel Publications, 2007

      • Spurgeon, C. H. Lectures to My Students, Christian Focus, 2005

      • Shaddix, Jim. The Passion-Driven Sermon: Changing the Way Pastors Preach and Congregations Listen, B & H Publishing, 2003
         

  • Science

    • Morris, Henry. Men of Science, Men of God, Master Books, 1988.

    • Historical Geology

      • Morris, John. The Young Earth: The Real History of the Earth: Past, Present, Future, Master Books, 2006.

      • Wise, Kurt. Faith Form and Time, Broadman Holman Publishers, 1st edition, 2002
         

  • Social Theology

    • Godawa, Brian. Hollywood Worldviews: Watching Films with Wisdom & Discernment, Intervarsity Press, 2002

    • Nash, Ronald H. Life's Ultimate Questions: An Introduction to Philosophy, Zondervan Publishing, 1999

    • Pearcey, Nancy. Total Truth: Liberating Christianity from its Cultural Captivity, Association of Christian Schools Int'l, 2005

    • Romanowski, William. Eyes Wide Open: Looking for God in Popular Culture, Michigan: Brazos Press, 2004.

    • Ryken, Philip Graham. Art for God's Sake, P & R Publishing

    • Schaeffer, Francis. Francis A. Schaeffer Trilogy: The Three Essential Books in One Volume, Crossway Books, 1990.

    • Sire, James W. Naming the Elephant: Worldview as a Concept, IVP, 2004.
       

  • Theology

    • George, Timothy. Theology of the Reformers, Broadman and Holman Publishers, 1988

    • Grenz, Stanley J. and Roger E. Olson. 20th Century Theology: God & the World in a Transitional Age, IVP, 1992

    • Grudem, Wayne. Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Biblical Doctrine, Zondervan Publishing, 2000

    • Lewis, Gordon L. Decide for Yourself: A Theological Workbook [for people who are tired of being told what to believe], IVP, 1977

    • Litfin, Bryan M. Getting to Know the Church Fathers: An Evangelical Introduction, Brazos Press, 2007

    • MacArthur, John. Think Biblically! Recovering a Christian Worldview, Crossway Books, 2003

    • Olson, Roger E. The Story of Christian Theology, Intervarsity Press, 1999

    • Schaeffer, Francis. Francis A. Schaeffer Trilogy: The Three Essential Books in One Volume, Crossway Books, 1990.

    • Angelology (Doctrine of Angels and Demons)

      • Konya, Alex. Demons: A Biblical Perspective, Regular Baptist Press, 1990

    • Bibliology (Doctrine of Scripture)

      • Modern versions and translations

        • Brake, Donald L. Visual History of the English Bible, A: The Tumultuous Tale of the World's Bestselling Book, Baker Books, 2008

        • Ryken, Leland. The Word of God in English: Criteria for Excellence in Bible Translation, Crossway Books, 2002

        • Ryken, Leland. Understanding English Bible Translation: The Case for an Essentially Literal Approach, Crossway Books, 2009

        • White, James R. The King James Only Controversy: Can You Trust the Modern Translations?, Bethany House Publishers, 1995

      • Interpretation and criticism (Exegesis) 

        • Carson, D. A. Exegetical Fallacies, Baker Books, 2005

        • Couch, Mal. An Introduction to Classical Evangelical Hermeneutics: A Guide to the History and Practice of Biblical Interpretation, Kregel Publications, 2000

        • Geisler, Norman L and William E. Nix. A General Introduction to the Bible, Moody Press, 1986

        • Kaiser, Walter. Toward an exegetical theology: biblical exegesis for preaching and teaching, Baker Books, 1981

        • Krol, Peter. Knowable Word: Helping Ordinary People Learn to Study the Bible, Cruciform Press, 2014.

        • Lewis, Gordon L. Decide for Yourself: A Theological Workbook [for people who are tired of being told what to believe], IVP, 1977

        • Rosscup, Dr. James E. Commentaries for Biblical Expositors, Grace Books International, 2004

        • MacArthur, John. MacArthur Bible Handbook, Thomas Nelson Publishers, 2003.

      • Old Testament

        • Benware, Paul N. Survey of the Old Testament, Moody Press, 2003.

        • Chrisholm Jr., Robert B. From Exegesis to Exposition: A Practical Guide to Using Biblical Hebrew, Baker Books, 1998.

        • King, Philip J., and Lawrence E. Stager. Life in Biblical Israel, Westminster John Knox, 2001

        • Longman III, Tremper. Making Sense of the Old Testament: Three Crucial Questions, Baker Books, 1998

        • Sandy, D. Brent and Ronald L. Giese. Cracking Old Testament codes: a guide to interpreting literary genres of the Old Testament, Broadman & Holman, 1995

        • Hill, Andrew E. & John H. Walton. A Survey of the Old Testament, Zondervan Publishing, 2009

        • Howard Jr., David M. and Michael A Grisanti. Giving the Sense: Understanding and Using Old Testament Historical Texts, Kregel Academic & Professional, 2004

        • Kaiser, Walter. A History of Israel, Broadman and Holman Publishers, 1998

        • Merrill, Eugene H., Mark F. Rooker, and Michael A. Grisanti. The Word and the World: An Introduction to the Old Testament, B&H Academic; 2011

      • New Testament

        • Benware, Paul N. Survey of the New Testament, Moody Press, 1990

        • Black, David Allen Why Four Gospels?, Energion Publications, 2010

        • Bruce, F. F. New Testament History, Anchor Books, 1972

        • Donald, Guthrie. New Testament Introduction, Intervarsity Press, 1990

        • Metzger, Bruce M. The Canon of the New Testament, Its Origin, Development, and Significance, Clarendon, 1987.

        • Thomas, Robert L. and Stanley N. Gundry. A Harmony of the Gospels: New American Standard Version, HarperSanFrancisco, 1978

        • Thomas, Robert L. and F. David Farnell. The Jesus Crisis, Kregel, 1978

        • Thomas, Robert L. ed. Three Views on Origins of the Synoptic Gospels, Kregel, 2002

    • Christology (Doctrine of Christ)

      • Bowman, Robert M. and J. Ed Komoszewski, Putting Jesus in His Place: The Case for the Deity of Christ, Kregel Publications, 2007

      • Harris, Murray J. Jesus as God: The New Testament Use of Theos in Reference to Jesus, Baker Books, 1992

    • Ecclesiology (Doctrine of the Church)

      • Administration and General Structure

        • Dever, Mark. Nine Marks of a Healthy Church, Crossway, 2013.

        • Horton, Michael. Christless Christianity: The Alternative Gospel of the American Church, Baker Books, 2008

        • Powers, Bruce P., ed. Church Administration Handbook, Broadman & Holman Pub., 1997

        • Strauch Alexander. Biblical Eldership: an Urgent Call to Restore Biblical Church Leadership, Lewis & Roth Publishers, 1997

        • Saucy, Robert L. The church in God's program, Moody Press, 1972

        • MacArthur, John. The Master's Plan for the Church, Moody Press, 2008

        • Welch, Robert H. Church Administration: Creating Efficiency for Effective Ministry, Broadman and Holman Publishers, 2005.

      • Education

        • Coleman, Robert E. The Master Plan of Evangelism, Revell, 1993

        • Lawson, Michael S. and Robert J. Choun. Directing Christian Education: The Changing Role of the Christian Education Specialist, Moody Press, 1992

      • Church History

        • Cairns, Earle E. Christianity Through the Centuries: A History of the Christian Church, Zondervan Publishing, 1993

        • Noll, Mark A. A History of Christianity in the United States and Canada, W.B. Eerdmans, 1992

        • Ryken, Leland. Worldly Saints: The Puritans As They Were, Zondervan Publishing, 1990

        • Tracy, Joseph. The Great Awakening, The Banner of Truth Trust, 1989.

      • Public Worship

        • Baptist Hymnal, Convention Press, 1975

        • Hymns of Grace, The Master's Seminary Press, 2016

        • Tada, Joni Eareckson and John MacArthur. When Morning Gilds the Skies: Hymns of Heaven and Our Eternal Hope, Great Hymns of our faith, Crossway Books, 2002

        • Tada, Joni Eareckson and John MacArthur. O Come, All Ye Faithful: Hymns of Adoration and Joy to Celebrate His Birth, Great Hymns of our faith, Crossway Books, 2001

        • Whaley Vernon M. Understanding Music and Worship in the Local Church, Evangelical Training Association, 2002

      • Missions

        • Spitale, Lennie. Prison Ministry: Understanding Prison Culture Inside and Out, B&H Books, 2002

        • Piper, John. Let the Nations be Glad! The Supremacy of God in Missions, Baker Books, 2003

        • Priolo, Neal. Serving as Senders: How to care for your missionaries…, Emmaus Road Int'l, 1991

    • Eschatology (Doctrine of the End Times) 

      • Benware, Paul. Understanding End Times Prophecy: A Comprehensive Approach, Moody, 2006

      • Bock, Darrell, L. ed. Three Views on the Millennium and Beyond, Zondervan, 1999

      • Couch, Mal. An Introduction to Classical Evangelical Hermeneutics: A Guide to the History and Practice of Biblical Interpretation, Kregel Publications, 2000

      • Feinberg, John S., ed. Continuity and Discontinuity: Perspectives on the Relationship Between the Testaments. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 1988.

      • Vlach, Michael J. Dispensationalism: Essential Beliefs and Common Myths, Theological Studies Press, 2008

      • Vlach, Michael J. Premillennialism: Why There Must Be a Future Earthly Kingdom of Jesus, Theological Studies Press, 2015

    • Pneumatology (Doctrine of the Holy Spirit)

      • Cole, Graham A. He Who Gives Life: The Doctrine of the Holy Spirit, Crossway, 2007.

      • Edgar, Thomas. Satisfied by the Promise of the Spirit, Kregel, 1996.

      • Hamilton, James M. God's Indwelling Presence: The Holy Spirit in the Old and New Testaments, New American Commentary Studies in Bible & Theology, B&H Academic, 2006.

        • Spiritual Gifts

        • Beasley, Michael John. The Fallible Prophets of New Calvinism, The Armoury Ministries, 2013.

        • Edgar, Thomas R. Miraculous Gifts: Are they for today?, Loizeaux Brothers, 1983

        • Hanegraaff, Hank. Counterfeit Revival: Looking for God in all the Wrong Places, W Publishing Group, 2001

        • MacArthur, John. Charismatic chaos, Zondervan Publishing, 1992

        • MacArthur, John. Strange fire : the danger of offending the Holy Spirit with counterfeit worship, Thomas Nelson, 2013

        • Mayhue, Richard. The healing promise, Christian Focus, 2001

        • Napier, John. Charismatic Challenge: Four Key Questions, Providence House, 1995

        • Thomas, Robert. Understanding Spiritual Gifts, Kregel, 1999.

        • Waldron, Samuel. To be continued? : are the miraculous gifts for today?, Calvary Press Pub., 2005

    • Soteriology (Doctrine of Salvation) 

      • Demarest, Bruce. The Cross and Salvation. Crossway, 1997.

      • MacArthur, John. The Gospel According to Jesus: What Does Jesus Mean When He Says, "Follow Me"?, Zondervan Publishing, 1994

      • MacArthur, John. Faith Works: The Gospel According to the Apostles, Word Publishing, 1993

      • Sproul, R. C. Chosen by God: Know God's Perfect Plan for His Glory and His Children, Tyndale, 1986

      • White, James. Justification by Faith, Crown Publications, 1990.

      • Zemek, George J. A Biblical Theology of the Doctrines of Sovereign Grace. Wipf & Stock, 2002.

    • Theology Proper (Doctrine of God)

      • Clark, David K. To Know and Love God, Crossway, 2003

      • Feinberg, John. No One Like Him, Crossway, 2006

      • Packer, J. I. Knowing God, IVP, 1993

      • God in Relation to the World (See also Science)

        • Ashton, Dr. John F. In Six Days: Why Fifty Scientists choose to Believe in Creation, Master Books, 2001

        • Harris, Greg. The Cup and the Glory: Lessons on the Suffering and the Glory of God, Kress Christian, 2006

        • MacArthur, John. The Battle for the Beginning: Creation, Evolution, and the Bible, W Publishing Group, 2001

        • Morris, Henry. Men of Science, Men of God, Master Books, 1988.

        • Morris, John D. The Young Earth: The Real History of the Earth: Past, Present, Future, Master Books, 2005

Ministry Links

The links on this page are recommended resources for your Christian growth. By listing them, we are not stating that we agree 100% with each ministry, but we are saying they are safe and beneficial overall. Give them a look!

Alpha & Omega Ministries (James White)
Alpha and Omega Ministries is a Christian apologetics organization based in Phoenix, Arizona. James White, director, is a professor, having taught Greek, Systematic Theology, and various topics in the field of apologetics for numerous schools. He has authored or contributed to more than twenty four books, including The King James Only Controversy, The Forgotten Trinity, The Potter’s Freedom, The God Who Justifies, and What Every Christian Needs to Know About the Qur’an. He is an accomplished debater, having engaged in more than one-hundred thirty moderated, public debates with leading proponents of Roman Catholicism, Islam, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and Mormonism, as well as critics such as Bart Ehrman, John Dominic Crossan, Marcus Borg, and John Shelby Spong.

Answers in Genesis

Answers in Genesis is an apologetics ministry, dedicated to helping Christians defend their faith and proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ effectively. We focus on providing answers to questions about the Bible—particularly the book of Genesis—regarding key issues such as creation, evolution, science, and the age of the earth.

Association of Certified Biblical Counselors

We recommend seeking counsel from your local church. If they don't offer counseling, though, you can find a counselor with whom you can trust your soul through this network.

 

Believers Chapel

Resources from Believers Chapel in Texas, including preaching by the late S. Lewis Johnson and current pastor Dan Duncan.

 

Bible Bulletin Board

Transcripts of messages by John MacArthur, Charles Spurgeon, George Whitefield, Thomas Watson, Jonathan Edwards, and J.C. Ryle, and much more.

 

The Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood

The mission of The Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood is to set forth the teachings of the Bible about the complementary differences between men and women, created equally in the image of God, because these teachings are essential for obedience to Scripture and for the health of the family and the church.  Here are a few free resources they offer:

Creation Ministries International

Creation Ministries International is a group of non-profit ministries in several countries. Though each is a legally and financially autonomous body, we have formally unified our efforts as a federation of ministries under the banner ‘CMI-Worldwide’ that helps to ensure unity, harmony, and efficiency of outreach.

 

Our role is to support the church in proclaiming the truth of the Bible and thus its Gospel message. We provide real-world answers to the most-asked questions in the vital area of creation/evolution, where the Bible is most under attack today—Genesis.

 

We are apolitical and non-denominational (as an organisation, not as individuals within it). We try to confine ourselves to matters as defined broadly by our Statement of Faith, and try to not get involved as a ministry in other controversies or issues within Christendom, no matter how important we, as individuals, might regard these.

Founders Ministries

Founders Ministries is a ministry of teaching and encouragement promoting both doctrine and devotion expressed in the Doctrines of Grace and their experiential application to the local church, particularly in the areas of worship and witness. 

 

Grace Gems

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Grace to You

"Unleashing God’s truth, one verse at a time," Grace to You is the radio and print ministry of John MacArthur. The GTY website features stacks of free resources online.

The Hall of Church History

"Thus saith the LORD, 'Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls'" (Jeremiah 6:16).

Institute for Creation Research

For over four decades, the Institute for Creation Research has equipped believers with evidence of the Bible's accuracy and authority through scientific research, educational programs, and media presentations, all conducted within a thoroughly biblical framework.

Iron Sharpens Iron

If you’re weary of the typical fluffy Christian radio broadcasts, you’ll find Iron Sharpens Iron addresses a multitude of topics from a distinctly Reformed Christian worldview.  Chris Arnzen asks the right questions, presents guests who have the answers, and continually challenges Christians to apply their faith to every aspect of their lives.  Endorsed by John MacArthur, R. C. Sproul, and James White.

 

Monergism

Monergism.com, a free directory of theology, whose main goal is to promote salvation by Christ ALONE. The Bible and the gospel itself continually draw us back to Christ as the sole source of our redemption, with no additions ... plus or minus nothing. It is precisely here that is the focal point for which the church has battled throughout its history because the enemy would have us dilute the gospel with something other than, or in addition to, Christ.

Spurgeon Archive

Your one-stop-shop for all things Charles Hadden Spurgeon.

The Bible Study Hour with James Montgomery Boice

...preparing you to think and act biblically! Featuring the expository preaching of Dr. James Montgomery Boice.

 

Theological Resource Center

The Theological Resource Center provides study/teaching materials from The Master’s Seminary, Grace Community Church, The Master’s College, and Grace to You. The website will periodically be updated with new materials as they become available.

  • Click here to hear or watch chapel messages from The Master's College and it's Truth for Life conferences. 

  • Click here to get lectures and messages from The Master's Seminary. 

  • Click here to get messages from the Shepherd's Conferences or from Grace Community Church's Fellowship Groups. 

  • Click here to get Pastor John's sermons, devotionals, blog posts, etc.

Theological Studies

This cutting-edge website devoted to providing quality articles, news, and information related to Christian theology, was founded by Michael J. Vlach, Ph.D.   Michael speaks regularly at churches and conferences and has appeared on several national radio broadcasts. He has also appeared on The History Channel. He specializes in the areas of Systematic Theology, Historical Theology, Apologetics, and World Religions. His specific area of expertise concerns the nation Israel and issues related to the doctrine of Supersessionism.

  • Click here to read about Dispensationalism (one of our beliefs as a church body).

  • Click here to read articles related to the end times. 

  • Dr. Vlach also has a helpful page on world religions.

Tim Challies

If you ask your pastor what he thinks about a book that he hasn't read yet, this is the first place he'll go to research it.  Challies serves as a pastor at Grace Fellowship Church in Toronto, Ontario, and co-founded of Cruciform Press. His blog is an indispensable resource for Christian book reviews.

Way of the Master

150,000 people die every 24 hours—most without the Savior. We are deeply concerned that so few Christians reach out to the lost. Statistics show that this is as low as 5%. One of the reasons for this is that many don’t feel equipped. As a ministry, our sole purpose is to inspire and equip Christians—to teach them how to share the gospel simply, effectively, biblically . . . the way Jesus did. “The Way of the Master” is non-denominational. We believe and preach that the Bible is the Word of God, and that Jesus Christ is God manifest in the flesh, crucified for the sin of the world, and that He rose again on the third day. We believe and teach that salvation is by grace, through faith, and not of works. 

 

With the Master

Susan is a certified counselor with the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (biblicalcounseling.com). She is also the author of With the Master Bible study series for ladies, A Call to Discipleship, as well as Putting-Off Life Dominating Sin, A Call to Scripture Memory and Assurance: Twenty Tests for God's Children. 

 

Wretched Radio and Wretched TV

Highly informative and entertaining TV and radio show and articles. Focuses on how to present the gospel in a clear and concise manner.

 

WWUTT: When We Understand the Text

A lot of the Bible stories and verses we think we know, we don't! When We Understand the Text is an online video ministry that desires to promote sound Bible teaching while also exposing many of the myths and false ideas that have arisen from bad teaching.