I AM A CHURCH MEMBER
by Thom S. Rainer
This book discusses the attitudes and responsibilities of church members. Rainer addresses in detail what congregations should really be focusing on — praying for church leaders, being a functioning member, treasuring church membership, and more.
This book is available for any church family at the information counter in the front foyer.
The books listed below have been used for Elective Sunday School Classes. Extra copies are available in the church office for $5 each.
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by Brad House
Community within the church today is hemorrhaging. Attention spans are dwindling, noise levels are increasing, and we can't seem to
find time for real relationships.
The answer to such social fragmentation can be found in small groups, and yet the majority of small groups—at least in the traditional sense—are often not the intentional, transformational community we really want and need. Somehow we need to get our groups off life support and into authentic community.
Pastor Brad House helps us to re-imagine what gospel-centered community looks like and shares from his experience leading and reproducing healthy small groups. With wisdom and candor, House challenges us
to think carefully about our own groups and to take steps toward cultivating communities that are able to glorify Jesus, bless one
another, and participate in the mission of God.
THE CROSS OF CHRIST by John R. Stott
The work of a lifetime, from one of the world's most influential thinkers, about the heart of the Christian faith. "I could never myself believe in God, if it were not for the cross. . . . In the real world of pain, how could one worship a God who was immune to it?" With compelling honesty John Stott confronts this generation with the centrality of the cross in God's redemption of the world -- a world now haunted by the memories of Auschwitz, the pain of oppression and the specter of nuclear war. Can we see triumph in tragedy, victory in shame? Why should an object of Roman distaste and Jewish disgust be the emblem of our worship and the axiom of our faith? And what does it mean for us today? Now from one of the foremost preachers and Christian leaders of our day comes theology at its readable best,
a contemporary restatement of the meaning of the cross. At the cross Stott finds the majesty and love of God disclosed, the sin and bondage of the world exposed. More than a study of the atonement, this book brings Scripture into living dialogue with Christian
theology and the twentieth century. What emerges is a pattern for Christian life and worship, hope and mission. Destined to be a classic study of the center of our faith, Stott's work is the product of a uniquely gifted pastor, scholar and Christian statesman. His penetrating insight, charitable scholarship and pastoral warmth are guaranteed to feed both heart and mind.
FINALLY ALIVE by John Piper
When Jesus said to Nicodemus, 'You must be born again', the devout and learned religious leader was unsure what Jesus meant. It would seem nothing has changed. Today 'born again Christians' fill churches that are seen as ineffectual at best, and even characterised by the 'mosaic' generation as 'unchristian'.
The term 'born again' has been devalued both in society and in the church. Those claiming to be 'born again' live lives that are indistinguishable from those who don't; they sin the same, embrace injustice the same, covet the same, do almost everything the same.
Being 'born again' is now defined by what people say they believe. The New Testament however defines Christians very differently.
"When Jesus said to Nicodemus, "You must be born again" (John 3:7), he was not sharing interesting and unimportant information. He was leading him to eternal life... If he does that for you (or if he already has), then you are (or you will be) truly, invincibly, finally alive."
FIFTY REASONS WHY JESUS CAME TO DIE by John Piper
The most important questions anyone can ask are: Why was Jesus Christ crucified? Why did he suffer so much? What has this to do with me? Finally, who sent him to his death? The answer to the last question is that God did. Jesus was God's Son. The suffering was unsurpassed, but the whole message of the Bible leads to this answer.
The central issue of Jesus' death is not the cause, but the meaning. That is what this book is about. John Piper has gathered from the New Testament fifty reasons in answer to the most important question that each of us must face: What did God achieve for sinners like us in sending his Son to die?
HEAVEN by Randy Alcorn
What will heaven be like? What will we look like? What will we do? Won't Heaven get boring after a while?
We all have questions about what Heaven will be like, and after twenty-five years of extensive research, Dr. Randy Alcorn has the
In the most comprehensive and definitive book on Heaven to date, Randy invites you to picture Heaven the way Scripture describes it -
a bright, vibrant, and physical New Earth, free from sin, suffering, and death, and brimming with Christ's presence, wondrous natural
beauty, and the richness of human culture as God intended it.
God has put eternity in our hearts. Now, Randy Alcorn bring eternity to light in a way that will surprise you, spark your imagination, and change how you live today.
If you've always thought of Heaven as a realm of disembodied spirits, clouds, and eternal harp strumming, you're in for a wonderful surprise.
This is a book about real people with real bodies enjoying close relationships with God and each other, eating, drinking, working,
playing, traveling, worshiping, and discovering on a New Earth. Earth as God created it. Earth as he inteded it to be.
HOW THE GOSPEL BRINGS US ALL THE WAY HOME by Derek W. H. Thomas
In How the Gospel Brings Us All the Way Home, Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas explores Romans 8, which he calls the best chapter in the Bible. Here he finds an exposition of the steps through which God leads His people in the process of their salvation, but also loving counsel
on such topics as prayer and resisting the Devil, as well as exhortations and comforts for weary pilgrims. Dr. Thomas begins at Romans
8:1 with the best news imaginable believers just and deserved condemnation before God has been taken away by Jesus Christ s work on the cross. He then contrasts earthly minded and spiritually minded people, showing that only those who are spiritually minded know life.
In Romans 8:29 30, he explores several steps in the process of salvation foreknowledge, predestination, calling, justification, and, finally, glorification which show God s invincible purpose in redemption. Finally, he unfolds the powerful promise of the final few verses of Romans 8 nothing can separate those God has redeemed from His saving love. How the Gospel Brings Us All the Way Home is a powerful exploration of the manifold gifts the heavenly Father has lavished upon His people and a preview of the greater inheritance that lies ahead.
JUST DO SOMETHING by Kevin DeYoung
Why won’t God reveal his special will for my life already?
Because he doesn’t intend to... So says Kevin DeYoung in this punchy book about making decisions the godly way.
Many of us are listening for the still small voice to tell us what’s next instead of listening to the clear voice in Scripture telling us what’s now. God does have a will for your life, but it is the same as everyone else’s: Seek first the kingdom of God. And quit floundering.
With pastoral wisdom and tasteful wit, DeYoung debunks unbiblical ways of understanding God’s will and constructs a simple but
biblical alternative: live like Christ. He exposes the frustrations of our waiting games and unfolds the freedom of finding God’s will in Scripture and then simply doing it.
This book is a call to put down our Magic 8-Balls and pick up God’s Word. It’s a call to get wisdom, follow Christ, be holy, and live freely.
LOVING THE WAY JESUS LOVES
To just do something.
by Phil Ryken
Most people are familiar with the “Love Chapter” of the Bible, 1 Corinthians 13, yet Phil Ryken has something fresh to say. Drawing on
the life and ministry of Jesus to illustrate what love is and isn’t, Ryken brings a unique perspective to this commonly quoted passage.
Loving the Way Jesus Loves successfully integrates biblical teaching, photography, chapter study guides, and a popular-level writing
style—all of which will help you understand the profound love of Christ more deeply and, in turn, learn to love more deeply in response.
THE PARABLES: UNDERSTANDING WAHT JESUS MEANT by Gary Inrig
Good stories leave you saying, "Hey! That's me!" The stories Jesus told have that same effect. To read them properly is to see yourself in a new way. But the parables are more than mirrors. They are windows into the heart and mind of God himself. Beyond revealing what you are, they help you know who God is.
Because these stories are so familiar, we often do not really hear what Jesus is saying. Gary Inrig challenges you to sit at the feet of your Lord, to smell the aroma of Jewish villages, to feel the dust of Galilean roads, and to listen to these wonderful stories as though you were hearing them for the first time. Writing with freshness and vitality, the author opens the parables to reveal spiritual truth that will touch your life in practical and compelling ways.
REVERBERATION: HOW GOD'S WORD BRINGS LIGHT, FREEDOM, AND ACTION TO HIS PEOPLE by Jonathan Leeman
What is necessary for the church's life and growth? Perhaps it's more dynamic fellowship. Or holistic small groups. Or adequate parking.
Or attractive programs. Or passionate spirituality. Or gift-oriented ministry. Or visionary leadership. Or high-impact worship. Or missional living. Or...the list is endless.
But Jonathan Leeman has noticed that Jesus said only one thing is necessary for life and growth in the church: the Word of God. How simple! Ironically, it's often pushed to the side and all but forgotten. As Leeman writes, "If you're a Christian, you pay at least lip service
to the idea that God's Word is important. Yet my goal in this book is to help you see theologically and practically how uniquely essential
Written both for church leaders and those in the pews, Reverberation proposes that churches become healthy and Christians become vibrant through evangelizing, preaching, teaching, singing, praying, and discipling one another with God's Word. From the pulpit to the playground, Reverberation reveals how God's Word can reverberate through our lives to reach outsiders and then grow and sustain us,
His church. But this doesn't happen by accident - first, we must renew our confidence in the Word.
SPIRITUAL DISCIPLINES FOR THE CHRISTIAN LIFE by Donald S. Whitney
Drawn from a rich heritage, Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Lifewill guide you through a carefully selected array of disciplines. By illustrating why the disciplines are important, showing how each one will help you grow in godliness, and offering practical suggestions for cultivating them, Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life will provide you with a refreshing opportunity to become more like Christ and grow in character and maturity. Now updated and revised to equip a new generation of readers, this anniversary edition features in-depth discussions on each of the key disciplines.
WHEN PEOPLE ARE BIG AND GOD IS SMALL by Edward T. Welch
Overly concerned about what people think of you? Welch uncovers the spiritual dimension of people-pleasing and points the way
through a true knowledge of God, ourselves, and others.
YOU CAN CHANGE by Tim Chester
It's about heart change, not behavior change. That's the conviction of Tim Chester as he seeks to help everyday Christians "connect the truth about God with our Monday-morning struggles." This interactive book, laid out in workbook fashion, is for newer Christians struggling with sin and for more mature Christians who have plateaued in their faith as they seek to find victory over sin in their lives.
With a conviction that sanctification is God's work and the journey to holiness is joyful, Chester guides readers through a "change
project"-beginning with the selection of one area of life they would like to modify. Each chapter includes a question (e.g., Why would
you like to change? What truths do you need to turn to?) to guide readers as they deal with a specific sin or struggle, truths from God's word, and a reflection guide to help readers through their change project.