Recommended Reading

Childrens' Ministry

Children's Ministry

Adventure Bible, Revised, NIV
by Lawrence Richards
Grace-Based Parenting
by Tim Kimmel
Heirs of the Covenant
by Susan Hunt
How Our Children Come to Faith
by Stephen Smallman
Parenting in the Pew
by Robbie Castleman
Parenting is Heart Work
by Schott Turansky & Joanne Miller
The Jesus Storybook Bible
by Sally Lloyd Jones

Infant Baptism

by Francis Schaeffer
This 16 page booklet is an excellent work by Francis Schaeffer. This is a great resource for anyone researching infant baptism, in particular, those from a Baptistic background. Schaeffer addresses reformed perspectives regarding immersion, covenant, the sign of baptism, baptism in church history, and Baptistic perspectives in regards to each. Newly reprinted & new cover 4-1-4.

Christian Living

Developing a Biblical Worldview

Creation Regained: Biblical Basics for a Reformational Worldview
by Albert Wolters
Wolters begins by defining the nature and scope of a worldview, distinguishing it from philosophy and theology. He then outlines a Reformed analysis of the three basic categories in human history: creation, fall, and redemption--arguing that while the fall reaches into every corner of the world, Christians are called to participate in Christ's redemption of all creation.
Engaging God's World
by Cornelius Plantinga Jr.
Plantinga (former dean, Calvin Coll. Chapel; Not the Way It's Supposed To Be) has written a to the essentials of the Christian life for the college student. Most valuable, perhaps, is the final section, where he holds forth a vision of how a student should use "knowledge, skills, and virtues" in the service of God.
Evil and the Justice of God
by Tom Wright
When the bishop of Durham, Christian scholar and excellent popular exegete, turns to that sturdy theological tough nut, the problem of evil, he fills old answers with fresh hope. That is fortunate, for the two most current answers to it are hollow. The ideology of progress--that there is only constant improvement toward perfection--was quashed by the Holocaust, and the postmodernist tenet most succinctly stated as "Shit happens" declares us powerless to fight evil. But God, Wright argues, has conclusively answered the problem of evil in his promises to the Jews in the Old Testament and to everyone through Christ's death and resurrection. Wright's biblical exegesis is brilliant enough to revive many a flagging spirit, and the advice on how to use faith in God's promises to deal with evil in the real world is even more restorative.
Not the Way It's Supposed to Be
by Cornelius Plantinga Jr.
Plantinga gives you a fresh look at the ancient doctrine of sin to help you better recognize and deal with it. Discover how sin corrupts what is good, the relationship to folly and addiction---and the beauty of God's grace.
Restoring Broken Things
by Scotty Smith and Steven Curtis Chapman
Sooner or later, we all become disillusioned with this fallen world as we encounter life’s difficulties. But Christians have hope, a promise from God: "Behold, I make all things new!" – Revelation 21:5. Authors Steven Curtis Chapman and Scotty Smith explore this bold proclamation of God’s commitment to redeem and restore all things through His Son, Jesus Christ. It is a story in which every Christian has been given an important role. In the pages of this profound book, this Grammy-winning artist and renowned pastor reveal the grandeur and practical implications of Jesus’ commitment to make all things new and the part we are to play with Him in this redemptive process
Surprised by Hope
by Tom Wright
Wright convincingly argues that what we believe about life after death directly affects what we believe about life before death. For if God intends to renew the whole creation-and if this has already begun in Jesus's resurrection-the church cannot stop at "saving souls," but must anticipate the eventual renewal by working for God's kingdom in the wider world, bringing healing and hope in the present life.

How We Grow As Christians

How Long O Lord
by D.A. Carson
This book brings you a clear and accessible treatment of key biblical themes related to human suffering and evil. D.A. Carson brings together a close, careful exposition of key biblical passages with helpful pastoral applications.
How People Change
by Timothy Land and Paul Tripp
A changed heart is the bright promise of the gospel. When the Bible talks about the gift of a new heart, it doesn't mean a heart that is immediately perfected, but a heart that is capable of being changed. Jesus' work on the cross targets our hearts---our core desires and motivations---and when our hearts change, our behavior changes.
Objects of His Affection
by Scotty Smith
To see our sins, wounds, idols, and failures apart from God's is simply too much. We will either minimize our condition, thus marginalizing our need of grace, or we will run away in hopeless despair to the arms of a lesser love or to the worship of lesser gods. But . . . God pursues us in our restlessness, receives us in our sinfulness, holds us in our brokenness, and frees us from our lovelessness. excerpt from book.
Prayer and the Knowledge of God
by Graeme Goldsworthy
Using a biblical-theological approach, he examines the principles that lie behind particular texts in Scripture and maps out the "progress" of prayer from Genesis to Revelation. He explains the basis for prayer, its role in our fellowship with God and what is involved in Christian prayer. Above all, Goldsworthy's desire is to encourage Christians in their praying, through a better understanding of, and reflection on, the "big story" of the whole Bible.
Religious Affections
by Jonathan Edwards
“What are the distinguishing qualifications of those that are in favor with God, and entitled to his eternal rewards? . . . What is the nature of true religion? And wherein do lie the distinguishing notes of that virtue and holiness that is acceptable in the sight of God?” To Edwards, these were the most important questions man has to answer. Edwards was the most prominent preacher of America’s first Great Awakening. He witnessed true revival at his church in Northampton, Massachusetts. However, Edwards cautioned against the opposing dangers of rampant emotionalism and elitist intellectualism. He was concerned to define the nature of true religion and to distinguish between true and false revival.
Renewal as a Way of Life
by Richard Lovelace
The Gospel Mystery of Sanctification
by Walter Marshall, updated by Bruce McRae
This is by far the best book on the doctrine of Sanctification in print. It was originally written in the 17th century, but has been put into modern english with this edition. This book will help you better understand the Gospel and its power not only for our Justification, but our Sanctification as well.
The Reign of Grace
by Scotty Smith
With bold perspective and soul-searching honesty, author Scotty Smith dares us to explore the radical nature of the grace of God, addressing such questions as: * What does it mean to be a good steward of God's grace? Is God more concerned about my happiness or my holiness? * When God brings freedom, healing, and peace, what's supposed to happen next? * If God's love is so compelling, what does it compel me to believe, do, and become? Smith dares to remind us that God's love is as disruptive as it is delightful, as demanding as it is delicious! God loves us exactly as we are today, but he loves us too much to leave us where we are. As objects of God's affection, we are called to live as subjects in his kingdom-under the reign of his glorious grace.
To Be Told
by Dan Allender
God reveals himself to you---and to others---through the story he has written in your life. In this insightful and compelling book, Dr. Dan Allender shows you how to read the stories of your life. He helps you understand the meaning that God has written into every detail of who you are. As a result, you can share your story with others and listen to their story, revealing unique aspects of God's hand at work.
Transforming Grace
by Jerry Bridges
In "Transforming Grace" Bridges addresses the "performance treadmill" and what can happen when we forget how generous God's grace is. Come back to the love that's waiting for you, and learn to trust His grace every day.
True Spirituality
by Francis Schaefer
This book is the result of Schaeffer's honest search for answers. Today, it's a classic book on understanding what real Christianity is all about - what it means to follow Jesus moment by moment.
When Sinners Say I Do
by Dave Harvey
**great book on marraige Marriage is the union of two people who arrive at the altar toting some surprisingly large luggage. Often it gets opened right there on the honeymoon, sometimes it waits for the week after. The Bible calls it sin and understanding its influence can make all the difference for a man and woman who are building a life together. When Sinners Say "I Do" is about encountering the life-transforming power of the gospel in the unpredictable journey of marriage. Study Guide:


Everyday Prayers: 365 Days to a Gospel-Centered Faith
by Scotty Smith
One way to improve the diversity and richness of your praying is to learn how to pray as a function of meditating on Scripture. This book can help you do just that.

Understanding and Explaining the Faith

According to Plan
by Graeme Goldsworthy
How do the Old and New Testament fit together? What is the point of biblical theology? What is the overall story of the Bible? What difference does it make? This introductory text answers these questions with an integrated theology of both Old and New Testaments that avoids unnecessary technicalities. Dozens of charts, highlighted summaries, study questions at the end of each chapter...make this an enormously useful book for understanding how the Bible fits together as the unfolding story of God's plan for salvation.
Foolishness to the Greeks: The Gospel and Western Culture
by Leslie Newbiggin
In this book on contemporary missiology, Lessilie Newbigin applies the same discernment involved in contextualizing the gospel in another culture to the issues involved in contextualizing the gospel in our Western culture. He calls us to a thorough critique of our culture and of the way in which we understand or misunderstand the gospel of Christ and his good news of the kingdom of God.
Handbook of Christian Apolgetics
by Traecelli Kreeft
Sensible and concise, witty and wise, Kreeft and Tacelli have written the guidebook for anyone looking for answers to questions of faith and reason. The authors give clear and cogent arguments on the topics of faith and reason, God's nature, miracles, the problem of evil, objective truth, etc.
Knowing God
by J.I. Packer
Knowing God aims to redirect our attention to the simple, deep truth that to know God is to love His Word...Each chapter is specific in focus (covering topics such as the trinity, election, God's wrath, and God's sovereignty).
Mere Christianity
by C.S. Lewis
Arguably the 20th century's most influential Christian writer, C.S. Lewis sought to explain and defend the beliefs that nearly all Christians at all times hold in common. His simple yet deeply profound classic, originally delivered as a series of radio broadcasts, is a book to be thoroughly digested by believers and generously shared with skeptics.
Simply Christian
by Tom Wright
Why do we expect justice? Why do we crave spirituality? Why are we attracted to beauty? Why are relationships often so painful? And how will the world be made right? These are not simply perennial questions all generations must struggle with, but, according to N. T. Wright, are the very echoes of a voice we dimly perceive but deeply long to hear. In fact, these questions take us to the heart of who God is and what He wants from us.
The Cross of Christ
by John Stott
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.
The Prodigal God
by Tim Keller
The Prodigal Son is the most well-known parable in the Bible. Incredibly, it is also almost universally misunderstood... Keller uncovers the essential message of Jesus, hidden in plain sight for centuries. Within this parable is the lost message of Jesus—where he outlines just how his followers are supposed to love and accept one another so they can join him in Heaven. With this book, both the devout and skeptics will see Christianity in a whole new way.
The Reason For God
by Tim Keller
How could a loving God send people to hell? Why does he allow suffering? Can one religion be "right" and the others "wrong"? Responding to the questions of open skeptics and ardent believers, Keller draws from literature, philosophy, reason, and real-life conversations to explain how faith in a Christian God is a soundly rational belief.

Discipleship & Education

Growing in Christ

Basics of the Reformed Faith Series

These booklets give us a brief overview of what the Reformed faith believes and what makes us distinct from others even in our own religious field. The 8 part series of booklets introduces lay readers to the Reformed distinctive by covering the following topics: · What is a True Calvinist? · What is the Reformed Church? · What is the Lord’s Supper? · What is True Conversion? · What are Election and Predestination? · How Our Children Come to Faith · Why Do We Baptize Infants? · What is the Christian Worldview? · What is Biblical Preaching? · What is the Perseverance of the Saints? · What is Spiritual Warfare? · What is Justification by Faith Alone? What is Providence?
The Reason For God
by Tim Keller
How could a loving God send people to hell? Why does he allow suffering? Can one religion be "right" and the others "wrong"? Responding to the questions of open skeptics and ardent believers, Keller draws from literature, philosophy, reason, and real-life conversations to explain how faith in a Christian God is a soundly rational belief.

Knowing Christ

Knowing God
by J.I. Packer
Knowing God aims to redirect our attention to the simple, deep truth that to know God is to love His Word...Each chapter is specific in focus (covering topics such as the trinity, election, God's wrath, and God's sovereignty).
Wild At Heart
by John Eldredge
Helping men rediscover their masculine heart, this guide to understanding Christian manhood and Christian men offers a refreshing break from the chorus of voices urging men to be more responsible, reliable, dutiful… and dead. In this provocative book, now available in trade paper, Eldredge gives women a look inside the true heart of a man and gives men permission to be what God designed them to be-dangerous, passionate, alive, and free.

Serving and Sharing Christ

Just Walk Across the Room
by Bill Hybels
This dynamic four-week experience is designed to equip and inspire you to participate in the same pattern as Christ, of grace-giing by taking simple walks across rooms--leaving your circles of comfort and extending hands of care, compassion, and inclusivenenss to people who might need a touch of God's love today.
Life Keys--Discover Who You Are

A study of your spiritual gifts and talents to see who you are and who God made you to be.
The PeaceMaker
by Ken Sande
A biblical guide to Resolving Personal Conflict, this curriculum is designed to teach us how to go beyond resolving conflicts to true, life-changing reconciliation with family, coworkers, and fellow believers.

Sermon Series

Current Sermon Series

City on a Hill: Reclaiming the Biblical Pattern for the Church in the 21st Century
by Philip Graham Ryken
We are now living in post-Christian times, when Christianity no longer is the prevailing influence on the mind and heart of our culture. But we cannot compromise. More than ever before, it is imperative that Christians understand and embrace the biblical pattern for the church. Philip Graham Ryken knows that the changing face of America makes the need for the church to remain steadfast even more important. City on a Hill will provide readers with a deeper understanding of how to live for Christ in the twenty-first century: go back to the model set out in the first century. Sure to be an encouragement and challenge to anyone concerned about the effectiveness of the church today.
Outgrowing the Ingrown Church
by C. John Miller
Outgrowing the Ingrown Church is a masterful mix of biblical principle, objective analysis, and personal experience. It traces the author's own growing awareness of the problem of ingrownness in his calling as a pastor, seminary professor, and evangelist/missionary. In his own discovery of the power and presence of God he discovered the tendency of the church to live by its own power and resources. This is a book written to help change churches by changing the individuals who read it. It offers one an unparalleled challenge to be evaluated, revitalized, and then used by God for the work of ministry. Thus it is a book not merely for pastors, but for the whole body of Christ.
The Church
by Edmund P Clowney