Isaiah 9:6-7 - Advent Week 1: Unto Us a Child is Born
Psalm 146 - Where is you hope? (audio begins a few minutes into the sermon)
Psalm 110 - The Priest who is also a King
Psalm 34 - How should we think about Thanksgiving in 2020?
2021-2022 Bible Reading Plan
Pastor Alan's recommended Reading List
Along with your daily Bible reading plan, these books will help you grow in your Christian walk.
Being A Christian: How Jesus Redeems All of Life - Jason K. Allen
What is the gospel? What does it mean to be a Christian? How does the gospel shape the Christian life? To most western evangelical churches, the gospel is merely fire insurance. One "asks Jesus into their heart" and then goes on to live a life that chases after the same things as their unbelieving neighbor. Is this what Christ died for? Being a Christian: How Jesus Redeems All of Life by Jason K. Allen will help shed light on what it means to be a follower of Christ. Your past, marriage, family, money, work, recreation, mind, and church, Allen shows us from Scripture how the gospel redeems them all. If you want to grow in maturity as a believer, grab a copy of this book!
Nine Marks of a Healthy Church - Mark Dever
We live in an anti-establishment age, and many in our culture may not have thought through what a healthy Christian church looks like. Mark Dever's Nine Marks of a Healthy Church is a good starting point for thinking biblically about the local church. Dever lays out nine attributes: expository preaching, biblical theology, the gospel, conversion, evangelism, church membership, discipline, discipleship, and leadership. Dever writes in a manner that is aimed at the regular church member. If you want to understand the local church, and strengthen your Christian walk, grab a copy of this book!
To the Golden Shore: The Life of Adoniram Judson - Courtney Anderson
Adoniram Judson was a Baptist missionary and Bible translator to Burma in the early 1800s. This book is the longest on the list but is an easy read. You will quickly get sucked into Adoniram's story as you read of his dramatic conversion, sailing from America a Congregationalist and arriving in India a Baptist, imprisonment, and the loss of multiple children and wives. Judson's story and commitment to Christ serve as an inspiration to the Church of every age.
Truth Matters: Confident Faith in a Confusing World
"Jesus was just a good man. He did not come back to life." "The Bible is a contradiction. Besides, the church made the Bible up and threw out other books at Nicaea." Have you ever struggled to answer statements like these from unbelieving friends? Do you feel ill-equipped to answer the questions of your doubting loved ones? Then you might consider picking up a copy of Truth Matters: Confident Faith in a Confusing World. The authors were inspired to write this book for their children who were headed off to college and would have their faith tested by a secular society. Truth Matters is written at a level that is accessible to a first-year college student. However, older adults will benefit from this short, well written, and easy to read volume. "Readers will discover the kind of historical information and thinking skills that high schoolers and young adults need for a vibrant faith, making them better able to appreciate and articulate what the Bible claims as truth." (Back cover)
The Problem of Pain - C.S. Lewis
"If God is good and all-powerful, why does he allow his creatures to suffer pain?" Have you ever asked, "why is God letting this happen?" Most Christians will wrestle with doubt regarding God's perfect plan for the world. The Christian Oxford scholar C.S. Lewis takes on these very issues in his classic book The Problem of Pain. A few of the topics Lewis dives in to are: divine omnipotence, divine goodness, human wickedness, the fall of man, heaven and hell, and human pain. The Problem of Pain is relevant for any age but is especially edifying during our current culture.
The Apostles' Creed: Discovering Authentic Christianity in an Age of Counterfeits - R. Albert Mohler Jr.
We do not just live in a culture of unbelief. We live in a world of almost truths and counterfeit gospels. Many well-meaning Christians cannot articulate the basics of the faith and are in danger of falling prey to these counterfeit movements. More than ever, the church needs to discover authentic Christianity. In this book, Al Mohler walks line by line through the Apostles' Creed itself, unpacking one of the Christian faith's oldest statements. In The Apostles' Creed, you will learn the basics of such doctrines as the Trinity, the nature of Jesus Christ, his atoning death and resurrection, the Holy Spirit's role in the believer's life, the Church, and the hope we have because of the gospel. If you are looking for an introduction to solid Christian doctrine, I highly recommend starting with this book!
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