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This is the most comprehensive study Bible ever published - with completely new notes, maps, illustrations, charts, timelines, articles and other features.
Along with all you might expect from a top study bible there are hundreds of pages of articles on Biblical Doctrine, Biblical Ethics, Interpreting the Bible, Reading the Bible, the Canon of Scripture, the Reliability of Manuscripts, World Religions, and more. If you own just one Christian resource, this should be it!
1. ESV Study Bible
The ESV Study Bible was created to help people understand the Bible in a deeper way - that is, to encounter the timeless truth of God’s Word as a powerful, compelling, life-changing reality.
you grasp the meaning of Scripture and it’s application to your life.
Covering everything from translation concerns to different genres of biblical writing. In clear, simple language, How to Read the Bible for All its Worth helps you accurately understand the different parts of the Bible - their meaning for ancient audiences and their implications for you today - so you can uncover the inexhaustible worth that is in God’s Word
2. How to Read the Bible for All its Worth
- Gordon Fee & Douglas Stuart
The Bible is meant to be read and comprehended by everyone. A few essential insights into the Bible can clear up a lot of misconceptions and help
Life is too short to read bad books. Here at The Village Church Formby we desire to be a growing authentic family. One way we grow is by being life learners and reading books that advance us in our Christian faith. We’d like to recommend the following ten books to you. They are carefully selected to provide breadth and depth to your faith. Read about each of them below.
accessible and interesting way. Christian Theology is a resource book you will turn to time and again in your Christian life, with 12 parts covering; Studying God, Knowing God, What is God Like, What God Does, Humanity, Sin, The Person of Christ, The Work of Christ, The Holy Spirit, Salvation, The Church and The Last Things.
3. Christian Theology
- Millard Erickson
The idea of studying theology can seem daunting and scary for many Christians, yet knowing God more should be one of our highest pursuits.
Millard Erickson presents the doctrines of the Christian faith in a clear,
philosophy, real-life conversations, and reasoning to explain how faith in a Christian God is a soundly rational belief, held by thoughtful people of intellectual integrity, with a deep compassion for those who truly want to know the truth.
4. The Reason for God
- Timothy Keller
Timothy Keller has complied a list of the most frequently voiced ‘doubts’ sceptics bring to his church, as well as the most important reasons for faith. In The Reason for God, he addresses each doubt and explains each reason.
Keller uses literature,
passage. That is the goal of According to Plan.
How do the Old and New Testaments 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. This is an enormously useful book for understanding how the Bible fits together as the unfolding story of God’s plan for salvation.
5. According to Plan
- Graeme Goldsworthy
The massive diversity and complexity of the Bible can make it a daunting project for anyone to tackle. Getting a grasp on the unity of the Bible, its central message from Genesis to Revelation, helps immensely in understanding the meaning of any one book or
shall have to begin by listening afresh to Scripture and seeking God’s help in understanding how to apply Scripture to our lives, our homes and our churches.”
In this widely appreciated exposition, Carson works through several of the apostle Paul’s prayers in such a way that we hear God speak to us today, and find strength and direction to improve our praying, both for God’s glory and our good.
6. A Call to Spiritual Reformation
- D. A. Carson
God doesn’t want hectic church programs and frenetic schedules; he only wants his people to know him more intimately, says D.A. Carson. “If we are to make any headway in reforming our personal and corporate praying then we
Most Christians slip by in life without a passion for God, spending their lives on trivial diversions, living for comfort and pleasure, and perhaps trying to avoid sin. This book will warn you not to get caught up in a life that counts for nothing. It will challenge you to live and die boasting in the cross of Christ and making the glory of God your singular passion. If you believe that to live is Christ and to die is gain, read this book, learn to live for Christ, and don’t waste your life!
7. Don’t Waste Your Life
- John Piper
God created us to live with a single passion: to joyfully display his supreme excellence in all the spheres of life. The wasted life is the life without this passion. God calls us to pray and think and dream and plan and work not to be made much of, but to make much of Him in every part of our
we know today.
Enjoy discovering more about the lives of men and women from various times and places, not only to better understand the church, but also to know how to live wisely in this age.
8. Church History - A Crash Course for the Curious
- Christopher Catherwood
In this concise, accessible guide, you will be taken through the history of the faith, learning about the uniqueness of Christianity from its birth to the diverse, global Evangelical Church
unparalleled spiritual liberty. So if you’d like to embark on a lifelong quest for godliness, Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life will help you on your way.
By illustrating why the disciplines are important, showing how each one will help you grow in godliness and offering practical suggestions for cultivating them on a long-term basis, Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life will provide you with a refreshing opportunity to embrace life’s greatest pursuit - the pursuit of holiness - through a lifelong delight in the disciplines.
9. Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life
- Donald S. Whitney
Self-discipline is the basis for Christlike character. Far from being legalistic, restrictive, or binding, as they are often perceived, the spiritual disciplines are actually the means to
from wisdom, to grace, to mercy - and shows through prayerful and insightful discussion, how we can more fully recognise and appreciate each of these divine attributes.
The Pursuit of God first reminds us that God’s is the pursuer who draws us to Himself, and then points us to thirst for the closer, more intimate, growing relationship God desires with us.
10. The Knowledge of the Holy/The Pursuit of God
- A. W. Tozer
This might be considered cheating but it’s hard to separate these two Christian classics by AW Tozer.
The Knowledge of the Holy illuminates God’s attributes -