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Great Theology Books

The purpose of this page is to share with the body of Christ those books that the pastors and staff of Berean believe will be most helpful to a Christian's growth in addition to several good study Bibles. Many of these books are available in our bookstore @ 864-2729.

 

 The Moody Handbook of Theology by Paul Enns

This is an essential reference work for any Christian desiring to grow in their knowledge of theology. This work is exceptionally comprehensive, yet it is not written above the head of the typical church member. This book or something similar should be in every Christian's library. I have it in a digital form for my Logos Library, and I use a hard copy edition for my sophomore Bible class at the Academy. Dr. Enns is thorough in presenting all sides of a debateable issue. This book is sold in the church book store. (Pastor Sean)

Nine Marks of a Healthy Church by Mark Dever

Every pastor, bishop, elder, deacon or person desiring to be a leader in a church or desiring to know what a healthy church should look like needs to read Nine Marks of a Healthy Church. Dever will get you to think and while you may not agree with every sentence he makes enough valid points that cannot be discounted to make this a good read. Chapter one opens up with the importance of expositional preaching, which is an important enough topic to warrant purchasing the book. Mark seven, the chapter on church discipline, is a topic that is almost completely forgotten in most IFB churches - most of which have rolls packed with people who don’t come to church and live any way they want. This is the kind of book you go back to again and again. (Pastor Sean)

 

Spectacular Sins and Their Global Purpose in the Glory of Christ by John Piper

This 100 page book should be read by thinkers who are willing to consider how an amazing Sovereign God is able to take what men meant for evil and bring about good. Piper’s Calvinism should not detour anyone from reading this book because of the way he will help you understand how a good, loving God uses what Satan means for the destruction of God’s Kingdom to good in a mind-boggling way. Throughout the entire book Christ is exalted in a most incredible way to the glory of the Father. Those who are tired of fluff from the pulpit or the same old sermons will really enjoy this book. (Pastor Sean)

Concentric Circles of Concern by W. Oscar Thompson Jr.

Concentric Circles is a great reminder that outreach begins with those we know. This is a very well-done "how-to" on reaching your world. Of course, the Berean understands that we are responsible for reaching every people group with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ (Revelation 5:9; 7:9), but there is no chance of our reaching "person x" if we are not effective in reaching those whom we already know. Moreover, it is unrealistic to assume that those whom we support on the foreign field are doing what we are unwilling to do in America. We must mend our relationships, and reach our world! (Bill Sturm)

 

The Word of God in English by Leland Ryken

This book is an incredible read in helping serious students of the Bible understand the importance of word-for-word translations of the Bible and the difficulty or translation committee bias often found in dynamic equivalencies like the NIV. It is not a KJV only book but it certainly helps one understand the necessities of insisting upon only the best translations of the Bible. The author prefers the ESV; his preference does not detract for the benefit of all disciples of Christ reading this book. (Pastor Sean)

 

The Kingdom of the Cults by Walter Martin

This is the most comprehensive book available on the market to accurately address cults from an orthodox opinion. Every major cult is thoroughly dealt with as Ravi Zacharias provides updated information and critical analysis. Any Christian wishing to know more about the Mormons, Jehovah Witnesses, Christian Science, or the New Age Movement should purchase this reference book (Pastor Sean).

 

 

Saved by Grace by Anthony A Hoekema

 

This book should be read only by serious students of the Bible who want to have a better understanding of what the difference is between a reformed Baptist and a freewill Baptist and Calvinism and Arminianism. Hoekema is thorough and exceptionally faithful to the Bible. He makes his reader think and challenges them with a writing style that is not over their head. He gives his reader a much better appreciation of what it truly means to be saved by grace. He presents God’s work and man’s responsibility in his salvation and helps his reader understand the meaning of the atonement in a fresh way. Hoekema is with the Lord now, but his contribution to the body of Christ lives on through his books. (Pastor Sean)

 

 

The Joy of Living by J. Dwight Pentecost

This book can be used for personal Bible study or as a commentary on the book of Philippians.  Extra study and review questions are included at the end of each chapter to aid the reader to stop and think about what they have just read.  The book of Philippians comes alive as the reader discovers a joy that exceeds any circumstance they are faced with and a contentment that is greater than any trial.  (Dr. Wilson)

Basic Theology by Charles Ryrie

This is a reference book for committed Christians written by a highly respected theologian with easy to understand terms and with personal application in ming.  If theology is thinking about God and expressing those thoughts, then judge this book on the basis of whether it reflects correct thoughts about God and expresses them accurately and plainly to you and in a manner that brings changes in your thinking and living.  (Dr. Wilson)

The Great Doctrines of the Bible by William Evans

This is a well-organized, clearly outlined and comprehensive examination of the major doctrines of the Christian faith.  It provides a strong foundation, framework and an open door to tremendous truths for every child of God.  (Dr. Wilson)

The Life Application New Testament Commentary

The Life Application New Testament Commentary provides answers to over 2,500 questions that many people ask.  It relates Scripture to real life situations and explains the NT passages clearly and concisely.  This is truly a great commentary to have in your library and to help you in your daily devotional time with God.  (Dr. Wilson)

 

 
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