Learning and Living the God-centered life

One Biblical Doctrine at a time…

Recommended Summer Reading List

We all need the gospel all the time. I was reminded of this once again with the following quote from Harold Senkbeil's book Dying to Live: The Power of Forgiveness.
"Our Heavenly Father attaches no strings to His love. His love for us doesn’t depend on our love for others. Our relationship with the Father was established long ago, in the body and blood of His Son. Jesus Christ erased all our sins and shouldered all our sorrows. Already now we have a solid relationship with our heavenly Father; there’s no need to fret about it. That relationship doesn’t depend on our love for Him, but on His love for us. It hinges on the Gospel of God, not the Law of God…Again, the Old Adam betrays us. Our sinful nature would much rather hear Law than Gospel. The sinful nature is a seasoned do-it-yourselfer. We’d rather know what we should do, yet God insists on telling us who we are. The best way to tell you what to do as a Christian is to tell you who you are in Christ. The sinful nature likes to think it can earn (and keep) God’s favor. Our Old Adam prefers to base security with God the Father on His Law rather than His Gospel."

It is only as you LEARN the gospel that you LIVE it in such a way, that you are more and more satisfied in Christ, and He is more and more glorified in you.

Let me ask you a very basic question, did you sin this week? It may have been something you said to a client in anger, a thought about a family relationship while driving down the interstate or maybe it was a reaction to something that happened like when you are cut off in traffic. The only antidote for that is the gospel. Ask 100 Christians today what is the gospel and give key verse or verses to support it and record the results. It is so ironic to me that the bracelet so popular for Christians to wear was "what would Jesus do" NOT "what has Jesus done." Again notice how we always tend to be drawn to what we do and not what has been accomplished on our behalf.

If you remember nothing else from our time together these last 3 years then remember this; "As Christians we live under the banner IT IS FINISHED."

In just a few short weeks summer will be upon us and family travel and vacations will be in full swing. Many of us head to the beach, put on the sunscreen, grab a chair and a book to have some fun in the sun. Let me paint the picture, there is a comfortable breeze, you are in a beach chair and the ocean water is coming back and forth under your feet. You think of if I just had a good book I could read right now it would be perfect. Then you remember, yes the list that Bert gave us of the 18 books I can read this summer, specifically dedicated to helping me further understand the gospel. You go get up from the chair and go grab a book from your beach bag and the reading starts. Continue reading…

Books on the Gospel

Since we are heading into a 2 month study of the gospel, here are some books for further reading.

1. Transforming Grace by Jerry Bridges

2. The Discipline of Grace by Jerry Bridges

3. The Gospel-Driven Life by Michael Horton

4. In Christ Alone by Sinclair Ferguson

5. Scandalous Freedom by Steve Brown

6. When Being Good Isn’t Good Enough by Steve Brown

7. Because He Loves Me by Elyse Fitzpatrick

8. Christ Formed In You by Brian Hedges

9. Counterfeit Gods by Tim Keller

10. The Prodigal God by Tim Keller

11. The Reign of Grace by Scotty Smith

12. Holiness by Grace by Bryan Chapell

13. From Fear to Freedom by Rose Marie Miller

14. Counsel From the Cross by Elyse Fitzpatrick and Dennis Johnson

15. The Gospel Mystery of Sanctification by Walter Marshall

16. Ashamed of the Gospel by John MacArthur

17. God is the Gospel by John Piper

18. Living the Cross Centered Life by C.J. Mahaney

19. The gospel and personal evangelism by Mark Dever