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How the Whole Church Speaks of Jesus
 By: J. Mack Stiles
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Evangelism is more than a program.

Every few years, churches jump into the latest evangelistic fad. Leaders administrate the new program, and members go on a raid. But picture a church where evangelism is simply part of the culture. Leaders share their faith consistently and openly. Members follow, encouraging one another to make evangelism an ongoing way of life.

Such is the way of evangelism presented by this brief and compelling book. No program here. Instead, it just might give your church a new way to live and share the gospel together.

Recommended Reading for July 15 & 16, 2017
Sermon: "Spreading Salvation"  |  Eric Zeller
Acts 13:47

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Faith Alone
The Doctrine of Justification
 By: Thomas R. Schreiner
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Historians and theologians have long recognized that at the heart of the sixteenth-century Protestant Reformation were five declarations, often referred to as the ‘solas’: sola scriptura, solus Christus, sola gratia, sola fide, and soli Deo gloria. These five statements summarize much of what the Reformation was about, and they distinguish Protestantism from other expressions of the Christian faith. Protestants place ultimate and final authority in the Scriptures, acknowledge the work of Christ alone as sufficient for redemption, recognize that salvation is by grace alone through faith alone, and seek to do all things for God’s glory.

In Faith Alone—The Doctrine of Justification renowned biblical scholar Thomas Schreiner looks at the historical and biblical roots of the doctrine of justification. He summarizes the history of the doctrine, looking at the early church and the writings of several of the Reformers. Then, he turns his attention to the Scriptures and walks readers through an examination of the key texts in the Old and New Testament. He discusses whether justification is transformative or forensic and introduces readers to some of the contemporary challenges to the Reformation teaching of sola fide, with particular attention to the new perspective on Paul.

Five hundred years after the Reformation, the doctrine of justification by faith alone still needs to be understood and proclaimed. In Faith Alone you will learn how the rallying cry of “sola fide” is rooted in the Scriptures and how to apply this sola in a fresh way in light of many contemporary challenges.

Recommended Reading for July 29 & 30, 2017
Sermon: "Sola Fide"  |  Chris Johnson
Galatians 3:1-14

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Forgotten God
 By: Francis Chan
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Breakthrough author Francis Chan rips away paper and bows to get at the true source of the church’s power—the Holy Spirit. Chan contends that we’ve ignored the Spirit for far too long, and we are reaping the disastrous results. Thorough scriptural support and compelling narrative form Chan’s invitation to stop and remember the One we’ve forgotten, the Spirit of the living God.

Recomended Reading for June 3 & 4, 2017
Sermon: "Pentecost"  |  Chris Johnson
Acts 2:1-12

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Grace Alone
Salvation as a Gift of God
 By: Carl. R. Trueman
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Historians and theologians alike have long recognized that at the heart of the sixteenth-century Protestant Reformation were the five solas: sola scriptura, solus Christus, sola gratia, sola fide, and soli Deo gloria. These five solas do not merely summarize what the Reformation was all about but have served to distinguish Protestantism ever since. They set Protestants apart in a unique way as those who place ultimate and final authority in the Scriptures, acknowledge the work of Christ alone as sufficient for redemption, recognize that salvation is by grace alone through faith alone, and seek to not only give God all of the glory but to do all things vocationally for his glory.

2017 will mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. And yet, even in the twenty-first century we need the Reformation more than ever. As James Montgomery Boice said not long ago, while the Puritans sought to carry on the Reformation, today “we barely have one to carry on, and many have even forgotten what that great spiritual revolution was all about.” Therefore, we “need to go back and start again at the very beginning. We need another Reformation.”[1] In short, it is crucial not only to remember what the solas of the Reformation were all about, but also to apply these solas in a fresh way in light of many contemporary challenges.

[1]James Montgomery Boice, “Preface,” in Here We Stand: A Call from Confessing Evangelicals (Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 1996), 12.

Recommended Reading for August 5 & 6, 2017
Sermon: "Sola Gratia: Grace Alone"  |  Chris Johnson
Ephesians 2:1-10

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How Great Is Our God
Timeless Daily Readings on the Nature of God
 By: Multiple Authors
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How Great Is Our God is a beautiful collection of the best writings on the doctrine of God. Each one of the 312 inspiring readings with devotions is like taking a master class with some of the greatest Christian thinkers of the last century:
  • Henry and Richard Blackaby, Experiencing God
  • Jerry Bridges, Trusting God
  • Chuck Colson, Loving God
  • Sinclair Ferguson, A Heart for God
  • Andrew Murray, Waiting on God and Working for God
  • J. I. Packer, Knowing God
  • John Piper, Desiring God
  • R. C. Sproul, Pleasing God
  • A. W. Tozer, The Pursuit of God
  • Dallas Willard, Hearing God
This enriching daily devotional reader will challenge serious disciples of Christ to know and experience Him on a deeper level. It will not only edify your spirit, it also will give you a profound understanding of the character of God.

Recommended Reading for July 1 & 2, 2017
Sermon: "How Great is Our God" | Chris Johnson
Acts 17:22-34

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I Am A Church Member
 By: Thom S. Rainer
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Thoughtfully expanded to book form, I Am a Church Member begins to remedy the outbreak of inactive or barely committed church members, addressing without apology what is expected of those who join a body of believers. When a person's attitude is consistently biblical and healthy, matters of giving, serving, and so forth will fall into place more naturally.

Recommended Reading for May 28 & 29, 2017
Sermon: "Love One Another"  |  Chris Johnson
John 13:34-35

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Safe in the Arms of God
 By: John MacArthur
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"Is my baby in heaven?"

This is the most important question a grieving parent can ask. And even if the little one is someone else's child, the issue remains: What happens to children, those unborn, stillborn, or youngsters, when they die? Can you hope to see them again? Can you let go of your fear and guilt? Can God's love soothe a wound so jagged?

With scriptural authority and the warmth of a pastor's heart, bestselling author John MacArthur examines the breadth of the entire Bible and reveals in this compelling book the Heavenly Father's care for every life.

"I have sat by the grave of our daughter and son and wondered out loud if my belief that Hope and Gabriel are in heaven has any solid scriptural support. John MacArthur offers truth from God's Word that puts the doubts of any grieving parent to rest. Safe in the Arms of God reveals that confidence of heaven for the child you love is based on much more than mere sentimentality; it is revealed in the Word of God and reflective of the very heart of God." - Nancy Guthrie, author of Holding On to Hope

Recommended Reading for July 8 & 9, 2017
Sermon: If It Had Not Been the Lord Who Was On Our Side  |  Jim DeVore
Psalm 124

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The Attributes of God
 By: A.W. Pink
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This classic work of Arthur W. Pink invites readers to discover the truth about seventeen attributes of God, including His sovereignty, immutability, patience, love, faithfulness, and much more.

Recommended Reading for June 24 & 25, 2017
Sermon: "The Attributes of God Part II"  |  Chris Johnson
Psalm 139:1-24

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The Real God
How He Longs for You to See Him
 By: Chip Ingram
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See God for who He is, not what you think He ought to be.  This study is of seven attributes of God: His goodness, sovereignty, holiness, wisdom, justice, love, and faithfulness. Readers will see God in a whole new light and discover that our view of God impacts every decision in our lives. It will change the way we pray, the way we live, and the way we think about the world around us.

Recommended Reading for June 17 & 18, 2017
Sermon: "The Attributes of God"  |  Chris Johnson
I Kings 8:27-43

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Trusting God
 By: Jerry Bridges
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During such a time of adversity, Jerry Bridges began a thorough Bible study on the topic of God’s sovereignty. What he learned changed his life, and in Trusting God he shares the fruit of that study. As you explore the scope of God’s power over nations, nature, and even the details of your life, you’ll find yourself trusting Him more completely even when life hurts.

Recommended Reading for June 10 & 11, 2017
Sermon: "A Walk Through Philippians"  |  Kevin Berthiaume
Philippians 1-4

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What Is The Gospel
 By: Greg Gilbert
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What is the gospel? It seems like a simple question, yet it has been known to incite some heated responses, even in the church. How are we to formulate a clear, biblical understanding of the gospel? Tradition, reason, and experience all leave us ultimately disappointed. If we want answers, we must turn to the Word of God.

Greg Gilbert does so in What Is the Gospel? Beginning with Paul's systematic presentation of the gospel in Romans and moving through the sermons in Acts, Gilbert argues that the central structure of the gospel consists of four main subjects: God, man, Christ, and a response. The book carefully examines each and then explores the effects the gospel can have in individuals, churches, and the world. Both Christian and non-Christian readers will gain a clearer understanding of the gospel in this valuable resource.

Recommended Reading for July 22 & 23, 2017
Sermon: "Good News From God"  |  Chris Johnson
The Book of Romans

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