Recommended Books

Recommended Books

1. Apologetics & Worldview

  • “Darwin’s Black Box” Michael Behe
  • “Darwin on Trial” by Phillip Johnson
  • “The Universe Next Door” James W. Sire
  • “Defending the Faith” by R. C. Sproul
  • “Christian Apologetics” by Cornelius Van Til
  • “The Gospel for Muslims” by Thabiti Anyabwile
  • “Nothing in My Hand I Bring” by Ray Galea
  • “The Reason for God” by Tim Keller
  • “The Consequences of Ideas” by R. C. Sproul
  • “Christianity & Liberalism” by J. Gresham Machen

2. Church History
A. Early Church

  • “Early Christian Mission” by Eckhard Schnabel
  • “Paul the Missionary” by Eckhard Schnabel
  • “The Consequences of Ideas” by R. C. Sproul
  • “Christianity & Liberalism” by J. Gresham Machen
  • “2,000 Years of Christ’s Power, Volume 1: Age of the Early Church Fathers” by Nicholas R. Needham
  • “Early Church” by Henry Chadwick
  • “Early Christianity” by Roland Bainton
  • “The History of the Church” by Eusebius
  • “The Apostolic Fathers” edited by Michael Holmes
  • “For Us and For Our Salvation: The Doctrine of Christ in the Early Church” by Stephen Nichols
  • “Confessions” by Augustine

B. Medieval Church

  • “2,000 Years of Christ’s Power, Volume 2: Middle Ages” by Nicholas R. Needham
  • “The Medieval Church” by Roland Bainton
  • “The Battle for the Gospel: The Bible and the Reformation 1444-1589” by Marvin Anderson

C. Renaissance & Reformation

  • “2,000 Years of Christ’s Power, Volume 3: Renaissance and Reformation” by Nicholas R. Needham
  • “The Reformation of the Church” by Iain Murray
  • “Reformation: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow” by Carl Trueman
  • “The Unquenchable Flame” by Michael Reeves
  • “Theology of the Reformers” by Timothy George
  • “Here I Stand” biography of Martin Luther by Roland Bainton
  • “Five English Reformers” by J. C. Ryle
  • “The Articles of the Synod of Dort” by Thomas Scott

D. Puritans

  • The Reformation of the Church” by Iain Murray
  • “Meet the Puritans” by Joel Beeke and Randall Pederson
  • “The Puritans: Their Origins and Successors” by Martyn Lloyd Jones
  • “Sermons of the Great Ejection” Various Authors
  • “Puritan Portraits” by J. I. Packer
  • “The Worship of the English Puritans” by Horton Davies
  • “The Worship of the American Puritans” by Horton Davies

E. Great Awakening through 20th Century

  • “The Baptists Volume 1: Beginnings in Britain” by Tom Nettles
  • “The Baptists Volume 2: Beginnings in America” by Tom Nettles
  • “The Baptists Volume 3: The Modern Era” by Tom Nettles
  • “George Whitefield: The Life and Times of the Great Evangelist of the 18th Century Revival” by Arnold Dallimore
  • “Jonathan Edwards: A Life” by George Marsden
  • “Jonathan Edwards: A New Biography” by Iain Murray
  • “Revival and Revivalism” Iain Murray
  • “Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 1859-2009” Greg Wills
  • “Democratic Religion” by Greg Wills
  • “Evangelicalism Divided” by Iain Murray
  • “No Place for Truth” by David Wells
  • “God in the Wasteland” by David Wells
  • “Losing Our Virtue” by David Wells
  • “Above All Earthly Powers” by David Wells
  • “The Courage to Be Protestant” by David Wells
  • “The Bleeding of the Evangelical Church” by David Wells
  • “A Hill on Which to Die” by Paul Pressler
  • “David Martyn Lloyd Jones the First 40 Years: 1899-1939” by Iain Murray
  • “David Martyn Lloyd Jones: The Fight of Faith: 1939-1981” by Iain Murray
  • “C. H. Spurgeon Autobiography: The Early Years: 1834-1859” by Charles Haddon Spurgeon
  • “C. H. Spurgeon Autobiography: The Full Harvest: 1860-1892” by Charles Haddon Spurgeon

3. Church
A. General 

  • “The Church: The Gospel Made Visible” by Mark Dever
  • “Nine Marks of a Healthy Church” by Mark Dever
  • “A Display of God’s Glory” by Mark Dever
  • “The Deliberate Church” by Mark Dever and Paul Alexander
  • “Preach” by Mark Dever and Greg Gilbert
  • “The Compelling Community” by Mark Dever and Jamie Dunlop
  • “Polity: Biblical Arguments on How to Conduct Church Life” edited by Mark Dever
  • “The Church” by Edmund Clowney
  • “Manual of Church Order” by J. L. Dagg
  • “The Trellis and the Vine” by Colin Marshall and Tony Payne
  • “What Is the Mission of the Church” by Kevin DeYoung and Greg Gilbert
  • “Biblical Eldership” by Alexander Strauch
  • “Elders in the Life of the Church” by Phil Newton and Matt Schmucker
  • “Elders in Congregational Life” by Phil Newton
  • “Spiritual Disciplines Within the Church” by Don Whitney
  • “On Earth As It Is In Heaven” by Wyman Lewis Richardson
  • “The Glorious Body of Christ” by R. B. Kuiper
  • “The Shepherd Leader” by Timothy Wittmer
  • “Biblical Foundations for Baptist Churches” by John Hammett

B. 9Marks Church Study Guides:

  • “Built Upon the Rock: The Church” by Bobby Jamieson
  • “Hearing God’s Word: Expositional Preaching” by Bobby Jamieson
  • “The Whole Truth About God: Biblical Theology” by Bobby Jamieson
  • “God’s Good News: The Gospel” by Bobby Jamieson
  • “Real Change: Conversion” by Bobby Jamieson
  • “Reaching the Lost: Evangelism” by Bobby Jamieson
  • “Committing to One Another: Church Membership” by Bobby Jamieson
  • “Guarding One Another: Church Discipline” by Bobby Jamieson
  • “Growing One Another: Discipleship in the Church” by Bobby Jamieson
  • “Leading One Another: Church Leadership” by Bobby Jamieson

C. Teaching & Preaching

  • “Preaching and Preachers” by Martyn Lloyd Jones
  • “Preach” by Mark Dever and Greg Gilbert
  • “The Supremacy of God in Preaching” by John Piper
  • “Christ Centered Preaching” by Bryan Chapell
  • “Lectures to My Students” by Charles Spurgeon
  • “Biblical Preaching” by Haddon Robinson
  • “Preaching Christ in All of Scripture” by Edmund Clowney
  • “Preaching the Whole Bible as Christian Scripture” by Graeme Goldsworthy
  • “Between Two Worlds” by John Stott
  • “He Is Not Silent” by Al Mohler
  • “Expositional Preaching” by David Helm
  • “The Archer and the Arrow” by Phillip Jensen and Paul Grimmond
  • “Speaking God’s Words” by Peter Adam
  • “Apostolic Preaching of the Cross” Leon Morris
  • “The Word Became Fresh, How to Preach from Old Testament Narrative Texts” by Dale Ralph Davis
  • “The Priority of Preaching” by Christopher Ash
  • “What Is Biblical Preaching?” by Eric Alexander
  • “Feed My Sheep: A Passionate Plea for Preaching” Various Authors

D. Spiritual Gifts

  • “Showing the Spirit” by D. A. Carson
  • “The Spirit of Promise” by Donald Macleod
  • “The Holy Spirit (Puritan Paperback)” by John Owen
  • “Fruit of the Spirit” by John Sanderson

E. Church Practice

  • “Believer’s Baptism” by Tom Schreiner and Shawn Wright
  • “Christian Baptism” by Adoniram Judson
  • “Baptism in the New Testament” by G. R. Beasley-Murray
  • “A String of Pearls Unstrung” by Fred Malone
  • “The Baptism of Disciples Alone” by Fred Malone
  • “Going Public: Why Baptism Is Required for Church Membership” by Bobby Jamieson (forthcoming)
  • “Understanding Baptism” by Bobby Jamieson (forthcoming)
  • “Restoring Integrity in Baptist Churches” Edited by Thomas White and Jason Duesing
  • “Baptism and the Lord’s Supper” by Thabiti Anyabwile and Ligon Duncan
  • “The Lord’s Supper” by Tom Schreiner and Michael Crawford
  • “The Lord’s Supper” by Thomas Watson
  • “From Sabbath to Lord’s Day” edited by D. A. Carson
  • “Worship by the Book” edited by D. A. Carson
  • “Engaging With God: A Biblical Theology of Worship” by David Peterson
  • “Give Praise to God” edited by Phil Ryken
  • “Christ Centered Worship” by Bryan Chapell
  • “Worship Matters” by Bob Kauflin
  • “Protestant Worship” James F. White
  • “Contemporary Worship Music” by John Frame
  • “We Become What We Worship” by G. K. Beale
  • “Perspectives on Christian Worship” Edited by Ligon Duncan and Matthew Pinson

More book recommendations will be forthcoming…