Recommended Reading

the gospel

Prodigal God

Prodigal God by Tim Keller
"Do you know the difference? Could you see it in someone’s life? Would you be able to discern it in a sermon? And more importantly do you have any idea if it is in your life? I have read this book six times. Yes, I am a slow learner, but this book is a feast. Tim Keller is masterful at helping his readers see the centrality of the gospel for all life change. He takes you through the Prodigal Son story and helps you grasp the difference between a gospel centered life and a life burdened by the yoke of religion. Christianity is the end of religion! What does that even mean? Read Prodigal God and you find “the end” and the beginning."

Adam Jones, Pastor

Extravagant Grace

Extravagant Grace by Barbara R. Duguid
"John Newton. Have you heard of him? Have you plumbed the depths of his writings? Barbara Duguid has, and she brings up the gold. From her preface: “If sanctification is all about us sinning less and less, then we would conclude that the Holy Spirit isn’t doing his job very well. Even the apostle Paul called himself the chief of sinners towards the end of his ministry…  …What if growing in grace is more about humility, dependance, and exalting Christ than it is about defeating sin?” This quote is why I picked up her book and why my men’s group studied it. I spent years making my life all about the effort to stop sinning as the means of growing. “How is that working for you Adam?” Barbara is a gift to the church for her insights and honesty. She brings to life the works of John Newton and helps break the chains of pressure Christianity. "

Adam Jones, Pastor

Transforming Grace

Transforming Grace by Jerry Bridges
"In 1996, I was living in Orlando and our church was searching for a new senior pastor. Jerry Bridges was a guest in our pulpit that summer. I was given the task to take the guest preachers to lunch. Jerry had already made a profound impact on my life. I had read 3 of his books. I took a seminary class where he taught the material in Transforming Grace. It was my first exposure to understanding God’s grace as the power for Christian living. I still remember that day eating lunch with him. He was a small man, even frail, wrought with physical maladies. Yet, his humility and grace were deep, rich, and beautiful. In the years that followed, I would teach his book several times. My motivation was perhaps by teaching it often so it might soak in. Read this book, study this book and by God’s grace it just might soak in." 

Adam Jones, Pastor

gentle and lowly

Gentle and Lowly by Dane Ortlund
"What do you need? Do you know? Well, let’s ask Jesus what you need. He says, you need rest for your soul. Rest. Deep, abiding, life altering rest in your soul and pressed into your life. “Come unto me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28. “Come to ME.” So, if I come to Jesus for rest then my next question is… …What is he like? “Take my yoke you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” In Gentle and Lowly, Dane Ortlund takes you to the heart of Christ for sinners and sufferers. It is a journey you don’t want to miss. The main problem with this book is that when you finish reading it, you will buy it for others, and then you will want to read it again and again. I did. You will. Find rest for your soul. "

Adam Jones, Pastor

The Gospel

Gospel by J.D. Greear
"We read Gospel as a staff over 10 years ago, and I still remember the fruitful discussion it produced. J.D. Greear writes with a powerful, yet accessible style. He explains what the gospel is and how it makes a real difference in our lives and in the church. Also, Tim Keller wrote the forward, so that automatically makes it a must read!"

Brandon Lauranzon, Pastor

The Christian Life

The Christian Life by Sinclair Ferguson
"Whether you are new to the faith or not, this very readable book is a wonderful overview of Christian doctrine. It will not only give you understanding of some basic theological concepts such as grace, sin, regeneration, electron, justification and union with Christ, but its goal is to help you all the more enjoy God, experience his love, and desire to live for his glory!"

Michael Hart, Pastor