When it comes to having a good book nearby that helps you understand the Bible or Christianity, you can spend just $150 and have help for a lifetime.
Good reference books answer your questions about the Bible and the people and doctrines found in the Bible. But good reference tools also help you how the churches of Christ have understand the history of Christianity and how we got to where we are today.
Tools help you solve problems. Tools help you fix things. Reference books, as tools, do just that.
Can I be so bold as to recommend the following books to last you for a lifetime of walking with the Savior and serving Him?
You may not want to purchase them all at once, but you could certainly purchase them over the span of a year or so and be set for life.
Whenever I am around a Christian publisher of good Christian books, I tell them "thank you" for putting the best armaments in my hands. I am a pastor out in the trenches of the Christian life and good armaments are my friends. I don't want bad armaments and faulty tools, I want things that will help me in the spiritual battles I face. And to live properly in peace time.
Here is my selection of $150 worth of great Christian armaments.
NEW BIBLE DICTIONARY from IVP--$31.50--the best
one volume Bible dictionary by some of the best
evangelical and Reformed scholars in the world.
YOUR FAVORITE STUDY BIBLE (cheapest edition)
ESV STUDY BIBLE from Crossway--$20:99 pb
REFORMATION STUDY BIBLE from P & R--$17.99 pb
SEARCH THE SCRIPTURES by Alan Stibbs and others;
InterVarsity Press--$15.50--a three year course
of study through the whole Bible. It proceeds by
asking questions of each paragraph and sometimes
each sentence. It has had a profound effect upon
many Bible students. A goldmine of good things!
CONCISE THEOLOGY by James Packer; Tyndale--
$10.99--a cargo ship of great theology packed into
a small space! Check yourself regularly by this
compendium of evangelical and Reformed under-
standing of what the Scriptures teach.
CONCORDANCE TO BIBLE:
YOUNG'S ANALYTICAL CONCORDANCE; $17.99
STRONG'S EXHAUSTIVE CONCORDANCE; $17:99
ESV CONCORDANCE; $31.99
HISTORY OF CHRISTIANITY & ITS DOCTRINES
Earl Cairns, CHRISTIANITY THROUGH THE
CENTURIES; Zondervan--$23.25--a standard
textbook on Christian college campuses.
Louis Berkhof, HISTORY OF CHRISTIAN
DOCTRINES; Banner of Truth--$16.99--a
standard help to learn how God had the church
wrestle with the truths of Scripture and come to
conclusions on what it taught.
May the Lord equip you to walk with Him and serve Him faithfully all the days of your earthly pilgrimage.
Your Book Servant,
Pastor Steve Martin