I’m sure there are some of you who have thought to yourselves, “Hmm, I’m a new Christian and I don’t even know where to start. What would be a good thing for me to learn?” And then maybe someone else might be thinking, “Well, I’ve been a Christian for twenty years, but I haven’t really needed to know anything about the topic of divorce until just now. I wonder what my church leaders would recommend?”
So, here are some categories and some recommendations based on things I’ve taught or read, or in some cases, based on recommendations from other members of the staff of Good News Church.
For Those Who Became Christians As Adults
Well, one easy thing to do would be to pick a up good Children’s Bible and read through it without shame. Personally, I like the Jesus Story Book Bible. However, Kennon Bickhart recently told me that Kevin DeYoung’s Children’s Bible is even better in that it’s more in-depth and tells more stories.
Also, the One-Minute Bible for Students might be a helpful devotional if you are new to Bible reading. It covers 700 scriptures (out of the thousands of verses in the Bible) and follows the general flow of Biblical history drawing from all 66 books in the Bible.
I also love what Max Anders has done with his “30 Days to Understanding…” series. He’s written more than one book that begins with those words, and I think “30 Days to Understanding the Bible” is a great survey of the entire Bible. It includes fill-in-the-blanks as you go along, to help you memorize what you are learning. By the end of the book, you should be able to summarize the whole Old Testament with a string of short sentences. The same author has also written a New Christian’s Handbook that covers all kinds of topics.
How To Study The Bible
How To Pray
Additionally, I preached a two-week series on the topic in 2017. I also remember reading Elmer Towns book, Praying the Lord’s Prayer for Spiritual Breakthrough, back in my teens and it shaped the way I think about and pray the Lord’s Prayer. And while we are on this topic, Kennon recommends the books, Power of a Praying Parent by Stormie Omartian and The Possibility of Prayer by John Starke.
However, one thing that might help you even more than any of these suggestions would be you simply and actually praying with other Christians. I think we learn a lot this way. There is a prayer group that meets at our church every Sunday morning at 8:00am in the KidZone building. I’m sure they wouldn’t mind you showing up and just listening to them pray for the first couple of weeks until you get the hang of it.
Skepticism About Christianity
How To Share Your Faith
N.T. Wright’s For Everyone series is also good. However, it doesn’t contain discussion questions, and I don’t agree with his interpretations as often as the writers of the Christ-Centered Exposition series. Nonetheless, Wright is a well-respected Christian scholar who has written a helpful series of books making the New Testament more understandable.
Growing In Your Faith
Other Recommendations From Our Church Staff
Doug Davison recommends:
- Knowing God by J.I. Packer
- Don’t Waste Your Life by John Piper
- Heaven by Randy Alcorn
- Parenting by Paul David Tripp
- The Hole in Our Holiness by Kevin DeYoung
- The Songs of Jesus by Tim Keller
- Seasons of Waiting by Betsy Childs Howard
- International Children’s Bible
- Reformation Study Bible
- Seated with Christ by Heather Hollerman
- For Women Only and For Men Only by Jeff and Shaunti Feldman
- The Meaning of Marriage by Tim and Kathy Keller
- The Knowledge of the Holy by A.W. Tozer
- Family Discipleship by Matt Chandler and Adam Griffin
- Morning and Evening by Charles Spurgeon
- As well as the podcast episodes: