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“All flesh is like grass
    and all its glory like the flower of grass.
The grass withers,
    and the flower falls,
but the word of the Lord remains forever.” 1 Peter 1:24–25

Announcing never before released volume from Spurgeon on life in the Holy Spirit!
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Walking in the Power of the Spirit: Ten Classic Sermons by Charles H. Spurgeon

Read the foreword by J.A. Medders below:


When is the last time you thought about the Holy Spirit?

Asked the Spirit to help you? Contemplated the Spirit’s power in your prayers? Believed the Holy Spirit was enabling you to turn from sin? Discerned him prompting you to evangelize? Realized him quickening your heart for Christ? Noticed the Spirit of Christ illuminating your heart and mind as you sat with coffee at your side and a double-edged sword shimmering in your hands?

Dear Christian, the Spirit is at work in you. Don’t be discouraged. You may feel like God is sick and tired of waiting for you to get it together. Well, remember that the fruit of the Spirit is also a description of the Spirit himself. He is loving, joyful, peaceful, patient, kind, good, faithful, gentle, and in control. You are in good hands. Patient and gentle hands. Keep up (Galatians 5:25). Like a kind older brother grinning and motioning to his slow-witted sibling, “Come on, bud, keep up.” That’s us. And that’s a safe place to be because it’s with God.

Charles Spurgeon understood the Sprit’s role in the Christian life. He was eager for the Spirit’s work in his life and ministry. “Without the Spirit of God we can do nothing. We are as ships without wind or chariots without steeds. Like branches without sap, we are withered. Like coals without fire, we are useless.” O, how we need the Spirit! Just think: How will we turn from sin, love our brothers and sisters and Christ—and our enemies—serve the church, evangelize the lost, raise our children, pursue godliness, and lean into the glory to be revealed? By the indwelling, filling, and anointing of the Holy Spirit.

The Spirit prompts and empowers disciples of the risen Christ for our long pilgrimage toward glory. Every step of the way, he’s with us—ministering to us, encouraging us, correcting us, and transforming us more into the image of the Lord Jesus. As you read these sermons from Spurgeon, don’t settle for a meeting with the mind of Spurgeon. No, no—seek the Spirit. Seek the work of God in your life. That’s why Spurgeon preached these words, so sinners like you and me could rest and run in the high-voltage work of God. Keep up.

— J.A. Medders, Pastor, Author, Humble Calvinism


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“[Calvin’s description of prayer]…is a very practical orientation to prayer, which you will recognize if you read… It is not only a doctrine of prayer, but it is also a practical manual on how to pray. One could turn this… into a prayer itself rather easily.”

—Dr. David Calhoun of Covenant Theological University

Calvin Prayer Cover Take 1.2In celebration of the release of The Chief Exercise of Faith: John Calvin on Prayer, we share two lectures on Calvin and prayer from Dr. David Calhoun of Covenant Theological Seminary.

Listen to the whole lecture series on the Institutes from this seminary course through The Gospel CoalitionCovenant’s page, or through iTunes.

Lecture: Prayer (in John Calvin’s Institutes)

Lecture: John Calvin’s Prayers

Lectures used with kind permission of Covenant Seminary.

 

Our Saviors Cries from the Cross - Charles Spurgeon

Our Savior’s Cries from the Cross by Charles Spurgeon. Now available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle formats.

Now Available: Our Savior’s Cries from the Cross by Charles Spurgeon

The words of a dying person are often dramatic and insightful, serving as a window into their soul.

The importance of the dying words of Jesus Christ are only amplified when realizing how all of history led to the cross and how the cross changed everything to follow.

Our Savior’s Cries from the Cross shares sermons by Charles Spurgeon on six of Christ’s cries from the cross. As you open this volume, our prayer is that your heart would be broken and warmed; broken by your sin that nailed Christ to the cross, and warmed by knowing that “God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).

Let the Prince of Preachers bring you to the foot of the cross to behold the glory of our Savior.

Our Savior’s Cries from the Cross is available for Kindle and in paperback.

Complete List of Jesus Christ’s Cries from the Cross

  1. Luke 23:34 – “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”
  2. Luke 23:43 – “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in paradise.”
  3. John 19:26-27 – When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son!” Then he said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother!” And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home.
  4. Matthew 27:46, Mark 15:34 “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”
  5. John 19:28 – “I thirst.”
  6. John 19:30 – “It is finished.”
  7. Luke 23:46 – “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!”

Top Quotes from Our Savior’s Cries from the Cross

To cease from prayer is to renounce the consolations which our case requires. Under all distractions of spirit, and overwhelmings of heart, great God, help us still to pray, and never from the mercy-seat may our footsteps be driven by despair.

I feel as though I could better kneel before my Lord’s cross at this moment than stand in this pulpit to talk to you. I want to adore him; I worship him in heart for that prayer; if I knew nothing else of him but this one prayer, I must adore him, for that one matchless plea for mercy convinces me most overwhelmingly of the deity of him who offered it, and fills my heart with reverent affection.

Remember, my dear hearer, if there be nothing good in you, and if there be everything conceivable that is malignant and bad, yet none of these things can be any barrier to prevent Christ’s exercising the office of Intercessor for you.

He lives, and while he lives he pleads; and while there is a sinner upon earth to be saved, there shall be an intercessor in heaven to plead for him.

I believe that there is never presented to God anything but a perfect prayer now; I mean, that before the great Father of us all, no prayer of his people ever comes up imperfect; there is nothing left out, and there is nothing to be erased; and this, not because their prayers were originally perfect in themselves, but because the Mediator makes them perfect through his infinite wisdom, and they come up before the mercy-seat moulded according to the mind of God himself, and he is sure to grant such prayers.

O ye trembling believers, trust him with your concerns! Come hither, ye guilty, and ask him to plead for you. O you that cannot pray, come, ask him to intercede for you.

Tell to sinners that sin will damn them, that Christ alone can take away sin, and make this the one passion of your souls, “Father, forgive them, forgive them!

The gospel is meant also for those who persecute religion; it aims its arrows of love against the hearts of its foes.

My brethren, you must not live to yourselves; the accumulation of money, the bringing up of your children, the building of houses, the earning of your daily bread, all this you may do; but there must be a greater object than this if you are to be Christlike, as you should be, since you are bought with Jesus’ blood. Begin to live for others, make it apparent unto all men that you are not yourselves the end-all and be-all of your own existence, but that you are spending and being spent, that through the good you do to men God may be glorified, and Christ may see in you his own image and be satisfied.

At all times of the world’s history, when things appear to have gone to pieces, and Satan seems to rule the hour, do not let us despair, but be quite sure that, somehow or other, light will come out of darkness, and good out of evil.

Grace can transform a reviling thief into a penitent believer.

I very gravely question whether there was ever greater faith in this world than the faith of this thief; for he, beyond all others, realised the painful and shameful death of the Lord Jesus, and yet believed.

I wish that some who have been professors for years had as clear a faith as the thief; but they are too often confused between law and gospel, works and grace, while this poor felon trusted in nothing but the Saviour and his mercy.

True faith confesses Christ, and, at the same time, confesses its sin. There must be repentance of sin and acknowledgment of it before God if faith is to give proof of its truth. A faith that never had a tear in its eye, or a blush on its cheek, is not the faith of God’s elect. He who never felt the burden of sin, never felt the sweetness of being delivered from it.

We have heard people talk about this dying thief as if he never did anything for his Master; but let me ask the Christian church if it has not members in its midst—gray-haired members, too, who have never, through fifty years of profession, borne one such bravely honest and explicit testimony for Christ as this man did while he was agonising on the cross.

If a sick man cares more for pardon than for health, it is a good sign. Soul mercies will be prized above all others where faith is in active exercise.

Dead souls live in an instant when the breath of the Spirit quickens them.

Thu art saved if thou believest in Jesus. The finished work of Christ is thine.

In order to complete the redemption of his chosen people, it was necessary for him to be both God’s well-beloved Son, and to be forsaken of his Father; he could truly say, as his saints also have sometimes had to say, “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?”

As long ago as Isaiah’s day, “Zion said, The Lord hath forsaken me, and my Lord hath forgotten me.” But the Lord’s reply was, “Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee. Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hands.”

The misery, that men will suffer in the world to come, will be self-created misery arising out of the fact that they loved sin so much that they brought eternal sorrow upon themselves.

O brother, in proportion as you are holy, the absence of the light of God’s countenance will be grief to you; and as Jesus was perfectly holy, it was the utmost anguish to him to have to cry to his Father, “Why hast thou forsaken me?”

If you bring me a gospel which can only be understood by gentlemen who have passed through Oxford or Cambridge University, I know that it cannot be the gospel of Christ. He meant the good news of salvation to be proclaimed to the poorest of the poor; in fact, the gospel is intended for humanity in general; so, if you cannot make me understand it, or if, when I do understand it, it does not tell me how to deliver its message in such plain language that the poorest man can comprehend it, I tell you, sirs, that your newfangled gospel is a lie, and I will stick to the old one, which a man, only a little above an idiot in intellect, can understand.

Was there ever any other love like this,—that the Prince of life and glory should condescend to this shame and death?

Hate sin, and heartily loathe it; but thirst to be holy as God is holy, thirst to be like Christ, thirst to bring glory to his sacred name by complete conformity to his will.

Sin destroyed Christ, and by that destruction Christ destroyed Sin.

Lo! the Saviour stands to-day with the keys of death hanging at his girdle, and he waits until the hour shall come of which no man knoweth; when the trump of the archangel shall ring like the silver trumpets of Jubilee, and then he shall say, “Let my captives go free.”Then shall the tombs be opened in virtue of Christ’s death, and the very bodies of the saints shall live again in an eternity of glory.

The words “It is finished!”consolidated heaven, shook hell, comforted earth, delighted the Father, glorified the Son, brought down the Spirit, and confirmed the everlasting covenant to all the chosen seed.

All the pains that God asks, Christ has suffered; all the satisfaction by way of agony in the flesh that the law demandeth, Christ hath already endured. “It is finished!”

Go ye next to the foolish among your own countrymen who call themselves Protestants, but who are Papists after all, who think by their gifts and their gold, by their prayers and their vows, by their church-goings and their chapel-goings, by their baptisms and their confirmations, to make themselves fit for God; and say to them, “Stop, ‘it is finished;’God needs not this of you. He has received enough; why will ye pin your rags to the fine linen of Christ’s righteousness? Why will you add your counterfeit farthing to the costly ransom which Christ has paid in to the treasure-house of God? Cease from your pains, your doings, your performances, for ‘it is finished;’Christ has done it all.”

Why improve on what is finished? Why add to that which is complete? The Bible is finished, he that adds to it shall have his name taken out of the Book of Life, and out of the holy city: Christ’s atonement is finished, and he that adds to that must expect the selfsame doom.

God as much accepts a sinner who only believed in Christ five minutes ago, as he will a saint who has known and loved him eighty years, for he does not accept men because of any anything they do or feel, but simply and only for what Christ did, and that is finished.

Oh! poor sinner, wilt thou have Christ or no? “Ah,” saith one, “I am willing enough, but I am not worthy.” He does not want any worthiness. All he asks is willingness, for you know how he puts it, “Whoever will let him come.” If he has given you willingness, you may believe in Christ’s finished work

Our Saviors Cries from the Cross - Charles SpurgeonOh, my brethren, you will not do better, after all, than to quote Scripture, especially in prayer. There are no prayers so good as those that are full of the Word of God.

If God is our Father, and we regard ourselves as going home when we die, because we go to him, then he will receive us.

Let us enjoy the high privilege of resting in God in all times of danger and pain.

Our Savior’s Cries from the Cross is available for Kindle and in paperback. 

Charles Spurgeon Bobblehead with the Apostle PaulAnnouncing a new title from Cross-Points Books: Lessons from the Apostle Paul’s Prayers by Charles Spurgeon.


Why study and pray the prayers of the Apostle Paul? One word: transformation. Of the many benefits we have in learning from Paul, a few stand out:

We see how the Holy Spirit wants us to pray.

Scripture provides a wealth of prayers inspired by the Holy Spirit, each of them giving a glimpse into the unsearchable wisdom of Almighty God. These prayers should shape our priorities and our entire outlook on life.

So often, we pray such small, self-centered prayers instead of asking how God would have us pray. As we read and pray Paul’s prayers, God will work His purposes in us as we contemplate what Paul prayed for and why. Paul prayed for the eyes of Ephesian hearts enlightened (Ephesians 1:18) and rejoiced in the rich fellowship he had with the Thessalonian church (1 Thessalonians 3:9–13). When was the last time you prayed for either of those things?

Spurgeon illustrates why we want to pray according to God’s priorities: “A man might try to fill us and fail, but God, who made us, knows every corner and cranny of our nature, and can pour in joy and peace till every portion of our being is flooded, saturated, and overflowed with delight.”

We can pray along with Paul confident of God’s answers.

Praying God’s prayers according to God’s priorities means we can be sure of God’s answers. This doesn’t mean He will answer as we expect, but it does mean God will answer prayers according to His will as He promises (1 John 5:14). Since Scripture is His revealed will, praying Paul’s prayers guarantee God’s answers.

Spurgeon Paul Prayers 2Let this sink into your soul. As you earnestly pray for God to strengthen your faith to grasp the depths and riches of Christ’s love (Ephesians 3:14–19), God will answer you—He wants you to experience the profundity of Christ’s love.

“Expect great things, expect things beyond all expectation,” Spurgeon writes. “Your largest hopes shall all be exceeded. Hope, and hope, and yet hope again, and each time hope more and more, but the Lord will give you more than you have hoped for.”

Our minds will be enlightened and affections stirred.

As we contemplate the prayers and petitions of the great apostle, God’s Spirit will illuminate the prayers and shape the desires of our heart. Instead of merely praying for circumstances and our to-dos, our hearts will pray for things like the filling of our minds with “the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him: bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God…” (Colossians 1:9–10). As we pray prayers like this and see God answer us, our hearts will be drawn into deeper delight and communion with our Father.

As you pick up Lessons from the Apostle Paul’s Prayers, let the Holy Spirit mentor you in prayer as you enter into Paul’s prayer closet. This isn’t a comprehensive study on Paul’s prayers, but rather eight sermons working through rich nuggets from Paul’s prayers. Don’t read this book to finish; read to change. Note helpful verses and quotes and incorporate them into your daily prayer routine. Put down the book and get on your knees. Cry out to God in worship, dependence, and intercession. He will hear you and He will answer.

The prayer of Paul in Philippians 1:9–11 is our prayer for this volume:

“And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.”

Buy Lessons from the Apostle Paul’s Prayers on Kindle or paperback.

The Editors at Cross-Points Books
Schaumburg, IL
January 2018

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A History of Western Philosophy and Theology John FrameReformed Theological Seminary has released free audio on iTunesU of John Frame’s course Legacy: History of Philosophy and Christian Thought.

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Tim Keller - Favorite Christian Biographies

In The Gospel Coalition’s article On My Shelf: Life and Books with Tim Keller, the influential pastor shared the 15 Christian biographies that have most shaped his life and ministry:

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10 Christian Books about Overcoming Anxiety and Worry

Here are ten Christian books about overcoming anxiety and worry that the Cross-Points team recommends.

1. Gospel Hope for Anxious Hearts: Trading Fear and Worry for the Peace of God by Charles Spurgeon

 “The man who is full of care, is ripe for any sin, but he who has cast his care on God stands securely, neither shall the evil one be able to touch him!” —Charles Spurgeon

Is true peace possible in our anxious world?

From his time until the present day, Charles Spurgeon’s sermons have captured the hearts and imaginations of listeners and readers alike. Drawing from this rich tradition, Gospel Hope for Anxious Hearts leads readers from fear and worry to the peace of God that passes all understanding in Christ Jesus. Readers will be challenged and empowered for overcoming anxiety through the healing balm of the gospel. Read 40 quotes from Gospel Hope from Anxious Hearts.

2-3. Anxious for Nothing: God’s Cure for the Cares of Your Soul and Found: God’s Peace: Experience True Freedom from Anxiety in Every Circumstance by John MacArthur

Anxious for Nothing Description: Stress has become part of our daily lives. We worry about our jobs, our relationships, and our families. And while there’s no lack of remedies for anxiety, no solution seems to offer true peace of mind.

John MacArthur, Jr. believes that peace is not only possible, it’s a divine mandate. Drawing from a rich legacy of teaching and ministry, MacArthur puts aside cultural cures to uncover the source of our anxiety and stress. Based on solid Biblical insights, Anxious for Nothing shares how we can overcome uncertainty, defeat doubt, and be truly worry-free.

In Found: God’s Peace, trusted pastor and teacher John MacArthur tackles this vital question head-on. Throughout the book, MacArthur shares principles to help you overcome uncertainty, defeat worry, and experience true freedom from anxiety.

As Pastor John MacArthur writes, the key to worry-free living is to replace worry with prayer, right thinking, and action. Here he draws on rich biblical truths to show us how.

4-5. Running Scared: Fear, Worry, and the Rest of God and When I Am Afraid: A Step-by-Step Guide Away from Fear and Anxiety by Ed Welch

In Running Scared, Edward T. Welch investigates the roots of fear in the human soul and the ramifications of living in the grips of anxiety, worry, and dread. Welch encourages readers to discover for themselves that the Bible is full of beautiful words of comfort for fearful people (and that every single person is afraid of something). Within the framework of thirty topical meditations, Welch offers sound biblical theology and moment-by-moment, thoughtful encouragement for life-saving rescue in the midst of the heart and mind battlefield of rampant panic-stricken responses. This comprehensive primer on the topic of fear, worry, and the rest of God will have readers retreating to scripture for invariable constancy, stalwart care, and robust comfort, instead of as Welch terms it hitting the default switch by responding with characteristic human independence, control, and self-protectiveness.

If you are tired of dealing with anxiety and worry on your own, then CCEFs When I Am Afraid: A Step-by-Step Guide Away from Fear and Anxiety is for you. As you go through each set of meditations by biblical counseling expert Edward T. Welch, anxiety will gradually yield to hope, peace, and rest. Of course, this is a lifelong process, but going through this devotional guide, either on your own or with a small group, will kick-start the process and bring lifelong change.

6. Overcoming Fear, Worry, and Anxiety by Elyse Fitzpatrick

Elyse Fitzpatrick, coauthor of Women Helping Women (a GoldMedallion Finalist), offers practical advice for conquering the paralyzing emotions many women encounter as they battle difficult, often overwhelming concerns about rebellious children, problems in the workplace or home, health issues, financial difficulties, and more.

In the Bible, God gives guidance and offers the true solution to our anxieties and fears. Overcoming Fear, Worry, and Anxiety accesses this information to help women—

  • Identify the source of fear, worry, and anxiety
  • Transform fearful thoughts into peaceful confidence
  • Discover specific strategies for overcoming anxiety

Women will find comfort and encouragement through real–lifeexamples of how others, including Elyse, cast their cares upon God and experience His strength and love.

7. Stressed Out A Practical, Biblical Approach to Anxiety by Todd Friel

You are definitely not the only person on the planet to wrestle with anxious feelings. Billions upon billions of people battle garden-variety stress and anxiety every day. Everyone, to varying degrees, worries.

Jesus Christ is a sympathetic high priest who understands us, and He knows we are prone to worry. He is so thoughtful and kind that His last sermon to the disciples (and us) was dedicated to the subject of anxiety.

Prepare to discover 12 anxiety relievers from Jesus Christ that will get to the root of your anxiety problem and give you the tools you need to replace your anxious thoughts with profound, settled, hopeful joy. Stressed Out: A Practical, Biblical Approach to Anxiety isn’t like most Christian self-help books that promise to fix your “stinkin’ thinkin.’ ”

8. Mindscape: What to Think About Instead of Worrying by Timothy Z. Witmer

Mindscape builds a practical action plan for changing your mental landscape—and your life—based on Paul’s rich exhortation in Philippians 4:8. Author Tim Witmer draws from thirty years of experience in helping worried people apply Scripture to their lives to present a clear, biblical, and deeply pastoral guide to replacing worry with a new way of thinking.

Mindscape is not a self-help book or an academic tome on behavioral theory. It is a real-world guide to the transformation that Jesus works in us as we go to him in faith and ask for his power to change, to listen, and to think differently.

Chapter-by-chapter application questions make Mindscape perfect for personal reflection or small group use.

9. How to Overcome Worry: Experiencing the Peace of God in Every Situation
by Winfred Neely

Do you struggle with worry or anxious thoughts on a regular basis? Does your mind get fixated on the same concern over and over? Do you know you should stop worrying but repeatedly fail to do so?

How to Overcome Worry presents a biblical and practical strategy for this exact problem. Dr. Winfred Neely, who has experienced his fair share of anxiety-inducing circumstances, walks you through Philippians 4:6–7 to help you:

  • Understand the difference between concern and worry
  • Use prayer as a means of grace to overcome worry
  • Cultivate gratitude and thanksgiving as an antidote to worry
  • Navigate changing seasons and circumstances without falling into worry
  • Employ practical strategies for experiencing the peace of God

Worry is one of the top issues in our world today, even among Christians, and this concise and biblical approach will offer real solutions. In His Word, God tells us to stop worrying, pray about everything, and expect His peace. This is a true promise of Scripture, and this book will help you to lay hold of it.

10. The Anxious Christian: Can God Use Your Anxiety for Good? by Rhett Smith

Is anxiety “un-Christian”?

Many Christians believe the answer to this question is yes! Understandably, then, many Christians feel shame when they are anxious. They especially feel this shame when well-intentioned fellow believers dismiss or devalue anxiety with Christian platitudes and Bible verses.

Rhett Smith, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, helps us understand anxiety in a new way. Rhett argues that, rather than being destructive or shameful, anxiety can be a catalyst for our spiritual growth. Using Biblical thinking and personal examples, Rhett explains how anxiety allows us to face our resistance and fears, understand where those fears come from, and then make intentional decisions about issues such as career, marriage, money, and our spiritual lives.

Allow this book to challenge your view of anxiety, and allow God to use your anxiety for good.

BONUS: Battling Unbelief: Defeating Sin with Superior Pleasure by John Piper

Pastor John Piper shows how to sever the clinging roots of sin that ensnare us, including anxiety, pride, shame, impatience, covetousness, bitterness, despondency, and lust in Battling Unbelief.

When faith flickers, stoke the fire.

No one sins out of duty. We sin because it offers some promise of happiness. That promise enslaves us, until we believe that God is more desirable than life itself (Psalm 63:3). Only the power of God’s superior promises in the gospel can emancipate our hearts from servitude to the shallow promises and fleeting pleasures of sin.

Delighting in the bounty of God’s glorious gospel promises will free us for a less sin-encumbered life, to the glory of Christ. Rooted in solid biblical reflection, this book aims to help guide you through the battles to the joys of victory by the power of the gospel and its superior pleasure.

RC Sproul Favorite Recommended Books

Ligonier Ministries shared 16 books that have most shaped the thinking and ministry of R.C. Sproul. You can purchase many of them from the Ligonier Store or Amazon (linked below). You can also find digital editions of several of the older volumes for free on Monergism.

1. The Freedom of the Will, Edwards

2. The Bondage of the Will, Luther

3. Institutes of the Christian Religion, Calvin

4. God in Modern Philosophy, Collins

5. A Time For Truth, Simon

6. Charity and Its Fruits, Edwards

7. The Person of Christ, Berkhouwer

8. Gospel Fear, Burroughs

9. Gospel Worship, Burroughs

10. Institutes of Elenctic Theology (3 Vol.), Turretin

11. Principles of Conduct, Murray

12. A Christian View of Men and Things, Clark

13. Thales to Dewey, Clark

14. Here I Stand, Bainton

15. A Simple Way to Pray, Luther

16. The Coming of the Kingdom, Ridderbos

Ligonier also shared books R.C. Sproul recommends. There are several repetitions from the earlier list, as one naturally recommends books that shape them.

1. Assured by God by Burk Parsons
I would like every believer to read Assured by God, a helpful collection of essays on the assurance of salvation. It is edited by Burk Parsons, editor of Tabletalk magazine.

2. Biblical Economics by R.C. Sproul Jr.
This book by my son, R.C. Sproul Jr., is a useful primer on Scripture’s teaching on economics. It has been of great help to me on the subject.

3. The Bondage of the Will by Martin Luther
The Bondage of the Will is Martin Luther’s finest theological writing. Few works more convincingly tell us of man’s depravity and need for God’s sovereign grace.

4. Charity and Its Fruits by Jonathan Edwards
Jonathan Edwards, America’s greatest theologian and a hero of mine, gives us this excellent exposition of 1 Corinthians 13. Here is a man who knew what it means to love Christ.

5. Contending for Our All by John Piper
I love this book. John Piper reminds us that it is not enough to affirm or defend our faith, we must also be willing, under fire, to contend for our faith.

6. Counted Righteous in Christ by John Piper
This work by John Piper is a fine contemporary explanation and defense of the imputation of Christ’s righteousness as our only hope in life and death.

7. Creation and Change by Douglas Kelly
This book written by Douglas Kelly is perhaps the finest defense of the literal, twenty-four hour, six-day creation of the universe. My own thinking has been greatly influenced by it.

8. The Death of Death in the Death of Christ by John Owen
John Owen’s exposition of God’s intent in the atonement is the best work on particular redemption, which emphasizes that Christ died for His people alone.

9. The Expository Genius of John Calvin by Steven J. Lawson
I heartily recommend this book by Steven Lawson as an impetus to the recovery of expository preaching. It is an especially good gift for pastors and seminary students.

10. Foundations of Grace by Steven J. Lawson
My former student, Steven Lawson, does the church a great service in this work, a thorough look at how the entire canon of Scripture teaches the doctrines of grace.

11. The Freedom of the Will by Jonathan Edwards
Many Christians argue that Reformed theology effectively renders meaningless the concept of free will. However, as Jonathan Edwards demonstrates in this book, Reformed theology is entirely compatible with freedom. His argument has yet to be answered convincingly.

12. Gospel Fear by Jeremiah Burroughs
Jeremiah Burroughs is a must-read Puritan author. He represents the best of that movement, especially in this book, which explains what it means to revere the Lord.

13. Gospel Worship by Jeremiah Burroughs
Jeremiah Burroughs’ Gospel Worship has greatly influenced my understanding of biblical worship. It is one of the most important books I have ever read.

14. Here I Stand by Roland Bainton
Roland Bainton’s biography of Martin Luther is an inspiring summary of the life of the great reformer. This book will challenge you to stand firm for Christ.

15. The Holy Spirit by Sinclair Ferguson
My friend Sinclair Ferguson is in my view the world’s leading expert on the person and work of the Holy Spirit today. This work on the Spirit will benefit any believer.

16. Institutes of the Christian Religion by John Calvin
John Calvin’s Institutes of the Christian Religion is perhaps the most important work of systematic theology ever written. Its influence has been formative on my thinking and on the thinking of believers all around the world.

17. Justification by Francis Turretin
Justification is so important that we convinced P&R Publishing to print this selection on this doctrine from one of the best theologians in church history, Francis Turretin.

18. Principles of Conduct by John Murray
Church elders know well that applying the Bible’s teaching to ethical situations can be more difficult than it first appears. This work by John Murray helps us to learn to apply God’s law to issues like marriage and divorce, truth-telling, and more.

19. A Simple Way to Pray by Martin Luther
No book has done more to revolutionize my personal prayer life than this little book by Martin Luther. I would recommend it for every Christian’s library.

Related Link: Free Audio Download of R.C. Sproul’s The Barber Who Wanted to Pray (based on Luther’s A Simple Way to Pray)

20. The Valley of Vision by Arthur Bennett
The puritans were a praying people, and this book is a collection of some of their excellent prayers. I find The Valley of Vision to be a great aid for devotions.

21. What Christian Parents Should Know About Infant Baptism by John Sartelle
I have known John Sartelle for many years, and this little booklet is one of the best explanations of the Reformed practice of infant baptism.

Also free: 20 R.C. Sproul Kindle books from the Crucial Questions series.


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“The man who is full of care, is ripe for any sin, but he who has cast his care on God stands securely, neither shall the evil one be able to touch him!”

Is true peace possible in our anxious world?

From his time until the present day, Charles Spurgeon’s sermons have captured the hearts and imaginations of listeners and readers alike. Drawing this rich tradition, Gospel Hope for Anxious Hearts leads readers from fear and worry to the peace of God that passes all understanding in Christ Jesus. Readers will be challenged and empowered for overcoming anxiety through the healing balm of the gospel.

Gospel Hope for Anxious Hearts: Trading Fear and Worry for the Peace of God is part of the series Rich Theology Made Accessible.


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