And The Word Of God Increased

Last Sunday night we wrapped up our first series; The Movement of the Church. We looked at how the movement of the church is multiplying. One of the norms seen in Acts is that the church increased and multiplied, and our message honed in on the fact that the church multiplies as the word of God increases. Listen to these verses:

And the word of God continued to increase, and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests became obedient to the faith. (Acts 6:7)

But the word of God increased and multiplied. (Acts 12:24).

So the word of the Lord continued to increase and prevail mightily. (Acts 19:20)

I love the scriptures, and it is my prayer to see all those who follow Jesus have a deep hunger and passion for them as well. They point us to Jesus.

"And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself." (Luke 24:27).

So, what I want to do here is provide some resources that will help you in your reading of scripture, and will help you in leading your family to do the same. 

For General Study

These books will help lay some good theological foundations. They are especially helpful for leaders and heads of household.

For Family Worship

These are some of my favorite family worship resources.

Studying Your Bible

These resources are great for teaching you how for trust your bible and read it well.

Bible Plans

I find it's easiest to read scripture when you have a plan. There are numerous you can follow but here are some of my favorite.


It's nice to have a few bible's to choose from. My personal favorite to read is the ESV. I especially love the study bible. I also find the NLT to be a good change of pace. Finally, and I know it's highly debated, but, The Message can be very pleasing to read. However, it's not a translation. So don't read it like one. It's a man's (a very smart one I might add) commentary on scripture. Enjoy the beauty of Eugene Peterson's prose! 

  • ESV Bible (My personal favorite)
  • ESV Study Bible (Likely the best out there)
  • NLT Bible (not as much a literal translation but good none the less).
  • The Message Bible (Not meant to be read as a translation, but can be very enjoyable for a change of pace and some poetic mediations in scripture).

This is by no means an exhaustive list of resources, but I hope it proves to be helpful.

Blessings and happy study and worship times!