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.
- Systematic Theology by Wayne Grudem
- Christian Beliefs: Twenty Basics Every Christian Should Know by Wayne Grudem
For Family Worship
These are some of my favorite family worship resources.
- Children's Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd Jones (Best children's bible hands down)
- The Action Bible by Doug Mauss (This one is great for the young men. Older me too)
- New City Catechism
- The Chronicles of Narnia series by C.S. Lewis
- A Neglected Grace by Jason Helopoulos (This will give you some great direction with family worship)
- Songs written by Seeds Family Worship ministry.
Studying Your Bible
These resources are great for teaching you how for trust your bible and read it well.
- Taking God At His Word by Kevin DeYoung
- Grasping God's Word by J. Scott Duvall and J. Daniel Hays
- Living By The Book by Howard G. Hendricks
- How To Read The Bible For All Its Worth by Gordon Fee and Douglas Stewart
- From God To Us by Norm Geisler and Steve Nix (This is a great intro into learning where our bible came from and why it's dependable)
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.
- Combined M'Cheyne/navigator one-year plan. (I'm currently using this one. It's great because you're allowed to miss five days a month and not fall behind).
- Prof. Horner's through the bible in eight months. (10 chapters a day!)
- Download the YouVersion App! (All the plans you could ever want)
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!