GOSPEL OF GRACE CHURCH

 

 
 

A Reformed church
worshipping the triune God of grace,
discipling the community of grace, and 
reaching the lost with the gospel of grace.
    

 
Sunday Morning:

    Coffee & Fellowship: 10:30

   Sunday School: 11:00

   Sunday Worship: 12:15

 

 

 

 

For by grace you have been saved through faith. 

And this is not your own doing;

it is the gift of God, not a result of works,

so that no one may boast.

Ephesians 2:8-9

 

Recommended Reading

The following is a list of books which may be helpful for those seeking additional instruction about core Christian beliefs.  Though this list is nowhere near exhaustive either in topics covered or in the books underneath each topic, and though Gospel of Grace Church does not fully endorse everything taught in each book, we hope this reading list will aide you in living a more Christ-centered, God-glorifying life.  

Apologetics

Bahnsen, Greg L.  Always Ready: Directions for Defending the Faith.  Atlanta, GA: American Vision, 1996. 

Blanchard, John.  Invitation to Live.  Durham, England: Evangelical Press, 1991.

Bock, Darrell L. and Daniel B. Wallace.  Dethroning Jesus: Exposing Popular Culture's Quest to Unseat the Biblical Christ.  Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, Inc., 2007. 

Keller, Timothy.  The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism.  New York, NY: Dutton, 2008. 

Oliphint, K. Scott.  Reasons for Faith: Philosophy in the Service of Theology.  Philippsburg, NJ: P&R Publishing, 2006.

 

Biblical Doctrine/Overview

Boice, James Montgomery.  Whatever Happened to The Gospel of Grace?: Rediscovering the Doctrines That Shook the World.  Crossway, 2009.

Carson, D. A.  The God Who Is There: Finding Your Place in God’s Story.  Grand Rapids: Baker, 2010.

Pipa, Joseph A.  Westminster Confession Of Faith Study Book: A Study Guide for Churches.  Scotland, UK: Christian Focus Publications, 2005. 

Vos, J. Geerhardus, and G.I. Williamson.  The Westminster Larger Catechism: A Commentary.  Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R Publshing 2002. 

Watson, Thomas.  A Body of Divinity: Contained in Sermons upon the Westminster Assembly’s [Shorter] Catechism.  Edinburgh: Banner of Truth, 2008.

Williamson, G. I.  The Westminster Shorter Catechism: For Study Classes.  Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R Publishing, 2003. 

Williamson, G. I.  Westminster Confession of Faith: For Study Classes.  Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R Publshing, 2004. 

 

Biographies

Augustine of Hippo (St. Augustine).  Augustine of Hippo: A Biography by Peter Brown.

Augustine of Hippo (St. Augustine).  Augustine of Hippo: A Life by Henry Chadwick.

Bonhoeffer, Dietrich.  Dietrich Bonhoeffer: A Biography by Eberhard Bethge.

Brainerd, David.  The Life and Diary of David Brainerd by Jonathan Edwards.

Calvin, John.  John Calvin: A Biography by T. H. L. Parker.

Calvin, John.  John Calvin: Pilgrim and Pastor by W. Robert Godfrey.

Edwards, Jonathan.  Jonathan Edwards: A Life by George M. Marsden.

Edwards, Jonathan.  Jonathan Edwards: A New Biography by Iain H. Murray.

Great Leaders of the Christian Church edited by John D. Woodbridge (Chicago: Moody Press, 1988).  This book is a brief sketch (on average 5-6 pages per leader) of over 60 church leaders.

Knox, John.  John Knox: A Biography by Peter Hume Brown.

Knox, John.  Trumpeter of God: A Biography of John Knox by W. Stanford Reid.

Lloyd-Jones, David Martyn.  David Martyn Lloyd-Jones (2 volumes) by Iain H. Murray.

Luther, Martin.  Here I Stand: A Life of Martin Luther by Roland H. Bainton.

Machen, J. Gresham.  J. Gresham Machen: A Biographical Memoir by Ned B. Stonehouse.

Spurgeon, Charles Haddon.  Spurgeon: Prince of Preachers by Lewis Drummond.

Spurgeon, Charles Haddon.  C. H. Spurgeon Autobiography (2 volumes).

Stam, John & Betty.  The Triumph of John and Betty Stam by Mrs. Howard Taylor.

Whitfield, George.  George Whitfield: The Life and Times of the Great Evangelist of the 18th Century Revival (2 volumes) by Arnold Dallimore.

 

Christianity & Christians: The Basics

Lewis, C.S.  Mere Christianity.  New York, NY: Harper Collins, 1980.

Piper, John.  Finally Alive: What Happens When We Are Born Again.  Minneapolis, MN: Desiring God, 2009. 

Whitney, Donald S.  How Can I Be Sure I'm A Christian?: What the Bible Says About Assurance of Salvation.  Colorado Springs, CO: NavPress, 1994.

 

Church History

Bainton, Roland H.  The Reformation of the Sixteenth Century.   Boston, MA: Beacon Press, 1985.  

Bruce, F. F.  New Testament History.  New York, NY: Doubleday, 1969.

Chadwick, Henry.  The Early Church: The Story of Emergent Christianity from the Apostolic Age to the Dividing of the Ways Between the Greek East and the Latin West.  London, England: Penguin Books, 1993.

Hall, Stuart G.  Doctrine and Practice in the Early Church.  Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1991.

Hart, D. G., and John R. Muether.  Seeking a Better Country: 300 Years of American Presbyterianism.  Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R Publishing, 2007.

Holifield, E. Brooks.  Theology in America: Christian Thought from the Age of the Puritans to the Civil War.  New Haven: Yale, 2003.

Kuiper, B.K.  The Church in History.  Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1988.

Murray, Iain H.  Evangelicalism Divided: A Record of Crucial Change in the Years 1950 to 2000.  Edinburgh: Banner of Truth Trust, 2000.

Noll, Mark A.  A History of Christianity in the United States and Canada.  Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1992.

Noll, Mark A.  Turning Points: Decisive Moments in the History of Christianity.  Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2000.

Ozment, Steven.  The Age of Reform 1250-1550: An Intellectual and Religious History of Late Medieval and Reformation Europe.  New Haven: Yale, 1980.

Vidler, Alec R.  The Church in an Age of Revolution: 1789 to the Present Day.  London, England: Penguin Books, 1990.

 

Church Life & Membership

Cummings, Calvin Knox.  Confessing Christ.  Suwanee, GA: Great Commission Publications, 1992. 

Dever, Mark.  Nine Marks of a Healthy Church.  Crossway, 2004.

Whitney, Donald S.  Spiritual Disciplines within the Church: Participating Fully in the Body of Christ.  Chicago, IL: Moody Publishers, 1996. 

 

Counseling

Chester, Tim.  You Can Change: God’s Transforming Power for Our Sinful Behaviour and Negative Emotions.  Nottingham, England: IVP, 2008.

Collins, Gary R.  Christian Counseling: A Comprehensive Guide, 3rd Edition.  Dallas, TX: Thomas Nelson, 2007.

Fitzpatrick, Elyse M., & Dennis E. Johnson.  Counsel from the Cross: Connecting Broken People to the Love of Christ.  Crossway, 2009.

McMinn, Mark R.  Sin and Grace in Christian Counseling.  Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2008.

VanVonderen, Jeff and Dale & Juanita Ryan.  Soul Repair: Rebuilding Your Spiritual Life.  Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 2008.

VanVonderen, Jeff.  Tried of Trying to Measure Up: Getting Free from the Demands, Expectations, and Intimidation of Well-Meaning People.  Minneapolis, MN: Bethany House, 1989.

Welch, Edward T.  Addictions.  A Banquet in the Grave: Finding Hope in the Power of the Gospel.  Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R Publishing, 2001.

Welch, Edward T.  Depression.  A Stubborn Darkness: Light for the Path.  Winston-Salem, NC: Punch Press, 2004.

 

Covenant Theology

Horton, Michael.  Introducing Covenant Theology.  Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 2009.

Robertson, O. Palmer.  Covenants: God’s Way with His People.  Philadelphia, PA: Great Commission Publications, 1987. 

The Case for Covenantal Infant Baptism.  Edited by Gregg Strawbridge.  Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R Publishing, 2003.

 

Devotional Reading

Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus: Experiencing the Peace and Promise of Christmas.  Edited by Nancy Guthrie.  Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2008.

Fitzpatrick, Elyse M.  Comforts from the Cross: Celebrating the Gospel One Day at a Time.  Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2009. 

Kuyper, Abraham.  To Be Near Unto God.  Vancouver, BC: Regent, 2005.

Meade, Starr.  Training Hearts Teaching Minds: Family Devotions Based on the Shorter Catechism.  Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R Publishing, 2000. 

Murray, Andrew.  Humility and Absolute Surrender.  Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers, 2005.

Piper, John.  Fifty Reasons Why Jesus Came to Die.  Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2006. 

Spurgeon, Charles.  Morning and Evening: A New Edition of the Classic Devotional Based on the Holy Bible, ESV.  Translated by Alistair Begg.  Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2003.

 

Doctrines of Grace (derived from The Canons of Dort, 1618-1619)

Boice, James Montgomery & Philip Graham Ryken.  The Doctrines of Grace: Rediscovering the Evangelical Gospel.  Crossway, 2009.

The Canons of Dort (1618-1619). 

Venema, Cornelis P.  But for the Grace of God: An Exposition of the Canons of Dort.  Reformed Fellowship, 2011.

 

Ethics

Clowney, Edmund P.  How Jesus Transforms the Ten Commandments.  Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R Publishing, 2007. 

Douma, J.  Responsible Conduct: Principles of Christian Ethics.  Translated by Nelson D. Kloosterman.  Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R Publishing, 2003. 

Jones, David Clyde.  Biblical Christian Ethics.  Grand Rapids: Baker, 1994.

Keller, Timothy.  Generous Justice: How God’s Grace Makes Us Just.  New York, NY: Dutton, 2010.

Watson, Thomas.  The Ten Commandments.

 

Evangelism

Bonar, Horatius.  Words to Winners of Souls.  Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R Pub., 1995.

Boston, Thomas.  The Art of Man Fishing.  Lafayette, IN: Sovereign Grace Pub., 1979.

Metzger, Will.  Tell the Truth: The Whole Gospel to the Whole Person by Whole People.  Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 2002. 

Pollard, Nick.  Evangelism Made Slightly Less Difficult: How to Interest People Who Aren’t Interested.  Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 1997. 

Spurgeon, Charles H.  The Soul Winner.  Lafayette, IN: Sovereign Grace Publishers, 2001.

Stetzer, Ed and Philip Nation.  Compelled by Love: The Most Excellent Way to Missional Living.  Birmingham, AL: New Hope Publishers, 2008.

 

Growing in Conformity to Christ

Bridges, Jerry and Bob Bevington.  The Bookends of the Christian Life.  Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2009.  

Chapell, Bryan.  Holiness by Grace: Delighting in the Joy That Is Our Strength.  Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2001

Fitzpatrick, Elyse M.  Because He Loves Me: How Christ Transforms Our Daily Life.  Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2008. 

Fitzpatrick, Elyse M.  Idols of the Heart: Learning to Long for God Alone.  Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R Publishing, 2001

Fitzpatrick, Elyse M. and Dennis E. Johnson.  Counsel from the Cross: Connecting Broken People to the Love of Christ.  Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2009. 

Keller, Timothy J.  Counterfeit Gods: The Empty Promises of Money, Sex, and Power, and the Only Hope That Matters.  New York: Dutton, 2009.

Lovelace, Richard F.  Renewal As a Way of Life: A Guidebook for Spiritual Growth.  Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock Pub., 1985.

Mahaney, C. J.  Humility: True Greatness.  Colorado Springs, CO: Multnomah Books, 2005.

Mahaney, C. J.  Living the Cross Centered Life: Keeping the Gospel the Main Thing.  Colorado Springs, CO: Multnomah Books, 2006. 

Miller, C. John.  Repentance: A Daring Call to Surrender.  Fort Washington, PA: CLC Publications, 2009.

Packer, J.I.  A Quest for Godliness: The Puritan Vision of the Christian Life.  Crossway, 1990.

 

Marriage

Chapell, Bryan.  Each for the Other: Marriage as It’s Meant to Be.  Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 2006. 

Chapman, Gary.  Covenant Marriage.  Nashville, TN: B&H Publishing Group, 2003.

Chapman, Gary.  The Five Love Languages: How to Express Heartfelt Commitment to Your Mate.  Chicago, IL: Northfield Pub., 2004.

Eggerichs, Emerson.  Love and Respect: The Love She Most Desires, The Respect He Desperately Needs.  Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, 2004.

Harvey, Dave.  When Sinners Say “I Do”: Discovering the Power of the Gospel for Marriage.  Wapwallopen, PA: Shepherd Press, 2007.

Keller, Timothy J.  with Kathy Keller.  The Meaning of Marriage: Facing the Complexities of Commitment with the Wisdom of God.  New York, NY: Dutton, 2011.

Mahaney, Carolyn.  Feminine Appeal: Seven Virtues of a Godly Wife and Mother.  Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2004.

Mahaney, C.J.  Sex, Romance, and the Glory of God: What Every Christian Husband Needs to Know.  Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2004.

Piper, John.  This Momentary Marriage: A Parable of Permanence.  Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2009. 

 

Parenting

Cline, Foster and Jim Fay.  Parenting with Love and Logic: Teaching Children Responsibility.  Colorado Springs, CO: Pinon Press, 1990.

Fitzpatrick, Elyse, and Jessica Thompson.  Give Them Grace: Dazzling Your Kids with the Love of Jesus.  Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2011.

Kimmel, Tim.  Grace Based Parenting.  Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, 2004.

Tripp, Paul David.  Age of Opportunity: A Biblical Guide to Parenting Teens, 2nd Edition.  Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R Publishing, 2001.

Tripp, Tedd.  Shepherding a Child’s Heart.  Wapwallopen, PA: Shepherd’s Press, 1995.

VanVonderen, Jeff.  Families Where Grace is the Place.  Minneapolis: Bethany House Publishers, 1992.

 

Prayer

Brooks, Thomas.  The Secret Key to Heaven: The Vital Importance of Prayer.  Edinburgh, UK: Banner of Truth Trust, 2009.

Carson, D.A.  A Call to Spiritual Reformation: Priorities from Paul and His Prayers.  Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 1992.

Chapell, Bryan.  Praying Backwards: Transform Your Prayer Life by Beginning in Jesus’ Name.  Grand Rapids: Baker, 2005.

Cranmer, Thomas.  The Collects of Thomas Cranmer.  Compiled and presented for devotional use by C. Frederick Barbee and Paul F. M. Zahl.  Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1999.

McIntyre, David.  The Hidden Life of Prayer: The Life-blood of the Christian.  Ross-Shire, Scotland, UK: Christian Focus, 2010.

Miller, Paul E.  A Praying Life: Connecting with God in a Distracting World.  Colorado Springs, CO: NavPress, 2009.

Old, Hughes Oliphant.  Leading in Prayer: A Workbook for Ministers.  Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1995.

The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers and Devotions.  Edited by Arthur Bennett.  Edinburgh, UK: Banner of Truth Trust, 2009.

Watson, Thomas.  The Lord’s Prayer.  Carlisle, PA: Banner of Truth, 1960.

Watts, Isaac.  A Guide to Prayer.  Edinburgh: Banner of Truth, 2001.

 

The Gospel

Blanchard, John.  Invitation to Live.  Durham, England: Evangelical Press, 1991.

Bridges, Jerry.  The Gospel for Real Life: Turning to the Liberating Power of the Cross…Every Day.  Colorado Springs, CO: NavPress, 2003.

Carson, D.A.  Scandalous: The Cross and Resurrection of Jesus.  Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2010.

Horton, Michael.  Putting Amazing Back into Grace: Embracing the Heart of the Gospel.  Grand Rapids: Baker, 2002.

Murray, Andrew.  The Power of the Blood of Christ.  New Kensington, PA: Whitaker House, 1993.

Packer, J. I. and Mark Dever.  In My Place Condemned He Stood: Celebrating the Glory of the Atonement.  Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2007.  .

Piper, John.  Fifty Reasons Why Jesus Came to Die.  Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2006.

Stott, John R.W.  The Cross of Christ.  Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 2006.

 

Worship

Chapell, Bryan.  Christ-Centered Worship: Letting the Gospel Shape Our Practice.  Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2009.

Hart, D.G. and John R. Muether.  With Reverence and Awe: Returning to the Basics of Reformed Worship.  Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R Publishing, 2002. 

Old, Hughes Oliphant.  Worship: Reformed according to Scripture.  Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2002.

Worship by the Book.  Edited by D. A. Carson.  Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2002.