I sent this out to our elders, but thought I would post it here as well. Tolle Lege!
Happy New Year! Seems weird to say 2018 . . . . Time is flying. Let’s ensure we are redeeming the time for His glory. One way to do that is by becoming well-read, which is part of what it means to be “able to teach." Readers are leaders and leaders are readers. Scripture must always be our main fount, but I want to encourage you to read some other books that will help you see Scripture more clearly. I have attached that document of key books to use for discipling men in our church, but here are nine from that list I want to strongly challenge you to read this year. I consider them “must reading” for modern day elders of local churches. They are not easy reading, but we grow by stretching ourselves and not much worth doing is easy:
- Knowing God by JI Packer (279 pgs) – modern day classic. Devotional theology.
- The Cross-Centered Life by CJ Mahaney (85 pgs) – helps us keep the main thing the main thing.
- Desiring God by John Piper (288 pgs) – another modern classic on God’s glory and our joy.
- Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God by JI Packer (126 pgs) – gospel, character of God, evangelism.
- The Discipline of Grace by Jerry Bridges (242 pgs) – Devotional book on the centrality of grace.
- Humility by CJ Mahaney (170 pgs) – practical theology with a view to enlarging God and minimizing us.
- Chosen by God by RC Sproul (213 pgs) – excellent handling of a crucial doctrine (with implications for many other doctrines)
- The Holiness of God by RC Sproul (216 pgs) – Modern classic on the key attribute of our great God.
- The Walk by Stephen Stallman (197 pgs) – one of the most helpful books for believers, new and old.
That is 1816 pages. If you read just 20 minutes a day, it will add up to around 4,000 pages a year. Easy money!