Recommended Books and Websites

Here are some links and resources that we recommend:

– FECDB English Ministry Facebook Page — News, updates, and discussion.

– First Evangelical Church of Diamond Bar — this is the church we are a part of.

– First Evangelical Church Association — this the church network our church is a part of.

– Churchwide 2014 Annual Report

Bible Study Tools:

– ESV online — an excellent online bible with optional study tools.

– ESV Study Bible.  An excellent study bible with helpful notes, charts, maps, and articles from top-notch bible scholars.

– Baker’s Evangelical Dictionary of Theology — find out what the bible says about a certain topic.

Recommended Books:

Here are some books that are both readable for the average person and also are theologically rich.

DISCIPLESHIP & GENERAL CHRISTIAN GROWTH:

– You Can Change, Tim Chester.  This is a great book if you want to grow in your Christian faith and fight your sin through the Gospel.  For new and old believers alike.

– The Walk, Stephen Smallman.  This is a great book for new believers, as it walks through the basics of what it means to be a disciple of Jesus in a practical way.  Also good for old believers who want to review and renew their faith.

– Gospel-Centered Discipleship, Jonathan Dodson.  A great book for discipleship and growth.

– Counterfeit Gods, Tim Keller.  A book about the deep idolatries and slaveries that are in our lives and how to root them out and fight them.

– Radical, David Platt.  A challenge to give up on superficial suburban Christianity and take up the radical and joyful call to follow Jesus.

– Follow Me, David Platt.  Platt boils is it down to the basics: what does it mean to follow Jesus?

THEOLOGY & BIBLE STUDY

– God’s Big Picture, Vaughan Roberts.  Ever wonder how all the parts of the bible fit together or what is the point of all those weird Old Testament stories?  This short book shows you the big picture of the whole bible.

– Christian Beliefs: 20 Beliefs Every Christian Should Know, Wayne Grudem.  Grudem boils down theology to 20 basic doctrines in this short book.

TOUGH QUESTIONS ABOUT GOD

– Ask Anything Sermon Series.  We did a sermon series at our church attempting to answer questions many people ask about Christianity and God.

– The Reason for God, Tim Keller.  If you have questions or doubts about Christianity, start here.  A great book to give to a skeptical/seeking friend.

Jesus Outside the Lines, Scott Sauls: For those tired of picking sides in our polarized culture, this book shows how Jesus offers a way forward.

– Notes From the Tilt-A-Whirl, N.D. Wilson.  This is a more poetic, artistic and autobiographical approach for seekers and skeptics.

– Simply Christian: Why Christianity Makes Sense, N.T. Wright.  Wright also writes from a more poetic and artistic point of view.

– Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis.  This is the classic book presenting the case for Christianity to a skeptic.  It is written in the 1940s by a British intellectual, so it is more difficult to read, and for more intellectual types.

http://www.exploregod.com.  This website has many good articles and videos trying to answer common questions about God and Christianity.

SPECIFIC TOPICS

– Just Do Something, Kevin Deyoung.  A excellent, short book about the pursuit of “finding God’s will” in your life.

– Every Good Endeavour: Connecting Your Work to God’s Work, Tim Keller.  If you are struggling with choosing a career or if you are having difficulty finding meaning in your job, this is an excellent place to start to discover God’s calling for you in whatever field he calls you to.

– The Meaning of Marriage, Tim Keller.  If you are either single but want to know how to approach dating/romantic relationships or in a serious relationship, this book will give you a biblical approach to dating and marriage.

– When Sinners Say “I Do,” Dave Harvey.  Another great, gospel-centered book on marriage.

– When People Are Big and God is Small, Ed Welch.  If you struggle with people-pleasing, this is good book for you to read.

Blogs, Articles, and Networks:

– The Gospel Coalition

– Gospel-Centered Discipleship

– GCM Collective

– The Verge Network

– Redeemer City to City

– Desiring God

– 9 Marks