Christ Church | 2017 Reading Challenge
Dearest Members of Christ Church,
God's Word exhorts us to "not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind" (Rom. 12:2a). This, however, does not just "happen." In order for our minds to be continually renewed we must be continually exposed to God's truth. Of course, this happens every Lord's Day in morning and evening worship through the reading and preaching of the Scriptures. It also occurs through personal and family devotions during the week. But renewal of our minds also happens through the reading of solid Christian literature.
As we begin a new year, I am setting before us, the congregation of Christ Church Presbyterian, a reading challenge for 2017. I recognize that reading in our day has been pushed aside by many for television, internet, movies, video games, and social media. My prayer is that we will recover the joyful and beneficial discipline of reading, and that we will rediscover the powerful impact it can have on our lives. I hope that our congregation will read these excellent books together in the coming year. I believe it will cultivate rich conversation and foster a growing godliness amidst our flock.
The Christ Church Reading Challenge for 2017 is to read eleven books (the first one is quite lengthy). I have carefully and pastorally selected each book. This year there is a special emphasis upon the Protestant Reformation. 2017 is the 500 year annivesary of Luther nailing the 95 theses to the Castle Church door in Wittenberg, Germany. Soli Deo Gloria!
Each written by trusted authors, these books interact with several different topics which are profoundly important for Christians and churches to think about in our day of theological confusion and cultural drift. You may purchase all of these books online through Amazon or at other trusted booksellers such as Reformation Heritage Books, Ligonier Ministries Bookstore, Westminster Bookstore (PA), et al.
May God richly bless our congregation as together we read these excellent, challenging, and mind-renewing Christian books in 2017!
The Reformation: A History by Diarmaid MacCulloch (January | February)
Habits of Grace: Enjoying Jesus Through the Spiritual Disciplines by David Mathis (March)
Christian Marriage: From Basic Principles to Transformed Relationships by D.M. Lloyd-Jones (April)
Devoted to God: Blueprints for Sanctification by Sinclair Ferguson (May)
Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God by J.I. Packer (June)
Core Christianity: Finding Yourself in God’s Story by Michael Horton (July)
Presbytopia: What it Means to Be Presbyterian by Ken Golden (August)
We Cannot Be Silent: Speaking Truth to a Culture Redefining Sex, Marriage, and the Very Meaning of Right and Wrong by R. Albert Mohler, Jr. (September)
Here I Stand: A Life of Martin Luther by Roland Bainton (October)
John Calvin: Pilgrim and Pastor by W. Robert Godfrey (November)
Child in the Manger: The True Meaning of Christmas by Sinclair Ferguson (December)