Redeeming Reads

As people of the Word, we understand the power of language. Jesus Christ is the living Word (John 1:1), and since the beginning of time, God’s Word has defined and ordered His creation. In the same way, it is words that define and order our thoughts. This week, we’ve asked two of our Grace Church elders to recommend some of their own favorite titles; if you’re interested in reading that’s edifying and engaging, be sure to take advantage of these valuable resources.

The Gospel According to Jesus by John MacArthur

“There has been one book that I have recommended over the years more than any other because it was instrumental in bringing me to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ; and that book is The Gospel According to Jesus, by our pastor, John MacArthur. In 1992, a member of Grace Church sent it to me in the mail while I was still an unbeliever after he had tried to explain the gospel to me twice. Though I was very reluctant to read it, once l opened the cover, heaven’s gate was opened to me, as well.

“Originally, The Gospel According to Jesus was written to address the opponents of “Lordship Salvation,” challenging those in evangelicalism who taught that “believing in Christ” was merely a mental assent to certain facts about His life and teachings as Savior, instead of teaching that “believing in Christ” was a call to loving obedience to Him as Lord. But to me as an unbeliever at that time, I wasn’t reading the book to debate any strand of doctrine; I was reading the book to debate the staunchness of my unbelief.

“It was there in those pages that I discovered what it means to really follow Christ as Lord and Savior by submitting to Him in faith and obedience. It was the way Pastor John examined key passages in the New Testament and explained the meaning of those texts in their historical context, chapter by chapter, that opened my eyes and convicted my heart as to what it really means to believe in Jesus Christ.

“I would recommend The Gospel According to Jesus to both those who are seriously grappling with the truth of the gospel, as well as those who need a refresher course to ignite their faith once again. It’s a classic!”

—Tom Patton, Joint Heirs & Congregational Care Ministries

Leading with Love by Alexander Strauch

“At its core, the Christian life is marked by love. One author once wrote, ‘Love is the most attractive quality in the world. And it lies at the heart of Christianity.’ We love because Christ first loved us, and we are compelled to follow His model and command to love God and love others (Matthew 23:27–39).

“In Leading with Love, Strauch provides a thoughtful exposition of 1 Corinthians 13 as a basis for how Christians make love central when they lead, teach, evangelize, and serve. Whether you lead in an official capacity, or your leadership is through discipleship and service to others, this book offers a great reminder that love is indispensable to you and your ministry.”

—Matt Poladian, High School Ministry

If you’re looking for a redeeming read, our campus bookstore carries hundreds of edifying titles. Located south of the Worship Center, Grace Books is open after each Sunday service and on Monday through Friday during the week.