It’s that time of year when some people make resolutions. Many say they’ll give up a bad habit, or try to start a new one. But if your goals for the year are about your relationship with Jesus Christ here are some resources that might help.
If your resolution is to read the Bible (more of it or just to read it more regularly): check out this list at Challies.com of different Bible reading plans to find one that will work for you. Also, pick a reliable translation of the Bible — not an agenda-driven one or a terrible paraphrase like The Message.
If you want to learn to study the Bible for yourself, and not solely read it: I recommend Women of the Word by Jen Wilkin. This is a tool I’ll need to be utilizing myself this year and in years to come. In this case, I recommend getting a physical copy so it is easier to utilize.
If you struggle with legalism and turning your walk with Christ into a checklist of do’s and don’ts and want to rediscover God’s amazing grace: Ask God to change you, but also be blessed by Tullian Tchividjian’s book One Way Love. Kindle version is currently just $3.74.
If you want to better know how to make Biblically-based decisions and to understand God’s will: Just Do Something by Rev. Kevin DeYoung and Is That You Lord by Pastor Gary Gilley are tremendously useful. Stay tuned next week too, because I’m planning a giveaway that will include Gilley’s book.
If you want to understand why truth matters so much and how to differentiate between biblical truth and error: Start with The Truth War by John MacArthur. This is one of my favorite books. I keep multiple copies so I can loan it out.
If you’re looking for a quality devotional book: For a Scripture only devotional – check out Lynn Rutledge’s Light for Each Day (there are two volumes). For one that is gospel-focused, Paul David Tripp’s New Morning Mercies is very good.