Bible reading

  1. Bible. You need a good, reliable Bible. We preach from the English Standard Version on Sunday morning and recommend the ESV Study Bible for those in the market for a new Bible. We recommended this version for two reasons: 1) it's a literal translation and 2) it is very readable.
  2. This year we are going through the Community Bible Reading Plan find out more here
  3. Bible Doctrine, by Wayne Grudem. Every family needs a great, readable, concise theology book. This book might also serve as a great discipleship tool for wives and children. This is our top recommendation.
  4. For a list of recommended commentaries, click here

scripture memory

For the next year, we are joining in with Desiring God’s Fighter Verses and memorizing a verse per week. Here are ways you can get the weekly verses:

THE FIGHTER VERSE APP. You can also download the Fighter Verses App. We’ll be memorizing the 2017 ESV Set of verses. 

THE FIGHTER VERSE WEBSITE. You can also go to the fighter verse website for weekly devotions on the verses we’re memorizing. Download the bookmark here


At City Church we utilize the New City Catechism for discipleship. A catechism is a tool to teach the church rich theology, centering on the Good News of the Gospel. New City Catechism is comprised of only 52 questions and answers. There is one question and answer for each week of the year, making it simple to fit into calendars and achievable even for people with demanding schedules. There is also an accompanying verse each week. It is a joint adult and children's catechism. In other words, the same questions are asked of both children and adults, and the children's answer is always part of the adult answer. Lastly, other tools are included with the catechism such as corresponding prayers, videos and commentaries for adults, and songs for children



In addition to these resources, we've compiled a list of books that we think will feed your soul. I love what the old puritan Thomas Watson once said, "When you find a chillness upon your souls, and that your former heat begins to abate, ply yourselves with warm clothes, get those good books that may acquaint you with such truths as may warm and affect your hearts." We hope, by the grace of God, that these books will have that sort of affect on you. 

You Can Change, Tim Chester
The Cross Centered Life, CJ Mahaney
The Gospel In Every Day Life, Jerry Bridges
The Disciple of Grace, Jerry Bridges
The Great Exchange: My Sin for His Righteousness, Jerry Bridges
The Prodigal God, Tim Keller
The Gospel In Life, Tim Keller
The Centrality of the Gospel, Tim Keller (pdf)
God is the Gospel, John Piper (pdf)
The Explicit Gospel, Matt Chandler
A Gospel Primer, Milton Vincent
Note to Self, Joe Thorn.

Jesus Storybook Bible - Sally Lloyd-Jones  
Training Hearts and Teaching Minds: Family Devotions Based on the shorter catechism, Starr Meade  
Big Truths for Little Kids - Susan and Richie Hunt 

Don’t Waste Your Life, John Piper (pdf)
Master Plan of Evangelism, Robert Coleman
The Dangerous Duty of Delight - John Piper (pdf) 
Everyday Church: Gospel Communities on Mission, Tim Chester & Steve Timmis
Counterfeit Gods, TimKeller
Practice of the Presence of God – Brother Lawrence
Humility, CJ Mahaney
Wordliness, CJ Mahaney
How People Change - Timothy S. Lane and Paul David Tripp  
When People Are Big and God is Small, Ed Welch
Future Grace, John Piper (pdf)       
Just Do Something, Kevin Deyoung
The Pursuit of Holiness, Jerry Bridges
Addictions: A Banquet in the Grave, Ed Welch
At the Altar of Sexual Idolatry, Steve Gallagher
War of Words, Paul Tripp
Practicing Affirmation: God-Centered Praise of Those Who Are Not God, Sam Crabtree

Suffering and the Sovereignty of God, John Piper (pdf)
Trusting God, Jerry Bridges
Be Still, My Soul, Nancy Gutherie
When God Weeps, Joni Eareckson Tada
How Long, O Lord?, D.A. Carson

Bloodlines: Race, Cross, and the Christian, John Piper (pdf)
Oneness Embraced, Tony Evans
Letters to a Birmingham Jail: A Response to the Words and Dreams of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Bryan Loritts & John Perkins
The Warmth of Other Suns, Isabel Wilkerson

Disciplines of a Godly Man, R. Kent Hughes
The Exemplary Husband: A Biblical Perspective, Stuart Scott
Finally Free: Fighting for Purity with the Power of Grace, Heath Lambert
A Dude's Guide to Manhood: Finding True Manliness in a World of Counterfeits, Darren Patrick

Feminine Appeal: Seven Virtues of a Godly Wife and Mother, Carolyn Mahaney
Let Me Be a Woman, Elisabeth Elliot
The Excellent Wife: A Biblical Perspective, Martha Peace
Her Husband’s Crown, Sara Leone
Girl Talk: Mother-Daughter Conversations on Biblical Womanhood, Carolyn Mahaney

What Did You Expect? Redeeming the Realities of Marriage, Paul Tripp
This Momentary Marriage, John Piper (pdf)
Strenthening Your Marriage, Wayne Mack
The Meaning of Marriage: Facing the Complexities of Commitment with the Wisdom of God, Tim Keller
Love That Lasts: When Marriage Meets Grace, by Gary Ricucci, Betsy Ricucci, C. J. Mahaney, and Carolyn Mahaney
Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood – Wayne Grudem/John Piper
When Sinners Say I do, Dave Harvey
What Did You Expect, Paul Tripp

Shepherding a Child's Heart, Tedd Tripp
The Age of Opportunity: A Biblical Guide to Parenting Teens, Paul David Tripp
Give them Grace, Elyse Fitzpatrick
Grace Based Parenting, Tim Kimmel
Future Men: Raising Boys to Fight Giants, Douglas Wilson

Adopted for LifeRussell Moore
Orphanology, Tony Merida
Reclaiming Adoption: Missional Living through the Rediscovery of Abba Father, by Dan Cruver

Let the Nations Be Glad, John Piper (pdf)
Operation World (21st Century Edition), Patrick Johnstone and Jason Mandryk 

Bible Doctrine, Wayne Grudem
Christian Beliefs: twenty basics every Christian should know, Wayne Grudem
Concise Theology, J.I. Packer
Knowing God, J.I. Packer
Chosen For Life, Sam Storms
The Holiness of God - R.C. Sproul
Desiring God, John Piper (pdf)
Pleasures of God, John Piper (pdf)
The Cross of Christ, John Stott
Works of Jonathan Edwards
Works of John Owen Christian  

The Reason for God, Tim Keller
Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis
The Case for Christ, Lee Strobel

Pilgrim’s Progress, John Bunyan
Chronicles of Narnia, C.S. Lewis
Confessions, Augustine
The Reformed Pastor, Richard Baxter
The City of God, Augustine

Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners, John Bunyan
In the Shadow of the Almighty or Through the Gates of Splendor, Jim Elliot
The Autobiography of George Muller
Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet,Spy,  Eric Mataxes
Foxe’s Book of Martyrs – John Foxe
The Swan's Are Not Silent (4 part series), John Piper (pdf)
Tortured for Christ, Richard Wurmbrand
The Life and Diary of David Brainerd, Jonathan Edwards
William Tyndale: A biography, David Daniell
Surprised By Joy, C.S. Lewis
Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert, Rosaria Butterfield
George Whitfield, Arnold Dallimore

A Godward Life (part 1 or 2), John Piper (pdf)
Mornings and Evenings with Charles Spurgeon
Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers & Devotions, Arthur Bennett
We Shall See God, Randy Alcorn
New Morning Mercies, Paul Tripp

The Treasure Principle, Randy Alcorn
Money, Possessions, and Eternity, Randy Alcorn
The Total Money Makeover: A Proven Plan for Financial Fitness, Dave Ramsey
Financial Peace, Dave Ramsey
All things Crown Financial.   

Total Church, Tim Chester & Steve Timmis
Biblical Eldership. Alexander Strauch
What is a Healthy Church Member, Thabiti Anyabwile
Stop Dating the Church, Josh Harris
Simple Church, Thom Rainer and Eric Geiger 

Church Planter, Darren Patrick
Total Church, Tim Chester and Steve Timmis
Church Planting Manual, Tim Keller
Planting Missional Churches, Ed Stetzer
Confessions of a Reformissional Rev: Hard Lessons from an Emerging Missional Church, Mark Driscoll
Dangerous Calling, Paul Tripp

Instruments in the Hands of the Redeemer, Paul Tripp
Counseling: How to Counsel Biblically, John MacArthur and Wayne Mack
Cross Talk, Michael Emlet
Counsel from the Cross, Elyse Fitzpatrick
Redemption: Freed by Jesus from the Idols We Worship and the Wounds We Carry, Mike Wilkerson
Rid of My Disgrace: Hope and Healing for Victims of Sexual Assault, Justin Holcomb 

The Story of Christianity (Volume 1 and 2), Justo Gonzalez
History of Missions, Stephen Neill

Lectures to My Students, Charles Spurgeon
Why Revival Taries, Leonard Ravenhill
9 Marks of a Healthy Church, Mark Dever
Brothers, We Are Not Professionals, John Piper (pdf)
The Deliberate Church, Mark Dever
Leaders Who Last, Dave Kraft

Saving Eutychus: How to Preach God's Word and Keep People Awake, Gary Millar & Phil Campbell
Preaching Christ in All of Scripture, Ed Clowney
Christ-Centered Preaching, Bryan Chapell
Preaching and Preachers, Martyn Lloyd Jones
Lectures to my Students, Charles Spurgeon
Preaching the Cross, Mark Dever, Ligon Duncan, C.J. Mahaney, and others.