Monthly Archives: December 2016


7 in 2017 Challenge

I love planning for a new year! I know, I know, its only December 2nd, but I love getting a head start, setting goals, calendaring out major events, and identifying books I want to read in the new year. Our spiritual growth will stagnate if we do not commit ourselves afresh and anew to reading the sacred scriptures. Here is a link to some different bible reading plans. However, this post is about reading other books in addition to the bible. In 2017, I’ll be challenging our church to read the 7 books found below. Perhaps you are reading this and have been wondering about a good book or two that you could pick up in the new year. Make plan. Set some goals. Pick some books. Begin to grow! Make 2017 awesome and set up to the 7 in 2017 Challenge!

Onward by Russell Moore

Have you struggled to know exactly how we as Christians are to live in such a changing culture? This is the book for you. The Wall Street Journal has called Dr. Moore, “vigorous, cheerful, and fiercely articulate.” If you are only going to read one of these seven books this year, read this one. We are excited to have Dr. Moore scheduled to preach @ FSBCS on June 11, 2017!

Autopsy of a Deceased Church: 12 Ways to Keep Yours Alive by Thom Rainer

Don’t let this title turn you off. This is actually an amazing little book with incredibly relevant insights for our church. As I read it, it made me both thankful for the evidences of grace I see at FSBCS and sobered me about some of the challenges we face. It is a short read that you could easily knock out in a week. I hope every FSBCS member and attender alike will read this one in 2017!

Desiring God by John Piper

Perhaps no other book than the bible has shaped my thinking about God than Piper’s Desiring God. Piper gives us a grand vision of God and invites us to consider what it means to truly delight in and desire God. Piper has written dozens of books, but Desiring God is his chief work and contains the themes that run through all of his writings. This is a deep read and will take some time but will change your life.

The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert: an English professor’s journey into Christian faith by Rosaria Butterfield

Rosaria Butterfield was once a tenured professor of English who identified as a lesbian and worked to advance the cause of LGBT equality. After her conversion to Christ in 1999, she came to see the sinfulness of having any identity apart from Him. Her story will not only inspire you to believe in the power of God, it will equip you to know how to love people well. This may be the perfect book for you to pass on to friends or family members who identify as being gay. 

What is a healthy church member? by Thabiti M. Anyabwile

This is a short, easy-to-read, and immensely practical book for people of all ages. Anyabwile helps us understand the biblical significance of church membership and the call of God for each church member.

Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan

Pilgrim’s Progress is an exciting, true to life allegory, written in the 1600s and has now been read by literally millions of people. One of my pastors said that he reread Pilgrims Progress every year. This is a classic and must read for every Christian. It is free on kindle!

Live Like a Missionary: giving your life for what matters most by Jeff Iorg

A long time friend of FSBCS, Dr. Iorg has given us a practical and accessible guide to living life on mission. The book strikes at the core of our church’s mission and will help equip you to share the life changing HOPE of Jesus with others.

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