Continuing the Journey ... Training vs Trying
When we want to learn to do something new such as playing a musical instrument, learning a new sport, or really any new skill … we can take two approaches to learning: One, we can “give it a try” to see if we are any good at it and make a decision based on how well we seem to do. If it requires too much effort then we can simply drop it. Or two,we can “train for it” by focusing on developing the expertise to do well.
If we approach the Christian life with a "try it and see" attitude we risk dropping out because Christian living isn't always easy. Sure, we’d like to be good at it, but we figure that if we were really meant to be good at it, it would come easier to us. But to be good at anything worthwhile requires effort.
If you are a Christian who wants to learn to walk closely with God, then you need to stop “trying it out” and start “training.” That means making an intentional effort to learn as much as you can and start practicing what you’ve learned. It'll be hard at times; at times you will fall short of your goal. Only as you work at it will you be able to achieve the goal of growing strong in your relationship with God.
The purpose of this page is to offer help to believers in the training process. On this page you can access tools, articles, and resources as well as web-site links that can help you stay focused on your part in the pursuit of holy living. As you take advantage of these resources, you will be challenged to think deeply and to develop new skills. But I promise you that the fruit of your labors will be well worth the effort! (1 Corinthians 15:58)
Dr. Jim Ewing
"All discipline for the moment seems not to be joyful, but sorrowful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness." (Hebrews 12:11, NASU)
Reading to Make You Think ...
The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who can’t read them.
Find these books at Christian Book Distributors: www.christianbook.com/ or www.amazon.com/ or a local Christian book store.
Understanding the Faith
Read the Bible for All It’s Worth - Fee & Stuart, Zondervan
How We Got the Bible - Lightfoot, Baker Books
Christian Beliefs – Wayne Grudem, Zondervan
Introducing Christian Doctrine – Millard Erickson, Baker
How Can I Be Sure I Am a Christian? - Donald S.
In My Place Condemned He Stood – J.I. Packer & Mark
Dever, Crossway Books
Systematic Theology – Wayne Grudem, Zondervan
Christian Theology – Millard Erickson, Baker Books
40 Questions About Interpreting the Bible - Plummer,
Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life - Donald S.
Knowing God - J.I. Packer, InterVarsity Press
Respectable Sins - Jerry Bridges, NavPress
The Pursuit of Holiness - Jerry Bridges, NavPress
The Discipline of Grace - Jerry Bridges, NavPress
Worldliness: Resisting the Seduction of a Fallen World -
C.J. Mahaney, Crossway
Transforming Discipleship - Greg Ogden, InterVarsity
Honesty, Morality, and Conscience - Jerry White,
Prayer - Timothy Keller, Dutton Books
Feeding You Soul - Jean Fleming, NavPress
The Holiness of God - R.C Sproul
Nine Marks of a Healthy Church - Mark Dever, Crossway
The Deliberate Church - Mark Dever & Paul Alexander,
Church Membership - Jonathan Leeman, Crossway
What is a Healthy Church Member? – Thabiti Anyabwile,
I Am a Church Member – Thom Rainer, Broadman &
Conspiracy of Kindness – Steve Sjogren, Vine Books
What is the Gospel? - Greg Gilbert, Crossway Books
Finding Common Ground - Tim Downs, Moody
Sharing Jesus (without freaking out) - Alvin L. Reed, Broadman & Holman
I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist - Norm
Geisler & FrankTurek, Crossway
The Case for a Creator - Lee Strobel, Zondervan
Relativism: Feet Firmly Planted in Mid-Air - Beckwith &
Koukl, Baker Books
Legislating Morality - Norm Geisler & Frank Turek, Wipf
True for You, But Not for Me - Paul Copan, Bethany
Reasonable Faith: Christian Truth & Apologetics –
William Lane Craig, Crossway Books
The Story of Reality: How the World Began, How it
Ends, and Everything Important that Happens in
Between - Gregory Koukl, Zondervan
Family & Marriage
Kingdom Man - Tony Evans, Tyndale
Point Man - Steve Farrar, David C. Cook
Sacred Marriage - Gary Thomas, Zondervan
Margin - Richard Swenson, NavPress
The Faith of a Child - Art Murphy, Moody Publishers
The Case for Life - Scott Klusendorf, Crossway Books
Same-Sex Marriage - Sean McDowell & John
Stonestreet, Baker Books
Atheism Remix – R. Albert Mohler, Crossway Books
Answering Jihad - Nabeel Quershi, Zondervan
Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus - Nabeel Quershi,
The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains -
Nicholas Carr, W.W. Norton & Co
Politics According to the Bible: A Comprehensive
Resource for Understanding Modern Political Issues
in Light of Scripture - Wayne Grudem, Zondervan
God and Politics: Jesus' Vision for Society, State, and
Government - Mark Dever, 10Publishing
12 Ways Your Smart Phone is Changing You - Tony
Reinke, Crossway Books
The Gathering Storm - Dr R. Albert Mohler, Thomas Nelson
Bible Reading Plans
In Phil 4:8 the apostle Paul urges us to let our minds dwell on things that will help us stay committed and focused on our walk with God. The single best way to do that is to read the Bible every day. As we expose our hearts and minds to a daily diet of God's Word it can change our thinking and change our lives.
CLICK HERE for a copy of our annual reading plan. Plan includes readings for 25 days to allow you some time to "catch up" on those days you might miss.
Energizing Your Personal Prayer Life
Exploring Issues of the Faith
Got questions about Christianity? Here's a good place to start searching ....
Institute for Creation Research
Answers in Genesis
Hiding the Word in Your Heart
"Your word I have treasured in my heart, that I may not sin against You."
Psalm 119:11, NASU
CLICK HERE for Free Scripture Memorization Software
Bible Study Tools
"Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth." 2 Timothy 2:15, NASU
Tools to help you mine the word of God.
CLICK HERE to start digging!