We believe in the doctrine of sola scriptura – “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” (2 Tim. 3:16-17 ESV).
Grace Church principally uses the English Standard Version of the Bible, believing it to be the most faithful to Scripture in its original languages. Grace Church was fortunate to host Dr. Leland Ryken one of the principal contributors to the ESV’s preparation. Some members use other versions of the Bible as a matter of personal preference.
There are many orthodox, reformed resources to help us understand and apply God’s Word to our lives. The list below is not comprehensive, since there are too many valuable resources, but we commend these for your consideration. Among these are several authored by our Senior Pastor, Rev. Dr. Rhett Dodson, based largely on sermon series preached at Grace Church.
Many of these and other resource materials are available for loan from the Grace Church library. Visit our library or contact the church office or our librarian, Judith Carroll.
Confessions and Catechisms
The Westminster Catechism
The Westminster Larger and Shorter Catechisms
The Heidelberg Confession of Faith
PCA Church Polity
PCA Book of Church Order (https://www.pcabookstore.com/isearch3?searchterm=book+of+church+order)
Writings by Rev. Dr. Rhett Dodson
As noted in Who We Are-History, the reach of Grace Church’s evangelical message extends nationally and internationally. In particular, Pastor Dodson has written, edited or contributed to several books based in part on his sermon series at Grace. He has also taught at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
|Dodson, Every Promise of Your Word: The Gospel According to Joshua (Banner of Truth) Description: The book of Joshua stands at a pivotal point in biblical history as the nation of Israel transitioned from a life of wandering in the wilderness to conquering and possessing Canaan, the land of promise. The God who redeemed his people from bondage in Egypt gave them a land of their own just as he swore to Abraham. From encampment on the eastern banks of the Jordan River to dramatic victories, a critical setback, and eventual settlement, the book of Joshua recounts key events in redemptive history, events that mark the fulfillment of God’s gracious word, demonstrate Israel’s weaknesses, and highlight the Lord’s fidelity to every promise he had made. His covenant faithfulness reminds us that he is a God who can be trusted. His covenant fulfillment, in turn, points us to a greater Joshua, the Lord Jesus Christ. In Every Promise of Your Word, learn anew to rely on the God who keeps his every promise and see Jesus as he is revealed in the Scriptures of the Hebrew Bible. When we place the message of Joshua in its historical and redemptive context, then the relevance of this book for the twenty-first-century church becomes clear. Beyond just being an interesting relic of ancient Jewish history, what we find in this old covenant book is a profoundly Christian message. God not only kept and fulfilled his land promises through Joshua; he also keeps and fulfils his promises of salvation and of a new heavens and new earth, through our Lord Jesus. And God intends for his faithfulness to Christ to elicit faithfulness from his people as well. Choose whom you will serve. Like Israel assembled at Shechem to renew the covenant, a choice lies before you. Will you be faithful to Jesus, the one who has been faithful for you? Available at https://banneroftruth.org/us/store/christian-living/every-promise-word/|
Dodson, Marching to Zion (Banner of Truth 2018)
Description: The Psalms of Ascents (Psalms 120-134) were sung by Israelites as they made their way to Jerusalem for the annual feasts of Passover, Pentecost, and Tabernacles. As pilgrim songs, they provide a way for believers to express their fears, needs, and aspirations as they journey through this life.
These psalms are also the songs of Jesus. In Marching to Zion you will discover how these ancient songs of Israel affect our faith today, point us to the future, and help keep our eyes on Christ every step of the way.
Previously published in two volumes: Psalms of Ascents – (1) This Brief Journey, and (2) To Be a Pilgrim. Available at: https://banneroftruth.org/us/store/christian-living/marching-to-zion/
Dodson (ed.), Unashamed Workmen, How Expositors Prepare and Preach (Christian Focus Publications) Description: Bringing together some of the finest preachers of our day, Unashamed Workmen focuses on the methods they use to prepare their sermons. You will find a variety of approaches and styles but they all share a passion for the Word of God to be explained and applied clearly.
Contributors: Peter Adam, Rhett Dodson, Iain Duguid, Ajith Fernando, David Jackman, Simon Manchester, David Meredith, Josh Moody, Douglas Sean O’Donnell and Richard D Phillips. Available at: https://www.christianfocus.com/products/1630/unashamed-workmen
Dodson (ed.), The Old Testament Yesterday and Today: Essays in Honor of Michael P.V. Barrett
Beeke (ed.), Growing in Grace.
Decsription: “Realizing our deficits of spiritual grace can be shocking. We see a chasm between what we know as Christians and what we practice as Christians. But this chasm is not impassable, for the Holy Spirit, the Helper sent from the Father and the Son, works with and within us to traverse that gap. For the Christian, through all of life’s circumstances and our changing conditions, growing in grace is our priority. God gives what He commands. He gives us means and tools to use that can truly, daily, bring us nearer to the ever-urgent goal of godliness. This book is one of those tools. Growing in Grace presents thirteen essays to assist in your pursuit of godliness.”
|Dodson, Our Hearts, Desperately Deceptive (The Gospel Coalition 2012). Available at https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/our-hearts-desperately-deceptive/.|
|Dodson, Aiming at the Heart, A Series on The Westminster Larger Catechism Q&A 154-160. Available at (https://gospelreformation.net/aiming-at-the-heart/)|
Christian Publishers & Online Resources
Crossway Publishing (www.https://www.crossway.org/) published the ESV Bible, and has many other offerings.
The Gospel Coalition (https://resources.thegospelcoalition.org/)
Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones Trust (https://www.mljtrust.org/). A collection of over 1600 sermons “to shine light on the Gospel.”
Dick Lucas sermons (https://www.st-helens.org.uk/,
Matthias Media (https://matthiasmedia.com/) publishes a wide range of reformed Christian books, study guides, and other materials. In 2019, Grace was privileged to host Tony Payne of Matthias Media.
Monergism (https://www.monergism.com/). Includes articles, MP3s and other resources on the historic Christian faith.
Presbyterian Church in America bookstore (https://www.pcabookstore.com/).
Redeemer Presbyterian Church (New York City): https://www.redeemer.com/skeptics_welcome/free_resources. Materials available from Redeemer PCA include sermons, books (some listed below), and small group study guides by its senior pastor, Dr. Tim Keller.
Third Millennium Ministries: https://thirdmill.org/. Third Mill provides “world-class biblical and theological resources and online classroom solutions. For students, teachers and schools. For free.” Much of Third Mill’s content can be streamed.
White Horse Inn (https://whitehorseinn.org/). “[T] the White Horse Inn is a listener-supported radio show and podcast named after a pub in Cambridge, England, where the Reformation came to the English-speaking world.”
https://www.logcollegepress.com/library: A great resource of reading from Presbyterians of the past. Contains approximately 7000 works by over 1000 authors in its free PDF library.
The Lord’s Supper: https://gospelreformation.net/the-lords-supper
James Montgomery Boice, Standing on the Rock: Biblical Authority in a Secular Age
Sinclair Ferguson, By Grace Alone
Sinclair Ferguson, In Christ Alone
Timothy Keller, The Meaning of Marriage
Timothy Keller, The Freedom of Self-Forgetfulness
Timothy Keller, Living in a Pluralistic Society
Timothy Keller, The Prodigal God
A. W. Pink, The Sovereignty of God (For a video preview by Pastor Dodson, visit https://www.facebook.com/TheBannerofTruth/videos/2977038555709696)
Books/Passages of the Bible
Sinclair Ferguson, Let’s Study Ephesians
Sinclair Ferguson, Let’s Study Mark
Sinclair Ferguson, Let’s Study Philippians
Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Studies in the Sermon on the Mount
R.C. Sproul, The Gospel of God: Romans
John R.W. Stott, The Message of Galatians
John R.W. Stott, The Message of 2 Timothy
Nancy Guthrie, What Every Child Should Know About Prayer
The Gospel Project, In the Beginning (www.gospelproject.com)
Keith and Kristen Getty, Family Hymn Sing and Getty Kids Hymnal – In Christ Alone (www.gettymusic.com)