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 Confession
The Westminster Larger and Shorter Catechisms
The Heidelberg Catechism
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, What a Mighty Triumph: Christ’s Resurrection and Ours
The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the bedrock of the Christian faith. Without it, the truth claims of Christianity crumble. But not only is the resurrection of Jesus true and historically verifiable, it is also the foundation of the believer’s hope for the future. Those in Christ will be raised from the dead in the new creation. The apostle Paul’s argument in 1 Corinthians 15 for the historical resurrection of Christ and the future resurrection of Christians is one of the most momentous theological treatises in the New Testament. This series of studies, With A Mighty Triumph!, carefully leads readers through Paul’s discussion and examines its inner logic, theological content, and practical application. While not shying away from the difficult subjects of baptism for the dead and the nature of the resurrection body, its main focus is on the hope Christ’s resurrection offers to all who believe.
|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/)|
Dodson, The Lord’s Supper. Available at (https://gospelreformation.net/the-lords-supper)
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.
Michael P.V. Barrett, Complete in Him
Michael P.V. Barrett, God’s Unfailing Purpose
Michael P.V. Barrett, The Next to Last Word
Michael P.V. Barrett, Wisdom for Life-52 Old Testament Meditations
Joel E. Beeke (ed.), Growing in Grace
William N. Blair & Bruce F. Hunt, The Korean Pentecost and the Sufferings Which Followed (1910, rev. 1977)
James Montgomery Boice, Standing on the Rock: Biblical Authority in a Secular Age
Jeff Bridges, The Discipline of Grace
D.A. Carson, The King James Version Debate
Sinclair Ferguson, By Grace Alone
Sinclair Ferguson, In Christ Alone
O. Hallesby, Prayer
David Helm, One-To-One Bible Reading
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
Timothy Keller, Hope In Times of Fear, The Resurrection and The Meaning of Easter
A. W. Pink, The Sovereignty of God (For a video preview by Pastor Dodson, visit https://www.facebook.com/TheBannerofTruth/videos/2977038555709696)
Leland Ryken, The Legacy of the King James Bible
John Stott, The Grace of Giving
Paul David Tripp, Parenting
Robert Murray M’Cheyne, Read the Bible in a Year
Books/Passages of the Bible
Michael P.V. Barrett, Love Devine and Unfailing (Hosea)
Sinclair Ferguson, Let’s Study Ephesians
Sinclair Ferguson, Let’s Study Mark
Sinclair Ferguson, Let’s Study Philippians
Dennis E. Johnson, Let’s Study Acts
Mark G. Johnson, Let’s Study 2 Peter and Jude
Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Studies in the Sermon on the Mount
Tremper Longman III, How To Read the Psalms
J.A. Motyer, The Message of Amos
Kathleen Boswell Nielson, Ecclesiastes and Song of Songs: Wisdom’s Searching and Finding
Derek Prime, Let’s Study 2 Corinthians
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
Dale Ralph Davis, Such A Great Salvation, Expositions of the Book of Judges
Dale Ralph Davis, 1 Samuel – Looking on the Heart
Andrew W. Young, Let’s Study 1 & 2 Thessalonians
Matthew Z. Capps, Hebrews (Crossway 2015)
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)
Those who enjoy fiction will find Biblical characters and truths developed through the lives of some of the great women of Scripture.
Tessa Afshar, The Bread of Angels (Lydia)
Tessa Afshar, Harvest of Rubies
Tessa Afshar, In the Field of Grace (Ruth)
Tessa Afshar, Land of Silence (Elianna)
Tessa Afshar, A Pearl in the Sand (Rahab)
John Bunyan (1628-1688) was an English writer and Puritan preacher best remembered as the author of the Christian allegory The Pilgrim’s Progress. After his conversion to Christianity, due in large part to his pious wife, Bunyan was twice jailed for refusing to give up preaching.
Bunyan, The Pilgrim’s Progress
C.S. Lewis (1898-1963) was a noted British author and lay theologian. After first abandoning his Christian upbringing and later his youthful atheism, Lewis became a Christian at age 31, due in part to the influence of his good friend J.R.R. Tolkien, as well as G.K. Chesterton and Dr. David Martyn Lloyd-Jones. Lewis wrote more than 30 books in such diverse genres as Christian apologetics, fantasy, science fiction, and children’s literature. In Christian apologetics (literally in Greek, apologia translates to defense of the Gospel), Lewis is perhaps best known for what has been called the Lewis trilemma – liar, lunatic or Lord.
C.S. Lewis Fiction
C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters
C.S. Lewis, The Chronicles of Narnia
C.S. Lewis, The Space Trilogy
C.S. Lewis, Non-fiction Christian apologetics
C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity
C.S. Lewis, Miracles
C.S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain