For the Christian Life

Romans 12:1-2 exhorts all believers to “offer their bodies as living sacrifices” to God as their act of worship done in light of His grace. But what does it look like to live one’s life as a living sacrifice? What do we need to know in order to live lives of worship? Here are some books that will help answer that question.

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Desiring God | John Piper. We are called to glorify God by enjoying Him forever. For, God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him. Absolutely paradigm shifting.

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Don’t Waste Your Life | John Piper. “It’s easy to slip through life without taking any risks-without making your life count. But life ought not be wasted. You don’t need to know a lot of things to make a lasting difference in the world, but you do have to know the few, great, unchanging, and glorious things that matter and be willing to live and to die for them.”

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The Discipline of Grace | Jerry Bridges. The Discipline of Grace offers a clear and thorough explanation of the gospel and what it means to be a believer. This is a must read for all believers. Bridge’s offers some of the most practical and helpful counsel on how to keep the cross central in all you do.

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Holiness | J.C. Ryle. This is J.C. Ryle at his absolute best. This book is a clear, compelling, vivid, uncompromising and encouraging call to live the holy life Christ has saved us to have. Try to read it and not be changed for the better. I dare you.

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A Hole in Our Holiness | Kevin DeYoung. Kevin DeYoung is one of the most helpful Christian authors of our day. In this gem, he unpacks what the Bible means and what it doesn’t mean when it calls us to live a holy life. Insanely relevant and helpful.

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Just Do Something | Kevin DeYoung. What is God’s will for your life? Kevin DeYoung knows and he is more than willing to share with you. If you struggle with questions about God’s will, this has your answer in a few short, helpful, and hilarious pages.

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Humility | C.J. Mahaney. C.J. Mahaney is a master of being concise, informative, and powerfully vivid. This book is no exception. “God clearly states that He is drawn to the humble. He’s also clear that He opposes the proud. These two, humility and pride, cannot coexist. Where one is fostered, the other is defeated. Which will you pursue?”

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Spiritual Disciplines for the Church | Donald Whitney (Easy to Medium). In such an individualistically oriented culture as ours, this book comes as a kiss on the lips and needed smack on the face. Do you have trouble seeing your place in the church or the church’s place in your life? Take up and read.

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Spiritual Disciplines Within the Church | Donald Whitney (Easy). What place does the church have in my growth in Christ? This is such an important book for our individualistic bent toward our growth in Jesus. We often times believe that our growth is strictly our business and responsibility. Whitney heartily disagrees. Don’t miss this one.

Book LineAll Things for Good | Thomas Watson. Watson said the two hardest things to do in ministry was make sinners sad and saints happy. However, to accomplish both goals, Watson found no better truth than God’s sovereignty over all things for His peoples’ good and His glory. A must read.

Trusting God | Jerry Bridges. Hardships in life will constantly challenge our view of God so learning who God is and what God does in adversity is essential “During a time of darkness and adversity in his own life, Jerry Bridges dug deep into the Bible for answers on God’s sovereignty. What he learned changed his life―and it will change yours too.”

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