“Master those books you have. Read them thoroughly. Bathe in them until they saturate you. Read and reread them…digest them. Let them go into your very self. Peruse a good book several times and make notes and analyses of it. A student will find that his mental constitution is more affected by one book thoroughly mastered than by twenty books he has merely skimmed. Little learning and much pride comes from hasty reading. Some men are disabled from thinking by their putting meditation away for the sake of much reading. In reading let your motto be ‘much not many. ~ Charles Spurgeon
Here are a few books I plan to master….
- Lectures to my Student by C.H. Spurgeon-This book is very influential in helping young ministers developing their gifts in the ministry. As a future pastor and mentor, this book is an indispensable aspect of my ministry.
- Christ-Centered Preaching by Bryan Chapell-Few books written today are classics. In my humble opinion, Chappell has produced one of the best books on preaching I have seen on the shelves of book stores. I truly enjoy the technical tips and hermeneutics provided for preacher to craft Christ-Centered sermons.
- Reason for God by Tim Keller– Another modern classic, Reason for God is truly relevant for those ministering in the 21st Century. If one is going to lead the people of God, it is essential that they have some sort of apologetic training. Keller supplies a source that is both pastoral and slightly academic.
- Desiring God by John Piper– A minister must also master books that really touch the soul and heart not merely the mind. Christian hedonism is a worldview that needs to be desperately implanted into many ministries today. In ministry it is essential to thirst after God and not the shallow approval of man.
- The Holiness of God by R.C. Sproul– Ministers must be familiar with the contemporary books that have truly impacted the evangelical world. The Holiness of God by RC Sproul is one of those books. It is a book that will be a great blessing to my study on the doctrine of God.
- The Gospel According to Jesus by John MacArthur– Every generation needs a defender of truth and a clarifier of the Gospel. John MacArthur has been for decades and this book is a perennial classic exposition on the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
- Church History in Plain Language by Bruce Shelley– The discipline and application of Church History is often neglected. I believe the study of history in the context of the church would be beneficial in many areas including doctrine, apologetics, and worldview analysis.
- Promises Made by Mark Dever– This book is a great expositions and overview of the Old Testament. Here, the minister can get a quick and clear synopsis of the Old Testament.
- Promises Kept by Mark Dever– Dever also covers the New Testament in a like manner and provides a great tool and resource for memorization and articulation of the biblical account.
- Knowing God by J.I. Packer– Packer pens a classic that is in depth and pastoral. It is a great book to know and love. Mediation on the subject matter will also bless one’s congregation.
- Salvation Belongs to the Lord by John Frame- This is a sweet summary of systematic theology. One could utilize this book as a primer and refresher for a number of theological concepts.
- Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands by Paul Tripp– Counseling is also a very important aspect of ministry that a pastor must have training in. Here, Tripp gives priceless wisdom for the minister in playing a significant role in the healing process within the Body of Christ.
What books would you add to the list?
For God’s Glory,