"Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ." (2 Peter 3:18)
Here are resources that should help a believer seeking to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. We are not necessarily endorsing everything a particular speaker or author states in these or other resources. As always, we encourage the active discernment of the Bereans; to examine the Scriptures daily to see if these things are so (Acts 17:11).
Ligonier teaching series
Ligonier are currently giving free access to teaching series pitched at ordinary believers. Try:
Martyn Lloyd-Jones brought many to a big view of God and appreciation of his glory, which transformed their lives. A huge sermon archive is available. To whet your appetite for his large series in Romans and Ephesians, try this short series on being Face to Face with Christ.
For the Christian, meditation requires filling the mind not emptying it. The Hebrew word for meditation has the idea of murmuring, saying something over and over again under your breath. The Learn Scripture website provides a simple, effective and (for the young at heart) fun way to commit the Bible and classic catechisms to memory.
Bible teaching series
Paul Washer, from Heart Cry missionary society, has provided helpful short studies in Proverbs.
Well-read audiobooks bring classics to life and can make older works more accessible. Here’s four to try
- Screwtape Letters (CS Lewis) is currently free
- Spurgeon’s Autobiography is packed with amazing stories and free with a free trial. Very uplifting.
- Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress is available with one reader (free) or dramatised
- Bunyan’s Holy War (said to be the greatest allegory ever – except Pilgrim’s Progress) is also available
What does it mean to be well read? Ecclesiastes 12:12 reminds us that “of making many books there is no end.” Judging by the number of books available we have an embarrassment of riches. Judging by their quality we have a deluge of mediocrity.
To be well read we must select quality books and read with deep engagement. Below are some suggestions of books that are worth your while.
The first book in each section below is available free online. The others link to Christian bookshops wherever possible. Why not select one from a section you wouldn’t usually be drawn to?
Highly engaging. Both volumes available.
Fairly short, extremely challenging.
The story of a remarkable woman whose husband was a pioneer missionary to Burma. Adoniram Judson’s story is told in the outstanding biography, To the Golden Shore.
How a young man left a prestigious medical career and saw a mini-revival in a Welsh industrial backwater.
A classic reference work from the early twentieth century.
Highly accessible summaries of key doctrines, each about two pages in length.
Relatively brief, precise and profound explanation of God’s unfailing plan of salvation. Murray shows how Christ accomplished salvation and the Spirit applies it to people’s hearts.
Comprehensive, conservative and readable.
Vivid allegory of the struggle for Mansoul both before and after conversion. Powerful insights regarding the battle with indwelling sin.
“Be killing sin or it will be killing you” and other insights in this version with modernised language.
Packer has mined the Puritans and summarises their thought by topic in self-contained chapters.
Encouraging biographical sketches of leaders in eighteenth century revivals like Whitefield, Wesley, Grimshaw and Rowland.
Accessible survey of Church History with pictures.
Very significant book that exposes the tragic results of the failure of the Reformers to apply Biblical teaching to the idea of a state church.
A pastor, married to a GP, gives balanced Biblical and practical counsel to those struggling with anxiety and depression. Five linked life-story documentaries are found here.