Recommended Readings

Due to popular requests, I will post series of my list of recommended readings on key subjects. (Note: This is not an exhaustive list, and generally, I do not recommend any book that I haven’t read):


General Systematic:

  • R. C. Sproul, Essential Truths of the Christian Faith.
  • J. I. Packer, Knowing God.
  • Herschel H. Hobbs, The Baptist Faith and Message.
  • Roy T. Edgemon, The Doctrines Baptists Believe.
  • The Westminster Confession of Faith.
  • The 1689 Baptist Confession of Faith.
  • Tom J. Nettles, Teaching Truths, Training Hearts: The Study of Catechisms in Baptist Life.
  • Thomas Vincent, The Shorter Catechism Explained from Scripture.
  • William Ames, The Marrow of Theology.
  • Paul Enns, The Moody Handbook of Theology.
  • Henry C. Thiessen, Lectures in Systematic Theology.
  • Wayne Grudem, Systematic Theology.
  • Millard J. Erickson, Christian Theology.
  • Robert D. Culver, Systematic Theology.
  • Charles Hodge, Systematic Theology, 3 volumes.
  • H. Wayne House, Charts of Christian Theology & Doctrine.
  • Walter Elwell, Evangelical Dictionary of Theology.
  • Stanley J. Grenz, David Guretzki & Cherith Nordling, Pocket Dictionary of Theological Terms.


  • B.B. Warfield, Revelation and Inspiration.
  • James R. White, The King James Only Controversy.
  • Don Kistler, ed., Sola Scriptura: The Protestant Position on the Bible.
  • W. A. Criswell, Why I Preach That The Bible Is Literally True.
  • Robert Thomas, How To Choose A Bible Version.

Theology Proper

  • A. W. Pink, The Attributes of God.
  • A. W. Pink, The Sovereignty of God.
  • John MacArthur, The Love of God.
  • Bruce A. Ware, God’s Lesser Glory.


  • Roy Zuck, ed., Vital Christological Issues: Examining Contemporary and Classic Concerns.
  • G. Campbell Morgan, The Crises of the Christ.
  • F. F. Bruce, Jesus Lord & Savior.
  • Martyn Lloyd-Jones, The Cross.
  • Leon Morris, The Apostolic Preaching of the Cross.
  • G. Campbell Morgan, The Teaching of Christ.
  • Charles Spurgeon, Christ’s Glorious Achievements.
  • John Piper, Seeing and Savoring Jesus Christ.
  • Max Lucado, The Final Week of Jesus.
  • John MacArthur, The Murder of Jesus.
  • A. W. Pink, The Seven Sayings of the Saviour on the Cross.
  • Lee Strobel, The Case for Christ.


  • Larry Pettegrew, The New Covenant Ministry of the Holy Spirit.
  • Wayne Grudem, ed., Are Miraculous Gifts for Today?
  • Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Joy Unspeakable: Power & Renewal in the Holy Spirit.
  • John MacArthur, Charismatic Chaos.
  • Richard Mayhue, The Healing Promise.
  • Richard Mayhue, Divine Healing Today.


  • James Boice and Philip Ryken, The Doctrines of Grace.
  • Thomas R. Schreiner and Bruce A. Ware, Still Sovereign: Contemporary Perspectives on Election, Foreknowledge, and Grace.
  • Richard D. Phillips, What Are Election and Predestination?
  • R. C. Sproul, Saved from What?
  • Sinclair Ferguson, The Christian Life.
  • John MacArthur, Why One Way?
  • Thomas Watson, The Doctrine of Repentance.
  • R. C. Sproul, After Darkness, Light.
  • John MacArthur, The Gospel According to Jesus.
  • Leon Morris, The Atonement.
  • David N. Steele and Curtis C. Thomas, The Five Points of Calvinism.
  • Stephen Smallman, What is True Conversion?
  • Chuck Smith, Why Grace Changes Everything.


  • John MacArthur, The Master’s Plan for the Church.
  • John MacArthur, The Body Dynamic.
  • Robert Saucy, The Church in God’s Program.
  • Mark Dever, The Nine Marks of a Healthy Church.
  • Wayne A. Mack & David Swavely, Life in the Father’s House: A Member’s Guide to the Local Church.
  • Joshua Harris, Stop Dating the Church.


  • Arnold G. Fruchtenbaum, Israelology: The Missing Link in Systematic Theology.
  • Arnold G. Fruchtenbaum, The Footsteps of the Messiah: A Study of the Sequence of Prophetic Events.
  • Robert A. Peterson, Hell on Trial: The Case for Eternal Punishment.
  • Paul N. Benware, Understanding End Times Prophecy.
  • John MacArthur, The Second Coming.
  • John MacArthur, The Glory of Heaven.
  • Charles C. Ryrie, Dispensationalism.


  • W. Robert Godfrey, An Unexpected Journey: Discovering Reformed Christianity.
  • Stephen Smallman, What is a Reformed Church?
  • Philip G. Ryken, What is a True Calvinist?
  • Kenneth Good, Are Baptists Calvinists?
  • O. Palmer Robertson, The Christ of the Covenants.


2 thoughts on “Recommended Readings

  1. Jim,
    Very nice work on these lists. You’ve rounded up some excellent recommendations.
    I’ve enjoyed reading through these lists. I appreciate the mix of older and newer titles. You’ve got a good balance here. I was glad to see mention of Vincent’s “The Shorter Catechism Explained from Scripture”. I’ve really benefited from that little work. I also greatly enjoyed reading O. Palmer Robertson’s “The Christ of the Covenants.”
    Have you read S. Ferguson on “The Holy Spirit”? This is a fine work.
    Anyway, good job and thanks!

  2. Just read Robertson’s “The Christ of the Covenants”. Excellent book! Well-organized, easy to read, yet packed with theological points. One down side is lack of convincing arguments against the pre-creation covenant (i.e., Pactum Salutis).

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