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New Resources at TJC's Connection Center

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Recently, through the generosity of an outside benefactor, God has provided The Journey Church with several new resources for our Connection Center. So, we’ve organized the books into categories and provide a brief synopsis of the relevance of each book for you. We encourage you to peruse the selections and delve into those that most interest you.

Men
Jesus is the standard bearer of masculinity; to be a biblical man is to be like Jesus. But, what does Jesus-centered manhood look like in the 21st Century when hoards of men passively abdicate their responsibility to their families, engage in illicit sexually-promiscuous activity, aimlessly lumber through life, or develop into chauvinistic tyrants? How can Christian men learn to accept responsibility, reject passivity, and lead courageously while living on God’s agenda? Mason and Patrick cast a biblical vision of God-honoring manhood for men striving to become like Christ.

  • Manhood Restored by Eric Mason
  • The Dude's Guide to Manhood by Darrin Patrick

Women
We all know it’s important to study God’s Word. But sometimes it’s hard to know where to start. What’s more, a lack of time, emotionally driven approaches, and past frustrations can erode our resolve to keep growing in our knowledge of Scripture. How can Christian women keep their focus and sustain their passion when reading the Bible?

Jen Wilkin offers a clear and concise plan to help women go deeper in their study of Scripture. This book will equip you to engage God’s Word in a way that trains your mind and transforms your heart. The method she lays out will seem overwhelming at first, but her emphasis on biblical literacy for the purpose of really knowing the God we say we love and serve is applicable to all of us. There is something in this book for all of us to apply to our Bible-reading habits no matter what stage of life you find yourself in at the moment.

  • Women of the Word by Jen Wilkin

Parenting
Dads are not merely essential in raising boys to be men, they're essential in raising girls to be women. The intentional presence of a virtuous father is vital because a daughter draws from the wellspring of her father’s attention, protection, courage, and wisdom in her journey toward womanhood.

  • Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters by Meg Meeker

Mission
The normal Christian life will include persecution and pain as disciples of Jesus labor to fulfill the Great Commission. The global reality, as Ripken manifests in his work, for our Christian brothers and sisters around the world is that suffering accompanies faith in Jesus Christ. Ripken’s work inspires mission by recounting biographies of the persecuted faithful.

  • The Insanity of God by Nik Ripken

How do we engage a hostile culture with the gospel of Jesus Christ? By connecting the gospel to the most deeply held beliefs of those we interact with as we make manifest Jesus’ Kingdom agenda. Missional engagement, however, is difficult for many since we have embraced a dichotomy that keeps the church focused on personal sin and evangelism rather than “social issues.” Onward helps us see that there are not “public” and “private” problems: “In our attempts to keep the gospel from being too big, we must not end up with a gospel too small to do what Jesus commanded us to do.”

Moore’s book illustrates how the Kingdom of God upends the world’s values, which have shaped the church’s practices and priorities.

  • Onward by Russell Moore

Hermeneutics (i.e. How to read the Bible)
Reading the Bible well is an art. It is a form of art that must be nourished and cultivated. And, it is only nourished and cultivated by reading more frequently. So, the more we read, the better readers we will become as we learn “how” to read sacred Scripture. Reading Scripture frequently equips us with literary sensibilities to navigate the contours of prose and poetry and didactic texts. Goldsworthy’s and Hamilton’s books acquaint readers with the macro-story of redemption in Scripture that is woven throughout the Old Testament and the New Testament and is anchored in the person of Jesus Christ. These books help us learn how to read our Bible from beginning to end as one story.

  • According to Plan by Graeme Goldsworthy
  • What is Biblical Theology? by Jim Hamilton

Spiritual Disciplines
Frequently, we battle the notion that Sunday devotion is disconnected from the rest of our week, from the rest of our lives. This is especially true when considering the disciplines of prayer—which often seems difficult or nebulous—and worship—which we assume only refers to singing. Whitney helps us cultivate a robust prayer life guided by the Scripture; Kauflin connects Sunday with the rest of our week as we strive to be worshippers of God.

  • Praying the Bible by Don Whitney
  • True Worshipers by Bob Kauflin

The Scripture calls us to mortify (put to death) sin. Moore’s book, Tempted & Tried, is a battle plan for addressing the lure of sin in our lives, for engaging temptation with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Jesus, alone, has conquered sin and death; in Christ, by grace through faith, we have victory over sin and death.

  • Tempted & Tried by Russell Moore

Jesus/The Gospel
The two most important questions in the world are, “Who is Jesus?” and “What is the gospel he offers to humanity?” Gilbert aims us at the God-man, Jesus, and unpacks what it is that Jesus invites the repentant to participate in, the gospel of the Kingdom.

  • Who Is Jesus? by Greg Gilbert
  • What Is the Gospel? by Greg Gilbert

Theology
The primary motif of Jesus’ cross-work is penal (he paid our penalty) substitutionary (he died in our place) atonement. This book is not for the faint-hearted, but it will challenge you to look intensely at the Scripture as you seek to understand the practical applications of Jesus’ cross-death while studying. If we deny penal substitutionary atonement, we lose the gospel, we lose salvation.

  • Pierced for Our Transgressions by Jeffry, Ovey, and Sach

Biography
God converts those whom most of us right off as too far gone. Rosaria’s story is a powerful testimony of God’s redemptive work, it is a powerful testimony of how the gospel makes the broken and wounded whole.

  • Secret Thoughts of An Unlikely Convert by Rosaria Butterfield

Though it isn’t a biography, in her second book, Butterfield goes to great lengths to clarify some of today’s key controversies. Going back to God’s original design for marriage and sexuality as found in the Bible, she shows that gender, marriage, and sexuality have gospel purposes; they cannot be redefined by the culture.

  • Openness Unhindered by Rosaria Butterfield

All resources offered at TJC's Connection Center are always done so at cost. It is our privilege to provide affordable, solid, biblical resources that will encourage you in your walk with Jesus.

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