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GOOD READS recommended by Pastor Aaron Pendergrass.

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MORTIFICATION OF SIN by John Owen is a practical and helpful little book pertaining to the fight against sin as a believer. The term “mortification” is not commonly used today, but is simply a word which means “to slay,” “to put to death,” or “to kill.” In addition to helping the believer recognize indwelling sin, this book focuses on our responsibility to follow Christ in holiness, and examines the doctrine of repentance. 

John Owen famously states, “Always be killing sin, or it will always be killing you,” and “You must never take a day off at putting to death the deeds of the flesh.” This overlooked Puritan theologian explains that many believers merely deal with the fruit of sin problems, rather than the root. Offering timeless counsel for those who desire to grow in their relationship with Christ and experience vitality in their communion with God, he gives practical helps in walking the Christian life. (1 John 2:6)

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WHAT CHRIST THINKS OF THE CHURCH by John R. W. Stott is a dynamic book. After Christ’s ascension and a time of ongoing turmoil and persecution of Christians, Our Lord revealed Himself to His beloved disciple John. In the Seven Letters to the Churches in the Book of Revelation, Christ revealed His warnings and heartfelt concerns for His Church's ministry to believers and non-believers. Stott's book gives new insights into the very heart of God. The reader will grow in understanding of God’s will for how His children are to live in Christian fellowship and how they are to reach out in His love, compassion and mercy to impact the world. 

To borrow from Rev. Stott’s own words about this book - [May it] “stir some Christians to examine the life of the Church today in light of the pure ideal of the Church’s Head. We shall find much in Christ’s letters to the first century Asian churches to call us to repentance and renewal; much to humble and shame us; much to warn us of the wiles of the enemy; and much to incite us to fortitude and perseverance. May our hearts be open to hear 'what the Spirit says to the churches.' "

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REMEMBRANCE, COMMUNION, AND HOPE: REDISCOVERING THE GOSPEL AT THE LORD’S TABLE by Todd Billings is a helpful little book about the purpose, meaning, and need of the Lord’s Supper within the life of the Christian. The book is divided into three parts—Part One examines the story of salvation history and the institution of this ordinance that was given at the Last Supper. Billings discusses the delight that comes through experiencing Christ in and through the Lord’s Supper. 

Part Two looks at the promises contained for us within the Lord’s Supper, God’s presence with us in the meal, and how the Lord’s Supper was practiced during the times of revival during the two Great Awakenings. 

Part Three examines how the Lord’s Supper contains three responsibilities or central truths: 1) The Lord’s Supper is a memorial, reminding us of Christ’s past work that He accomplished for us on the cross. Billings suggests that memory serves a powerful purpose within the life of a believer. 2) The author states that when we take this meal together as the family of God, we, quite literally, presently, and spiritually, commune with the Lord, and we commune with one another. 3) Billings concludes with the promise of hope that the Lord’s Supper points to—namely, the future reality that we will take the meal with Christ one day (Luke 22:18) in the kingdom of God. Believers should bring the lenses of remembrance (past reality), communion (present reality), and hope (future reality) with them when they approach the Lord’s Supper, knowing that it symbolizes all three of these promises for the believer.

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