If you are to just read just one book, this is the book to read. This book covers the entire story of the Bible. The Old Testament story (The Story of Israel) is told from the perspective of a Jewish elder living in exile with his people in Babylon in the 6th century BC. The New Testament story is told by a witness of the resurrection, to those from The Way (what they called Christians before they were called Christians) who have gathered in her home. If you pick up your Bible, and the timelines and major events are fuzzy, which then makes the rest of it quite confusing, this book is a GREAT place to start. Read this book, and then pick up your Bible and begin to make sense of the larger grand metanarrative of Scripture.



The King Jesus Gospel

If you are to just read two books, this is book #2. This book was the major inspiration for this sermon series. Reading this book caused me to reexamine what I assumed was "the gospel." If we truly believe that "the gospel is the power of God for salvation to all who believe" (Romans 1:16),  we'd do well to make sure the gospel in our heads aligns with the gospel in the heads of the apostles and the gospel penned by writers of the Scriptures. We need to be looking to the right source - THE GOSPEL - for "the power for salvation" spoken of by Paul in Romans 1:16.





Books I've Found Incredibly Formative for this Sermon Series


Books that help us practically work out what a Gospel Culture may look like

  • Onward by Russell Moore (The Gospel and Politics)

  • Overrated by Eugene Cho (The Gospel and Social Justice)

  • The Hole in Our Gospel by Richard Stearns (The Gospel, Human Need, and Global Poverty)


Honorable Mention

Though a bit cheesy in the narrative form it takes, I’m thankful for Eugene Choung’s “The Big Story” - a way to share the Gospel story that includes not just Fall and Redemption, but Creation, Fall, Redemption, and Restoration.


Book I Intended to read, never did, and will probably kick myself for it


Best children's book on The Gospel Story.