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15MAR
2008

Recommended Resources List

Recommended Resources

(Updated December 2016)

 

 

“Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.”
2 Timothy 2:15

 

          I first began this list back around 2004. Please note: I cannot speak for all of the theology behind all of these resources. This isn’t just some list of every sermon I’ve ever heard. These resources represent a body of sound Christian theology for me. These specific items and/or ministries have over the years been the most influential things that I’ve seen, heard or read. It’s my joy to share them with you. I pray they’re a blessing to you…whoever you are.

 

          Some paragraphs below (which are not necessarily listed in any particular order) might endorse ministries as whole, and not particular messages. Sermonindex.net will often be referred to throughout as a great mp3 resource library, but sermonaudio.com is another fantastic site full of excellent stuff. Many of the ministries below have made their entire online media libraries available to us completely free. Many of them also have apps available free of charge in the Apple or Play Store.

 

  1. Ray Comfort – livingwaters.com; wayofthemaster.com. I want to point you to several messages. Hell’s Best Kept Secret, True and False Conversion, and Axe of the Apostles. The first two of these messages are free and available through various forms like video, print and audio, but the last is only a part of an mp3 series that I highly recommend to you for purchase called Classic Comfort. Ray’s teaching gets at the heart of the knowledge of the gospel like no other teacher I’ve ever heard. His evangelical expositions tie together the Testaments in a seamless evangelistic reality. This is the gospel to every generation. Ray has teamed up with Kirk Cameron (the former teenage TV star) to begin The Way of The Master Ministries. Kirk has been marvelously converted and has become one of the most heartfelt ministers I have had the privilege of hearing preach. Both Ray and Kirk are splendid evangelists worth your time to hear. On their websites, of which there are too many to list, you can listen and watch scores of other excellent messages related to evangelism. 180 Movie is an absolute must see! It has changed many minds on the subject of abortion. It’s also available on YouTube.
  2. Ravi Zacharias – rzim.org. Ravi is a superb apologist. Roughly half of the book of Acts is an apologetic discourse defending either apostleship or the veracity of faith in Christ. Ravi is a lover of the gospel engaged in a similar labor. He is well respected even among his opponents for his scholarship, brilliance and gentlemanly discourse. He is frequently heard at large philosophically driven venues and debates around the world as one of the most captivating minds in Christian apologetics today. His doctrinal work was in the philosophy of religion. Ravi was born and raised in New Delhi, India as a Hindu and was later converted to Jesus Christ. I urge you to bask in The Uniqueness of Christ in History, and The Uniqueness of Christ among World Religions, both of which are lessons of more than one part. I also invite you to hear Jesus as They Saw Him. You can find these as well as hundreds of other messages available from Ravi by going the broadcast radio sections of his website. He has several weekly radio broadcasts called Let My People Think or Just Thinking. Listen to this man for some brilliant insights into the wonderful truths that must affect our minds as much as they affect our hearts.
  3. John Piper – desiringgod.org. John is a pastor. He has loved the Bible over his church week in and week out for decades. He is surely one of the biggest brains and hearts behind the pulpit today, and has caused me no little grief in his teaching. He is a lover of Christian history and doctrine contending to preserve the precise declarations and creeds of Christianity against those who would attempt to pull out its foundations. He has written over thirty books on Christian living and doctrine and gives his gifts to us all in speaking, writing and poetry. His website is a huge collection of works and he also has hundreds of sermons available on sermonindex.net. Go, listen and learn; get out of the twenty-first century for a bit I beg you. On Sermon Index under audio sermons you’ll find a number of John’s superb biographies detailing the lives, faith and works of some of the greatest saints of old. Listen to these biographies. There is much preaching and historical data throughout that make them extraordinarily interesting. Listen and honor God for His great saints like Brainerd, Calvin, Luther, Spurgeon, Edwards, Augustine, Owen, and Bunyan just to name a few. These bios are recorded at Piper’s yearly pastor’s conference and make up an ongoing series of messages entitled Men of Whom the World Was Not Worthy which title is, of course, borrowed from Hebrews eleven. Shut the shop down, make ready for reflection, curl up on the couch with your Bible and listen about the lives and events of Christian men outside of your generation. It will bless you! I also commend to you the Desiring God series of messages that get to the Bible centered task of setting God and God alone at the center of all things. His book Spectacular Sins and Their Global Purpose in the Glory of Christ was incredible. 
  4. John MacArthur – gty.org. John is a pastor, a scholar and a theologian. Every sermon he preaches seems to contain twenty years of reflections, conclusions and facts. He has great clarity in his communication and truly is a blessing to the body of Christ. John has a sermon that rocked my understanding of Catholicism. I mention it and recommend it because it hits so close to home for many in America today. I’ll say no more here but strongly recommend all of you to the message called The Pope and the Papacy. It is one of many on the subject that he has preached. John’s messages are truly masterpieces of Christian exposition. No one opens up a Bible text like this man. John has a talent for saying much in little space. He is a puritan preacher if ever I’ve heard one. Go to his website, purchase his stuff. He also has messages available on Sermon Index. I recommend his two part sermon called The Character of Scripture as well as The Sufficiency of Scripture. Also see How Can We Witness if We Don’t Know What the Gospel is? His sermon series The Gospel According to Paul I would also most excitedly recommend. Pastor MacArthur has repeatedly been seen on Larry King Live and is called upon in matters of Christian concern because he has been known for his accurate dealings in the Christian faith for well over forty years. His book The Gospel According to Jesus changed my life. I would also highly recommend the John MacArthur Study Bible.
  5. Albert Mohler – albertmohler.com. Al Mohler is undoubtedly one of my heroes. He is a very bright speaker and currently the ninth president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, one of the largest seminaries on earth. He has put a lot of attention into studying the subversive influence of what we call postmodernism into the culture and especially the church. He has many fantastic mp3 messages available on his website that are available to listen to online or download. One that has been of great influence on me is his message series on the Apostle’s Creed. Dr. Mohler is a great contender for Christian faith and Biblical stewardship. He hosts a daily radio broadcast called The Briefing that’s widely syndicated covering current news from a Christian perspective. His commitment to academics and proven care for the historic Christian faith make him a wonderful treasure to a great many Christians. I can listen to this man talk about anything and I’m drawn to majesty in that subject in remarkable ways.
  6. Todd Friel – wretchedradio.com. This was originally wayofthemasterradio.com. Todd is a stand-up comedian who got saved. His mix of personality and brilliance makes for terrific Christian TV and talk radio. Todd is an evangelist, a scholar and a theologian though I strongly suspect that he’d deny the latter. He hosts this daily Christian radio talk show, a television show (Wretched TV) and speaks all over the world in diverse Christian settings. He also sponsors and works hand in hand with Living Waters and Way of the Master Ministries in conferences and seminars. I love his take on the faith and his presentation of the gospel. Todd is a refreshing breeze whenever I listen to him. He has a sermon series available for purchase called Herman Who? which is a teaching on Biblical hermeneutics (the art and science of interpreting scripture). His audio message Are You Really a Christian is an exceptional tour through 1 John and John’s tests of faith given in his first epistle. Do you know someone who may be unsure they’re a believer? This message will help. I recommend anything by Mr. Friel wholeheartedly. Check out Wretched Radio and Wretched TV. Seriously, these shows are awesome and full membership costs only a few dollars a month.
  7. Voddie Baucham – voddiebaucham.org. Pastor Voddie, among other excellent things, has fantastic teachings on family, family life and parenting. He is a loving husband, father and pastor. In his voice and efforts, glory be to God, I see, hear and feel an honor in preaching the word of God. He is an honor to the church. His sermons are available in several places online. I rush to invite you to listen well to his sermon Faithfulness that Honors God. This message impacted my life so powerfully that I pray God would bless anyone else through it half as much. Nebuchadnezzar Loses His Mind is a very powerful sermon on psychological issues and the way we as Christians should deal with them. Lastly, I’d like to highlight his extensive sermon series through the Book of Revelation called Exposition of the Book of Revelation. One place it’s available is through monergism.com. It was incredibly well done.
  8. R.C. Sproul – ligonier.org. R.C. Sproul was a seminary professor for most of his life, but was commanded to the pastorate of late. RC, like all true shepherds, would say that his ministry is as much for the strengthening and equipping of the church as it is for taking the gospel to the unsaved. He is a passionate man with great softness and skill as a teacher. I go to him for systematic theology. His teachings on theology and the history of the church have been staples in my understanding of the reformed faith and Biblical orthodoxy. RC really enjoys teaching and it reverberates in his voice and manner behind the pulpit. He hosts a Christian radio program called Renewing Your Mind that is available on his website in archives and I highly recommend it. With all my heart for your benefit I also highly recommend you purchase the 2007 Orlando Contending for the Truth Conference CD or mp3 set of messages. The conference includes the teachings of several of the ministers recommended here in my list. These messages are like assets – they only increase value with age so you can’t lose. RC shares two messages during the conference called The Resurrection of Christ and The Task of Apologetics. These two messages alone are worth the purchase of the whole series. If you click on the series itself and scroll down you can buy the messages individually if you choose. The mp3 version of the conference series is in his store under the philosophy and apologetics link and is currently on page three of those resources. Check to be sure you have the right date. Check out all of RC’s books or sermons for solid and clear Biblical counsel. His numerous children’s books are also a tremendous resource for parents to communicate the Gospel of Jesus Christ to their kids. His children’s book The Lightlings is my family’s current favorite.
  9. Matt Chandler – thevillagechurch.net. This man is undoubtedly one of the finest pastors I’ve ever had the privilege of hearing. His understanding and love for the gospel is contagious and wonderful. Matt Chandler is truly a wonderful pastor, theologian and Christian speaker. I can hardly recommend anyone higher to you.There is one message in particular called Sabbath that had a tremendous impact on my life several years ago. Devotion to Prayer was also a wonderful message. His message at the 2016 Together for The Gospel Conference called God’s Glory as the Base of our Courage was absolutely amazing. Go and listen to Matt open up the gospel for you. Let him love it over you. By grace he’s more than equipped to do so.
  10. James White – aomin.org. James is a tremendous resource to the body of Christ. His enthusiasm and mind make him a wonderful apologist. His message Introduction to Reformed Theology was a huge blessing to me many years ago. It’s one of those sermons where you never forget where you were when you heard it. I would also very much like to recommend the sermon: Apostates and Apostasy. There are many great Christian apologetics resources and lively debates with many opponents to the Christian faith on his website as well. Dr. White reminds us all of the primary place of sound doctrine in Christianity. His sermon series called Church History (currently underway as I update this list in December 2016) is available via sermonaudio.com if you keyword search for “Phoenix Reformed Baptist Church”. You can also locate it scattered throughout his own posted messages there which can be found under his name. This series on church history may be some of the most important learning in my life thus far. History is very important.
  11. Alistair Begg – truthforlife.org. Alistair is a pastor. He is a lover of sound doctrine and a terrific shepherd. I recommend any teaching that may catch your interest by its title. I first heard this man preach a three part sermon series called Why Bother with the Bible? I thought it was a terrific dealing with why the Bible is what it is to us as Christians. Alistair brings a refreshing influence to bear on American Christianity because of his Scottish upbringing. I truly enjoy his messages and find him to be a constant source of never boring teaching in the full counsel of God’s word.
  12. Mark Dever – capitolhillbaptist.org. Pastor Dever is one of the warmest, most sincere, and powerful preachers at work in the church today. If I had to choose one word to describe his ministry it’d be “warm.” He has an evident warmth and a love for his church you can feel in his preaching. His devotion to biblical exposition and genuine appreciation for confessional accuracy and doctrinal purity create a uniquely inviting ministerial grace. His sermon series through Jesus’ “I AM” statements in the Gospel of John was extraordinary. In the audio section of his church website you can find this sermon series mixed in with the rest of the audio material under the heading: “Gospels.” Look for the messages beginning with, “I am…” They began in September 2012. Through each successive chapter of John’s Gospel he examines not only the seven main “I AM” statements of Jesus, but countless other “I am…” blessings as well from the book. He also has another excellent message called Where did all these Calvinists come from? that was a particular blessing to me. I first heard it on a C-130 flying into Afghanistan on my 2nd deployment there. Mark also has a terrific church search engine available at his website 9marks.org where you can locate, by zip code and other means, a church that ascribes to a solid confession of faith in your area.
  13. David Guzik – enduringword.com. David literally sprang up out of nowhere very early in my Christian life. His teaching on the Old Testament was unlike any other teaching I’d ever heard. Often I just hated that his messages had to end at all. If you’ve not been well versed in a lot of Old Testament books like I and II Kings, I and II Samuel, Daniel, Isaiah, etc., let him walk you through them in the multitude of messages available on sermonindex. It is expository preaching through most of these books. He also does a lot of great teaching on church history all the way up through the Reformation. I do, among all his messages, recommend one in particular called (2nd Samuel) the Kindness of God. It is a great teaching beginning in Second Samuel chapter nine seeking to show the depth of the kindness David exercised to a remaining member of the house of Saul.
  14. Paul Washer – heartcrymissionary.com. Paul is a gentle giant. Spending most of his life in the mountains of central and South America as a missionary, Paul is a little different than what we normally hear here in the states. His messages on marriage are enriching and wonderfully Biblical for both husbands and wives. I very highly recommend his message The Glory of God – in Marriage. Paul’s message A Sermon That Has Angered Many – Examine Yourself was something very real for me. Following a man like Paul Washer in his teaching is of the type that automatically weeds out the fake. Paul is the type you are drawn to fellowship with whether he’s in the pulpit or the prison. Paul is a humble servant of his Lord and I love the man very much. You can’t help but love a man through whom your God has spoken to you! His sermon The Holiness of God is beautiful.
  15. Leslie Hale – lesliehale.com. I owe eternal thanks to this rather obscure pastor. His sermon outlining the book by AW Pink called The Attributes of God is what God used to first bring me to Himself. It was called My Concept of God. I heard it years ago on cassette tape. I don’t know much about Leslie except that he is an Irish preacher from Belfast. I thank God for bringing this man into my life and that his teachings assisted my rescue from the corruption and wickedness of the word faith cult. I’m certain that it would be nothing but an email and any gift amount to his ministry to get My Concept of God on tape mailed to you. It would be well worth it. It literally is the sermon that changed my life forever. God is majestic and holy and this sermon approaches him and describes him as he is. This message changed me. Just one message from someone you’ve never met can do it. I cannot but marvel at the power of God to change the heart, and that is why I have this list. He also preached a sermon on Christmas entitled something like The Christmas Story as You’ve Never Heard it. I had no idea the true immense power behind the Nativity Story. If you can get it, go through the trouble and get these two messages, especially the first one mentioned.
  16. Leonard Ravenhill – ravenhill.org. The late Leonard Ravenhill was a preacher of a different breed. I cannot but bless God for his influence in my earliest days in the Faith. I admired Leonard’s teaching on prayer. Prayer, to him, was the highest Christian duty. He has inspired me to pray hard and seek the truth of the position of a Christian on his knees before his God. Leonard is not a theologian; by his own definition he is a preacher. I relay that because I believe he is. There was one sermon video that captured my heart and just blessed my socks off from the man. It was a video called Judgment Seat of Christ. I really enjoyed the video as well as many of his other sermons. This video is available, along with many other Ravenhill messages on sermonindex. Look for the video, and be specific in the words in the title. Leonard to me is iconic of an age of preachers long since gone. This man would walk through England, sleep in churches to preach, and hold services for weeks at a time. He died a modest and humble saint dearly missed by many. Leonard was a true preacher and his work was heart work. I thank God for his ministry and his love for holiness in Christ. I don’t know too much about Leonard and strongly suspect that we would differ on many doctrinal points, but I can happily make the distinction for such a clear and loving man who was known to weep in the pulpit and travail for the honor of the gospel he was born to proclaim.
  17. Walter Martin – waltermartin.org. The late Walter Martin was awesome. I like this man because of his exhaustive examinations of the cults and false religions. He teaches on many false religions and is a trustworthy authority in such studies. He was a scholar and a lover of the precision of the Greek language. If you want to learn about false religions, which I hope you all do, here is one great source. He has a large and hugely influential series of messages called The Kingdom of The Cults. On his website you can listen to hours of teaching on false religions like the Mormons, Jehovah Witnesses, Scientologists, Christian Scientists, etc. Walter was well hated in his day as a Christian, which in his case means he was doing something right. Walter was the founder of the Christian Research Institute which is still available online.
  18. Ken Ham – answersingenesis.org. Ken is a creation scientist. He, like all Christians, teaches against the foolishness of evolution. Ken has wonderful resources available in both written and media form on his website. I have listened to several audio messages of Mr. Ham’s. He has one message in particular that is just phenomenal. It’s available on Sermon Index. It’s entitled Can We Really Trust the Bible? I’d like to recommend this ministry as a whole because of their dealing with scientific issues. Mr. Ham also founded a state of the art creation science museum near Cincinnati, Ohio. You can search their online database regarding pretty much any question relating to creation; it’s a fantastic website. Ask them any question about science as it relates to the Bible and I’m confident that they will answer your questions as well as they have mine.
  19. James Kennedy – djameskennedy.org. The late great D. James Kennedy has many interesting messages archived and available free of charge on his website. He shared on a lot of interesting topics and guest speakers to his programs have impacted me greatly. Pick a topic and search for it. His biblical contributions to the landmark video produced by The Apologetics Group called Amazing Grace. The History and Theology of Calvinism was nothing short of amazing.
  20. Roy Broughman – fbchinesvillega.com. Pastor Roy is one of my favorite preachers, and a dear friend. His joy and genuine love for the ministry of preaching is contagious and of great need in the body of Christ in every age. His love for the pastorate and the church is evident in his rich approach to an expositional and applicable lifelong ministry of preaching. His journey through the Book of Luke was fantastic. His two part message called The Great Shepherd was of tremendous encouragement. Anything available from him on the website is highly recommended. If you live around the Ft. Stewart/Hinesville, GA area, you won’t find a better church than this one.
  21. Eric Meyer – tampacovenant.org. Eric is a great pastor doing many things for his people. He was my first true pastor. His sermon called The First Commandment, Ex 20:1-3 preached on 7 June 2015 was remarkable. Anything available from him on the website is highly recommended. Eric is absolutely a model pastor. He makes the entire city of Tampa, FL inviting.
  22. Ricky Pearson – myimmanuelchurch.com. Pastor Ricky is a Christ-loving, refreshingly practical preacher. He is week in and week out ministering to his people the word of God from a heart for their growth in Christ. His preached a sermon on 4 December 2016 called Humility is Being Like Jesus that was a wonderful reminder of the gain Christians have in Christ. In that sermon, a part of his series through Philippians, he covers 1:21 which says, “For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” He asks the following question- he says to write it out, “For to me, to live is _____, and to die is _____.” He says that to write anything other than “Christ” in the first blank is to write “loss” in the second blank. A very true and wonderful statement I invite you to hear in its sermon context. If you live in El Paso, TX, I’d like to invite you to this fine place of worship.
  23. Joseph Schimmel – goodfight.org. Mr. Schimmel has had only one influence on my life. I cannot speak for his theology. He produced a video called They Sold Their Souls for Rock n Roll. The complete version is a ten hour “rockumentary” on the rock and roll industry and almost every one of the bands I once idolized. I was once a huge heavy metal/hard rock fan. I had no idea back then just how wicked such music is. This DVD, though perhaps a stretch in some areas, changed my views on some music in many ways. It is a video worth watching for anyone who names the name of Christ.
  24. The London Baptist Confession of Faith of 1689. In my opinion, this is the most precise and succinct extra-biblical confession ever written. I ascribe to it 100%. I do indeed enjoy many other extra-biblical creeds, but this is the best. You can find it all over the web. It represents the historic Baptist faith.
  25. Wayne Grudem – His book Systematic Theology is a must have for every serious Bible student.
  26. Charles Spurgeon – Everything by this man is worth your time. His book Lectures to My Students is incredible and was of particular blessing to me. I would also highly recommend his book called The Soul Winner.
  27. Jonathan Edwards. You can find tons of written material available from Edwards. If you’ve not read Religious Affections, may I invite you to do so? Many have named him the greatest theologian in history. Discovering his writings was of great significance to me. His book The Life and Diary of David Brainerd has changed the world. One other short essay from the man entitled Wicked Men Useful Only in Their Destruction changed my world.
  28. James Walker- watchman.org. His three part message Unmasking Mormonism is awesome. James was once a very well established Mormon and provides great insight for Christians into his former (non-Christian) faith.
  29. Paris Reidhead – His message on sermonindex called Ten Shekels and a Shirt may start out slow, but it packs a punch. Awesome sermon!
  30. Josh McDowell – josh.org. His book series Evidence That Demands a Verdict is one of the single best resources for proving the accuracy of the Bible in history. His research is extensive and very well done. If you want to learn about how we know we have the Bible that was written so long ago, here’s one great place to start.
  31. Keith Green – lastdaysministries.org. I got a hold of the late Keith Green’s teaching many years ago when I first became a believer. I cannot speak for all of his theology, but I will never forget the impact that his message What’s Wrong with the Gospel? had on my young Christian faith.
  32. F.F. Bruce – Bruce was a great writer and historian. His book The Canon of Scripture is a wonderful resource for learning about the Bible’s historicity and assembly.
  33. Martin Luther – Luther is arguably the most influential man in history after Jesus and the authors of sacred Scripture. He considered his book The Bondage of the Will to be his most important work. It is a great book and one highly recommended.
  34. John Calvin – The Institutes of the Christian Religion was a work that earned Calvin the title “The Theologian.” His systematization of truth and expository genius are a true blessing to the church in every generation. The institutes are a great resource for anyone serious about Bible study and doctrinal specificity.
  35. Lee Strobel – leestrobel.com. Mr. Strobel’s Case for Faith resources are excellent and may work as great gifts for others to examine the truth claims of Christianity.
  36. John Owen – Owen’s book The Death of Death in the Death of Christ is a book that every Christian should read in their lifetime.
  37. Vance Havner. A message called Getting Used to the Dark was a great listen. It is available through sermonindex. Very early on in my Christian walk this message was a real eye opener. I cannot speak for all of his theology, but this message was very important.
  38. A.W. Pink – Pink’s book The Attributes of God absolutely changed my life forever. This is in my top ten books that I would recommend to any Bible student. He was a great thinker and perhaps the most under-celebrated theologian of the past few hundred years. The Puritan Reformed Church of America does a lot of audio readings of his sermons on sermonaudio.
  39. blueletterbible.org. Blue Letter Bible is a fantastic online resource for Greek, Hebrew, verse by verse commentaries, lexicons and a whole lot more.
  40. monergism.com. Here you can find a ton of great resources from hundreds of preachers.
  41. Michael Patton – reclaimingthemind.org. Patton’s Theology Program is a fantastic resource for learning all about Scripture, the canon, historicity, textual criticism and many things about the history of the Bible.
  42. Erwin Lutzer – His book When a Nation Forgets God. 7 Lessons We Must Learn From Nazi Germany is a clarion call to every Christian living today. I read most of the book in a bunker in Afghanistan, and finished it in a day. I highly recommend this book for an insightful look at the trends many great Christian leaders are preparing the American Church for today. It is a probing look both into our culture at large, and into our hearts as well. Above all it is a reminder to Christians that while God may not call us to win every battle in this life; He does call us to suffer well through them.
  43. D.A. Carson – In seminary I was privileged to read a lot of great stuff from Dr. Carson. His 2010 message How Can a Good God Permit Suffering? which is available in one place through thegospelcoalition.org was the single best treatment on the subject I have ever heard.
  44. The Apologetics Group – theapologeticsgroup.com. The DVD produced by this group called Amazing Grace. The History and Theology of Calvinism, as far as a DVD goes, was the most influential media resource I’ve ever watched. Get it today. I absolutely hated this DVD with all my lil heart when I first watched it…the first 50 times. My wife actually got upset with me for watching it so much. I now share it with everyone I can. I set out to disprove their claims, but God had other plans. The Scriptures ended up disproving my own on the subjects covered in this well-produced DVD. This is an invaluable resource for anyone who wants to really understand what are most rightly termed “The Doctrines of Grace”.

          I could recommend so many more things, and will update this list when specific items and/or ministries impact my life. All of these messages and/or Christians listed above in God’s glorious and merciful ways have helped to build my faith. That’s why I share them. I cannot speak for all of the theology behind all of these people, but I thank God for these messages, and pray that as I submit them to you that they might bless you as they have blessed me. Grace to you in Jesus’ name!

 

“For God, who said, “Light shall shine out of darkness,” is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.”
2 Corinthians 4:6