Theological Dictionary of the New Testament, Abridged in One Volume
Calvary Chapel Association
The Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah
Calvary Chapel Association
Basic Reference and Background Tools
All the Prophecies in the Bible – John Walroord Bible Atlas – (Zondervan Altas of the Bible or Macmillan Bible Atlas for example) Charts of Christian Theology and Doctrine – H. Wayne House Chronological and Background Charts of the New Testament – H. Wayne House Chronological Charts of the Old Testament – John Walton Evidence That Demands a Verdict – Josh McDowell (in 2 Volumes) From Jerusalem to Irian Jaya – Ruth Tucker A General Introduction to the Bible – Geisler/Nix Kingdom of the Cults – Walter Martin New International Dictionary of the Christian Church – Zondervan New International Dictionary of Biblical Archaeology – Zondervan New Testament Overview – Jeremy Kirby Searchlights from the Word – G. Campbell Morgan When Critics Ask – Geisler/Howe When Skeptics Ask – Geisler/Brooks Zondervan Pictorial Encyclopedia of the Bible – Zondervan (5 volumes)
Good Commentary Sets
First Group The Bible Exposition Commentary, New Testament – Warren Wiersbe (2 Volumes) The Expositor’s Bible Commentary – Zondervan/Regency (12 Volumes) Inter Varsity Press Old Testament Series (24 Volumes) Inter Varsity Press New Testament Series (20 Volumes)
Second Group Adam Clarke’s Commentary, Old and New Testament The Daily Study Bible, New Testament – William Barclay (17 Volumes) Thru the Bible – J. Vernon McGee (5 Volumes)
Good Individual Commentators
James Montgomery Boice
F. F. Bruce
D. Martyn LLoyd-Jones
J. Vernon McGee
G. Campbell Morgan
Arthur W. Pink
Good Greek Resources
The Complete Biblical Library – Various Authors (22 Volumes – World Library Press) The Expositor’s Greek Testament (5 Volumes) New Testament for English Readers – Dean Alford (4 Volumes) Vincent’s Word Studies of the New Testament (4 Volumes – MacDonald) Word Pictures in New Testament – A.T. Robertson (6 Volumes – Broadman) Word Studies in the Greek New Testament – Kenneth Wuest (4 Volumes – Eerdmans)
Some Important Books to Have
30 Days to Understanding the Bible – Max Anders Biblical Preaching – Haddon Robinson Calvary Chapel Distinctives – Chuck Smith Charisma vs. Charismania – Chuck Smith Church History in Plain Language – Bruce Shelley The Cost of Discipleship – Dietrich Bonhoeffer Eerdman’s Handbook to the History of Christianity (also published as the Lion Handbook to the History of Christianity) Full Surrender – J. Edwin Orr How to Pray – R.A. Torrey The Jesus Style; Spirit Style; and Body Style – Gayle Erwin Lectures to My Students – Charles Spurgeon Mere Christianity – C.S. Lewis The New Park Street Pulpit and the Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit – Charles Spurgeon Not Knowing Wither – Oswald Chambers The Pilgrim Church – E. H. Broadbent The Power of Prayer – E.M. Bounds Spiritual Leadership – J. Oswald Sanders
Real Books or Digital Copies?
My library is almost only of books and I like reading books rather than a computer screen. However, you can get so much more for your money by buying digital copies that if I were building a library again, I would probably start with digital and then by books as I was able to.
For example, you can spend anywhere from $500 to $1000 to buy Spurgeon’s collected sermons in book form (65 beautiful volumes) or you can spend $35 and buy the digital copies. It just makes sense to do it that way.