Join your MVC family as we work our way through a book. Bring your questions and observations to the discussion and share what you have learned.
Second QUARTER 2023
Author and pastor Paul David Tripp encourages couples to make 6 commitments to one another; commitments such as practicing forgiveness, appreciating differences, and actively working toward a relationship that is built on trust. Through each chapter, Tripp encourages readers to be motivated by grace as they strive to make Jesus Christ the center of their marriages.
FIRST QUARTER 2023
While our final authority for teaching and study is God's word, we encourage you to supplement this with books that consolidate Biblical teaching on certain topics and autobiographies. In light of our State of the Church Sermon from January 1st, we are spending the first quarter renewing our minds on what it means to be a friend. While this may seem basic, it is critical to future topics this year.
In Radical, David Platt challenges you to consider with an open heart how we have manipulated the gospel to fit our cultural preferences. He shows what Jesus actually said about being his disciple--then invites you to believe and obey what you have heard.
Stemming from Packer's profound theological knowledge, Knowing God brings together two important facets of the Christian faith― knowing about God and also knowing God through the context of a close relationship with the person of Jesus Christ. Explaining both who God is and how we can relate to Him, Packer divides his book into three sections: The first directs our attention to how and why we know God, the second to the attributes of God and the third to the benefits enjoyed by those who know Him intimately.
We live in a time of division. It shows up not just between political parties, ethnic groups, and churches, but also inside of them. In How the Nations Rage, political theology scholar and pastor Jonathan Leeman challenges Christians from across the spectrum to hit the restart button. When we identify with Christ more than a political party or social group, we return to the Church's unchanging political task: to represent a heavenly and future kingdom now.
For January/February 2020, we read Randy Alcorn's, The Treasure Principle. Jesus spent more time talking about money and possessions than about hell and heaven combined. But, too often, we overlook or misunderstand His profound teaching in Matthew 6. Jesus offers us life changing investment advice, urging us to store up treasures in heaven where they will await us and last forever. We can't take it with us, but we can send it on ahead.
The Bible stands at the heart of the Christian faith. But, why should we trust the Bible? Our August book selection was Why Should We Trust The Bible? It is the third in the series by Greg Gilbert and will, hopefully, help us articulate why we should trust scripture when it comes to understanding who God is, who we are, and how we are supposed to live.
Who is Jesus? is the second book in our 3 book series by Greg Gilbert. Intended as a succinct introduction to Jesus' life, words, and enduring significance, this offers a compelling portrait of Jesus Christ. It encourages readers to carefully consider His history-shaping life and extraordinary teachings.
This month we read the first book in our 3 book series - What is the Gospel? by Greg Gilbert. Beginning with Paul's systematic presentation of the Gospel in Romans and moving through the sermons in Acts, Gilbert argues that the structure of the Gospel consists of four main subjects: God, man, Christ, and a response.
Continuing with the topic of holiness, we learned about how to pursue it. Our book for April was The Hole in Our Holiness: Filling the Gap between Gospel Passion and the Pursuit of Godliness by Kevin DeYoung.
The Holiness of God by R. C. Sproul is a classic that every Christian should read.
To continue with our big picture study of the Book of Moses, we read The Whole Story of The Bible in 16 Verses by Chris Bruno.