Recommended Resources

Bible Websites

Bible Gateway

Blue Letter Bible

Bible.com (YouVersion)

Bible.org

ESV Online

Bible Study Tools

 

Recommended Translations

This mostly comes down to personal preference.  Some prefer a more word-for-word translation, which can be choppy and hard to understand.  Some prefer a more thought-for-thought translation, which is good to read, but harder to study from.  Or maybe you want a balance.  Some paraphrases, such as The Living Bible and The Message, may be good for those who aren’t as familiar with the Bible and want to get started, but we don’t recommend them as versions you should study from and would encourage you to move away from them as you grow in familiarity and understanding of the Bible. While it’s a long-cherished and fine translation, we don’t recommend using the King James Version, mostly because the language is 400 years old and can be confusing to modern readers.  The following are some good translations to use (generally arranged from most to least word-for-word):

  • New American Standard Bible (NASB)
  • English Standard Version (ESV)
  • New English Translation (NET)
  • Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)
  • New Living Translation (NLT)

 

Recommended Study Bibles

A study Bible may come in different translations, so be sure to get the translation you prefer if that is the case.  The following are some study Bibles we recommend:

  • The MacArthur Study Bible (various translations available)
  • ESV Study Bible
  • HCSB Study Bible
  • Apologetics Study Bible (HCSB)
  • NASB Study Bible
  • NLT Study Bible and/or NLT Life Application Study Bible

More…

SermonAudio.com  Listen to hundreds of thousands of sermons from conservative churches worldwide

Refnet.fm  24-hour Internet Radio committed to the historic Christian Faith. You’ll hear preaching, teaching, scripture, news, music and audio books. You can listen online or get the app.

Shane Kastler  Find sermons from Shane Kastler, a former pastor of FCC

Grace to You  The radio and resource ministry of Dr. John MacArthur, pastor of Grace Community Church (Sun Valley, CA)

Walk in the Word  The radio and resource ministry of James MacDonald, pastor of Harvest Bible Chapel (Elgin, IL)

Truth for Life  The Bible teaching ministry of Alistair Begg

Ligonier Ministries  The teaching fellowship of R. C. Sproul

Living on the Edge  The preaching and teaching of Chip Ingram

Turning Point  The broadcast and resource ministry of Dr. David Jeremiah

Love Worth Finding Ministries  Resources and sermons from the late Dr. Adrian Rogers

MBTS Chapel Resources  Video and audio sermons from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (Kansas City, MO)

SBTS Chapel Resources  Video and audio sermons from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (Louisville, KY)

Evangelism & Apologetics

Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM)
Excellent apologetic lectures and sermons and written resources to help Christians defend the faith

Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry (CARM)
Excellent written and video resources concerning biblical doctrines, world religions, cults, and movements

Stand to Reason
The apologetics ministry of Greg Koukl

Christian Research Institute
The apologetics ministry of Hank Hanegraaff: radio broadcast, written resources, and more

The Way of the Master
Get training and tons of resources on this website featuring a biblical, powerful method of evangelism

Living Waters
The Way of the Master store where you can purchase lots of evangelism materials (training resources, tracts, etc.)

Blogs & Websites

The Gospel Coalition 
An excellent website with gospel-centered resources, sermons, and blogs from leaders and scholars across denominational lines

9Marks Ministries
A ministry to equip churches with a biblical vision and practical resources for displaying God’s glory to the nations through healthy churches

Albert Mohler
Blogs, sermons, news, and more from Dr. Albert Mohler, president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Thom Rainer
Blogs, podcast, and other resources from Dr. Thom Rainer, president and CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources

The Narrow Road
The blog of Shane Kastler, a former pastor of FCC

Sovereign Grace Music
They have some doctrinally sound, theocentric, gospel-proclaiming songs that are musically good (plus lots of free music resources!)

Schools

Calvary Bible College and Theological Seminary

Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and College

Missions

Haiti Health Ministries
Bringing health and the gospel to Haiti – the mission of Dr. Jim and Sandy Wilkins of Girard, KS, a mission we have served on short-term missions

Justin and Amy Culp
A missionary family we support doing church planting and discipleship among the Lopit people in South Sudan

 

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