Spring 2023 Creative Team Book Picks

Spring is here! What does this change in season mean for The Loved Bible Project? Our Instagram and Facebook posts will have quotes and photos from a NEW round of books.

Check out why we chose each book!

Belong: Loving Your Church by Reflecting Christ to One Another by Barnabas Piper

Creative Team Member: Malea

We have an entire section of the Foundations Workbook dedicated to talking about relationships and the church. We love this series to help grow in our love for the local church. “This book explores how you can help to create a church where everybody feels at home: a place where fellow believers build genuine, honest, meaningful Christian relationships and enjoy deep fellowship as a community of believers.  You may be a new believer and wonder what it means to belong to a church; you may be reluctant to commit to your church because of past experiences; you may have recently relocated and want to find a church where you feel at home; or you may love your church and desire to commit to it more deeply and serve it more fully. Whatever the case, this book will help you to see that belonging to a church is a good gift from God, the outworking of our identity as brothers and sisters in Christ, and worth your time, love, and commitment.” Follow #LovedBibleBelong!

Gather: Loving the Church as You Celebrate Christ Together by Tony Merida

Creative Team Member: Malea

“Readers will see how each part of a church service (preaching, praying, singing, baptism, Lord’s Supper, and building each other up in conversations) are ways to enjoy and share God’s grace, and are therefore essential for spiritual endurance. You’ll also be reminded that your presence in corporate worship matters because you have a part to play in encouraging your brothers and sisters and spurring them to love and good deeds: “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.”(Hebrews 10:24-25) Read this book to renew your understanding and enjoyment of going to church and to be excited by the ways in which your presence can encourage others.” Follow #LovedBibleGather!

Welcome: Loving Your Church by Making Room for Everyone by Jen Oshman

Creative Team Member: Malea

“This warm, practical book by Jen Oshman explores what the Bible says to help readers discover how to make space for others, however different they are to them, in their church and in their lives. She also gives practical advice, drawing on good practice from churches around the world in a range of situations. In a world of division, individualism, and isolation, readers will see that their church can witness to Christ by being a place of welcome, community, and connection.” Follow #LovedBibleWelcome!

The Gospel Changes Everything (365 Devotional) by The Daily Grace Company

Creative Team Member: Christie

At the Loved Bible Project, we keep talking about the gospel as it not only what saves us but also what sanctifies and sustains us. “When life feels busy or we’re faced with difficult circumstances, what do we turn to? Though we are tempted to turn to temporary comforts and pleasures, we must continually be reminded of the gospel when we need it the most. The Gospel Changes Everything is a theologically rich and accessible daily devotional that points to the power of the gospel in the life of the believer.” Follow #LovedBibleGospelDevo!

Truth on Fire by Adam Ramsey

Creative Team Member: Amber

“Adam Ramsey invites us to engage both our minds and our emotions in our walk with God as we gaze at him until our hearts sing. He sums it up like this: “My hope in these following pages is to paint a biblical portrait of what God is actually like, so that we can gaze upon him together until our hearts can’t help but sing. To behold him in such a way that our daily experience is transformed with a deepened awareness of who it is we pray to, who it is that is with us, and who it is that we are loved by. To let God’s truth set our hearts on fire.” Follow #LovedBibleTruthonFire!

From Beginning to Forever by Elizabeth Woodson

Creative Team Member: Julie

As you read the Biblical Overview of Foundation 1 (Foundations Workbook) a big takeaway to think about is understanding the Bible is one big unified story. This is a great resource to better understand the story of scripture. “In From Beginning to Forever, Elizabeth Woodson guides you through the story of the Bible, showing how all 66 books combine to form one unified narrative. Weaving together the rich theological truths found in Genesis through Revelation, this 8-session study shows the eternal significance of what God is doing in the world and how he invites us to be a part of it.” Follow #LovedBibleBeginningtoForever!

Gospel-Centered Discipleship: Revised and Expanded by Jonathan Dodson

Creative Team Member: Heather

If you have been following The Loved Bible Project, you know we believe the gospel is for all of life. “In this second edition of Gospel-Centered Discipleship, Jonathan Dodson presents an effective, Spirit-led model for sanctification. Reminding readers that real discipleship is imperfect yet transformational, Dodson encourages Christians to engage more authentically with others as they grow in faith. Drawing from his own failures and successes while following Jesus, Dodson defines discipleship, describes the heart of a disciple, and gives practical guidance for mentor and peer-based discipleship as Jesus intended.” Follow #LovedBibleDiscipleship!

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