"All the paths of the LORD are steadfast love and faithfulness, for those who keep His covenant and His testimonies" (Psalm 25:10).
Covenant Church (PCA) - Houston, TX
Monday, November 30, 2020
Transforming Hearts, Conforming to Christ

Library & Book Table

Our library is upstairs in the the main building, and it contains dozens of videos, hundreds of books, and thousands of sermons on cassette.  Covenant's best kept secret keeps getting better!  We recently received a donation of 28 new books for children and families.  The new books are indicated in red in our online book inventory.  Take a few minutes to browse our online book inventory to discover the perfect book for you.  In the spreadsheet, use the arrows at the top of any column to select the desired filter or filters.  With over forty categories and more than 800 different books to choose from, there is bound to be something for you to enjoy.

 
In addition to the books already available in the library, we also would like to highlight some recommended reading in the table below.  Books can be purchased on-line from suppliers or the publisher.  See our Links Page for more information.

 
 

 
 


 
 
Let's Study Philippians
by Sinclair Ferguson

 
This text is the basis of the Area Bible Studies in Katy, W. Houston & N. Houston

Written to the congregation which Paul probably held nearest to his heart, the Letter to the Philippians is full of Christ and overflows with a contagious sense of great joy.  The church at Philippi was Paul's crown and joy.  But now, in the apostle's absence, problems had arisen among these new Christians, threatening their fellowship and their witness.  Let's Study Philippians is the first in a series of commentaries written to encourage ordinary Christians to read, understand and apply God's word. 

Published by Banner of Truth Trust, 1997.
 
 

 


 

 

 


 
The Pursuit of Holiness; The Discipline of Grace
A pair by Jerry Bridges

The Pursuit of Holiness
This text is the basis of the Adult Sunday School class - Personal Holiness (Spring, 2005).

"Be holy, for I am holy," commands God to His people.  But holiness is something that is often missed in the Christian's daily life.  According to Jerry Bridges, that's because we're not exactly sure what our part in holiness is.  In The Pursuit of Holiness, he helps us see clearly just what we should rely on God to do-and what we should accept responsibility for ourselves.  Whether you're continuing your pursuit of holiness or just beginning, the principles and guidelines in The Pursuit of Holiness will challenge you to obey God's command of holiness.

Published by NavPress, original date 1978 (multiple reprints).

 
 
 
The Discipline of Grace
This text is the basis of the Adult Sunday School class - Discipline of Grace (Fall, 2006).

 
We know we need grace.  Without it we'd never come to Christ in the first place, but being a Christian is more than just coming to Christ.  It's about growing and becoming more like Jesus - it's about pursuing holiness.  The pursuit of holiness is hard work, and that's where we turn from grace to discipline and often make a big mistake.  Grace is crucial for growing as a Christian.  According to Bridges, "The pursuit of holiness must be anchored in the grace of God; otherwise it is doomed to failure."  Grace is at the heart of the gospel, and a misunderstanding of the gospel and of grace can lead you into a performance-based lifestyle that's at odds with the gospel.  In The Discipline of Grace, you'll find a clear and thorough explanation of the gospel and what it means to the believer.  You'll also learn how the same grace that brings you to faith in Christ also disciplines you in Christ, and how you can learn to discipline yourself in the areas of commitment, conviction, choices, watchfulness, and adversity.

Published by NavPress, 1994.
 
 
 
 
 

 
 

 
 

 


 
Christ of the Covenants; Covenants
A pair by O. Palmer Robertson

Christ of the Covenants
This text is the basis of the Adult Sunday School class - Covenant Theology (Fall, 2006).

This text is the definitive contribution to covenant theology from a Reformed perspective and an instant classic.  Robertson defines a covenant as "a bond in blood sovereignly administered."  Emphasizing the interdependence of the Old and New Testaments, Robertson examines the covenants of creation, Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, David, and Christ to illustrate the progressive nature of God's redemptive plan.  Readers will benefit from Robertson's balanced exposition and fair-minded interaction with other viewpoints.
 
Published by P&R Publishing, 1981.

 
 
 
Covenants
This text is also used in the Adult Sunday School class - Covenant Theology (Fall, 2006).

 
This smaller volume is designed as an introduction to covenant theology for Sunday school classes.  Thus, it is a more simplified version of the more scholarly work above.

Published by Great Commission Publications, 1987.
 
 
 

The Message of the Sermon on the Mount
by John R. W. Stott

This text is the basis of the Adult Sunday School class - The Sermon on the Mount (Spring 2006).

"The followers of Jesus are to different," writes John Stott, "different from both the nominal church and the secular world, different from both the religious and the irreligious. The Sermon on the Mount is the most complete delineation anywhere in the New Testament of the Christian counter-culture. Here is a Christian value-system, ethical standard, religious devotion, attitude to money, ambition, lifestyle and network of relationships--all of which are totally at variance with those in the non-Christian world. And this Christian counter-culture is the life of the kingdom of God, a fully human life indeed but lived out under the divine rule." In this exposition of Jesus' Sermon on the Mount, John R. W. Stott expounds the biblical text and relates it to life today. Above all, the author says, he wants to let Christ speak this sermon again, this time to the modern world.

Published by Inter-Varsity Press, 1978.
 
 

 
Discovering the Fullness of Worship
by Paul E. Engle

This text is the basis of the Adult Sunday School class - The Fullness of Worship (Spring 2006).

Explore what the Bible Says about worship in the Old and New Testaments.  Engle examines the parts of worship and helps enrich our private and corporate worship experience. This is an easy read and yet profound at the same time. 
 
This book is available directly from the publisher. 

Published by Great Commission Publications, 1978.
 
 


 
The Coming Wrath: Book 1 of Lost Worlds
by John K. Reed
John Reed is a former member of Covenant and this is his debut novel, the first in a planned trilogy of historical fiction centered on the great Flood of Genesis. The focal point character in the novel is Madrazi, a great-granddaughter of Methuselah who is betrothed to Shem, the great-grandson of that same patriarch.  We join Madrazi on a journey from the comfort of her past life into the uncertainty of the future as she enters the home of her father-in-law, Noah. For 100 years, Noah has embarked on a project that the society around him believes laughable: the building of a great Ark against the coming day of judgment from the Creator. Madrazi has to confront her own feelings of disbelief against the faith of Noah and her new family. 

In his portrayal of Madrazi, John Reed highlights the struggle that we all face between the seen and the unseen.  Madrazi is drawn to the culture of the city, to her friends, and to the comfort she longs for there.  However, it becomes increasingly clear that her new family has given up the cares of this world and is looking for the certainty of the new world to come. The only problem is that no one else in the world believes the day of judgment is coming! 

Although a work of fiction, The Coming Wrath is faithful to the Scripture and portrays a solid biblical worldview.  It will provide you insight into the antediluvian period of Biblical history and give you a greater appreciation for Noah, the “preacher of righteousness.”  It will also challenge you to lift your eyes beyond the corrupt culture of your current world and look ahead for the new world that will sure come.

Published by Word Ministries, 2005.
 
 

Sure I Believe-So What: How to Really Live Your Faith

 
Sure I Believe - So What
by James Montgomery Boice

This text is the basis of the Adult Sunday School class - The Book of James (Winter 2005-06).

How well does your public Christian face match the truth of your private internal life? … Didn’t think it did!!  It doesn’t matter how enthusiastic your embrace of Christian doctrine and believes, it is how those beliefs are translated into action that shows the honesty of your profession of faith.  Many talk the talk but fewer walk the walk.  Fed up with hypocrisy?  Then take the time to study the book of James using this helpful and easy-to-read book by James Boice.  The book of James will challenge your practical Christianity in a way that almost no other part of the Bible will and will give you concrete exhortations on how to live the Christian life.

Published by Christian Focus Publications, 1994.
 
 


 
Lost in the Middle: Midlife and the Grace of God
by Paul David Tripp

This text is the basis of the Adult Sunday School class - Lost & Found (Fall, 2005).

The Bible never discusses midlife, just like it never discusses teenagers....  Yet the Bible is able to unpack any of life’s experiences because it was written by the One who made them all. Life on this side of glory is hard.  This world is a broken place.  You will face things in midlife that beat at the borders of your faith, but you do not have to be lost in the middle of your story. Although this book is targeted at those who are facing the issues of midlife, it has a much broader net than that.  Lost in the Middle can help all who are confronted with life in this broken world and have lost their way.  The God who seems so distant to you in this moment is actually near and active.  Lost in the Middle is written to give you eyes to see him, to see yourself more clearly, and to find the real hope that you need to carry on.

You do not have to be paralyzed by regret, defeated by aging, and discouraged by the passing of your dreams.  This time of life, which can seem like the end of many things, can actually welcome you to a brand new way of living.  As is so often the case in your walk with the Lord, this moment of pain is also a moment of grace.  Because of this, we all need to occasionally step back, slow down, and consider where we are going.  Lost in the Middle will help you to do just that.

This book is well written, easy to read, and a must for those who want to apply Biblical theology to practical Christian living.
Published by Shepherd Press, 2005.
 
 



 
The Reformation Study Bible (NKJV & ESV)

The New Geneva Study Bible, later renamed The Reformation Study Bible, is the first Bible since the 1560 Geneva Bible to contain study tools rooted in the theology recovered during the Protestant Reformation. They are the product of a seven-year effort of Dr. R.C. Sproul and fifty other scholars to provide study notes to explain historical culture and customs, meanings of original Greek and Hebrew words and phrases, literary forms, and other obstacles that can block accurate interpretation of Scripture.

This study Bible is published by Ligonier Ministries and produced & distributed by P&R Publishing.  Limited quantities of this Bible with the New King James Version (NKJV) translation are directly available at Ligonier Ministries.  The Reformation Study Bible is currently being updated with the English Standard Version (ESV).  Both hardcover and genuine leather versions are available.

Published by P&R Publishing, in conjunction with Ligonier Ministries, 2005 (ESV).
 
 

 

 


 

 

 


 
Crook in the Lot: A Puritan's Understanding of that Thorn in Your Side
Human Nature in its Fourfold State

A Pair of Puritan Classics by Thomas Boston 

Crook in the Lot: First published in 1737 this book holds a special place among the tremendous amount of Puritan literature that was produced during that time.  Thomas Boston was renowned for his clearly understood English and the manner in which he maintained that clarity while conveying messages of great depth.  Crook in the Lot is introduced by J.I. Packer.  In an extensive prologue he shows how Boston's advice remains deeply relevant today.  Boston was not preaching merely from his theological understanding, he was speaking from direct personal experience. Boston had real "thorns" to deal with himself, ranging from his wife's paralyzing depression to his own experiences living for years with what were probably kidney stones.  He brings his own unique combination of wonderfully profound and yet immensely practical advice to bear to give us a work of lasting impact.

Human Nature: If there is one book that more than any other stands out as representative of the best of our Scottish religious classics this is it.  The author reached back to the beginning of history, on through the march of time, and forward to the end of the age.  In his most famous work, Boston expounds the biblical teaching on the four different 'States' of man's relationship with God: innocence, sin, grace, and glory.

Published by Christian Focus Publications, 2002 and Banner of Truth Trust, 1989.
 
 



 
Call the Sabbath a Delight  
Signs of the Apostles: Observations on Pentecostalism Old and New
A Pair by Walter J. Chantry

Sabbath: In his books, Walter Chantry has consistently put his finger on the particular weaknesses and failures of the contemporary church.  Call the Sabbath a Delight is no exception.  Its concern is to show why and how the Lord's Day is meant to be one of joy for God's people.  An important book for all Christians to read.

Apostles: An examination of the Charismatic and Pentecostal movements in today's church, and an exposition of the biblical teaching on the work of the Holy Spirit.

Published by Banner of Truth Trust, 1991 & 1981.
 
 

 

 
A Quest for Godliness: The Puritan Vision of the Christian Life
by J. I. Packer

J.I. Packer has had a long-standing passion for the Puritans.  Their understanding of God and His ways with man has largely formed his own spirituality and theological outlook.  In A Quest for Godliness, the esteemed author of Knowing God and a dozen other books shares with his readers the rich world of Puritanism that has been so influential in his own life.  Dr. Packer masterfully uncovers the hidden treasures of Puritan life and thought.  With crystalline clarity he reveals the depth and breadth of Puritan spiritual life, contrasting it with the superficiality and deadness of modern Western Christianity.  Drawing on a lifetime of study, Dr. Packer takes the reader on a survey of the lives and teachings of great Puritan leaders such as John Owen, Richard Baxter, and Jonathan Edwards.  He offers a close look at such subjects as the Puritan view of the Bible, spiritual gifts, the Sabbath, worship, social action, and the family. He concludes that a main different between the Puritans and ourselves is spiritual maturity--the Puritans had it; we don't.

Published by Good News Publishing, 1990.
 
 

 
Discovering God's Will
by Sinclair Ferguson 

Discovering God's Will draws out fundamental principles by which God guides us.  It shows that the guidance God gives comes primarily through knowing, loving and obeying him.

Published by Banner of Truth Trust, 1982.
 
 

 


 
1 Samuel: Looking on the Heart (Focus on the Bible)
2 Samuel: Out of Every Adversity (Focus on the Bible)
by Dale Ralph Davis

These book are the commentaries we have used in our midweek neighborhood Bible studies on First & Second Samuel.

These books are commentaries that do not deal with the minor issues in a text but go straight to the "literary quality of the narrative and, especially, on the theological witness of the text."  Dr. Davis communicates the meaning of biblical texts with a freshness that does not compromise the content.  He writes with a pastor's heart AND the incisive brain of a respected theologian specialising in the Old Testament texts.  Mixing humor with insight, Dr. Davis brings the book of 1 Samuel alive and addresses the question: What does God seek when He looks on the heart?  The lessons in 2 Samuel from the life of Israel, and David in particular, have obvious modern parallels.

Published by Christian Focus Publications, 2003 (originally published 1988 by Baker Books).
 
 

 


 
Apologetics to the Glory of God
by John M. Frame

This book has been used in the College & Careers Bible Study on the subject of Apologetics.

In this book, John M. Frame unveils some of the "variety and richness of a biblical apologetic." Defining apologetics as "the discipline that teaches Christians how to give a reason for their hope," he distinguishes three main kinds of apologetic: PROOF - presenting a rational basis for faith; DEFENSE - answering objections of unbelief; OFFENSE - exposing the foolishness of unbelieving thought.  Frame clarifies the relationships of reason, proofs, and evidences to faith, biblical authority, and the Lordship of Christ.  He offers a fresh look at probability arguments and gives special attention to the problem of evil.  Particularly helpful are his extensive use of Scripture and his presentation of specific lines of argument.  A model dialogue in the concluding chapter shows how the various lines of argument work in a conversation with a nonbeliever.

Published by P&R Publishing, 1994.
 
 

 

 


 
Shared Life: The Trinity and the Fellowship of God's People
Behold Your God

A Pair by Donald Macleod

Shared Life: God is a Trinity, but what does that mean? What does it matter? And what difference does it make to me?  The doctrine of the Trinity is not simply something to be believed, but something that ought to affect ours lives profoundly, says Donald Macleod, who explores the teaching of the Bible and the early church, and brings out important and practical implications for us.  This is a short easy to read but profound book explaining the trinity. A must-read for all Christians.

Behold Your God: This is an important work designed to help us to know and understand God.  In this readable 150 page book, the author gives new and fresh insight into the person the nature of God, answering questions such as: Who is God?  Shall Christians rejoice in the wrath of God?  Is there such a  thing as an atheist? and What do we mean when we talk about the Love of God?  This book is available directly from the publisher. 

Published by Christian Focus Publications, 1995.
 

 
The Federal Theology: Its Import and Its Regulative Influence
by John L Girardeau

This is a short pamphlet, outlining the theology that God deals with all men and woman through the two great representatives, Adam and Christ.  Adam though the Fall in Genesis 3 allowed sin to enter into the race, but Christ, who Paul calls the second Adam or the last Adam, through his obedience brings life to those who are in him.  The theology in this short book is fundamental to our whole Christian life.  It well deserves a read.
 
This book is available directly from the publisher. 

Published by Reformed Heritage Books.
 
 

 


 
Justification and the New Perspectives on Paul: A Review and Response 
by Guy Prentiss Waters

Have evangelicals misunderstood Paul?  Was the Reformation doctrine of justification a mistake?  The New Perspective on Paul has serious implications for that pivotal doctrine of the gospel.  Guy Waters lays out the theological, historical, and cultural antecedents to the New Perspective and examines its leading proponents.  He offers a trenchant critique of their work and warns us of problems that the New Perspective may pose within the Church.

From the introduction: "I want to illustrate the ways in which the New Perspective(s) on Paul (NPP) deviates from the doctrines set forth in the Westminster Standards.  I also want to show how Reformed theology surpasses the NPP in explaining Paul's statements regarding the law, the righteousness of God, justification, and a host of other topics and doctrines.  In other words, our critique of the NPP will be not only theological but also exegetical. ... Some within the Reformed churches have enthusiastically heralded the NPP and its supposed compatibility with Reformed and biblical teaching.  Upon examination, however, the NPP both in its particulars and as a system will evidence marked differences with Reformed and biblical teaching.  The soteriological sympathies of the NPP, to the degree that these sympathies exist, are not with Protestantism, but with Roman Catholicism.  These sympathies are rooted, we will argue, in the historical-critical tradition's previous departure from the Reformational doctrine of justification by faith alone.  I have thought it necessary to underscore these concerns in this work in view of the potential dangers to the church that are occasioned by enthusiastic and uncritical receptions of the NPP...." 

Although this book is not a quick read, it is important for today's church to understand the dangers of the "New Perspectives on Paul."

Published by P&R Publishing, 2004.