There are a lot of good books available for Christians to read. In fact, there are more than you and I have time to read. The following is a short list of books that will benefit you and your relationship with the Lord. Why not spend some time reading this summer?
1. Knowing God by J.I. Packer
2. How Long O Lord: Reflections on Suffering and Evil by D.A. Carson
3. Marks of the Messenger: Knowing, Living and Speaking the Gospel by J. Mack Stiles
4. Counterfeit Gods: The Empty Promises of Money, Sex, and Power, and the Only Hope that Matters by Tim Keller
5. A Call to Spiritual Reformation: Priorities from Paul and His Prayers by D.A. Carson
6. Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life by Donald Whitney
7. The Practice of Godliness by Jerry Bridges
8. The Pursuit of Holiness by Jerry Bridges
9. Craftsmen: Skillfully Leading Your Family for Christ by John Crotts
10. Faithful Women and Their Extraordinary God by Noel Piper
11. Crazy Busy by Kevin DeYoung
12. Don’t Waste Your Life by John Piper
On the first Sunday of each month we observe the Lord's Supper. The Apostle Paul instructs us that it is important to examine ourselves before we eat and drink in remembrance of Jesus. He writes in 1 Corinthians 11:28, "Let a person examine himself, then, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup."
This should include examining are relationships with others in the church body. Are we living in a Christ-like manner with our brothers and sisters in the faith? Are we harboring envy, bitterness, or malice? Do we need to go and ask for forgiveness? The Lord's Supper is a good time to take stock of how we are doing relationally in the body of Christ. It is also a good time to examine all areas of our life. The following six questions are to help you in this examination process. Why don't you work through them as you look forward to eating and drinking at the Lord's Table.
Since the last time you observed the Lord’s Supper:
1. Have you confessed and repented of all known sin in your life?
3. Do you have a growing delight in God and his promises? Is this expressed in a desire to read and meditate on God’s Word? To worship the Lord with other believers?
4. Do you love others more and is that love demonstrated in concrete, practical ways? Are you more thankful for others?
5. Do you forgive others quicker? Or are you harboring bitterness, hatred or malice toward another person?
6. Are you more fervent in prayer? Do you find yourself quicker to pray? Are you praying for others, even your enemies?