“Must-Read” List from Ligonier’s Teaching Fellows
At the beginning of 2010, Drs. Sinclair Ferguson, Robert Godfrey, Steven Lawson, and R.C. Sproul Jr. became Teaching Fellows at Ligonier Ministries. These four men will serve as advisors to Dr. Sproul, the board, and senior leadership, and will be active teachers in all the ministries at Ligonier.
Recently, they provided us a list of three of their favorite influential reading recommendations that we now pass on to you.
Sinclair Ferguson is one of today’s leading Reformed theologians. He is senior pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Columbia, S.C., and Distinguished Visiting Professor of Systematic Theology at Westminster Seminary in Dallas, Tex. Among Dr. Ferguson’s many books are The Christian Life: A Doctrinal Introduction, The Holy Spirit, and In Christ Alone.
The Glory of Christ by John Owen
“If Calvin helped shape my mind, then Owen helped shape my soul. Few if any authors have captured the profound understanding of the person of Christ with a spirit of loving trust and devotion to him that causes a reader to sense that he or she is beginning to be ‘lost in wonder, love, and praise.’ Owen does this.” —Sinclair Ferguson
Institutes of the Christian Religion by John Calvin
“It is an impossible challenge to list three books out of the multitude of volumes that have proven themselves as significant resources in one’s own life, never mind the entire experience of the Christian Church—but Calvin’s Institutes stands at the top of my own list simply because no book outside of Scripture has contributed so much to the renewing of my own mind.” —Sinclair Ferguson
The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan
“What more can one say about this book than has already been said? It is simply extraordinary in every way. Not only do I love it because of its vivid description of what it means to become and be a Christian, but because it has become an invaluable pastoral tool to me. It is all so lifelike, so spiritually realistic, so challenging, so encouraging, and so strengthening. I love it!” —Sinclair Ferguson
Robert Godfrey is president and professor of church history at Westminster Seminary California. A member of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals, Dr. Godfrey has also written several books including An Unexpected Journey, Reformation Sketches, and God’s Pattern for Creation.
Putting Amazing Back into Grace by Michael Horton
“This is a classic everyone should have and share.” —Robert Godfrey
After Darkness, Light: Essays in Honor of Dr. R.C. Sproul edited by R.C. Sproul Jr.
“A great statement of the five points of Calvinism.” —Robert Godfrey
Sermons on the Beatitudes by John Calvin
“Any collection of sermons by John Calvin is always wonderfully spiritually profitable.” —Robert Godfrey
Steven J. Lawson is the senior pastor of Christ Fellowship Baptist Church in Mobile, Ala., and serves on the ministerial board for Reformed Theological Seminary and the board of directors for the Master’s College and Seminary. Dr. Lawson has also authored many books including Famine in the Land, Foundations of Grace, and The Expository Genius of John Calvin.
Whatever Happened to the Gospel of Grace? by James Montgomery Boice
“Here is an excellent overview of the five solas that ignited the Protestant Reformation. This survey serves to remind us that whenever and wherever these glorious truths are upheld and embraced, they continue to bring about biblical reformation to today’s churches, ministries, and individuals.” —Steven Lawson
A Body of Divinity by Thomas Watson
“Here is one of the mightiest of the Puritans, expounding the Westminster Confession, supporting it with the Scripture, teaching its grand theology, and applying its life-changing truths. This is a God-centered presentation of Reformed teaching, written in an accessible, engaging style.” —Steven Lawson
The Forgotten Spurgeon by Iain Murray
“Here is the life and ministry of the ‘Prince of Preachers,’ Charles H. Spurgeon, presented around the great controversies that confronted him in eighteenth century London. This book uses Spurgeon to show what high theology looks like in one with an unquenchable zeal to preach these truths in a compelling and contagious fashion.” —Steven Lawson
R.C. Sproul Jr.
R.C. Sproul Jr. is the founder of Highlands Ministries in Bristol, Va., and travels extensively as a conference speaker. He has written several books including Tearing Down Strongholds, Bound for Glory, Biblical Economics, and Believing God.
The Bondage of the Will by Martin Luther
“My favorite theology book ever—a solidly biblical, potently written defense of the sovereignty of God in our salvation, and the depravity of man. Luther hear utterly decimates the notion that man has in himself the ability to embrace the work of Christ for us.” —R.C. Sproul Jr.
The Shape of Sola Scriptura by Keith Mathison
“This exposition of the Protestant doctrine is more than a mere history lesson on the battles of the Reformation, more even than an exploration of a sound doctrine of Scripture. It includes as well a sound, historical and biblical exposition of how we must value the wisdom of our fathers, the insight of the church, while submitting ultimately to God’s inerrant Word.” —R.C. Sproul Jr.
If There’s a God, Why Are There Atheists? by R.C. Sproul
“This brief book successfully exposes the foolishness of unbelief, demonstrating that the giants of secular ‘theology’ are driven by their sinful hearts, rather than their open minds, just as Paul reminds us in Romans 1. Along the way, as with another more well known book by the same author we are shown the holiness of God, that we might not only believe, but worship.” —R.C. Sproul Jr.