Reformed Reading Group

Brothers and Sisters,

The purpose of the Reformed Reading Group is to expose the Christian reader to biblically sound and theologically significant books from a confessionally Reformed perspective.

You’ll notice that these books are divided into six categories. It is helpful to read from a wide range of disciplines in order to understand and appreciate the richness of Christian doctrine. We will read from three categories simultaneously and will gather once a month for discussion. We will move at a pace of 7-10 pages per day. When a book is finished we will switch to a book from one of the other categories until all books have been read. The books in each category are intended to be read in order. It will take at least three years to complete all of the books.

Our hope is that Christians in general will be edified, those who desire to serve in ministry will be better equipped, those who plan to attend seminary will go with a solid foundation, and that those who have been through seminary and are currently serving in ministry will stay sharp by interacting with these foundational works with others. We understand that not all Christians enjoy reading in such an organized and rigorous fashion. This group is for those who do. There are certainly other opportunities for learning offered at Emmaus Christian Fellowship. Please browse our website under the heading “Learn” to find out more, or speak with an elder. This group is open to Christians who are members of other churches besides Emmaus.

It was challenging to form this list because there are so many excellent books to choose from. The books were selected because they seem especially foundational. We are indebted to the Reformed Forum and their recommended reading list which is broken into seven categories, with three levels in each category (the seventh category on their list is “Classics. Etc.”, which contains some wonderful titles). Most of the books on our list were drawn from levels one and two of their’s. Members of this reading group are encouraged to continue on with the books on their list if they so desire. We have adopted a shorter list in an attempt to progress through the books in a reasonable amount of time (three years to get through ours compared to, perhaps, ten years to get through theirs!).

Our group will begin by reading “How to Read a Book”, by Mortimer J. Alder and Charles Van Doren. We hope to develop a system of reading and note taking that will enable us to retain what we have read and have meaningful conversations at the end of every month.

May this endeavor give glory to God, contribute to the advancement of his kingdom, and move those involved to keep his will with a spirit of humility.

Soli Deo Gloria!

Pastor Joe


Reading List

Biblical Studies & Hermeneutics (781 pages)

* Ridderbos, Herman N. Redemptive History and the New Testament Scriptures. Phillipsburg, N.J.: P&R Publishing, 1988. (91)
* Poythress, Vern S. God-Centered Biblical Interpretation. Phillipsburg, N.J.: P&R Pub., 1999. (248)
* Beale, G.K. The Erosion of Inerrancy in Evangelicalism. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2008. (300)
* Poythress, Vern S. Understanding Dispensationalists. Phillipsburg, N.J.: P&R Publishing, 1993. (142)

Biblical Theology (948 pages)

* Ridderbos, Herman N. When the Time Had Fully Come: Studies in New Testament Theology. Wipf & Stock Publishers, 2001. (100)
* Poythress, Vern. The Shadow of Christ in the Law of Moses. Phillipsburg, New Jersey: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Company, 1995. (422)
* Vos, Geerhardus. Biblical Theology. Carlisle, PA: Banner of Truth, 2000. (426)

Systematic Theology (3,169 pages)

* Murray, John. Redemption, Accomplished and Applied. Grand Rapids: W.B. Eerdmans Pub. Co., 1955. (192)
* Warfield, B.B. The Inspiration and Authority of the Bible. Philadelphia, Pa.: Presbyterian and Reformed Pub. Co, 1948. (446)
* Young, E.J. Thy Word is Truth. Carlisle, PA: Banner of Truth, 1963. (280)
* Calvin, John. Institutes of the Christian Religion. Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1990. (1,822)
* Ferguson, Sinclair. The Holy Spirit. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 1997. (288)
* Kline, Meredith G. Images of the Spirit. Eugene, Ore.: Wipf and Stock Publishers, 1999. (This could also easily fall under biblical theology.) (142)

Apologetics & Philosophy (1,156 pages)

* Machen, J. Gresham. Christianity and Liberalism. Grand Rapids, Michigan: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2009. (189)
* Bahnsen, Greg L. Always Ready: Directions for Defending the Faith. Covenant Media Press, 1996. (289)
* Bahnsen, Greg. Presuppositional Apologetics: Stated and Defended. Powder Springs Ga.; Nacogdoches Tex.: American Vision Inc.; Covenant Media Press, 2008. (314)
* Oliphint, K. Scott. Reasons for Faith: Philosophy in the Service of Theology. Phillipsburg, N. J.: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Company, 2006. (364)

Church History & Historical Theology (864 pages)

* Chadwick, Henry. The Early Church. Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1993. (320)
* Baptists through the Centuries: A History of a Global People: Baylor University Press, 2010. (320)
*Hart, D. G. Deconstructing Evangelicalism: Conservative Protestantism in the Age of Billy Graham. Grand Rapids MI: Baker Academic, 2004. (224)

Practical Theology (582 pages)

* Clowney, Edmund P. Called to the Ministry. Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing, 1976. (90)
* Warfield, B.B. The Religious Life of Theological Students. Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing. (15)
*Hart, D. G., and John R. Muether. With Reverence and Awe: Returning to the Basics of Reformed Worship. P&R Publishing, 2002. (203)
* Powlison, David. Seeing With New Eyes. Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing, 2003. (274)


  • Upcoming Events

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    Tue, August 29, 2017
     at 6:00 pm

    1) "God-Centered Biblical Interpretation" (Chapters 6-11; Joe will summarize and lead discussion)
    2) "The Early Church" (Chapters 11-14; Austin will summarize and lead discussion)
    3) "The Inspiration and Authority of the Bible" (Chapters 1-2); Chad will summarize and lead discussion)

    Tue, September 26, 2017
     at 6:00 pm

    1) "God-Centered Biblical Interpretation" (Chapters 15-18; Joe will summarize and lead discussion)
    2) "The Early Church" (Chapters TBA; Austin will summarize and lead discussion)
    3) "The Inspiration and Authority of the Bible" (Chapters TBA); Chad will summarize and lead discussion)

    Tue, October 31, 2017
     at 6:00 pm

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