One of the most important aspects of study for our call will stand upon the kinds of tools contained in the preacher’s library. A preacher without a library is like a mechanic without the tools to build an engine.
The more widely read you are the more you are like Santa Clause…always finding something in your bag of blessings to communicate the message of Christ to people in need.
We need first to have a relationship with Christ. To study, know and live a Christian lifestyle. When we understand the religious world views of our various communities, of people who are different than we are, we are better equipped to communicate the glorious Gospel of Jesus Christ to them.
I believe having a great preacher’s library means reading/studying a wide range, many different categories of books, tapes and movies.
I will suggest two types to start your library:
If you have been recently called, you will absolutely need these three items:
Hebrew-Greek KEY WORD STUDY BIBLE by Spiros Zodhiates, Th.D.
The Harper Collins Study Bible by Wayne A. Meeks
The New Oxford Annotated Bible with the Apocrypha by Herbert G. May, Bruce M. Metzger
The Word (The bible from 26 Translations) by Curtis Vaughan, Th.D.
Emphasized Bible by Joseph Bryant Rotherham
The Majority Text Greek New Testament Interlinear by Thomas Nelson Publishers
Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible by James Strong
Harper’s Bible Dictionary by Paul J. Achtemeier
Expository Dictionary of Bible Worlds by Lawrence O. Richards
New Testament Greek for Beginners by J. Gresham Machen, D.D., Litt. D.
Learn New Testament Greek by John H. Dobson
Hatch and Redpath---Conordance to the Septuagint by Edwin Hatch, Henry A Redpath
The Analytical Greek Lexicon Revised by Harold K. Moulton
Basics of Biblical Hebrew by Gary D. Pratico, Miles V. Van Pelt
The Complete Word Study Dictionary New Testament by Spiros Zodhiates Th.D.
The Complete Word Study NewTestament by Spiros Zodhiates
The Complete Word Study Old Testament by Spiros Zodhiates
The Interpreter's One-Volume Commentary of the Bible by Charles M. Laymon
Word Studies in the Greek New Testament (3 Volumes) by Kenneth S. Wuest
Preaching & Teaching
Biblical Preaching by Haddon W. Robinson
Preaching by Fred B. Craddock
Homiletic by David Buttrick
Manual on Preaching by Milton Crum JR
Biblical Hermeneutics by Bruce Corley, Steve W. Lemke, Grant I. Lovejoy
Exegetical Fallacies by D.A. Carson
Multipurpose Tools of Bible Study by Fredrick W. Danker
Handbook for Bible Teachers and Preachers G. Campbell Morgan
Methodical Bible Study by Robert A. Traina
General Supplemental Books
Theological Ethics (vol.1-3) by Thielicke H.
The New Oxford Annotated Bible with The Apocrypha
The City of God by St. Augustine
The Negro In The Making of America by Quarles B.
The Idea of Biblical Poetry by James L. Kugel
The Substance of Things Hoped For by Samuel DeWitt Proctor
The Apostolic Preaching and Its Developments by C.D Dodd
The Theological Wordbook by Don Campbell, Wendell Johnston, John Walvoord, John Witmer
The New Manners & Customs of Bible Times by Ralph Gower
Holman Bible Atlas
The Letters of Paul by Calvin J. Roetzel
Systematic Theology New Combined Edition by Richard A. Muller
Systematic Theology by Wayne Grudem
Study of the Types by Ada R. Habershon
Grammar Rhetoric and Composition by Richard D. Mallery
Symbols of the Church Edited by Carroll E. Whittemore
The Meaning of Service by Harry Emerson Fosdick
The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
Summary of Christian Doctrine by Louis Berkhof
Story Journey Thomas E. Boomershine
Philosophical Foundation by Surrendra Gangadean
Handbook of Biblical Criticism by Richard N. Soulen
Worship is a Verb by Robert E. Webber
All the Parables of the Bible by Herbert Lockyer
Storytelling Process & Practice by Norma J. Livo and Sandra A. Rietz
The Power of Eloquence: Magic Key to Success in Public Speaking by Thomas Montalbo
The Language of Love by Gary Smalley & John Trent
Figures of Speech Used in the Bible by E.W Bullinger
The Power of Story by Leighton Ford
Genesis… and it Begins by David M. Steimle
Faith Alone by R.C. Sproul
Lord. Teach Me to Pray by John Macarthur
Talking with My Father Jesus Teaches on Prayer by Ray C. Stedman
Face to Face by Kenneth Boa
The Age of Ideology by Henry D. Aiken
Christian Disciplines by Oswald Chambers
Conversational Prayer by Rosalind Rinker
The Power of Prayer and Fasting by Ronnie W. Floyd
Introduction to the New Testament by Werner Georg Kummel
The Old Testament Explorer by Charles Dyer and Gene Merrill
The Beatitudes: The Pursuit of Happiness by Spiros Zodhiates
Grammar of Septuagint Greek by F.C. Conybeare and St. George Stock
Principles and Types of Speech by Alan H. Monroe
Thoughts in Motion by Micha Goudeau
Rejection Junkies the Hidden Addiction Everyone Suffers by Gary L. Lawrence
The Checklist Manifesto How to Get Things Right by Atul Gawande