Preacher’s Library

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:

  • Books that help you Study the Word of God
  • Books that help you understand people

If you have been recently called, you will absolutely need these three items:

  1. A good study Bible
  2. A Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance
  3. A good Bible Dictionary


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

Bible Dictionary

Harper’s Bible Dictionary by Paul J. Achtemeier

Expository Dictionary of Bible Worlds by Lawrence O. Richards

Language Studies

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

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