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What We Believe - About Salvation

This past Sunday, Rob talked about how we are saved "by grace, through faith, in baptism, for good works." But what exactly does it all mean? Here are a few resources that Rob has recommended to discover more.

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In this revised edition of His Truth, Dr. Jack Cottrell investigates truth and reality as revealed in the Bible. His Truth deals with controversial subjects like grace, assurance, God's call, predestination and other doctrines that many people view as hard to understand.
In this 13-chapter book, Tim Alsup offers Bible students a thorough explanation of what the Bible says - from what baptism is all about to why some people object to it as necessary for salvation. Baptism 101 provides the facts and explains concepts believers need so that they can understand Christian baptism and share this truth with a spirit of love.
A rich resource for renewing the practice of the sacraments in a way that encourages faithful discipleship in a hostile cultural environment. This book explores the meaning and practice of baptism and the Lord's supper through the lens of the biblical story's movement from creation to new creation.
From horror flicks to rom-coms, the tales we tell and the myths we weave inevitably echo the narrative underlying all of history: the story of humanity’s tragic sin and God’s triumphant salvation. This entertaining book connects the dots between the stories we tell and the one great Story—helping us better understand the longings of the human heart and thoughtfully engage with the movies and TV shows that capture our imaginations.
A commentary on the book of Acts designed for the serious student as well as the growing Christian.

Can't get enough? Here are even more resources recommended by New Hope staff for you to check out.

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The Faith Once for All by Jack Cottrell

 

Down in the River to Pray by John Mark Hicks and Greg Taylor

 

Baptism: The Believers Wedding Ceremony by F. Lagard Smith

 

A Baptism Worth Talking About by Jim McGuiggan

 

Understanding Four Views on Baptism (Section 4 by John Castelein)

 

 

What We Believe - About the Church

Do we understand what the church is and what the church is supposed to do? Still have questions? Rob has recommended the following books to gain more understanding on this topic. Check them out!

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The church is widely viewed in the world at large as being outdated, boring, irrelevant and filled with backbiting hypocrites. How different that picture is to how the Bible talks about the new family that Jesus has gathered. Sam Allberry understands the collision between these two views, and how, even as Christian believers, we can lose sight of how truly wonderful church is and should be, and what a privilege it is to be part of, and to serve.

Google books on church, there will be no shortage of choice! Some will be helpful, others less so. So why another book on church? Josh Moody, is, in fact, asking a very different question: why should I go to church at all? Filled with practical advice, this book will help you answer questions you maybe should have known the answer to and other questions you never knew to ask!
In this convicting and challenging book, Daniel Overdorf guides us through a journey of scripture, in order to catch a glimpse of what the Bible says about The Church. Community is at the heart of the Bible s image of the Church, and it was demonstrated from the very beginning by Jesus. As Overdorf writes: One cannot read of Jesus relationship with His disciples without recognizing the power of community.

Can the church truly be the "city on a hill that cannot be hidden" that Jesus talked about in the Sermon on the Mount? Can it grow large enough to attract throngs of seekers and yet be loving enough to care for each individual that comes? Bob Russell, pastor of Southeast Christian Church, says that it most certainly can. But it can only be done when we are submissive to God's will and allow Him to build that church. In the pages of this far-sighted, uncompromising book, Bob Russell and his son Rusty share the ten principles upon which this remarkable church was founded.

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