An Invitation to Intimacy

Our greatest desire this year as a church is intimacy with God. Above all else that is our aim. It’s not that we need to conjure up a relationship that doesn’t exist but more that we need to enter in more fully to the relationship that is already there. We know this is the case because of what Jesus has achieved. He has brought us near to His Father and made Him our Father and now we are the target of His love every day. Our aim then as a church is simply to understand what this means and to enjoy the relationship we have already entered in to. There are various ways to do this, and this page is introducing you to one of those ways – BOOKS! Not big books and not boring books but books that are helpful and manageable in size. In most instances a chapter a day will see you through one of these books every month. They are written by Christians who have an interest in your heart, and who have prayed that you might grow as you take time to read. Please join in with us. You won’t regret it!

Graham Shearer

Pastor, MBC

January

Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God

 By Tim Keller

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Prayer is central to Christian faith; indeed, as Timothy Keller notes in his introduction, it is the main way we experience deep change. Yet so many people struggle with prayer – a struggle that the author himself has shared. This wise and inspiring book is the fruit of those struggles, offering a real and glorious vision of what it can mean to seek God in prayer.

Keller begins by giving a theological underpinning of what prayer actually is – both conversation and encounter with a personal God – before describing how we can learn to pray, and then deepen that prayer. Finally he gives detailed, practical suggestions on how to make prayer a part of the reality of daily life.

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March

Crazy Busy 

 By Kevin DeYoung

We’ve all heard it. We’ve all said it. All too often, busyness gets the best of us.

In this (mercifully) short book about a (really) big problem, award-winning author Kevin DeYoung puts an end to “busyness as usual,” helping us to strike the balance between doing nothing and doing it all.

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May

Living in the Light 

 By John Piper

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Money, sex, and power. The world tends to worship them. Christians are often suspicious of them. And yet God made us to enjoy them.

Discover how to keep these three dangerous opportunities in the orbits that they were designed for, experiencing them in a way that satisfies you, serves the world, and glorifies God.

This fresh, refreshing book will wake you up to the blazing glory of Christ, and inspire you to make him the gravitational center of your life.

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July

What Is a Healthy Church Member?

by Thabiti M. Anyabwile

This little book is written in the hope that you might discover or rediscover what it means to be a healthy member of a local church, and what it means to contribute to the overall health of the church.

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September

Thinking. Loving. Doing.

by by Rick Warren, Francis Chan & John Piper

With contributions from Francis Chan, Rick Warren, Albert Mohler, R. C. Sproul, and Thabiti Anyabwile, Thinking. Loving. Doing. extends a thorough and compelling invitation to experience the fullness of the Christian life.

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November

The Screwtape Letters

by C.S.Lewis

This clever guide to temptation gives insight into the danger of pride, the power of prayer, and the ultimate victory of faith in Christ over the forces of evil.

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February

Staying Fresh

by Paul Mallard

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Paul Mallard has written ‘Staying Fresh’ for everyone involved in ministry, at whatever level that may be. While he acknowledges the importance of conviction and competence, his primary emphasis here is on character. He is passionate about the importance of integrity, of persevering in prayer and discipleship, of never giving up in our battle with sin and our service for Christ.

‘But even if you are not a leader and never aspire to be one,’ he says, ‘I hope that what you learn here will help you to maintain the freshness of young love.’

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April

Worldliness

by C.J. Mahaney

This book is written to help Christians to resist the seduction of a fallen world. The book has a forward by John Piper, it is edited by C J Mahaney and there are various contributors. It is commended by Wayne Grudem, Don Carson and Mark Dever.

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June

Honest Evangelism

 By Rico Tice

Hostility and hunger that’s the response to the message of Jesus. The first is painful, the second is wonderful, and Rico Tice is honest about both. Short, clear, realistic and humorous, this book will challenge you to be honest in your conversations about Jesus, help you to know how to talk about him, and thrill you that God can and will use ordinary people to change eternal destinies.

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August

Respectable Sins

 By Jerry Bridges

Have Christians become so preoccupied with “major” sins that we have lost sight of our need to deal with more subtle sins? Navigator author Jerry Bridges addresses the “acceptable” sins that we tend to tolerate in ourselves, including pride and anger. He goes to the heart of the matter, exploring our feelings of shame and grief and opening a new door to God’s forgiveness and grace. Travel down the road of spiritual formation with Jerry and discover your true identity as a loved child of God. A discussion guide is available separately.

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October

The Glories of God’s Love

 By Milton Vincent

There is no better antidote to feelings of guilt, despondency and exhaustion in the Christian life than remembering that we aren’t saved by our own efforts, but by grace.

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December

The Dawning of Indestructible Joy

 By John Piper

These 25 brief devotional readings from John Piper begin on December 1 and carry us to Christmas Day. Our hope is that God would use these meditations to deepen and sweeten your adoration of Jesus and help you keep him at the center of your Christmas season.

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