Books

Biblical Interpretation

Fee and Stuart, How to Read the Bible for All It’s Worth | A fairly brief and accessible introduction into biblical interpretation written by two seminary professors that deals with the major literary genres of Scripture and gives tips on how to interpret them. The Chinese version is available here.

Fee and Stuart, How to Read the Bible Book by Book | A companion to How to Read the Bible for All It’s Worth, this volume goes through each book individually, giving a brief snapshot, summarizing key elements, and locating it in the overall narrative of Scripture. Check out the Chinese version.

Vaughan Roberts, God’s Big Picture | A helpful and steady guide to tracing out the overarching storyline of Scripture. Gives readers a framework into which they can fit the many and diverse particular passages they’ll read. The Chinese version can be purchased here.

Evangelism and Mission

J.I. Packer, Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God | A classic by a master theologian affirming both the sovereignty of God and the necessity of evangelism. The Chinese version is available here.

John Piper, Let the Nations Be Glad | Piper writes a helpful book on missions, particularly its orientation as an endeavor for God’s glory to be made known among all nations. The Chinese version is available free for download, courtesy of desiringgod.org.

 

Missions exists because worship doesn’t. Worship is ultimate, not missions, because God is ultimate, not man. When this age is over, and the countless millions of the redeemed fall on their faces before the throne of God, missions will be no more.

John Piper

pastor and author

What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us. The history of mankind will probably show that no people has ever risen above its religion, and man’s spiritual history will positively demonstrate that no religion has ever been greater than its idea of God. Worship is pure or base as the worshiper entertains high or low thoughts of God.

For this reason the gravest question before the Church is always God Himself, and the most portentous fact about any man is not what he at a given time may say or do, but what he in his deep heart conceives God to be like. We tend by a secret law of the soul to move toward our mental image of God. This is true not only of the individual Christian, but of the company of Christians that composes the Church. Always the most revealing thing about the Church is her idea of God.

A.W. Tozer

The Knowledge of the Holy

Theology

Wayne Grudem, Systematic Theology | Both extremely thorough and written in an accessible manner, Grudem’s Systematic Theology is a superb reference work for those who would want to delve deeply into doctrinal matters. Purchase the Chinese version here.

J.I. Packer, Knowing God | Probably Packer’s best-known work, this classic works through the doctrine of God in manageable chunks. Check out the Chinese version.

J.I. Packer, Concise Theology | Written for laymen, this book contains almost one hundred concise summaries of important biblical and theological concepts. With each summary being just a couple of pages and full of Scripture references, it’s a useful reference to solidify one’s theological foundation. The Chinese version can be found here.

Other

C.S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain | Lewis’ take on the question of theodicy. The Chinese version is available here.