How do you grow in faith?

Welcome to a list of resources curated by Pastor Jonathan and our D.C.E Tara Barrett! This list is meant to help you find ways to grow in faith and get into the Word.

  • Study Bible | ESV

    Engage in devotional, Christ-centered Bible reading and study with distinctive, comprehensive notes and practical application. Comes in various editions including hardcover, leather bound, and journaling editions. I use for personal study.

  • Easy Read | Newer Translation

    The Christian Standard Bible captures the Bible’s original meaning without compromising clarity. An optimal blend of accuracy and readability, this translation helps readers make a deeper connection with God’s Word. A reliable, readable, and fresh translation!

  • Book | For Adults Too | Faith Basics

    This is a new edition of the Small Catechism, but with the traditional wording of Luther’s explanations. What’s new is the questions and answers that address both basics of the faith and deep questions. I love this new edition, because it helps to see where faith meets everyday life. Oh, and it makes for great personal or group Bible study! There’s a visual edition, too!

  • Book | Getting The Gospel Right

    The Book of Concord is the authoritative collection of the Lutheran Church’s statements of faith. It contains documents which Lutheran Christians have used since the sixteenth century to explain, defend, and advance their witness to the truth of God’s Word. There are hardcover, pocket, and leather editions, too!

  • Book | Creation | Academic | Easy Read

    How should we as Christians care for the world (nature, animals, and people) around us? Is it important? How has the church done this in the past — and what have we gotten wrong? The appendix summarizes each chapter of you aren't the heavy reading type! There's also a free PDF available online from the LCMS.

  • Book | Faith & Culture | America

    How does the church adapt to the changes of the 21st century? Only when the Church enacts its scandalous Jesus-centered tradition will it truly be the body of Christ and transform the world. This is a book that will challenge your worldview as it discusses the nature of the church and its relationship to surrounding culture.

  • Book | America | Church & State | Citizenship

    Wholly Citizens addresses the relation between the church and the world from a Lutheran, Christian perspective. Heedless of the status quo, this book offers an engaging picture of Christian life in today's world—a picture framed in biblical truth.

  • Our worship slideshows are powered by Faithlife Proclaim, which makes it possible for you to interact with the slideshow, announcements, and service via your mobile device.

    Simply download the Faithlife Study Bible app and open the 3-bar navigation menu (if you don't see the bottom navigation bar, tap in the middle of your screen). Scroll down and select Presentations. Swipe Follow Presentations on. Swipe Ask to Follow Nearby Presentations on. You may be prompted to authorize location permissions for the app. When you are at church, a blue Signal indicator should appear and then expand upward as service items with Signals (like announcements or Bible passages) display on your screen.

  • Free | Android | iPhone | iPad

    This is a Bible app that includes thousands of translations, free audio Bibles, Bible study devotional plans, and ways to connect with others while reading the Bible. All for free. In your pocket.

  • Free | Video | Bible Studies | Not Just For Men

    This website offers over 40 video studies to use individually or in a group, complete with study guides, all for free! Studies include Reformation history, Fatherhood, How we Got the Bible, and more.

  • Free | Video | Courses

    Paired with a book (if you like), this is a new website that offers (many free) courses written by Lutheran authors. Videos are led by the authors themselves! 

  • Free | Video | Easy Learning

    The Bible Project is a major undertaking to create visually beautiful videos exploring books of the Bible, and its genres, themes, and how to read it. It has other resources available to help grasp the message of Scripture.

  • Book | Devotional Worship

    This brings together Scripture readings, prayers, psalms, hymns, and devotional readings from the church fathers to guide daily prayer and meditation on God's Word. Organized around the Christian Church Year, Treasury of Daily Prayer is designed to be an all-in-one tool for daily devotions for individuals, families, and small groups.

  • Free | Blogs | Podcasts | Faith & Culture

    1517 proclaims and defends the Gospel to as many people as possible in as many ways as possible. I really appreciate that these folks don’t turn away from the hard issues, they work hard to engage all aspects of our culture from a Christian perspective.

  • Free | Podcast

    Pretty self-explanatory, this podcast is a 40-minute dive into the Old Testament. They are working their way through the whole thing, starting in Genesis. This is a Bible Study you can listen to! I learn a lot from this show! This is one of the podcasts from 1517.

  • Women’s Study | True Beauty | Video

    An 8-week, video-based Bible study of the Song of Songs that explores what it means to be loved fiercely and called beautiful by the God of the universe. This study walks through each chapter to challenge you to securely ground your identity in the one who makes you beautiful—Jesus.

    We also have a women's study of Altogether Beautiful  starting in September, 2019!

  • Book | Women's Study | Men Too

    An authoritative yet inviting discussion of the passage in terms of language, history, purpose, and application. What shines through is not a prescription for how to become a better wife, mother, woman, or friend, but a description of our Savior, the Church, and ourselves.

  • Book | Men’s Study | Manhood | EasyRead

    Not actually just for dads, this is a devotional focusing on some of the manliest men of the Bible, and what they teach us about being a man of God. This can be used individually or in groups.

  • Book | Men’s Study | Manhood

    What does it mean to be a man? Sacrifice. Man Up! doesn't tell you to take down the feminists or reclaim your God-given role and rights. Real masculinity starts with giving of yourself for the good of those around you and in your care. It's counter-cultural—and it's exactly how God designed biblical manhood.

  • Bible For Kids | Beautiful Pictures

    A beautifully illustrated and well-written paraphrase Bible for kids that’s easy to understand. What I love about this Bible is that while it doesn’t dive into every story of the Bible, it does a marvelous job of telling kids (and adults) the “Big Picture” of the Bible.

  • Bible For Kids | Bible Literacy

    A kids’ Bible that features selected passages from the ESV translation and realistic art depicting the stories. A great way for kids (and adults) to get to know essential Bible accounts.

  • Magazine | Devotional | Whole Bible

    Daily readings and devotionals in a quarterly magazine that help you read the whole Bible in 2 years. “Get the Big Picture” gives an overview of the day’s text. “Sharpen the Focus” helps you understand the passage and meaning. “Zoom In” highlights interesting parts of the text and gives practical life suggestions.

  • Free | Daily Devotions | Tune In

    A Christian outreach ministry that provides The Lutheran Hour radio program, daily devotions, help topics and booklets, evangelism training, outreach resources for churches, Bible studies, and more.

  • Free | Blog | Facebook | QuickRead

    Dale Meyer, former speaker of the international radio program “The Lutheran Hour” and current president of Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, shares brief devotional thoughts a few times a week. Find him on Facebook, too!

  • Book | Easy Read | Bible Study

    Organized by significant themes in Romans, this offers highlights from Luther’s commentary and further explains how these themes are relevant to our lives today. Weaved throughout is beautiful full-color artwork that helps you pause and reflect on key Luther quotes. Luther was a teacher who revolutionized the way we approach God’s Word. Come be his student.

  • Book | Millennials | Church

    Explores common Millennial stereotypes in the hopes of helping other generations better understand this lost generation. They also offer ideas on how to build strong intergenerational relationships to better equip Boomers and Gen Xers to engage a generation that is generally apathetic and disinterested in the church.

  • Heaven | New Creation

    Death wasn’t part of God’s original design for humanity; it’s an unfortunate reality of living in a fallen world. It feels unnatural because it is.

    But Christ has conquered death; it has no hold over us. In death, Christ becomes our all in all as we live forever in communion with Him. In light of this promise that is sealed in our Baptism, we can live this impermanent life as an act of bold confession, trust, and hope.

    This six-session Bible study examines the role the physical body plays in life and death, the experience of dying, and the nature of the new creation and our resurrected bodies.

  • Book | Confident Faith

    You’ve got tough questions about the Bible. Maybe you’ve even heard things like, “The Bible is racist.” Or, “The Bible has too many errors and edits.” Or, “The Bible is merely a mythological story like Homer’s Odyssey.” This book tackles accusations like those head-on, examining historical evidence, witness accounts, and translation concerns.

  • Book | Daily Devotion

    Martin Luther is still, after five hundred years, one of the most influential people in history.These daily devotions are drawn from the many volumes in the American Edition of Luther’s Works, including volumes that are newly translated into English, thus providing material from Luther never before available to English-speaking readers. A daily dose of Luther is good for the soul!

  • Book | Intellectual Discussion on Christian Fellowship

    Dietrich Bonhoeffer experienced a very unique fellowship in an underground seminary during the Nazi years. This discussion of Christian Community gives practical advice on how life together in Christ can be sustained in families and groups. Life together is bread for all those who are hungry for the real life of Christian fellowship. This is not an easy read, but it’s worth it! I think I’ve underlined or highlighted at least half of my copy!

  • Book | For Parents and Other Adults

    Sticky Faith is geared to spark a movement that empowers adults to develop robust and long-term faith in kids of all ages. This easy-to-read guide presents both a compelling rationale and a powerful strategy to show parents how to encourage their children's spiritual growth so that it will stick with them into adulthood and empower them to develop a living, lasting faith.

  • Book | Lenten Devotion

    This devotional book contains meditations on the suffering, death, and resurrection of Jesus for each day in Lent. Each daily devotion includes some scripture, Wangerin’s personal reflections, and a prayer. He has an excellent way of looking at so many details from a new perspective!

  • Book

    If God hates divorce does he hate me for getting one? Author Donna Pyle tackles that question and so much more from her own experience. This book is all about Christ-centered steps toward hope and healing through the grief and trauma of divorce. Whether a marriage ended last month or 15 years ago, I believe this book will guide anyone a few steps closer to healing some of the deep wounds caused by divorce.

  • Documentary Novel | Biblical Fiction Based in Fact

    Paul L. Maier is a Lutheran scholar on the history of Christianity. Maier tells the story from Pilate’s perspective, using accurate details from scripture and history to paint a very vivid picture of New Testament events. He has written many other novels that use this approach of starting with the Biblical facts and creating fictional details to fill out the story: The Flames of Rome, A Skeleton in God’s Closet, More Than a Skeleton, and The Constantine Codex. Maier has also written a few non-fiction titles and some children’s books.