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Parenting Resources

During our recent Parenting & the Gospel seminar, we were glad to give away and recommend some great resources to help as we seek to pass on the Gospel to our children as they grow up. Below are a list of those resources with a brief description. Click on any of the graphics below to be sent to a link where you can purchase or download each resource.


The Big Picture Story Bible is a phenomonal children’s Bible that uses illustration and story to help kids see the big picture of scripture. They will see that God always keeps his promises, and that we see him keep his biggest promise in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus.
The Jesus Storybook Bible is another children’s Bible that takes a look at more stories from the Bible and aims to show how “every story whispers his name”.
The Ology is a beautifully illustrated systematic theology for kids. It is specifically written for children ages 6-12, but can be very helpful in teaching doctrine and the story of redemption for kids that are also younger or older than that range.
Long Story Short by Marty Machowski is designed to be a ten minute family devotional from stories in the Old Testament. It will help your children connect God’s plan of salvation as we see it progress through the Old Testament.
Old Story New builds on Marty’s first family devotional Long Story Short by adding seventy eight stories from the New Testament while following the same ten minute format.
The final devotional resource from Marty is entitled Wise Up. This resource follows the 10-minute family devotion format with content from the book of Proverbs. Instead of having a focus of strictly teaching the morals from Proverbs, Wise Up connects each day’s lesson on wisdom to the good news of the gospel that gives us power to “wise up” and the forgiveness we need when we fail.
Parenting is a book for parents written by Paul Tripp. It aims to change you as a parent by pointing you to fourteen gospel-centered principles for parenting rather than focusing on techniques or strategies. It will also provide relief for parents from the burden of raising perfect kids. Instead, he encourages parents to point kids to our perfect Savior.
Another helpful book for helping parents grow is The Disciple-Making Parent by Chap Bettis. It walks through the different stages of parenting as your children grow. So whatever age your kids are, there is great wisdom in this book for you.
Dragon Seed is novel for pre-teens and teens that follows the biblical allegory of the dragon from Revelation 12. The goal of Dragon Seed is to teach its readers about the harmful effects of pride.
We believe that music is a very helpful tool for helping children learn the truths of scripture as well as teaching them what worship through song looks like. Sovereign Grace Music has produced several great albums over the years that we would recommend. Click any of these album names to be forwarded to their description and options for purchase from Sovereign Grace Music: The Ology, Walking with the Wise, To Be Like Jesus, and Awesome God.

Resources for Defending the Unborn

Defending the Unborn

Here is a list of some free & very helpful pro-life resource recommendations from our brother Aaron Gannon over at his new blog “Charge to Compassion”.

Our hope and prayer is that these resources will help equip you to enter into the cause of celebrating & protecting the unborn with conviction, courage & compassion.

“Open your mouth for the mute…” Proverbs 31:8

#SmallLivesMatter because #AllLivesMatter

Aaron is a member of Grace City Church, leads a Discipelship Community in the neighborhood of Frankford and serves by helping lead & equip our congregation for efforts of love & mercy to the orphans of our city.

Free E-Book :: Adoption

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Grace City Family,

We have another free resource that we want to pass your way!

Adoption: What Joseph of Nazareth Can Teach Us about This Countercultural Choice, a book by Russell Moore, is being offered for free until this coming Tuesday, August 18. You can visit Crossway’s website here to learn more about the book and to download it in your preferred e-book format. Please take advantage of this free resource and be challenged to see how the church needs to see adoption as a way to value and protect human life while we are surrounded by a culture of abortion and abuse.

Recommended Resource :: Structured Journal

Structured Journal

Hello Grace City Family,

As we continue our current sermon series, I want to recommend another resource to help us take our stand with Jesus. As we read our bibles, it is often easy to do so in a way where we quickly forget what we are reading and learning. We want to remember what we read and how God is changing us as we encounter him.

This is where the new Grace Alone Structured Journal from The Good News, Dudes comes in. It is a simply designed journal that encourages you to read, reflect, and respond to God’s Word daily. There are spots to record the date you are reading and which passage you are in, as well as a place to reflect on your reading and respond by writing out a prayer. One of the most helpful things on each page is a place to consider what you should share with your friends and family by using the hashtag #GraceAlone. This helps us remember that what we read isn’t just for our benefit, but that we should also be actively thinking about how to care for others by sharing encouraging words with our brothers and sisters in Christ as well as our unbelieving neighbors.

Not only is the structure of the journal exceptional, but the quality of the journal itself is phenomenal as well. Each journal is a hardbound book with 192 pages for entries with three color designs to choose from. Journals are $12 and can be purchased on The Good News, Dudes website here or at an upcoming Sunday Gathering at Lincoln HS for only $10. Please consider using this tool to help assist you in building your life on the authority of God’s Word!

grace & peace,
Ian
Pastor for Preaching & Vision

The Good News, Dudes is a Philly company that was recently started by Grace City’s own Charles Kaericher. Their goal is to make products that supplement your daily life with reminders of God’s grace.

Free E-Book: Taking God At His Word

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Hello Grace City Family,

As we kicked off our new sermon series this past Sunday, I recommended a book from Kevin DeYoung entitled, Taking God At His Word. This is a very helpful book on helping followers of Jesus understand why we must build our lives on the authority of the Bible.

I have really exciting news. The publisher of this book, Crossway, has made this book available to download for FREE!!! I highly recommend that you take advantage of this great opportunity to have a very helpful resource at your fingertips at no cost to you. You can click this link to fill out a short questionnaire which will then lead you to your options for which e-book format you prefer to download. Please do this right away because the free offer only lasts until July 14th.

If you are not interested in electronic books, you can click this link to purchase a physical copy of the book from Amazon, who provides the best price that we could find.

We are grateful for faithful teachers of the Bible who help us wade through the confusion surrounding us in our culture with a firm conviction in the sufficiency of God’s Word!

grace & peace,
Ian
Pastor for Preaching & Vision

CROSS Conference Simulcast

On February 27, thousands of people will gather around the world for the 2015 CROSS Conference. CROSS exists to mobilize students for the most dangerous and loving cause in the universe: rescuing people from eternal suffering and bringing them into the everlasting joy of friendship with Jesus.

This year’s CROSS Conference isn’t your traditional conference; it’s being simulcast around the world. Simulcast technology allows significantly more people to participate, which is why we’ll be hosting this at Grace City Church.

Join us for FREE at our Ashton Road building on February 27, 7pm to midnight, for this simulcast event as we consider why we are undaunted by the darkness—near and far—given the certain victory we have in King Jesus.

It will be five hours of drinking from a fire hydrant on world missions with full-length messages from John Piper & David Platt and shorter talks from Kevin DeYoung, Mack Stiles, & Thabiti Anyabwile. Matt Boswell will be leading in worship through song as well. The conference is aimed at college students and young adults. For more information on CROSS, check out their website.

Reformed Resources

I’m glad to recommend these books and videos for those who want to learn more about the history and the theology of the Reformation. Of course, there is a wealth of information available, but I believe these resources are an excellent supplement to our Reformed Foundations course.


This is a fantastic little book that captures the history and the heart of the Reformation. Michael Reeves deftly takes his readers on a delightful tour of Europe, highlighting the work of God in Germany, Switzerland, the Netherlands, and Great Britain, with a perfect balance of narrative and theology.
This is an excellent academic resource that traces the theology of Martin Luther, Huldrych Zwingli, John Calvin, Menno Simons, and William Tyndale. As different as these men were from each other in their theological emphases and their life experiences, they were bound together by their belief that based on the scripture alone, salvation is by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone for the glory of God alone.
In this helpful book, R.C. Sproul teaches through the major tenets of Reformed theology, particularly the doctrines of grace, while highlighting that Reformed theology flows from a commitment to the Word of God, the centrality of God, and the Son of God. This content is also available as a free video teaching series.
John Piper leads us to the wonders of God’s grace in this book that’s available for free as a PDF or video seminar.

Songs for Your Soul

I want to highlight two albums from Sovereign Grace Music. One relates to our current sermon series, and the other connects with Sunday’s sermon in particular.

Psalms

We’ve been singing several songs from Psalms during this Summer’s series, “Psalms: Fascinated by God.” The album, with each song based on a Psalm from the Old Testament, celebrates God’s character, offers exuberant praise, expresses desires for God’s presence, and cries out to God for help in times of trouble. The cumulative effect is to call us to praise the God who is always worthy, to “taste and see that the LORD is good.”

Come Weary Saints is for those who, like Asaph in Psalm 77, are in a time when they need to “fly by the instruments” because they are in a fog. “The instruments” are telling us that God is real, that he is strong, and that he uses his strength to redeem his people and lead them all the way home. The songs on this album will help us as we strive to remember the God who works wonders and to meditate on his marvelous deeds by pointing us to Jesus, the great savior who showed his love by giving his life for our sin.

Come Weary Saints

30: Three Decades of Songs for the Church

30: Three Decades of Songs for the ChurchToday the newest album from Sovereign Grace Music released, “30: Three Decades of Songs for the Church.” God has shown incredible favor over the last 30 years to Sovereign Grace Music and this album reflects some of our favorite songs from the past 30 years.

Sovereign Grace Music describes the album like this:

It all started in 1984 with the release of Mighty God, a cassette tape of a live recording with songs penned by Mark Altrogge, Steve & Vikki Cook, and Bob Kauflin.

Since that time thirty years ago, Sovereign Grace Music has produced over 60 projects with musical styles ranging from rap to hymns, from rock to alternative, from remixes to choruses. We’ve recorded more than 500 songs written by over thirty writers, but our purpose has never changed: to serve the local church with songs that are theologically-driven and gospel-rich. Our music is now being translated into thirteen languages and we’re grateful to play a part in proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ throughout the world.

To celebrate God’s faithfulness, we asked a number of artists and musicians we’ve come to know through the years to record a version of some of our more well known songs. We were excited about what they came up with, and hope you will be too.

“Oh sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all the earth! Sing to the LORD, bless his name; tell of his salvation from day to day” (Ps. 96:1-2).

We would encourage you to download this album and let the truth of the songs saturate your soul as you worship Jesus.

“Grace Has Come” | Album Sale | $5 Today Only

Grace Has Come

Grace City Church is so grateful to be in partnership with Sovereign Grace Ministries. One of the big reasons are the amazing gospel-centered resources that they make available at very affordable prices. Today only, the latest album from Sovereign Grace Music, Grace Has Come, is available as a digital download for only $5. You can click on this link to be taken to the page where you can make your purchase and download this superb album with songs that are based on the book of Romans.  Each song will fuel your heart with passion for the one who was sent to live, die, and rise from the dead for your salvation!

Here is a video of one of the songs from the album performed acoustically.

“It’s Your Grace” – from Grace Has Come