THE CHRISTIAN LIBRARY
The scripture is clear that God has set some people in the church (1 cor 12:28) for the edifying of the body of Christ (Eph 4:12).
We have a very rich church history over the last 2,000 years and the stories and writings of those that God set in the church through that time period can edify us greatly today. As you can imagine preaching and teaching from hundreds of years ago and even 50 years ago differs greatly from preaching today. Those that have come before us saw and explained things from a different perspective and it can help us greatly to view God and His word though those different lenses of sent ones from different geographic locations and time periods through church history.
The idea behind The Standard is to gather those writings, C.D.’s, D.V.D’s, etc into a convenient location where people can access the material on a daily basis to study and communicate with others who are seeking. We are all familiar with the concept of going to a gym on a regular basis for the training/edifying of our physical man…..this would be like going to the gym for the training/edifying of our spirit man.
The idea of “The Standard” in ancient Israel was that each tribe would lift their standard so that people from that tribe would know where to gather.
We’re believing that there is a “tribe” out there today of seekers looking for a deeper walk with God…..we’re not exactly sure who they are but we’re lifting The Standard and excited to see who will gather.
Books We’re Loving Right Now
Secrets to Spiritual Power
by Watchman Nee
This book is a collection of Watchman Nee’s writings grouped together with small excerpts in a format that’s similar to the book of Proverbs. This makes for very easy reading, but will challenge you to go more in depth while covering deep topics. This will help all readers learn to meditate on the Word in a deeper manner.
The Life and Diary of David Brainerd
by David Brainerd / Jonathan Edwards
The diary of David Brainerd tells the story of a man on another level. Brainerd was a missionary to the American Indians in the 1700’s who didn’t just come in on a missionary journey to look good on his resume but lived among the people risking his life to show them the reality of The Kingdom of God. This book is filled with incredible stories of people who turned from idols to the true God and shows the real struggle of a man of God in a fallen world with entire days spent in prayer. This is one of those stories that will challenge the most seasoned Christian to a more dedicated life and leave some saying “am I even saved”
Sodom had no Bible
by Leonard Ravenhill
This is another machine gun from Ravenhill challenging the modern American church to a deeper walk with Christ. The book is grouped into 2 parts. Part 1 is the challenge to the modern reader and part 2 titled “portraits of revival preachers” lists out some of those who have come before us and met that challenge. One of my favorite quotes is found in chapter 26 where speaking of Mrs. Booth the wife of the founder of the salvation army says she would kneel beside the cribs of her sleeping children and whisper “darling you are not here in this world for yourself. You have been sent for others. The world is waiting for you.”