A page of resources for new believers. Here you’ll find books, devotionals, bibles, and other resources for new believers! Many of these recommendations have helped me grow in my faith and I hope they do the same for you.
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Books for New Believers
As a new believer, I was hungry for knowledge. I wanted to learn as much as I could! Over the years, I’ve read many books I believe are good for beginners to grow in knowledge and maturity.
Here are the books for new believers I recommend.
Erasing Hell by Francis Chan
This seeks to answer this very question many of us often have about Hell: Why would a loving God send people to Hell?
This book does a good job at tackling this topic and taught me why “erasing Hell” doesn’t make sense for a Holy God. Not only Christians, but nonbelievers have hang-ups on this topic. Erasing Hell equips you with biblical answers.
The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel
This was another book I read pretty early on in my walk. I’m more of a logical person than I am an emotional person. The Case for Christ gives an honest investigation of Christianity and the claims of Jesus Christ.
The author, Lee Strobel, is a former atheist turned Christian. After investigating Christ, Lee Strobel comes to the conclusion that Jesus is real and is who he says he is in the gospels.
As I read The Case for Christ, it strengthened and gave me confidence in what I believe in – namely in Christ. This is a good read for anyone who wants to learn the evidence we have for the faith. It’s also good for equipping you to have conversations with nonbelievers.
Essential Truths of the Christian Faith by RC Sproul
Essential Truths of the Christian Faith are for new believers who want to dig deeper into theology. If you don’t know, theology simply means the study of God.
RC Sproul seeks to break down the essentials of Christianity. This book will help you grow in knowledge and maturity. Although this goes over deep truths of the faith, this is an easy read. He writes with the layperson in mind.
Important topics like the trinity, baptism, communion, and salvation are discussed thoroughly with scripture-based explanations.
On Guard by William Lane Craig
On Guard is a good book for those who are wanting to delve deeper into apologetics. If you don’t know, apologetics is having a defense for the Christian faith. We don’t have blind faith, as the world often supposes, but an assurance of things hoped for (Hebrews 11:1).
This book gives us a reasoned defense for God. It teaches you how to defend the existence of God, Jesus’ life and resurrection, how to approach the problem of evil and suffering, and more.
On Guard has given me more confidence to believe in God and have hard conversations with unbelievers about God.
Disclaimer: It’s a little more advanced and for those who are ready to explore this topic.
Walking with God through Pain and Suffering by Timothy Keller
Walking with God through Pain and Suffering is a must-read for the Christian struggling to know why God allows bad things to happen.
The author, Timothy Keller, does a good job at outlining the various theories and approaches to the question many of us ask: Why would a loving God allow pain and suffering?
Keller doesn’t only tackle the heady and philosophical side of this but offers a practical way to walk with God when we’re going through trials. This book gave me a better understanding of this topic and equipped me to have conversations with both believers and unbelievers.
Is God a Moral Monster? By Paul Copan
Is God a Moral Monster? is an amazing resource. I’ve come across many Old Testament passages that seem hard to take in at the surface level.
Many have posed the question: Why does God seem different in the Old Testament versus the New Testament? People argue that he seems harsh in the Old Testament and nicer in the New Testament.
Also, why does God seem to condone things like slavery in the Old Testament?
The author, Paul Copan, tackles these sorts of questions. At the surface level, it may seem like God has changed, but this isn’t the case. This book goes through various Old Testament passages and explains them in their rightful context.
Evidence that Demands a Verdict by Josh McDowell
Evidence that Demands a Verdict is a book you’ll always be coming back to. It’s basically an encyclopedia of evidence for the Christian faith.
The McDowell’s cover evidence for the Bible, evidence for Jesus, evidence for the Old Testament, and evidence for the truth.
This book is consistently being updated with more and more information. It’s a really good resource for those who are interested in learning more about the evidences for our faith.
Devotionals for New Believers
I’m not much of a devotional kind of gal, but these are a few solid devotionals I’d recommend.
Morning and Evening by Charles Spurgeon
Morning and Evening offers daily morning and evening devotionals.
Charles Spurgeon is a gifted writer and well-known nineteenth-century preacher. He is still influential today. Spurgeon goes into deep truths and challenges you to live out your faith.
Devotions for a Deeper Life by Oswald Chambers
Devotions for a Deeper Life has daily devotions that outline timeless biblical truths. These devotionals will challenge you and mature your faith.
Oswald Chambers is a well-known evangelist and teacher of the twentieth century. He was converted from Spurgeon’s ministry.
Best Bibles for New Believers
Here are my top Bible recommendations for new believers.
ESV Study Bible
The ESV Study Bible was my first Bible as a Christian. I still own this Bible today!
This Bible includes a good commentary, articles, study notes, maps, book introductions, etc. My favorite part of this Bible is the book introductions. It helps me understand what the overall theme of the book is about, who wrote the book, and when it was written.
I might be biased since this was my first Bible, but I believe this is a good first Bible to have as a new believer.
Reformation Study Bible
The Reformation Study Bible is an amazing Bible with great commentary.
This Bible includes study notes, creeds and confessions, a concordance, book introductions, and more.
If you love digging deep into the word, this Bible is an amazing resource.
Other Resources for New Believers
Here are a few other resources for new believers.
- Bible Project: Bible Project is an amazing resource that I continue to utilize today. It’s a YouTube channel where the creators make short animations about various biblical topics. I love the animations and how they break things down simply.
- Desiring God: John Piper founded Desiring God. It’s a ministry devoted to speaking the truth. On their website, you can find articles, sermons, podcasts, and books on various topics.
- Ligonier Ministries: RC Sproul founded Ligonier Ministries. Very similar to Desiring God, they’re devoted to equipping Christians. On their website, you can find articles, podcasts, books, devotionals, and more.