There are many resources available to help you grow in your faith.

We encourage you to explore our recommended books, as well as narrative lectionary and faith formation resources.

Recommended Resources

 

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How to Use Sharing God’s Story @ Home

God’s Story @ Home is a resource to be used in the home or with small groups.  The page is produced weekly and is distributed following worship each week and it is send via email each week at noon on Sunday.  God’s Story @ Home helps to connect the Sunday’s by providing devotions, daily readings,…

Boundaries

  Boundaries by Drs. Henry Cloud and John Townsend To regain control of your life, you’ve never needed Boundaries more than you do today in today’s always-on, always-connected digital world. Drs. Henry Cloud and John Townsend wrote the New York Times bestselling book on Boundaries – the personal property lines that define who you are and who you are not, and influence all…

Discover Your Spiritual Gifts

Knowing how God has gifted you will help you understand what you are called to do, both in terms of short-term projects and as a life vocation. Our goal at St. Mark’s is to help match individuals and their gifts with the ministries that need done. When we use our God-given gifts to serve Christ,…

Choosing a Bible

Looking for a Bible that you can read for understanding?  According to the American Bible Society, there are over 900 translations and paraphrases of the Bible!  It can be a daunting task to decide which Bible will help develop a habit of reading the scriptures. The main thing to remember is that you want to…

You Are What You Love

You Are What You Love by James K. A. Smith You are what you love. But you might not love what you think. In this book, award-winning author James K. A. Smith shows that who and what we worship fundamentally shape our hearts. And while we desire to shape culture, we are not often aware…

The Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name

By Sally Lloyd-Jones The Moonbeam Award Gold Medal Winner in the religion category, The Jesus Storybook Bible tells the Story beneath all the stories in the Bible. At the center of the Story is a baby, the child upon whom everything will depend. Every story whispers his name. From Noah to Moses to the great King David—every…

Sacred Marriage

by Gary Thomas Happy is good. But holy is better. Your marriage is more than a sacred covenant with another person. It is a spiritual discipline designed to help you know God better, trust him more fully, and love him more deeply. What if God’s primary intent for your marriage isn’t to make you happy…

Money and the Gospel: Financial Planning for the Glory of God

by Waldean Wall Many Christians are being lead astray by the tactics-driven approach to financial planning. While this is very popular in our churches, any secular adviser can help with this. Financial planning for the Christian is about aligning with the gospel and all that Jesus is for us. This book will help you think…

The Message

If you find reading the Bible uneventful, “old hat,” or downright confusing, then it’s time for The Message. Join the millions of readers who have been drawn to God through Eugene Peterson’s best-selling Bible paraphrase. Translated directly from the ancient Hebrew and Greek texts into today’s American idiom, The Message is designed as a reading…

Not Your Parents Offering Plate

By J. Clif Christopher People don’t give to church because we don’t offer them a compelling vision of the good their giving will achieve. Hearing a young attorney speak of the faithbased reasons for which he had just made a substantial monetary gift to a community youth center, Clif Christopher asked the speaker if he…

Milestone Ministry at St. Mark’s

Milestones Ministry provides a faith milestone as a marker along life’s journey that says, “This is something important, and God is here, too.” It is a faith formation practice for both home and congregation that helps all generations recognize God’s presence in everyday life.  Milestone ministry is designed to help parents and families pass on the…

Mere Christianity

Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis One of the most popular introductions to Christian faith ever written, Mere Christianity has sold millions of copies worldwide. The book brings together C. S. Lewis’s legendary broadcast talks of the war years, talks in which he set out simply to “explain and defend the belief that has been common…

Luther’s Small Catechism

This small book is a rich treasure for communicating the faith from generation to generation.  The Small Catechism gives us common language for engaging the Bible, talking with others about our relationships with God and neighbors, making sense of our callings in daily life, and making a witness to Christ in God’s world.  If you…

Sacred Parenting

  Sacred Parenting: How Raising Children Shapes Our Souls by Gary L. Thomas (Author) Parenting is a school for spiritual formation, says author Gary Thomas, and our children are our teachers. The journey of caring for, rearing, training, and loving our children profoundly alters us forever…even when the journey is sometimes a rough one. Sacred…

The Four Keys of Faith Formation in the Home

As people of faith, we want to encourage the members of our church family to continually grow in their faith. Our primary goal as followers of Christ is that all should know who their heavenly Father is and that He wishes to have an intimate and purpose-filled relationship with each and every one of His…