Christian Classics Curriculum by Mark Dever and Michael Thate

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Mark Dever gave a workshop on this. You can listen to the mp3 or read Tony Reinke’s blog post on the session.

January (Early Church):

Year One: Henry Bettenson, Documents of the Early Church and The Martyrdom of Polycarp

Year Two: Polycarp, Epistle to the Philippians and Irenaeus, Against All Heresies

Year Three: Clement of Rome, First Epistle to the Corinthians

Year Four: St Chrysostom, Homilies on the Gospel of St John and The Epistle to the Hebrews

February (Augustine):

Year One: Confessions

Year Two: City of God

Year Three: Doctrinal Treatises (especially On the Holy Trinity), andMoral Treatises

Year Four: Anti-Pelagian Writings

March (Martin Luther):

Year One: Roland H. Bainton, Here I Stand: A Life of Martin Luther and Heiko A. Oberman, Luther: Man Between God and Devil

Year Two: Timothy F. Lull and William R. Russell, eds., Martin Luther’s Basic Theological Writings (2d ed.; Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress Press, 2005)

Year Three: Luther, The Bondage of the Will

Year Four: Luther, Table Talk and the prefaces of his commentaries on Romans and Galatians

April (John Calvin):

Year One: Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion, Volume One

Year Two: Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion, Volume Two

Year Three: Bernard Cottret, Calvin: A Biography and Theodore Beza,The Life of John Calvin

Year Four: Read through various passages in his many commentaries on Genesis, Psalms, Romans, Galatians, Philippians, or your other favorite books of the Bible.

May (Richard Sibbes and Richard Baxter):

Year One: Sibbes, The Bruised Reed and the Smoking Flax and Sibbes, The Glorious Feast of the Gospel

Year Two: Baxter, The Reformed Pastor, and Baxter, The Practical Works

Year Three: Sibbes, The Spiritual Man‘s Aim and Sibbes, A Glance of Heaven

Year Four: Sibbes, The Saint’s Comforts, and Sibbes, Salvation Applied

June (John Bunyan and John Owen):

Year One: Bunyan, Pilgrim’s Progress and Kelly M. Kapic and Justin Taylor, eds., Communion with the Triune God (Wheaton: Crossway Books, 2007).

Year Two: Kapic and Taylor, eds., Overcoming Sin and Temptation: Three Classic Works by John Owen (Wheaton: Crossway Books, 2006).

Year Three: Bunyan, Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners and Owen, Death of Death in the Death of Christ

Year Four: Owen, The Doctrine of Justification by Faith

July (Jonathan Edwards):

Year One: Iain H. Murray, Jonathan Edwards: A New Biography(Banner of Truth, 1996), George M. Marsden, Jonathan Edwards: A Life (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2004).

Year Two: Edwards, Freedom of the Will and Edwards, Charity and Its Fruits

Year Three: Edwards, Religious Affections and John Piper, God’s Passion for His Glory: Living the Vision of Jonathan Edwards (With the Complete Text of “The End for Which God Created the World”) (Wheaton: Crossway Books, 1998).

Year Four: Wilson H. Kimnach, Kenneth P. Minkema, and Douglas A. Sweeney, The Sermons of Jonathan Edwards: A Reader (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1999), and Edwards,Resolutions.  

August (Charles H. Spurgeon):

Year One: Spurgeon, Lectures to My Students and Autobiography

Year Two: Spurgeon, Till He Comes

Year Three: Spurgeon, The Treasury of David

Year Four: Spurgeon, any number of his various sermons

September (B. B. Warfield):

Year One: Warfield, Revelation and Inspiration (vol. 1 of his complete works)

Year Two: Warfield, Biblical Doctrines (vol. 2)

Year Three: Warfield, Calvin and Calvinism (vol. 5)

Year Four: Warfield, Studies in Theology (vol. 9)

October (D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones):

Year One: Iain H. Murray, David Martyn Lloyd-Jones: The First Forty Years (1899 - 1939) and David Martyn Lloyd-Jones: The Fight of Faith (1939 - 1981)

Year Two: Lloyd-Jones, Spiritual Depression: Its Causes and Cures

Year Three: Lloyd-Jones, Studies in the Sermon on the Mount

Year Four: Lloyd-Jones, Great Doctrines of the Bible: God the Father, God the Son; God the Holy Spirit; The Church and Last Things

November (C. S. Lewis and Blaise Pascal):

Year One: Lewis, Mere Christianity and Lewis, Surprised by Joy

Year Two: Lewis, The Abolition of Man and Lewis, God in the Dock

Year Three: Pascal, Pensees and Lewis, Reflections on the Psalms

Year Four: Lewis, Screwtape Letters and Lewis, The Pilgrim’s Regress

December (Contemporary Authors):

Year One: J. I. Packer, Knowing God and Packer, Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God

Year Two: John Stott, The Cross of Christ and Carl F. H. Henry, The Uneasy Conscience of Modern Fundamentalism

Year Three: Francis A. Schaeffer, The God Who Is ThereEscape from ReasonHe Is There And He Is Not Silent

Year Four: Any of the books by the Council Members of The Gospel Coalition (see their writings at our About Us page)

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