4 Books that Help Christians Learn Biblical Doctrine & Theology

We believe whole-heartedly in the value of studying and teaching biblical doctrine and theology to students. Our SWO teachers and pastors labor over theological issues and discussions that impact the core of our Christian faith. It’s vital that we know what we believe—and why we believe it.

If we claim to follow God’s Word, then we must know what it says and be able to interpret it to others whom we are discipling. Check out these top four books that the Snowbird pastors use and recommend.

If you like this list and want to see our top picks in other categories, then go over and download our Favorite Books of SWO document. Over 129 titles are included!

Also, if you’re in a podcasting mood, you can listen to our teaching sessions on Bible doctrine as well.

According to Plan: The Unfolding Revelation of God in the Bible

By Graeme Goldsworthy

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“Sovereignty means exercising kingly power. We use the word in relation to God meaning that there is absolutely nothing that he does not control.” – Graeme Goldsworthy

Kingdom Through Covenants

By Peter Gentry & Stephan Wellum

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“God is forbearing, gracious, and longsuffering, but he is also a God of holiness, wrath, and judgment. The wrath of God, unlike the love or holiness of God, should not be thought of as an intrinsic perfection of God; rather it is a function or expression of God’s holiness against sin. Where there is no sin, there is no wrath, but there will always be love and holiness. Where God in his holiness confronts his image-bearers in their rebellion, there must be wrath, otherwise, God is not the jealous and self-sufficient God he claims to be, and his holiness is impugned.” – Peter J. Gentry

Systematic Theology

By Wayne Grudem

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“I am convinced that there is an urgent need in the church today for much greater understanding of Christian doctrine, or systematic theology. Not only pastors and teachers need to understand theology in greater depth — the WHOLE CHURCH does as well. One day by God’s grace we may have churches full of Christians who can discuss, apply and LIVE the doctrinal teachings of the Bible as readily as they can discuss the details of their own jobs or hobbies – or the fortunes of their favorite sports team or television program.” – Wayne Grudem

A Theology for the Church

By Daniel Akin

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“Scripture, the Word of God, has always had an indispensable role in the formation of the people of God, regardless of covenantal context, for by it the character and works of God are revealed and explained, and through it people are called to a life of faith, devotion, and obedience.” – Daniel L. Akin


We’ve prepped this list of recommended books from our Snowbird teachers to help encourage the habit of learning! We also encourage you to read critically, evaluating every book, Christian or secular, through the lens of the Bible.

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