Following are some books that every preacher and teacher should read to build that solid foundation. Not only teachers, but anyone who wants to learn more about the Good News should consider these fine books. If you are a teacher in any capacity, you should always be reading books that challenge your Christian worldview. Otherwise, this humble author thinks you should get our of the business.
The following books are a few for starters:
CREATION REGAINED:BIBLICAL BASIS FOR A REFORMATIONAL WORLDVIEW
by Albert M. Wolters. This is my favorite Christian Worldview book. As a new Christian, it could be the first book you read. It will give you a fresh perspective on the Bible that you will need to build on. It's also a great read!
CHRISTIAN BELIEFS: TWENTY BASICS EVERY CHRISTIAN SHOULD KNOW
by Wayne Grudem. Dr Grudem give a very balanced reformed view of the Bible. He also has some more involved books on Systematic Theology when you are ready.
HOW TO READ THE BIBLE FOR ALL IT'S WORTH
by Gordon D. Fee and Douglas Stuart. This book offers an astute paradigm for interpreting Biblical text. It's written by two college professors that offer a lot of insight into reasonable exegesis of God's Word.
ALL ABOUT JEWISH HOLIDAYS AND CUSTOMS
by Morris Espien. If you are like me, the Jewish worldview is difficult to wrap one's mind around. This book, written by a Rabbi, can shed a lot of light on the way the Old Testament has been interpreted historically by observant Jews. The book offers a free education on important motifs in the Bible. Let's face it, most of us know little about the Old Testament and this book is a great primer on Judaism.
WHAT JESUS MEANT
by Gary Wills. He is also the author of another excellent book, WHAT PAUL MEANT. As a Catholic author, Mr. Wills brings to the table a provocative and fresh look at the Jesus of the Gospels. This is one of the most important books I have read. It is simply a must read. If you only read one book from my list, read this one.
IF YOU WANT TO WALK ON WATER YOU GOT TO GET OUT OF THE BOAT
by John Ortberg. This book had me spellbound. It is great for anyone traveling through the valley. I can't think of a better book to bring edification to the body of Christ.
I would be very glad to hear of additional foundational books. Please share your recommendations in the comments.