Center for Biblical Training

In conjunction with Berean Baptist Church and Emerald Bible Fellowship, we offer classes each semester for in depth study of the Bible and theology.

More information available here.

Fighter Verses

What are Fighter Verses? It is another name for memory verses. The Bible says that “the Word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and spirit, of joints and marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart (Hebrews 4:12).” In addition the Word of God also describes the Bible as the “Sword of the Spirit (Ephesians 6:17)” The Christian life is not a life of passivity, but of active, fervent, and zealous war on our own sin—not somebody elses sin—my sin. The only weapon we have at our disposal in this fight of faith is The Bible.

Therefore, every week we at The Rising memorize a verse or verses and recite them at our corporate worship service. We not only want to encourage the children to memorize the Bible (as has been traditionally attested to), but we also want to lead our children in this by memorizing the Bible ourselves (as has not been traditionally attested to).

Armor up your offensive against sin with us! Please download the Fighter Verses Schedule

Bible Reading Plans

The Kingdom Bible Reading Program (Developed by Jason DeRouchie)

“The plan is distinguished by the following features:

1. Proportionate weight is given to the Old and New Testaments in view of their relative length, the Old receiving three readings per day and the New getting one reading per day.

2. The Old Testament readings follow the arrangement of Jesus’ Bible (Luke 24:44—Law, Prophets, Writings), with one reading coming from each portion per day.

3. In a single year, one reads through Psalms twice and all other biblical books once; the second reading of Psalms (highlighted in gray) supplements the readings through the Law (Genesis–Deuteronomy).

4. Only 25 readings are slated per month in order to provide more flexibility in daily devotions.

The plan can be started at any time of the year, and if four readings per day are too much, the plan can simply be stretched to two or more years (reading from one, two, or three columns per day).” Jason DeRouchie

The M’Chyne Bible Reading Plan

This plan reads through the New Testament twice in a year and the Old Testament once.

The Unity of the Bible Reading Plan (Developed by Coty Pickney)

“If we are to read the Bible daily, with a goal of reading it in its entirety, we will need a plan. I first followed an annual, comprehensive Bible reading plan in 1984. This plan was purely chronological; I began reading with Genesis 1 on January 1 and finished with Revelation 22 on December 31, but in between the plan guided me through Scripture in the order in which events and prophecies occurred. This was eye-opening to me. Though I had grown up in church and in fact had read all of Scripture previously, I had never before seen the overall flow of God’s plan of redemption. In particular, the writings of prophets like Ezekiel and Jeremiah became much more meaningful to me as I read them in conjunction with the historical books. In addition, many psalms came to life as I read them in the context of surrounding events.

I followed chronological plans several more times in subsequent years. However, there are significant weaknesses in following such a plan repeatedly for your daily devotional reading. First of all, you read nothing from the New Testament for more than nine months of the year. Second, a strictly chronological plan jumps around in the four Gospels. The reader therefore misses what Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John communicate through the way they each order and select from the events of Jesus’ life. Finally, following chronological plans requires a lot of page flipping.

So twelve years ago I developed the Bible Unity Reading Plan, which yields the benefits of a chronological approach while avoiding these weaknesses.  The Bible Unity Plan has two tracks for each day. The longer track – the left hand column in each day’s reading – is chronological. The second track, in the right column, is a shorter reading from another part of Scripture. This second track includes Matthew, Mark, and John – read straight through – and several epistles while the chronological track makes its way through the Old Testament; it then focuses on Psalms and Proverbs while the chronological track takes you through the remaining books of the New Testament. And with only two passages to read most days, there is minimal page-flipping. The Plan also follows a helpful feature of the Discipleship Journal Bible Reading Plan, scheduling only 25 days of reading per month. This allows you to read something else on Sundays (which I like to do), or to catch up easily if you miss an occasional day.”–Coty Pickney

Recommended Reading

Intro to Christianity

Systematic Theology—Wayne Grudem

Death by love
Death by Love—Mark Driscoll

Desiring God—John Piper

Pleasures of God
Pleasures of God—John Piper

Knowing God
Knowing God—J.I.Packer

All Loves Ex
All Loves Excelling—John Bunyan

Freedom of the will
The Freedom of the Will—Jonathan Edwards


Marriage & Sexuality

Washed and wait
Washed & Waiting—Wesley Hill

Sinners say
When Sinners Say I Do—Dave Harvey

This Momentary Marriage—John Piper


Social Justice

Bloodlines: Race, Cross, and the Christian—John Piper

Why Pro life
Why Pro-Life?—Randy Alcorn



A shot of faith
A Shot of Faith to the Head—Mitch Stokes

The Reason for
The Reason For God—Tim Keller



seeing with
Seeing With New Eyes—David Powlison


Biblical Manhood & Womanhood

Recovering Biblical Manhood & Womanhood—Edited by Wayne Grudem & John Piper

radical woman
Radical Womanhood—Carolyn McCulley

Jesus and the feminists
Jesus & the Feminists—Margaret Elizabeth Kostenberger

a guide
A Guide to Biblical Manhood—Randy Stinson


Personal Holiness

The Mortification of Sin—John Owen

an humble
An Humble Attempt…—Jonathan Edwards



The Pilgrem’s Progress—John Bunyan

The Chronicles of Narnia—C.S. Lewis



Bruised Reed-Richard Sibbes

All things good
All Things for Good—Thomas Watson

facing greif
Facing Grief: Counsel for Mourners—John Flavel


The Bible

Knowing Scripture—R.C. Sproul

doctrine of the knowledge
The Doctrine of the Knowledge of God—John Frame



Shepherding a Child’s Heart—Ted Tripp

Father Hunger—Doug Wilson



Big Picture
The Big Picture Story Bible—David Helm

Jesus Story book
Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name—Sally-Lloyd Jones