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EXEGETICAL LECTURES AND SERMONS ON HEBREWS
CHARLES HODGE edited with Introduction by William VanDoodewaard

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This book has two parts, both of which contain material not previously published.

The first part contains Charles Hodge’s exegetical and expository notes on the letter to the Hebrews. These date from 1821, the year of his ordination, and 1842, when he delivered a series of lectures on Hebrews at Princeton Theological Seminary. Like his other published commentaries, this is an exegetical exposition, following Calvin’s pattern of brevity and simplicity. Hodge skillfully engages the Greek text in a way that enhances the reader’s understanding of the details and flow of the whole. Those familiar with Hodge’s commentaries on other New Testament epistles will immediately recognize his style and method. Broad themes and fine points merge together in a coherent whole, as the commentator allows the text of Scripture to speak for itself.

Also among the archival collection of Charles Hodge’s manuscripts at Princeton are a series of sermon outlines, and some full manuscript sermons, on passages from the letter to the Hebrews, most of which were never published. In 1879 A. A. Hodge included four of these as part of a wider collection of sermon outlines which were published following his father’s death as Princeton Sermons. These four sermons, along with all of Hodge’s other manuscript sermons on Hebrews are brought together for the first time in this volume.

The sermons on Hebrews in Part Two supplement the commentary in Part One, providing the reader with a more expansive exposition and application of numerous key sections of Hebrews. A few are more text-topical in their orientation, revealing Hodge’s masterful ability to communicate the rich themes of biblical and systematic theology with earnest clarity and simplicity. Others are more exegetical and expository, with application aimed at growth in Christian living. Together they display Hodge’s ‘adoring love for Christ,’ and even more, Christ’s love for his church.

ENDORSEMENTS

‘Hodge’s method and matter make him doubly useful in commenting. He is singularly clear, and a great promoter of thought…The more we use Hodge the more we value him.’ — C. H. SPURGEON



‘One always turns to Hodge’s commentaries with great confidence, for in him there is that perfect blending of theology, scholarship and a devotional spirit which are the prime requisites of a commentary.’ — D. MARTYN LLOYD-JONES

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Thomas Manton

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"A MOUNTAIN OF SOUND THEOLOGY." - C.H. Spurgeon on The Works of Manton

"The renowned Thomas Manton (1620-1677), whose writings have long been prized by thousands, was known first and foremost as a great preacher. In a day when good preaching is sorely lacking, we need the reprint of his Complete Works, in which twenty of his twenty-two volumes are sermons. These sermons are the legacy of a powerful preacher devoted to the systematic teaching and application of God's Word. Whether he is expounding the Lord's Prayer, Psalm 119, Isaiah 53, James, or Jude, Manton presents us with the best that English Puritans had to offer in careful, solid, warmhearted exposition of the Scriptures." - Dr. Joel R. Beeke, author of MEET THE PURITANS

"The publication of a complete and uniform edition of Manton's works is a great boon to the readers of English theology. Many of his best writings have been hitherto inaccessible to all who have not long purses and large libraries. The few who know him would gladly testify, I am sure, that Thomas Manton was one of the best authors of his day, and that his works richly deserve reprinting." -J.C. Ryle, from his Introduction called An Estimate of Manton (Found in Volume 2)

SOME MANTON QUOTES TO WHET YOUR APPETITE -

"One way to get comfort is to plead the promise of God in prayer, show Him His handwriting; God is tender of His Word."

"When we make self the end of prayer, it is not worship but self-seeking."

"Excess in meat and drink clouds the mind, chokes good affections, and provokes lust. Many a man digs his own grave with his teeth."

"If you yield to Satan in the least, he will carry you further and further, till he has left you under a stupefied or terrified conscience: stupefied, till thou hast lost all thy tenderness. A stone at the top of a hill, when it begins to roll down, ceases not till it comes to the bottom. Thou thinkest it is but yielding a little, and so by degrees are carried on, till thou hast sinned away all thy profession, and all principles of conscience, by the secret witchery of his temptations."

"What is the reason there is so much preaching and so little practice? For want of meditation. Constant thoughts are operative, and musing makes the fire burn. Green wood is not kindled by a flash or spark, but by constant blowing."

"First we practice sin, then defend it, then boast of it."

"Divisions in the church always breed atheism in the world."

"Men in general do not live as if they looked to die; and therefore do not die as if they looked to live."

"The more affected we are with our misery, the fitter for Christ's mercy."

"We know God but as men born blind know the fire: they know that there is such a thing as fire, for they feel it warm them, but what it is they know not. So, that there is a God we know, but what He is we know little, and indeed we can never search Him out to perfection; a finite creature can never fully comprehend that which is infinite."

"If a man would lead a happy life, let him but seek a sure object for his trust, and he shall be safe: "He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the Lord." He hath laid up his confidence in God, therefore his heart is kept in an equal poise."

"We know God but as men born blind know the fire: they know that there is such a thing as fire, for they feel it warm them, but what it is they know not. So, that there is a God we know, but what He is we know little, and indeed we can never search Him out to perfection; a finite creature can never fully comprehend that which is infinite."

"The end of study is information, and the end of meditation is practice, or a work upon the affections. Study is like a winter sun that shines, but warms not: but meditation is like a blowing upon the fire, where we do not mind the blaze, but the heat. The end of study is to hoard up truth; but of meditation to lay it forth in conference or holy conversation."

"Faith is the fountain of prayer, and prayer should be nothing else but faith exercised."

“You would think it strange of two people who conversed every day for forty or fifty years, but all this while did not know one another; yet this is the case between us and our souls; we live a long time in this world but are strangers to ourselves.”

"Works before conversion cannot engage God, and works after conversion can not satisfy God - all the endeavor and labor of the creature will never procure it."

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ELIZABETH PRENTISS: "More Love to Thee"
Sharon James

Do you sometimes feel that you would be able to grow in love for God and others; if only your circumstances were different? Maybe you find that the sheer demands of everyday life squeeze out time for God? Perhaps a terrible tragedy has made you doubt the goodness of God? Read this true story to find out how one woman discovered that the most difficult circumstances are 'God's school' to teach us more about his grace; the very busy times are precisely those times when we need (and can find) God's strength; the worst of tragedies can draw us closer to God. Elizabeth Prentiss is best known as the author of the popular novel Stepping Heavenward (first published 1869) and the well-loved hymn, 'More Love to Thee.' The difficult things she experienced equipped her to minister to others through her letters, books, and poetry. To grow in love for God was the one great passion of her life: many have testified that her writings continue to inspire them with that same passion.

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THE WORKS OF JONATHAN EDWARDS: 2 Volume Hardcover Set (Over 950 Double Column Pages Each)
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Widely recognized as a great theologian, an influential preacher and a prolific writer, Jonathan Edwards played a prominent role in helping to spark the spirit of revivalism known as the Great Awakening in the eighteenth-century America. Edwards' sermons, while intellectually engaging, were also accessible to the common people and often generated highly emotional responses. His foremost desire was to help people transform from mere believers in Christian doctrine to converted Christians who were moved to action by the principles of their belief. This two-volume collection of Edwards' works features important sermons of the Great Awakening as well as Edwards' memoirs and other essays. First published in 1834, here is what makes this new edition of The Works of Jonathan Edwards the best available:

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"Jonathan Edwards . . . was among the noblest and ablest Christians of his age, and can now be seen, two centuries after, as one of the greatest theologians ever given by God to his church. As a saint and scholar, evangelist and educationalist, pastor and teacher, missionary and metaphysician, he showed a grasp of the grandeur of God's sovereignty and the glory of divine grace equaled only by men of the caliber of John Owen and John Calvin." - J. I. Packer

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JOHN OWEN ON THE CHRISTIAN LIFE
SINCLAIR FERGUSON

John Owen has long been recognized by evangelicals as one of the greatest of all English-speaking theological classics. Like Augustine, whom he so admired, Owen’s thinking touched both the depths of sin and the heights of grace. Many of his readers have come away from reading him on such themes as temptation, or indwelling sin, feeling that Owen knew them through and through.

The truth is that Owen had come-by intensive and constant study of both Scripture and the human heart- to know both himself and God. It was out of this rich experience that he preached and wrote on the loftiest themes of Christian theology.

Because of this background, Owen’s teaching was always pastoral in its concern. His aim, said his assistant David Clarkson, was ‘to promote holiness’. Consequently his work has survived through the centuries and is now more widely recognized and appreciated than it has been for many years. His writings address the fundamental issues Christians face in every age: How can I live the Christian life? How am I to deal with sin and temptation? How can I find assurance, and live for the honour of Jesus Christ?

John Owen on the Christian Life expounds Owen’s teaching on these and related themes. The first book-length study of any aspect of Owen’s thought, it also stands on its own as a study in pastoral theology. Ministers, Christian leaders, readers of Owen, and those who are daunted by the sheer voluminousness of his writings will find this book an ideal companion.

INTRODUCTION x

1. JOHN OWEN AND HIS CHRISTIAN LIFE

i. The beginnings of his ministry 3

ii. The Congregationalist 4

iii. A Wider sphere of influence 6

iv. Dean and Vice-Chancellor 9

v. The Congregational leader 13

vi. Last days 17

2. THE PLAN OF SALVATION 20

1. The Doctrine of the Covenant 20

i. The Covenant of Works 22

ii. The Covenant of Grace 24

iii. The Covenant of Redemption 25

iv. The Covenant at Sinai 27

2. Union with Christ 32

3. GRACE REIGNS THROUGH RIGHTEOUSNESS 37

i. The Effects of sin 39

ii. Regeneration 41

iii. The Use of the law 48

iv. The Structure of sanctification 54

v. The Progress of sanctification 56

(1) Negatively considered 61

(2) Positively considered 63

vi. Restoration of the image of God 65

vii. The Christian’s duty: 67

(1) To honour Christ 69

(2) To mortify sin 71

4. FELLOWSHIP WITH GOD 74

i. Communion with the Father 76

ii. Communion with the Son 77

iii. Communion with the Holy Spirit 92

THE ASSURANCE OF SALVATION 99

i. The assurance of forgiveness 100

ii. Practical rules for assurance 108

iii. Hindrances to assurance 112

iv. The seal of the Spirit 116

5. CONFLICT WITH SIN 125

i. Sin’s dominion ended 125

ii. Sin’s presence continued 130

iii. Temptations abound 141

iv. Mortification required 145

6. THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE SAINTS 154

1. The Nature and Government of the Church 156

i. The Lord’s congregation 158

ii. Order in the church 164

iii. Ministry in the church 165

iv. Unity of the church 170

2. The Individual in the Church 172

i. Valid church life 172

ii. The charge of schism 175

iii. Church membership 178

iv. Discipline 181

7. SCRIPTURE AND MINISTRY 184

1. Scripture 185

i. Inspiration 186

ii. Authority 188

iii. Preservation 190

iv. Attestation 192

v. Understanding 196

vi. Influence 199

2. Ministry 201

i. Gifts and graces 202

ii. Extraordinary gifts 204

iii. Ordinary gifts 208

8. SACRAMENTS AND PRAYER 211

1. Sacraments 211

i. Baptism: initiation into covenant life 215

ii. Lord’s Supper: covenant seal 220

2. Prayer 224

i. A covenant privilege 225

(1) The matter of prayer 226

(2) The manner of prayer 227

ii. A Scriptural duty 228

9. APOSTASY AND ITS PREVENTION 232

1. The Danger of Apostasy 232

i. Apostasy from gospel doctrine 238

ii. Apostasy from gospel holiness 242

iii. Apostasy from gospel worship 244

2. Spiritual Mindedness the Preservative 248

i. The objects of spiritual thoughts 250

ii. The nature of spiritual mindedness 254

iii. The development of spiritual mindedness 257

10. PERSEVERANCE AND THE GOAL 262

1. Perseverance 262

2. The Goal 269

i. Christian character 269

ii. Eternal glory 275

11. POSTSCRIPT 281

INDEX 1 (Names and Subjects) 283

INDEX 2 (Biblical References) 291

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THE COLLECTED WRITINGS OF JOHN MURRAY
John Murray

"NO SET OF THEOLOGICAL WORKS HAVE HAD A MORE PROFOUND IMPACT ON MY LIFE AND MINISTRY THAN THESE VOLUMES BY PROF. JOHN MURRAY. EVERYONE CALLED TO PREACH OR TEACH GOD'S WORD CANNOT BE WITHOUT THIS MARVELOUS SET." - Michael Gaydosh, Founder of Solid Ground

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1. THE CLAIMS OF TRUTH

Preface xi

THE HOLY SCRIPTURES

1 The Study of the Bible 3

2 The Infallibility of Scripture 9

3 The Finality and Sufficiency of Scripture 16

4 The Unity of the Old and New Testaments 23

JESUS CHRIST

5 The Redeemer of God’s Elect 29

6 The Death of Christ 36

7 The Living Saviour 40

8 The Heavenly, Priestly Activity of Christ 44

9 The Atonement and the Free Offer of the Gospel 59

10 The Advent of Christ 86

WESTMINSTER THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY AND ITS TESTIMONY

11 The Banner of Westminster Seminary 99

12 Greeting to Entering Students, 1944 104

13 Charge to Edmund P. Clowney 107

14 Greeting to Entering Students, 1966 110

15 Edward J. Young: An Appreciation 113

THE GOSPEL AND ITS PROCLAMATION

16 The Grace of God 119

17 The Message of Evangelism 124

18 The Propagation of the Reformed Faith in New England 135

19 The Power of the Holy Spirit 138

20 Some Necessary Emphases in Preaching 143

21 Co-operation in Evangelism 152

THE CHRISTIAN LIFE

22 Worship 165

23 Christian Doctrine and Life 169

24 The Christian Ethic 174

25 Adorning the Gospel 182

26 The Guidance of the Holy Spirit 186

THE MORAL LAW AND THE FOURTH COMMANDMENT

27 The Sanctity of the Moral Law 193

28 The Sabbath Institution 205

29 The Pattern of the Lord’s Day 219

30 The Relevance of the Sabbath 225

THE CHURCH

31 The Church: Its Definition in Terms of ‘Visible’ and ‘Invisible’ Invalid 231

32 The Church: Its Identity, Functions and Resources 237

33 The Church and Mission 245

34 The Relation of Church and State 253

35 Government in the Church of Christ 260

36 The Biblical Basis for Ecclesiastical Union 269

37 Corporate Responsibility 273

38 The Creedal Basis of Union in the Church 280

HISTORICAL

39 Reformation 291

40 The Crux of the Reformation 298

41 Calvin as Theologian and Expositor 305

42 A Notable Tercentenary 312

43 The Importance and Relevance of the Westminster Confession 316

ISSUES IN THE CONTEMPORARY WORLD

44 The Significance of the Doctrine of Creation 325

45 The Relevance of the Historical 330

46 William Barclay and the Virgin Birth 340

47 God and the War 344

48 The Christian World Order 356

49 Christian Education 367

2. SELECT LECTURES IN SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY

Preface vii

I

1 The Origin of Man 3

2 The Nature of Man 14

3 Trichotomy 23

4 Man in the Image of God 34

5 The Adamic Administration 47

6 Free Agency 60

7 The Fall of Man 67

8 The Nature of Sin 77

9 Inability 83

II

10 Common Grace 93

III

11 The Plan of Salvation 123

12 The Person of Christ 132

13 The Atonement 142

14 The Obedience of Christ 151

IV

15 The Call 161

16 Regeneration 167

17 Justification 202

18 Adoption 223

19 Faith 235

20 The Assurance of Faith 264

V

21 Definitive Sanctification 277

22 The Agency in Definitive Sanctification 285

23 Progressive Sanctification 294

24 The Pattern of Sanctification 305

25 The Goal of Sanctification 313

VI

26 The Nature and Unity of the Church 321

27 The Government of the Church 336

28 The Form of Government 345

29 Arguments against Term Eldership 351

30 Office in the Church 357

31 The Sacraments 366

32 Baptism 370

33 The Lord’s Supper 376

34 Restricted Communion 381

VII

35 The Interadventual Period and the Advent: Matthew 24 and 25 387

36 The Last Things 401

3. LIFE; SERMONS; BOOK REVIEWS

Preface xi

I LIFE OF JOHN MURRAY

1. The Youngest Son of Badea 3

2. Princeton Theological Seminary, 1924-1927 17

3. By Ways Not Known 32

4. Alongside Gresham Machen 46

5. The Struggles of the Later Thirties 66

6. Events in the War Years 79

7. The Seminary Professor 91

8. Glimpses of Personal Life 107

9. The Wider Influence 122

10. ‘The New Work’ 138

II SERMONS

1. The Mystery of Providence, Job 23:10-12 161

2. Prayer, Psalm 116:1-2 168

3. The Call to the Ministry, Jeremiah 1:5-7 172

4. The Name ‘Jesus’, Matthew 1:21 178

5. Divine Thanksgiving for Divine Sovereignty, Matthew 11:25-28 185

6. A Lesson in Forgiveness, Matthew 18:15-17 190

7. Christ in All the Assemblies of His People, Matthew 18:20 194

8. The Bridegroom’s Friend, John 3:29 199

9. The Father’s Donation, John 6:37 204

10. The Power of the Holy Spirit and the Christian Ministry, John 16:7-13 210

11. The Father’s Love, Romans 8:32 215

12. Love to Christ Indispensable, 1 Corinthians 16:22 222

13. The Riches and the Poverty of Jesus Christ, 2 Corinthians 8:9 226

14. The Mystery of Godliness, Philippians 2:5-9 236

15. The Death of the Godly, 1 Thessalonians 4:13, 14 242

16. Paul an Example, 1 Timothy 1:12-16 247

17. Holy Scripture, 2 Timothy 3:16, 17 256

18. The Pilgrimage to Perfection, 1 John 3:1-3 263

19. God’s Love and Our Life, 1 John 4:9, 10 268

III AT THE LORD’S TABLE

Fencing the Table 275

Table Addresses 280

IV REVIEWS 1939-1953

1. S. W. Carruthers: The Westminster Confession of Faith 291

2. John Baillie: Our Knowledge of God 295

3. J. S. Whale: Christian Doctrine 301

4. Floyd E. Hamilton: The Basis of Millennial Faith 304

5. W. E. Sangster: The Path to Perfection. An Examination and Restatement of John Wesley’s Doctrine of Christian Perfection 307

6. Henry W. Clark: The Cross and the Eternal Order. A study of Atonement in its Cosmic Significance 311

7. S. W. Carruthers: The Everyday Work of the Westminster Assembly 317

8. Guy Franklin Hershberger: War, Peace, and Nonresistance 320

9. Henry W. Clark: The Cross and the Eternal Order. A Study of Atonement in its Cosmic Significance 324

10. Geoffrey F. Nuttall: The Holy Spirit in Puritan Faith and Experience 324

11. Samuel G. Craig: Christianity Rightly So Called 329

12. E. L. Mascall: Christ, the Christian and the Church. A Study of the Incarnation and its Consequences 333

13. Athanasius: The Incarnation of the Word 336

14. John Calvin: Commentaries on the Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Romans 337

15. Benjamin Breckinridge Warfield: The Inspiration and Authority of the Bible 339

16. D. M. Baillie: God was in Christ: An Essay on Incarnation and Atonement 340

17. Auguste Lecerf: An Introduction to Reformed Dogmatics 345

18. Abraham Booth: The Reign of Grace from its Rise to its Consummation 349

19. Anders Nygren: Commentary on Romans 450

20. Henry Clarence Thiessen: Introductory Lectures in Systematic Theology 356

21. Benjamin Breckinridge Warfield: The Person and Work of Christ 358

22. William Croft Dickinson (ed.): John Knox’s History of the Reformation in Scotland 361

23. J. M. Bates: A Manual of Doctrine 362

24. Alan Richardson (ed.): A Theological Word Book of the Bible 367

25. Leonard Hodgson: The Doctrine of the Atonement 371

26. Geerhardus Vos: The Teaching of Jesus Concerning the Kingdom and the Church 375

L. Berkhof: The Kingdom of God

27. Benjamin Breckinridge Warfield: Biblical and Theological Studies 376

28. Edward A. Dowey, Jr: The Knowledge of God in Calvin’s Theology 377

4. STUDIES IN THEOLOGY

Preface vii

I STUDIES IN THEOLOGY

1. Systematic Theology 1

2. Inspiration and Inerrancy 22

3. The Inspiration of the Scripture 30

4. Jesus the Son of God 58

5. Who Raised Up Jesus? 82

6. The Reconciliation 92

7. The Free Offer of the Gospel 113

8. Paul’s Use of ‘Nomos’ 133

9. The Weak and the Strong 142

10. Calvin’s Doctrine of Scripture 158

11. Calvin and the Authority of Scripture 176

12. Calvin on the Sovereignty of God 191

13. Calvin, Dordt and Westminster on Predestination – A Comparative Study 205

14. Covenant Theology 216

15. The Theology of the Westminster Confession of Faith 241

16. Tradition: Romish and Protestant 264

II REVIEWS 1954-1967

1. Claude Welch: In This Name. The Doctrine of the Trinity in Contemporary Theology 277

2. Steven Barabas: So Great Salvation. The History and Message of the Keswick Convention 281

3. Anton Fridrichsen et al.: The Root of the Vine. Essays in Biblical Theology 286

4. G. C. Berkouwer: Studies in Dogmatics. Faith and Justification. 288

5. John Christian Wenger: Introduction to Theology. An Interpretation of the Doctrinal Content of Scripture, Written to Strengthen a Childlike Faith in Christ 292

6. Emil Brunner: Eternal Hope 296

7. John Frederick Jansen: Calvin’s Doctrine of the Work of Christ 302

8. Harry Buis: The Doctrine of Eternal Punishment 304

9. C. K. Barrett: A Commentary on the Epistle to the Romans 306

10. Paul van Buren: Christ in our Place. The Substitutionary Character of Calvin’s Doctrine of Reconciliation 310

11. B. B. Warfield: Biblical Foundations 314

12. Karl Barth: Christ and Adam. Man and Humanity in Romans 5 316

13. Dwight Hervey Small: The Biblical Basis for Infant Baptism. Children in God’s Covenant Promise 321

14. G. C. Berkouwer: Studies in Dogmatics. Divine Election 323

15. Bernard Ramm: The Witness of the Spirit. An Essay on the Contemporary Relevance of the Internal Witness of the Holy Spirit 331

16. Bernard Ramm: Special Revelation and the Word of God 334

17. Andre De Bovis, S. J.: What is the Church? 339

18. A. Berkeley Mickelsen: Interpreting the Bible 342

19. G. C. Berkouwer: Studies in Dogmatics. The Work of Christ 345

20. Gustaf Aulen: The Faith of the Christian Church 349

21. Herman N. Ridderbos: When the Time Had Fully Come: Studies in New Testament Theology 355

Bibliography 361

Index of Names 379

Index of Subjects 382

Professor John Murray, born shortly before the cusp of the 20th century in Scotland, was considered a leading Reformed theologian. He served in France in World War I and then pursued studies at the University of Glasgow and then Princeton Theological Seminary. He briefly taught at the latter school before teaching at Philadelphia’s Westminster Theological Seminary. He taught there through his retirement, also being ordained in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. John Murray books include the Collected Writings of John Murray, a four-volume set that contains the best of his wisdom, along with a detailed account of his life; Redemption Accomplished and Applied, in which he distills information about the concepts of regeneration, justification, adoption, sanctification and glorification for Christians, and stresses the importance of union with Christ; and Free Offer of the Gospel, which shares how people who embrace Jesus will enjoy the marvelous gift of salvation.

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Letters Sent In 1539

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Sinclair Ferguson

There are lots of 'idols' these days. But do you have any heroes? What's the difference? Idols are people we say we 'adore' because they are famous, or rich, or good looking, or because they have amazing talents, or special abilities perhaps we wish we could have. Heroes are people who are willing to live and die for what they believe.

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Many of our children enjoy having heroes, but they are living in a world that encourages them instead to have 'idols'. Sometimes, perhaps, the difference is simply a choice of words. But today it is usually more. For the 'idols' our children are encouraged to have - whether by media coverage or peer pressure - are to be 'adored' not because of their character, but because of their image.

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None of these heroes was perfect - they all recognised their need of the Lord Jesus Christ as their Saviour and Lord. None of them claimed perfect understanding or perfect obedience. But each of them aimed to love the Lord with heart and mind and soul and strength. In that sense they were true heroes. Many of these heroes were ministers and preachers of the gospel of Jesus Christ. But they were not heroes simply because they were ministers. The word 'minister' means 'servant'. They were people who became leaders in the church; they became heroes because they were servants both of the Lord Jesus and of his people.

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‘The whole unfolding Let’s Study series is a must for every Christian home that is serious about getting to know the Word.’ — COVENANTER WITNESS

LET'S STUDY MARK

When John Mark wrote out his ‘good news’ about Jesus two thousand years ago, his Gospel was a completely new kind of book. No one had ever written one before. In fact no one would have known what a Gospel was…What made the Gospel of Mark unique was this: it was not written merely as the memoir of Jesus as a great man, not even as the greatest man who had ever lived. Rather it was meant to persuade its readers that Jesus was the Son of God…Who is Jesus of Nazareth? What is the good news (gospel) about him?…This book presents us with Mark’s answer.’



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If Romans is, humanly speaking, the most impressive of Paul’s letters, then Ephesians is probably the most elegant. In its opening doxology blessings cascade down upon the reader. In its closing verses the smell of the battlefield lies heavily in the air and through the smoke of war we see Christians, fully clad in the armour of spiritual warfare, still standing. From beginning to end Ephesians sets before us the wonder of God’s grace, the privilege of belonging to the church, and the pattern of life-transformation the gospel produces.

In Let’s Study Ephesians Sinclair Ferguson skillfully leads us through this wonderful letter, explaining its teaching with masterful simplicity and showing its importance and relevance to the church today.



LET'S STUDY PHILIPPIANS

The church at Philippi was Paul’s ‘crown and joy’. But now, in the apostle’s absence, problems had arisen among these new Christians, threatening their fellowship and witness.

How did Paul respond? What did he say to anchor these young Christians in the truth and guide them in Christian living? In Let’s Study Philippians, Sinclair B. Ferguson leads us through Paul’s memorable answers.



LET'S STUDY JAMES

Throughout the centuries, the Letter of James has proved to be an excellent refresher course in what it means to live the Christian life. It is only a few pages long. It can be read out loud in twenty minutes. It is very direct and extremely practical. Several themes run through the Letter of James and make clear what his burden is. He writes about suffering and joy, riches and poverty, faith and works, the tongue and speech, and about wisdom and folly. In a word, he writes about the heart and life of the Christian believer.

James’s bête noire is false and hollow piety; pious platitudes are anathema to him. Faith that does not issue in good works, a holy life, concern for the needy, and a disciplined use of the tongue, is for James no faith at all.

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The problem identified by the prophet Hosea in his day is still with us today — ‘There is no…knowledge of God in the land’ (Hos. 4:1). We were made to know God. We were saved to know God. Jesus said, ‘This is eternal life that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent’ (John 17:3).

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Introduction xi

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SERMONS ON FIRST TIMOTHY

Calvin’s expository sermons to the great congregation of St Peter’s, Geneva, taken down in shorthand and then published across Europe, were among the most sought-after volumes of the sixteenth century. In the late 1570s, translated from the French, these bulky volumes flowed through London’s bookshops and none was more popular than the ‘One hundred Sermons on the Epistles of St Paul to Timothy and Titus’ which appeared for the first time in 1579. The public demand was understandable. First, Calvin ‘opened the Scriptures’, not in these volumes for students only, but for the whole church. Second, the sermons were preaching in the full New Testament sense of the term, that is, proclamation and persuasion, with power and conviction.

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Introduction xiii

Calvin’s Outline of Paul’s First Letter to Timothy xxi

Sermon One: Debtors to Grace (1 Tim. 1:1-2) 1

Sermon Two: Substance and Shadow (1 Tim. 1:3-4) 15

Sermon Three: The Essence of the Law (1 Tim. 1:5) 31

Sermon Four: The Function of the Law (1 Tim. 1:5-9) 47

Sermon Five: The Application of the Law (1 Tim. 1:8-11) 61

Sermon Six: Counted Faithful (1 Tim. 1:12-13) 79

Sermon Seven: A Savior for Sinners (1 Tim. 1:13-15) 95

Sermon Eight: Glory to the King of Ages (1 Tim. 1:17-18) 111

Sermon Nine: A Call to Arms (1 Tim. 1:18-19) 125

Sermon Ten: Friends No More (1 Tim. 1:19-20) 141

Sermon Eleven: The Priority of Prayer (1 Tim. 2:1-2) 157

Sermon Twelve: God’s Design for Government (1 Tim. 2:1-3) 171

Sermon Thirteen: The Gospel Call (1 Tim. 2:3-4) 187

Sermon Fourteen: Jesus Christ, Mediator and Man (1 Tim. 2:5-6) 203

Sermon Fifteen: A Ransom for All (1 Tim. 2:5-7) 217

Sermon Sixteen: The Gift of Prayer (1 Tim. 2:8) 233

Sermon Seventeen: Dress and Demeanour (1 Tim. 2:9-12) 249

Sermon Eighteen: Order and Authority (1 Tim. 2:12-14) 265

Sermon Nineteen: Daughters of Eve (1 Tim. 2:12-15) 281

Sermon Twenty: The Christian Minister (1): Pastors (1 Tim. 3:1-2) 295

Sermon Twenty-One: The Christian Minister (2): Pastors (1 Tim. 3:2) 311

Sermon Twenty-Two: The Christian Minister (3): Pastors (1 Tim. 3:2) 327

Sermon Twenty-Three: The Christian Minister (4 ): Pastors (1 Tim. 3:3-5) 345

Sermon Twenty-Four: The Christian Minister (5): Pastors and Deacons (1 Tim. 3:6-8) 359

Sermon Twenty-Five: The Christian Minister (6 ): Deacons (1 Tim. 3:8-13) 373

Sermon Twenty-Six: Church of the Living God (1 Tim. 3:13-15) 387

Sermon Twenty-Seven: Faith’s Open Secret (1 Tim. 3:16) 403

Sermon Twenty-Eight: Apostasy Foretold (1 Tim. 4:1-2) 419

Sermon Twenty-Nine: Our Reasonable Service (1 Tim. 4:1-3) 435

Sermon Thirty: How to Enjoy God’s Bounty (1 Tim. 4:4-5) 451

Sermon Thirty-One: Doctrine Good and Bad (1 Tim. 4:6-7) 467

Sermon Thirty-Two: Fear Which Is Unafraid (1 Tim. 4:8) 481

Sermon Thirty-Three: Hope Does Not Disappoint (1 Tim. 4:9-11) 495

Sermon Thirty-Four: The Minister as Model (1 Tim. 4:12-13) 509

Sermon Thirty-Five: God’s Gifts Are for Giving (1 Tim. 4:14-15) 523

Sermon Thirty-Six: The Rewards of Perseverance (1 Tim. 4:16) 537

Sermon Thirty-Seven: Measured Rebuke (1 Tim. 5:1-3) 551

Sermon Thirty-Eight: Released for Prayer (1 Tim. 5:4-6) 567

Sermon Thirty-Nine: The Duty of Care (1 Tim. 5:7-10) 583

Sermon Forty: Tried and Tested (1 Tim. 5:9-11) 597

Sermon Forty-One: Honoring God in Marriage (1 Tim. 5:11-15) 613

Sermon Forty-Two: The Duties Laid on Us (1 Tim. 5:16-18) 627

Sermon Forty-Three: Elders and Their Critics (1 Tim. 5:17-20) 641

Sermon Forty-Four: A Solemn Charge (1 Tim. 5:21-22) 653

Sermon Forty-Five: Our Deeds Laid Bare (1 Tim. 5:23-25) 667

Sermon Forty-Six: Willing Service (1 Tim. 6:1-2) 683

Sermon Forty-Seven: Beware of False Guides (1 Tim. 6:3-5) 697

Sermon Forty-Eight: The Secret of Contentment (1 Tim. 6:5-8) 711

Sermon Forty-Nine: An Antidote to Greed (1 Tim. 6:9-11) 725

Sermon Fifty: The Fight of Faith (1 Tim. 6:12-14) 741

Sermon Fifty-One: Until Christ Comes (1 Tim. 6:13-15) 755

Sermon Fifty-Two: No Darkness in God (1 Tim. 6:15-16) 769

Sermon Fifty-Three: A Word to the Wealthy (1 Tim. 6:17-19) 785

Sermon Fifty-Four: Keeping Faith with God (1 Tim. 6:20-21) 799

Prayers Before and After the Sermon 815

Index of Scripture References 819

Index of Subjects 829

SERMONS ON SECOND TIMOTHY

Introduction ix

Calvin’s Outline of Paul’s Second Letter to Timothy xvii

Sermon One: Loved by God (2 Tim. 1:1-2) 1

Sermon Two: Remembered in Prayer (2 Tim. 1:3-5) 15

Sermon Three: Fanning the Flame (2 Tim. 1:6-8) 33

Sermon Four: Called and Saved (2 Tim. 1:8-9) 47

Sermon Five: Why Election Matters (2 Tim. 1:9-10) 61

Sermon Six: Guarding the Gospel (2 Tim. 1:13-14) 77

Sermon Seven: Steadfast, Come What May (2 Tim. 1:15-18) 91

Sermon Eight: God’s Strong Arm (2 Tim. 2:1-3) 107

Sermon Nine: Present Toil, Future Fruit (2 Tim. 2:4-7) 123

Sermon Ten: Risen in Glory (2 Tim. 2:8-9) 137

Sermon Eleven: God Ever Faithful (2 Tim. 2:10-13) 153

Sermon Twelve: Rightly Handling the Truth (2 Tim. 2:14-15) 169

Sermon Thirteen: How to Combat Error (2 Tim. 2:16-18) 185

Sermon Fourteen: A Sure Foundation (2 Tim. 2:19) 199

Sermon Fifteen: Fit for God’s Use (2 Tim. 2:20-21) 213

Sermon Sixteen: Striving for Maturity (2 Tim. 2:22) 227

Sermon Seventeen: The Lord’s Servant (2 Tim. 2:23-25) 241

Sermon Eighteen: In and Out of Satan’s Snare (2 Tim. 2:25-26) 253

Sermon Nineteen: Hard Times Ahead (2 Tim. 3:1-5) 267

Sermon Twenty: Always Learning, Never Knowing (2 Tim. 3:6-7) 279

Sermon Twenty-One: God Vindicates His Own (2 Tim. 3:8-9) 295

Sermon Twenty-Two: Forewarned and Forearmed (2 Tim. 3:10-13) 311

Sermon Twenty-Three: God’s Word Makes Us Wise (2 Tim. 3:14-15) 327

Sermon Twenty-Four: The Uses of Scripture (2 Tim. 3:16-17) 341

Sermon Twenty-Five: Pressing Home God’s Word (2 Tim. 4:1-2) 355

Sermon Twenty-Six: Deceivers and Deceived (2 Tim. 4:2-4) 371

Sermon Twenty-Seven: Taking Leave of Life (2 Tim. 4:5-6) 387

Sermon Twenty-Eight: The Victor’s Crown (2 Tim. 4:7-8) 401

Sermon Twenty-Nine: Hands Across the Sea (2 Tim. 4:8-13) 417

Sermon Thirty: Who Is on the Lord’s Side? (2 Tim. 4:14-22) 433

Prayers Before and After the Sermon 449

Index of Scripture References 453

Index of Subjects 459

SERMONS ON TITUS

Introduction ix

Calvin’s Outline of Paul’s Letter to Titus xv

Sermon One: Servant of God’s Word (Titus 1:1-4) 1

Sermon Two: Present Promise, Future Hope (Titus 1:1-4) 19

Sermon Three: The Common Faith (Titus 1:4-5) 35

Sermon Four: Leadership in the Church (1) (Titus 1:5-6) 53

Sermon Five: Leadership in the Church (2) (Titus 1:7-9) 71

Sermon Six: Maintaining the Truth (Titus 1:9-10) 87

Sermon Seven: The Adversary Within (Titus 1:10-12) 105

Sermon Eight: Sound in the Faith (Titus 1:12-15) 121

Sermon Nine: The Tyranny of Tradition (Titus 1:15-16) 137

Sermon Ten: Christian Character (1) (Titus 2:1-3) 153

Sermon Eleven: Christian Character (2) (Titus 2:3-5) 171

Sermon Twelve: Christian Character (3) (Titus 2:6-13) 187

Sermon Thirteen: Grace and Glory (Titus 2:11-14) 203

Sermon Fourteen: The Preacher’s Mandate (Titus 2:15 – 3:2) 219

Sermon Fifteen: God Who Saves (Titus 3:3-5) 235

Sermon Sixteen: New Life in Christ (Titus 3:4-7) 251

Sermon Seventeen: Usefully Occupied (Titus 3:8-15) 265

Prayers Before and After the Sermon 281

Index of Scripture References 285

Index of Subjects 291

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THE COLLECTED WORKS OF J.C. RYLE
JOHN CHARLES RYLE

This J.C Ryle 13 volume cloth-bound set from Banner of Truth is an incredible resource not only for pastors but also for those who want to grow in spiritual maturity. Ryle is very practical and easy to read. He writes in a way in which you are confronted with the truth about your sin and yet also reminded of the comforts of the gospel. I have given some small reviews of each book below. As I have mentioned in other posts before, the quality of these cloth-bound books is amazing! They will last a lifetime even if you use them heavily. You can buy these books separately or as a complete set.

In 1837, John Charles Ryle was an outstanding athlete, excelling in cricket and rowing. But, when he became ill with a serious infection, he turned to his long-forgotten Bible and prayed. Then, one Sunday at church, he felt as though God was speaking to him, emphasizing the message that people are saved by grace through faith, which is a gift from God. Ryle ultimately entered the ministry in the Church of England, while also publishing popular tracts and books from a Biblical standpoint. J.C. Ryle’s Holiness is perhaps his best known book, describing the nature of holiness and the challenges of temptation, while Call to Prayer shares with readers the privileges of private prayer. J.C. Ryle’s Thoughts for Young Men offers up what one reviewer calls “true Puritan theology,” while Agency That Transformed a Nation shares timeless lessons gleaned from the 18-century Great Awakening.

EXPOSITORY THOUGHTS ON THE GOSPELS

For anyone studying or preaching on the Gospels, this has to be one of your go-to sets. Ryle’s commentary is very pastoral and full of practical application. Each section is laid out with the Scripture text, Ryle's pastoral commentary, and then his verse commentary. I normally tend to use exegetical, verse by verse commentaries in my sermon prep, which has led to my preaching being somewhat of a running commentary (which is not good). These pastoral commentaries by Ryle have provided balance in my study and sermon prep.

"J. C.Ryle's 'Expository Thoughts on the Gospels' gleans practical thoughts from every section of the four Gospels. I know of no set of books that is more helpful for private devotions and family worship. We read through Ryle's books when our children were in elementary school. A ten-year-old can understand Ryle, and an eighty-year-old saint is not beyond him; Ryle models simplicity and profundity to all. Ryle's thoughts are also invaluable for ministers and teachers, as they model how to glean applications from the text. Here is practical Christianity at its best." --Dr. Joel R. Beeke, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids

This is Bishop Ryle at his very best!

HOLINESS

I believe it is important to go back and read classic Christian works such as Holiness to be reminded that the struggles that we are facing in our own lives and in the church are not new. For Christians, it has always been a struggle to live holy lives. Ryle’s Holiness helps us to be reminded that even though it's hard and may not be the most popular thing, we must be holy, because the voice of God in Scripture plainly commands it, it is one grand end and purpose for which Christ came into the world, because this is the only sound evidence that we have a saving faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, because this is the only proof that we love the Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity, because this is the only sound evidence that we are true children of God, because this is the most likely way to do good to others, because our present comfort depends much upon it, because without holiness on earth we will never be prepared to enjoy heaven.

OLD PATHS

Old Paths is a work by Ryle that explains truths that are ‘necessary to salvation.’ Ryle chose the title to emphasize that he is not presenting anything new but reaffirming the doctrines laid out and believed by the Apostolic Christians and the reformers.

It’s a fairly repetitive book since the chapters at one point were separate papers, but Ryle informs you in the Preface. It touches on forgiveness, justification, the cross, faith, repentance, election, perseverance, etc. There is a huge need for all of us to be reminded of these truths and Ryle presents them in a very reasonable and practical way. “If people may be saved without knowing anything about these truths, it appears to me that we may throw away our Bibles altogether, and proclaim that the Christian religion is of no use.”

PRACTICAL RELIGION

Looking for a book about how to live as a Christian? Look no further. Ryle presents how to practically live out the Christian life in this great work. Instead of living a works-based religion, he lays out how to live in the grace given to us by Christ. Ryle’s focus is to help you understand that it is not the actual acts you do, but that God has your heart. His chapter on The World was very impactful to me giving very helpful wisdom on how the world is a danger, what is not meant by separation from the world, what real or true separation from the world is, and the secret victory over the world. Through this work, Ryle helps you learn to care for our souls, see our great need for Christ, and live in a way that is not fake, legalistic, or dead.

The time is fast coming when nothing but authenticity will stand the fire. Authentic repentance towards God--authentic faith towards our Lord Jesus Christ--authentic holiness of heart and life--these, these are the things which will alone stand the judgment at the last day. It is a solemn saying of our Lord Jesus Christ, "Many will say to me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?' Then I will tell them plainly, 'I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!'" (Matthew 7:22-23)

LIGHT FROM OLD TIMES

Light from Old Times is basically short biographies/testimonies of some reformers and puritans written by Ryle. There is such a change happening in the millennial generation that have adopted reformed theology. You can see many young people with Spurgeon and Bunyan t-shirts, Calvin coffee mugs and moleskines. But do they know who is on their t-shirt? This is a great book that introduces spiritual giants such as John Wycliffe, John Rogers, Samuel Ward, and Richard Baxter.

KNOTS UNTIED

This work by Ryle is on how the church should operate. It includes 19 papers on specific subjects relating to the evangelical church practices. Keep in mind when Ryle uses the word evangelical, he means Biblical, unlike the way we tend to think and use the word today. He lays out the beliefs held by Evangelical Churchmen of the day. His arguments are filled with Scriptural proof and explained very carefully and confidently. Some topics include Baptism, Regeneration, The Lord’s Supper, Confession, the Fallibility of Ministers, Idolatry, etc.

Let us always beware of any teaching which either directly or indirectly obscures justification by faith. All religious systems which put anything between the heavy laden sinner and Jesus Christ the Savior, except simple faith, are dangerous and unscriptural. All systems which make out faith to be anything complicated, anything but a simple, childlike dependence — the hand which receives the soul’s medicine from the physician — are unsafe and poisonous systems. All systems which cast discredit on the simple Protestant doctrine which broke the power of Rome, carry about with them a plague-spot, and are dangerous to souls.

Let us remember, not least, the enormous injury we may do to souls if we once allow ourselves to depart in the least degree from the simplicity of the gospel, either in our doctrine or in our worship. Who can estimate the shipwrecks that might occur in a single night, and the lives that might be lost, if a light-house keeper dared to alter but a little the color of his light? Who can estimate the deaths that might take place in a town if the chemist took on himself to depart but a little from the doctor’s prescriptions? Who can estimate the wholesale misery that might be caused in a war, by maps a little wrong, and charts a little incorrect? Who can estimate these things? Then perhaps you may have some idea of the spiritual harm that ministers do by departing in the slightest degree from the Scriptural proportions of the gospel, or by trying to catch the world by dressing the simple old Evangelical faith in new clothes.

CHRISTIAN LEADERS OF THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY

Although much has been written on the evangelical revival of the 18th century, J. C. Ryle’s Christian Leaders of the 18th Century remains the best popular introduction to this great spiritual era. With simplicity and vigour, he traces the lives of the eleven Christian leaders who ‘shook England from one end to another’, giving strong reasons for his belief ‘that excepting Luther and his Continental contemporaries, and our own martyred Reformers, the world has seen no such men since the days of the apostles.’

But Ryle does not write to prompt admiration, and his conclusions and applications of his subject are among the most forceful that ever came from his pen. ‘I am obliged to say plainly that, in my judgment, we have among us neither the men nor the doctrines of the days gone by…Once let the evangelical ministry return to the ways of the 18th century, and I firmly believe we should have as much success as before. We are where we are, because we have come short of our fathers.’

At the beginning of last century, Canon A. M. W. Christopher of St. Aldate’s, Oxford, declared that he had turned to Ryle’s book during every summer vacation for thirty years. It is time Christian Leaders of the 18th Century was so read again.

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EXPOSITORY THOUGHTS ON THE GOSPELS (in 7 Volumes)
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THE WORKS OF THOMAS BROOKS (6 VOLUME SET)
THOMAS BROOKS

The scant amount of information known about him comes largely from his writing. Born in 1608, he entered Emmanuel College, Cambridge in 1625. He spent several years at sea, perhaps as chaplain, and was licensed as a preacher by 1640. After England’s Civil War, Brooks served as pastor of London’s Thomas Apostle; in 1648, he preached before the House of Commons. He later became the subject of controversy when he refused baptism and the Lord’s Supper to people that weren’t walking faithfully with the Lord. Thomas Brooks books include a six-volume set titled The Works of Thomas Brooks, with each book also available individually. Other books include Precious Remedies Against Satan’s Devices (written to help people resist Satan’s seductive power), The Secret Key to Heaven ( which emphasizes the importance of private prayer) and Heaven on Earth, which reminds people there is no greater privilege than to be a child of God.

VOLUME 1 Memoir of Brooks by A. B. Grosart

Precious Remedies against Satan’s Devices

Apples of Gold

The Mute Christian under the Smarting Rod

A String of Pearls

VOLUME 2 An Ark for All God’s Noahs

The Privy Key of Heaven

Heaven on Earth

VOLUME 3 The Unsearchable Riches of Christ

A Cabinet of Jewels

VOLUME 4 The Crown and Glory of Christianity

or, Holiness the Only Way to Happiness

(58 sermons on Hebrews 12:14)

VOLUME 5 The Golden Key to Open Hidden Treasures

Paradise Opened

A Word in Season

VOLUME 6 London’s Lamentations

The Glorious Day of the Saints’ Appearance

God’s Delight in the Progress of the Upright

Hypocrites Detected

A Believer’s Last Day His Best Day

A Heavenly Cordial

The Legacy of a Dying Mother

With a glossary and indexes of texts expounded, persons referred to and topics discussed in all six volumes

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THE COLLECTED SERMONS OF ROBERT MURRAY M'CHEYNE
ROBERT MURRAY M'CHEYNE

At the beginning of the twentieth century, James Macdonald of Edinburgh purchased a box of old papers which had belonged to a preacher of around sixty years earlier. The contents might have seemed of little value, but to some they were altogether priceless. They were the notebooks and sermon notes of Robert Murray M’Cheyne, the godly and devoted minister of St Peter’s Church, Dundee.

From these papers, lodged in the library of New College, Edinburgh, Dr Michael D. McMullen has transcribed the sermons found in this set of three volumes.

They are indeed a precious treasure. Whether based on Old Testament or New, every sermon is full of Christ: the sinners need of Him, the fullness of His grace, the happiness of those who come to Him, and the danger of stopping short of genuine faith in Him. They will remind preachers and ordinary Christians alike that to preach Christ aright, one must first know Him, and live in the atmosphere of His love.



THESE THREE HARDCOVER VOLUMES ARE AS FOLLOWS:

SERMONS ON HEBREWS

Foreword ix

1. So Great Salvation (2:3) 1

2. Let Us Therefore Fear (4:1-2) 10

3. Entering into Rest (4:3) 19

4. The Rest That Remains (4:8-11) 28

5. The Word of God (4:12-13) 35

6. Holding Fast (4:14-16) 44

7. The Aaronic Priesthood (5:1-4) 54

8. Christ’s Calling as High Priest (5:4-7) 63

9. Strong Crying and Tears (5:7) 72

10. Strong Consolation (6:16-18) 80

11. The High Priest’s Character and Occupation (8:1-2) 87

12. The High Priest’s Offering (8:3-6) 94

13. The More Excellent Ministry of Christ (8:3-6) 101

14. The New Covenant (8:6) 108

15. Established on Better Promises (8:7-13) 115

16. The Sanctuary (9:1-5) 121

17. The Holiest of All (9:1-5) 129

18. The Contents of the Most Holy Place (9:1-5) 136

19. The Service of the Tabernacle (9:6-8) 146

20. The Imperfection of the Tabernacle Service (9:9-13) 156

21. The Perfection of the Gospel Covenant (9:11-12) 163

22. The Superiority of Christ’s Sacrifice (9:13-14) 171

23. The Eternal Inheritance: the Believer’s Portion (9:15) 179

24. Christ Always the Same (13:8) 187

OLD TESTAMENT SERMONS

Publisher’s Note viii

1. God’s Care for the Animal Creation (Num. 22:32) 1

2. The Cities of Refuge (Josh. 20) 9

3. The Waters Are Come In Unto My Soul (Psa. 69:1-3) 19

4. I Will Praise Thee (Psa. 86:12-13) 29

5. By the Rivers of Babylon (Psa. 137) 39

6. Things That Must Be Done Now (Eccles. 9:10) 45

7. His Name Shall Be Called Wonderful (Isa. 9:6) 50

8. God’s Twofold Dealings with Natural Men (Isa. 28:14-18) 57

9. For the People Shall Dwell in Zion (Isa. 30:19-21) 67

10. The Day of the Great Slaughter (Isa. 30:25-26) 76

11. The Silence of Christ (Isa. 53:6) 83

12. Delighting in the Sabbath (Isa. 58:13-14) 89

13. The Spirit of the Lord Is upon Me (Isa. 61:1-2) 98

14. The Harvest Is Past, the Summer Is Ended (Jer. 8:20-22) 102

15. Give Glory to the Lord (Jer. 13:15-17) 113

16. Can Thine Heart Endure? (Ezek. 22:14) 123

17. The Way Hedged Up (Hos. 2:6) 135

18. O Israel, Return (Hos. 14:1-6) 139

19. Trust Not in a Friend (Mic. 7:5-7) 150

20. A Pure Language (Zeph. 3:9-11) 155

21. The Candlestick and the Olive Trees (Zech. 4:2-6) 159

22. Not by Might, Nor by Power (Zech. 4:6) 167

23. The Lord Hearkening to His People (Mal. 3:16) 171

NEW TESTAMENT SERMONS

Foreword xi

1. The Marriage Feast (Matt. 22:1-14) 1

2. Jesus Took Bread (Matt. 26:26) 13

3. The Supper the Sweetest Ordinance (Matt. 26:26) 19

4. The Rent Veil (Matt. 27:51) 28

5. The Sabbath Made for Man (Mark 2:27) 35

6. Be Opened! (Mark 7:31-37) 42

7. Satan’s Palace (Luke 11:21-22) 52

8. Lost Sheep (Luke 15:1-7) 65

9. Christ Weeping over Jerusalem (Luke 19:41) 76

10. The Grace of God Seen at Antioch (Acts 11:22-24) 89

11. Almost Persuaded (Acts 11:22-24) 95

12. The Work of the Spirit in the Heart (Rom. 5:5) 104

13. Baptized into Christ (Rom. 6:3-4) 115

14. Dead to the Law by Christ (Rom. 7:4) 124

15. I Am Persuaded (Rom. 8:38-39) 129

16. On Not Loving Christ (1 Cor. 16:22) 143

17. The Gospel Ministry (2 Cor. 4: 1-6) 153

18. A New Creature in Understanding (2 Cor. 5:17) 160

19. A New Creature in Affections (2 Cor. 5:17) 171

20. Desiring to Depart and to Be with Christ (Phil. 1:23) 182

21. Peter the Apostle (1 Pet. 1:1-3) 196

22. Blessed Be God! (1 Pet. 1:3-4) 201

23. Kept by God’s Power (1 Pet. 1:5) 207

24. Rejoicing in Affliction (1 Pet. 1:6-7) 210

25. The Trial of Faith (1 Pet. 1:7) 214

26. Loving Christ Unseen (1 Pet. 1:8-9) 218

27. Salvation Long Promised (1 Pet. 1:10-12) 224

28. Gird Up the Loins of Your Mind (1 Pet. 1:13) 226

29. Obedient Children (1 Pet. 1:14-15) 228

30. Calling on the Father (1 Pet. 1:17) 231

31. Redeemed with Precious Blood (1 Pet. 1:18-19) 235

32. Christ Foreordained and Manifest (1 Pet. 1:20-21) 240

33. Obeying the Truth (1 Pet. 1:22) 243

34. Born Again (1 Pet. 1:23-25) 247

35. Tasting and Growing (1 Pet. 2:1-3) 252

36. Built on the Foundation (1 Pet. 2:4-5) 258

37. God’s Foundation Stone (1 Pet. 2:6-7) 263

38. Chosen (1 Pet. 2:9) 266

39. The People of God (1 Pet. 2:10) 271

40. Beseeching God’s People (1 Pet. 2:11) 276

41. Christian Behaviour (1 Pet. 2:12) 280

42. Submit to Earthly Rulers (1 Pet. 2:13-16) 285

43. Duties to God and Man (1 Pet. 2:17) 289

44. Masters and Servants (1 Pet. 2:18-23) 295

45. Christ Bore Our Sins (1 Pet. 2:24-25) 299

46. Believing Wives (1 Pet. 3:1-6) 305

47. Seeing the Unseen (1 Pet. 5:7-9) 308

48. New Creatures in Christ (John 3:4-10) 313

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EXPOSITION OF ROMANS: Complete 14 Volume Set
Dr. D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

This is the complete 14 volume set of sermons on Romans by D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones. All over the world in the most diverse situations are to be found Christian men and women who owe an incalculable debt to the ministry of Dr. D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones who for thirty years was the minister of Westminster Chapel, London. His longest series of expositions was this 14 volume set of Romans, the greatest of New Testament Epistles.

Just as Lloyd-Jones’ public ministry stood out as widely different from contemporary preaching, so his Romans came into bookshops with an appeal that took many by surprise. Not a few thought that the nature of his pulpit ministry would inhibit its continuance on paper – ‘He needed to be heard, not read.’ But those of that opinion were mistaking where his real strength lay. First of all, it lay in the truth he was speaking, not in its delivery. Further, his whole view of preaching meant that he addressed himself to the heart and conscience, as well as to the mind, and sermonic material of that kind has never failed to hold readers as well as hearers. Time was to prove that his message would reach far larger numbers by his books than had ever been possible even in his widespread ministry. The books would also go into any languages and his Romans would be read by thousands, in nations from Brazil to Korea.

VOLUME 1: THE GOSPEL OF GOD (chapter 1)

VOLUME 2: THE RIGHTEOUS JUDGEMENT OF GOD (2:1 - 3:20)

VOLUME 3: ATONEMENT & JUSTIFICATION (3:21 - 4:25)

VOLUME 4: ASSURANCE (chapter 5)

VOLUME 5: THE NEW MAN (chapter 6)

VOLUME 6: THE LAW, ITS FUNCTIONS AND LIMITS (7:1 - 8:4)

VOLUME 7: THE SONS OF GOD (8:5-17)

VOLUME 8: FINAL PERSEVERANCE (8:17-39)

VOLUME 9: GODS SOVEREIGN PURPOSE (chapter 9)

VOLUME 10: SAVING FAITH (chapter 10)

VOLUME 11: TO GODS GLORY (chapter 11)

VOLUME 12: CHRISTIAN CONDUCT (chapter 12)

VOLUME 13: LIFE IN TWO KINGDOMS (chapter 13)

VOLUME 14: LIBERTY AND CONSCIENCE (chapter 14)

THE AUTHOR-PREACHER

Born and raised in Wales, David Martyn Lloyd-Jones served as the chief clinical assistant to London’s royal physician before sensing a call to return to Wales to preach. He served as the associate pastor and then sole pastor of Westminster Chapel before retiring in 1968 because of illness. He then spent the rest of his life editing his sermons for publication, counseling other pastors, and attending church conferences. D. Martyn-Lloyd Jones’ Romans insights, material gleaned from decades of preaching, are captured in a 14-volume set, as well as being available individually. The publication of this material has spread his faith-based wisdom far beyond what his spoken word ever could. Additional Martyn Lloyd-Jones books include Jesus Christ and Him Crucified, where this 20th-century pastor persuasively presents the unchanging natural of the Gospel, and Born of God, based on his sermons about the Gospel of John, Chapter 1.

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THE SERMONS OF JOHN CALVIN
John Calvin

CALVIN THE PREACHER WAS CALVIN AT HIS VERY BEST.

"John Calvin was a remarkable preacher. In his own day his sermons were eagerly attended by his followers and were printed, widely distributed in a number of languages, and read by many. In our day Calvin's reputation as a theologian and Biblical commentator has largely overshadowed his reputation as a preacher and his sermons have been difficult to find. The republication of Calvin's sermons is a very welcome event. These sermons will help us see again the greatness of Calvin as a preacher, but much more importantly they will be a source of great spiritual blessing to every believer who reads them." - Dr. W. Robert Godfrey

"Calvin was preeminently a preacher, and as a preacher he saw himself primarily as a Bible teacher. Calvin is hardly thought of in this way today. He is best known for his greatly influential 'Institutes of the Christian Religion,' not for his preaching, yet he spent most of his time and effort preaching two sermons on Sunday and usually every day of the week (Monday through Friday) on alternate weeks. It is a delight to have these sermons available again." - James M. Boice

'It is hoped that the reader of these sermons will seek not just to confirm the sermons' agreement with Calvinistic theology, but particularly to experience Calvin's sincere and profound personal response to the loving and merciful God whose Son is on the threshold of judging with finality the whole world with mercy and justice.' - From the Translator's Preface

John Calvin is generally thought of as the greatest theologian of the Protestant Reformation or as a gifted Bible commentator whose insights into the text of Scripture are still highly valued today. Yet it is not widely known that the greatest obligation Calvin felt was not to his fellow scholars, nor even to his students, but to the ordinary people - citizens of Geneva and persecuted refugees, shopkeepers and merchants, the young and the old - who crowded St Peter's church no less than ten times a fortnight to listen to his sermons in French.

Calvin's sermons have lain for too long in the shadow of his commentaries. In seeking to correct this imbalance, it should be remembered that a sermon serves a very different purpose from a commentary. While explanation and interpretation are enough for students, they are never enough for a congregation of sinners. That is why Calvin's sermons always combine the essential elements of all true preaching - exposition, exhortation and practical application. So let the reader be warned: this volume contains lively preaching! Calvin aims to awaken the conscience and also demands life-changing action. Is it any wonder that such preaching was used by God to bring spiritual renewal on an unprecedented scale to the people and nations of sixteenth-century Europe?

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SERMONS ON 2 SAMUEL 1-13

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