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A SPIRITUAL APPEAL TO CHRIST'S BRIDE
Jodocus Van Lodenstein, translated by Bartel Elshout, Edited by Joel Beeke

Publisher's Description: A Spiritual Appeal to Christ's Bride consists of nine sermons preached by Jodocus van Lodenstein, one of the most prominent leaders of the Dutch Further Reformation. The sermons stress themes that are dear to the preacher's heart: the need for the Holy Spirit to carry the Reformation further than the mind, the need for perpetual reformation and growth in piety, the need to cultivate holiness and self-denial, and the need to know and experience as Christ's bride an intimate spiritual relationship with Jesus Christ the perfect Bridegroom. The book calls nominal Christians to a more profound commitment to Christ, stressing that only such a commitment can deliver the church from shallowness and unholiness. Today, more than ever, the church needs to heed this call to awaken from its spiritual slumber.

"I am so pleased that these Dutch classics are now available to a wide audience. The writings of the Dutch Further Reformation; almost completely inaccessible until now to the English-speaking world; are a gold mine of spiritual wisdom." - Richard J. Mouw, president, Fuller Theological Seminary

"I am delighted that the Dutch Reformed Translation Society is at last making this material available in the English language. It is a landmark feature of our Reformed heritage, and it is rich food for the soul in this or any other age." - J. I. Packer, Regent College

"Many will surely welcome this new access to the Dutch authors whose strong writings put faith and certainty into generations of their fellow countrymen. By their closeness to Scripture and their concern for heart and head (heat and light), they remain of enduring value." - Iain H. Murray, author of The Puritan Hope

Jodocus Van Lodenstein (1620-1677) was a prominent preacher and poet of the Dutch Further Reformation, which stressed the practice of biblical piety.

Bartel Elshout, trans. is pastor of the Heritage Reformed Congregation of Chilliwack, British Columbia, and a translator of Dutch Reformed classics into English, including Wilhelmus a Brakel's The Christian's Reasonable Service (4 vols).

Joel R. Beeke, ed. (Ph.D. Westminster Theological Seminary) is President and Professor of Systematic Theology and Homiletics at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, a pastor of Heritage Netherlands Reformed Congregation in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and author of numerous books.

THE FIVE CLASSICS OF REFORMED SPIRITUALITY

THE PATH OF TRUE GODLINESS

THE MARKS OF GOD'S CHILDREN

THE DUTIES OF PARENTS

ESSENTIAL TRUTHS IN THE HEART OF A CHRISTIAN

A SPIRITUAL APPEAL TO CHRIST'S BRIDE

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THE CHRISTIAN'S REASONABLE SERVICEComplete Four Volume Hardcover Set
Wilhelmus a Brakel

Who is Wilhelmus a Brakel? (1635-1711) Wilhelmus studied theology at Franeker and Utrecht, and was particularly influenced by his mentor, Gisbertus Voetius. At the age of twenty-four he was ordained as a minister of the gospel. His sermons were Christ-centered, rich in gospel content, experiential, and addressed all who were present. After a fruitful ministry of forty-nine years, it pleased the Lord to take this eminent divine (affectionately referred to by the godly as 'Father Brakel') home to Himself in 1711 at the age of seventy-six, to receive the reward of a faithful servant.

What is 'The Christian's Reasonable Service'? It demonstrates one of the strengths of the Dutch Nadere Reformatie (Second or Further Reformation), namely, the balance between objective truth and the subjective experience of that truth. 'The Christian's Reasonable Service' is a systematic exposition of Christian doctrine, covering all of the intricacies and debated points of Reformation and post-Reformation dogmatics. This is done is scholastic fashion, with great precision and theological acumen. That being said, it was primarily written for the author's congregation and is a tremendous work of piety and pastoral concern. Brakel labors to bring practical application to each doctrine he treats, showing the value and use of the truths of God's Word. It is not enough to assent to right doctrine; one must also engage these truths with hearts of faith and repentance. Let this work be an encouragement to all who read it, and an example to today's ministers in directing doctrine to its proper end.

"Wilhelmus a Brakel's 'The Christian's Reasonable Service' is a tremendously insightful work that showcases the marriage between scholastic precision and a warm pastoral piety. + Brakel not only challenges the mind as he plumbs the depths of the teachings of Scripture, but he also challenges the heart as readers must grapple with the truth and its implications for their growth in grace. Not only can historians read a Brakel to learn about historic Reformed theology, but scholars, pastors, and lay-men can all benefit from a close reading of these wonderful volumes." J. V. Fesko, Academic Dean and Associate Professor of Systematic Theology, Westminster Seminary California

"With its fine balance of Reformed doctrinal statement and application to Christian life and personal piety, a BrakelĘs 'Christian's Reasonable Service' provides a superb illustration of the theological project associated with the late seventeenth-century development of the Dutch Nadere Reformatie or 'Further Reformation.' Although it abounds in sound definition and detailed exposition, this vernacular theology was intended not for the academic setting but for the purpose of educating the laity in both faith and practice. It remains a significant study in Reformed theology even as it exemplifies the true sense of the old Reformed maxim, 'Ecclesia reformata semper reformanda' namely, that the doctrine of the

church has been reformed but the life of the Christian is always to be reformed, guided by the teachings of the Reformation. The Elshout translation beautifully conveys the sense and the spirit of a Brakel's work." - Richard A. Muller, P. J. Zondervan Professor of Histori-

cal Theology, Calvin Theological Seminary


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