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A QUEST FOR GODLINESS and TAKING GOD SERIOUSLY
JAMES I. PACKER

A QUEST FOR GODLINESS: The Puritan Vision of the Christian Life

By J. I. Packer

A Quest for Godliness explores the depth and breadth of Puritan spiritual life. Drawing on a lifetime of study, Packer surveys the lives and teachings of great Puritan leaders such as John Owen, Richard Baxter, and Jonathan Edwards. He examines the Puritan view of the Bible, spiritual gifts, the Sabbath, worship, social action, and the family. The Puritans’ faith, Packer argues, stands in marked contrast with the superficiality of modern western Christianity.

In a time of failing vision and decaying values, this powerful portrait of the Puritans is a beacon of hope that calls us to radical commitment and action, both desperately needed today. Beautifully written, A Quest for Godliness is a moving and challenging exploration of Puritan life and thought. Here is J. I. Packer at his very best.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction

PART ONE- THE PURITANS IN PROFILE

Why We Need the Puritans

Puritanism as a Movement of Revival

The Practical Writings of the English Puritans

PART TWO- THE PURITANS AND THE BIBLE

John Owen on Communication from God

The Puritans as Interpreters of Scripture

The Puritan Conscience

PART THREE- THE PURITANS AND THE GOSPEL

'Saved by His Precious Blood': An Introduction to John Owen's 'The Death of Death in the Death of Christ'

The Doctrine of Justification in Development and Decline Among the Puritans

The Puritan View of Preaching the Gospel

PART FOUR- THE PURITANS AND THE HOLY SPIRIT

The Witness of the Spirit in Puritan Thought

The Spirituality of John Owen

John Owen on the Spiritual Gifts

PART FIVE- THE PURITAN CHRISTIAN LIFE

The Puritans and the Lord's Day

The Puritan Approach to Worship

Marriage and Family in Puritan Thought

PART SIX- THE PURITANS IN MINISTRY

Puritan Preaching

Puritan Evangelism

Jonathan Edwards and Revival

Afterword

(2) TAKING GOD SERIOUSLY: Vital Things We Need to Know

By J. I. Packer

Explaining the essentials of the faith, renowned theologian and author J. I. Packer outlines the core commitments that are common to those of us who profess belief in Jesus. Here is a call to discipleship in mere Christianity—the business of taking God seriously.

Table of Contents

1. Taking Faith Seriously

2. Taking Doctrine Seriously

3. Taking Christian Unity Seriously

4. Taking Repentance Seriously

5. Taking the Church Seriously

6. Taking the Holy Spirit Seriously

7. Taking Baptism Seriously

8. Taking the Lord’s Supper Seriously



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A QUEST FOR GODLINESS: The Puritan Vision of the Christian Life
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TAKING GOD SERIOUSLY: Vital Things We Need to Know
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