March 31, 2020

The Spirit and the Church by John Owen

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How do Christians come to the certainty that the Bible is the Word of God, and gain an understanding of His mind and will from it? How do they acquire the ability to pray, and lead others in prayer? How are they confronted and supported in all the difficulties they meet? And how can the church be led, taught and guided aright, when Christ is not here on earth?

According to the great puritan leader John Owen, the answer to all these questions is the same: by the gracious and powerful work of the Holy Spirit which he expands on in The Spirit and the Church.

He it is who convinces, assures, teaches, comforts and equips the church and all its members for all the work they are called to do. In an age when many think Christianity is nothing more than human effort, based on fallible human conclusions, Owen calls the church back to divine certainty and divine resources. [Read more…]

The Holy Spirit by John Owen

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The Holy Spirit by John Owen, as this work has been known to generations of Christians, was written by the greatest theologian of the Puritan era. It is, without question, one of the truly great Christian books. Originally published in 1674 as Pneumatologia, or A Discourse Concerning the Holy Spirit, it is a massive work, taking up 650 pages in the Banner of Truth edition of Owen’s Works (Volume 3). It deals with the name, nature, personality and operations of the Spirit, and urges the necessity of Gospel holiness as distinct from mere human morality. the work is both doctrinal and pastoral in character. [Read more…]

The Glory of Christ by John Owen

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In The Glory of Christ, abridged and made easy to read by R. J. K. Law, we have the great Puritan pastor and theologian John Owen at his richest and most mature. Here he writes about Jesus Christ, the heart of the gospel, with biblical insight and understanding that is at times almost overwhelming for a contemporary reader.

These chapters were written during the final period of Owen’s life, and began simply as his personal mediation and study, before being shared with others in public ministry. Deep love for and fervent devotion to Christ is evident on eery pages. Owen had already seen the glory of Christ from afar and pondered long on its significance. Here he speaks from his proximity to eternity, and teaches us how to see Christ more clearly and to serve him more faithfully

168 Pages
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About the Author: John Owen (1616-1683) is amongst the best known of the Puritans. His writings continue to be widely read and greatly appreciated to this day.

The Bruised Reed by Richard Sibbes

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The Bruised Reed has been widely valued since its first publication. It is now issued for the first time in a pocket-size format in the Puritan Paperbacks series. Some of the language and punctuation have been modernized to make the work more accessible.

128 Pages
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About the Author: Richard Sibbes (1577+1635), one of the most influential figures in the Puritan movement during the earlier years of the seventeenth century, was renowned for the rich quality of his ministry. The Bruised Reed shows why he was known among his contemporaries as ‘the sweet dropper’

Precious Remedies Against Satan’s Devices by Thomas Brooks

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‘The strange opposition that I met with from Satan, in the study of the following discourse, hast put an edge upon my spirit, knowing that Satan strives mightily to keep these things from seeing the light that tend eminently to shake and break his kingdom of darkness, and to lift up the kingdom and glory of the Lord Jesus Christ, in the souls and lives of the children of men . . .’ This is one of the seven reasons for writing his book Precious Remedies Against Satan’s Devices, which the author, Thomas Brooks, gives in his preface.

Among the publishers’ reasons for this reprint is the fact, noted by George Smeaton, that eh best Christian authors of former times treated by seductive influence and terrible power of Satan in a way ‘greatly more full and suggestive than in the literature of the present day’. William Grimshaw, in the eighteenth century, was no the first nor the last to learn this lesson from Brooks’ Precious Remedies and our modern age greatly needs the message which is thrust back into prominence in these pages.

253 Pages
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The Christian’s Great Interest by William Guthrie

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All of Guthrie’s teaching and pastoral experience were poured into The Christian’s Great Interest – his only book. The remarkable fact that it has gone through more than eighty editions and been translated into several languages testifies to its value. Pulling a copy of Guthrie’s book from his picket, John Owen declared ‘That author I take to have been one of the greatest divines that ever wrote.’  Thomas Chalmers described it as ‘the best book I ever read’.

The Christian’s Great Interest was written, its author says, for those who ‘have neither much money to spend upon books, nor much time to spare in reading’. It describes in a simple, clear and attractive style what it means to be a Christian, and how to become one. Guthrie was a master spiritual physician, and his wisdom appears on every page of his outstanding work.

207 Pages
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About the Author: William Gutherie (1620-1669) was minister of Fenwick, Ayrshire, from 1650-1664. During his ministry, according to one contemporary, ‘he converted and confirmed many thousand souls, and was esteemed the greatest practical preacher in Scotland’.

Prayer by John Bunyan

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Two works on prayer are here brought together in this book Prayer by John Bunyan. In Praying in the Spirit Bunyan defines what it means to pray with the spirit and with the understanding, and deals with difficulties in prayer. In The Throne of Grace, he explains how to approach God’s throne in prayer and opens up the blessings God’s people receive from the high priestly ministry of Jesus Christ.

176 Pages
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About the Author John Bunyan(1628-1688) was born the son of a metalworker near Bedford, England. He went on to become a famous preacher and writer and during his life penned over 2 million words, his most famous work being ‘The Pilgrim’s Progress’.

A Puritan Golden Treasury by I.D.E. Thomas

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This book, A Puritan Golden Treasury, does not belong to the ordinary run of anthologies but is a masterful selection by an author who has given many years to his work. The 1500 quotations from a wide range of Puritans have been chosen with great care, and arranged under topical headings. They form an ideal introduction to the writings of the great and godly men of the 17th-century, and will prove to be devotional reading of the highest quality. Those who are already familiar with the Puritan writings will find the Treasury to be a perfect stimulus to further reading.

321 Pages
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About the Author: Dr. I. D. E. Thomas was minister of Zion Baptist Church, Llanelli, Wales, before spending a period of ten years conducting preaching-missions in Europe, the U.S.A. and Canada. The author of several books, he now serves as minister of the First Baptist Church, Maywood, California.

Shorter Catechism Explained from Scripture by Thomas Vincent

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In the opinion of B. B. Warfield, the Westminster divines left to posterity not only ‘the most throughly thought out statement ever peened of the elements of evangelical religion’ but also one which breathes ‘the finest fragrance of spiritual religion’. Their most influential work, The Shorter Catechism, was intended as a teaching basis for an introduction to the Christian Faith. No London pastor made more effective use of it than Thomas Vincent (1634-1678) and when his ‘explanation’ was first published in 1674, John Owen, Thomas Watson along with 38 other signatories to the Preface, declared their belief that it would ‘be greatly useful to all Christians in general’. Numerous reprints were to verify their judgment of this Puritan classic.

282 Pages
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About the Author: Vincent, a student of Christ Church, Oxford, was ejected from the living of St. Mary Magdalen, MIlk Street, in 1662. He was long remembered for his fearless preaching amidst the dying multitudes of London in the Great Plague of 1665.

True Bounds of Christian Freedom by Samuel Bolton

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This book, The True Bounds of Christian Freedom sets forth the place of the law in the Christian life. The author, Samuel Bolton (1606-1654), successively minister of three London parishes before becoming Master of Christ’s College and later Vice-Chancellor of Cambridge University, expounds the nature of Christian liberty and then clearly sets the bounds of that liberty in answer to the following six questions:

  1. Does our being made free by Christ free us from the law?
  2. Does our being made free by Christ deliver us from all punishments or chastisements for sin?
  3. Is it consistent with Christian freedom to be under obligation to perform duties because God has commanded them?
  4. May Christ’s freemen come into bondage again through sin?
  5. Is it consistent with Christian freedom to perform duties out of respect for the recompense of the reward?
  6. Does the freedom of a Christian free him from all obedience to men?

224 Pages
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