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The Foundation of Biblical Counsel

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The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul:
the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.
The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart:
the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes.
The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring for ever:
the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether.
(Psalm 19:7-9)

The Bible is the statute-book of God's Kingdom, wherein is comprised the whole body of the heavenly law, the perfect rules of a holy life, and the sure promises of a glorious one. -- Ezekiel Hopkins

The Scripture is the library of the Holy Ghost; it is a pandect of divine knowledge, an exact model and platform of religion. The Scripture contains in it the credenda, `the things which we are to believe,' and the agenda, `the things which we are to practice.' -- Thomas Watson


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THE HOLY SPIRIT
Fruit of the Holy Spirit
Gifts of the Holy Spirit
Revival
ANGELS
THE BELIEVER'S POSITION IN CHRIST and SONSHIP
THE PRIESTHOOD OF ALL BELIEVERS
Thanksgiving
THE REGULATIVE PRINCIPLE OF WORSHIP, PUBLIC WORSHIP
The Psalms in Worship
Family Worship
The Lord's Supper, Communion and Close Communion
Baptism
Music in the Worship of God
Praise
Bible Reading and Devotional Guides
Prayer
Call Upon the Name of the Lord
Jesus on Prayer, The Lord's Prayer
Intercessory Prayer
Evangelistic Praying
Prayer Groups
CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP
Small Groups
House Churches
Small Group Evangelism
The Church and Small Groups
Small Groups as Healing Agents
Small Group Resources
Small Group Leadership Helps
SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY
THEOLOGY
Calvinism
Predestination, Election, Efficacious Grace
Lutheranism
Dispensationalism
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Chapter 1 (part 2)
The Foundation of Biblical Counsel


THE HOLY SPIRIT

God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. -- Jesus Christ (John 4:24)

See the Theological Notes, "The Holy Spirit," at John 14:26 in The Reformation Study Bible.

See the Theological Notes, "The Authentication of Scripture," at 2 Corinthians 4:6 in The Reformation Study Bible.

See the Theological Notes, "Illumination and Conviction," at 1 Corinthians 2:10 in The Reformation Study Bible.

See the Theological Notes, "Sanctification: The Spirit and the Flesh," at 1 Corinthians 6:11 in The Reformation Study Bible.

See the Theological Notes, "Effectual Calling and Conversion," at 2 Thessalonians 2:14 in The Reformation Study Bible.

It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. -- Jesus Christ (John 6:63)

And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. -- Jesus Christ (John 14:16,17)

But the Comforter, [which is] the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
-- Jesus Christ (John 14:26,27)

But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, [even] the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me. -- Jesus Christ (John 15:26)

Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.
And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:
Of sin, because they believe not on me;
Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more;
Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.
-- Jesus Christ (John 16:7-11)

Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. -- Jesus Christ (John 16:13)

And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:
Of sin, because they believe not on me;
Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more;
Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.
I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now.
Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, [that] shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.
He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew [it] unto you.
All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew [it] unto you.
-- Jesus Christ (John 16:8-15)

Ask and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: for every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. -- Jesus Christ (Matthew 7:7,8)

See the Theological Notes, "The Holy Spirit," at John 14:26, page 1693, in The Reformation Study Bible

We must now see in what way we become possessed of the blessings which God has bestowed on his only-begotten Son, not for private use, but to enrich the poor and needy. And the first thing to be attended to is, that so long as we are without Christ and separated from him, nothing which he suffered and did for the salvation of the human race is of the least benefit to us. To communicate to us the blessings which he received from the Father, he must become ours and dwell in us. Accordingly, he is called our Head, and the first-born among many brethren, while, on the other hand, we are said to be engrafted into him and clothed with him, all which he possesses being, as I have said, nothing to us until we become one with him. And although it is true that we obtain this by faith, yet since we see that all do not indiscriminately embrace the offer of Christ which is made by the gospel, the very nature of the case teaches us to ascend higher, and inquire into the secret efficacy of the Spirit, to which it is owing that we enjoy Christ and all his blessings. . . . . Christ came by water and blood, as the Spirit testifies concerning him, that we might not lose the benefits of the salvation which he has purchased. For as there are said to be three witnesses in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Spirit, so there are also three on the earth, namely, water, blood, and Spirit. It is not without cause that the testimony of the Spirit is twice mentioned, a testimony which is engraven on our hearts by way of seal, and thus seals the cleansing and sacrifice of Christ. For which reason, also, Peter says, that believers are "elect" "through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ," (1 Peter 1:2.) By these words he reminds us, that if the shedding of his sacred blood is not to be in vain, our souls must be washed in it by the secret cleansing of the Holy Spirit. For which reason, also, Paul, speaking of cleansing and purification, says, "but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God," (1 Corinthians 6:11.) The whole comes to this that the Holy Spirit is the bond by which Christ effectually binds us to himself. -- John Calvin, Institutes of the Christians Religion, Book III, Chapter 1, Sec. 1.

"The Spirit," says our Lord, "Shall convince the world of sin, that they believe not in me," -- i.e., `He will convince men that they are sinners -- especially that they are sinners in not believing in me.' The doctrine and the law of Christ cannot be received, except by those who are persuaded that they are sinners -- guilty and depraved creatures -- exposed to God's righteous displeasure -- unfit for God's holy fellowship. The Gospel is throughout a restorative economy, and, therefore, can be understood, valued, accepted, only by those who are aware that the lost condition, for which such an economy is required and intended, is theirs. It is because men are, to so limited an extent, convinced of sin, of what sin in -- how heinous in its nature, how fearful in its consequences, -- and that they are sinners, that Christianity cannot obtain even a fair hearing. Convince a man that he is a sinner, and then, and not till then, will he have much curiosity to listen to what is said about a Saviour -- much disposition to inquire into the truth of what is said about him -- to ponder at once the meaning and the evidence of the testimony.
This is the radical part of the Spirit's convincing process; but he not only convinces of sin generally, but he convinces of sin in not believing in Christ. He fixes the mind so on the meaning and evidence of the truth respecting Christ, as to produce faith; and, in producing it, to lodge in the mind the conviction that, in not believing that truth, from the moment it was presented to it, there was sin, great sin; not mere intellectual mistake, but sin -- deep, aggravated sin -- the greatest sin man is capable of committing, -- indeed, a sin which, if persisted in, must end in hopeless perdition. . . . -- John Brown (of Edinburgh, 1784-1858), Discourses and Sayings of Our Lord Jesus Christ, III:415, 416

Christ's bodily presence is taken from the earth; he promised instead of it (which was but in one place at once,) to send his Spirit, which is to the soul more than the sun's light to the eye, and can shine in all the world at once. This is his agent on earth, by whom (in teachers and learners) he carrieth on his saving work. This is his advocate, who pleadeth his cause effectually against unbelief, and fleshly lusts, and worldly wisdom. This is the "well of living water, springing up in us to everlasting life;" the name, the mark of God on souls; the divine regenerator, the author of God's holy image; and the divine nature, even divine life, and light, and love; the conqueror of the world and flesh, the strengthener of the weak, the confirmer of the wavering, the comforter of the sad, and the pledge, earnest, and first-fruits of everlasting life. O therefore pray earnestly for the Spirit of grace, and carefully obey him, and joyfully praise God, in the sense of his holy encouragement and help! -- Richard Baxter

*BUCHANAN, JAMES, The Office and Work of the Holy Spirit (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust, 1843). Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.
"Worthy of the best traditions of our Puritan fathers." -- B.B. Warfield

Gilbert, Marvin G., and Raymond T. Brock (editors), The Holy Spirit and Counseling, ISBN: 0913573140 9780913573143.

*Kuyper, Abraham, The Work of the Holy Spirit (Grand Rapids, MI: Wm.B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.). A Christian classic.
"One of the most important and comprehensive contributions to the study of this great theme." -- William J. Grier

*Lloyd-Jones, D. Martyn (1899-1981), Growing in the Spirit: Assurance of Our Salvation (John 17:20-26), ISBN: 0891075356 9780891075356.

*Martin, Hugh, The Abiding Presence (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House, 1984),
ISBN: 0310289211 9780310289210.
"Focuses on the presence of Christ in the world and in the believer. These deeply devotional studies expound a facet of Christology and illustrate the way in which a believer is conformed to the image of Christ." -- Cyril J. Barber
"Prof. John Duncan said this book is fitted to promote `both the doctrine which is according to godliness and the godliness which is according to doctrine'." -- William J. Grier

*Owen, John, The Holy Spirit (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust), ISBN-10: 0851511252 ISBN-13: 978-0851511252, and The Holy Spirit (Puritan Paperback Series. Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust). A Christian classic.
"Contains: Work of the Holy Spirit, His name, personality, operations, effects, work in regeneration, in the Old Testament, work on the mind, in sanctification, mortification of sin, and more."
John Newton calls Owen's discourse on the Holy Spirit. "An epitome, if not the masterpiece of his writings."
"Goodwin (THE WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT IN OUR SALVATION) and Owen were both excellent expositors. Goodwin interpreted by the insight of a renewed heart, Owen by the patient and prayerful study of words and phrases. . . . These two books complement one another. Together they form a definitive answer to virtually every book concerning the Holy Spirit which has appeared since these two were written in the 17th century . . ." -- Jay P. Green, Sr. Both are Christian classics.

*Pink, Arthur W., The Holy Spirit (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House), ISBN: 0801068509 9780801068508.
"There is a general omission in the saints of God, in their not giving the Holy Spirit that glory that is due to His Person and for His great work of salvation in us, insomuch that we have in our hearts almost forgotten this third Person." -- Thomas Goodwin

*Sibbes, Richard (1577-1635), Goodwin, Thomas (1600-1680), Nye, Philip (1596?-1672), and Marshall, William (fl. 1617-1650), A fountain sealed: or, The duty of the sealed to the Spirit, and the worke of the Spirit in sealing. Wherein many things are handled about the Holy Spirit, and grieving of it: as also of assurance and sealing what it is, the priviledges and degrees of it, with the signes to discerne, and meanes to preserve it. Being the substance of divers sermons preached at Grayes Inne. By that reverend divine, Richard Sibbes, D.D. and sometimes preacher to that honourable society, 1637

SMEATON, GEORGE, The Doctrine of the Holy Spirit (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust), ISBN: 0851511872. Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.
"Smeaton covers: Doctrine of the Trinity, personality and procession of the Holy Spirit, work of the Spirit in anointing of Christ, inspiration and revelation, regenerating work of the Spirit, the Spirit of holiness, and an important 125-page historical survey of the doctrine of the Holy Spirit." -- GCB

*Thomas, William Henry Griffith, The Holy Spirit (Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Publications, 1986, 1913).
"While not accorded a place alongside John Owen's magisterial discussion of pneumatology, this work is nonetheless of inestimable value and far superior to other works of more recent vintage. It is also devout, inspiring, and practical. It contains messages delivered at Princeton Theological Seminary, 1913." -- Cyril J. Barber

*Winslow, Octavius, The Work of the Holy Spirit, an Experimental and Practical View (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust).
"A well-reasoned Biblically-oriented study. Clear and detailed, this book first done in 1840, covers the subject well. This book comes from a day when men spent more time studying the Bible and less time with their own novel ideas." -- GCB

Banner of Truth, Holy Spirit Package, 4 volumes (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust). 10457
"This package includes four excellent works on the Holy Spirit of God: DOCTRINE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT by Smeaton, GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT by Vaughan, OFFICE AND WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT by Buchanan, and WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT by Goodwin." -- GCB

*Lloyd-Jones, D. Martyn (1899-1981), Life in the Spirit: Ephesians 5:18-6:9, ISBN: 080105799X 9780801057991.

Lloyd-Jones, D. Martyn (1899-1981), Joy Unspeakable: Power and Renewal in the Holy Spirit, ISBN: 085476514X 9780854765140.
"The world is not going to pay much attention to all the organized efforts of the Christian church. The one thing she will pay attention to is a body of people filled with a spirit of rejoicing. `When the Holy Spirit is operating, this is the inevitable result, a joy which is unspeakable and full of glory,' so writes `the Doctor!' J.I. Packer states that `anyone who is spiritually alive will gain enormously from this magisterial and challenging recall to the inner realities of true Christian experience'." -- GCB

Mills, Watson E., The Holy Spirit: A Bibliography (Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers), ISBN: 0913573914 9780913573914.
"It collects an amazing assortment of books, journal articles, dissertations, articles in Festschriften, and collections of essays on the Holy Spirit -- all arranged alphabetically with subject and Scripture indexes too." -- CBD

Packer, J.I., The Holy Spirit in Evangelical Life.
Audio cassette JPR02.

Packer, J.I., The Holy Spirit in Evangelical Revival (Michigan City, IN: Sound Word Associates).
Audio cassette JPR03.

Packer, J.I., Keep in Step With the Spirit, ISBN: 0801066751 9780801066757.
"An important book on the Holy Spirit by one of today's foremost theologians. Combines sound theology with a life-changing practical emphasis as well. Some of the chapters are: Getting the Spirit in Focus; Holy Spirit in the Bible; Version of Holiness; Interpreting the Charismatic Life; Come Holy Spirit; and an appendix on Romans chapter 7." -- GCB

Ram, Bernard L., The Witness of the Spirit: An Essay on the Contemporary Relevance of the Internal Witness of the Holy Spirit (Grand Rapids, MI: Wm.B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1960).

*RUTHERFORD, SAMUEL (1600?-1661), Trial and Triumph of Faith. Alternate title: The trial and triumph of faith: or, an exposition of the history of Christ's dispossessing of the daughter of the woman of Canaan, delivered in sermons; . . . By Samuel Rutherfurd, ... Glasgow, 1743. (Stirling, VA [Grace Abounding Ministries (GAM) Publications (formerly, Reiner Publications, Swengel, PA), Post Office Box 25, Sterling, 20167]: GAM Publications), ISBN: 0851518060. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #10, #29. ISBN: 0921148852 9780921148852. Available on The Amazing Christian Library, DVD Two, CD #7 and DVD /Three, CD #18.
"This work was first published in 1645, one year after his LEX, REX. Spurgeon described this great man thus: `What a wealth of spiritual ravishment we have here! Rutherford is beyond all praise of men. Like a strong winged eagle he soars into the highest heaven and with unblenched eye he looks into the mystery of love divine'." -- GCB
Rutherford (Rutherfurd), Samuel, The Trial and Triumph of Faith
http://www.truecovenanter.com/rutherford/rutherford_trial_and_triumph_of_faith.html

Well, David F., God the Evangelist: How the Holy Spirit Works to Bring Men and Women to Faith (Grand Rapids, MI: Wm.B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.), ISBN: 0802802710 9780802802712 0853644551 9780853644552.
"This book grew out of the Consultation on the Work of the Holy Spirit and Evangelization that took place in Norway in 1985. This study places the preaching and believing of the Gospel in the wider context of the Holy Spirit's work in creation, history, and the church." -- GCB

See also: Fruit of the holy spirit, Gifts of the holy spirit, Holy Spirit and counseling, Words of christ appearing in biblical counsel: resources for renewal, Spiritual discernment, Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership
TCRB5: 417, 1601-1614, 2154, 3140, 3634, 3803, 4165
TETB (Thompson Exhaustive Topical Bible), The Holy Spirit . . .

Related WebLinks

Appendix A: Words of Christ Appearing in Biblical Counsel: Resources for Renewal
http://www.lettermen2.com/bcrrappa.html.html

The Commandments of Jesus, J.S. McConnell (1925)
http://www.wowzone.com/commandm.htm

Justifying Faith
http://www.lettermen2.com/bcrr1cha.html#justfaith

"The Mediator -- Judge and Saviour"
A sermon by C.H. Spurgeon delivered on Lord's-day morning, May 30, 1880, at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington, Sermon no. 1540.
Spurgeon carefully analyses Peter's sermon at Pentecost that brought about the visitation of the Holy Spirit.
http://www.spurgeongems.org/vols25-27/chs1540.pdf

"Jesus Christ Himself" (Ephesians 2:20)
A sermon by C.H. Spurgeon delivered on Lord's-day morning, December 9, 1877, at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington, Sermon no. 1388.
"Beyond all argument or miracle, Jesus Christ Himself is the proof of His own Gospel. And as He is the proof of it, so, Beloved, He is the marrow and essence of it. When the Apostle Paul meant that the Gospel was preached, He said, Christ is preached, for the Gospel is Christ Himself! If you want to know what Jesus taught, know Him! He is the incarnation of that Truth of God which by Him and in Him is revealed to the sons of men. Did He not, Himself say, I am the way, the truth, and the life? You have not to take down innumerable books, nor to pore over mysterious sentences of double meaning in order to know what our great Teacher has revealed. You have but to turn and gaze upon His countenance, behold His actions and note His spirit and you know His teaching. He lived what He taught. If we wish to know Him, we may hear His gentle voice saying, Come and see. Study His wounds and you understand His innermost philosophy. To know Him and the power of His Resurrection is the highest degree of spiritual learning. He is the end of the Law and the soul of the Gospel -- and when we have preached His Word to the fullest, we may close by saying, Now, of the things which we have spoken, this is the sum -- we have an High Priest who is set on the right hand of the Throne of the Majesty in the heavens."
http://www.spurgeongems.org/vols22-24/chs1388.pdf



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Fruit of the Holy Spirit

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. (Galatians 5:22)

God the Father is called the "God of peace" (Hebrews 13:20), God the Son, the "Prince of peace" (Isaiah 9:6), God the Holy Ghost, the "Spirit . . . of peace." (Ephesians 4:3) -- Thomas Watson

Those that look to be happy must first look to be holy. -- Richard Sibbes

*Brown, John (of Edinburgh, 1784-1858), Exposition of Galatians (Minneapolis, MN: Klock and Klock Christian Publishers, 1981).
"His discussion of the fruit of the Spirit and the fruit of the flesh is very useful. And his discourse on faith, and the duties and responsibilities of those who have the faith that works by love is penetrating and inspiring. This does not duplicate Luther. Brown has original ideas you can use." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.
"A refreshing treatment of Paul's letter that has been called the Charter of Christian Liberty. . . ." -- Cyril J. Barber

Lloyd-Jones, D. Martyn (1899-1981), Do You Radiate Him? (Michigan City, IN: Sound Word Associates).
Audio cassette MLJ02.

Lloyd-Jones, D. Martyn (1899-1981), Life of Joy: An Exposition of Philippians 1 and 2 (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House), ISBN: 0801058163 9780801058165.
"In his own inimitable style the author deftly weaves exegetical and theological insights with practical applications. Though these sermons were first preached in 1947 and 1948 they still speak to us today and address us in our present critical situation." -- GCB

*Sanderson, John W., The Fruit of the Spirit (Philadelphia, PA: The Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Co.). 10469
"A Biblical study of genuine character growth in the life of the Christian, as set forth in Galatians 5." -- Publisher's Annotation

See also: The Holy Spirit, Gifts of the Holy Spirit, Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership
TCRB5: 1337

Related WebLinks

"Jesus Christ Himself" (Ephesians 2:20)
A sermon by C.H. Spurgeon delivered on Lord's-day morning, December 9, 1877, at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington, Sermon no. 1388.
"Beyond all argument or miracle, Jesus Christ Himself is the proof of His own Gospel. And as He is the proof of it, so, Beloved, He is the marrow and essence of it. When the Apostle Paul meant that the Gospel was preached, He said, Christ is preached, for the Gospel is Christ Himself! If you want to know what Jesus taught, know Him! He is the incarnation of that Truth of God which by Him and in Him is revealed to the sons of men. Did He not, Himself say, I am the way, the truth, and the life? You have not to take down innumerable books, nor to pore over mysterious sentences of double meaning in order to know what our great Teacher has revealed. You have but to turn and gaze upon His countenance, behold His actions and note His spirit and you know His teaching. He lived what He taught. If we wish to know Him, we may hear His gentle voice saying, Come and see. Study His wounds and you understand His innermost philosophy. To know Him and the power of His Resurrection is the highest degree of spiritual learning. He is the end of the Law and the soul of the Gospel -- and when we have preached His Word to the fullest, we may close by saying, Now, of the things which we have spoken, this is the sum -- we have an High Priest who is set on the right hand of the Throne of the Majesty in the heavens."
http://www.spurgeongems.org/vols22-24/chs1388.pdf



Gifts of the Holy Spirit

See the Theological Notes, "Gifts and Ministries," at Ephesians 4:7 in The Reformation Study Bible.

Some of the gifts are connected with the proclamation of the Word and the preserving and inculcating of the truth (prophecy, Romans 12:6; 1 Corinthians 12:10; discerning of spirits, 1 Corinthians 12:10; 1 John 4:1; teaching, Romans 12:7; 1 Corinthians 12:28; tongues and their interpretation, 1 Corinthians 12:10, 28, 30; miracles, 12:10, 28, 29; the word of wisdom and the word of knowledge, 12:8); others have to do with rendering service, some of it quite mundane in character, to the Christian brotherhood (healing, 1 Corinthins 12:9, 28, 30; governments, 12:28; helps, 12:28). The scope of these gifts illustrates that according to the New Testament, the Spirit animates the whole Church as a body, so that nothing is done except by His enabling power. . . . -- "Holy Spirit" in The Zondervan Pictorial Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 3, pp. 190-191

But many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first. -- Jesus Christ (Matthew 19:30)

Lloyd-Jones, D. Martyn (1899-1981), The Sovereign Spirit: Discerning His Gifts, ISBN: 0877886970 9780877886976.

*Owen, John, Holy Spirit Gifts and Power: Exposition of the Spirit's Name, Nature, Personality, Dispensation, Operations and Effects, ISBN: 1857924754 9781857924756. A Christian classic.
"One of the outstanding books of all time. Presents a learned and spiritual analysis of the names and titles of the Spirit, His nature and personality, and His varied works and influence." -- Cyril J. Barber

*Owen, John, The Work of the Holy Spirit in Prayer, as a Comforter and as the Author of Spiritual Gifts. See THE WORKS OF JOHN OWEN. A Christian classic.

Vaughan, Clement Read, The Gifts of the Holy Spirit (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust), ISBN: 0851512224 9780851512228.
"Vaughan was R.L. Dabney's successor as Professor of Theology at Union Seminary, Richmond. This book covers the Bible's teachings on the Spirit in comprehensive fashion. Reading a work such as this will go a long was to eliminating many fanciful and unbiblical ideas concerning the Holy Spirit in our day." -- GCB

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Revival

See the Theological Notes, "Regeneration: The New Birth," at John 3:3 in The Reformation Study Bible.

See the Theological Notes, "The Holy Spirit," at John 14:26 in The Reformation Study Bible.

See the Theological Notes, "Effectual Calling and Conversion," at 2 Thessalonians 2:14 in The Reformation Study Bible.

The Treasury of David, Psalm 62, C.H. Spurgeon
http://www.spurgeon.org/treasury/ps062.htm

The Treasury of David, Psalm 80, C.H. Spurgeon
http://www.spurgeon.org/treasury/ps080.htm

Lord, thou hast been favourable unto thy land: thou hast brought back the captivity of Jacob. Thou hast forgiven the iniquity of thy people, thou hast covered all their sin. Selah. (All goes well when sin is pardoned. This is the one fatal hindrance to prosperity; and, this removed, all is well.)
Thou hast taken away all thy wrath: thou hast turned thyself from the fierceness of thine anger.
Turn us, O God of our salvation, and cause thine anger toward us to cease.

(When God turns to us in love, it is high time that we turned to him in faith and repentance; and, indeed, we very soon do so. Love is the great converting force: when the love of Jesus turns us, we are turned indeed.)
Wilt thou be angry with us for ever? wilt thou draw out thine anger to all generations?
Wilt thou not revive us again: that thy people may rejoice in thee?
Shew us thy mercy, O LORD, and grant us thy salvation.
I will hear what God the LORD will speak: for he will speak peace unto his people, and to his saints: but let them not turn again to folly.
Surely his salvation is nigh them that fear him; that glory may dwell in our land.
Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other.

(This is our privilege to see fulfilled in the atonement of the Lord Jesus, by which our captivity is turned, and peace is made between God and our souls.)
Truth shall spring out of the earth; and righteousness shall look down from heaven.
(Earth looks up in sincerity, and heaven looks down in mercy.)
Yea, the Lord shall give that which is good; and our land shall yield her increase.
Righteousness shall go before him; and shall set us in the way of his steps.

(Re-established in their land, which was made fruitful once again, they desired to obey the Lord in all things and to follow closelyh the path of obedience.) -- Spurgeon's Devotional Bible Psalm 85

We can imagine the restored exiles at this time singing -- Psalm 126
When the LORD turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream.
(It seemed too good to be true, they could not realise that so good a thing had befallen them)
Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing: then said they among the heathen, The LORD hath done great things for them.
The LORD hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad.

(What others declared concerning them was true, and they boldly avowed it; they did not bury the Lord's mercies in forgetfulness, or cast doubts upon them by mock modesty. We too often say "We hope and we trust," when we ought rather to say, "The Lord hath done great things for us.")
Turn again our captivity, O Lord, as the streams in the south.
They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.
He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.
-- Spurgeon's Devotional Bible Psalm 126

How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth. Thy watchmen shall lift up the voice; with the voice together shall they sing: for they shall see eye to eye, when the Lord shall bring again Zion. The Lord hath made bare his holy arm in the eyes of all the nations; and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God. (Isaiah 52:7-8,10)

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. -- Jesus Christ (John 14:6)

The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. (John 1:29)

That they all may be one; as thou, Father, [art] in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.
And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:
I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.
-- Jesus Christ (John 17:21-23)

Family reformation is the easiest and the most likely way to a common reformation; at least to send many souls to heaven and train up multitudes for God, if it reach not to national reformation. -- Richard Baxter

Again later, in the middle of the 19th century "a small student prayer fellowship at Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia set in motion forces that eventuated in the Second Great Awakening of the 19th century; the `haystack prayer meeting' in Williamstown, Massachusetts, in 1806 spawned the modern missionary movement; times of heart-searching and confession among groups in Wales, Korea, and Africa ushered in great revivals at the beginning of this century; and perhaps the greatest spiritual movement of our generation is occurring in the house churches of China. Though the details vary in each situation, at the heart is the principle of small groups of disciples united in Christ." -- Robert E. Coleman

Revival breaks out when individuals in the church repent. We can change our own lives and start personal revival by repentance and weeping for our sin.

*Anonymous, The Life and Times of Selina Countess of Huntingdon by a member of the House of Shirley and Hastings, 2 volumes (Harrisonburg, VA: Sprinkle Publications).
"Accounts of the Great Awakening and its men: Whitefield, Wesley, Howell Harris, etc. Shows the influence of the Countess, a friend of revival and revivalists." -- Lloyd T. Sprinkle

*Crawford, Dan R. (compiler), Single Adults: Resource and Recipients for Revival (Nashville, TN: Broadman Press, 1985), ISBN: 0805432361 9780805432367.
Includes bibliography.

*Dallimore, Arnold, George Whitefield: The Life and Times of the Great Evangelist of the 18th Century Revival, 2 volumes (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust), ISBN: 0851510264 9780851510262 085151300X 9780851513003.
"One of the great monumental literary achievements of the 20th Century." -- Sherwood E. Wirt
"Justice has at last been done to the greatest preacher that England has ever produced." -- D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
Contains accounts of the conversion experiences of Whitefield, the Wesleys, and many others. Includes bibliographic footnotes. A Christian classic.

Davies, Samuel, An account of a remarkable work of grace, or the great success of the gospel in Virginia. In a letter from the Rev. Mr. Davis . . . to the Rev. Mr. Bellamy. . . . With an account of the state of religion in several parts of North-America, from 1743 to June 1751.

*EDWARDS, JONATHAN, The distinguishing marks of a work of the spirit of God, applied to that uncommon operation that has lately appeared on the minds of many of the people in New-England: ... By Jonathan Edwards, ... With a preface by the Rev. Mr. Cooper of Boston, and letters from the Rev. Dr. Colman, ... [London], 1742. Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive. Available (THE WORKS OF JONATHAN EDWARDS) on The Amazing Christian Library, DVD One, CD #1.

EDWARDS, JONATHAN, A faithful narrative of the surprising work of God in the conversion of many hundred souls in Northampton, and the neighbouring towns and villages of the county of Hampshire, in the province of the Massachusetts-Bay in New-England. In a letter to the Reverend Dr. Benjamin Colman, of Boston. Written by the Revd Mr. Edwards, Minister of Northampton, Nov. 6. 1736. Published with a large preface by the Rev. Dr. Watts and Dr. Guyse of London: to which a shorter is added by some of the reverend ministers of Boston. Together with an attestation from some of the reverend ministers of Hampshire. The third edition Boston: N.E., 1738. Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive. Available on The Amazing Christian Library, DVD One, CD #1.
"Originally written at the request of a number of ministers who wanted accurate information about the 'awakening' that took place in Edward's congregation in 1735. This is Edward's own explanation and defense of this work of God. It should be especially helpful in our day for contrasting God's work with much of what is now passed off as 'revival' but yet issues in little or no practical obedience to the revealed will of God. This was one of Edwards' most widely read books in his own day, and gained him international recognition." -- SWRB

*Edwards, Brian H., Revival: A People Saturated With God (Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed-Evangelical Press), ISBN: 085234273X: 9780852342732.
"This is an interesting book, in that it sets forth the necessary ingredients for true revival. It has illustrated each section with reports from eye-witnesses of revivals that swept through this place, or that place, around the world. And it includes the days of king Hezekiah as an example of revival in the Bible. . . ." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.

Edwards, Jonathan, Some thoughts concerning the present revival of religion in New-England, and the way in which it ought to be acknowledged and promoted; ... By Jonathan Edwards, ... [Edinburgh], 1743.

FISHER, JAMES, Edwards, Whitefield, the True Nature of Revival and the 'Old Time' Charismatics (1742). Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #23, ISBN: 092114816X 9780921148166. Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive. "Originally titled 'A Review of the Preface to a Narrative of the Extraordinary Work at Kilsyth. . . ,' this book exposes the deficiencies of shallow revivalism and warns against what today would be called charismatic excesses. It contrasts these weaknesses with the true nature and fruit of salvation (from a Reformed perspective), and specifically deals with some of the less than Scriptural antics of the George Whitefield ('a Priest of the Church of England, who refuses to be reformed,' Fisher notes) and those Presbyterians that would hear him (occasional hearing). Some of Jonathan Edwards' revival methods also warrant rebuke in this piece. At one point Fisher writes that Edwards' defense of these works uses 'exactly the language of Quakers, a branch of that hellish scheme, calculated for enervating and overthrowing the divine authority of the Word, as it is the only foundation of faith in our Lord Jesus Christ' (p. 19). He also notes 'that Edwards wants to set aside the Word, as the only rule, at least, in judging and trying this work' (i.e. the 'revivals' at Kilsyth and Cambuslang). The work also exposes the defective nature of 'revivals' that deal with only personal reformation, leaving off any thought of (or actively burying) the more public concerns that have been prominent in past reformation. Fisher writes, 'But can any of the promoters of this work allege for themselves, that they are making the least essay towards public Reformation, as it has been owned and professed in these lands? Nay, as shall afterwards be made appear, they are doing what they can to obliterate the memory of Scotland's covenanted Reformation, and to raze all concern there . . . out of the minds of the people' (p. 26). In short, the defective nature of these past 'revivals,' are shown to 'overthrow the very foundation of faith, and all practical godliness and to establish mere enthusiasm and strong delusion, in the room of true religion, revealed and required in the Word.' This work is also useful in evaluating the 'laughing revival' (or 'Toronto blessing') of our day. 68 pages." -- SWRB

*Hanko, Herman, "Ought the Church too Pray for Revival?" Trinity Review, May/June 1991 (Unicoi, TN: The Trinity Foundation). 10073

*Hodgkin, Henry T., Lay Religion (The Swarthmore Press, 1919).
"Every great religious awakening has been a revolt against authority." -- Henry T. Hodgkin

*Lloyd-Jones, D. Martyn (1899-1981), Revival, ISBN: 0891074155 9780891074151.

*Murray, Iain, The Puritan Hope: A Study in Revival and the Interpretation of Prophesy (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust, 1971), ISBN: 085151247X.
"Murray is an English pastor, founder of, and currently CEO of Banner of Truth Trust.
"If you are in any way interested in Puritan thought, revival or the interpretation of prophecy, you will probably find this book to be delightful reading. Iain Murray has gathered copious quotations documenting the source and strength of one of the great movements in Church history. The footnotes, which would almost make an interesting small booklet in themselves, run for 21 pages.
"The Puritans were an intelligent and scholarly people, who's hope was solidly based upon the exegesis of Scripture. Their optimistic interpretation of prophecy, mingled with their strong assertion of the sovereignty of God, led to many desirable and godly consequences. . . ." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.
"A postmillennial treatment of missions, evangelism, the Puritans, and eschatology. Interesting and instructive. In our day this eschatological view is gaining ground. Men such as Hodge, Warfield, Edwards, and John Murray have held the same view." -- GCB
Murray "explains how and why the Puritans came to their eschatological beliefs; how these were perverted, primarily in modern times, by men like Edward Irving and J.N. Darby; why we've stopped thinking critically about these theories; and how we must recapture the confident expectation of Christ's triumphant end-time revival of Gentiles, then all Israel, before his return in glory. Excellent and thought-provoking." -- Reader's Comment
The Puritan Hope, Iain Murray
http://www.revival-library.org/catalogues/puritan/murrayi-puritanhope/contents.htm

*Murray, Iain H., Revival and Revivalism: The Making and Marring of American Evangelicalism 1750-1858 (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust), ISBN: 0851516602: 9780851516608.
The author's conclusion: not since the 1700's when we began to structure and plan evangelistic revivals has there been a true revival in America -- we have only had revivalism.

*WATSON, THOMAS, The Doctrine of Repentance (Puritan Paperback Series. Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust), ISBN: 0851515215. Available on The Amazing Christian Library, DVD Four, CD #5. Available on The Amazing Christian Library, DVD One, CD #2. A Christian classic.
"Knowing what repentance is, and actually repenting are essentials to true Christianity. Jesus Christ himself said that if we do not repent, we will perish! It is vital, therefore, to read and study what Scripture has to say about this theme.
"Few better guides have existed in this or any other language. . . . He was a master of both Scripture and the human heart, and wrote with a simplicity and directness that keeps his work fresh and powerful for the twentieth century." -- Publisher's Annotation
The Doctrine of Repentance, excerpts
Online e-text.
http://www.fivesolas.com/watson/drepenti.htm
The Doctrine of Repentance
http://books.google.com/books?id=V1QCAAAACAAJ&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=html

*Whitefield, George, Select Sermons of George Whitefield (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust, 1985). Available on The Amazing Christian Library, DVD One, CD #1.
"This book contains a biographical essay of Whitefield's life by J.C. Ryle, a summary of his doctrine by R. Elliot, and six of Whitefield's significant sermons." -- GCB
"Of few men can it be said that their preaching was `apostolic' in character, but it certainly can be said of Whitefield." -- D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones.
Sermons of the Reverend George Whitefield
http://www.ccel.org/whitefield/sermons/sermons.html
George Whitefield's Works on CD
"George Whitefield's Works on CD. These are an absolute feast of Whitefield's works to which have been added a number of key biographies and related items and images. The Works are a facsimile AND reset (ie, readable) version of the 1771/1772 edition including letters, tracts, and sermons, plus additional sermons published in the 19th century. The biographies are by Gillies Gledstone, Andrews, Philip's and Tyerman's two-volumed work. George Whitefield is considered by many the greatest evangelist since the Apostles. Certainly he has the best claim to being the greatest English speaking preacher. This work is published by our friends at Quinta Press.
"You render a major service by producing this item. As a Whitefield enthusiast I am overjoyed to find what you have done and will do all I can to ensure that fellow enthusiasts know about it." -- J.I. Packer, Regent College, Vancouver."
http://www.revival-library.org/index.html

stst 8/13 1255 alpha Bauer, Jerald C. (editor), Religion and the American Revolution (Philadelphia, PA: Fortress Press, 1976).
"Shows how Puritanism and revivalism were prime forces in the development of the heart and mind that characterized the American Revolution. Controversial." -- Cyril J. Barber

Bennet, R., Howell Harris and the Dawn of Revival (Bridgen, England: Evangelical Press of Wales), ISBN: 185049035X 9781850490357.

*Bonar, Andrew, Andrew Bonar: Diary and Life (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust, 1984), ISBN: 0851514324 9780851514321. A Christian classic.
"Covering the years 1810-1892. Bonar was a pastor, teacher, participant in the revivals of 1839 and 1859, faithful witness against the inroad of higher criticism, and writer." -- GCB
"Bonar was an outstanding pastor of the last century. His manner was humble, his expressions Biblical and therefore sweet. This book gives a panoramic view of his life, a fascinating period of Scotland's church history. It is a record of God's work in the life of one of His trophies of grace, one who represented all that was finest in the evangelical circles of his times." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.

Burns, William, et al., The Revival of Religion at Kilsyth, 1839: being the substance of a statement by the Rev. Mr. Burns, Minister of the parish, drawn up at the request of the Presbytery of Glasgow with additions. (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust). 10487
"Includes contributions by W. Burns, J. Bonar, R.S. Candish, A.M. Stuart, and P. Fairbairn all dealing with the subject of revival. Covers such areas as the work of Christ and the Holy Spirit, the sovereignty of God, the Word of God, prayer, the godly life, mode of conducting a revival, hindrances to revival, and more." -- GCB

Burns, William C. (1815-1868), Revival Sermons (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust), ISBN: 0851513166 9780851513164.
"Burns (1815-1868), a preacher in Scotland, preached some great sermons on revival." -- GCB

Crumb, Lawrence N., The Oxford Movement and Its Leaders: A Bibliography of Secondary and Lesser Primary Sources, ISBN: 9780810862807 0810862808 (ATLA Bibliography Series. Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow Press, Incorporated, 1988).

Davis, D. Clair, Church History (part 3 of 5): Awakening and Revivalism (Michigan City, IN: Sound Word Associates).
Audio cassette CD503.

Davis, D. Clair, Church History (part 4 of 5): Awakening and Revivalism; Modern Church (Michigan City, IN: Sound Word Associates). 30163
Audio cassette CD504.

Essig, J., The Great Awakening: Reaction and Renewal (Michigan City, IN: Sound Word Associates).
Audio cassette JE101.

Evans, Eifion, Daniel Rowland and the Great Evangelical Awakening in Wales, ISBN: 0851514464 9780851514468.

Evans, Eifion, The Welsh Revival of 1904 (London, England: Evangelical Press, 1969), ISBN: 0852340125 9780852340127.
Foreword by D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones. Includes bibliographical references and index.

Evans, Eifion, When he is Come: An Account of the 1858-60 Revival in Wales (Evangelical Movement of Wales).

Fish, Henry C., Handbook of Revival: for the use of winners of souls (Harrisonburg, VA: Sprinkle Publications).
Contains nineteen chapters discussing every important aspect of the subject of revival.
"First published in 1874, the author furnishes, both for inspiration and guidance, such facts, examples, arguments, directions, and suggestions dealing with the whole matter of revivals, as might lead to their greater appreciation and promotion." -- GCB

Gillies, John, Historical Collections of Accounts of Revivals (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust).
"Gillies was the friend and biographer of George Whitefield. Gilles believed very strongly in the value of bringing the history of revivals together into one volume. Gillies himself lived 1712-1796. This edition of his famous work was done by Horatius Bonar in 1845." -- Publisher's Annotation

Graham, Billy, The Challenge: Sermons From Madison Square Garden (Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1969).
Evangelistic sermons.

Kinlaw, Dennis, "A Revival Account: Asbury -- 1970" (Wilmore, KY: Asbury College). A video cassette.
"This 40-minute, eye-witness account by Dr. Dennis Kinlaw who was serving as president of Asbury College during a visitation in 1970, is helping multitudes of Christians understand the true nature of spiritual awakening and revival."

Lynse, Elana, Flames of Revival: Igniting the Hearts of a Nation Through Prayer (Wheaton, IL: Good News Publishers [Crossway Books], c1989), ISBN: 0891075119 9780891075110.
Includes bibliographical references.

Matthews, David, I Saw the Welsh Revival (Chicago, IL: Moody Press, 1951), ISBN: 0962690821 9780962690822.

Packer, J.I., God in Our Midst: Seeking and Receiving Ongoing Revival, ISBN: 0850091357 9780850091359 1862580332 9781862580336.
"This 46-page booklet describes the elements of authentic revival and urges Christians to seek renewal by means of humble, penitent, prayerful, and faith-full exploration before the Lord." -- GCB

Packer, J.I., The Holy Spirit in Evangelical Life.
Audio cassette JPR02.

Packer, J.I., The Holy Spirit in Evangelical Revival (Michigan City, IN: Sound Word Associates).
Audio cassette JPR03.

Phillips, Thomas, The Welsh Revival: Its Origin and Development (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust), ISBN: 0851515428 9780851515427.
"This rare book, published in 1860 as the first comprehensive account of the 1859 revival in Wales, holds a primary place in the authentic records of periods of remarkable spiritual recovery and growth. Phillips was an eye witness of much that he records. He also gives the testimony of others." -- GCB

Porter, E., Letters on Revival, ISBN: 0851518559 9780851518558.
"If revival should come to your church would you know what to do? This 336-page paperback features 174 pages by Dr. Porter (19th century) and additional materials by Lloyd-Jones, Hulse, Hallesby, Gerberding, Martin Moore, J.I. Packer, H. Bonar, Tarr, Graham, Ironside, Cuyler, as well as K.R. Linde. Here is a treasure of material on revival that will help to prepare you for God's work in the hearts of his people." -- GCB

Prime, Samuel, I., The Power of Prayer: illustrated in the wonderful displays of divine grace at the Fulton Street and other meetings in New York and elsewhere, in 1857 and 1858 (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust, 1859), ISBN: 0851516025 9780851516028.
"First done in 1859, this book demonstrates that things are never beyond prayer and the work of God in revival." -- CBD

Rauschenbusch, Walter, Prayers of the Social Awakening

Ravenhill, Leonard, Revival Praying (Minneapolis, MN: Bethany House Publishers, 1962), ISBN: 0764200313 9780764200311.
"A challenge to all who are deeply concerned about a full-scale spiritual awakening in America."

Roberts, Richard Owen, Revival Literature: An Annotated Bibliography With Biographical and Historical Notices, ISBN: 0940033275 9780940033276.

Scharpff, Paulus, History of Evangelism: Three Hundred Years of Evangelism in Germany, Great Britain and the United States of America (Grand Rapids, MI: Wm.B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1966).

Smith, Timothy Lawrence, Revivalism and Social Reform: American Protestantism on the Eve of the Civil War. Alternate title: REVIVALISM AND SOCIAL REFORM IN MID-NINETEENTH-CENTURY AMERICA, ISBN: 080182477X 9780801824777.
Includes bibliography and index.

Smith, Wilbur M., The Glorious Revival Under King Hezekiah (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House, 1937).

Spurgeon, C.H., Only a Prayer Meeting: Forty Addresses at Metropolitan Tabernacle and Other Prayer-meetings, ISBN: 185792505X 9781857925050.

*Swindoll, Charles, The Grace Awakening (Thomas Nelson, November 21, 2006), ISBN: 9780849911880 0849911885.
"This is a book about the wonderful fact that Christianity faithfully lived will bring blessedness to our earthly existence, if we ignore the unholy `grace-killers' among us. Jesus said, `If therefore the Son shall make your free, you shall be free indeed. . . .' " -- Publisher's Annotation
"More and more Christians are realizing that the man-made restrictions and legalistic regulations under which they have been living have not come from the God of grace, but have been enforced by people who do not want others to be free. . . . Scarcely a day passes when I am not reminded of the need for a book emphasizing the full extent of grace, giving people permission to be free, absolutely free in Christ. Why? Because so few are!" -- Charles Swindoll
The author believes this is the most important book he has written. The message of Christian freedom is as repressed as the Gospel itself. This book will bless the hearts of the many who have never read a presentation of the message of our freedom in Christ and its wonderful practical implications for the individual, the church, and the nation. A study guide by the same name is available.
"The God of the universe has given us an amazing, revolutionary gift of grace and freedom. This freedom and grace set us apart from every other 'religion' on the face of the earth.
"In this best-selling classic, Charles Swindoll urges you not to miss living a grace-filled life. Freedom and joy -- not lists and demands and duties -- await all who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ. -- Publisher's Annotation

Thornbury, J.F., God Sent Revival: Asahel Nettleton (Philadelphia, PA: The Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Co., 1988), ISBN: 0852341008 9780852341001 0852340990 9780852340998.

Tracy, Joseph, Great Awakening: A History of the Revival of Religion in the Time of Edwards and Whitefield, new edition (Carlisle, PA: Banner of Truth, June 1989, 1976), ISBN: 085151233X 9780851512334 0851517129 9780851517124.
"This volume remains second to none in its definitive treatment of the 'Revival of Religion in New England in 1740', one of the most important and remarkable eras in the history of the Christian church in modern times." -- Publisher's Annotation
"The most comprehensive account of the major 18th century revival." -- Roberts
"The author follows his theme from the local revivals of the 1730s to the floodtide of 1740-1742. The material is broad-based and includes numerous quotes from the time period." -- GCB
"I have read a number of works on revivals and this revival in particular. This is the one book on the subject that I have gone back to time and again. It is scholarly, thorough, and devotionally helpful. As I read of the changes in the lives in the villagers of New England I became more and more impressed with how true revivals are such awesome and precious things.
"This book is very helpful for our day as well. In describing the excesses of this revival (especially those that had to do with Davenport) and in the detailed accounts of unwanted side-phenomena, we see sad similarities to what has been experienced in some of our churches today. This book shows what a true revival looks like." -- Reader's Comment

Weakley, Clare G., Jr. (compiler and editor), The Nature of Revival: John Wesley, Charles Wesley and George Whitefield, abridged (Minneapolis, MN: Bethany House, 1987), ISBN: 0871239256 9780871239259.
"Discusses the human messengers, the divine enabling, the kind of opposition one might expect, and the message preached in the revivals of the Wesley and Whitefield. Insightful." -- Cyril J. Barber
Edited selections from the private journals of John and Charles Wesley and George Whitefield.

*Whitefield, George, George Whitefield's Letters: A Facsimile of Whitefield's Works, Volume 1, 1771 With Supplements (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust), ISBN: 0851512399 9780851512396.
"Contains the original work plus 34 letters omitted from the 1771 edition plus explanatory notes by S.M. Houghton." -- GCB

*Whitefield, George, and John Wesley, Whitefield and Wesley on the New Birth (Grand Rapids, MI: F. Asbury Press, 1986), ISBN: 0310751519.
Timothy L. Smith, editor. Includes bibliography and index.

Wood, Arthur Skevington, The Inextinguishable Blaze; Spiritual Renewal and Advance in the Eighteenth Century (Grand Rapids, MI: Wm.B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1960), ISBN: 1597526983 9781597526982.

See also: Corporate Faithfulness and Sanctification, Chapter 9, The Web Edition of Biblical Counsel: Resources for Renewal, The Covenanted Reformation of Scotland Short Title Listing, Apologetics, Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, Book-length presentations of the free offer of the Gospel message of salvation and the life to come, Christian history, Evangelism, Evangelistic praying, Follow-up, Gospel message of salvation, Other works on the gospel, Prayer, Sharing christ with your children, and so forth, and so on.
TCRB5: 310-320

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"The Mediator -- Judge and Saviour"
A sermon by C.H. Spurgeon delivered on Lord's-day morning, May 30, 1880, at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington, Sermon no. 1540.
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http://www.spurgeongems.org/vols25-27/chs1540.pdf



ANGELS

We have now reached that wonderful part of Holy Scripture which is found in the epistle to the Hebrews. Fully to understand it we ought to study closely the Book of Leviticus. Diamonds only will cut diamonds; the Word of God is its own expositor; the New Testament is the key of the old.
The epistle opens with the declaration that whatsoever was communicated by the prophets was spoken by God. He spoke whatsoever was uttered by his prophets. The Scriptures are very jealous on this subject; how different from the language of many who seem desirous to exclude God from being the author of his own word!

God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; Ours is the clearest of all revelations. In Jesus we see far more of God than in all the teachings of the prophets.)
Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high; The priest stood while he performed service, and only sat down when his work was done. Jesus enthroned in glory enjoys the honours of his finished work.)
Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.
For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee?
But he does say this to Christ in the second Psalm.) And again, (speaking to Solomon as the type of Christ in the Second Book of Samuel vii. 14), I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son?
And again,
(in the ninety-seventh Psalm), when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him. (Or "worship him all ye gods," Jesus is by nature infinitely superior to the noblest created beings, for he is essentially God, and to be worshipped as Lord of all.)
And of the angels (in Psalm civ. 4) he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire. But unto the Son he saith, (Psalm xlv. 6,7), Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom. Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows. (Angels are servants and not kings, they fly upon the divine errands like flames of fire, but they do not sway a sceptre, neither have they a throne existing for ever and ever. Jesus is the anointed king, and though we share in the anointing yet is he far above us. Christ is infinitely greater than Christians. We are right glad to have it so.)
And (again we read in Psalm cii. 25-27), Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands: They shall perish; but thou remainest; and they all shall wax old as doth a garment; And as a vesture shalt thou fold them up, and they shall be changed: but thou art the same, and thy years shall not fail. (Since the Messiah is thus described as immutable and eternal he must be divine, and to deny the Godhead of the Saviour is a deadly error. Dr. Owen most comfortingly remarks: -- "Whatever our changes may be, inward or outward, yet Christ changing not, our eternal condition is secured, and relief provided against all present troubles and miseries. The immutability and eternity of Christ are the spring of our consolation and security in every condition. Such is the frailty of the nature of man, and such the perishing condition of all created things, that none can ever obtain the least stable consolation but what aris eth from an interest in the omnipotency, sovereignty, and eternity of Jesus Christ.")
But to which of the angels said he at any time, Sit on my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool? 14 Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?
(They are servants of God and our willing guardians; but they are not to be worshipped. Jesus is Lord of all, and we are bound to adore him, and him only.) (Hebrews 1:1-14) --
Spurgeon's Devotional Bible

Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. (Hebrews 13:2)

See the Theological Notes, "Angels," at Zechariah 1:9, page 1467, in The Reformation Study Bible

By entertaining of strange persons, men sometimes entertain angels unawares: but by entertaining of strange doctrines, many have entertained devils unaware. -- John Flavel

When your thoughts of heaven are staggering or strange, and when you are tempted to doubt whether indeed there is such a life of glory for the saints, it may be a great help to your faith, to think of the world of angels that already do possess it. That there are such excellent and happy inhabitants of the superior orbs, besides what Scripture saith, even reason will strongly persuade any rational man: 1. When we consider that sea, and land, and air, and all places of this lower, baser part of the world, are replenished with inhabitants suitable to their natures; and therefore that the incomparably more great and excellent orbs and regions should all be uninhabited, is irrational to imagine. 2. And as we see the rational creatures are made to govern the brutes in this inferior world, so reason telleth us it is improbable that the higher reason of the inhabitants of the higher regions should have no hand in the government of man. And yet God hath further condescended to satisfy us herein, by some unquestionable apparitions of good angels, and many ore of evil spirits, which puts the matter past all doubt, that there are inhabitants of the unseen world. And When we know that such there are, it maketh it the more easy to us to believe that such we may be, either numbered with the happy or unhappy spirits, considering the affinity which there is between the nature of our souls and them: to conquer senseless Sadducism is a good step to the conquest of irreligiousness; he that is well persuaded that there are angels and spirits, is much better prepared than a Sadducee to believe the immortality of the soul. -- Richard Baxter

Make use of the remembrance of the glorious angels, to acquaint you with the dignity of human nature, and the special dignity of the servants of God, and so to raise up your hearts in thankfulness to your Creator and Redeemer who hath thus advanced you. 1. What a dignity is it that these holy angels should be all ministering spirits sent for our good! that they should love us, and concern themselves so much for us, as to rejoice in heaven at our conversion! "Lord, what is man that thou art mindful of him, and the son of man that thou visitest him? For thou has made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour," Psal. viii. 4,5. 2. But yet it is a higher declaration of our dignity, that we should in heaven be equal with them, and so be numbered into their society, and join with them everlastingly in the praise of our Creator. 3. And it is yet a greater honour to us, that our natures are assumed into union of person with the Son of God, and so advanced above the angels. "For he took not on him the nature of angels, but the seed of Abraham:" nor hath he put the world to come in subjection to the angels, Heb. ii. 5,16. This is the Lord's doing and it is wondrous in our eyes. -- Richard Baxter

Borland, James A., Christ in the Old Testament, ISBN: 0802413919 9780802413918.
"A brilliant theological discussion of the theophanies and appearances of the Angle of Yahweh in the Old Testament. A most valuable treatise." -- Cyril J. Barber

Connelly, Douglas, Angels: 12 Studies for Individuals or Groups, ISBN: 0830810749 9780830810741.

Graham, Billy, Angels: God's Secret Agents, ISBN: 0385113072: 9780385113076.

Williams, Jane, Angels, ISBN: 9780801013058 0801013054.

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THE BELIEVER'S POSITION IN CHRIST and SONSHIP

See the Theological Notes, "The Image of God," at Genesis 1:27 in The Reformation Study Bible.

But many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first. -- Jesus Christ (Matthew 19:30)

Our Triune God has ordained that authority, power, and leadership devolves to those who know the most Truth (the Apostle Paul, Saint Augustine, Martin Luther, John Calvin, The Scots Worthies . . . ). Preeminent among those is the Lord Christ, the God Man, Our Righteousness. (John 1:1-18; Matthew 19:30; Matthew 28:18-20; Isaiah 49:7; Colossians 1:16-19; Colossians 2:9,10; Hebrews 12:1,2; Revelation 5:1-14; Revelation 19:11-15; Revelation 20:11-15; Revelation 22:12, and so forth, and so on.)

To serve God is to reign. -- Seneca

Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doeth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure. (1 John 3:1-3)

"The Christ who became one with us in his incarnation, makes us one with him in his death, burial, resurrection, and ascension. In union with Christ we share in all that Christ is and does." -- Peter Barber

A man adopts one for his son and heir that does not at all resemble him; but whosoever God adopts for His child is like Him; he not only bears His heavenly Father's name, but His image. (Colossians 3:10) -- Thomas Watson

God has made His children, by adoption, nearer to Himself than the angels. The angels are the friends of Christ; believers are His members. -- Thomas Watson

Adams, Jay E., Biblical Sonship: An Evaluation of the Sonship Discipleship Course, ISBN: 1889032158 9781889032153.

*Baxter, Richard (1615-1691), The Saint's Everlasting Rest: Baxter's Practical Works, Vol. 3 (Morgan, PA: Soli Deo Gloria Publications, 2000), ISBN: 187761128X 9781877611285. A Christian classic.
"Third in the four-volume set. Includes The Saint's Everlasting Rest; Treatise of Self-Denial; The Life of Faith; Obedient Patience, and many more. Over 1000 pages." -- GCB
The Saints' Everlasting Rest, (singly) Richard Baxter, edited by Benjamin Fawcett
"Discusses the nature, excellencies, design, rejection, necessity, of the Saints' rest. Calls us to live the heavenly life now." -- GCB
"This is the greatest treatment on Heaven ever to appear! . . ." -- Wilbur M. Smith. A Christian classic.
http://www.ccel.org/b/baxter/everlasting_rest/saints_rest.html
Available [THE SAINT'S EVERLASTING REST, singly] on The Amazing Christian Library, DVD Two, CD #11.
Translations: The Saint's Everlasting Rest (singely), French; Danish; Dutch.

*Bonar, Horatius (1808-1889), The Everlasting Righteousness or How Shall Man Be Just With God? (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust, 1993). A Christian classic.
"First published in 1874, THE EVERLASTING RIGHTEOUSNESS, may be the best book on the doctrine of justification by faith alone ever written.
"Since the seventeenth century, the church's adherence to the central doctrine of the Christian faith has been weakening; in the twentieth century it has all but disappeared. But to those who remain faithful -- to those who are called of God --justification by faith alone is the best news there could ever be: that Christ died for our sins, and we shall live forever because of Christ's righteousness.
"Justification by faith alone -- the `principal hinge of religion,' according to John Calvin, the `doctrine by which the church stands or falls,' according to Martin Luther -- is salvation. Without it, all hope is lost; with it, Heaven gained. Bonar's discussion is without equal in the English language." -- John W. Robbins
The Banner of Truth edition is available free as e-text.
The everlasting righteousness; or, How shall man be just with God?
The Everlasting Righteousness, Horatius Bonar
http://www.jude3.net/bertoc.htm
http://books.google.com/books?id=nQMDAAAAQAAJ&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=html

*Bonar, Horatius (1808-1889), God's Way of Holiness (Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian & Reformed Publishing Co.), ISBN: 085234130X 9780852341308.
"He describes the new life; the indwelling of Christ, and the Holy Spirit. Then he clarifies what is the root and soil of holiness. He shows us the Cross and its power, and expounds how the saint is not under the law, but under grace. Then a look at Romans 7 shows us how far we must go after we have the new life. We must have a true creed in our true life. . . ." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.
"Covers such things as: the new life, the Spirit in us, root and soil of holiness, strength against sin, the cross and its power, the saint and the law, the saint and Romans 7, and more." -- GCB
God's Way of Holiness, by Horatius Bonar
http://www.pionet.net/~cultrsch/bgwhtoc.htm

*Calvin, John (1509-1564), Sermons on Ephesians (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust), EEBO. A Christian classic.
"The sermons are priceless." -- C.H. Spurgeon
"These also were translated by A. Golding, one who shared completely the spirit and fervor of John Calvin. He loses noting in the translation. These have been very rare, selling for as high as $500.00 when found. You will revel in the closeness they will bring to you as you contemplate Jesus Christ, the One who has made you alive, and has set you in the heavenlies with Him." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.

*Douty, Norman F., Union With Christ
"Written by an evangelical who is well grounded in theology, this study of one of the central themes of the New Testament deserves careful reading by all who wish to know more of God's provision for them." -- Cyril J. Barber

Erskine, Ebenezer, The Believer Exalted in Imputed Righteousness. A Sermon preached at a sacramental occasion. By the late Rev. Mr. Ebenezer Erskine, ... Glasgow, [1782?].

*Gill, John, The Doctrine of God's Everlasting Love to His Elect, and Their Eternal Union With Christ
"Gill is the most famous, and the most learned, of the Baptists. . . . In this book he follows the teaching of the Scriptures, that life always precedes faith, and he shows that both life and faith proceed from the eternal counsels of God: `You have not chosen me, but I have chosen you,' (John 15:16) `I have loved thee with an everlasting love.' (Jeremiah 31:3) Gill's teaching is very similar to that of Thomas Goodwin, and we feel sure that he had read Goodwin thoroughly. . . ." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.

*Marshall, Walter (1628-1680), The Gospel-Mystery of Sanctification: Growing in Holiness by Living in Union With Christ (London, England: Oliphants Press, 1956, 1692) and (Grand Rapids, MI: Reformation Heritage Books, Inc., 2005, 1999), ISBN-10: 189277724X. See the WorldCat record for various foreign language editions.
The Reformation Heritage Books edition is a reprint of the 1954 edition set by Oliphants and includes an introduction by Joel R. Beeke. Also includes the author's famous sermon on "The Doctrine of Justification Opened and Applied."
Another edition: (Sovereign Grace Publishers Inc., October 1, 2001), 140 pages, ISBN-10: 1589600630.
"Here you will read the most closely reasoned defense of scriptural sanctification to be found anywhere. . . . Fourteen directions are given to the reader, all perfected with the aim of explaining to sincere souls what sanctification is, what it is not, and how to attain a holy walk before God. . . ." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.
Another edition: (Wipf & Stock Publishers, January 2005), 270 pages, ISBN-10: 1597520543.
"This is by far the best book on the doctrine of Sanctification in print. It was originally written in the 17th century, but has been put into modern english with this edition. This book will help you better understand the Gospel and its power not only for our Justification, but our Sanctification as well." -- Reader's Comment

*Miller, C. John "Jack" (1928-1996) and Rose Marie Miller, Sonship Course: World Harvest Mission Leadership Training Program, Nurture Training for Ministry, Equipping Others for Ministry (Jenkintown, PA [World Harvest, Box 2175, Jenkintown 19046]: World Harvest, 1988).
This course was developed to prepare World Harvest missionaries to work in the field. The course includes small group participation and Biblical counseling.
"The first half of the Sonship track focuses on the doctrines of Justification, Sanctification, and Adoption. The last half lays the foundation for love. We look at how the Gospel affects the way we look at ourselves. Our goal was that increasingly your self-image should be rooted in God's view of you clothed in the perfect righteousness of Christ . . . What we aim at here is to encourage the trainee to learn from Christ how to build a holy life, a life of love to your neighbor. This is done self-consciously relying always on his or her free justification by faith. Sanctification by faith issues from knowing always that my standing as a son is assured by justification by Christ alone through faith alone. Thus the heart of our counseling on character development centers in affirmation of Christ's work for us, and Christ's work in us through the Spirit. But within that framework we attempt seriously to involve each trainee in ongoing repentance, putting off old habits and sins and putting on Christ-like love and faith. . . . Much focus is laid on teamwork. . . . The skill of evangelism . . . is the believer's primary emphasis in the course of training because the staff believes that evangelism is necessary for a healthy Christian life . . . Evangelism rightly understood affects both the faith and the Christian life of the one who shares Christ's message." -- C. John Miller and Rose Marie Miller
Miller, C. John (1928-1996), Rose Marie Miller, Paul Miller, Rick Downs, David M. Desforge, et al, Sonship, a set of 16 sound cassettes (audiobook on tape), (Oreland, PA: World Harvest Mission, 1997).
World Harvest Mission
http://www.whm.org/home.htm

*Stewart, James S., A Man in Christ: The Vital Elements in St. Paul's Religion, ISBN: 1553610415 9781553610410 9781573832243 1573832243

Bobick, Michael W., From Slavery to Sonship: A Biblical Psychology for Pastoral Counseling (Scarsdale, NY: The Author, c1984), 224 pages.
Distributed by Westminster Theological Seminary Discount Book Service. Includes bibliography.
"Attempts to break fresh theoretical ground for understanding people biblically: 'We need not choose between solving problems and understanding people; this is a false dilemma. . . . But in the absence of a published Biblical psychology that helps counselors. . . our present need is to emphasize the dynamics of motivation.' Instead of a how-to format for specific problems, this book tries 'to span the gap between theological anthropology and actual ministry.' Part 1 develops a model of the sinful human heart as a maze of lies and 'covenants with idols.' The renewed human heart is increasingly ruled by God's truth and power in Christ. Part 2 shows how the model can be used in the counseling process." -- David Powlison

Brown, Stephen W., Heirs With the Prince (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers, c1985), ISBN: 0840759398 9780840759399.
Includes bibliographical references.

*Calvin, John (1509-1564), Sermons on Ephesians (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust), EEBO. A Christian classic.
"The sermons are priceless." -- C.H. Spurgeon
"These also were translated by A. Golding, one who shared completely the spirit and fervor of John Calvin. He loses noting in the translation. These have been very rare, selling for as high as $500.00 when found. You will revel in the closeness they will bring to you as you contemplate Jesus Christ, the One who has made you alive, and has set you in the heavenlies with Him." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.

Christenson, Larry, The Renewed Mind (Minneapolis, MN: Bethany Fellowship, 1974), ISBN: 0854762272 9780854762279.
Emphasizes Sonship. Excellent book.

*GIRARDEAU, JOHN L., Calvinism and Evangelical Arminianism Compared as to Election, Reprobation, Justification and Related Doctrines (Harrisonburg, VA: Sprinkle Publications), ISBN: 0873779665. Available (in WORKS OF JOHN GIRARDEAU) on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.
"A thorough but graceful refutation of Wesley's arminianism." -- Lloyd T. Sprinkle
"This powerful and penetrating book has been called the best on the subject . . . ." -- GCB

King, Guy Hope, Crossing the Border: An Expositional Study of Colossians (London, England: Marshall, Morgan, and Scott, 1957).
"A lucid study that emphasizes the spiritual truths of a believer's position in Christ and show how the reality of this truth affects everyday living." -- Cyril J. Barber

*Lloyd-Jones, D. Martyn (1899-1981), Exposition of Ephesians, 8 volumes (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House).
"This masterful series ranks among the fullest (eight volumes!) and most rewarding exposition of Ephesians. Like the Apostle Paul himself, Dr. Lloyd-Jones pens an unusual blend of careful, evangelical exposition and timely, practical applications--a blend than can come only from a veteran pastor and preacher. Fellow preachers, teachers, and Bible students will find this series to be of the utmost help. The sermon format follows Dr. Lloyd-Jones' messages at London's Westminster Chapel." -- CBD
*Lloyd-Jones, D. Martyn (1899-1981), Christian Soldier (Ephesians 6:10-20), volume 1, ISBN: 0801058015 9780801058011.
"Full and complete, these sermons, by one of the great Bible expositors of all time, adequately present the believer's resources, conflict, and reward. Important." -- Cyril J. Barber
*Lloyd-Jones, D. Martyn (1899-1981), Christian Unity (Ephesians 4:1-6), volume 2, ISBN: 0801056071 9780801056079.
*Lloyd-Jones, D. Martyn (1899-1981), Christian Warfare (Ephesians 6:10-13), volume 3, ISBN: 0801055741 9780801055744.
"This very extensive exposition of four verses deals with the character and strategy of the devil and demonstrates how his attacks affect our emotional lives and eventually, our walk with and work for the Lord." -- Cyril J. Barber
*Lloyd-Jones, D. Martyn (1899-1981), Darkness and Light (Ephesians 4:17-5:17), volume 4, ISBN: 0801057981 9780801057984.
"Ranks among the richest, fullest, and most rewarding of expository studies ever produced. Deals adequately with the way in which believers `grow up into Christ' and the way in which this relationship permeates every area of our being. Reformed." -- Cyril J. Barber
*Lloyd-Jones, D. Martyn (1899-1981), God's Ultimate Purpose (Ephesians 1), volume 5, ISBN: 0801057949 9780801057946.
"This work lifts the reader up and helps him understand God's glorious plan for the church and the destiny of the believer." -- Cyril J. Barber
*Lloyd-Jones, D. Martyn (1899-1981), God's Way of Reconciliation (Ephesians 2), volume 6, ISBN: 0801057957 9780801057953.
"A detailed exposition applying the truth of these passage to man's entire personality--mind, emotions, and will--and showing how, in Christ, God has made full provision for all of his needs." -- Cyril J. Barber
*Lloyd-Jones, D. Martyn (1899-1981), Life in the Spirit (Ephesians 5:18-6:9), volume 7, ISBN: 0801055504 9780801055508.
"An invaluable discussion of the Biblical teaching on interpersonal relationships--within the family and on the job--with practical counsel for people in all walks of life." -- Cyril J. Barber
*Lloyd-Jones, D. Martyn (1899-1981), The Unsearchable Riches of Christ (Ephesians 3:1-20), volume 8, ISBN: 0801057965 9780801057960.
"Probing deeply into Paul's thought, Lloyd-Jones expounds the essence of the Apostle's teaching and explains how Christians may know the true God as opposed to worshiping and serving a god of their own making." -- Cyril J. Barber

Mawhinney, A., Doctrine of the Holy Spirit: Adoption (Michigan City, IN: Sound Word Associates).
Audio cassette RS319.

Miller, Rose Marie, Romans (Jenkintown, PA: [World Harvest, Box 2175, Jenkintown 19046] World Harvest, 1985). 10561
Excellent study of Romans based on Ray Stedman's study of Romans. Ties in beautifully with the Sonship Course by C. John Miller and Rosemarie Miller.

Murray, John (1898-1975), The Covenant of Grace: A Biblico-theological Study (Philadelphia, PA: The Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Co., 1987). Alternate title: External Sonship: The Covenant of Grace. ISBN: 0875523633 9780875523637.

Needham, David C., Birthright: Christian Do You Know Who You Are? (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers).
"One of the finest books on the subject. Discover from the Bible who you are, and what your destiny is. This book could change your entire outlook on life." -- GCB

*Owen, John, Holy Spirit Gifts and Power: Exposition of the Spirit's Name, Nature, Personality, Dispensation, Operations and Effects, ISBN: 1857924754 9781857924756. A Christian classic.
"One of the outstanding books of all time. Presents a learned and spiritual analysis of the names and titles of the Spirit, His nature and personality, and His varied works and influence." -- Cyril J. Barber

Packer, J.I., Be Filled With the Spirit: We Are Alive (Ephesians 5:18) (Michigan City, IN: Sound Word Associates). 30323
Audio cassette JPV05.

Packer, J.I., God Has Blessed Us: We Are Rich (Ephesians 1:3-2:10) (Michigan City, IN: Sound Word Associates). 30343
Audio cassette JPV01.

Packer, J.I., In Christ Jesus: We Are Loved (Ephesians 2:11-3:21) (Michigan City, IN: Sound Word Associates).
Audio cassette JPV02.

Packer, J.I., Questions and Answers by Dr. Packer on Ephesians Lectures (Michigan City, IN: Sound Word Associates). 30349
Audio cassette JPV06.

See also: The sovereign grace of god: his everlasting mercy and lovingkindness, The doctrine of man (human nature, total depravity), Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, Sexual relationship,
TCRB5: 739-745, 744, 1246

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Christ the Wisdom of God, Horatius Bonar
http://members.wbs.net/homepages/j/o/h/johnowen/ctwog.htm



THE PRIESTHOOD OF ALL BELIEVERS

See the Theological Notes, "The Image of God," at Genesis 1:27 in The Reformation Study Bible.

But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light. (1 Peter 2:9)

"Beloved fellow-Christians, God needs, greatly needs, priests who can draw near to Him, who live in His presence, and by their intercession draw down the blessings of His grace on others. And the world needs, greatly needs, priests who will bear the burden of the perishing ones, and intercede on their behalf. . . . Let nothing keep you back from giving yourselves to be wholly and only priests--nothing else, nothing less than the priests of the Most High God. . . . This is the true blessedness of conformity to the image of God's Son." -- Andrew Murray

Martin Luther's doctrine of the The Priesthood of all Believers lead to the doctrine of the equality of all men. This is the basis of the declaration that "all men are created equal" and the belief that men are capable of self-government under God. Teaching the doctrine of the Priesthood of All Believers was part of Martin Luther's Reformation.

"We the Citizens of Mecklenburg County do hereby desolve the political bands which have connected us to the Mother Country & hereby absolve ourselves from all allegiance to the British crown & abjure all political connection, contract or association with that nation who have wantonly trampled on our rights & liberties & inhumanely shed the innocent blood of American patriots at Lexington.
"We do hereby declare ourselves a free and independent people - are & of right ought to be a sovereign & self-governing association, under the controul of no power other than that of our God & the general government of the congress, to the maintainence of which independence civil & religious we solemnly pledge to each other our mutual cooperation, our lives, our fortunes & our most sacred honor." -- The Mecklenburg Declaration

The roots of liberty and limited government are in the Protestant Reformation. We believe the key to the maintenance of liberty and limited government are to be found in the Scottish covenanting struggle.

An ignorant laity will always be the bane of a church. -- J.C. Ryle "The Fallibility of Ministers" in Warning to the Churches, pp. 93-121.

*Bonar, Horatius (1808-1889), The Everlasting Righteousness or How Shall Man Be Just With God? (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust, 1993). A Christian classic.
"First published in 1874, THE EVERLASTING RIGHTEOUSNESS, may be the best book on the doctrine of justification by faith alone ever written.
"Since the seventeenth century, the church's adherence to the central doctrine of the Christian faith has been weakening; in the twentieth century it has all but disappeared. But to those who remain faithful -- to those who are called of God --justification by faith alone is the best news there could ever be: that Christ died for our sins, and we shall live forever because of Christ's righteousness.
"Justification by faith alone -- the `principal hinge of religion,' according to John Calvin, the `doctrine by which the church stands or falls,' according to Martin Luther -- is salvation. Without it, all hope is lost; with it, Heaven gained. Bonar's discussion is without equal in the English language." -- John W. Robbins
The Banner of Truth edition is available free as e-text.
The everlasting righteousness; or, How shall man be just with God?
The Everlasting Righteousness, Horatius Bonar
http://www.jude3.net/bertoc.htm
http://books.google.com/books?id=nQMDAAAAQAAJ&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=html

*Bucy, Ralph D. (editor), The New Laity Between Church and World, ISBN: 0849928338 9780849928338.

*Calvin, John (1509-1564), Sermons on Ephesians (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust), EEBO. A Christian classic.
"The sermons are priceless." -- C.H. Spurgeon
"These also were translated by A. Golding, one who shared completely the spirit and fervor of John Calvin. He loses noting in the translation. These have been very rare, selling for as high as $500.00 when found. You will revel in the closeness they will bring to you as you contemplate Jesus Christ, the One who has made you alive, and has set you in the heavenlies with Him." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.

*Eastwood, Charles Cyril, The Royal Priesthood of the Faithful: An Investigation of the Doctrine From Biblical Times to the Reformation (Minneapolis, MN: Augsburg Publishing House, 1963).
Other editions exist. Includes bibliography.

8Hodgkin, Henry T., Lay Religion (The Swarthmore Press, 1919).
"Every great religious awakening has been a revolt against authority." -- Henry T. Hodgkin

Kraemer, H., Theology of the Laity.
"A very significant, seminal study on the true meaning of laity."

*Leith, John H., John Calvin's Doctrine of the Christian Life (Louisville, KY: Westminster/John Knox Press), ISBN: 1579100473 9781579100476.
"This work provides a thorough analysis of Calvinist doctrine, defining Christian life in relation to four aspect of Calvinist thought: justification by faith, providence and predestination, history and the transhistorical, and church and society. The relationship between God and man is seen as the most central." -- GCB

*Marney, Carlyle, Priests to Each Other (Valley Forge, PA: Judson Press, 1974), ISBN: 0817006281 9780817006280.
"Marney explores the need for a new reformation within the 20th century church." Includes bibliographical references.

*Marshall, Walter (1628-1680), The Gospel-Mystery of Sanctification: Growing in Holiness by Living in Union With Christ (London, England: Oliphants Press, 1956, 1692) and (Grand Rapids, MI: Reformation Heritage Books, Inc., 2005, 1999), ISBN-10: 189277724X. See the WorldCat record for various foreign language editions.
The Reformation Heritage Books edition is a reprint of the 1954 edition set by Oliphants and includes an introduction by Joel R. Beeke. Also includes the author's famous sermon on "The Doctrine of Justification Opened and Applied."
Another edition: (Sovereign Grace Publishers Inc., October 1, 2001), 140 pages, ISBN-10: 1589600630.
"Here you will read the most closely reasoned defense of scriptural sanctification to be found anywhere. . . . Fourteen directions are given to the reader, all perfected with the aim of explaining to sincere souls what sanctification is, what it is not, and how to attain a holy walk before God. . . ." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.
Another edition: (Wipf & Stock Publishers, January 2005), 270 pages, ISBN-10: 1597520543.
"This is by far the best book on the doctrine of Sanctification in print. It was originally written in the 17th century, but has been put into modern english with this edition. This book will help you better understand the Gospel and its power not only for our Justification, but our Sanctification as well." -- Reader's Comment

*Richards, Lawrence O., and Gib Martin, The Theology of Personal Ministry: Spiritual Giftedness in the Local Church (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House, 1981), ISBN: 0310319706 9780310319702.
"In keeping with the title, the first part of this book develops a theological foundation for personal ministry. From this premise the authors expound the practical implications of the fact that the head of the church has called each believer to a personal ministry. All things considered, this is an excellent work." -- Cyril J. Barber

*Robinson, William, Completing the Reformation: The Doctrine of the Priesthood of All Believers (Lexington, KY: College of the Bible, 1955).
"The fundamental idea of the Reformation promised to inaugurate a radical change in the whole conception and place of the laity." -- William Robinson

*Stevens, R. Paul, Liberating the Laity: Equipping All the Saints for Ministry (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1985), ISBN: 0877846138 9780877846130.
"Seeks to abolish the distinction between clergy and laity and to elevate believers to their true dignity as ministers of Christ. Stevens is not an anticleric. His iconoclasm is of a different order; and his goal is the mobilization of the people of God to do the work he desires. . . ." -- Cyril J. Barber

*Wallace, Ronald, Calvin's Doctrine of the Christian Life (Tyler, TX: Geneva Divinity School Press, c1982), ISBN: 1579100473 9781579100476.
"This renowned student of Calvin's theology says that the great Reformer did not hold that the doctrine of the priesthood of believers was an individualistic idea apart from the Church. Also sets forth Calvin's views on prayer, ethics, and other Christian disciplines. Always the idea of assurance, achievement, and hope was present because of our union with Christ." -- GCB

*Williams, W.S., The Glorious Ministry of the Laity in the Early Days of the Christian Church (Chatham, England: Parrett and Neves, 1936).

*Bainton, Roland H., Here I Stand: A Life of Martin Luther. A Christian classic.
"Available for the first time in trade paperback, this authoritative biography of the great religious leader was hailed by Time magazine as "the most readable Luther biography in English." This edition showcases the intricate woodcuts and engravings that enhance the text and give the flavor of the era in which Martin Luther lived. More than 100 woodcuts and engravings." -- Ingram
A scholarly presentation of Luther's part in the Protestant Reformation which changed the course of Western civilization. Highly recommended, especially for those seeking a deeper understanding of the theology of the Reformation. A scholarly work in which the Gospel is articulately presented. The story of Luther's conversion is, of course, presented in detail. Numerous editions of this book are available. Includes extensive bibliography.
Martin Luther
http://www.covenanter.org/Luther/martinluther.htm

*Bainton, Roland H., Here I Stand: A Life of Martin Luther. A Christian classic.

Bobick, Michael W., From Slavery to Sonship: A Biblical Psychology for Pastoral Counseling (Scarsdale, NY: The Author, c1984), 224 pages.
Distributed by Westminster Theological Seminary Discount Book Service. Includes bibliography.
"Attempts to break fresh theoretical ground for understanding people biblically: 'We need not choose between solving problems and understanding people; this is a false dilemma. . . . But in the absence of a published Biblical psychology that helps counselors. . . our present need is to emphasize the dynamics of motivation.' Instead of a how-to format for specific problems, this book tries 'to span the gap between theological anthropology and actual ministry.' Part 1 develops a model of the sinful human heart as a maze of lies and 'covenants with idols.' The renewed human heart is increasingly ruled by God's truth and power in Christ. Part 2 shows how the model can be used in the counseling process." -- David Powlison

Elliott, John Hall, The Elect and the Holy: An Exegetical Examination of I Peter 2:4-10 (Leiden: E.J. Brill, 1966).
Includes bibliography.

Hertz, Karl H., Everyman a Priest (Philadelphia, PA: Muhlenberg Press, c1960).

Hobbs, Herschel H., You Are Chosen: The Priesthood of All Believers (San Francisco, CA: Harper and Row, 1990), ISBN: 0062520040.

Howington, Nolan P., A Royal Priesthood (Nashville, TN: Broadman Press, c1986), ISBN: 0805416226 9780805416220.
Includes bibliography.

Ketcherside, W. Carl, The Royal Priesthood: A Plea for the Restoration of the Priesthood of All Believers in the Church of God (St. Louis, MO: Mission Messenger, 1956).

*Lloyd-Jones, D. Martyn (1899-1981), Exposition of Ephesians, 8 volumes (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House).
"This masterful series ranks among the fullest (eight volumes!) and most rewarding exposition of Ephesians. Like the Apostle Paul himself, Dr. Lloyd-Jones pens an unusual blend of careful, evangelical exposition and timely, practical applications--a blend than can come only from a veteran pastor and preacher. Fellow preachers, teachers, and Bible students will find this series to be of the utmost help. The sermon format follows Dr. Lloyd-Jones' messages at London's Westminster Chapel." -- CBD
*Lloyd-Jones, D. Martyn (1899-1981), Christian Soldier (Ephesians 6:10-20), volume 1, ISBN: 0801058015 9780801058011.
"Full and complete, these sermons, by one of the great Bible expositors of all time, adequately present the believer's resources, conflict, and reward. Important." -- Cyril J. Barber
*Lloyd-Jones, D. Martyn (1899-1981), Christian Unity (Ephesians 4:1-6), volume 2, ISBN: 0801056071 9780801056079.
*Lloyd-Jones, D. Martyn (1899-1981), Christian Warfare (Ephesians 6:10-13), volume 3, ISBN: 0801055741 9780801055744.
"This very extensive exposition of four verses deals with the character and strategy of the devil and demonstrates how his attacks affect our emotional lives and eventually, our walk with and work for the Lord." -- Cyril J. Barber
*Lloyd-Jones, D. Martyn (1899-1981), Darkness and Light (Ephesians 4:17-5:17), volume 4, ISBN: 0801057981 9780801057984.
"Ranks among the richest, fullest, and most rewarding of expository studies ever produced. Deals adequately with the way in which believers `grow up into Christ' and the way in which this relationship permeates every area of our being. Reformed." -- Cyril J. Barber
*Lloyd-Jones, D. Martyn (1899-1981), God's Ultimate Purpose (Ephesians 1), volume 5, ISBN: 0801057949 9780801057946.
"This work lifts the reader up and helps him understand God's glorious plan for the church and the destiny of the believer." -- Cyril J. Barber
*Lloyd-Jones, D. Martyn (1899-1981), God's Way of Reconciliation (Ephesians 2), volume 6, ISBN: 0801057957 9780801057953.
"A detailed exposition applying the truth of these passage to man's entire personality--mind, emotions, and will--and showing how, in Christ, God has made full provision for all of his needs." -- Cyril J. Barber
*Lloyd-Jones, D. Martyn (1899-1981), Life in the Spirit (Ephesians 5:18-6:9), volume 7, ISBN: 0801055504 9780801055508.
"An invaluable discussion of the Biblical teaching on interpersonal relationships--within the family and on the job--with practical counsel for people in all walks of life." -- Cyril J. Barber
*Lloyd-Jones, D. Martyn (1899-1981), The Unsearchable Riches of Christ (Ephesians 3:1-20), volume 8, ISBN: 0801057965 9780801057960.
"Probing deeply into Paul's thought, Lloyd-Jones expounds the essence of the Apostle's teaching and explains how Christians may know the true God as opposed to worshiping and serving a god of their own making." -- Cyril J. Barber

*Lloyd-Jones, D. Martyn (1899-1981), God's Way of Reconciliation: Studies in Ephesians 2, volume 6, ISBN: 0801057957 9780801057953.
"A detailed exposition applying the truth of these passage to man's entire personality -- mind, emotions, and will -- and showing how, in Christ, God has made full provision for all of his needs." -- Cyril J. Barber

*Lloyd-Jones, D. Martyn (1899-1981), The Unsearchable Riches of Christ (Ephesians 3:1-20), volume 8, ISBN: 0801057965 9780801057960.
"Probing deeply into Paul's thought, Lloyd-Jones expounds the essence of the Apostle's teaching and explains how Christians may know the true God as opposed to worshiping and serving a god of their own making." -- Cyril J. Barber

Manson, Thomas Walter, Ministry and Priesthood: Christ's and Ours (Richmond, VA: John Knox Press). 10596
Includes bibliography.

Ogden, Greg, The New Reformation: Returning the Ministry to the People of God, revised edition (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House, c1990), ISBN: 0310246199 9780310246190.
"Ministry is to be by the people and for the people, and this book explains why it is needed and how it can be done." -- Publisher's Annotation
Includes bibliographical references and indexes.

Shurden, Walter B., The Doctrine of the Priesthood of Believers (Nashville, TN: Convention Press, c1987).
Includes bibliographical references. A teaching workbook is available.

Stevens, R. Paul, The Equipper's Guide to Every-Member Ministry: Eight Ways Ordinary People Can Do the Work of the Church, ISBN: 0830813373 9780830813377.

See also: Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, Sexual relationship,
TCRB5: 2864

Related WebLinks

Apologetics #24: The Recovery of Christian Theism
Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Apologetics, 58 min.
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?ID=3205142039



Thanksgiving

See the Theological Notes, "The Glory of God," at Ezekiel 1:28, page 1260, in The Reformation Study Bible

See the Theological Notes, "The Purpose of God: Predestination and Foreknowledge," at Malachi 1:2 in The Reformation Study Bible

See the Theological Notes, "Election and Reprobation," at Romans 9:18 in The Reformation Study Bible.

Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands. Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing. Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations. (Psalm 103)

The Treasury of David, Psalm 118, C.H. Spurgeon
http://www.spurgeon.org/treasury/ps118.htm

The Treasury of David, Psalm 136, C.H. Spurgeon
http://www.spurgeon.org/treasury/ps136.htm

For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God. (2 Corinthians 4:15)

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. (1 Peter 1:3-5)

And we must make use also of praise and thanksgiving to stir up peace, joy, love, etc. (Gen. 32:10; Ps. 18:1, 2, 3; 33:1; 104:34). -- Walter Marshall in The Gospel Mystery of Sanctification

Fryer, J., Selected Psalms: including all the passages in the prose Psalms, whether of supplication, praise, thanksgiving, or adoration, suitable for, and forming, a series of divine exercises, or Holy Communings [sic] with Almighty God, for daily use, and adapted to promote the spiritual comfort and edification of the true believer ...

Mather, Cotton, The thankful Christian a brief essay, upon those returns of thankfulness and obedience to the glorious God, in which there lies the most acceptable and ingenuous thanksgiving to him for his benefits. Address'd unto all that have received the favours of heaven; but more especially unto them, who after the good successes of a whaling-season, would express their gratitude unto God their Saviour.

See also: The sovereign grace of god: his everlasting mercy and lovingkindness, The doctrine of man (human nature, total depravity)
TCRB5: 1455, 1457

Related WebLinks

The Treasury of David, Psalm 18, C.H. Spurgeon
http://www.spurgeon.org/treasury/ps018.htm

The Treasury of David, Psalm 66, C.H. Spurgeon
http://www.spurgeon.org/treasury/ps066.htm

The Treasury of David, Psalm 107, C.H. Spurgeon
http://www.spurgeon.org/treasury/ps107.htm

The Treasury of David, Psalm 118, C.H. Spurgeon
http://www.spurgeon.org/treasury/ps118.htm

The Treasury of David, Psalm 138, C.H. Spurgeon
http://www.spurgeon.org/treasury/ps138.htm



THE REGULATIVE PRINCIPLE OF WORSHIP, PUBLIC WORSHIP

See the Theological Notes, "The Glory of God," at Ezekiel 1:28 in The Reformation Study Bible

See the Theological Notes, "The Greatness of God," at 1 Chronicles 29:11 in The Reformation Study Bible.

See the Theological Notes, "One and Three: The Trinity," at Isaiah 44:6 in The Reformation Study Bible.

See the Theological Notes, "The Spiritual Nature of God," at Isaiah 66:1 in The Reformation Study Bible.

See the Theological Notes, "God's Pattern for Worship," at 1 Chronicles 16:29 in The Reformation Study Bible.

See the Theological Notes, "The Church," at Ephesians 2:19 in The Reformation Study Bible.

See the Theological Notes, "The Local Church," at Revelation 2:1 in The Reformation Study Bible.

See the Theological Notes, "The Lord's Supper," at 1 Corinthians 11:3 in The Reformation Study Bible.

See the Theological Notes, "Music in the Church," at Colossian 3:16 in The Reformation Study Bible.

See the Theological Notes, "Pleasing God," at 1 Thessalonians 2:6 in The Reformation Study Bible.

God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. -- Jesus Christ (John 4:24)

See the Chapter Notes, "Theology of the Psalms," page 754, in The Reformation Study Bible

See the Theological Notes, "Prayer," at Luke 11:2 in The Reformation Study Bible.

See the Theological Notes, "The Wisdom and Will of God," at Daniel 2:20 in The Reformation Study Bible

See the Theological Notes, "Mankind's Guilty Knowledge of God," at Romans 1:29 in The Reformation Study Bible.

It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. -- Jesus Christ (John 6:63)

If it be inquired, then, by what things chiefly the Christian religion has a standing existence amongst us, and maintains its truth, it will be found that the following two not only occupy the principal place, but comprehend under them all the other parts, and consequently the whole substance of Christianity: this is, a knowledge, first, of the mode in which God is duly worshipped; and, secondly, of the source from which salvation is to be obtained. When these are kept out of view, though we may glory in the name Christians, our profession is empty and vain. After these come the sacraments and the government of the church. . . -- John Calvin, The Necessity of Reforming the Church (Presbyterian Heritage Publications, 1544, reprinted 1995), p. 15

"God here cuts off from men every occasion for making evasions, since he condemns by this one phrase, 'I have not commanded them,' whatever the Jews devised. There is then no other argument needed to condemn superstitions, than that they are not commanded by God: for when men allow themselves to worship God according to their own fancies, and attend not to his commands, they pervert true religion. And if this principle was adopted by the Papists, all those fictitious modes of worship, in which they absurdly exercise themselves, would fall to the ground. It is indeed a horrible thing for the Papists to seek to discharge their duties towards God by performing their own superstitions. There is an immense number of them, as it is well known, and as it manifestly appears. Were they to admit this principle, that we cannot rightly worship God except by obeying his word, they would be delivered from their deep abyss of error. The Prophet's words then are very important, when he says, that God had commanded no such thing, and that it never came to his mind; as though he had said, that men assume too much wisdom, when they devise what he never required, nay, what he never knew." -- John Calvin, Commentary on Jeremiah 7:31

God is a Spirit infinitely happy, therefore we must approach him with cheerfulness; he is a Spirit of infinite majesty, therefore we must come before him with reverence; he is a Spirit infinitely high, therefore we must offer up our sacrifices with deepest humility; he is a Spirit infinitely holy, therefore we must address him with purity; he is a Spirit infinitely glorious, we therefore must acknowledge his excellency . . . he is a Spirit infinitely provoked by us, therefore we must offer up our worship in the name of a pacifying mediator and intercessor. -- Stephen Charnock

In opposition to Catholicism, Calvin and the Reformed churches in general held to the "regulative principle of worship." That is, God is to be worshipped only in the manner which he has ordained in his Word (Institutes II:8:17). This Calvinistic principle is concisely set forth in the Westminster Confession of Faith (1646) (XXI:1):

The acceptable way of worshipping the true God is instituted by himself, and so limited by his own revealed will, that he may not be worshipped according to the imaginations and devices of men, or the suggestions of Satan, under any visible representation, or any other way not prescribed in the Holy Scripture.
Calvin sees this principle being worked out in the apostolic church in Acts 2:42 (Institutes IV:17:44). -- W. Gary Crampton

"That all true believers whose minds are spiritually renewed have a singular delight in all the institutions and ordinances of divine worship is fully evident," writes Owen, and quotes Psalm 42:1-4, 63:1-5, 84:1-4 to prove his point.(12, Owen) That the saints love public worship is a constant Puritan theme. Why their delight in it? Because in worship the saints do not merely seek God; they also find him. Worship is not only an expression of gratitude, but also a means of grace, whereby the hungry are fed, so that the empty are sent away rich. For "there is in worship an approach of God to man." (13, Charnock) "God's presence in his ordinances" is a reality; God is essentially present in the world, graciously present in his church. "God delights to approach to men, and converse with them in the worship instituted in the gospel." (14, Charnock) And men honour God most when they come to worship hungry and expectant, conscious of need and looking to God to meet them and supply it. -- J.I. Packer

There are, said the Puritans, three spheres of Christian worship: public, in the local church; domestic, in the family circle; private, in the closet. Of these three, public worship is the most important. David Clarkson was entirely typical when, preaching on Psalm 87:2 under the title "Public Worship to be preferred before Private," he argued from Scripture that "the Lord is more glorified by public worship", "there is more of the Lord's presence in public worship", "here are the clearest manifestations of God", "there is more spiritual advantage to be got in the use of public ordinances", and "public worship is more edifying." (21, Clarkson) Strikingly, yet characteristically (for many others made the same point), he reminds us that public worship is "the nearest resemblance of heaven" that earth knows: for "in heaven, so far as the Scripture describes it to us . . . all the worship of that glorious company is public. . . . They make one glorious congregation and so jointly together sing the praises of him that sits on the throne, and the praises of the Lamb, and continue employed in this public worship to eternity." (22, Clarkson) Similarly, Swinnock insists that on the Lord's Day church must come first, and everything else be built round it. "Esteem the public ordinances the chief work of the day, and let thy secret and private duties be so managed that thy soul may be prepared for them, and profited by them." (23, Swinnock) -- J.I. Packer

Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches. -- Jesus Christ (Revelation 3:12,13)

And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers. (Acts 2:42)

The Treasury of David, Psalm 150, C.H. Spurgeon
http://www.spurgeon.org/treasury/ps150.htm

*ALEXANDER, JAMES W., Family Worship: A Biblical Duty, 1847. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #22, ISBN: 0921148143 9780921148142. Alternate title: Thoughts on Family Worship (Morgan, PA: Soli Deo Gloria Publications, 1990, 1847). ISBN: 1573580813 9781573580816
First printed in 1847 by the Presbyterian Board of Education.
"No minister in our church was a more accomplished scholar. The pulpit was his appropriate sphere." -- Charles Hodge
"It would be almost impossible to overemphasis the importance of daily family worship. It is a blessed privilege for those who have known it as children and/or adults. It is foundational to any lasting revival or reformation. It is a duty commanded by God in Scripture, and to neglect it is, without a doubt, sinful. The Westminster Divines made it clear, in their amazing Directory for Family Worship, that obstinacy in the sin of neglecting family worship should lead where there are faithful elders to the head of the offending house being `suspended and debarred from the Lord's supper.' This book gives the nature, warrant, and history of family worship in easy to read large print." -- SWRB
"The author's goal is `extending the domestic worship of God's people and especially in arousing the children of the covenant to honor the God of their fathers.' To fulfill this purpose, Alexander traces family worship from Eden on through the Old and New Testaments and church history. The universal voice of the Church, in its best periods, has been in favor of family worship. . . .' He demonstrates that family worship is a means of intellectual improvement: `True piety improves the understanding. . . .' " -- Robert H. Duvall

*ALEXANDER, JAMES W., Family Worship: Its Influence Over All of Life. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #22, ISBN: 0921148143 9780921148142.
"Some have postulated that the Reformation would have fizzled out in no time had it not been for the faithful men who led their families in daily worship. Nothing is more calculated to enhanced and abet all other spiritual duties than daily family worship. It will curtail divorce and domestic violence, both of which were unheard of among the Puritans because of their love for the use of the means of grace within this setting, and help lead many individuals and ultimately nations to Christ. This book covers the influence of family worship on the individual piety of parents and children. It shows it to be a means of intellectual improvement and a bond of domestic harmony and love. Men, if you really want to change the world, start with your own immediate sphere of influence and responsibility. Preparing your own heart before the Lord and instituting daily family worship will do more good than most can imagine! This is your commanded duty." -- SWRB

AMES, WILLIAM, A Fresh Suit Against Human Ceremonies in God's Worship, 1633. Found in THE WORKS OF THE REVEREND AND FAITFUL MINSTER OF CHRIST, WILLIAM AMES. Available on Puritan Bookshelf CD #9 and Reformation Bookshelf CD #19. Also available on The Amazing Christian Library, DVD Five, CD #25.
"A rare facsimile from this Calvinist divine who was one of the most acute controversialists of his age. This highly influential Puritan theologian was assistant to the president of the Synod of Dort and Professor of Divinity at Franecker. He died in 1633. In this massive work, Ames aims at vindicating the Lord's sovereign Kingship in matters of worship. The summary and general thrust of the detailed and precise argumentation found in this book is beautifully encapsulated by the words inscribed on its title page, `I hate vayn inventions: but thy law doe I love'. (Ps. 119:113)" -- SWRB

BARROW, REG, AND DOUG WILSON, Saul in the Cave of Adullam: A Testimony Against the Fashionable Sub-Calvinism of Doug Wilson (editor of Credenda/Agenda Magazine); and for Classical Protestantism and the Attainments of the Second Reformation. Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Puritan Bookshelf CD #32. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #10-30, ISBN: 0921148852 9780921148852.
"Demonstrates in an email debate (of 170, 8.5 inch by 11 inch, pages) between Doug Wilson (editor of Credenda/Agenda magazine) and Reg Barrow (president of Still Waters Revival Books) how violations of the regulative principle of worship (i.e. the Second Commandment) are grounds for excommunication. Also gives specific examples of how modern 'Reformed' Christians (e.g. John Frame) and denominations are in violation of the Second Commandment and are tolerating false and idolatrous worship. Contains many quotations from major Reformation works and confessions in defense of the regulative principle of worship representing the classical Protestant position on worship.
Saul in the Cave of Adullam, Reg Barrow and Douglas Wilson
http://www.swrb.com/newslett/actualnls/Saul.htm

BARROW, REG, Reformation Worship and Separation From Idolatry Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #19 and #27, ISBN: 092114895X 9780921148951. Available (PSALM SINGING IN SCRIPTURE AND HISTORY) on Reformation Bookshelf CD #1-30, ISBN: 0921148674 9780921148678.
"In two parts: 1. 'The Regulative Principle of Worship in History' and 2. 'Psalm Singing in Scripture and History.' Part one explains, defends and chronicles the Reformation use of the regulative principle as the basis of all faithful public worship. Part two defends exclusive Psalmody, demonstrating that this position is nothing less than our Reformation heritage, based on the second commandment. It argues, on the foundation of a biblically close communion, that Christians should separate themselves ecclesiastically from those who do not practice exclusive Psalmody. Hard teaching, but faithful to Scriptures and the original intent of the Westminster Standards." -- SWRB
The Regulative Principle of Worship in History, by Reg Barrow (refutes Arminianism in worship)
http://www.swrb.com/newslett/actualnls/CRTPWors.htm
Psalm Singing in Scripture and History. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #1-30, ISBN: 0921148674 9780921148678.
http://www.swrb.com/newslett/actualnls/CRTPsSing.htm

BEGG, JAMES, Anarchy in Worship or Recent Innovation Contrasted with the Constitution of the Presbyterian Church and the Vows of Her Office-Bearers (1875). Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #3, ISBN: 0921148712 9780921148715.
"The principles upheld in this book are extremely important today, for as the title page notes 'When nations are to perish in their sins, 'Tis in the Church the leprosy begins.' Begg lays his foundations in the second commandment and deals with all man-made innovations in the worship of God. The four types of innovators exposed are especially interesting, being: 1.) the presumptuous and blasphemous innovator; 2.) the popularity-hunting innovator; 3.) the politic and scheming innovator; 4.) the asthetic innovator. Women preachers, drama, dance and numerous other modern inventions in public worship would all be rejected outright if these Biblical principles were faithfully followed. Herein we also see why those holding to the Scriptural law of worship and the Westminster Confession of Faith (1646) must reject musical instruments in public worship as just another Popish and Judaizing innovation -- a resurrecting of the abrogated ceremonial law -- and thus a denial of the finished work of Christ. The discussion of vows taken by office holders to the Westminster Confession of Faith (1646), as they relate to worship, is also extremely important and should be read not only by all elders who have bound themselves to uphold the WCF [1646], but also by all Christians who love the truth and want to maintain the church in purity." -- SWRB

Bogue, Carl, Does the Regulative Principle Matter to the PCA? (Bound Photocopy Series. Edmonton, AB, Canada: Still Waters Revival Books).

*Burroughs, Jeremiah, Gospel Worship: The Right Manner of Sanctifying the Name of God in (1) Hearing the Word; (2) Prayer; and (3) Receiving the Lord's Supper (Morgan, PA: Soli Deo Gloria Publications), ISBN: 1877611123 9781877611124.
"How we need to heed this call to return to reverence in our worship! This book could change your attitudes toward God's worship forever!" -- GCB

*BUSHELL, MICHAEL, <The Songs of Zion: A Contemporary Case for Exclusive Psalmody (Pittsburgh, PA: Crown and Covenant Publications, 1993, 1977), ISBN: 1884527043 9781884527043.
"Contains one of the best explanations of the Scriptural law of worship (also known as the regulative principle of worship) in print today. For this and a number of other reasons this is one of the most significant books published this century concerning worship! Furthermore, it demonstrates and defends (from Scripture, history and the creeds) the Reformation practice of exclusive Psalmody. It dovetails splendidly with Eire's (a Roman Catholic author) celebrated WAR AGAINST THE IDOLS, setting forth foundational principles that lay at the very heart of Reformation thought, theology and practice. For as Bushell points out, `Purity of worship and uniformity of worship go hand in hand because they are both founded upon the assumption that the Scriptures contain clear, sufficient and authoritative directions as to the proper way of worshiping God. The diversity of worship practice that we see in our churches arises ultimately from a denial of this assumption, and it constitutes, therefore, a denial of a central aspect of the doctrine of the sufficiency of Scripture. There is much more at stake, then, in this whole discussion than the mere observance or non-observance of a few external rites' (2nd edition, 1993, p. 3). If you are a Calvinist and have not read this book, you are missing a real treat!" -- SWRB

*CALVIN, JOHN (1509-1564), Calvin's Selected Works, Tracts and Letters, 7 Volumes, ISBN: 0801024935 9780801024931. Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive. A Christian classic.
"These remarkable volumes contain Calvin's tracts and letters. They clearly exhibit why Calvin was one of the great saints (who defended the regulative principle of worship) and why his work was singularly blessed of God. Understanding these works will shed much light on our current situation; for many in the professed Christian community live in as great (or greater) darkness today than those who were contemporaries of Calvin. This set contains such classics as THE NECESSITY OF REFORMING THE CHURCH, THE CATECHISM OF THE CHURCH OF GENEVA, AN ANTIDOTE AGAINST TRENT, THE SINFULNESS OF OUTWARD CONFORMITY TO ROMISH RITES, and much more. Calvin's only letter to Luther, his letters to Knox, Bullinger, Beza and a host of other Reformers, along with Beza's 100 page LIFE OF CALVIN are also all included. Indexed, 3507 pages." -- SWRB
The Necessity of Reforming the Church (1543), by John Calvin
http://www.swrb.com/newslett/actualnls/NRC_ch00.htm

*Charnock, Stephen (1628-1680), The Existence and Attributes of God (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 1797). A Christian classic.
"When the essence and attributes of God are called into question, to whom else can we better go than to Stephen Charnock? . . . the study of God's attributes is not dry-as-dust theology, but is practical; that is, it leads to righteousness." -- Gordon H. Clark

*Church of Scotland, General Assembly, The Scottish Prose Psalter Being The Authorized Version of the Psalms with Selected Passages of Scripture, and Ancient Hymns, Pointed for Chanting, With Accompanying Chants. For Use in Churches, by Authority of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, 2nd edition (London: T. Nelson and Sons, Paternoster Row, Edinburgh and New York, 1906).
"Since Christ is the Second Person of the Trinity, the hymns and laments of the psalms are directed to Him as to the Father and the Spirit. Jesus is both a singer of the psalms (Heb. 2:12 [Psalm 22:22]) and the focus of their interest. We can sing to Him our praise, tell Him our complaints and petitions, and thank Him for His goodness. We extol Him as our King, rest our confidence in Him, and look to Him as the embodiment of God's wisdom." -- "The Book of Psalms," The Reformation Study Bible, pp. 754, 755
Have you ever planned to sing through The Book of Psalms with your spouse or with your family? Here is your psalter: THE SCOTTISH PROSE PSALTER.
The writer knows of no psalter truer to the literal translation of the Word of God, short of pointing The Book of Psalms from YOUNG'S LITERAL TRANSLATION OF THE HOLY BIBLE, which preserves the Hebrew and Greek grammatical structure, or short of taking 15 years out of one's life to learn the original Hebrew and Greek, which, of course, is not necessary.
This is a split-page psalter. The top set of pages are the music, the bottom set of pages are the Psalms. This format allows the worshiper to match any melody with any particular Psalm.
The preface contains instruction on how to chant. Select chants are recommended for each Psalm.
"Chanting is the singing of a prose text to a simple, repeated melody. Good chanting is essentially good reading aloud; it uses the rhythms and stresses of natural speech.
"The ancient Hebrews never used metrical `tunes' in the modern sense. In the synagogue, the Law, the Prophets, and the Writings (including the Psalms), were read in a sing-song recitation which was half speech, half song. Originally chanting involved only a single line (that is, no part-singing), and only two or three pitches. The early Christian church retained this practice, adapting it to the recitation of the Psalms in Latin translation. Our present system of chanting in four parts is called Anglican Chant, and dates from sixteenth-century England.
"Chanting has several advantages over metrical Psalmody, stemming from the fact that in chanting, the music completely serves the text. The music is not difficult or interesting in itself, but has character and meaning only in conjunction with words. The meaning of the text is thus more immediate, and the parallel structure of the Hebrew poetry is more apparent. The difficulties of translating ancient non-metrical poems into sensible English rhyme are rendered unnecessary. Chanting encourages the use of entire Psalms rather than selections." -- "An Introduction to Chanting," The Book of Psalms for Singing, Synod of the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America, 1995, p. 440
A prose psalter was nothing new for The Church of Scotland. They published THE PSALMS OF DAVID IN PROSE AND METRE: WITH THE WHOLE FORME OF DISCIPLINE, AND PRAYERS, ACCORDING TO THE CHURCH OF SCOTLAND; THE PSALMS IN PROSE BEING OF THE LAST TRANSLATION; TRANSLATED BY THE SPECIALL COMMANDMENT OF KING JAMES THE SIXT, 1610 (Aberdene: Printed by Edward Raban for David Melvill, 1633).
The Bible Psalter (London: J. Nisbet, 1880), 142 pp., Presbyterian Church of England, "the music arranged and partly composed by Sir Herbert S. Oakeley" (1830-1903) and The Psalter (T. Nelson and Sons, 1888), 303 pp., by Authority of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, "pointed for chanting, and with chants adapted thereto or specially composed for this work by Sir Herbert Stanley Oakeley" preceded this work.
"The Musical portion of this work is identical with that in THE PSALTER, AND SELECTED PASSAGES OF SCRIPTURE, etc., published in 1888; but advantage has been taken of a new issue to revise and improve the pointing of the words. To mark the Revised Edition the title of the work has been changed to THE SCOTTISH PROSE PSALTER, etc.. . . ." -- Note to Preface, May, 1897.
Publication of THE PSALTER, under the new title, THE SCOTTISH PROSE PSALTER, could have been a consequence of the awakening of 1905, "part of a worldwide movement and apparently especially inspired by British revivals. . ."
Any concordance to the Authorized King James Version and any index to the Psalms of David (AKJV) may be used with this Psalter.
Psalms are an essential part of personal devotions. There is a sincerity and beautiful simplicity about THE SCOTTISH PROSE PSALTER. Everyone should own a copy, especially fathers who lead family worship.
The Scottish Prose Psalter, 1906 edition,
Online PDF file, print resolution (74 MB). It is recommended that a high speed connection be used to download the file.
http://www.lettermen2.com/sppsalter.pdf

Derham, A. Morgan (editor), Time for the Family, 2 volumes (Wayne, PA [Scripture Union, 150 Strafford Avenue, Wayne 19087]: Scripture Union), ISBN: 0854219870 9780854219872.
"Each volume provides six full months of Bible readings, prayers, and activity material in a lively and readable form. Designed to take just ten minutes a day."

Flavel, John (1628-1691), A Warning Against Backsliding, False Worship and False Teachers (Cerlox Bound Photocopy Series. Edmonton, AB, Canada: Still Waters Revival Books).
"Exposes the subtlety of false worship and false teachers and counsels all Christians to remove themselves from under ministries that practice such things. Promotes family religion and house gatherings in times of great declension and apostasy (such as ours)." -- SWRB

*GILLESPIE, GEORGE (1613-1648), A Dispute Against the English Popish Ceremonies Obtruded upon the Church of Scotland (1637, reprinted from the 1660 edition), ISBN: 0941075141. Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive. A Christian classic.
"George Gillespie was one of the Scottish commissioners to the Westminster Assembly, the youngest member there, and undoubtedly one of the most influential. William Hetherington observes `The effect produced by this singularly able work may be conjectured from the fact that within a few months of its publication, a proclamation was issued by the Privy Council, at the instigation of the Bishops, commanding that all copies of the book that could be found be called in and burned by the hangman. Such was the only answer that all the learned Scottish Prelates could give to a treatise written by a youth who was only in his twenty-fifth year when it appeared' (`Memoir,' from the Works of George Gillespie, p. xviii.). James Bannerman notes, `This was Gillespie's first work, and it may be truly said to have settled the controversy which called it forth, so far as argument was concerned. No answer to it was ever attempted by the Prelatic party; and no answer was possible. It displays singular acuteness, learning, and force of reasoning; and the thoroughness of the discussion is as remarkable as the power with which it is conducted' (The Church of Christ, vol. 2., p. 435). Possibly the best uninspired book ever written on biblical worship, an extensive and thorough masterpiece that leaves no stone unturned. For advanced study." -- SWRB. A Christian classic.
A historic introduction to Popish Ceremonies, Introduction by Roy Middleton
http://www.naphtali.com/epcextrc.htm
English Popish Ceremonies, George Gillespie (extracts)
http://www.naphtali.com/epcextr2.htm

*KNOX, JOHN (1505-1572), First and Second Books of Discipline. Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive. Available in Library of Presbyterian Heritage Publications and Protestant Heritage Press CD-ROM Library (Dallas, TX [Presbyterian Heritage Publications, P.O. Box 180922, Dallas, 75218]: Presbyterian Heritage Publications, 1999).
Available in THE HISTORY OF THE REFORMATION OF RELIGION WITHIN THE REALM OF SCOTLAND ... TOGETHER WITH THE LIFE OF THE AUTHOR, AND SEVERAL CURIOUS PIECES WROTE BY HIM, ... BY THE REVEREND MR. JOHN KNOX, ... TO WHICH IS ADDED, I. AN ADMONITION TO ENGLAND AND SCOTLAND ... BY ANTONI GILBY. II. THE FIRST AND SECOND BOOKS OF DISCIPLINE; ...
" 'Knox and five others drafted the Book of Discipline (1560), which set forth a blueprint for the ideal Christian society,' notes the ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE REFORMED FAITH. 'THE BOOK OF DISCIPLINE was used in conjunction with Calvin's Catechism and the book of order previously used by the English congregation in Geneva,' writes Reed (JOHN KNOX THE FORGOTTEN REFORMER, p. 31). This version includes Calderwood's fiery preface to the 1621 edition. The FIRST BOOK contains an extensive treatment of church polity reflecting principles pertaining to this formative period concerning the Scottish church. Another prominent feature of the FIRST BOOK is its visionary program for Christian education. Furthermore, it 'asserted the authority of Scripture, and it demonstrates that the regulative principle of worship is merely a natural application of the sola scriptura rule of Protestant theology' (Ibid., p. 76). The SECOND BOOK, often called the 'MAGNA CARTA OF PRESBYTERIANISM,' focuses more specifically on matters of polity relating to an established and reformed church, laying out the key tenets of Presbyterian government. It also gives attention to the doctrine of the civil magistrate. Both books prefigure the WESTMINSTER STANDARDS in many respects, as well as exhibiting the genius of Scottish Presbyterianism (as noted in the helpful Publisher's Introduction by Kevin Reed). Contains contemporary spelling, punctuation and grammar." -- SWRB. A Christian classic.
First and Second Books of Discipline by John Knox
http://www.swrb.com/newslett/actualnls/BOD_ch00.htm

*KNOX, JOHN (1505-1572), The Works of John Knox, 6 volumes, David Laing (editor), (New York, NY: AMS Press Incorporated). Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #1, ISBN: 0921148674 9780921148678. Available on The Amazing Christian Library, DVD One, CD #6. A Christian classic.
Vol. 1 - Unedited History of the Reformation in Scotland (Book 1 and 2) and 18 appendices. | Vol. 2 - Unedited History of the Reformation in Scotland (Book 3, 4 and 5) and six appendices, index, etc. | Vol. 3 - EPISTLES, ADMONITIONS, etc. Includes That the Sacrifice of the Mass is Idolatry, also, writings on justification by faith, prayer, the Lord's Supper, obedience to magistrates, an exposition of the sixth Psalm, letters of warning, comfort and more. | Vol. 4 - Includes The Appellation . . . to the Scottish Nobility, The First Blast of the Trumpet Against the Monstrous Regiment of Women, Answers Concerning Baptism, Form of Prayers/Sacraments in Geneva 1556, Letter to the Queen, Summary of the Proposed Second Blast of the Trumpet, and much more. | Vol. 5 - Includes On Predestination, in Answer to the Cavillations by an Anabaptist (462 pp.), which Boettner, in his Reformed Doctrine of Predestination, calls Knox's chief theological work. Also, A Letter to John Foxe, Names of Martyrs, etc. | Vol. 6 - Includes the Life of Knox, Letters relating to Reformation in Scotland, The Book of Common Order, a debate concerning the Mass, Fasting, The Order of Excommunication and Public Repentance, indices of names, places and the general index, etc., Still Waters Revival Books, 1864.
"Here is a chance to touch the flame that ignited whole nations for covenanted Reformation. John Knox is considered by many to have been the most biblically consistent and thoroughgoing of all the great Reformers of the sixteenth century. `John Knox was in fact the embodiment of the Scottish Reformation as its preacher, theologian, liturgist, historian, and catalyst for reform.' (Hall and Hall, [editors] Paradigms in Polity: Classic Readings in Reformed and Presbyterian Church Government [Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1994], p. 219).`With this concern for purity of worship,' notes Kevin Reed regarding Knox, `it is no wonder that the Scottish Reformation was the most thorough among any of the Protestant nations.' (From the introduction to John Knox, True and False Worship: A Vindication of the Doctrine that the Sacrifice of the Mass is Idolatry [Dallas, TX: Presbyterian Heritage Publications, 1550 reprinted 1994], p.14.). `I know not,' states George Smeaton, `if ever so much piety and genius were lodged in such a frail and weak body. Certain I am, that it will be difficult to find one in whom the gifts of the Holy Spirit shone so bright to the comfort of the church.' (Cited in Thomas M'Crie, The Life of John Knox [1831], p. 272.) The Works of John Knox listed here is the complete six volume set collected by David Laing, 1895. Concerning this 6 volume collection, Kyle, in The Mind of John Knox (p. 14) notes, `The only real basis for a study of Knox's thought must be the writings of the reformer himself. From 1846 to 1864, David Laing collected and edited nearly all of Knox's extant writings. This remarkable collection, which scholars regard highly, is indispensable for any serious study of John Knox.' Contains much that is related to worship questions and the blessings that God pours out upon Churches that keep the second commandment -- as well as the curses that follow those who reject the regulative principle of worhsip." -- SWRB. A Christian classic.

Knox, John, Vol. 1 - Unedited History of the Reformation in Scotland (Book 1- 2) and 18 appendices.
"Reid, in his Trumpeter of God, notes that Knox `wrote history as a prophet' and that, wherever he could, he used original sources, many of which he reproduced. Furthermore, he proclaims that this `is still a work that no one interested in this area can afford to neglect.' As W.C. Dickinson has commented, `it is his monument, for in it he puts flesh and blood on the whole Reformation movement.' Innes (John Knox, p. 45) says of this work, `[t]he author who has enabled us to see his own confused and changing age under 'the broad clear light of that wonderful book' the History of the Reformation in Scotland, and who outside that book was the utterer of many an armed and winged word which pursues and smites us to this day, must have been born with nothing less than genius -- genius to observe, to narrate, and to judge. Even had he written as a mere recluse and critic, looking out upon his world from a monk's cell or from the corner of a housetop, the vividness, the tenderness, the sarcasm and the humour would still have been there.' Moreover, Burton writes, `[t]here certainly is in the English language no other parallel to it in clearness, vigour, and picturesqueness with which it renders the history of a stirring period' (cited in Innes, John Knox, p. 45). This photocopy edition far surpasses the edited down version that is available in paperback. Over 600 pages of stirring Reformation history." -- SWRB
Knox, John, Vol. 2 - Unedited History of the Reformation in Scotland (Book 3, 4 and 5) and six appendices, index, etc.
"Knox portrayed the origins and development of a movement and not a mere chronology of events... Knox based his arguments on original sources and he often cited the documents in full. When Knox's History is compared to the contemporary vernacular narratives of Bishop Leslie and Sir James Melville, the superiority of Knox's work becomes evident. For the most part, these writers were preoccupied with petty details and had no conception of the momentous issues that hung on the events they recorded... Knox used history to demonstrate his single-track philosophy. And his philosophy said: 'The hearts of men, their thoughts, and their actions are but in the hands of God.' Lee said Knox's History was a sermon without an audience, a preaching book, one long inflammatory speech in behalf of God's truth as the reformer saw it.' (Kyle, The Mind of John Knox, p. 13). Our editions of volumes one and two of Knox's Works contain the only full, unedited version of Knox's massive History of the Reformation in Scotland available today." -- SWRB
Knox, John, Vol. 3 - EPISTLES, ADMONITIONS, etc.
"Includes `... That the Sacrifice of the Mass is Idolatry.' Also, writings on justification by faith, prayer, the Lord's supper, obedience to magistrates, an exposition of the sixth Psalm, letters of warning, comfort and more." -- SWRB
Knox, John, Vol. 4
"Includes `The Appellation... to the Scottish Nobility,' `The First Blast of the Trumpet Against the Monstrous Regiment of Women,' Answers Concerning Baptism, Form of Prayers/Sacraments in Geneva 1556, `Letter to the Queen,' `Summary of the Proposed Second Blast of the Trumpet,' and much more." -- SWRB
Knox, John, Vol. 5
"Includes `On Predestination, in Answer to the Cavillations by an Anabaptist' (462 pp.), which Boettner, in his Reformed Doctrine of Predestination, calls Knox's `chief theological work.' Also, A Letter to John Foxe, Names of Martyrs, etc. 536 pages." -- SWRB
Knox, John, Vol. 6
"Includes the Life of Knox, Letters relating to Reformation in Scotland, The Book of Common Order, a debate concerning the Mass, Fasting, `The Order of Excommunication and Public Repentance,' indices of names, places and the general index, etc. 755 pages." -- SWRB

MILLER, SAMUEL, Thoughts on Public Prayer, 1849 (Harrisonburg, VA: Sprinkle Publications), 300 pages. Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.
"Deals with an important element of Reformed worship and was originally written because of the lack of material to be found on this specific subject. The history, liturgies, faults and characteristics of attaining excellence in public prayer are all covered." -- SWRB
"Excellent book which covers the whole subject rather well. A Presbyterian minister and Princeton professor of 150 years ago sheds light on the needs of our day concerning prayers and public prayer in particular." -- GCB

Murray, John (1898-1975), and William Young, The Forgotten Minority: The Minority Report on Song in the Public Worship of God (reprinted 1997), (Edmonton, AB, Canada: Still Waters Revival Books), ISBN: 093617532X 9780936175324.
"This report, defending exclusive Psalmody (on the basis of the classic understanding of the regulative principle of worship), was submitted to the fourteenth General Assembly of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church (OPC) in 1947. It was subsequently buried, ignored and has, as many had hoped, become long forgotten -- until now! It exposes how the OPC flies in the face of the original Westminster Standards, the worship heritage of Presbyterianism and most importantly Scripture." -- SWRB

Owen, John (1616-1683), An answer unto two questions: by the late judicious John Owen, D.D. With twelve arguments against conformity to worship, not of divine institution, London, 1720.

OWEN, JOHN (1616-1683), A Discourse Concerning Liturgies and Their Imposition, first published anonymously in 1662, this edition is from the mid 19th-century printing. Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #19, ISBN: 092114895X 9780921148951. Available on The Amazing Christian Library, DVD Four, CD #20.
"This discourse by John Owen contains the judgment of our author in regard to measures which gave rise to the most important events in the ecclesiastical history of England. Owen argues against the liturgy, the imposition of which caused (to the astonishment of the Prelatical hierarchy) nearly two thousand Puritan ministers of the Church of England to resign from their pulpits rather than sacrifice a clear conscience concerning the commanded worship of God. These men sacrificed their livelihood, families, and even their own lives rather than offend God by propagating false worship. In conjunction with this, Girardeau, in his Instrumental Music in the Public Worship of the Church (pp. 24-25) notes, 'The words of the great theologian, John Owen--and the British Isles have produced no greater -- are solemn and deserve to be seriously pondered: 'The principle that the church hath power to institute any thing or ceremony belonging to the worship of God, either as to matter or manner, beyond the observance of such circumstances as necessarily attend such ordinances as Christ Himself hath instituted, lies at the bottom of all the horrible superstition and idolatry, of all the confusion, blood, persecution, and wars, that have for so long a season spread themselves over the face of the Christian world.' Worship is a life and death matter -- eternal life and eternal death -- and the regulative principle is ultimately at the heart of any biblically faithful discussion of these questions. Bannerman, in his Church of Christ, summarizes this book as 'giving the Scriptural argument against the imposition of liturgies as well as of other humanely devised elements in Divine worship, with great clearness and force'(p.435)." -- SWRB

Prime, Derek, Created to Praise (Pasadena, TX: Pilgrim Publications), ISBN: 0877848254 9780877848257.
"A comprehensive book giving us the Bible's picture of Christian happiness in praising God in prayer, song, trials, difficulties, and for eternity." -- GCB

Reed, Kevin, Biblical Worship. Available in Library of Presbyterian Heritage Publications and Protestant Heritage Press CD-ROM Library and Library of Presbyterian Heritage Publications and Protestant Heritage Press CD-ROM Library (Dallas, TX [Presbyterian Heritage Publications, P.O. Box 180922, Dallas, 75218]: Presbyterian Heritage Publications, 1999). Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.
http://www.swrb.com/newslett/actualnls/BibW_ch0.htm

*Rogers, Judy, Judy Rogers Tapes (Jackson, MS [Judy Rogers Tapes, 5125 Robinson Road, Jackson 39204]: Judy Rogers Tapes).
"Judy Rogers' tapes are one of a kind. Biblically concerned parents should obtain them at all costs!" -- Jay E. Adams
Rogers, Judy, "Pilgrim's Praise: Series of Worship and Praise Based on Pilgrim's Progress" (Jackson, MS [Judy Rogers Tapes, 5125 Robinson Road, Jackson 39204]: Judy Rogers Tapes).
"A masterful series of worship and praise songs, and songs from PILGRIM'S PROGRESS by John Bunyan . . . full of sheer encouragement for Christians."
Rogers, Judy, "Why Can't I See God? And Other Questions Children Ask About God."
Twenty songs for children covering the great themes of the Bible. "Judy Rogers has done the impossible . . . and it is good!" -- Mary Pride
"I thought it was a wonderful way to present the catechism to kids by putting it in a song. A great way to start teaching your children about some of those hard to understand topics." -- Listener Comment
Rogers, Judy, "Go to the Ant: Songs Taken From Proverbs for Children."
"Our whole family enjoys it! Your music is filled with wonderful Biblical truths for everyone."
Rogers, Judy, "Walkin' Wise."
Songs based on Psalms, Proverbs, and Ecclesiastes for teens. "A powerful message for teens."
Rogers, Judy, "Stand Up."
"Songs dealing with `Teen' issues challenging Christian young people to deeper commitment. Songs such as `Glorify Him' (1 Corinthians 10:31); `That's Not Love' (1 Corinthians 13)." 10623
Rogers, Judy, "Arise! Shine! New Recording!"
Heart and soul inspiring Scripture songs and hymns of praise and worship! Songs such as "Arise! Shine!" (Isaiah 60, 2 Chronicles 7:14); "Clap Your Hands" (Psalm 47).
Rogers, Judy, Guard Your Heart

Zuckerman, Shelley P. Sanders, Spiritual Formation Through Psalm-singing Worship: A Study of the Piety Nurtured by the Annotations in John Brown of Haddington's The Psalms of David in Metre With Notes (1775)

Rouse, Francis, the Westminster Divines, and the Scottish General Assembly (from 1646-1650) THE PSALMS OF DAVID IN METRE (i.e. the Scottish Metrical Psalter of 1650): Allowed By the Authority of the Kirk of Scotland, and of Several Branches of the Presbyterian Church in the United States. With Notes, Exhibiting the Connection, Explaining the Sense, and for Directing and Animating the Devotion (1844 edition published by Robert Carter [New York]) John Brown of Haddington (annotations) (Edmonton, AB, Canada: Still Waters Revival Books).
"This is the Psalter (less Brown's notes, which were added later) mandated, approved and used (for public and private worship) by the Westminster Assembly and all those who covenanted to uphold the Biblical Reformation that these Divines proclaimed. The text of the Scottish Metrical Psalms was authorized by the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland in 1650. The notes added by Brown are suitable for explaining the Psalm before singing and are a great aid to understanding and worship (whether public, family or private). Every song leader (especially fathers for family worship) should have a copy of this edition of the Scottish Psalter with Brown's notes. If money is a factor, the smaller, inexpensive hardcover, containing just the Psalms (see below) should suffice for other members of the family, or the father (or other song leaders) can simply line out the Psalms (as Moses, David, the Apostles, etc. did). All the Psalms, excepting one, are rendered into common metre (with some alternate versions added) and thus can be sung by even those with almost no knowledge of music. For example, the tune to `Amazing Grace' is one of the many tunes that fits with all common metre renderings. And even Psalm 136, the one Psalm not in common metre, can be sung to any common metre tune, as it adds only one extra syllable to the end of every second line. Maybe not the delight of the accomplished musician, but certainly calculated to make the Psalms easily accessible to young and old alike (an attainment surely pleasing to the Lord Jesus Christ) as this Psalter was purposely produced to foster international (and covenanted) Reformation. The Scottish Metrical Psalter is a faithful translation and without a doubt remains the best Psalter in existence today. We have added (at no extra cost to our customers) a copy of the Westminster Shorter Catechism to this printing. This has been done to assist parents in catechizing their children during family worship. Also included in this edition (from the original publisher) is `A Table of the Psalms Classed Under Several Subject Heads' and an `Alphabetical Index of the First Line of Each Stanza.' These sections comprise 48 pages of small print alone, while the complete book (not including the Shorter Catechism we've added) is made up of 424 pages. This is a primary source document of Reformation; not to be missed by those serious about the Reformed faith, and worshipping God in spirit and in truth. There are few things in life as pleasing and enjoyable as communing with Christ through the singing of His Psalms!" -- SWRB The Psalms of David in Metre http://www.swrb.com/newslett/actualnls/Psalter0.htm
The Psalms of David in Metre According to the Version Approved by The Church of Scotland The Scottish Metrical Psalter includes audio accompanyment
http://www.cgmusic.com/workshop/smp_frame.htm

Smith, Frank J. and David C. Lachman (editors), et al., Worship in the Presence of God: A Collection of Essays on the Nature, Elements, and Historic Views and Practice of Worship (Greenville, SC: Greenville Seminary Press, 1992), 412 pages, ISBN: 0977344223 9780977344222.
"Worship is special and it is dialogical in nature. It is also prescribed. The fact of being in God's special presence means that not only are general principles to be observed, but the very elements of worship have been written out beforehand. Written from a Reformed Presbyterian view of Scripture, WORSHIP IN THE PRESENCE OF GOD is a collection of essays on the nature, elements, and historic views and practice of worship.
"Edited by Drs. Frank J. Smith and David C. Lachman, WORSHIP IN THE PRESENCE OF GOD contains articles by James E. Bordwine, E. Clark Copeland, Louis F. DeBoer, J. Cameron Fraser, Herman Hanko, Kerry W. Hurst, R. Sherman Isbell, Douglas F. Kelly, Henry Krabbendam, David C. Lachman, John Murray, Kevin Reed, Thomas G. Reid, Jr., A. M. Schneider, III, C. Greg Singer, Frank J. Smith, and William Young." -- Publisher's Annotation

Thompson, Bard, A Bibliography of Christian Worship (ATLA Bibliographic Series, No. 25. Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow Press, Incorporated, 1989), ISBN: 0810821540 9780810821545.

*WESTMINSTER ASSEMBLY (1643-1652), The Westminster Confession of Faith (1646) (Glasgow, Scotland [Free Presbyterian Publications, 133 Woodlands Road, Glasgow G3 6LE]: Free Presbyterian Publication, 1994). ISBN: 0902506080 (casebound) and ISBN: 0902506358 (paperback). Available from Crown and Covenant Publications. Also, available from Still Waters Revival Books). A Christian classic.
" 'The product of Puritan conflict,' stated Shedd, reaching 'a perfection of statement never elsewhere achieved.' All that learning the most profound and extensive, intellect the most acute and searching, and piety the most sincere and earnest, could accomplish, was thus concentrated in the Westminster Assembly's Confession of Faith, which may be safely termed the most perfect statement of Systematic Theology ever framed by the Christian Church,' writes Hetherington (The History of the Westminster Assembly of Divines), p. 345. Concerning the Shorter Catechism, which is one of the items also included in this book, Mitchell notes: 'it is a thoroughly Calvinistic and Puritan catechism, the ripest fruit of the Assembly's thought and experience, maturing and finally fixing the definitions of theological terms to which Puritanism for half a century had been leading up and gradually coming closer and closer to in its legion of catechisms' (Westminster Assembly: Its History and Standards, p. 431). THE WESTMINSTER CONFESSION OF FAITH (1646) is the greatest of all the creeds of the Christian church. The church of Christ cannot be creedless and live. Especially in an age of doubt and confusion, it is her duty to define and proclaim the one true faith. Nowhere has the Reformed church done this so effectively as in the WESTMINSTER CONFESSION [1646] and family of documents. This book represents Reformed thinking at its purest and best. It was intended, as part of the Covenanted Reformation taking place during its compilation, to be adopted as the binding confessional standard for every individual, family, court, church, and legislature in the British Isles." -- SWRB
This is considered to be the definitive publication of the Westminster family of documents. It includes the following:

  1. To the Christian Reader, Especially Heads of Families, Mr. Thomas Manton's Epistle to the Reader,
  2. The Confession of Faith (1646), the full and original edition with Scripture proofs written out,
  3. The Larger Catechism with Scripture proofs written out,
  4. The Shorter Catechism with Scripture proofs written out,
  5. The Sum of Saving Knowledge,
  6. The National Covenant,
  7. The Solemn League and Covenant,
  8. A Solemn Acknowledgement of Publick Sins and Breaches of the Covenant; and a Solemn Engagement to all the Duties Contained Therein is available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #1, ISBN: 0921148674 9780921148678,
  9. The Directory for the Public Worship of God,
  10. The Form of Presbyterial Church Government, and
  11. The Directory for Family Worship.
THE WESTMINSTER CONFESSION OF FAITH (1646) is said to be the finest summary of THE HOLY BIBLE available. It is recommended for daily devotions. Among the ten greatest works in the English language.
The Significance of The Westminster Standards as a Creed
http://www.fpcr.org/blue_banner_articles/signific.htm
Westminster Confession of Faith (1646) With Scripture Proofs
http://www.reformed.org/documents/wcf_with_proofs/
Scripture Index to the Westminster Standards (The complete Scripture index to the Westminster Confession (1646), Larger and Shorter Catechisms.) Available on Library of Presbyterian Heritage Publications [and] Protestant Heritage Press Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.
http://www.swrb.com/newslett/actualnls/index01.htm
THE WESTMINSTER CONFESSION OF FAITH (1646) with all its subordinate documents in searchable format is available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #1, ISBN: 0921148674 9780921148678.
Westminster Assembly and Related Documents
http://www.covenanter.org/Westminster/westminsterhome.htm
For commentaries on THE WESTMINSTER OF FAITH (1646) see the following topical listing:
"The Westminster Confession of Faith (1646) (The Westminster Standards) and Related Works"
http://www.lettermen2.com/bcrr9cha.html#wcf
Bordwine, James, A Guide to the Westminster Standards: Confession of Faith and Larger Catechism (Unicoi, TN: (The Trinity Foundation, 1996). ISBN: 0940931303 9780940931305.
Includes a unique, 100-page topical index to both the Confession and the Catechism.
Westminster Divines, The Shorter Catechism With Scripture Proofs (Carlisle, PA [P.O. Box 621, Carlisle 17013, USA]: The Banner of Truth Trust). ISBN: 0851512658.
Arguably the greatest tract ever created, all factors considered.
http://www.reformed.org/documents/WSC_frames.html
Westminster Shorter Catechism Project
"Click on any of the individual questions below to get the answer and Biblical references, as well as links to works by John Flavel, Thomas Watson, Thomas Boston, James Fisher, and John Whitecross, and others."
http://www.shortercatechism.com/
Westminster Larger Catechism With Proof Texts
http://www.reformed.org/documents/wlc_w_proofs/index.html
"The Westminster Confession of Faith (1646) (The Westminster Standards) and Related Works: A Study Guide"
http://www.lettermen2.com/suggest.html
Heresies Defined and the Necessity of Heresies Explained, by George Gillespie, Scottish Commissioner to the Assembly of Divines at Westminster
http://www.truecovenanter.com/gillespie/ggilles09.html

WILLIAMSON, G.I., Instrumental Music in the Worship of God: Commanded or not Commanded?
"There is no doubt that this is the best short written treatment of this subject. Great principles are involved here, including the standard of sola Scriptura and protecting the work of Christ. Many of the Reformers recognized the introduction of musical instruments, the organ in particular, as the badge of Popery. There are abundant Biblical reasons for this and it certainly was not just some knee-jerk reaction to Romanism, as Williamson carefully demonstrates. In fact, the historic practice and testimony of the church is fascinating, as Girardeau in his classic, Instrumental Music in the Public Worship of God, notes, 'Let us pause a moment to notice the fact, supported by a mass of incontrovertible evidence, that the Christian church did not employ instrumental music in its public worship for 1200 years after Christ. . . . It deserves serious consideration, moreover, that notwithstanding the ever-accelerated drift towards corruption in worship as well as in doctrine and government, the Roman Catholic Church did not adopt this corrupt practice until about the middle of the thirteenth century. . . . When the organ was introduced into its worship it encountered strong opposition, and made its way but slowly to general acceptance. These assuredly are facts that should profoundly impress Protestant churches. How can they adopt a practice which the Roman Church, in the year 1200, had not admitted. . . . Then came the Reformation; and the question arises, How did the Reformers deal with instrumental music in the church?. . . . Zwingle has already been quoted to show instrumental music was one of the shadows of the old law which has been realized in the gospel. He pronounces its employment in the present dispensation 'wicked pervicacity.' There is no doubt in regard to his views on the subject, which were adopted by the Swiss Reformed churches. . . . Calvin is very express in his condemnation of instrumental music in connection with the public worship of the Christian church. . . . In his homily on 1 Sam. xviii. 1-9, he delivers himself emphatically and solemnly upon the subject: 'In Popery there was a ridiculous and unsuitable imitation [of the Jews]. While they adorned their temples, and valued themselves as having made the worship of God more splendid and inviting, they employed organs, and many other such ludicrous things, by which the Word and worship of God are exceedingly profaned, the people being much more attached to those rites than to the understanding of the divine Word . . .' Whatever may be the practice in recent times of the churches of Holland, the Synods of the Reformed Dutch Church, soon after the Reformation, pronounced very decidedly against the use of instrumental music in public worship. The National Synod at Middleburg, in 1581, declared against it, and the Synod of Holland and Zealand, in 1594, adopted this strong resolution; 'That they would endeavor to obtain of the magistrate the laying aside of organs, and the singing with them in the churches . . .' The Provincial Synod of Dort also inveighed severely against their use. . . . The Rev. Charles H. Spurgeon . . . upholds an apostolic simplicity of worship. The great congregation which is blessed with the privilege of listening to his instructions has no organ 'to assist' them in singing. . . . The non-prelatic churches, Independent and Presbyterian, began their development on the American continent without instrumental music. They followed the English Puritans and the Scottish Church, which had adopted the principles of the Calvinistic Reformed Church . . . It has thus been proved by an appeal to historical facts, that the church, although lapsing more and more into defection from the truth and into a corruption of apostolic practice, had no instrumental music for twelve hundred years; and that the Calvinistic Reformed Church ejected it from its services as a element of Popery, even the Church of England having come very nigh to its extrusion from her worship. The historical argument, therefore, combines with the scriptural and the confessional to raise a solemn and powerful protest against its employment by the Presbyterian Church. IT IS HERESY IN THE SPHERE OF WORSHIP!' If you are still unconvinced of the importance of this subject, give this short booklet (16 pages) a quick look--you may be surprised at what you find. Related item: Greg Price's two sermons on this topic Instrumental Music in the OT and NT (on one video or on two audio cassettes) present these arguments in a more detailed fashion. One of these sermons ran directly into a communion service without missing a beat--being applied directly to the Lord's supper, assurance of salvation and justification by faith alone. That should give you an indication of some of the important implications found here." -- SWRB

Williamson, G.I., Scriptural Regulative Principle of Worship (Cerlox Bound Photocopy Series. Edmonton, AB, Canada: Still Waters Revival Books).
"Another 'mini-classic' from Williamson. If you are unfamiliar with the regulative principle of worship, or, if you would like an inexpensive booklet to pass on to friends, this is a highly recommended item!" -- SWRB

Williamson, G.I., Frank Joseph Smith, William Young, David Compton, Randall T. Ruble, Papers Presented at the 1990 Psalmody Conference.

YOUNG, WILLIAM, The Puritan Principle of Worship. Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.
Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #19, ISBN: 092114895X 9780921148951.
"Must reading on the regulative principle of worship. 'The biblical regulative principle is formulated in the Reformed confessions in opposition to the Lutheran and Anglican rule that anything may be introduced into God's worship which the scriptures do not expressly reject,' noted Sherman Isbell (Presbyterian Reformed magazine, 1993 -- write for a free sample copy at 2408 Holt St., Vienna, VA, 22180 USA). Dr. Young writes, 'Calvin formulated this regulative principle with clarity and applied it with great consistency, in the Reformation at Geneva. It is implicit in his celebrated definition of pure and genuine religion as 'confidence in God coupled with serious fear--fear which both includes in it willing reverence, and brings along with it such legitimate worship as is prescribed by the law.' Dr. Young is a brilliant scholar, in the Puritan tradition, and this book shows why." -- SWRB

See also: Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, Reform of the Church
TCRB5: 821, 1451, 1453, 2385, 2472, 3921-3951

Related WebLinks

The Directory for the Public Worship of God
http://www.covenanter.org/Westminster/directoryforfamilyworship.htm

Foundation for Reformation: The Regulative Principle of Worship, Greg Price
http://www.swrb.com/newslett/actualNLs/reformation-rpw-gp.htm

"The Regulative Principle of Worship in the Old Testament," Greg Price (Puritan Worship Series) (Leviticus 10:1-2).
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?sermonid=380103046

Regulative Principle of Worship in the New Testament," Greg Price (Puritan Worship Series) (Matthew 15:9)
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?sermonid=380119184

"Introductory Essay to John Knox's True and False Worship," Kevin Reed
"The Protestant Reformation was a conflict over many critical issues. Of all the issues contested between Romanists and Reformers, no issue was more crucial than the question of true worship. John Knox displayed a preeminent concern for worship. Throughout his ministry, the Reformer proclaimed the scriptural law of worship: all forms of worship [and all religious ceremonies] must possess clear scriptural warrant, if they are to be admitted as valid means of worship. This concept has subsequently been called the regulative principle of worship, because it regulates our approach to God in worship." This introductory essay shows how "the example of Knox stands as a sharp rebuke to Christians in the present day. It illustrates the need to think about our worship." -- Kevin Reed
http://www.swrb.com/newslett/actualnls/TFWIntro.htm

"Of Uniformity In Religion, Worship of God, and Church Government," George Gillespie
http://www.swrb.com/newslett/actualnls/Uniformity.htm

Exclusive Psalmody (Exclusive Psalmody and the Regulative Principle 4/7)
"For Calvin and Knox 'this meant that at a stroke the Reformed Church cut itself loose from the entire mass of Latin hymns and from the use of hymnody in general, and adopted the Psalms of the Old Testament as the sole medium of Church praise.' Hence forth to be a Calvinist was to be a Psalm-singer. For some 2.5 centuries the Reformed churches as a rule sang nothing but the Psalms in worship (http://www.swrb.com /newslett/actualnls/C RTPsSing.htm). FREEBIES: http://www.swrb.com/ newslett/FREEBOOK/Ref Worsh.htm."
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?currSection=sermonsspeaker&sermonID=52501212814

Worship Regulated by the Word of God
http://www.covenanter.org/Worship/worship.htm

Proper Worship of a Sovereign God
Dr. C. Gregg Singer, 33 min.
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=12160372722

Pastoral Admonitions and Warnings of the Reformed Presbyterian Church [together with some profitable ones from other Reformed churches.]
http://www.covenanter.org/Pastoral/pastoraladmonitions.htm

"Believer's Inventory," [A Discourse Delivered on the Morning of Annual Thanksgiving, November 27th, 1884, in the City of Philadelphia.] by David Steele.
http://www.covenanter.org/Steele/believersinventory.htm

A Brief Critique of Steven M. Schlissel's Articles Against the Regulative Principle of Worship, by Brian M. Schwertley
http://www.iserv.net/~graceopc/pub/schwertley/schlissel.html

An irenic letter written to a PCA elder, regarding Steve Schlissel's recent attacks on historic Reformed (biblical) worship
http://www.cashflows.org/rpw.htm

The Regulative Principle of Worship in History, by Reg Barrow (refutes Arminianism in worship)
http://www.swrb.com/newslett/actualnls/CRTPWors.htm

Song in the Public Worship of God, John Murray
http://www.westminsterconfession.org/worship/song-in-the-public-worship-of-god.php

"Worship: A Clue to Meaning in Life" (1 of 2)
An online sermon by Ravi Zacharias.
"Man is by nature a religious entity. He finds objects or persons to worship and will ultimately reflect that object. It is for this reason that authentic worship is pivotal for the Christian's life. True worship pulls together my conscience, heart, mind, imagination, and will. When these coalesce in unified expression, life finds its meaning."
http://www.rzim.org/USA/Resources/Listen/LetMyPeopleThink.aspx?archive=1&pid=329
Ravi Zacharia listing of sermon series
http://www.rzim.org/USA/Resources/Listen/JustThinking.aspx?archive=1&page=19&i=10



The Psalms in Worship

See the Chapter Notes, "Theology of the Psalms," page 754, in The Reformation Study Bible

See the Theological Notes, "Prayer," at Luke 11:2 in The Reformation Study Bible.

See the Theological Notes, "Omnipresence and Omnipotence," at Jeremiah 23:24 in The Reformation Study Bible.

See the Theological Notes, "Music in the Church," at Colossian 3:16 in The Reformation Study Bible.

Give thanks unto the LORD, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the people. Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him, talk ye of all his wondrous works. Glory ye in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the LORD. Seek the LORD and his strength, seek his face continually. Remember his marvellous works that he hath done, his wonders, and the judgments of his mouth; O ye seed of Israel his servant, ye children of Jacob, his chosen ones. He is the LORD our God; his judgments are in all the earth. Be ye mindful always of his covenant; the word which he commanded to a thousand generations; Even of the covenant which he made with Abraham, and of his oath unto Isaac; And hath confirmed the same to Jacob for a law, and to Israel for an everlasting covenant. (1 Chronicles 16:8-17)

The Treasury of David, Psalm 24, C.H. Spurgeon
http://www.spurgeon.org/treasury/ps024.htm

The Treasury of David, Psalm 29, C.H. Spurgeon
http://www.spurgeon.org/treasury/ps029.htm

The Treasury of David, Psalm 33, C.H. Spurgeon
http://www.spurgeon.org/treasury/ps033.htm

The Treasury of David, Psalm 47, C.H. Spurgeon
http://www.spurgeon.org/treasury/ps047.htm

The Treasury of David, Psalm 48, C.H. Spurgeon
http://www.spurgeon.org/treasury/ps048.htm

Grateful acknowledgment is made for select citations particularly on "chants, responsorials, and scripture choruses" from THE BIBLICAL PSALMS IN CHRISTIAN WORSHIP, by John Witvliet. This work is listed below, and is available in Google Books, partial preview.

Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #17. Christian classic.
"Baillie was one of the Scottish delegates to the Westminster Assembly and these volumes cover the period from 1637 to 1662 -- some of the most momentous days in the history of the Reformed faith. These letters contain an intimate insider's look at these days of international religious drama, national covenants, and the writing of the greatest religious Confession ever given to men, the Westminster Confession of Faith (1646). A major source for 17th century Church history and a totally unique compilation -- peering into the very heart of Reformation!" -- SWRB
Volume one only of above.
"Contains Baillie's letters and journal entries covering the period from 1637 to 1641. The appendix includes "Original Letters and Papers, Chiefly Relating to Ecclesiastical Affairs in Scotland, 1633 to 1639."
Volume two only of above.
"Contains letters covering the period from 1642 to 1646. The appendix includes 'Original Letters and Papers, Chiefly Relating to Ecclesiastical Affairs in Scotland, 1639 to 1646.'
Volume three only of above.
"Contains letters covering the period from 1647 to 1662. The appendix includes 'Original Letters and Papers, Chiefly Relating to Ecclesiastical Affairs in Scotland, 1647 to 1661.' This volume also includes a glossary, an index of names and the memoir of the life and writings of Robert Baillie. Of special note are pages 525-557, which contain 'Notices Regarding the Metrical Version of the Psalms Received By the Church of Scotland,' where we see the historical validity of the Reformed practice of exclusive Psalmody, from the place occupied by the Psalter printed in Geneva in 1556, right up to the 'Psalter debates' that took place during Westminster Assembly." -- SWRB

Brian Schwertley - Exclusive Psalmody A Biblical Defense Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive. Reg Barrow - Psalm Singing in Scripture & History Discusses Reformed worship-song in the context of the regulative principle of worship [Sola Scriptura in Worship]. Defends exclusive Psalmody from Scripture and the writings and testimony of the most prominent Reformers. Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive. David Steele - Martin Luther and Psalm Singing Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive. Did Luther and the Reformation Lutherans practice exclusive Psalmody? What about Luther's hymns? Where and when were they used? ANSWERS HERE! Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive. MATHER, RICHARD Preface to the Bay Psalm Book (1640) The Bay Psalm Book was the first book printed in America! Gary DeMar in America's Christian History, (p. 99) has brought to light some interesting historical footnotes when he writes, "The Bay Psalm Book was the approved hymnal in the New England colonies," and that "a young colonist's education in New England was provided by a very limited curriculum, consisting of three books in addition to the Bible: the Hornbook, the New England Primer, and the Bay Psalm Book." This certainly speaks volumes about the place afforded the Psalms during America's formative state. Here Mather introduces this famous Psalm book and defends the exclusive Psalmody of these early Americans. COTTON, JOHN Singing of Psalms a Gospel Ordinance An early American treatise wherein are handled four particulars concerning exclusive Psalmody: the duty itself, the matter to be sung, the singers and the manner of singing. This is a facsimile of 1647 edition. AUDIO MP3s
PRICE, Greg - Exclusive Psalmody - 7 Tape Series (Audio MP3)
Tape 1/7 Inspired Song Vs Uninspired Song Tape 2/7 God’s Covenant Songs in Worship
Tape 3/7 The Sufficiency of the Psalter
Tape 4/7 Exclusive Psalmody & the Reg. Principle
Tape 5/7 Exclusive Psalmody in Church History
Tape 6/7 Exclusive. Psalmody & the West. Standards
Tape 7/7 Objections to Exclusive Psalmody Answered
PRICE, Greg - Christmass Condemned - 3 Tape Series (Audio MP3)
Tape 1/3 Tape 2/3 Tape 3/3
Puritan Bookshelf CD #18 (Edmonton, AB, Canada: Still Waters Revival Books, 2001). and Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #19, ISBN: 092114895X 9780921148951. and Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive. Exclusive Psalmody and the Unity and Authority of the Church Saintfield, Northern Ireland - Queen's University, Belfast: History/Politics Member of Dromara Reformed Presbyterian Church of Ireland (Covenanter) http://reformedcovenanter.wordpress.com/ The Regulative Principle of Worship: Explained and Applied (Xulon Press) Exclusive Psalmody W. Gary Crampton "Church historian C. Gregg Singer further confirms this. In his “Lectures on Church History,” Singer maintains that exclusive Psalmody was never the majority report within Christendom until the time of the Puritans, i.e., the 17th century. In the post-Apostolic church, the Psalter was used in public worship, along with other “hymns and spiritual songs.” http://www.trinityfoundation.org/journal.php?id=63 *Church of Scotland, General Assembly, The Scottish Prose Psalter Being The Authorized Version of the Psalms with Selected Passages of Scripture, and Ancient Hymns, Pointed for Chanting, With Accompanying Chants. For Use in Churches, by Authority of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, 2nd edition (London: T. Nelson and Sons, Paternoster Row, Edinburgh and New York, 1906).
"Since Christ is the Second Person of the Trinity, the hymns and laments of the psalms are directed to Him as to the Father and the Spirit. Jesus is both a singer of the psalms (Heb. 2:12 [Psalm 22:22]) and the focus of their interest. We can sing to Him our praise, tell Him our complaints and petitions, and thank Him for His goodness. We extol Him as our King, rest our confidence in Him, and look to Him as the embodiment of God's wisdom." -- "The Book of Psalms," The Reformation Study Bible, pp. 754, 755
Have you ever planned to sing through The Book of Psalms with your spouse or with your family? Here is your psalter: THE SCOTTISH PROSE PSALTER.
The writer knows of no psalter truer to the literal translation of the Word of God, short of pointing The Book of Psalms from YOUNG'S LITERAL TRANSLATION OF THE HOLY BIBLE, which preserves the Hebrew and Greek grammatical structure, or short of taking 15 years out of one's life to learn the original Hebrew and Greek, which, of course, is not necessary.
This is a split-page psalter. The top set of pages are the music, the bottom set of pages are the Psalms. This format allows the worshiper to match any melody with any particular Psalm.
The preface contains instruction on how to chant. Select chants are recommended for each Psalm.
"Chanting is the singing of a prose text to a simple, repeated melody. Good chanting is essentially good reading aloud; it uses the rhythms and stresses of natural speech.
"The ancient Hebrews never used metrical `tunes' in the modern sense. In the synagogue, the Law, the Prophets, and the Writings (including the Psalms), were read in a sing-song recitation which was half speech, half song. Originally chanting involved only a single line (that is, no part-singing), and only two or three pitches. The early Christian church retained this practice, adapting it to the recitation of the Psalms in Latin translation. Our present system of chanting in four parts is called Anglican Chant, and dates from sixteenth-century England.
"Chanting has several advantages over metrical Psalmody, stemming from the fact that in chanting, the music completely serves the text. The music is not difficult or interesting in itself, but has character and meaning only in conjunction with words. The meaning of the text is thus more immediate, and the parallel structure of the Hebrew poetry is more apparent. The difficulties of translating ancient non-metrical poems into sensible English rhyme are rendered unnecessary. Chanting encourages the use of entire Psalms rather than selections." -- "An Introduction to Chanting," The Book of Psalms for Singing, Synod of the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America, 1995, p. 440
A prose psalter was nothing new for The Church of Scotland. They published THE PSALMS OF DAVID IN PROSE AND METRE: WITH THE WHOLE FORME OF DISCIPLINE, AND PRAYERS, ACCORDING TO THE CHURCH OF SCOTLAND; THE PSALMS IN PROSE BEING OF THE LAST TRANSLATION; TRANSLATED BY THE SPECIALL COMMANDMENT OF KING JAMES THE SIXT, 1610 (Aberdene: Printed by Edward Raban for David Melvill, 1633).
The Bible Psalter (London: J. Nisbet, 1880), 142 pp., Presbyterian Church of England, "the music arranged and partly composed by Sir Herbert S. Oakeley" (1830-1903) and The Psalter (T. Nelson and Sons, 1888), 303 pp., by Authority of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, "pointed for chanting, and with chants adapted thereto or specially composed for this work by Sir Herbert Stanley Oakeley" preceded this work.
"The Musical portion of this work is identical with that in THE PSALTER, AND SELECTED PASSAGES OF SCRIPTURE, etc., published in 1888; but advantage has been taken of a new issue to revise and improve the pointing of the words. To mark the Revised Edition the title of the work has been changed to THE SCOTTISH PROSE PSALTER, etc.. . . ." -- Note to Preface, May, 1897.
Publication of THE PSALTER, under the new title, THE SCOTTISH PROSE PSALTER, could have been a consequence of the awakening of 1905, "part of a worldwide movement and apparently especially inspired by British revivals. . ."
Any concordance to the Authorized King James Version and any index to the Psalms of David (AKJV) may be used with this Psalter.
Psalms are an essential part of personal devotions. There is a sincerity and beautiful simplicity about THE SCOTTISH PROSE PSALTER. Everyone should own a copy, especially fathers who lead family worship.
The Scottish Prose Psalter, 1906 edition,
Online PDF file, print resolution (74 MB). It is recommended that a high speed connection be used to download the file.
http://www.lettermen2.com/sppsalter.pdf

Patrick, Millar, Bruce Rogers, Pforzheimer Bruce Rogers Collection (Library of Congress), Four Centuries of Scottish Psalmody (London and New York: Oxford University Press, 1949).

*Witvliet, John D., The Biblical Psalms in Christian Worship: A Brief Introduction and Guide to Resources (Calvin Institute of Christian Worship Liturgical Studies. Wm.B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, January 15, 2007), 169 pages.
"The biblical Psalms are, without doubt, a valuable source for Christian worship, but the vast text can prove daunting without direction. John D. Witvliet offers a solution with this brief but comprehensive survey of key theological themes, practical guidelines, and published resources related to the use of the Psalms.
"Arranged in symphonic form with a 'prelude' and 'interludes,' THE BIBLICAL PSALMS IN CHRISTIAN WORSHIP opens with a foundation of words about the Psalms from our wise church fathers, followed by a broad meditation on the basics of worship. Witvliet follows with an extensive tutorial on choosing a Psalm, engaging a congregation, deciding whether to speak or sing the text, and many other practical solutions for integrating Psalms into congregational worship for any generation.
"By including both classroom exercises and a brief musical Psalm sampler as helpful appendices, Witvliet provides all the resources necessary to spark a renewed engagement with the Psalms in community and public worship. This will be an important text for pastors and worship leaders desiring to lead their congregations to renewal." -- Publisher's Annotation
Well documented. Extensive bibliography, both chapter bibliography and general bibliography.
Available in Google Books, limited preview.
http://books.google.com/books?id=s7cyEGLwHicC&dq=biblical+Psalms+in+Christian+worship&source=gbs_summary_s&hl=en

The Psalms in Worship
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50 Suggested Tunes For Use With the Scottish Metrical Psalter of 1650 by the Dohms Family (1998) (Audio Cassette Series. Edmonton, AB, Canada: Still Waters Revival Books). The text for THE SCOTTISH METRICAL PSALTER OF 1650 may be found on Reformation Bookself CD #7
This tape was produced by Elder Lyndon Dohms and his family to help those using or making the transition to the Psalter of the Covenanted Reformation (i.e. the Scottish Metrical Psalter of 1650). This Psalter passed through the intense scrutiny of -- and was authorized for public use by -- both the Westminster Assembly and the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland (at the height of her purity) in the mid seventeenth century. Concerning the care and preparation that went into this unsurpassed Metrical Psalter, the January 15 (1993) issue of The Original Covenanter and Contending Witness magazine cites an earlier article which notes, Rouse bestowed upon it his greatest pains. This was not enough. For six Years it endured the scrutiny of, and was revised by, two of the most learned Assemblies that ever sat in the British Isles; at a time, too, when these men were zealous for truth and suspicious of error. Every word was weighed, and every expression made exact, before admitted into any statement of Biblical truth. They wrote not so that they might be understood, but so that they could not be misunderstood. This exactness and conscientiousness they carried with them in their translation of the Psalms. In versifying them, they labored not to clothe the mind of the Spirit in poetic finery, but to cause the muse to bow to the exact expression of the Holy Ghost.... For more than two centuries (almost three and a half centuries now -- RB) they have stood the test, and every attempt to render them more elegant has resulted in a departure from the exact expression of the Spirit (as in the case of the present RPCNA Psalter, The Book of PSalms for Singing -- RB). Let us hold fast to this good old version until another proves itself worthy of its place.
Moreover, this Psalter was produced to further national and international covenanted Reformation -- and to fulfill the intent of the Solemn League and Covenant for biblically regulated worship and biblical uniformity. It was crafted with faithfulness to the Word of God utmost in the mind of its translators and fashioned in the manner most fitting for ease of use among the general population -- making it a most conducive engine for discipling the nations. To accomplish this last goal the Scottish Metrical Psalter provides a version of every Psalm in common metre (except Psalm 136 -- and even this Psalm, with a little ingenuity, can be made to fit the various common metre tunes). With all this in mind it is easy to recognize how (and why) this `tune tape' has been created to help the contemporary Covenanter and Psalm singer make good use of this godly and judicious offering -- a landmark Psalter -- which we have received from the hands of our faithful forefathers.
On this cassette the Dohms provide us with fifty separate tunes (sung acappella), most of which are common metre -- but samples of other tunes used in this Psalter also appear (and are noted by name on the tape before each tune is sung). All the common metre tunes can be interchanged and used with all of the Psalms in the Scottish Metrical Psalter of 1650 (sometimes listed as The Psalms of David in Metre in this catalogue). However, because this cassette is primarily intended to familiarize the listener with a diverse selection of tunes, only Psalms one and 23 are sung in their entirety. The remaining 48 Psalms (Psalm 2-22 and 24-50) make use of two to four verses from each Psalm. This allows the listener to sample a wider range of tunes on one cassette -- and keeps the price of this tape down (as one is not forced to buy numerous tapes to cover the fifty tunes offered here). This is also very useful when it is remembered, as noted above, that all the common metre tunes can be interchanged throughout this Psalter, as all the Psalms (excepting 136) in the Scottish Metrical Psalter are provided in a common metre version. For those who are interested, Psalm 6, 25, 45, 50, 67, 70, 100, 102, 124, 136, 143, 145, 148 are also translated for use with an alternate tune in the Scottish Metrical Psalter (and at least one tune for each of these alternate versions is provided on this tape).
As an added bonus, at the end of this tape, Psalm one is also 'lined out' (as mandated in the Westminster Assembly's Directory for Public Worship), with a short explanation provided by elder Dohms for the use of this ancient practice. The `lining out' is included to assist those seeking to utilize the venerable practice of the church as it was upheld during Old Testament times, the days of Christ and the Apostles, and during both Reformations.
In short, this cassette is provided as a valuable tool for those who love to sing God's holy Word, as a useful aid for song leaders (and singers) in preparing for public, family and secret worship, and for the listening pleasure and edification of all those who love to hide God's Word in their heart!" -- SWRB
50 Suggested Tunes For Use With the Scottish Metrical Psalter of 1650 by the Dohms Family (1998)
http://sphynx.idontknow.com/swrb/50tunes.ram

The Bay Psalm Book: A Facsimile Reprint of the First Edition of 1640 (Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 1956).

Ackroyd, Peter R., C.F. Evans, The Cambridge History of the Bible, Volume 1: From the Beginnings to Jerome, complete in 3 volumes (London, England: Cambridge University Press, 1970).

ANDERSON, JOHN, Vindiciae Cantus Dominici: Or, A Vindication of the Doctrine Taught in a Discourse on the Divine Ordinance of Singing Psalms, 1793, 184 pages. Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #19, ISBN: 092114895X 9780921148951. "Because the author contends that `the welfare of the church and her members is deeply concerned in the preservation of the purity of God's worship,' he here defends the old paths of Protestant worship in opposition to the will-worship of Popery, Socinianism and Arminianism. Herein he shows how the singing of songs other than the Psalms (in public worship) violates the second commandment, dishonors God and brings His wrath upon individuals, churches and nations. Anderson also answers a number of objections against exclusive Psalmody which are still common today; for example the objection, `with respect to the nature of singing, as if there were no difference between it and prayer, except in the manner of performance.' This is a valuable contribution to the defense of exclusive Psalmody. 184 pages." -- SWRB

ASSOCIATE PRESBYTERIAN MAGAZINE, The Ancient and Modern Mode of Singing the Psalms (Sept, 1863). Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive. Also available on the Reformation Bookshelf CD #3, #18, #19 ISBN: 0921148712 9780921148715.
"Historically demonstrates how the Old Testament saints, the early New Testament Christians and almost all Presbyterians (after adopting the WESTMINSTER STANDARDS) sang the Psalms by `lining them out' (e.g. see the WESTMINSTER DIRECTORY FOR PUBLIC WORSHIP). Musical instruments, a Papal innovation, were also unheard of among faithful Reformers and `denominated the ensigns of Baal.' Basically a blast against `all the refined idolatries of the churches' of the author's time. It also lays out the numerous advantages of lining out the Psalms and shows how `things in themselves indifferent, or even commendable, become unlawful when they have been made instruments of dishonour to God or peculiar temptations to men." -- SWRB
http://www.covenanter.org/Worship/ancientmodeofsinging.htm

Baker, Richard, Meditations and Disquisitions Upon the First Psalm, the Penitential Psalms, and Seven Consolatory Psalms (Harrisonburg, VA: Sprinkle Publications).
"This great Puritan work appearing in 1639-1640 is a newer edition printed by Mrs. Spurgeon in 1882 and given as a conference gift." -- Lloyd T. Sprinkle

Beisner, E. Calvin, Psalms of Promise: Celebrating the Majesty and Faithfulness of God, ISBN: 087552107X 9780875521077

BINNIE, WILLIAM, The Imprecations: God's Forgotten Prayers of Power (Edmonton, Canada: Still Waters Revival Books, 1992), ISBN: 0921148402 9780921148401. Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #19, ISBN: 092114895X 9780921148951.
"This booklet addresses one of the most misunderstood and maligned aspects of God's Word, the prayers and passages cursing his enemies. Binnie notes that the imprecations `are a wholesome antidote to the religious sentimentality of our time, which shuts its eye to the truth that God's wrath against impenitent despisers of his grace is at once necessary and salutary.' Both Old Testament and New Testament references." -- GCB

BINNIE, WILLIAM, The Psalms: Their History, Teaching, and Use. Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #19, ISBN: 092114895X 9780921148951.

BINNIE, WILLIAM, Use of the Psalms in the Christian Church. Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.

Blossom, G., God as Refuge/Rock (Michigan City, IN: Sound Word Associates). 30130
Audio cassette POG03.

Bourgeault, Cynthia, Chanting the Psalms: A Practical Guide With Instructional CD (Boston, MA: New Seeds, 2006).

Bourgeault, Cynthia, Singing the Psalms (Boulder, CO: Sounds True, 1997).

Brink, Emily Ruth, Bertus Frederick Polman, Psalter Hymnal Handbook (Grand Rapids, MI: CRC Publications, 1998).

*BUSHELL, MICHAEL, <The Songs of Zion: A Contemporary Case for Exclusive Psalmody (Pittsburgh, PA: Crown and Covenant Publications, 1993, 1977), ISBN: 1884527043 9781884527043.
"Contains one of the best explanations of the Scriptural law of worship (also known as the regulative principle of worship) in print today. For this and a number of other reasons this is one of the most significant books published this century concerning worship! Furthermore, it demonstrates and defends (from Scripture, history and the creeds) the Reformation practice of exclusive Psalmody. It dovetails splendidly with Eire's (a Roman Catholic author) celebrated WAR AGAINST THE IDOLS, setting forth foundational principles that lay at the very heart of Reformation thought, theology and practice. For as Bushell points out, `Purity of worship and uniformity of worship go hand in hand because they are both founded upon the assumption that the Scriptures contain clear, sufficient and authoritative directions as to the proper way of worshiping God. The diversity of worship practice that we see in our churches arises ultimately from a denial of this assumption, and it constitutes, therefore, a denial of a central aspect of the doctrine of the sufficiency of Scripture. There is much more at stake, then, in this whole discussion than the mere observance or non-observance of a few external rites' (2nd edition, 1993, p. 3). If you are a Calvinist and have not read this book, you are missing a real treat!" -- SWRB

Carter, Bill, and the Jazz in Worship Task Force, Swing a New Song to the Lord: Resources for Jazz Worship (Clarks Summit, PA: Presbybop Music, 2004).

Church of Scotland. General Assembly (author/compiler), The Psalter [microform]: being the Authorized version of the Psalms together with selected passages of Scripture, and ancient hymns, pointed for chanting, with accompanying chants, for use in churches / by authority of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland (London and New York: T. Nelson and Sons, 1888).
Note: Psalms and tunes each on half-pages. Microfilm: Pitts Theology Library, Emory University, M2115 .H9 REEL 225.

*Church of Scotland, General Assembly, The Scottish Prose Psalter Being The Authorized Version of the Psalms with Selected Passages of Scripture, and Ancient Hymns, Pointed for Chanting, With Accompanying Chants. For Use in Churches, by Authority of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, 2nd edition (London: T. Nelson and Sons, Paternoster Row, Edinburgh and New York, 1906).
"Since Christ is the Second Person of the Trinity, the hymns and laments of the psalms are directed to Him as to the Father and the Spirit. Jesus is both a singer of the psalms (Heb. 2:12 [Psalm 22:22]) and the focus of their interest. We can sing to Him our praise, tell Him our complaints and petitions, and thank Him for His goodness. We extol Him as our King, rest our confidence in Him, and look to Him as the embodiment of God's wisdom." -- "The Book of Psalms," The Reformation Study Bible, pp. 754, 755
Have you ever planned to sing through The Book of Psalms with your spouse or with your family? Here is your psalter: THE SCOTTISH PROSE PSALTER.
The writer knows of no psalter truer to the literal translation of the Word of God, short of pointing The Book of Psalms from YOUNG'S LITERAL TRANSLATION OF THE HOLY BIBLE, which preserves the Hebrew and Greek grammatical structure, or short of taking 15 years out of one's life to learn the original Hebrew and Greek, which, of course, is not necessary.
This is a split-page psalter. The top set of pages are the music, the bottom set of pages are the Psalms. This format allows the worshiper to match any melody with any particular Psalm.
The preface contains instruction on how to chant. Select chants are recommended for each Psalm.
"Chanting is the singing of a prose text to a simple, repeated melody. Good chanting is essentially good reading aloud; it uses the rhythms and stresses of natural speech.
"The ancient Hebrews never used metrical `tunes' in the modern sense. In the synagogue, the Law, the Prophets, and the Writings (including the Psalms), were read in a sing-song recitation which was half speech, half song. Originally chanting involved only a single line (that is, no part-singing), and only two or three pitches. The early Christian church retained this practice, adapting it to the recitation of the Psalms in Latin translation. Our present system of chanting in four parts is called Anglican Chant, and dates from sixteenth-century England.
"Chanting has several advantages over metrical Psalmody, stemming from the fact that in chanting, the music completely serves the text. The music is not difficult or interesting in itself, but has character and meaning only in conjunction with words. The meaning of the text is thus more immediate, and the parallel structure of the Hebrew poetry is more apparent. The difficulties of translating ancient non-metrical poems into sensible English rhyme are rendered unnecessary. Chanting encourages the use of entire Psalms rather than selections." -- "An Introduction to Chanting," The Book of Psalms for Singing, Synod of the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America, 1995, p. 440
A prose psalter was nothing new for The Church of Scotland. They published THE PSALMS OF DAVID IN PROSE AND METRE: WITH THE WHOLE FORME OF DISCIPLINE, AND PRAYERS, ACCORDING TO THE CHURCH OF SCOTLAND; THE PSALMS IN PROSE BEING OF THE LAST TRANSLATION; TRANSLATED BY THE SPECIALL COMMANDMENT OF KING JAMES THE SIXT, 1610 (Aberdene: Printed by Edward Raban for David Melvill, 1633).
The Bible Psalter (London: J. Nisbet, 1880), 142 pp., Presbyterian Church of England, "the music arranged and partly composed by Sir Herbert S. Oakeley" (1830-1903) and The Psalter (T. Nelson and Sons, 1888), 303 pp., by Authority of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, "pointed for chanting, and with chants adapted thereto or specially composed for this work by Sir Herbert Stanley Oakeley" preceded this work.
"The Musical portion of this work is identical with that in THE PSALTER, AND SELECTED PASSAGES OF SCRIPTURE, etc., published in 1888; but advantage has been taken of a new issue to revise and improve the pointing of the words. To mark the Revised Edition the title of the work has been changed to THE SCOTTISH PROSE PSALTER, etc.. . . ." -- Note to Preface, May, 1897.
Publication of THE PSALTER, under the new title, THE SCOTTISH PROSE PSALTER, could have been a consequence of the awakening of 1905, "part of a worldwide movement and apparently especially inspired by British revivals. . ."
Any concordance to the Authorized King James Version and any index to the Psalms of David (AKJV) may be used with this Psalter.
Psalms are an essential part of personal devotions. There is a sincerity and beautiful simplicity about THE SCOTTISH PROSE PSALTER. Everyone should own a copy, especially fathers who lead family worship.
The Scottish Prose Psalter, 1906 edition,
Online PDF file, print resolution (74 MB). It is recommended that a high speed connection be used to download the file.
http://www.lettermen2.com/sppsalter.pdf

Clements and Dillard, Character of God in the Psalms: The Lord Is My Shepherd (Psalm 23); The Lord Who Dwells on Zion (Psalm 87) (Michigan City, IN: Sound Word Associates).
Audio cassette PSC01.

Conn, Harvie M., and Edward Johnson, Psalm 113 God and the poor

Cotton, John, and Greg Fox, John Cotton on Psalmody and the Sabbath (Edinburgh, IN: Puritan Reprints, 2006).

COTTON, JOHN, Singing of Psalms a Gospel ordinance, Additional Title: Singing of Psalmes a Gospel-ordinance. Or, a treatise, wherein are handled these foure particulars, EEBO.

Dakers, Lionel, the Royal School of Church Music (London, England), The RSCM Chant Book (Croyden, England: Royal School of Church Music, 1978?).

Davies, Horton, The Worship of the American Puritans, 1629-1730 (Morgan, PA: Soli Deo Gloria, 1999).

Davies, Horton, The Worship of the English Puritans (Morgan, PA: Soli Deo Gloria Publications, 1997).

Day, John N., Crying for Justice: What the Psalms Teach us About Mercy and Vengeance in an Age of Terrorism (Kregel Academic and Professional, August 30, 2005), ISBN: 0825424461 9780825424465.

Inserra, Lorraine, H. Wiley Hitchcock, The Music of Henry Ainsworth's Psalter (Amsterdam, 1612) (Brooklyn, NY: Institute for Studies in American Music, Department of Music, Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, 1981).

Johnson and Silva, Character of God in the Psalms; God Is King of All the Earth (Psalm 47); The God Who Answers (Psalm 107) (Michigan City, IN: Sound Word Associates).
Audio cassette PSC04.

Keller, Timothy, Character of God in the Psalms: God Our Intimate Friend (Psalm 63) (Michigan City, IN: Sound Word Associates).
Audio cassette PSC03.

Kidd, Reggie M., With one Voice: Discovering Christ's Song in our Worship (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 2005).

*McNaugher, John (editor), The Psalms in Worship: A Series of Convention Papers Bearing Upon the Place of the Psalms in the Worship of the Church (Pittsburgh, PA: The United Presbyterian Board of Publication, 1907) and (Edmonton, Canada: Still Waters Revival Books).
"Consists of 54 pages, thoroughly indexed, presented in 1905 promoting the claims of the Psalms in worship. Dr. David Freeman said that this work is the most comprehensive treatment of the subject to be found anywhere. Limited edition." -- GCB

Moore, T.M., The Psalms for Prayer (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 2002).

Myers, Warren, Praise: A Door to God's Presence, ISBN: 0891091440 9780891091448.

Murray, John (1898-1975), and William Young, The Forgotten Minority: The Minority Report on Song in the Public Worship of God (reprinted 1997), (Edmonton, AB, Canada: Still Waters Revival Books), ISBN: 093617532X 9780936175324.
"This report, defending exclusive Psalmody (on the basis of the classic understanding of the regulative principle of worship), was submitted to the fourteenth General Assembly of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church (OPC) in 1947. It was subsequently buried, ignored and has, as many had hoped, become long forgotten -- until now! It exposes how the OPC flies in the face of the original Westminster Standards, the worship heritage of Presbyterianism and most importantly Scripture." -- SWRB

Oakeley, Herbert S. (Herbert Stanley), Sir (1830-1903), The Bible Psalter: Being the Authorised Version of the Psalms, Pointed for Chanting, and With Chants Adapted Thereto, or Specially Composed for This Work (Format: Music London: Jas. Nisbet & Co., 18--?).

Orthodox Presbyterian Church, Trinity Hymnal (Philadelphia, PA: Orthodox Presbyterian Church, 1961).

Patrick, Millar, Bruce Rogers, Pforzheimer Bruce Rogers Collection (Library of Congress), Four Centuries of Scottish Psalmody (London and New York: Oxford University Press, 1949).

Patterson, Ward, Under His Wings: Psalms 1-50 (Denver, CO: Accent Books, 1986).

Patterson, Ward, Out of His Heart: Psalms 51-100 (Denver, CO: Accent Books, 1987).

Patterson, Ward, Into His Love: Psalms 101-150 (Denver, CO: Accent Books, 1988).

Plantinga, Cornelius, Sue A. Rozeboom, Discerning the Spirits: A Guide to Thinking About Christian Worship Today (Grand Rapids, MI: Wm.B. Eerdmans Publishing, 2003).

Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America, The Book of Psalms for Singing: Tune Library (Pittsburgh, PA: Crown & Covenant Publications), a CD-ROM of audio files.

St. Paul's Cathedral Choir's (London, England), 12 CD series, "Psalms From St. Paul's" from Hyperion

Scott, John, Andrew Lucas, and the St. Paul's Cathedral (London, England) Choir, Psalms From St Paul's, Volume 1: Psalms 1-17 (London, England: Hyperion, 1994).

Scott, John, Andrew Lucas, and the St. Paul's Cathedral (London, England) Choir, Psalms From St Paul's, Volume 1 (London, England: Hyperion, 1994).

Scott, John, Andrew Lucas, and the St. Paul's Cathedral (London, England) Choir, Church of England, Psalms From St. Paul's, Volume 2: Psalms 18-29. (London, England: Hyperion, 1994).

Scott, John, Andrew Lucas, and the St. Paul's Cathedral (London, England) Choir, Psalms From St. Paul's, Volume 3: Psalms 30 to 40 (London, England: Hyperion, 1995).

Scott, John, Andrew Lucas, St. Paul's Cathedral (London, England) Choir, Psalms From St. Paul's, Volume 4: Psalms 41 to 55 (London, England: Hyperion, 1996).

Lucas, Andrew, John Scott, and the St. Paul's Cathedral (London, England) Choir, Psalms From St. Paul's, Volume 5: Psalms 56 to 68 (London, England: Hyperion, 1996).

Scott, John, Andrew Lucas, and the St. Paul's Cathedral (London, England) Choir, Psalms From St. Paul's, Volume 6: Psalms 69 to 78 (London, England: Hyperion, 1997).

Scott, John, Andrew Lucas, and the St. Paul's Cathedral (London, England) Choir, Psalms From St. Paul's, Volume 7: Psalms 79 to 92 (London, England: Hyperion, 1997).

Scott, John, Andrew Lucas, Huw Tregelles Williams, Sir G.A. Macfarren, Richard Clark, Richard Woodward, William Crotch, Alan Gray, Sir John Stainer, John Randall, Edgar Frederick Day, Thomas Attwood, Sir Sydney H. Nicholson, Peter Andrew Tranchell, Sydney Bevan, Sir Walter Parratt, and the St. Paul's Cathedral (London, England) Choir, Psalms From St. Paul's, Volume 8: Psalms 93 to 104 (London, England: Hyperion, 1998).

Scott, John, Huw Tregelles Williams, C. Hylton Stewart, Sir Edward C. Bairstow, Peter Hurford, Sir Robert Prescott Stewart, James Turle, Richard Woodward, William Jacobs, William Stanley Vann, Sir Fredrick Arthur Gore Ousley, Henry G. Ley, St. Paul's Cathedral (London, England) Choir, Psalms From St. Paul's, Volume 9: Psalms 105 to 113 (London, England: Hyperion, 1999).

Willcocks, David, Gerald H. Knight, John Robinson, Christopher Dearnley, Alan Gray, Samuel Wesley, C. Hylton Stewart, Sir Walford Davies, George C. Martin, C. Charlton Palmer, George M. Garrett, Charles Harford Lloyd, Sir John Goss, Thomas Attwood Walmisley, Charles Macpherson, Sir John Leman Rodgers, J.H. Maunder, Edwin Edwards, Donald Wyndham Cremer Mossman, James Turle, George J. Elvey, and the St. Paul's Cathedral (London, England) Choir, Psalms From St. Paul's, Volume 10: Psalms 114 to 118 and 120 to 135 (London, England: Hyperion, 2000).

Scott, John, Huw Tregelles Williams, and the St. Paul's Cathedral (London, England) Choir, Psalms From St. Paul's, Volume 11, Psalms 119 and 136 to 138 (London, England: Hyperion, 2000).

St. Paul's Cathedral (London, England) Choir, Psalms from St. Paul's, Volume 12: Psalms 139 to 150, Alternative Settings of Psalm 122 and 150, and Easter Anthem (London, England: Hyperion, 2000).

King's College, "The Psalms of David" 3 CD series

Willcocks, David, and the King's College (University of Cambridge) Choir, The Psalms of David, Volume 1 (Hayes Middlesex, England: EMI, 1989?). Volume 1 of a 3 volume series by the King's College Choir.

Willcocks, David, and the King's College (University of Cambridge) Choir, The Psalms of David, Volume 2 (Hayes, Middlesex, England: EMI, 1989).

Ledger, Philip, and the King's College (University of Cambridge) Choir, The Psalms of David, Volume 3 (Hayes, Middlesex, England: EMI, 1976).

"The Psalms of David" 10 CD series by Priority Records

Hereford Cathedral Choir, The Psalms of David: Hear my Prayer, O Lord (Tring, Herts., England: Priory Records, 1990).
This may be volume 1 of the 10 volume set by Priory Records.

Davison, Donald Davison, W.H. Grindle, and the Priory Singers, Beside the Waters of Comfort: The Glorious Psalms of David (Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, England: Priory Records, 2003).
We are unable, at this time, to find a CD that can positively be identified as Volume 1 in the 10 CD series "The Psalms of David" by Priority Records. The series is Gregorian cants.

Boyce, W., L. Flintoft, F.W. Wadely, D.A. Cooper, J. Randall, H. Howells, H. Monk, W.H. Havergal, W. Beale, J. Turle, H. Stonex, H. Smart, T. Turle, T.T. Noble, J. Stainer, M. Camidge, S. Wesley, C.V. Stanford, H.G. Ley, P. Whitlock, C.H. Lloyd, The Psalms of David, Volume 2 (Aylesbury, England: Priory Records, 1990).

Shaw, Ian, James Lancelot, and the Durham Cathedral Choir, The Psalms of David, Volume 3: The Earth Is the Lord's (Wingrave, England: Priory Records, 1998).

Rees-Williams, Jonathan, with Mark Shepherd, organist, Lichfield Cathedral Choir, The Psalms of David, Volume 4: In Jewry Is God Known (Aylesbury, England: Priory Records, 1991).

Sanders, John, Mark Lee, and the Gloucester Cathedral Choir, The Psalms of David, Volume 5: Praise the Lord ye Servants (Aylesbury, England: Priory Records, 1991).

Millington, Andrew, with Geoffrey Morgan, organist, Guildford Cathedral (Guildford, England) Choir, The Psalms of David, Volume 6: The Lord Is my Light and my Salvation (Aylesbury, England: Priory Records, 1992).

Nicholas, Michael, with Neil Taylor, organist, Norwich Cathedral, Choir, The Psalms of David, Volume 7: Let God Arise (Aylesbury, England: Priory Records, 1992).

Trepte, Paul, with David Price, organist, Ely Cathedral Choir, The Psalms of David, Volume 8: Praise the Lord O my Soul (Aylesbury, England: Priory Records, 1993).

Sayer, Roger, Barry Ferguson, Rochester Cathedral (Rochester, Kent, England) Choir, The Psalms of David, Volume 9: Hear my Voice O God (Aylesbury, England: Priory Records, 1993).

Moore, Philip, John Scott Whiteley, and the York Minster Choir, The Psalms of David, Volume 10: Be Thou my Judge, O Lord (Aylesbury, England: Priory Records, 1994).

*Church of Scotland, General Assembly, The Scottish Prose Psalter Being The Authorized Version of the Psalms with Selected Passages of Scripture, and Ancient Hymns, Pointed for Chanting, With Accompanying Chants. For Use in Churches, by Authority of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, 2nd edition (London: T. Nelson and Sons, Paternoster Row, Edinburgh and New York, 1906).
"Since Christ is the Second Person of the Trinity, the hymns and laments of the psalms are directed to Him as to the Father and the Spirit. Jesus is both a singer of the psalms (Heb. 2:12 [Psalm 22:22]) and the focus of their interest. We can sing to Him our praise, tell Him our complaints and petitions, and thank Him for His goodness. We extol Him as our King, rest our confidence in Him, and look to Him as the embodiment of God's wisdom." -- "The Book of Psalms," The Reformation Study Bible, pp. 754, 755
Have you ever planned to sing through The Book of Psalms with your spouse or with your family? Here is your psalter: THE SCOTTISH PROSE PSALTER.
The writer knows of no psalter truer to the literal translation of the Word of God, short of pointing The Book of Psalms from YOUNG'S LITERAL TRANSLATION OF THE HOLY BIBLE, which preserves the Hebrew and Greek grammatical structure, or short of taking 15 years out of one's life to learn the original Hebrew and Greek, which, of course, is not necessary.
This is a split-page psalter. The top set of pages are the music, the bottom set of pages are the Psalms. This format allows the worshiper to match any melody with any particular Psalm.
The preface contains instruction on how to chant. Select chants are recommended for each Psalm.
"Chanting is the singing of a prose text to a simple, repeated melody. Good chanting is essentially good reading aloud; it uses the rhythms and stresses of natural speech.
"The ancient Hebrews never used metrical `tunes' in the modern sense. In the synagogue, the Law, the Prophets, and the Writings (including the Psalms), were read in a sing-song recitation which was half speech, half song. Originally chanting involved only a single line (that is, no part-singing), and only two or three pitches. The early Christian church retained this practice, adapting it to the recitation of the Psalms in Latin translation. Our present system of chanting in four parts is called Anglican Chant, and dates from sixteenth-century England.
"Chanting has several advantages over metrical Psalmody, stemming from the fact that in chanting, the music completely serves the text. The music is not difficult or interesting in itself, but has character and meaning only in conjunction with words. The meaning of the text is thus more immediate, and the parallel structure of the Hebrew poetry is more apparent. The difficulties of translating ancient non-metrical poems into sensible English rhyme are rendered unnecessary. Chanting encourages the use of entire Psalms rather than selections." -- "An Introduction to Chanting," The Book of Psalms for Singing, Synod of the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America, 1995, p. 440
A prose psalter was nothing new for The Church of Scotland. They published THE PSALMS OF DAVID IN PROSE AND METRE: WITH THE WHOLE FORME OF DISCIPLINE, AND PRAYERS, ACCORDING TO THE CHURCH OF SCOTLAND; THE PSALMS IN PROSE BEING OF THE LAST TRANSLATION; TRANSLATED BY THE SPECIALL COMMANDMENT OF KING JAMES THE SIXT, 1610 (Aberdene: Printed by Edward Raban for David Melvill, 1633).
The Bible Psalter (London: J. Nisbet, 1880), 142 pp., Presbyterian Church of England, "the music arranged and partly composed by Sir Herbert S. Oakeley" (1830-1903) and The Psalter (T. Nelson and Sons, 1888), 303 pp., by Authority of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, "pointed for chanting, and with chants adapted thereto or specially composed for this work by Sir Herbert Stanley Oakeley" preceded this work.
"The Musical portion of this work is identical with that in THE PSALTER, AND SELECTED PASSAGES OF SCRIPTURE, etc., published in 1888; but advantage has been taken of a new issue to revise and improve the pointing of the words. To mark the Revised Edition the title of the work has been changed to THE SCOTTISH PROSE PSALTER, etc.. . . ." -- Note to Preface, May, 1897.
Publication of THE PSALTER, under the new title, THE SCOTTISH PROSE PSALTER, could have been a consequence of the awakening of 1905, "part of a worldwide movement and apparently especially inspired by British revivals. . ."
Any concordance to the Authorized King James Version and any index to the Psalms of David (AKJV) may be used with this Psalter.
Psalms are an essential part of personal devotions. There is a sincerity and beautiful simplicity about THE SCOTTISH PROSE PSALTER. Everyone should own a copy, especially fathers who lead family worship.
The Scottish Prose Psalter, 1906 edition,
Online PDF file, print resolution (74 MB). It is recommended that a high speed connection be used to download the file.
http://www.lettermen2.com/sppsalter.pdf

Peterson, Eugene H., Answering God: The Psalms as Tools for Prayer (San Francisco, CA: Harper & Row, 1989).

*Psalter Task Force; Presbyterian Church (USA), Cumberland Presbyterian Church, The Psalter: Psalms and Canticles for Singing (Louisville, KY: Westminster/John Knox Press, 1993).

Richardson, Daniel, Angel Napieralski, Ron Rienstra, Jazz Psalms: Music From Jazz Vespers at Calvin College (Grand Rapids, MI: Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, 2004).

Rouse, Francis, the Westminster Divines, and the Scottish General Assembly (from 1646-1650) THE PSALMS OF DAVID IN METRE (i.e. the Scottish Metrical Psalter of 1650): Allowed By the Authority of the Kirk of Scotland, and of Several Branches of the Presbyterian Church in the United States. With Notes, Exhibiting the Connection, Explaining the Sense, and for Directing and Animating the Devotion (1844 edition published by Robert Carter [New York]) John Brown of Haddington (annotations) (Edmonton, AB, Canada: Still Waters Revival Books). The text for THE SCOTTISH METRICAL PSALTER OF 1650 may be found on Reformation Bookself CD #7
"This is the Psalter (less Brown's notes, which were added later) mandated, approved and used (for public and private worship) by the Westminster Assembly and all those who covenanted to uphold the Biblical Reformation that these Divines proclaimed. The text of the Scottish Metrical Psalms was authorized by the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland in 1650. The notes added by Brown are suitable for explaining the Psalm before singing and are a great aid to understanding and worship (whether public, family or private). Every song leader (especially fathers for family worship) should have a copy of this edition of the Scottish Psalter with Brown's notes. If money is a factor, the smaller, inexpensive hardcover, containing just the Psalms (see below) should suffice for other members of the family, or the father (or other song leaders) can simply line out the Psalms (as Moses, David, the Apostles, etc. did). All the Psalms, excepting one, are rendered into common metre (with some alternate versions added) and thus can be sung by even those with almost no knowledge of music. For example, the tune to `Amazing Grace' is one of the many tunes that fits with all common metre renderings. And even Psalm 136, the one Psalm not in common metre, can be sung to any common metre tune, as it adds only one extra syllable to the end of every second line. Maybe not the delight of the accomplished musician, but certainly calculated to make the Psalms easily accessible to young and old alike (an attainment surely pleasing to the Lord Jesus Christ) as this Psalter was purposely produced to foster international (and covenanted) Reformation. The Scottish Metrical Psalter is a faithful translation and without a doubt remains the best Psalter in existence today. We have added (at no extra cost to our customers) a copy of the Westminster Shorter Catechism to this printing. This has been done to assist parents in catechizing their children during family worship. Also included in this edition (from the original publisher) is `A Table of the Psalms Classed Under Several Subject Heads' and an `Alphabetical Index of the First Line of Each Stanza.' These sections comprise 48 pages of small print alone, while the complete book (not including the Shorter Catechism we've added) is made up of 424 pages. This is a primary source document of Reformation; not to be missed by those serious about the Reformed faith, and worshipping God in spirit and in truth. There are few things in life as pleasing and enjoyable as communing with Christ through the singing of His Psalms!" -- SWRB The Psalms of David in Metre http://www.swrb.com/newslett/actualnls/Psalter0.htm
The Psalms of David in Metre According to the Version Approved by The Church of Scotland The Scottish Metrical Psalter includes audio accompanyment
http://www.cgmusic.com/workshop/smp_frame.htm

Routley, Erik, Music Leadership in the Church: A Conversation Chiefly With my American Friends (Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press, 1967).

Royal School of Church Music (London, England), The RSCM Chant Book (Croydon, England: Royal School of Church Music, 1981).

Seerveld, Calvin, Voicing God's Psalms (Grand Rapids, MI: Wm.B. Eerdmans Publishing, 2005).

Seerveld, Calvin, Voicing God's Psalms (audio CD)

*Spurgeon, C.H., The Treasury of David, 3 volumes (Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers).
"The most important and practical work of the ages on the Psalter." -- Dr. Philip Schaff
"Spurgeon's own exposition appears under each verse; after that you'll find `explanatory notes and quaint sayings' (illuminating quotes from Spurgeon's contemporaries as well as from the great Puritan expositors of the 17th and 18th centuries). Each Psalm closes with a short section of `Hints to Preachers'." -- CBD
Recommended for daily devotions.
The Treasury of David
http://www.spurgeon.org/treasury/treasury.htm

Stapert, Calvin, My Only Comfort: Death, Deliverance, and Discipleship in the Music of Bach (Grand Rapids, MI: Wm.B. Eerdmans, 2000).

Stewart, Bruce Cameron, Psalm Singing Revisited: The Case for Exclusive Psalmody (Pittsburgh, PA: Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America, Board of Education and Publication, 197-?).

Tournay, Raymond Jacques, Seeing and Hearing God With the Psalms: The Prophetic Liturgy of the Second Temple in Jerusalem (Sheffield: JSOT Press, 1991).

Van Dyk, Leanne, A More Profound Alleluia: Worship and Theology in Harmony (Grand Rapids, MI: Wm.B. Eerdmans Publishing, 2005).

Van Dyk, Leanne, A More Profound Alleluia: Worship and Theology in Harmony (visual material, 2004).

Vischer, Lukas, Christian Worship in Reformed Churches Past and Present (Grand Rapids, MI: Wm.B. Eerdmans, 2003).

Waltke and Johnson, Character of God in the Psalms; Surely God Is Good (Psalm 73); Why Do You Reject Me? (Psalm 88) (Michigan City, IN: Sound Word Associates). 30452
Audio cassette PSC02.

*Williamson, G.I., The Singing of Psalms in the Worship of God (Belfast, Northern Ireland: Reformed Presbyterian Church of Northern Ireland, Committee on Witness Bearing and National Righteousness, 1972?).

Williamson, G.I., Frank Joseph Smith, William Young, David Compton, Randall T. Ruble, Papers Presented at the 1990 Psalmody Conference.

Wilson, Ruth Mack, Anglican Chant and Chanting in England, Scotland, and America, 1660 to 1820 (Oxford: Clarendon Press and New York: Oxford University Press, 1996).

*Witvliet, John D., The Biblical Psalms in Christian Worship: A Brief Introduction and Guide to Resources (Calvin Institute of Christian Worship Liturgical Studies. Wm.B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, January 15, 2007), 169 pages.
"The biblical Psalms are, without doubt, a valuable source for Christian worship, but the vast text can prove daunting without direction. John D. Witvliet offers a solution with this brief but comprehensive survey of key theological themes, practical guidelines, and published resources related to the use of the Psalms.
"Arranged in symphonic form with a 'prelude' and 'interludes,' THE BIBLICAL PSALMS IN CHRISTIAN WORSHIP opens with a foundation of words about the Psalms from our wise church fathers, followed by a broad meditation on the basics of worship. Witvliet follows with an extensive tutorial on choosing a Psalm, engaging a congregation, deciding whether to speak or sing the text, and many other practical solutions for integrating Psalms into congregational worship for any generation.
"By including both classroom exercises and a brief musical Psalm sampler as helpful appendices, Witvliet provides all the resources necessary to spark a renewed engagement with the Psalms in community and public worship. This will be an important text for pastors and worship leaders desiring to lead their congregations to renewal." -- Publisher's Annotation
Well documented. Extensive bibliography, both chapter bibliography and general bibliography.
Available in Google Books, limited preview.
http://books.google.com/books?id=s7cyEGLwHicC&dq=biblical+Psalms+in+Christian+worship&source=gbs_summary_s&hl=en

Wyton, Alec, The Episcopal Church, The Anglican Chant Psalter (New York, NY: The Church Hymnal Corporation, 1987).

Wyton, Alec, The Anglican Chant Psalter (New York, NY: Church Hymnal Corp., 1987).

Related WebLinks

The Treasury of David, Psalm 90, C.H. Spurgeon
"The 90th Psalm might be cited as perhaps the most sublime of human compositions -- the deepest in feeling -- the loftiest in theologic conception -- the most magnificent in its imagery. -- Isaac Taylor
http://www.spurgeon.org/treasury/ps090.htm

Exclusive Psalmody (Exclusive Psalmody and the Regulative Principle 4/7)
"For Calvin and Knox 'this meant that at a stroke the Reformed Church cut itself loose from the entire mass of Latin hymns and from the use of hymnody in general, and adopted the Psalms of the Old Testament as the sole medium of Church praise.' Hence forth to be a Calvinist was to be a Psalm-singer. For some 2.5 centuries the Reformed churches as a rule sang nothing but the Psalms in worship (http://www.swrb.com /newslett/actualnls/C RTPsSing.htm). FREEBIES: http://www.swrb.com/ newslett/FREEBOOK/Ref Worsh.htm."
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?currSection=sermonsspeaker&sermonID=52501212814

Psalms of David in Metre
http://www.swrb.com/newslett/actualnls/Psalter0.htm

50 Suggested Tunes For Use With the Scottish Metrical Psalter of 1650 by the Dohms Family (1998)
http://sphynx.idontknow.com/swrb/50tunes.ram

The Psalms of David in Metre According to the Version Approved by The Church of Scotland The Scottish Metrical Psalter includes audio accompanyment
http://www.cgmusic.com/workshop/smp_frame.htm

The Psalms of Holy Scripture, the Only Songs of Zion, an Appeal to the Churches in Behalf of This Ordinance of God, Donald C. McLaren
http://www.covenanter.org/Worship/psalmsofholyscripture.htm

Master Psalm Tune List: Sing through the Psalms in a Year 2000
http://www.fpcr.org/sing.htm

Exclusive Psalmody Homepage
http://www.covenanter.org/Worship/Psalmody/psalmody.htm

The Psalms Place (text and midis)
http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Pond/9117/

The Metrical Psalter, from Wikipedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metrical_psalter

The Psalms and Hymns of Isaac Watts
After the Bible and the Catechism, this was the third most commonly used book in colonial New England.
http://www.ccel.org/w/watts/psalmshymns/TOC.htm

Anti-Instrumental Music in the Worship of God Homepage
http://www.covenanter.org/Worship/instruments/instrumentalmusic.htm



Family Worship

See Chapter 7 (part 1): "Family Life, Education, Church and Work"
http://www.lettermen2.com/bcrr7cha.html



The Lord's Supper, Communion, Close Communion

See the Theological Notes, "The Sacraments," at Matthew 28:19 in The Reformation Study Bible

See the Theological Notes, "The Lord's Supper," at 1 Corinthians 11:3 in The Reformation Study Bible.

See the Theological Notes, "The Local Church," at Revelation 2:1 in The Reformation Study Bible.

For if the saying of God speed to a false teacher, make us partakers of his evil deed, 2 John 10, how much more doth the admitting of such or the like scandalous sinners to the Lord's Table, make (I say not all who communicate then and there, but) all who consent to their admission, to be partakers of their evil deeds. -- George Gillespie in Aaron's Rod Blossoming, 1646, p. 53, Sprinkle Publications reprint, 1985

Alexander, James W., God Is Love: Communion Addresses (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust, 1985, 1860), ISBN: 0851514596 9780851514598. "The author ministered in New York and died there in 1859. During his ministry he was noted as a great preacher. The sermons in this book concentrate on the Lord's Supper. He is also known for the translation of the hymn, `O Sacred Head, Sore Wounded,' into English." -- GCB

ANDERSON, JOHN, Alexander and Rufus; or a Series of Dialogues on Church Communion, in Two Parts. Part 1: Vindication of Scriptural Church Communion in Opposition to Latitudinarian Schemes. Part 2: Defence of the Communion Maintained in the Secession Church. (1862) Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #19, ISBN: 092114895X 9780921148951.

Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. (Rom. 16:17)
"John Calvin listed the doctrine of the sacraments as the third most important element, in cataloguing his four major areas of concern, regarding Christianity and the ecclesiastical Reformation of his day, writing,
If it be inquired, then, by what things chiefly the Christian religion has a standing existence amongst us, and maintains its truth, it will be found that the following two not only occupy the principal place, but comprehend under them all the other parts, and consequently the whole substance of Christianity: this is, a knowledge, first, of the mode in which God is duly worshipped; and, secondly, of the source from which salvation is to be obtained. When these are kept out of view, though we may glory in the name Christians, our profession is empty and vain. After these come the sacraments and the government of the church... (The Necessity of Reforming the Church [Presbyterian Heritage Publications, 1544, reprinted 1995], p. 15).
"Second Reformation thought on church communion is clearly echoed in the words of the Reformed Presbytery, in 1876, when they declared,
In this age of boasted charity, but really 'detestable neutrality and indifferency,' it is an irksome and painful task, but a duty, thus to bear testimony against churches, in which are to be found, no doubt, many precious sons and daughters of the Lord Almighty. But personal piety never was, nor possibly can be, the condition of fellowship in the visible church. To think so, and say so, is one of the most popular delusions of the present day. It puts the supposed pious man, speaking his experience, in the place of God, speaking his sovereign will in the Bible. This is the height of impiety. (Act, Declaration, and Testimony for the Whole of Our Covenanted Reformation, p. 175).
"These testimonies remain true today (and maybe even more so), as the close communion doctrine of the Reformation continues to be much misunderstood and even more maligned. The false ecumenists (and theological egalitarians and pluralists) of our day continue to batter away at this foundation of the Reformation doctrine of the church -- while even many of those that profess to be the heirs of the Reformation are found to be ignorant regarding this point. Any doctrine of communion which does not take into account the biblical command to `be of one mind' (cf. Rom. 15:6, 2 Cor. 13:11, Phil. 1:27, Phil. 2:2, 1 Pet. 3:8) at a corporate, visible level is skewed from the beginning. In short, latitudinarian schemes of open communion (which only include the so-called `essentials' of the faith) are schismatic (i.e. if we do not confuse `schism' with `separation').
"As Dodson notes, in his Open Letter to an RPCNA Elder, one should not
confuse 'schism' with 'separation.' They are not the same thing. John Brown, of Haddington, states, 'that schism in scripture, chiefly, if not solely, represents alienation of affection, and disagreement among those who continue the same joint attendance on the ordinances of the gospel,' 1 Cor. 12:25; 1:10. Augustine said, 'It is not a different faith makes schismatics, but a broken society of communion.' In no place, in the Bible, does the word 'schism' appear to signify 'visible separation.' Error in doctrine, corruption in worship and tyranny in discipline, render separation unavoidable, to escape the sin of schism. Your conception of what constitutes 'schism' is that of Rome. If 'schism' is 'separation;' and 'There is no precedent for schism [re: separation] in the Bible;' then, on what basis did Protestants leave Rome? Every Reformer owned that Rome is, in some sense, a Church of Christ. After all, that man of sin is seated in the 'temple of God,' as they taught (emphases added).
"Schismatic schemes promoting open communion (of which paedocommunion is presently at the head), attempt to `dumb down' (to a greater or lesser degree) the requirements for partaking at the Lord's table. Loose and latitudinarian schemes of communion lead to churches that stand for little -- or nothing -- over time; while a Scripturally regulated close communion tends to the exact opposite end.
"Anderson makes this very point in his preface to this book, `corruption is the native consequence of latitudinarian schemes, (while) scriptural order in sacramental communion tends to make the visible church a heaven on earth to the faithful, terrible as an army with banners to her enemies, and to her King and Head for a name, for a praise and for glory.' "If you love the purity and peace of Christ's church and agree with the words of John Calvin, when he wrote, `We are only contending about the true and lawful constitution of the church, required in the communion not only of the sacraments (which are the signs of profession) but also especially of doctrine' (Institutes, 4.2.12), then you will find a meaty meal in Alexander and Rufus -- for the author not only deals with the larger questions related to church communion, but also weaves into the fabric of this book many specific threads relating to practical applications and doctrinal controversies. Moreover, notwithstanding a couple of peculiar doctrinal foibles originating from the Seceder camp, in opposition to the Covenanters (especially regarding civil government and some points of the law), a plethora of subjects relative to the Reformed view of communion, church union, testimony-bearing, etc., are all dealt with here -- and these points are given the kind of attention (along with Scriptural and historical accuracy) that will be greatly appreciated among those familiar with the precise views of the "old dissenters" of Scottish origin.
"Additionally, Anderson is not shy about proclaiming the fact that Scripture teaches that anti-Calvinists (i.e. Romanists, Pelagians, Arminians, Amyraldians, etc.), anti-paedobaptists, anti-regulativists, and a host of others that deny the apostolic faith (at points related to the doctrine, worship, government and discipline of the church), should be barred from the table of the Lord (arguing a fortiori from Math. 5:23-24); but, he is also careful to distinguish between the Popish and Prelatical views of excommunication (which equate excommunication with a sentence to hell) and the Calvinistic view which recognizes that those who are among the elect can at times come under the sentence of excommunication. For example, Greg Price has noted (in a forthcoming book on the visible church and separation) that `Calvin distinguishes between anathema and excommunication. The former sentences one to hell, the latter puts one outside the fellowship of the church." (cf. Calvin's Institutes 4.12.10) Samuel Rutherford makes the same distinction in his Survey of the Survey of that Summe of Church Discipline (1658) commenting on 1 Cor. 16:22 and 1 Cor. 5, as does James Fraser of Brae, on page 210, in The Lawfulness and Duty or Separation from Corrupt Ministers and Churches (1744).
"It is also not without significance that Anderson's contendings can be seen to be nothing more than classic second Reformation teaching regarding fencing the Lord's table. Samuel Rutherford comments,
Because the Churches take not care, that Ministers be savoury and gracious; from Steermen all Apostasie and rottenness begin. O if the Lord would arise and purge his House in Scotland! As for Church-members, they ought to be holy; and though all baptized be actu primo members, yet such as remain habitually ignorant after admonition, are to be cast out, and though they be not cast out certainly, as paralytick or rottened members cannot discharge the functions of life: So those that are scandalous, ignorant, malignant, unsound in faith, lose their rights of Suffrages in election of Officers, and are to be debarred from the Seals. Nor can we defend our sinful practise in this: it were our wisdom to repent of our taking in the Malignant party, who shed the blood of the people of God, and obstructed the work of God, into places of Trust in the Church State, and the Army, contrary to our Covenants, they continuing still Enemies (Survey of the Survey, p. 373).
"This is confirmed throughout The Acts of the General Assemblies of the Church of Scotland, From the Year 1638 to the Year 1649 Inclusive. Here is a partial list of offences recorded in The Acts for which people were disciplined: innovations in worship; neglecting daily family worship; Sabbath breaking; covenant refusing, covenant breaking and speaking against the national covenants; Arminianism; celebrating man-ordained holydays (e.g. Christmass); familiar fellowship with those excommunicated; promoting, countenancing, hearing or accepting false church government and unlawful ministers (whether Popish, Episcopal or sectarian [Independent]); slander; contumacy, etc.
"Furthermore, recognizing Calvin's (biblical) distinctions concerning the visible church (distinguishing between the visible church as to essence and the visible church as to constitution, cf. Calvin's Institutes 4.2.12), Anderson writes:
The catholic church comprehends all that profess the true religion. There is a lawful and necessary division of it into sections in respect of local situation. But when a number of people, bearing the Christian name, combine together as a distinct society, for the purpose of maintaining and propagating doctrines and practices, which, instead of belonging to the true religion, are contrary to it; they ought not, considered as such a combination, to be called a lawful section of the catholic church (i.e. constitutionally, according to their public character and profession--RB). It is not denied, that they belong to the catholic church (in as far as they, as individuals, profess the truth--RB); but it is denied, that there ought to be any such section or division in it. Thus, there ought to be no section of the catholic church, having for the peculiar end of its distinct subsistence, the support of episcopal hierarchy, unknown in the Scripture, of the propagation of antipaedobaptism, or of anti-scriptural doctrine, in opposition to that of God's election, redemption, effectual calling and the conservation of his people, as delivered in the scripture; or for the support of ways and means of divine worship not found in Scripture. If the catholic visible church were brought to a suitable discharge of her duty, she would abolish all such sections. But no society ought to be called such an unlawful section, while it can be shown that it subsists as a separate society for no other end, than for the maintaining of something in the doctrine, worship or government of the church which belongs to the Christian religion as delivered in the word of God, or for exhibiting a testimony against prevailing errors and corruptions which the scripture requires the catholic church to condemn. Such a profession of any party of Christians is no sectarian profession; and a union with them is not a sectarian, but properly a Christian union; and, being cordial and sincere, is a union in Christ; and communion upon the ground of this union is truly Christian communion. On the other hand, however much of our holy religion any body of Christians hold in common with others, and however many of them we may charitably judge to be saints, yet while their distinguishing profession is contrary to the word of God, communion with them, as a body so distinguished, is sectarian communion; as it implies a union with them in that which ought to be rejected by the whole catholic church (pp. 10-11, emphases added).
"Commenting on `Alexander's' latitudinarian contention that Calvin would have tolerated Arminians and idolaters at the Lord's table (which together comprise the two main areas of Calvin's concern for ecclesiastical Reformation, as cited at the head of this review), `Rufus' replies,
Considering that the Arminian scheme includes some of the most pernicious errors of Popery, how reproachful it is to the memory of Calvin, to call such a base proposal, his plan revived and prosecuted? Did Mr. Calvin ever speak of independent churches in the one church of Christ? Or of promoting union, by holding sacramental communion with the professed teachers of false doctrine, as every Arminian teacher is, or with the professed defenders of superstition in the worship of God? By no means (Alexander and Rufus, p. 159).
"Furthermore, it is a well documented fact that the Genevan Presbytery of Calvin's day, in 1536, sought to excommunicate anyone who would not swear an oath to uphold the Reformed doctrine as it was set forth in their Confession of Faith.
"T.H.L. Parker writes,
Since the evangelical faith had only recently been preached in the city, and there were still many Romanists, the ministers also urged excommunication on the grounds of failure to confess the faith. The Confession of faith, which all the citizens and inhabitants of Geneva... must promise to keep and to hold had been presented to the Council on 10 November 1536. Let the members of the Council be the first to subscribe and then the citizens, 'in order to recognize those in harmony with the Gospel and those loving rather to be of the kingdom of the pope than of the kingdom of Jesus Christ.' Those who would not subscribe were to be excommunicated (John Calvin: A Biography, p. 63, emphases added).
"Moreover, those who would not submit to "Calvin's" close communion were not only proceeded against with negative ecclesiastical sanctions, but they came under negative civil sanctions also.
"Mike Wagner, in Up From Reconstructionism, states,
John Calvin, during the First Reformation, showed that he supported the concept of Covenanted Reformation by requiring all the residents of Geneva to take an oath in support of the Reformation. The 'Register of the Council of 24' of Geneva notes as follows:
12 November 1537. It was reported that yesterday the people who had not yet made their oath to the reformation were asked to do so, street by street; whilst many came, many others did not do so. No one came from the German quarter. It was decided that they should be commanded to leave the city if they did not wish to swear to the reformation (Scribner, Bob and Pamela Johnston. 1993. The Reformation in Germany and Switzerland, Cambridge University Press, p. 138, emphases added).
"Now, it should be obvious to those who know the commandments of God that an honest man cannot swear an oath to uphold a confession that he does not believe. To do so, even if the man disagrees with only one point of the confession, is to violate both the third and ninth commandments -- and to play the Jesuit (see the Westminster Larger Catechism on the duties required and the sins forbidden concerning the third and ninth commandments; these can be found as questions and answers 112, 113, 144, and 145). Such false swearing is also, by definition, perjury (I wonder how many perjured officers reside in Presbyterian and Reformed churches today?). To encourage others to so swear is subornation to perjury. These are all serious sins in themselves and all worthy of excommunication and civil penalties -- as the Genevan Reformers rightly taught and practiced.
"In Alexander and Rufus close communion is also shown (as above) to be God's ordained method of promoting truth, unity and Reformation; not destroying it, as the ignorant and scandalous claim,
The term sectarian, the favorite watch-word of this author, tends to divert the attention from the matter in dispute. The question is, whether a church's refusing to have sacramental communion with such as openly avow their opposition to one or more articles of her scriptural profession has such effects as are now mentioned? Does this refusal break up the unity of the church at large? By no means. The truths of God's word constitute the bond of unity in the catholic church; so far as they are publicly professed and preserved in the doctrine, worship, and government of the several particular churches. Hence it is evident, that what breaks up the peace of the catholic church, is not the faithfulness of particular churches in refusing, but their laxness in granting sacramental communion to the avowed opposers of undoubted truths of God's word, as exhibited in the public profession of any of the churches, every instance of this laxness tending to weaken the bond of their union. Does refusing sacramental communion with the avowed opposers of the truths of God, publicly professed by a particular church, chill the warmth of love to the catholic church? surely no: for it is manifestly the interest of the catholic church that every particular church should hold these truths in her public profession, and not tolerate opposition to them in her communion. Hence it must give sincere pleasure to a lover of the catholic church to see a particular church uniformly faithful in refusing church communion to open opposers of any one of the truths of God contained in her public profession... Does the faithfulness of a particular church, in refusing to have sacramental communion with the open opposers of any article of her scriptural profession, hinder her from using any means appointed in the word of God for promoting his spiritual kingdom? This is so far from being the case, that this refusal is supposed and implied in the use of several proper means for that end; such as, a church's contending for the whole truth exhibited in her public profession; the judicial assertion of the truths of God's word, and the judicial condemnation of the contrary errors; committing the word to faithful men, who will teach others the whole truth and nothing but the truth, according to the public profession or testimony of the church, in due subordination to the holy scriptures; recognising the solemn engagements, which the church has come under to preserve whatever measure of reformation has been attained. These means, which are certainly appointed in the word of God, cannot be sincerely used by any particular church, unless she be careful, that such as are avowed and obstinate opposers of any article of her scriptural profession, may not be received into, or continued in her communion. Whilst these means, of our Lord's appointment, are willfully neglected, we have little ground to expect the Divine blessing on such other means as men may pretend, to use for the advancement of his spiritual kingdom (pp. 92-93, emphases added).
"To see how closely this mirrors Calvin's teaching, see pages 126 to 135 in The Necessity of Reforming the Church (Presbyterian Heritage Publications' edition).
"To see how closely this mirrors Calvin's teaching, see pages 126 to 135 in The Necessity of Reforming the Church (Presbyterian Heritage Publications' edition).
"Anderson also does an excellent job concerning: Calvin's plan for promoting a union among the churches (p. 151ff.); the place of confessions and confessional subscription (pp. 85, 179); covenanting (pp. 358-384); separation (pp. 92, 132); worship (pp. 10-13, 87, 107, 142, 155, 161-164, 456ff., etc.); the marks of the church (p. 132ff.); uniformity (pp. 7, 103, 168, 205); the Westminster Assembly (p. 169ff); the Dutch views (p. 158f.); distinctions between essentials and non-essentials (p. 168); the so-called "glorious revolution" of 1688 (p. 263); the French Reformed churches (p. 156); the covenanted Reformation (p. 253); discipline (p. 103); attainments (pp. 11, 93, 137, 162ff., 206, etc.); the government of the church (p. 123); the so-called "Apostle's creed" (pp. 100-104); the Belgic Confession (pp. 135-138); councils in the ancient church (p. 104); the Donatists (p. 112); the forsaking of sin, false doctrine, and false teachers (pp. 92, 132); occasional hearing (p. 83); Owen against open communion (p. 207); sectarianism (p. 92); and much, much more.
"On the topic of church and sacramental communion you are unlikely to find many other books with as much solid information. Recommended for advanced study. Indexed, 518 pages." -- SWRB
Alexander and Rufus: In Two Parts: the First Being a Vindication of Scriptural Church Communion in Opposition to Latitudinarian Schemes: the Second Being a Defence of the Communion Maintained in the Secession Church, John Anderson
http://books.google.com/books?id=sPtJAAAAMAAJ&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=html
The Necessity of Reforming the Church (1543), by John Calvin. Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #24, ISBN: 0921148186 9780921148180.
This is an online document.
http://www.swrb.com/newslett/actualnls/NRC_ch00.htm

ANDERSON, JOHN, and REG BARROW, Calvin, Close Communion and the Coming Reformation (a book review of Alexander and Rufus . . . by John Anderson [1862]). Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #1, ISBN: 0921148674 9780921148678.
http://www.swrb.com/newslett/actualnls/CalvinCC.htm

BARROW, REG, Calvin, Covenanting, Close Communion and the Coming Reformation, 1996, a book review of ALEXANDER AND RUFUS . . . by John Anderson, 1862. Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #3, ISBN: 0921148712 9780921148715.
Calvin, Covenanting and Close Communion
http://www.swrb.com/newslett/actualnls/CalvinCC.htm

BARROW, GREG and LARRY BIRGER, JR. Reformation Principles Re-Exhibited: An Historical Witness and Brotherly Entreaty. Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #1-30, ISBN: 0921148674 9780921148678.
Reformation Principles Re-Exhibited: An Historical Witness & Brotherly Entreaty. Summary and Analysis of Changes Within Terms of Communion of the Reformed Presbyterian Churches of Scotland and America from 1761 to the Present, and a Particular Analysis and Testimony Against the Present Day RPCNA, by Greg Barrow and Larry Birger, Jr., August 5, 2002
http://www.ecn.ab.ca/prce/books/rpcna/rpcna.htm

BARROW, GREG and LARRY BIRGER, JR. Reformation Principles Re-Exhibited: An Historical Witness and Brotherly Entreaty. Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #1-30, ISBN: 0921148674 9780921148678.
Reformation Principles Re-Exhibited: An Historical Witness & Brotherly Entreaty. Summary and Analysis of Changes Within Terms of Communion of the Reformed Presbyterian Churches of Scotland and America from 1761 to the Present, and a Particular Analysis and Testimony Against the Present Day RPCNA, by Greg Barrow and Larry Birger, Jr., August 5, 2002
http://www.ecn.ab.ca/prce/books/rpcna/rpcna.htm

BOSTON, THOMAS, The nature of church communion illustrated: or, the unity of the body of Christ, and the duty the members owe to one another opened. Being the substance of several sermons on 1 Cor. x. 17. Glasgow, 1798. Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive. Available [THE WORKS OF THOMAS BOSTON] on Reformation Bookshelf CD #5, ISBN: 0921148755 9780921148753.

*Brown, John (of Edinburgh, 1784-1858), Discourses Suited to the Administration of the Lord's Supper (Edinburgh, W. Oliphant, 1853).

*CALVIN, JOHN (1509-1564), The Necessity of Reforming the Church (1543). Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive. Available in Library of Presbyterian Heritage Publications and Protestant Heritage Press CD-ROM Library. Available in The Church Effeminate and Other Essays.
Available free online.
http://www.swrb.com/newslett/actualnls/NRC_ch00.htm

Calvin, John (1509-1564), A Short Treatise on The Supper of our Lord Jesus Christ
http://www.truecovenanter.com/calvin/calvin_treatise_the_supper_of_our_lord.html

Durham, James (1622-1658), The Unsearchable Riches of Christ and of Grace and Glory in and Through Him; Diligently Searched Into, Clearly Unfolded, and Comfortably Holden Forth, in Fourteen Rich Gospel Sermons Preached on Several Texts, at Communions in Glasgow, (1685, 1764 edition), (Cerlox Bound Photocopy Series. Edmonton, AB, Canada: Still Waters Revival Books). A Christian classic.
"These communion sermons cover topics such as: the great danger of unworthy communing; the great sin of not discerning the Lord's body; gospel preparations are the strongest invitations; after God speaks peace, turn not again to folly; right covenanting with God, a business of the greatest concern; heart-melting is a good frame for covenanting with God; we should stir up ourselves to covenant with God; believers' sweetest communion is with Christ in heaven; etc. The tenor of this book could be summed up in this statement excerpted from the Epistle Dedicatory and Prefatory, 'Beware of all sinful dalliances with idols, whereby the soul is estranged from communion with God; for there is no agreement betwixt the temple of God and idols, from love to fellowship with him, and from zeal to his glory, bid them all, with indignation, be gone, saying to them, What have we any more to do with idols? and as to a menstruous cloth, Get you hence' (bold emphasis added. pp. xi-xii). Durham was a well-known Presbyterian Covenanter (who openly sided with the Protesters as he neared his death) -- and Covenanter communion sermons often produced some of the richest gospel fare one is likely to encounter. Taste of this fine feast and you will see for yourself what we mean." -- SWRB

McKnight, William John, Concerning Close Communion: An Investigation.

McKnight, W.J., Covenanting, Communion and Confessions: With a Short Summary of the Westminster Confession of Faith (1646) (Cerlox Bound Photocopy Series. Edmonton, AB, Canada: Still Waters Revival Books).
"A strong little book that should be considered by all those seeking the purity and peace of the church. Holds to the strict old covenanted Presbyterian position. Justifies the maintaining of the separate existence of a denomination that will faithfully testify against sin, and the excluding from the Lord's table those that do not so testify. Gives numerous examples of backsliding in regard to specific truths of Scripture. Proclaims that `the Word of God teaches unequivocally that the Commandments are equally binding.' This includes the first commandment as it relates to Christ's Kingship over the nations (and dissent from immoral civil governments which will not recognize and obey Christ as King and law giver); and the second commandment concerning purity of worship (as against `all devising, counselling, using, and any wise approving, any religious worship not instituted by God Himself,' such as the use of songs other than the Psalms and the Popish use of musical instruments in public worship). Maintains that violation of these commandments are grounds for barring a person from the Lord's table. Shows how close communion is nothing more than the old Presbyterian view, in keeping with the Westminster Confession of Faith (1646) and John Calvin when he stated `We are only contending about the true and lawful constitution of the church, required in the communion not only of the sacraments (which are the signs of profession) but also especially of doctrine' (John Calvin, Institutes 2.12). Also includes an excellent discussion of essentials and non-essentials, as they relate to the Lord's supper and salvation. The best short book on the Lord's supper that we have seen. Written by an RPCNA minister in large easy-to-read type." -- SWRB

McKnight, W.J., In Defense of Close Communion by McKnight (Audio Cassette Series. Edmonton, AB, Canada: Still Waters Revival Books).
"This is one of the best short, easy-to-understand defences of close communion available. Much practical application is added to this doctrine, as Mcknight defends the old Reformed way. This item is read (by Ruling Elder Lyndon Dohms) from Mcknight's book Concerning Close Communion (available from SWRB as a 'rare bound photocopy'.)" -- SWRB
In Defense of Close Communion by W.J. McKnight
http://sphynx.idontknow.com/swrb/defenseofclosecommunion.ram

Owen, John, Of communion with God the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, (each person distinctly) in love, grace, and consolation: or, the saints fellowship with the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, unfolded. By John Owen, D.D., Glasgow, 1792. Available in Communion With God. Available on The Amazing Christian Library [THE COMPLETE WORKS OF JOHN OWEN including HEBREWS, OCR digital text], DVD One, CD #1.

*Owen, John, Sermons to the Church. Alternate title: THE COMPLETE WORKS OF JOHN OWEN VOLUME 9; THE WORKS OF JOHN OWEN, VOLUME 9. (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust), ISBN: 9780851510651 0851510655. Available on The Amazing Christian Library [THE COMPLETE WORKS OF JOHN OWEN including HEBREWS, OCR digital text], DVD One, CD #1. A Christian classic.
"Contains 83 sermons: Fourteen which resolve practical cases of conscience, twentyfive intended as preparations to the Lord's Table, and others of various Gospel subjects."

Owen, John A view of the nature, order, and communion of the churches of Christ, as exhibited in the New Testament: extracted from Dr. John Owen's treatise on evangelical churches. With an appendix on scripture presbytery, Edinburgh, 1797. Available on The Amazing Christian Library [THE COMPLETE WORKS OF JOHN OWEN including HEBREWS, OCR digital text], DVD One, CD #1.

Price, Greg Terms of Communion: The Westminster Standards (Edmonton, AB, Canada: Still Waters Revival Books). Five audio cassettes.
"Explains and defends the second term of communion, which is 'That the whole doctrine of the Westminster Confession of Faith (1646), and the Catechisms, Larger and Shorter, are agreeable unto, and founded upon the Scriptures.' Price not only explains why we need creeds and confession (answering the question: Isn't the Scripture sufficient?), but he shows how everyone has a creed and how such statements of faith are actually inescapable -- for as soon as one says what he believes the Bible means, he has (by definition) put forth his creed ('credo' in Latin means 'to believe'). There is no neutrality! He also gives a summary of the Westminster Standards and the history of this august assembly, demonstrating why these standards are agreeable to the word of God. After showing how faithful creeds and confessions (i.e. human testimony) have brought untold blessings to the church he gives a history of the Westminster Assembly (setting the context for the study of the Standards themselves). The doctrines contained in the confessional standards are then summarized. Price also exposes and rebukes much false teaching and false practice (contrary to the standards) using the specific names associated with each heresy refuted. The following doctrines are covered: sola Scripture (refuting popery, neo-orthodoxy, liberalism and the charismatics), the doctrine of God (refuting Unitarianism, Oneness theology [Modalism, Sabellianism], and tritheism), God's decrees and predestination (refuting Arminianism, fatalism [Islam]), creation (refuting Evolutionism, Pantheism and New Age and Eastern mysticism), the covenant of works, Providence (against 'luck' and 'accidents'), the fall of man (refuting Arminianism and Pelagianism), the covenant of grace (refuting dispensationalism), Christ our mediator (refuting Arianism [JW's], Apollinarianism, Nestorianism, Eutychianism [which led to the transubstantiation and consubstantiation heresies], the free offer of the gospel, effectual calling (contra Arminianism), justification by faith alone through Christ alone (contra Rome and the Arminians), sanctification and good works (condemning antinomianism and legalism), assurance of faith, perseverance of the saints, the law of God, Christian liberty (against pretended liberty of conscience and the imposition of legalistic standards outside of the law of God), worship (against the anti-regulativists and promoters of will-worship), the regulative principle (condemning Arminianism in worship), the Sabbath (taking the high Scottish view), lawful oaths and vows (condemning covenant breaking [churches and nations included], perjury, etc.), the civil magistrate (against pluralism, false toleration, Erastianism, and for biblical establishments), marriage, the church (contra popery, prelacy and independency [all of which are forms of sectarianism]), and the resurrection and general judgement." -- SWRB

*REFORMED PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, An Explanation and Defence of the Terms of Communion, Adopted by the Community of Dissenters, etc. Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #2 and #19, ISBN: 0921148690 9780921148692.
"Defends the inescapable necessity of creeds and confessions, while promoting a fully creedal church membership. Shows how the law of God obliges all Christians 'to think the same things, and to speak the same things; holding fast the form of sound words, and keeping the ordinances as they have been delivered to us' (Col. 3:13). After laying some basic groundwork, this book proceeds to defend the six points of the 'Terms of Ministerial and Christian Communion Agreed Upon by the Reformed Presbytery.' These six points are the most conservative and comprehensive short statements of consistent Presbyterianism you will likely ever see. Besides the obvious acknowledgement of the alone infallible Scriptures, the Westminster Standards, and the divine right of Presbyterianism, these points also maintain the perpetual obligation of our Covenants, National and Solemn League, the Renovation of these covenants at Auchensaugh in 1712, and the Judicial Act, Declaration and Testimony emitted by the Reformed Presbytery. In short, this book sets forth adherence to the whole of the covenanted reformation, in both church and state, as it has been attained by our covenanting forefathers." -- SWRB
An Explanation and Defense of the Terms of Communion, Adopted by the Community of Dissenters, etc.
http://www.covenanter.org/RefPres/explanationanddefenceofterms.htm

Shields, Alexander, Church-communion enquired into: or a treatise against separation from this national Church of Scotland. ... Which was left in manuscripts by ... Alexander Shields, ... [Edinburgh?]

VINES, RICHARD (1600?-1656), A treatise of the right institution, administration, and receiving of the sacrament of the Lords-Supper delivered in XX sermons at St. Laurence-Jury, London / by Richard Vines, 1657. Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive. Available on The Amazing Christian Library, DVD Three, CD #17.

See also: The Scottish Reformation, Covenant Theology and Covenanting, Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, Separation
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Related WebLinks

Reformation Principles Re-Exhibited: An Historical Witness & Brotherly Entreaty. Summary and Analysis of Changes within Terms of Communion of the Reformed Presbyterian Churches of Scotland and America from 1761 to the Present, and a Particular Analysis and Testimony Against the Present Day RPCNA, by Greg Barrow and Larry Birger, Jr., August 5, 2002
http://www.ecn.ab.ca/prce/books/rpcna/rpcna.htm

"What Are Terms of Communion? (1/2)" Greg Price
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?sermonid=780119920

"What is Close Communion? (1/2)" Greg Price
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?sermonid=42101152912

Westminster Shorter Catechism With Proof Texts
http://www.reformed.org/documents/WSC_frames.html

Westminster Larger Catechism With Proof Texts
http://www.reformed.org/documents/wlc_w_proofs/index.html

Ecclesiastical Terms of Communion
http://www.covenanter.org/Communion/termsofcommunionhome.htm

The Reformed Faith and the Lord's Supper Homepage
http://www.covenanter.org/LordsSupper/lordssupper.htm


Close Communion and The Lord's Supper
http://www.swrb.com/newslett/FREEBOOK/closecom.htm



Baptism

See the Theological Notes, "Infant Baptism" in The Reformation Study Bible.

See the Theological Notes, "Baptism," at Romans 6:3 in The Reformation Study Bible.

See the Theological Notes, "One and Three: The Trinity," at Isaiah 44:6 in The Reformation Study Bible.

See the Theological Notes, "The Sacraments," at Matthew 28:19 in The Reformation Study Bible

See the Theological Notes, "The Baptism of Jesus," at Mark 1:9 in The Reformation Study Bible.

Adams, Jay E., The Meaning and Mode of Baptism (Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed, 1975), 56 pages.
"Argues that the mode of baptism is significant and tied to the meaning. Baptism symbolizes the descent of the Holy Spirit into the Christian's life bringing cleansing from sin and union with Christ. Pouring or sprinkling is the biblical mode, not immersion." -- David Powlison

Thornwell, J.H. (1812-1862), Sacramental Sorcery: The Invalidity of Roman Catholic Baptism. ISBN: 1891777165 9781891777165. Available from (The Trinity Foundation, 2006).
"In 1845 the General Assembly of the American Presbyterian Church declared that Roman Catholic baptism is not Christian baptism. But in the ecumenical twentieth century, that declaration was all but forgotten by American Presbyterians -- deliberately so. The leading southern Presbyterian theologian of the nineteenth century, J. H. Thornwell, wrote a defense of the 1845 declaration that has never been refuted by any theologian -- it has simply been ignored. The publication of this book is intended to end that ignorance.
"In an age when so-called Protestants favor tradition over Scripture, Thornwell reminds us of the Biblical truth: "We should not be deterred from admitting a Scriptural conclusion because it removes the structures of antiquity. . . . We are first to ascertain from Scripture what the true sacrament of baptism is, and then judge the practice of the church in every age by this standard. . . . The unbroken transmission of a visible Church in any line of succession is a figment of papists and prelatists. Conformity with the Scriptures, not ecclesiastical genealogy, is the true touchstone of a sound church." -- The Trinity Foundation

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Related WebLinks

The Meaning and Mode of Christian Baptism Homepage
http://www.covenanter.org/Baptism/baptism.htm



Music in the Worship of God

See the Theological Notes, "Music in the Church," at Colossian 3:16 in The Reformation Study Bible.

O come, let us sing unto the Lord: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation. (Psalm 95:1)

This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. (Psalm 118:24)

In Church music we have the foundation of all Western music. Therefore, we can say that music as we know it in the Western world is largely a product of the Church. -- D. James Kennedy and Jerry Newcombe

*Church of Scotland, General Assembly, The Scottish Prose Psalter Being The Authorized Version of the Psalms with Selected Passages of Scripture, and Ancient Hymns, Pointed for Chanting, With Accompanying Chants. For Use in Churches, by Authority of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, 2nd edition (London: T. Nelson and Sons, Paternoster Row, Edinburgh and New York, 1906).
"Since Christ is the Second Person of the Trinity, the hymns and laments of the psalms are directed to Him as to the Father and the Spirit. Jesus is both a singer of the psalms (Heb. 2:12 [Psalm 22:22]) and the focus of their interest. We can sing to Him our praise, tell Him our complaints and petitions, and thank Him for His goodness. We extol Him as our King, rest our confidence in Him, and look to Him as the embodiment of God's wisdom." -- "The Book of Psalms," The Reformation Study Bible, pp. 754, 755
Have you ever planned to sing through The Book of Psalms with your spouse or with your family? Here is your psalter: THE SCOTTISH PROSE PSALTER.
The writer knows of no psalter truer to the literal translation of the Word of God, short of pointing The Book of Psalms from YOUNG'S LITERAL TRANSLATION OF THE HOLY BIBLE, which preserves the Hebrew and Greek grammatical structure, or short of taking 15 years out of one's life to learn the original Hebrew and Greek, which, of course, is not necessary.
This is a split-page psalter. The top set of pages are the music, the bottom set of pages are the Psalms. This format allows the worshiper to match any melody with any particular Psalm.
The preface contains instruction on how to chant. Select chants are recommended for each Psalm.
"Chanting is the singing of a prose text to a simple, repeated melody. Good chanting is essentially good reading aloud; it uses the rhythms and stresses of natural speech.
"The ancient Hebrews never used metrical `tunes' in the modern sense. In the synagogue, the Law, the Prophets, and the Writings (including the Psalms), were read in a sing-song recitation which was half speech, half song. Originally chanting involved only a single line (that is, no part-singing), and only two or three pitches. The early Christian church retained this practice, adapting it to the recitation of the Psalms in Latin translation. Our present system of chanting in four parts is called Anglican Chant, and dates from sixteenth-century England.
"Chanting has several advantages over metrical Psalmody, stemming from the fact that in chanting, the music completely serves the text. The music is not difficult or interesting in itself, but has character and meaning only in conjunction with words. The meaning of the text is thus more immediate, and the parallel structure of the Hebrew poetry is more apparent. The difficulties of translating ancient non-metrical poems into sensible English rhyme are rendered unnecessary. Chanting encourages the use of entire Psalms rather than selections." -- "An Introduction to Chanting," The Book of Psalms for Singing, Synod of the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America, 1995, p. 440
A prose psalter was nothing new for The Church of Scotland. They published THE PSALMS OF DAVID IN PROSE AND METRE: WITH THE WHOLE FORME OF DISCIPLINE, AND PRAYERS, ACCORDING TO THE CHURCH OF SCOTLAND; THE PSALMS IN PROSE BEING OF THE LAST TRANSLATION; TRANSLATED BY THE SPECIALL COMMANDMENT OF KING JAMES THE SIXT, 1610 (Aberdene: Printed by Edward Raban for David Melvill, 1633).
The Bible Psalter (London: J. Nisbet, 1880), 142 pp., Presbyterian Church of England, "the music arranged and partly composed by Sir Herbert S. Oakeley" (1830-1903) and The Psalter (T. Nelson and Sons, 1888), 303 pp., by Authority of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, "pointed for chanting, and with chants adapted thereto or specially composed for this work by Sir Herbert Stanley Oakeley" preceded this work.
"The Musical portion of this work is identical with that in THE PSALTER, AND SELECTED PASSAGES OF SCRIPTURE, etc., published in 1888; but advantage has been taken of a new issue to revise and improve the pointing of the words. To mark the Revised Edition the title of the work has been changed to THE SCOTTISH PROSE PSALTER, etc.. . . ." -- Note to Preface, May, 1897.
Publication of THE PSALTER, under the new title, THE SCOTTISH PROSE PSALTER, could have been a consequence of the awakening of 1905, "part of a worldwide movement and apparently especially inspired by British revivals. . ."
Any concordance to the Authorized King James Version and any index to the Psalms of David (AKJV) may be used with this Psalter.
Psalms are an essential part of personal devotions. There is a sincerity and beautiful simplicity about THE SCOTTISH PROSE PSALTER. Everyone should own a copy, especially fathers who lead family worship.
The Scottish Prose Psalter, 1906 edition,
Online PDF file, print resolution (74 MB). It is recommended that a high speed connection be used to download the file.
http://www.lettermen2.com/sppsalter.pdf

*Handel, George Frederick, "The Messiah" (various artists and recordings). 10632A
This musical composition has probably inspired more individuals to faith in Christ than any other piece of music. The complete oratorio is performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir, conducted by John Alldis. Another critically acclaimed performance is that of the Choir of Christ's Church Cathedral, Oxford, England, accompanied by the Academy of Ancient Music, Christopher Hogwood conducting.
Also recommended is the 2 CD set, Handel - "Messiah" with Erickson, McNair, Hodgson, Humphrey, Stilwell, The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra with Atlanta Symphony and Chamber Chorus, Robert Shaw conducting
Highlights from Handel's "Messiah"
http://www.rsglh.org/Messiah.Highlights.rm
Handel's Messiah Text
http://www.npr.org/programs/specials/holiday2002/shawmessiah-text.html
Messiah (Complete Traditional), London Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra, John Alldis conducting
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B000062T9E/qid=1040845852/sr=2-1/ref=sr_2_1/103-0225174-5677440
Handel - "Messiah" with Nelson, Kirkby, Watkinson, P. Elliott, D. Thomas, Academy of Ancient Music, Christopher Hogwood conducting
"This is the Messiah that started it all--the first period instrument performance recorded with a choir of men and boys. It introduced music lovers the world over to Christopher Hogwood, Emma Kirkby, and a whole host of performers who have since become ubiquitous as the "English Early Music Mafia," appearing as they do under zillions of different ensemble names on a variety of labels. Hogwood's performance still holds its own, however, as one of the finest and freshest available. A first-rate effort." --David Hurwitz
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B000004CXU/qid=1040846214/sr=1-11/ref=sr_1_11/103-0225174-5677440?v=glance&s=classical
Handel - "Messiah" with Erickson, McNair, Hodgson, Humphrey, Stilwell, The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra with Atlanta Symphony and Chamber Chorus, Robert Shaw conducting
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B000003CT7/qid=1040838855/sr=2-1/ref=sr_2_1/103-0225174-5677440
Handel - "Messiah" with E. Farrell, Lipton, Cunningham, Warfield, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Eugene Ormandy conducting, with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B0000024OE/qid=1040845852/sr=1-10/ref=sr_1_10/103-0225174-5677440?v=glance&s=classical

Bailey, Albert E., The Gospel in Hymns; Backgrounds and Interpretations (New York, NY: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1950).
"A comprehensive study of 313 hymns and their composers." -- Cyril J. Barber

Edgar, William, Taking Note of Music (London, England: SPCK, 1986), ISBN: 0281042551 9780281042555.
The author is Associate Professor of Apologetics at Westminster Theological Seminary.

Froehlich, Mary Ann, Music Education in the Christian Home: How to Nurture the Musician in Your Child (Brentwood, TN: Wolgemuth and Hyatt Publishers), ISBN: 1568570317 9781568570310.
" `Music is a wonderful gift from God and an appreciation for music should have its roots in the home, but knowing where and how to begin, and what to include can often make the task less than appealing,' says the author. Helps parents to understand the importance and role of music in worship, gives an overview of music history, tells how to encourage your child musically, and discusses the role of church and school." -- GCB

Grout, Donald Jay, A History of Western Music, revised edition (New York, NY: W.W. Norton and Company, Inc., 1973, 1960), ISBN: 0393975274 9780393975277.

*Masters, Peter, Worship in the Melting Pot (Wakeman Trust, July 2, 2002), ISBN: 1870855337 9781870855334.
"New trends in worship have shaken traditional concepts and attitudes, giving rise to much heart-searching and a flurry of books. Is it all just a matter of generation and taste? Are the traditions of today only the innovations of yesterday?
"This lively and clearly reasoned book focuses on four crucial principles of worship laid down by Christ and strongly re-affirmed at the Reformation. These central pillars are rapidly passing out of sight today, yet it is surely by these that all new ideas should be assessed.
"Here also is a fascinating view of how they worshipped in Bible times, including the Old Testament rules for the use of instruments, and New Testament light on all the elements of worship normative for today.
"WORSHIP IN THE MELTING POT has instantly become core reading among British evanglical pastors and lay people. Searching and challenging; dealing with principles not personalities.
"Dr Peter Masters has been Minister of the world-famous Metropolitan Tabernacle (Spurgeon's) in central London since 1970. He edits the international magazine 'Sword & Trowel' (started by Spurgeon in 1865) and directs the studies of aspiring pastors in the Tabernacle's adjunct seminary." -- Publisher's Annotation

McDormand, Thomas Bruce, and Fredric S. Crossman, Judson Concordance to Hymns.

*Newton, John, Messiah: Fifty Expository Discourses, on the Series of Scriptural Passages, Which Form the Subject of the Celebrated Oratorio of Handel, 2 volumes.

Owen, James (1654-1706), Church-pageantry display'd, or, Organ-worship, arraign'd and condemn'd, as inconsistent with the revelation and worship of the Gospel, the sentiments of the ancient fathers, the Church of England, and several eminent divines, both Protestants and Papists. By Eugenius Junior - in answer to a letter about organs, 1700

Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America, The Book of Psalms for Singing: Tune Library (Pittsburgh, PA: Crown & Covenant Publications), a CD-ROM of audio files.

Schaeffer, Edith, Forever Music (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1986), ISBN: 0840754922 9780840754929.
A beautiful and unique tribute to music that stands apart by itself. It seems significant both to musicians and to those who count music appreciation as an important part of their lives.

Smith, Jane S., and Betty Carlson, The Gift of Music: Great Composers and Their Influence, revised edition (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books, 1987),ISBN: 089107869X 9780891078692.
"The purpose of this book is to encourage listening to the finest music with understanding and pleasure, and to stretch one's ear and imagination. It sets forth the lives of about three dozen of the greatest composers, many of whom enriched the Christian church with artistic compositions." -- GCB. Includes bibliography and index.

WILLIAMSON, G.I., Instrumental Music in the Worship of God: Commanded or not Commanded?
"There is no doubt that this is the best short written treatment of this subject. Great principles are involved here, including the standard of sola Scriptura and protecting the work of Christ. Many of the Reformers recognized the introduction of musical instruments, the organ in particular, as the badge of Popery. There are abundant Biblical reasons for this and it certainly was not just some knee-jerk reaction to Romanism, as Williamson carefully demonstrates. In fact, the historic practice and testimony of the church is fascinating, as Girardeau in his classic, Instrumental Music in the Public Worship of God, notes, 'Let us pause a moment to notice the fact, supported by a mass of incontrovertible evidence, that the Christian church did not employ instrumental music in its public worship for 1200 years after Christ. . . . It deserves serious consideration, moreover, that notwithstanding the ever-accelerated drift towards corruption in worship as well as in doctrine and government, the Roman Catholic Church did not adopt this corrupt practice until about the middle of the thirteenth century. . . . When the organ was introduced into its worship it encountered strong opposition, and made its way but slowly to general acceptance. These assuredly are facts that should profoundly impress Protestant churches. How can they adopt a practice which the Roman Church, in the year 1200, had not admitted. . . . Then came the Reformation; and the question arises, How did the Reformers deal with instrumental music in the church?. . . . Zwingle has already been quoted to show instrumental music was one of the shadows of the old law which has been realized in the gospel. He pronounces its employment in the present dispensation 'wicked pervicacity.' There is no doubt in regard to his views on the subject, which were adopted by the Swiss Reformed churches. . . . Calvin is very express in his condemnation of instrumental music in connection with the public worship of the Christian church. . . . In his homily on 1 Sam. xviii. 1-9, he delivers himself emphatically and solemnly upon the subject: 'In Popery there was a ridiculous and unsuitable imitation [of the Jews]. While they adorned their temples, and valued themselves as having made the worship of God more splendid and inviting, they employed organs, and many other such ludicrous things, by which the Word and worship of God are exceedingly profaned, the people being much more attached to those rites than to the understanding of the divine Word . . .' Whatever may be the practice in recent times of the churches of Holland, the Synods of the Reformed Dutch Church, soon after the Reformation, pronounced very decidedly against the use of instrumental music in public worship. The National Synod at Middleburg, in 1581, declared against it, and the Synod of Holland and Zealand, in 1594, adopted this strong resolution; 'That they would endeavor to obtain of the magistrate the laying aside of organs, and the singing with them in the churches . . .' The Provincial Synod of Dort also inveighed severely against their use. . . . The Rev. Charles H. Spurgeon . . . upholds an apostolic simplicity of worship. The great congregation which is blessed with the privilege of listening to his instructions has no organ 'to assist' them in singing. . . . The non-prelatic churches, Independent and Presbyterian, began their development on the American continent without instrumental music. They followed the English Puritans and the Scottish Church, which had adopted the principles of the Calvinistic Reformed Church . . . It has thus been proved by an appeal to historical facts, that the church, although lapsing more and more into defection from the truth and into a corruption of apostolic practice, had no instrumental music for twelve hundred years; and that the Calvinistic Reformed Church ejected it from its services as a element of Popery, even the Church of England having come very nigh to its extrusion from her worship. The historical argument, therefore, combines with the scriptural and the confessional to raise a solemn and powerful protest against its employment by the Presbyterian Church. IT IS HERESY IN THE SPHERE OF WORSHIP!' If you are still unconvinced of the importance of this subject, give this short booklet (16 pages) a quick look--you may be surprised at what you find. Related item: Greg Price's two sermons on this topic Instrumental Music in the OT and NT (on one video or on two audio cassettes) present these arguments in a more detailed fashion. One of these sermons ran directly into a communion service without missing a beat--being applied directly to the Lord's supper, assurance of salvation and justification by faith alone. That should give you an indication of some of the important implications found here." -- SWRB

See also: Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, The psalms in worship
TCRB5: 2467, 2469, 2472

Related WebLinks

Exclusive Psalmody Homepage
http://www.covenanter.org/Worship/Psalmody/psalmody.htm

The Psalms Place (text and midis)
http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Pond/9117/

Psalms of David in Metre
http://www.swrb.com/newslett/actualnls/Psalter0.htm

The Psalms of David in Metre According to the Version Approved by The Church of Scotland The Scottish Metrical Psalter includes audio accompanyment
http://www.cgmusic.com/workshop/smp_frame.htm

Anti-Instrumental Music in the Worship of God Homepage
http://www.covenanter.org/Worship/instruments/instrumentalmusic.htm

Online Hymnal
http://www.sermonaudio.com/hymnlist.asp

The Cyber Hymnal
Here is musical accompaniment from your computer for personal or family devotions in the home. Tunes may be identified here that can be used with THE SCOTTISH METRIC PSALTER.
"This site has over 4,800 Christian hymns and Gospel songs from many denominations. You'll find lyrics, scores, MIDI files, pictures, history, and more. To use the site effectively, you'll need speakers, a sound card, and a browser that supports JavaScript and XHTML, and can play MIDI files.
"This worship and teaching resource is provided as a public service."
http://www.cyberhymnal.org/

WAFG 90.3 FM
http://www.wafg.com/wafg.ram

The Mountain Retreat's Christian Midi Music Page
http://www.mountainretreatorg.net/midi.html



Praise

Great and marvellous are thy works,
Lord God Almighty;
just and true are thy ways,
thou King of saints.
Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name?
for though only art holy:
for all the nations shall come and worship before thee;
for thy judgments are made manifest.
(Revelation 15:3b,4)

See the Theological Notes, "Prayer," at Luke 11:2 in The Reformation Study Bible.

See the Theological Notes, "The Greatness of God," at 1 Chronicles 29:11 in The Reformation Study Bible.

See the Theological Notes, "God the Creator," at Psalm 148:5 in The Reformation Study Bible.

See the Theological Notes, "Pleasing God," at 1 Thessalonians 2:6 in The Reformation Study Bible.

But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel. (Psalm 22:3)

The Treasury of David, Psalm 8, C.H. Spurgeon
http://www.spurgeon.org/treasury/ps008.htm

The Treasury of David, Psalm 24, C.H. Spurgeon
http://www.spurgeon.org/treasury/ps024.htm

The Treasury of David, Psalm 29, C.H. Spurgeon
http://www.spurgeon.org/treasury/ps029.htm

The Treasury of David, Psalm 33, C.H. Spurgeon
http://www.spurgeon.org/treasury/ps033.htm

The Treasury of David, Psalm 47, C.H. Spurgeon
http://www.spurgeon.org/treasury/ps047.htm

The Treasury of David, Psalm 48, C.H. Spurgeon
http://www.spurgeon.org/treasury/ps048.htm

Let the heaven and earth praise him, the seas, and every thing that moveth therein. (Psalm 69:34)

The Treasury of David, Psalm 98, C.H. Spurgeon
http://www.spurgeon.org/treasury/ps098.htm

The Treasury of David, Psalm 103, C.H. Spurgeon
http://www.spurgeon.org/treasury/ps103.htm

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever. (Psalm 111:10)

The Treasury of David, Psalm 113, C.H. Spurgeon
http://www.spurgeon.org/treasury/ps113.htm

This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. (Psalm 118:24)

The Treasury of David, Psalm 136, C.H. Spurgeon
http://www.spurgeon.org/treasury/ps136.htm

The Treasury of David, Psalm 150, C.H. Spurgeon
http://www.spurgeon.org/treasury/ps150.htm

Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen. (Ephesians 3:20,21)

Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, to the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen. (Jude 24,25)

Praising God is one of the highest and purest acts of religion. In prayer we act like men; in praise we act like angels. -- Thomas Watson

Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name."
"God's eye is chiefly on the soul. Bring a hundred dishes to the table; He will carve of none but this. This is the savory meat He loves. He who is best desires to be served with the best. When we give God the soul in a duty, then we give Him the flower and the cream; by a holy chemistry we distill our spirits for Him. A soul inflamed in service is the cup of `spiced wine of the juice of the pomegranate' (Song of Solomon 8:2), which the spouse makes Christ to drink of." -- Thomas Manton
"There is nothing that more exalts the glory of Divine grace and of redeeming love toward a soul than the consideration of God's holiness. For if your Maker were not 'of purer eyes than man is,' yea, if His hatred to sin, and love to righteousness, were not greater than that of the noblest angel, His pardoning of sin, and patience toward transgressors, would not be such a wonderful condescension. But is His name infinitely holy so that 'the heavens are not clean in His sight?' Is the smallest iniquity the abhorrence of His soul, and what He hates with a perfect hatred? Surely, then, His grace and love must be incomparably greater than our thoughts." -- William Dunlop
"The well is seldom so full that water will at first pumping flow forth. Neither is the heart commonly so spiritual, after our best care in our worldly converse (much less when we somewhat overdo therein) as to pour itself into God's bosom freely, without something to raise and elevate it. Yea, often, the springs of grace lie so low that pumping will not fetch the heart up to a praying frame, but arguments must be poured into the soul before the affections rise. For this reason we find holy men using soliloquies and discourses with their hearts to bring them into a gracious temper, suitable for communion with God in ordinances. It seems by these verses that David either found or feared his heart would not be in so good a frame as he desired. So he redoubles his charge: he found his heart somewhat drowsy, which made him arouse himself in this way." -- William Gurnall (The above three comments on Psalm 103:1 are from Devotional Classics of C. H. Spurgeon, p. 353

Bailey, Albert E., The Gospel in Hymns; Backgrounds and Interpretations (New York, NY: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1950).
"A comprehensive study of 313 hymns and their composers." -- Cyril J. Barber

*Church of Scotland, General Assembly, The Scottish Prose Psalter Being The Authorized Version of the Psalms with Selected Passages of Scripture, and Ancient Hymns, Pointed for Chanting, With Accompanying Chants. For Use in Churches, by Authority of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, 2nd edition (London: T. Nelson and Sons, Paternoster Row, Edinburgh and New York, 1906).
"Since Christ is the Second Person of the Trinity, the hymns and laments of the psalms are directed to Him as to the Father and the Spirit. Jesus is both a singer of the psalms (Heb. 2:12 [Psalm 22:22]) and the focus of their interest. We can sing to Him our praise, tell Him our complaints and petitions, and thank Him for His goodness. We extol Him as our King, rest our confidence in Him, and look to Him as the embodiment of God's wisdom." -- "The Book of Psalms," The Reformation Study Bible, pp. 754, 755
Have you ever planned to sing through The Book of Psalms with your spouse or with your family? Here is your psalter: THE SCOTTISH PROSE PSALTER.
The writer knows of no psalter truer to the literal translation of the Word of God, short of pointing The Book of Psalms from YOUNG'S LITERAL TRANSLATION OF THE HOLY BIBLE, which preserves the Hebrew and Greek grammatical structure, or short of taking 15 years out of one's life to learn the original Hebrew and Greek, which, of course, is not necessary.
This is a split-page psalter. The top set of pages are the music, the bottom set of pages are the Psalms. This format allows the worshiper to match any melody with any particular Psalm.
The preface contains instruction on how to chant. Select chants are recommended for each Psalm.
"Chanting is the singing of a prose text to a simple, repeated melody. Good chanting is essentially good reading aloud; it uses the rhythms and stresses of natural speech.
"The ancient Hebrews never used metrical `tunes' in the modern sense. In the synagogue, the Law, the Prophets, and the Writings (including the Psalms), were read in a sing-song recitation which was half speech, half song. Originally chanting involved only a single line (that is, no part-singing), and only two or three pitches. The early Christian church retained this practice, adapting it to the recitation of the Psalms in Latin translation. Our present system of chanting in four parts is called Anglican Chant, and dates from sixteenth-century England.
"Chanting has several advantages over metrical Psalmody, stemming from the fact that in chanting, the music completely serves the text. The music is not difficult or interesting in itself, but has character and meaning only in conjunction with words. The meaning of the text is thus more immediate, and the parallel structure of the Hebrew poetry is more apparent. The difficulties of translating ancient non-metrical poems into sensible English rhyme are rendered unnecessary. Chanting encourages the use of entire Psalms rather than selections." -- "An Introduction to Chanting," The Book of Psalms for Singing, Synod of the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America, 1995, p. 440
A prose psalter was nothing new for The Church of Scotland. They published THE PSALMS OF DAVID IN PROSE AND METRE: WITH THE WHOLE FORME OF DISCIPLINE, AND PRAYERS, ACCORDING TO THE CHURCH OF SCOTLAND; THE PSALMS IN PROSE BEING OF THE LAST TRANSLATION; TRANSLATED BY THE SPECIALL COMMANDMENT OF KING JAMES THE SIXT, 1610 (Aberdene: Printed by Edward Raban for David Melvill, 1633).
The Bible Psalter (London: J. Nisbet, 1880), 142 pp., Presbyterian Church of England, "the music arranged and partly composed by Sir Herbert S. Oakeley" (1830-1903) and The Psalter (T. Nelson and Sons, 1888), 303 pp., by Authority of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, "pointed for chanting, and with chants adapted thereto or specially composed for this work by Sir Herbert Stanley Oakeley" preceded this work.
"The Musical portion of this work is identical with that in THE PSALTER, AND SELECTED PASSAGES OF SCRIPTURE, etc., published in 1888; but advantage has been taken of a new issue to revise and improve the pointing of the words. To mark the Revised Edition the title of the work has been changed to THE SCOTTISH PROSE PSALTER, etc.. . . ." -- Note to Preface, May, 1897.
Publication of THE PSALTER, under the new title, THE SCOTTISH PROSE PSALTER, could have been a consequence of the awakening of 1905, "part of a worldwide movement and apparently especially inspired by British revivals. . ."
Any concordance to the Authorized King James Version and any index to the Psalms of David (AKJV) may be used with this Psalter.
Psalms are an essential part of personal devotions. There is a sincerity and beautiful simplicity about THE SCOTTISH PROSE PSALTER. Everyone should own a copy, especially fathers who lead family worship.
The Scottish Prose Psalter, 1906 edition,
Online PDF file, print resolution (74 MB). It is recommended that a high speed connection be used to download the file.
http://www.lettermen2.com/sppsalter.pdf

Clowney, E., Worthy Is the Lamb! (Michigan City, IN: Sound Word Associates).
Audio cassette JUEC3.

Dick, Dan, Daily Praise From the Bible: Inspiration From the Psalms (Greensburg, PA: Barbour Company), ISBN: 1557480265 9781557480262.

FLAVEL, JOHN (1628-1691), Christ Altogether Lovely. Available [FLAVEL'S WORKS] on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive. Available on The Amazing Christian Library, DVD One, CD #2. Christ Altogether Lovely, by John Flavel
http://www.iclnet.org/pub/resources/text/ipb-e/epl-10/web/flavel-christ-lovely.html

Heardy, Daniel W., and David F. Ford, Praising and Knowing God (Philadelphia, PA: Westminster Press, c1985), ISBN: 0664246249 9780664246242.
Includes bibliographical references and indexes.

Kendrick, Graham, Learning to Worship as a Way of Life (Minneapolis, MN: Bethany House Publishers, 1985), ISBN: 0871238632 9780871238634.

Kendrick, Graham, Public Praise: Celebrating Jesus on the Streets of the World (Altamonte Srings, FL: Strang Communications Company, 1992), ISBN: 0884193144 9780884193142.

Lochman, Jan Milic, The Theology of Praise (Atlanta, GA: John Knox Press, 1982), ISBN: 0804207305 9780804207300.

Mack, Wayne A., To God Be the Glory: A Study in the Biblical Doctrine of Particular Redemption (Mack Publishing Co., 1973), 18 pages.
"An essay on the doctrine of particular redemption: Christ died to save His people, not simply to make salvation possible. Scripture mandates the understanding that God's love is particular and personal. This truth magnifies God in His wisdom, power, justice and love. This truth magnifies the person and work of Jesus Christ. This truth is a strong motivating force unto praise, humility, obedience and boldness." -- David Powlison

McBurney, Charles, Improving Our Praise: Four Studies in Congregational Singing Using the Book of Psalms for Singing (Pittsburgh, PA: Crown & Covenant Publications).
A video seminar with Charles McBurney, VHS.

Murphy, Elspeth Campbell, God, You Fill us up With Joy: Psalm 100 for Children (Elgin, IL: Chariot Books, c1987), ISBN: 1555130372 9781555130374.
Illustrated by Jane E. Nelson.

Myers, Warren, Praise: A Door to God's Presence, ISBN: 0891091440 9780891091448.

Powell, Paul W., A Faith That Sings: Discovering Heavenly Living on Earth From the Psalms (Nashville, TN: Broadman Press, 1970), ISBN: 080545067X 9780805450675.

Prime, Derek, Created to Praise (Pasadena, TX: Pilgrim Publications), ISBN: 0877848254 9780877848257.
"A comprehensive book giving us the Bible's picture of Christian happiness in praising God in prayer, song, trials, difficulties, and for eternity." -- GCB

Protheroe, Rowland E., The Psalms in Human Life (New York, NY: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1963).
Includes bibliography and index. A Christian classic.

Swinnock, George (1627-1673), A treatise of the incomparableness of God in his being, attributes, works and word opened and applyed / by Geo. Swinnocke ..., 1672

Westermann, Claus, Praise and Lament in the Psalms (Atlanta, GA: John Knox Press, c1981), ISBN: 0804217912 9780804217910.
Translated by Keith R. Crim and Richard N. Soulen. Includes bibliography and index.

See also: The sovereign grace of god: his everlasting mercy and lovingkindness, The doctrine of man (human nature, total depravity), Music in the worship of god, Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, The Psalms in Worship, Music, The regulative principle of worship, public worship, Family worship
TCRB5: 1451-1454, 3110

Related WebLinks

Nave's Topical Bible -- Praise
http://bible.crosswalk.com/Concordances/NavesTopicalBible/ntb.cgi?number=T3961

A Catechism on Praise by Rev. Alexander Blaikie
http://www.covenanter.org/Worship/Catechism/catechismofpraise.htm

The Psalms Place (text and midis)
http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Pond/9117/

The Mountain Retreat's Christian Midi Music Page
http://www.mountainretreatorg.net/midi.html

Select Hymns of Horatius Bonar (1808-1889)
http://www.markers.com/ink/hbhymns.htm

WAFG, Coral Ridge Ministries
http://www.wafg.com/wafg.ram

AllWorship.com
Contemporary praise and worship music, commercial free, live streaming, at WallWorship.com.
http://www.allworship.com

Christian Music Websites
"The Christian Music Websites directory covers sites that offer praise and worship music (contemporary, traditional, country, kids, etc.) for Christians in download, pod cast, CD, DVD or streaming formats. For other Christian and ministry resources, visit our Christian Resources Directory."
http://www.web-church.com/directory/resources/christian_music_websites.html

Longwood Gardens
http://www.longwoodgardens.org



stst October 27, 2009, 12:43 PM

Bible Reading and Devotional Guides

See the Theological Notes, "Illumination and Conviction," at 1 Corinthians 2:10 in The Reformation Study Bible.

This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. (Psalm 118:24)

And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the LORD doth man live. (Deuteronomy 8:3)

The third perspective is that "the Bible can only be correctly interpreted by people who have years of intense training in theology." This argument, which goes back to the Protestant Reformation of several hundred years ago, was rejected by 76% of adults [19% agreed]. The segments most likely to agree with this idea were African-Americans and Hispanics (24% of each group) and Catholics (22%). Even among those segments, however, less than one-quarter believes that accurate comprehension of the Bible is beyond the capacity of the average person. -- George Barna in Americans Draw Theological Beliefs From Diverse Points of View, October 8, 2002, http://www.barna.org/cgi-bin/PagePressRelease.asp?PressReleaseID=122&Reference=A

So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. (Romans 10:17)

"God is able to interpret His own Word unto thee. Indeed none can enter into the knowledge thereof but he must be beholden unto His Spirit to unlock the door. . . ." -- William Gurnall

The whole of the prophecies of Isaiah are precious, and should be read by us constantly in private. -- Spurgeon's Devotional Bible

"I still say that 100 pages of the great Christian classics will serve better to firm up our thinking and acting than 1000 of these books being written today for that avowed purpose." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.

"Latest is not greatest and newest is not truest."

Adams, James E., War Psalms (Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian Reformed Publishing Co.), ISBN: 0875520936 9780875520933.
Foreword by Jay E. Adams, not to be confused with the author, James E. Adams.
"As to the number of imprecatory Psalms, there are differing opinions. Some scholars see as few as three, others as many as twenty. The reason for this difference is that there are a number of Psalms that contain elements of malediction. It seems to this writer that there are at least ten such Psalms: 7, 35, 55, 58, 69, 79, 83, 109, 137, and 139. -- W. Gary Crampton in "What About the Imprecatory Psalms?"
Other Psalms that might be considered imprecatory: 3, 6, 17, 28, 56, 64, 73, 83, 86, 90, 94, 102, 105, 140, and 142.

Adams, Jay E., What to Do on Thursday: A Layman's Guide to the Practical Use of the Scriptures (Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed, 1982), 135 pages.
"This book contains a 'method that, if faithfully followed, will make your Bible a practical Book that you can use, not only on Sunday but on Thursday, and every other day in the week, to solve the problems that you encounter in daily living.' The Bible was written to be used in daily life, but few Christians have ever been taught how to use it. How do you locate (Bible information, pp. 19-49), understand (Bible interpretation, pp. 53-98), and apply (Bible implementation, pp. 101-134) relevant Scripture? Bible information includes a basic orientation to Scripture. Bible interpretation teaches principles of accurate interpretation, how to use Bible study tools, and how to pursue the intent (telos) of a passage. Bible implementation teaches you how to adapt truth to varying life situations. 'Christians must become actors, not reactors. They must learn to choose and develop goals, structure their lives and become actors who consciously do whatever they do in order to attain biblical goals'." -- David Powlison

Baker, Richard, Meditations and Disquisitions Upon the First Psalm, the Penitential Psalms, and Seven Consolatory Psalms (Harrisonburg, VA: Sprinkle Publications).
"This great Puritan work appearing in 1639-1640 is a newer edition printed by Mrs. Spurgeon in 1882 and given as a conference gift." -- Lloyd T. Sprinkle

*Bennett, Arthur (editor), The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers and Devotions (Edinburgh, Scotland: The Banner of Truth Trust, 1975), ISBN: 0851518214 9780851518213.
"The prayers are taken from the works of Thomas Shepard, Thomas Watson, Richard Baxter, John Bunyan, Isaac Watts, William Williams, Philip Doddridge, William Romaine, David Brainerd, Augustus Toplady, Christmas Evans, William Jay, Henry Law, and Charles Haddon Spurgeon" -- Arthur Bennett
"Contains a wealth of insight into the practical application of Puritan theology to the Christian life. Challenging." -- Cyril J. Barber

*Bernard of Clairvaux, The Love of God and Spiritual Friendship (Portland, OR: Multnomah Press, 1983), ISBN: 0880700173 9780880700177. A Christian classic.
Abridged and edited by J.M. Houston. "Houston provides his readers with a careful introduction to the times of Bernard and his importance in the history of the Christian church. He then furnishes a carefully edited version of this greatest devotional treatise on the love of God . . ." -- Cyril J. Barber
On Loving God by Saint Bernard of Clairvaux
http://www.ccel.org/bernard/loving_God/loving_God.html

*Bernard de Clairvaux, On Loving God: Selections From Sermons by St. Bernard of Clairvaux (A Treasury of Christian Books. Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated, 1981), ISBN: 0313207879 9780313207877.
On Loving God by Saint Bernard of Clairvaux
http://www.ccel.org/bernard/loving_God/loving_God.html

Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, Living in Christ: Studies on Knowing Christ, Growing in Christ, Obeying Christ, Sharing Christ (Minneapolis, MN: World Wide Publications).
A special study guide to the Gospel of John. It is given to new believers who want to know more about the Christian life, and how to walk daily with Christ.

*Bonar, Andrew, Heavenly Springs: Portions for the Sabbaths of a Year (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust), ISBN: 0851514790 9780851514796.
"This is a collection of Bonar's writing by his daughter, Marjory Bonar, together with extracts from his personal diary. The arrangement is in the form of meditations for each Sunday of the year . . ." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.

*Burroughs, Jeremiah, Gospel Fear (Morgan, PA: Soli Deo Gloria Publications), ISBN: 187761131X 9781877611315.
"In these sermons on Isaiah 66:2 Burroughs addresses the importance of having a reverence for God's Word." -- GCB This printing has been re-typeset and re-edited from the 1st SDG reprint in 1991.

*Calvin, John (1509-1564), Commentary on the Prophet Isaiah (Grand Rapids, MI: Wm.B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1961, c1958). Also available in Calvin's Commentaries and in various other formats. Available on The Amazing Christian Library, DVD One, CD #1. A Christian classic.
"I know of no man since the Apostles' days whom I value and honor more than Calvin, and whose judgment in all things, one with another, I more esteem and come nearer to." -- Richard Baxter
"Of all commentators I believe Calvin to be the most candid. . . . He was no trimmer and pruner of texts. He gave their meaning as far as he knew it." -- C.H. Spurgeon
Commentary on Isaiah - Volume 1, John Calvin
http://www.ccel.org/ccel/calvin/calcom13.html

*Carmichael, Amy, If (Fort Washington, PA: Christian Literature Crusade, 1966).
"As with a good deal of Amy Carmichael's published works, this book was borne out of an intimate thought-dialogue between Amy and her Lord. Not intended to be read straight through, each page contains a brief reflection on a human response as it compares with the Divine Love demonstrated on the cross. Every entry provides ample food for meditation and self-examination in light of Calvary Love. Only a heart willfully steeled against exposure of its shortcomings will fail to be moved by these practical insights. And though her comments are often piercingly perceptive, Amy never comes across as heavy-handed or preach-y. As always, one is made to feel a kindredness of heart with the author in our earthly journey." -- Reader Comment
Said to be an all-time best-seller.

Carmichael, Amy, Toward Jerusalem (Fort Washington, PA: Christian Literature Crusade).
"Amy Carmichaels's collection of poetry is breathtaking. In TOWARDS JERUSALEM, Miss Carmichael shares her deep love for the Lord through her writings. They have a lyrical flow that helps you grasp the `bigger picture' of life and love. Poems such as `In Acceptance Lieth Peace' calmed and soothed my soul, and indeed did help me to see where peace shall come from. Her poems range in topic from Life issues to Love issues, but are all Christ-Centered. I was deeply touched and inspired. A good companion to read along with TOWARDS... is CANDLES IN THE DARK, another one of Miss Carmichael's inspiring books." -- Reader Comment

Clowney, E., Call on Me; Cleaving to the Lord; The Laughter of Faith; The Muttering Man (Philadelphia, PA: Westminster Media, 1991).
Audio recording.

*Cowman, Mrs. Charles E., Streams in the Desert (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House),ISBN: 9780310282754 0310282756.
Said to be one of the most beautiful devotions ever written.

Derham, A. Morgan (editor), Time for the Family, 2 volumes (Wayne, PA [Scripture Union, 150 Strafford Avenue, Wayne 19087]: Scripture Union), ISBN: 0854219870 9780854219872.
"Each volume provides six full months of Bible readings, prayers, and activity material in a lively and readable form. Designed to take just ten minutes a day."

EDWARDS, CHARLES E. (editor), Devotions and Prayers of John Calvin. Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #21, ISBN: 0921148992 9780921148999. Available on The Amazing Christian Library, DVD Four, CD 21#.

Ellis, Charles, and Norma Ellis, Heirs Together of Life: Daily Bible Readings for Husbands and Wives (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust), ISBN: 0851513115 9780851513119.
"Short discussions on almost 200 passages from the Bible, Genesis through Revelation in sequence. Each selection is related to marriage and the home. Designed as a devotional to be used by husband and wife together." -- GCB

*Gibbs, Alfred P., The Marvelous City of Mansoul (St. Louis, MO: Faithful Words Publishing Co., 1949).
"A devotion study of Bunyan's HOLY WAR." -- Cyril J. Barber

Graham, Billy, To God Be the Glory: A Testimony of Living Faith From two Famous Christian Personalities, Corrie Ten Boom and Billy Graham (New York, NY: Walker and Company, 1985), ISBN: 0802724736 9780802724731.
Contributions by Corrie Ten Boom. Roger Elmood, editor.

Hall, Bishop Joseph, The Art of Meditation (Jenkintown, PA: Sovereign Grace Publishers). A Christian classic.

*Havergal, Frances, Kept for the Master's Use (Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Publications), ISBN: 080246582X. A Christian classic.
"If ever a woman lived her whole life as if she were married to Christ, it is Frances Havergal. Her every breath was drawn for Him, and so her every utterance breathed of Him . . . You will thrill to her expressions of praise. And when she leads us to a dedicated Christian life, we find it compelling. By all means read this book. You will never forget it." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.
Kept for the Master's Use
http://books.google.com/books?id=xnoVhMW4_jIC&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=html

*Havergal, Frances, Opened Treasures.
"If ever there was a woman who was consecrated to the Lord Jesus, it was surely Frances Havergal. All her poetry and prose is saturated with the Living Word. It has a freshness and power which only the eternal dew of heavenly truth could impart. She was know to look to the Lord long and prayerfully before putting pen to paper. She once wrote to her sister, `If I am to write to any good, a great deal of living must go into a very little writing.' Her hymns, her poetry, and her prose breathe with the fire of love to her Savior. She lived very close, devoting the most of her earnings to missions. By the time of her death one of her volumes of poetry reached its 30th edition, and another was in its 38th. She began to read the Bible at age 4 and never ceased to study it. She lived as she wrote in that famous hymn: `Take my life, and let it be, Consecrated, Lord, to Thee, Take my moments and my days; Let them flow in ceaseless praise.' Readers thrill at all she writes. There are 366 devotions in this book, consistently heavenly in character. It makes a perfect gift." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.

*Hodgkin, A.M., Christ in All the Scriptures (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House) ISBN: 1557480664 9781557480668.
"First published in 1907, this classic work is a clear testimony of Christ to the Scriptures and their affirmation of Him as the Son of God. The love and reverence with which the author approaches these glorious truths ensure it a place among the finest devotional writings." -- GCB

*Kempis, Thomas a' (Thomas, a' Kempis. c. 1380-1471), The Imitation of Christ, an electronic publication of the November 5, 1940 edition of The Bruce Publishing Company, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Grand Rapids, MI: Christian Classics Ethereal Library), Translated by: Aloysius Croft, and Harold Bolton. ISBN: 0585035636 9780585035635. A Christian classic.
"For five hundred years, this gentle book, filled with the spirit of the love of God, has brought understanding and comfort to millions of readers in over fifty languages, and provided them with a source of heart-felt personal prayer. These meditations on the life and teachings of Jesus, written in times even more troubled and dangerous than our own, have become second only to the Bible as a guide and inspiration." -- ccel
"The primary Protestant complaints about the book are with regard to what they might call medieval superstitions: the merit of good works and transubstantiation (IV:2 - i.e., volume IV, chapter 2), purgatory (IV:9), and the honoring of saints (I:13, II:9, III:6, III:59)." -- Wikipedia
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*Knox, David B., Not by Bread Alone (Carlisle, PA: Banner of Truth), ISBN: 0851515657 9780851515656.
"The theme of this book is the absolute necessity of the Word of God to maintain spiritual health, happiness, and balance. To demonstrate this Knox shows that the Scriptures have words of guidance for us in such diverse matters of the present as money, abortion, punishment, race, women's liberation, sex, censorship, homosexuality, and much more. `As a man thinks in his heart, so is he.' (Proverbs 23:7) From this text Knox shows us that there is a continuous battle for the mind between the absolutes of the Bible, and the lack of standards of public opinion. The bent of depraved human society is ever downward. The only cure for this is knowledge of the Bible, and God's providential care that such knowledge is effective in salting down the nation, the province, or the community where it is upheld." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.

Mack, Wayne, How to Read the Bible (Nutley, NJ: The Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Co., 1977).

McQuilkin, Robertson, Understanding and Applying the Bible, ISBN: 080240457X 9780802404572.

*Morris, Leon, The Story of the Cross: A Devotional Study of St. Matthew, Chapters 26-28 (Grand Rapids, MI: Wm.B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1957).
"A brilliant, evangelical study of the passion narrative in Matthew 26-28." -- Cyril J. Barber

Packer, J.I., Beyond the Battle for the Bible (Wheaton, IL: Good News Publishers [Crossway Books]), ISBN: 0891071954 9780891071952.
"Issues the call to reaffirm the power of God's Word and not get lost in endless debates over authority. How? By recovering an authentic approach to interpretation and Biblical study. Packer lays the foundation for us to implement this reaffirmation." -- GCB

Packer, J.I., Meeting God: 12 Studies for Individuals or Groups, ISBN: 0830810579 9780830810574

Packer, J.I., Your Father Loves You: Daily Insights for Knowing God, ISBN: 0877889759 9780877889755.

Rice, Helen Steiner, Someone Cares (Old Tappan, NJ: Fleming H. Revell, c1972), ISBN: 0800705246 9780800705244.
"For millions of readers, Helen Steiner Rice's poetry is a living testimony to God's action in human lives. SOMEONE CARES, one of Mrs. Rice's most popular collections, has now sold nearly a million copies. With an updated format and stunning watercolor art by Stan Myers, this new edition promises to be a hit with Mrs. Rice's many devoted fans.
This collection includes poems on loving God, loving others, God's love and presence, and the richness of family life. SOMEONE CARES shows how important it is to find someone who does care and to become someone who cares for others. It also reassures readers of God's love and presence, encouraging them to remember that the Someone above is always with us.
"In addition to Mrs. Rice's inspiring poems, SOMEONE CARES includes a personal statement of the author's faith entitled THIS I BELIEVE. This statement clearly reveals the spiritual dimension in Mrs. Rice's life, a quality that gives her work such universal appeal.
"Helen Steiner Rice, America's best-loved inspirational poet, wrote poems to encourage readers of all ages. Her popular books have sold more than six million copies. They include SOMEBODY LOVES YOU, A BOOK OF THANKS, and BLOSSOMS OF FRIENDSHIP.
"Stan Myers is an award-winning artist and member of the prestigious National Watercolor Society. His work is included in private and corporate collections and is represented by several galleries in the Midwest." -- Reader Comment
Helen Steiner Rice is the favorite poetess of D. James Kennedy.

*RUTHERFORD, SAMUEL (1600?-1661), Letters of Samuel Rutherford (Puritan Paperback Series. Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust). ISBN: 0851511635. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #10, #21, ISBN: 0921148852 9780921148852. Available on The Amazing Christian Library, DVD Four, CD #21. A Christian classic.
With a biographical introduction by Andrew Bonar. "These letters will ever be precious to all who are sensible of their own, and the church's decay and corruptions." -- Andrew Bonar
"Like a strong winged eagle he soars into the highest heaven and with unblenched eye he looks into the mystery of love divine. . . . When we are dead and gone let the world know that Spurgeon held RUTHERFORD'S LETTERS to be the nearest thing to inspiration which can be found in all the writings of mere men." -- C.H. Spurgeon
"Hold off the Bible, such a book the world never saw." -- Richard Baxter
Letters of Samuel Rutherford
http://www.puritansermons.com/toc.htm#RUTH
Letters of Samuel Rutherford
http://books.google.com/books?id=tI_iAAAACAAJ&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=html

Scripture Union, various authors, "Encounters With God" (mature Christians, includes Small Group devotions), "Discovery" (new Christians), "AM/PM" (teenagers, 15 and up), "One to One" (ages 11-14) and "Quest" (ages 7-10) (Wayne, PA [Scripture Union, 150 Strafford Avenue, Wayne 19087]: Scripture Union). 10723
Excellent, daily, in-depth Bible reading guides for every age in the family. Ask for a sample issue.
"Even if your kids have never read `the world's best-seller' before, AM/PM will help them start learning what it means to live for Jesus." -- Scripture Union
"Quest" guides may be used for Quest Clubs, weekly Bible studies for kids.
Scripture Union, USA
http://www.scriptureunion.org

SIBBES, RICHARD (1577-1635), Divine meditations and holy contemplations. By that Reverend divine R. Sibbes, ... A new edition, again revised, London, 1775 Available [THE WORKS OF RICHARD SIBBES] on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.

*Spurgeon, C.H., Day-by-Day: A Sourcebook of Daily Meditations From the Prince of Preachers, ISBN: 0825437717 9780825437717. Compiled by Al Bryant. "This is a completely new compilation gathered from Spurgeon's sermons -- 366 daily meditations." -- GCB

Spurgeon, C.H., Devotional Classics of C.H. Spurgeon, ISBN: 1878442503 9781878442505.

*Spurgeon, C.H., R.M. M'Cheyne, H. Bonar, and Matthew Henry, Devotional Classics Package, 5 volumes (Pasadena, TX: Pilgrim Publications). A Christian classic.
"Here is an inexpensive way to introduce a friend to some popular Puritan paperbacks. The five titles included are AROUND THE WICKET GATE by Spurgeon, THE SEVEN CHURCHES OF ASIA by R.M. M'Cheyne, FOLLOW THE LAMB by H. Bonar, FAITH: WHAT IT IS AND WHAT IT LEADS TO by Spurgeon, and THE YOUNG CHRISTIAN by Matthew Henry. Great for churches to give to new members. You, too, will grow in your Christian life with these!" -- GCB
Follow the Lamb, by Horatius Bonar
http://www.pionet.net/~cultrsch/bfl.htm

*Spurgeon, C.H., Faith's Checkbook: Scripture Promises Linked to Your Needs (Chicago, IL: Moody Press), ISBN: 0938453025 9780938453024.
"A promise from God may very instructively be compared to a check payable to order. It is given to the believer with the view of bestowing upon him some good thing. It is not meant that he should read it over comfortably and then have done with it. No, he is to treat the promises as a reality, as a man treats a check. He is to take the promise and endorse it with his own name by personally receiving it as true." -- C.H. Spurgeon
"In the Preface of his devotional volume containing 365 brief, experimental comments on the promises which Spurgeon has chosen, the renowned preacher tells us that so many of these promises are true because the were fulfilled in his own experience during a time of `wading in the surf of controversy,' and also when `sharp bodily pain succeeded mental depression, accompanied both by bereavement, and affliction in the person of one dear as life. Never were the promises of Jehovah so precious to me as at this hour.' Thus it was to help other sufferers that Spurgeon prepared this comforting book."
Faith's Checkbook, A Daily Devotional by C. H. Spurgeon
http://bible.christiansunite.com/faitharchive.shtmly

*Spurgeon, C.H., Morning and Evening, ISBN: 0883684101. A Christian classic.
"For over a century, MORNING AND EVENING has been the classic daily devotional for thousands of Christians. Now it's available in an appealing contemporary format with a modern typeface! Each day's devotions -- a morning and an evening selection for every day of the year -- are complete on a two-page spread. Spurgeon's inspiring meditations are drawn on portions of Scripture from every book of the Bible, and a concise index of texts lets you find what he had to say on nearly any Biblical topic . . ." -- CBD
Spurgeon is considered by many to have been the greatest English preacher.
Morning and Evening by C.H. Spurgeon
http://www.ccel.org/spurgeon/morn_eve/morn_eve.html

*Spurgeon, C.H. (1834-1892), Spurgeon's Devotional Bible (Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 1975, 1974, 1964) and Spurgeon's Devotional Bible: Selected Passages From the Word of God With Running Comments, ISBN: 0852343434 0852340583 9780852340585 (paperback), (Evangelical Press, February 1996). Other title: THE INTERPRETER: SPURGEON'S MORNING AND EVENING DEVOTIONS FROM THE BIBLE.
"For anyone who wants to restore daily devotions on an individual or family basis, SPURGEON'S DEVOTIONAL BIBLE is the perfect answer. One can read through this book in a year when morning and evening devotions are maintained. . . .
"The gist of the entire Bible is found between the covers of this book. . . . some verses [and chapters] were omitted in whole or in part, but they are always summarized in such a way that the narrative or teaching remains clear. The emphasis is always on Scripture . . ." -- Publisher's Annotation
C.H. Spurgeon wrote, among other things:

Commenting on typology is a way to convince piers of the reality and immediacy of the Gospel. The concise, succinct, erudite comments point again and again to parallels in Scripture to the life and work of Christ. For example, see the comments on the life of Joseph, on the first Passover, and on God's provision of manna for Israel in the wilderness.
This work, by a modern Puritan, is preeminently practical. Spurgeon emphasizes application of Scripture to everyday life. Key verses appear at the top of each page.
Spurgeon's discerning mind has captured essential and profound lessons. He brings together Old and New Testament passages with similar lessons. Here is little known insight that should not be ignored or overlooked.
The Bible is full of wisdom on human behavior, real psychology, and Spurgeon points out these lessons everywhere.
The text is the Authorized King James Version.
A footnote at the bottom of page 643 (Baker Book House edition) states "In this reading the first five notes are from Lange's Commentary. All through the work we have gathered from every available source." Looking at other works by Spurgeon, for example, THE TREASURY OF DAVID, and knowing that he had a huge library, it could be expected he selected freely from the works of other authors. Poetry has been added after the Bible selection and notes. It would appear the notes and poetry have not been documented for practical purposes, to make the book seamless and uncluttered. It is a drawback, however, to not know which notes and poetry was from Spurgeon's pen and which he selected from other authors.
Pilgrim Publications
Sells new copies of SPURGEON'S DEVOTIONAL BIBLE.
http://www.pilgrimpublications.com/
Power BibleCD
Includes SPURGEON'S DEVOTIONAL BIBLE. This is the only e-text of the work that we know of.
http://www.powerbible.com/

stst stopped fetching oclc 8/13 1643 Stone, Nathan, Names of God in the Old Testament (Chicago, IL: Moody Press).

*Thomas, I.D.E., A Puritan Golden Treasury. Alternate title: THE GOLDEN TREASURY OF PURITAN QUOTATIONS (Puritan Paperback Series. Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust), ISBN: 0851512496 9780851512495.
"One of the purposes of this book is to . . . acquaint the Christian believer with the great Puritan authors. . . . Just as it has been said of modern democracy that it is the child of the Reformation rather than of the Reformers, the same could be said of the political revolution of the 1650's -- it was more the child of Puritanism than of the Puritans." -- I.D.E. Thomas. Includes about 1500 quotations. Includes author index.

*WESTMINSTER ASSEMBLY (1643-1652), The Westminster Confession of Faith (1646) (Glasgow, Scotland [Free Presbyterian Publications, 133 Woodlands Road, Glasgow G3 6LE]: Free Presbyterian Publication, 1994). ISBN: 0902506080 (casebound) and ISBN: 0902506358 (paperback). Available from Crown and Covenant Publications. Also, available from Still Waters Revival Books). A Christian classic.
" 'The product of Puritan conflict,' stated Shedd, reaching 'a perfection of statement never elsewhere achieved.' All that learning the most profound and extensive, intellect the most acute and searching, and piety the most sincere and earnest, could accomplish, was thus concentrated in the Westminster Assembly's Confession of Faith, which may be safely termed the most perfect statement of Systematic Theology ever framed by the Christian Church,' writes Hetherington (The History of the Westminster Assembly of Divines), p. 345. Concerning the Shorter Catechism, which is one of the items also included in this book, Mitchell notes: 'it is a thoroughly Calvinistic and Puritan catechism, the ripest fruit of the Assembly's thought and experience, maturing and finally fixing the definitions of theological terms to which Puritanism for half a century had been leading up and gradually coming closer and closer to in its legion of catechisms' (Westminster Assembly: Its History and Standards, p. 431). THE WESTMINSTER CONFESSION OF FAITH (1646) is the greatest of all the creeds of the Christian church. The church of Christ cannot be creedless and live. Especially in an age of doubt and confusion, it is her duty to define and proclaim the one true faith. Nowhere has the Reformed church done this so effectively as in the WESTMINSTER CONFESSION [1646] and family of documents. This book represents Reformed thinking at its purest and best. It was intended, as part of the Covenanted Reformation taking place during its compilation, to be adopted as the binding confessional standard for every individual, family, court, church, and legislature in the British Isles." -- SWRB
This is considered to be the definitive publication of the Westminster family of documents. It includes the following:

  1. To the Christian Reader, Especially Heads of Families, Mr. Thomas Manton's Epistle to the Reader,
  2. The Confession of Faith (1646), the full and original edition with Scripture proofs written out,
  3. The Larger Catechism with Scripture proofs written out,
  4. The Shorter Catechism with Scripture proofs written out,
  5. The Sum of Saving Knowledge,
  6. The National Covenant,
  7. The Solemn League and Covenant,
  8. A Solemn Acknowledgement of Publick Sins and Breaches of the Covenant; and a Solemn Engagement to all the Duties Contained Therein is available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #1, ISBN: 0921148674 9780921148678,
  9. The Directory for the Public Worship of God,
  10. The Form of Presbyterial Church Government, and
  11. The Directory for Family Worship.
THE WESTMINSTER CONFESSION OF FAITH (1646) is said to be the finest summary of THE HOLY BIBLE available. It is recommended for daily devotions. Among the ten greatest works in the English language.
The Significance of The Westminster Standards as a Creed
http://www.fpcr.org/blue_banner_articles/signific.htm
Westminster Confession of Faith (1646) With Scripture Proofs
http://www.reformed.org/documents/wcf_with_proofs/
Scripture Index to the Westminster Standards (The complete Scripture index to the Westminster Confession (1646), Larger and Shorter Catechisms.) Available on Library of Presbyterian Heritage Publications [and] Protestant Heritage Press Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.
http://www.swrb.com/newslett/actualnls/index01.htm
THE WESTMINSTER CONFESSION OF FAITH (1646) with all its subordinate documents in searchable format is available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #1, ISBN: 0921148674 9780921148678.
Westminster Assembly and Related Documents
http://www.covenanter.org/Westminster/westminsterhome.htm
For commentaries on THE WESTMINSTER OF FAITH (1646) see the following topical listing:
"The Westminster Confession of Faith (1646) (The Westminster Standards) and Related Works"
http://www.lettermen2.com/bcrr9cha.html#wcf
Bordwine, James, A Guide to the Westminster Standards: Confession of Faith and Larger Catechism (Unicoi, TN: (The Trinity Foundation, 1996). ISBN: 0940931303 9780940931305.
Includes a unique, 100-page topical index to both the Confession and the Catechism.
Westminster Divines, The Shorter Catechism With Scripture Proofs (Carlisle, PA [P.O. Box 621, Carlisle 17013, USA]: The Banner of Truth Trust). ISBN: 0851512658.
Arguably the greatest tract ever created, all factors considered.
http://www.reformed.org/documents/WSC_frames.html
Westminster Shorter Catechism Project
"Click on any of the individual questions below to get the answer and Biblical references, as well as links to works by John Flavel, Thomas Watson, Thomas Boston, James Fisher, and John Whitecross, and others."
http://www.shortercatechism.com/
Westminster Larger Catechism With Proof Texts
http://www.reformed.org/documents/wlc_w_proofs/index.html
"The Westminster Confession of Faith (1646) (The Westminster Standards) and Related Works: A Study Guide"
http://www.lettermen2.com/suggest.html
Heresies Defined and the Necessity of Heresies Explained, by George Gillespie, Scottish Commissioner to the Assembly of Divines at Westminster
http://www.truecovenanter.com/gillespie/ggilles09.html

Williamson, Gerald Irvin, The Westminster Confession of Faith (1646) for Study Classes (Philadelphia, PA: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing, Co., c1964), ISBN: 0875525385.
"The most thorough work on the Confession since A.A. Hodge." -- William Grier. A Christian classic.
Scripture Index to the Westminster Standards (The complete Scripture index to the Westminster Confession (1646), Larger and Shorter Catechisms.) Available on Library of Presbyterian Heritage Publications [and] Protestant Heritage Press Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.
http://www.swrb.com/newslett/actualnls/index01.htm
Bordwine, James, A Guide to the Westminster Standards: Confession of Faith and Larger Catechism (Unicoi, TN: (The Trinity Foundation, 1996). ISBN: 0940931303 9780940931305. Includes a unique, 100-page topical index to both the Confession and the Catechism.

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Westminster Shorter Catechism With Proof Texts
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"Jesus Christ Himself" (Ephesians 2:20)
A sermon by C.H. Spurgeon delivered on Lord's-day morning, December 9, 1877, at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington, Sermon no. 1388.
"Beyond all argument or miracle, Jesus Christ Himself is the proof of His own Gospel. And as He is the proof of it, so, Beloved, He is the marrow and essence of it. When the Apostle Paul meant that the Gospel was preached, He said, Christ is preached, for the Gospel is Christ Himself! If you want to know what Jesus taught, know Him! He is the incarnation of that Truth of God which by Him and in Him is revealed to the sons of men. Did He not, Himself say, I am the way, the truth, and the life? You have not to take down innumerable books, nor to pore over mysterious sentences of double meaning in order to know what our great Teacher has revealed. You have but to turn and gaze upon His countenance, behold His actions and note His spirit and you know His teaching. He lived what He taught. If we wish to know Him, we may hear His gentle voice saying, Come and see. Study His wounds and you understand His innermost philosophy. To know Him and the power of His Resurrection is the highest degree of spiritual learning. He is the end of the Law and the soul of the Gospel -- and when we have preached His Word to the fullest, we may close by saying, Now, of the things which we have spoken, this is the sum -- we have an High Priest who is set on the right hand of the Throne of the Majesty in the heavens."
http://www.spurgeongems.org/vols22-24/chs1388.pdf

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Prayer

See the Theological Notes," 'This Is My Name:' God's Self-disclosure," at Exodus 3:15 in The Reformation Study Bible.

Moreover as for me, God forbid that I should sin against the Lord in ceasing to pray for you. (1 Samuel 12:23a)

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. (2 Chronicles 7:14)

God be merciful unto us, and bless us: and cause his face to shine upon us: That they way may be known upon earth, thy saving health among all nations. (Psalm 67:1,2)

And the Lord turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends. (Job 42:10a)

But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. -- Jesus Christ (Matthew 4:4)

Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.
For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.
-- Jesus Christ (Matthew 18:19, 20)

Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak. -- Jesus Christ (Matthew 26:41)

And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.
But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.
-- Jesus Christ (Mark 11:25, 26)

See the Theological Notes, "Prayer," at Luke 11:2 in The Reformation Study Bible

And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. -- Jesus Christ (John 14:13)

If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. -- Jesus Christ (John 15:7)

And ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you.
And in that day ye shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give [it] you.
Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.
-- Jesus Christ (John 16:22,24)

I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine. -- Jesus Christ (John 17:9)

That they all may be one; as thou, Father, [art] in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.
And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:
I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.
-- Jesus Christ (John 17:21-23)

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6,7)

Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. (1 Thessalonians 5:16,17,18)

I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; for kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. (1 Timothy 2:1-2)

For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. (Hebrews 4:15,16)

Still further, the believer will have need to overcome the enemy in the heavenly places in reference to access to God. It may happen that when we are most intent upon communing with God, the adversary hinders us. Our heart and our flesh cry out for God, the living God; but from one cause or another we are unable to draw nigh unto the throne. The heart is heavy, sin is rampant, care is harassing, and Satanic insinuation is busy. You seem shut out from God, and the enemy triumphs over you. You feel very near the world, very near the flesh, and very near the devil: but you mourn your miserable distance from God. You are like a child who cannot reach his father's door because a black dog barks at him from the door. What is the way of access? If the foul fiend will not move out of the way, can we force our passage? By what weapon can we drive away the adversary so as to come to God? Is it not written that we are made nigh by the blood? Is there not a new and living way consecrated for us? Have we not boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus? We are sure of God's love when we see that Christ died for us; we are sure of God's favour when we see how that atonement has removed our transgressions far from us. We perceive our liberty to come to the Father, and therefore we each one say-
"I will approach thee-I will force
My way through obstacles to thee;
To thee for strength will have recourse,
To thee for consolation flee!"
Pleading the propitiation made by the blood of the Lamb, we dare draw nigh to God. Behold, the evil spirit makes way before us. The sacred name of Jesus is one before which he flees. This will drive away his blasphemous suggestions and foul insinuations better than anything that you can invent. The dog of hell knows the dread name which makes him lie down: we must confront him with the authority, and specially with the atonement of the Lamb of God. He will rage and rave all the more if we send Moses to him; for he derives his power from our breaches of the law, and we cannot silence him unless we bring to him the great Lord who has kept the law, and made it honourable. -- C.H. Spurgeon in a sermon, The Blood of the Lamb, the Conquering Weapon

In all times of danger from men our wisest course is to fly to the Lord our helper. He has ways and means for delivering us which we know not of. He can either turn our enemies into friends, or else so check all their efforts that they shall do us no real injury. Blessed are those men whose trust in the Lord never wavers. -- C.H. Spurgeon, commenting on Psalm 124 and Genesus 31:36-44 in Spurgeon's Devotional Bible, p. 45

"By fasting, the body learns to obey the soul; by praying, the soul learns to command the body." -- William Secker

"Pray often; for prayer is a shield to the soul, a sacrifice to God, and a scourge for Satan." -- John Bunyan

Calvin was very much a man of prayer. He called prayer 'the principle exercise which the children of God have;' it is a 'true proof' of saving faith. -- Gary Crampton

Adams, Jay E., Prayers for Troubled Times (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 1979), 64 pages, ISBN: 0875520677 9780875520674.
" 'In simple, everyday English, yet with reverence, I have tried to express many of the heartfelt and inner cries of God's people.' Contains 33 prayers on concerns from 'Age' and 'Anger' to 'Work' and 'Worry' (with a dozen blank pages at the end to pen your own). 'Every prayer grew out of actual experience'." -- David Powlison

Adams, James E., War Psalms (Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian Reformed Publishing Co.), ISBN: 0875520936 9780875520933.
Foreword by Jay E. Adams, not to be confused with the author, James E. Adams.
"As to the number of imprecatory Psalms, there are differing opinions. Some scholars see as few as three, others as many as twenty. The reason for this difference is that there are a number of Psalms that contain elements of malediction. It seems to this writer that there are at least ten such Psalms: 7, 35, 55, 58, 69, 79, 83, 109, 137, and 139. -- W. Gary Crampton in "What About the Imprecatory Psalms?"
Other Psalms that might be considered imprecatory: 3, 6, 17, 28, 56, 64, 73, 83, 86, 90, 94, 102, 105, 140, and 142.

Baxter, Richard, Converse with God in solitude: or, the Christian improving the insufficiency and uncertainty of human friendship for conversing with God in secret. Written by ... Richard Baxter. Abridged by Benjamin Fawcett, Salop, 1761.

Beeke, Joel, Apostolic Prayer for Spiritual Health (MP3). Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.

*Bennett, Arthur (editor), The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers and Devotions (Edinburgh, Scotland: The Banner of Truth Trust, 1975), ISBN: 0851518214 9780851518213.
"The prayers are taken from the works of Thomas Shepard, Thomas Watson, Richard Baxter, John Bunyan, Isaac Watts, William Williams, Philip Doddridge, William Romaine, David Brainerd, Augustus Toplady, Christmas Evans, William Jay, Henry Law, and Charles Haddon Spurgeon" -- Arthur Bennett
"Contains a wealth of insight into the practical application of Puritan theology to the Christian life. Challenging." -- Cyril J. Barber

BINNIE, WILLIAM, The Imprecations: God's Forgotten Prayers of Power (Edmonton, Canada: Still Waters Revival Books, 1992), ISBN: 0921148402 9780921148401. Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #19, ISBN: 092114895X 9780921148951.
"This booklet addresses one of the most misunderstood and maligned aspects of God's Word, the prayers and passages cursing his enemies. Binnie notes that the imprecations `are a wholesome antidote to the religious sentimentality of our time, which shuts its eye to the truth that God's wrath against impenitent despisers of his grace is at once necessary and salutary.' Both Old Testament and New Testament references." -- GCB

BOSTON, THOMAS, A memorial concerning personal and family-fasting and humiliation, presented to saints and sinners: ... By ... Thomas Boston ... Edinburgh, 1734. Available (THE WORKS OF THOMAS BOSTON) on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive. Available (THE WORKS OF THOMAS BOSTON) on Reformation Bookshelf CD #6, ISBN: 0921148771 9780921148777. Available (THE COMPLETE WORKS OF THE REVEREND THOMAS BOSTON) on The Amazing Christian Library, DVD Two, CD #8.

Bounds, E.M., Bible Men of Prayer (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House, 1964). Available in THE COMPLETE WORKS OF E.M. BOUNDS ON PRAYER, PRAYER AND PRAYING MEN.

Bounds, E.M., The Complete Works of E.M. Bounds on Prayer (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House), ISBN: 0801009855 9780801009853. Available on The Amazing Christian Library, DVD One, CD #2.
"Eight classics in one volume using modern language." -- GCB

Bounds, E.M., Possibilities of Prayer
http://www.ccel.org/b/bounds/possibilities/possibilities.html Bounds, E.M., Power Through Prayer
http://www.ccel.org/bounds/power/power.html Bounds, E.M., Prayer and Praying Men
Bounds, E.M., Purpose of Prayer
Bounds, E.M., Reality of Prayer
Bounds, E.M., Weapon of Prayer
Bounds, E.M., Essentials of Prayer
Bounds, E.M., Necessity of Prayer
Necessity of Prayer by E.M. Bounds
http://www.ccel.org/bounds/necessity/necessity.html

Bounds, E.M., Possibilities of Prayer, ISBN: 0585035970 9780585035970.
Possibilities of Prayer by E.M. Bounds
http://www.ccel.org/b/bounds/possibilities/possibilities.html

*Bounds, Edward M., Power Through Prayer; Purpose in Prayer, ISBN: 0916441032 9780916441036.
Power Through Prayer by E.M. Bounds
http://www.ccel.org/bounds/power/power.html

*Bounds, E.M., Purpose in Prayer. A Christian classic.
"Praying with purpose means making definite, direct requests of God, taking it for granted that the requests are heard and will be answered. Bounds explains the attitude, characteristics, and hindrances behind such prayer." --Ingram

Bounds, E.M., The Complete Works of E.M. Bounds on Prayer (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House), ISBN: 0801009855 9780801009853. Available on The Amazing Christian Library, DVD One, CD #2.
"Eight classics in one volume using modern language." -- GCB

Bounds, E.M., Possibilities of Prayer
http://www.ccel.org/b/bounds/possibilities/possibilities.html Bounds, E.M., Power Through Prayer
http://www.ccel.org/bounds/power/power.html Bounds, E.M., Prayer and Praying Men
Bounds, E.M., Purpose of Prayer
Bounds, E.M., Reality of Prayer
Bounds, E.M., Weapon of Prayer
Bounds, E.M., Essentials of Prayer
Bounds, E.M., Necessity of Prayer
Necessity of Prayer by E.M. Bounds
http://www.ccel.org/bounds/necessity/necessity.html

*BROWN, JOHN (OF EDINBURGH, 1784-1858) Discourses and Sayings of Our Lord Jesus Christ, 3 volumes (London, England: Banner of Truth Trust, 1990, 1967, 1852). Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive. A Christian classic.
"Spurgeon says of this great commentary: `Of the noblest order of exposition. Procure it.' Elsewhere in COMMENTING AND COMMENTARIES, he wrote, `Dr. Brown's work must be placed among the first of the first-class. He is a great expositor.' Again, `Brown is a modern Puritan. All his expositions are of the utmost value.'
"These volumes cover much of the Gospel of John, plus many portions of the other three Gospels. In them he reveals his encyclopedic mind, and a profound regard for the Bible and the very Word of God. In addition, it is seen why it was said that he had the best clerical library in the whole nation of Scotland.
"There is little doubt in the mind of this reviewer that any reader of these volumes will become possessor of myriads of new insights into the Scriptures, and what they reveal of our God and Saviour, Jesus Christ. It is indispensable to the student of the Gospels." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.
"Based upon the revised and enlarged edition of 1852. Rich in thought. Pastors will appreciate the writer's application of spiritual truths to the needs of men and women." -- Cyril J. Barber
Recommended for daily devotions, as are all the books in the listing of "Books Considered To Be Among the Ten Greatest in the English Language."
Also available in Google Books, full view, Discourses and Sayings of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Illustrated in a Series of Expositions. ... by John Brown, published 1856 [Complete in 2 volumes. New York: Robert Carter and Brothers] original from the University of Michigan, digitized Feb. 17, 2006.
http://books.google.com/books?id=SZl9u8v0Yi8C&dq=Discourses+and+Sayings+of+Our+Lord+Jesus+Christ&ie=ISO-8859-1&source=gbs_summary_s&cad=0
This University of Michigan digitized edition, that appears in Google Books, is available in paper from two publishers: (Scholarly Publishing Office, University of Michigan Library, November 30, 2006 [Gardners Books, 2006]), 652 pages.
"This volume is produced from digital images created through the University of Michigan University Library's preservation reformatting program." -- Publisher's Annotation
And (Hard Press, November 26, 2007), 652 pages.

*BROWN, JOHN (of Edinburgh, 1784-1858), An Exposition of Our Lord's Intercessory Prayer (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 1980) and (Limited Classic Reprint Library. Minneapolis, MN: Klock and Klock Christian Publishers, 1979). Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive. A Christian classic.
"The concluding prayer of our Lord's in the garden here receives sensitive treatment. Brown was a pastor as well as an exegete. His handling of the text is excellent. His exposition serves as a model. . . ." -- Cyril J. Barber
Includes an Appendix 1, "Connection Between the Visible Union of Christians, and the Conversion of the World," by Hugh Heugh, D.D.
Nave's Topical Bible: Christ, Prayers of
http://bible.crosswalk.com/Concordances/NavesTopicalBible/ntb.cgi?number=T2807

*BROWN, JOHN (of Wamphray, 1610?-1679), A pious and elaborate treatise concerning prayer; and the answer of prayer. Written by ... John Brown, ... Glasgow, 1745. Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #8, #21 ISBN: 092114881X 9780921148814.

*Bunyan, John (1628-1688), The Desire of the Righteous Granted (Sterling, VA: GAM Publications, 1974). A Christian classic.
"This 75-page treatise is based on Proverbs 10:24." -- GCB
Pilgrim's Page: A John Bunyan Archive
This is the complete set of THE WORKS OF JOHN BUNYAN, George Offor edition, the edition reprinted by The Banner of Truth. It is free online, and is downloadable in the following formats: HTML, RTF, TEXT, and PDF.
http://www.mountzion.org/bunyan.html

*Bunyan, John (1628-1688), Prayer (Puritan Paperback Series. Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust).
"First published in 1965 by Banner of Truth, this work is once again available. It combines two of Bunyan's writings on prayer, PRAYING IN THE SPIRIT and THE THRONE OF GRACE. These brief expositions provide a classic study of prayer." -- GCB. A Christian classic.
Pilgrim's Page: A John Bunyan Archive
This is the complete set of THE WORKS OF JOHN BUNYAN, George Offor edition, the edition reprinted by The Banner of Truth. It is free online, and is downloadable in the following formats: HTML, RTF, TEXT, and PDF.
http://www.mountzion.org/bunyan.html

Bunyan, John (1628-1688), Thomas Goodwin (1600-1680), Thomas Shepard Prayer, The Return of Prayers, and The Saint's Jewel (Sovereign Grace Publishers Inc., January 25, 2007), ISBN: 1589603737, 84 pages.
"Prayer is an ordinance of God, and that to be used both in public and private; yea, such an ordinance will bring those that have the spirit of supplication into great familiarity with God; and is also so prevalent an action, that it gets of God, both for the person that prays, and for them that are prayed for, great things. It is the opener of the heart of God, and a means by which the soul, though empty, is filled. By prayer the Christian can open his heart to God, as to a friend and obtain fresh testimony of God's friendship to him -- I might spend many words in distinguishing between public and private prayer as also between that in the heart, and that with the vocal voice. Something also might be spoken to distinguish between the gifts and graces of prayer; but as eschewing this method my business shall be at this time only to show you the very heart of prayer, without which, all your lifting up both of hands, and eyes, and voices, will be to no purpose at all. Prayer is a sincere, sensible, affectionate pouring out of the heart or soul to God, through Christ, in the strength and assistance of the Holy Spirit, for such things as God has promised, or according to the Word for the good of the Church, with submission, in faith, to the will of God. 1. For the first of these: it is a sincere pouring out of the soul to God. Sincerity is such a grace as runs through all the graces of God in us, and through all the actings of a Christian, and has the sway in them too, or else their actings are not anything regarded of God, and so of and in prayer, of which particularly David speaks, when he mentions prayer: 'I cried unto the him with my mouth, and he was extolled with my tongue. If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me.' (Psa. 66:17,18). Part of the exercise of prayer is sincerity, without which God looks not upon it as prayer in a good sense. 'And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.' (Jer. 29:13) The want of this made the Lord reject their prayers in Hos. 7:14, where He says, 'And they have not cried to me with their hearts [that is, in sincerity], when they howled upon their beds.' But for a pretense, for a show, in hypocrisy, to be seen of men, and applauded for the same, they pray. Sincerity was that which Christ commended in Nathaniel when he was under the fig-tree: 'Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile!' (John 1:47). Probably this good man was pouring out of his soul to God in prayer under the fig-tree, and that in a sincere and unfeigned spirit before the Lord. The prayer that has this in it as one of the principal ingredients is the prayer that God looks at: 'The prayer of the upright is his delight'." (Prov. 15:8)
"Bunyan (1628-1688) rose from an humble beginning to being a preacher to a little house church, to 12 years in jail because he would not agree to quit preaching, to a huge church in London. He wrote 66 books, nearly all while in jail.
"Goodwin (1600-1679) was rightly described as 'one of the twin pillars of the Puritan movement.' His 12 volumes are filled with information not to be found in any other works.
"Thomas Shepard (1605-1649) was an early New England Puritan. His work was praised at once by eminent divines, four of them being Westminster Confession participants. Jonathan Edwards quoted from Shepard more than any other." -- Publisher's Annotation

Christenson, Evelyn, What Happens When We Pray for Our Families, ISBN: 0896935418 9780896935419.
LEADER'S GUIDE available.
"When women pray, wonderful things happen--and Evelyn Christenson knows it from experience! Now she looks back over her 50 years of marriage to reveal prayer secrets that will help you pray effectively for your family. When illness or tragedy strikes, when family relationships are fractured, when children stray--prayer can make a difference! "Christenson shows you how to hang on in faith and wait for what God will do . . ." -- CBD

Donne, John, On Prayer, Repentance and the Mercy of God: A Lenten Sermon (Ann Arbor, MI: Books on Demand). 10759
May be found in the works of John Donne [50040]. A Christian classic.

Edwards, Jonathan, A humble attempt to promote the agreement and union of god's people throughout the world in extraordinary prayer for a revival of religion and the advancement of god's kingdom on earth, according to scriptural promises and prophecies of the last time. Available [THE WORKS OF JONATHAN EDWARDS] on The Amazing Christian Library, DVD One, CD #1 and DVD Four, CD #21 (18 volumes).
http://www.iclnet.org/pub/resources/text/ipb-e/epl-10/web/edwards-humble-attempt.html

Ellul, Jacques, Prayer and Modern Man (San Francisco, CA: Harper and Row, 1973).

Fisher, Fred L., Prayer in the New Testament (Philadelphia, PA: Westminster Press, 1964).

Gee, Edward (1613-1660), A treatise of prayer: and of divine providence as relating to it. With an application of the general doctrine thereof unto the present time, and state of things in the land, so far as prayer is concerned in them. Written for the instruction, admonition, and comfort of those that give themselves unto prayer, and stand in need of it in the said respects. By Edvvard Gee, minister of the gospel at Eccleston in Lancashire

*Goodwin, Thomas (1600-1680), The Return of Prayers, ISBN: 9780548039441 0548039445. Available in THE WORKS OF THOMAS GOODWIN. A Christian classic.

*GURNALL, WILLIAM, John Charles Ryle (contributor) The Christian in Complete Armor: A Treatise of the Saint's War Against the Devil, complete and unabridged (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust, 1979), ISBN: 0851511961 9780851511962. Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive. Available on The Amazing Christian Library, DVD One, CD #2. A Christian classic.
"Peerless and priceless; every line full of wisdom." -- C.H. Spurgeon
"If I might read only one book beside the Bible, I would choose The Christian in Complete Armour." -- John Newton
"A beautiful feature in Gurnall's book is its richness in pithy, pointed, and epigrammatical sayings. You will often find in a line and a half some great truth, put so concisely, and yet so fully, that you really marvel how so much thought could be got into so few words.
"Solid scriptural theology, like that contained in these pages, should be valued and studied in the church. Books in which Scripture is reverently regarded as the only rule of faith and practice -- books in which Christ and the Holy Ghost have their rightful office -- books in which justification, and sanctification, and regeneration, and faith, and grace, and holiness are clearly, distinctly, and accurately delineated and exhibited -- these are the only books which do real good. Few things need reviving more than a taste for such books as these among readers." -- J.C. Ryle
Also praised by John Flavel and Richard Baxter.
Said to be among the 10 greatest Christian books.
The Christian In Complete Armour, William Gurnall
http://www.ccel.org/g/gurnall/armour/home.htm
The Christian in Complete Armour: A Treatise of the Saints' War Against the Devil: Wherein a Discovery is Made of that Grand Enemy of God and His People, in His Policies, Power, Seat of His Empire, Wickedness, and Chief Design He Hath Against the Saints: a Magazine Opened, from Whence the Christian is Furnished with Spiritual Arms for the Battle, Helped on with His Armour, and Taught the Use of His Weapon: Together with the Happy Issue of the Whole War
http://books.google.com/books?id=MXlHJQAACAAJ&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=html

Henry, Matthew, A Method for Prayer With Scripture Expressions and Directions for Daily Communion With God (Greenville, SC: Attic Press, 1988), ISBN: 188441608X 9781884416088.
"This is a reprint of two of Henry's works. In the first he deals with the different aspects of prayer (adoration, confession, petition and requests, thanksgiving for mercy, intercession) and has a brief exposition of the Lord's Prayer. The second is comprised of three expositions on how to start, spend, and end the day with God." -- GCB

*Henry, Matthew, The Secret of Communion With God (Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Publications), ISBN: 0825428378. A Christian classic.
"The famous commentator proves again in this book how sweet and sound he is in the thoughts and ways of the Lord God Almighty. . . . It is doubtful than any true Christian can read this book without making many changes in his devotional life. . . ." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.
Daily Communion With God; Christianity No Sect; The Sabbath; The Promises of God; The Worth of the Soul; A Church in the House
http://books.google.com/books?id=XGo3AAAAMAAJ&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=html

Hooker, Thomas (1586-1647), A comment upon Christ's last prayer in the seventeenth of John wherein is opened the union beleevers have with God and Christ, and the glorious priviledges thereof ... / by that faithful and known servant of Christ, Mr. Thomas Hooker ... ; printed from the authors own papers written with his own hand, and attested to be such in an epistle by Thomas Goodwin and Philip Nye, 1656.

Jenkins, David L., Great Prayers of the Bible: A Guide for Individual or Group Study (Nashville, TN: Broadman Press, 1990), ISBN: 0805415432 9780805415438.

Leuenberger, Samuel, Archbishop Cranmer's Immortal Bequest: The Book of Common Prayer of the Church of England: An Evangelistic Liturgy (Grand Rapids, MI: Wm.B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1990), ISBN: 0802804748 9780802804747.
Foreword by J.I. Packer.

Lockyer, Herbert, All the Prayers of the Bible (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House, 1959), ISBN: 0310281210 9780310281214.

LOVE, CHRISTOPHER, AND DON KISTLER, The Zealous Christian: Taking heaven by holy violence in wrestling and holding communion with God in importunate prayer in several sermons, tending to direct men how to hear with zeal and to pray with importunity, 1653 ISBN: 1573581283 9781573581288. Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.
Taking Heaven by Storm, Christopher Love (1 of 4)
An audio file reading.
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=21201231916

Mack, Wayne, How to Pray Effectively (Nutley, NJ: The Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Co., 1977).
"Study manual for personal or group study. Fourteen page introduction teaches basics of biblical prayer. Seven Bible studies teach how to pray, covering Old Testament and New Testament examples, hindrances to prayer, mechanics of prayer, prayer requests and group prayer, and various problems of prayer that arise." -- David Powlison

*BROWN, JOHN (of Edinburgh, 1784-1858), An Exposition of Our Lord's Intercessory Prayer (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 1980) and (Limited Classic Reprint Library. Minneapolis, MN: Klock and Klock Christian Publishers, 1979). Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive. A Christian classic.
"The concluding prayer of our Lord's in the garden here receives sensitive treatment. Brown was a pastor as well as an exegete. His handling of the text is excellent. His exposition serves as a model. . . ." -- Cyril J. Barber
Includes an Appendix 1, "Connection Between the Visible Union of Christians, and the Conversion of the World," by Hugh Heugh, D.D.
Nave's Topical Bible: Christ, Prayers of
http://bible.crosswalk.com/Concordances/NavesTopicalBible/ntb.cgi?number=T2807

*BROWN, JOHN (of Edinburgh, 1784-1858), An Exposition of Our Lord's Intercessory Prayer (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 1980) and (Limited Classic Reprint Library. Minneapolis, MN: Klock and Klock Christian Publishers, 1979). Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive. A Christian classic.
"The concluding prayer of our Lord's in the garden here receives sensitive treatment. Brown was a pastor as well as an exegete. His handling of the text is excellent. His exposition serves as a model. . . ." -- Cyril J. Barber
Includes an Appendix 1, "Connection Between the Visible Union of Christians, and the Conversion of the World," by Hugh Heugh, D.D.
Nave's Topical Bible: Christ, Prayers of
http://bible.crosswalk.com/Concordances/NavesTopicalBible/ntb.cgi?number=T2807

*MANTON, THOMAS (1620-1677), A practical exposition of the Lord's-Prayer by ... Thomas Manton, 1684. Available (THE COMPLETE WORKS OF THOMAS MANTON) on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive. Available ((THE COMPLETE WORKS OF THOMAS MANTON)) on Reformation Bookshelf CD #4 and #5, ISBN: 0921148739 9780921148739. Available (THE WORKS OF THOMAS MANTON) on The Amazing Christian Library, DVD Two, CD #9.
Notes: Contains engraved portrait frontispiece.

Miller, C. John (1928-1996), Isaiah and a Theology of Prayer [30300]

MILLER, SAMUEL, Thoughts on Public Prayer, 1849 (Harrisonburg, VA: Sprinkle Publications), 300 pages. Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.
"Deals with an important element of Reformed worship and was originally written because of the lack of material to be found on this specific subject. The history, liturgies, faults and characteristics of attaining excellence in public prayer are all covered." -- SWRB
"Excellent book which covers the whole subject rather well. A Presbyterian minister and Princeton professor of 150 years ago sheds light on the needs of our day concerning prayers and public prayer in particular." -- GCB

Neal, John W., The Prayer for Help: A Biblical Theological Critique and Reconstruction of the Healing Memories Methodology (Philadelphia, PA: Westminster Theological Seminary, D.Min. thesis, 1986).
Includes bibliography.

*Owen, John, The Work of the Holy Spirit in Prayer, as a Comforter and as the Author of Spiritual Gifts. See THE WORKS OF JOHN OWEN. A Christian classic.

Palmer, Samuel, A collection of family-prayers from the devotional writings of Baxter, ... and others. With various occasional forms, London, 1783.

*PERKINS, WILLIAM (1558-1602), An exposition of the Lord's prayer, in the way of catechising seruing for ignorant people. By W. Perkins, 1592. Available (THE FOUNDATION OF CHRISTIAN RELIGION GATHERED INTO FIXED PRINCIPLES [1608]) on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.

*Pink, Arthur W., Gleanings From Paul: Studies in the Prayers of the Apostle (Chicago, IL: Moody Press, 1967), ISBN: 0851519237. Available on The Amazing Christian Library, DVD One, CD #1.
"Concentrates on the prayers and notes of praise of the Apostle Paul. Expounds the Scripture so as to give a better understanding of Paul himself." -- Cyril J. Barber

*Pink, Arthur W., A Guide to Fervent Prayer (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House), ISBN: 0801070953 9780801070952.
Edited by Donald R. White. "Pink expounds on the apostolic prayers as found in the New Testament. Book was originally published under the title EFFECTUAL FERVENT PRAYER." -- GCB

*Preston, John (1587-1628), The saints daily exercise. A treatise, vnfolding the whole dutie of prayer. Delivered in five sermons, upon I Thes. 5. 17 [1 Thessalonians 5:17]. By the late faithfull and worthy minister of Iesus Christ, Iohn Preston, D. in Divinity, chaplaine in ordinary to his Majestie, master of Emmanuel Colledge in Cambridge, and sometimes preacher of Lincolns Inne, 1631, ISBN: 9022108244 9789022108246.

Protheroe, Rowland E., The Psalms in Human Life (New York, NY: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1963).
Includes bibliography and index. A Christian classic.

*Rainsford, Marcus, Our Lord Prays for His Own: Thoughts on John 17 (Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Publications, 1985), ISBN: 0825436176.
"Griffith Thomas describes this book as `the greatest classic ever written on Christ's high priestly prayer.' We believe it is the best one in print, since Thomas Manton's excellent book on John 17, and also John Brown's are out of print [see citations --both are now available in e-text -- sk] at this time. . . ." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.

Rauschenbusch, Walter, Prayers of the Social Awakening (Pasadena, TX: Pilgrim Publications). 10778

Rutherford, Samuel (1600?-1661), The Power and Prevalency of Faith and Prayer Evidenced, in a Practical Discourse Upon Matth. 9.27,31. By Mr. Samuel Rutherford, [Edinburgh?], 1713.

Schaeffer, Edith, The Life of Prayer (Wheaton, IL: Good News Publishers [Crossway Books], 1992), ISBN: 0891076492 9780891076490.
"Here is a distillation of Mrs. Schaeffer's lifelong experience as a prayer warrior. Filled with examples from her own life and the lives of hundreds of friends throughout the world, this heartwarming book brings the reader face to face with the life-changing power of prayer. She speaks on such difficult subjects as: Why pray if God is sovereign? and What is the relationship between prayer and suffering?" -- GCB

*Scudder, Henry (d. 1659?) and Richard Sibbes (1577-1635), A key of heaven the Lord's Prayer opened, and so applied, that a Christian may learne how to pray, and to procure all things which may make for the glorie of God, and the good of himselfe, and of his neighbour: containing likewise such doctrines of faith and godlines, as may be very usefull to all that desire to live godly in Christ Iesus, 1633.

*Spurgeon, C.H., Effective Prayer (Choteau, MT: Gospel Mission Press, c1981).

*Spurgeon, C.H., The Treasury of David, 3 volumes (Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers), ISBN: 0917006259. A Christian classic.
"The most important and practical work of the ages on the Psalter." -- Dr. Philip Schaff
"Spurgeon's own exposition appears under each verse; after that you'll find `explanatory notes and quaint sayings' (illuminating quotes from Spurgeon's contemporaries as well as from the great Puritan expositors of the 17th and 18th centuries). Each Psalm closes with a short section of `Hints to Preachers'." -- CBD
The Treasury of David
http://www.spurgeon.org/treasury/treasury.htm

*Spurgeon, C.H., Twelve Sermons on Prayer, ISBN: 0801079233 9780801079238
"The great Baptist preacher of the late 1800's directs us, through his sermons, to a fuller understanding of prayer. Using 12 Bible texts this book is an excellent guide to prayer." -- GCB

*Thomas, William H.G. (W.H. Griffith Thomas), Grace and Power (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1984) ISBN: 0840759347. A Christian classic.
"This is one of the great books of Christendom. It deals concisely with the problems Christians face in every age: how to make time for prayer, why we often hinder our spiritual growth, the manner in which we may develop our inner resources so as to be able to meet the contingencies of life, and the means God has provided for the development of the spiritual life. . . ." -- Cyril J. Barber

TRAILL, ROBERT (1642-1716), The throne of grace discoursed of from Heb. IV, 16 / by Robert Trail ..., 1696, ISBN: 085151393X. Available [THE WORKS OF ROBERT TRAILL] on SWRB Puritan Hard Drive. Available [SELECT PRACTICAL WRITINGS OF ROBERT TRAILL] on Reformation Bookshelf CD #19, ISBN: 092114895X 9780921148951.
Traill, Robert. Twenty nine sermons, viz. XIII. On the throne of Grace, ... and XVI. On the Lord's prayer, ... Together with the Protestant doctrine of justification vindicated. All by the late Revd. and learned Mr. Robert Trail ... Edinburgh, 1731. (ECCO) Gale Document Number CW3317972388

Waltke, Bruce, The Book of Psalms [30616]

*WATSON, THOMAS (c. 1620-1686), The Lord's Prayer (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust, 1960, 1890), ISBN: 0851511457. Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive. Available on The Amazing Christian Library, DVD One, CD #2. A Christian classic.
"Watson's three works on the Westminster Shorter Catechism is concluded by his exposition of the Lord's Prayer. In this book he analyses in detail the Preface to the prayer and the six petitions. His treatment of the second petition (`thy Kingdom come') is exceptionally full and illuminating. This book affords instruction and practical help to praying Christians." -- SWRB
"A full and powerful Puritan exposition of the Lord's Prayer. So excellent that it may be without equal." -- GCB
"A part of the writer's famous BODY OF DIVINITY. An excellent exposition combining sound doctrine with practical application." -- Cyril J. Barber.
The Lord's Prayer, Thomas Watson
http://www.iclnet.org/pub/resources/text/ipb-e/epl-watson-lprayer.html
The Lord's Prayer
http://books.google.com/books?id=2k1THAAACAAJ&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=html
Westminster Shorter Catechism Project
"Click on any of the individual questions below to get the answer and Biblical references, as well as links to works by John Flavel, Thomas Watson, Thomas Boston, James Fisher, and John Whitecross, and others."
http://www.shortercatechism.com/

*Wenhe, Mary, How to Pray for Healing (Reston, VA: Thoburn Press), ISBN: 0800707419 9780800707415.

Wooden, Keith, Teaching Children to Pray (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House), ISBN: 0310544815 9780310544814.
"Here is a book for all parents. Children don't just know how to pray, you have to show them. This book is a good place to start." -- GCB

See also: The sovereignty of god, The doctrine of man (human nature, total depravity), Justice, the theology of judgment, god's final judgment, the great white throne judgment, the day of the lord, The sovereign grace of god: his everlasting mercy and lovingkindness, Jesus on prayer, Bible promises, Intercessory prayer, Ready reference: immediate counsel on many subjects, Evangelistic praying, Intercessory prayer, Prayer groups, Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, Family worship, The larger catechism, The shorter catechism, Knowledge and virtue, Words of Christ appearing in the web edition of biblical counsel: resources for renewal
TCRB5: 13, 38, 439, 1003-1005, 1071, 1072, 1089, 1671, 2197, 2517, 2816-2841, 3607, 3841, 4082, 4193
MGTP: Prayer (extensive listing)

Related WebLinks

Nave's Topical Bible: Christ, Prayers of
http://bible.crosswalk.com/Concordances/NavesTopicalBible/ntb.cgi?number=T2807

The Commandments of Jesus, J.S. McConnell (1925)
http://www.wowzone.com/commandm.htm

Nave's Topical Bible: Christ, Prayers of
http://bible.crosswalk.com/Concordances/NavesTopicalBible/ntb.cgi?number=T2807


Nave's Topical Bible -- Prayer
http://bible.crosswalk.com/Concordances/NavesTopicalBible/ntb.cgi?number=T3962

Of Prayer, John Calvin
http://www.ccel.org/calvin/prayer/prayer.html

"What About the Imprecatory Psalms?" W. Gary Crampton
"As to the number of imprecatory Psalms, there are differing opinions. Some scholars see as few as three, others as many as twenty. The reason for this difference is that there are a number of Psalms that contain elements of malediction. It seems to this writer that there are at least ten such Psalms: 7, 35, 55, 58, 69, 79, 83, 109, 137, and 139. . . .
"To pray the imprecatory prayers is to pray for the overthrow of Satan and his minions. If God's kingdom is to advance, in accordance with the Lord's Prayer (which believers are enjoined to pray): Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on Earth as it is in Heaven (Matthew 6:10), then the kingdom of the evil one must be destroyed. God's glory necessitates the destruction of the wicked. Imprecatory prayers aim at just this. The Lord's Prayer is itself a prayer for the overthrow of evil. . . .
"A Biblical view of the imprecatory Psalms does not recognize them as problematic. To invoke divine retribution on the enemies of God and His people is to pray in accordance with the revealed will of God. After all, these Psalms are a part of the infallible and inerrant 'collection of songs and prayers covering a variety of themes.' And they, being as fully inspired as the rest of Scripture, are 'profitable for doctrine, reproof, correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work' (2 Timothy 3:16-17)." -- W. Gary Crampton in "What About the Imprecatory Psalms?"
http://www.trinityfoundation.org/PDF/282-CramptonImprecatoryPsalms.pdf



Call Upon the Name of the Lord

See the Theological Notes, " 'This Is My Name:' God's Self-disclosure," at Exodus 3:15 in The Reformation Study Bible.

See the Theological Notes, "Prayer," at Luke 11:2 in The Reformation Study Bible.

I will love thee, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower. I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies. (Psalm 18:1-3)

The Lord is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth. (Psalm 145:18)

I will love thee, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower. I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies. (Psalm 18:1-3)

Call upon me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not. (Jeremiah 33:3)

The Treasury of David, Psalm 55, C.H. Spurgeon
http://www.spurgeon.org/treasury/ps55.htm

The Treasury of David, Psalm 107, C.H. Spurgeon
http://www.spurgeon.org/treasury/ps107.htm

The Treasury of David, Psalm 116, C.H. Spurgeon
http://www.spurgeon.org/treasury/ps116.htm

The Treasury of David, Psalm 120, C.H. Spurgeon
http://www.spurgeon.org/treasury/ps120.htm

The Treasury of David, Psalm 145, C.H. Spurgeon
http://www.spurgeon.org/treasury/ps145.htm

Clowney, E., Call on Me; Cleaving to the Lord; The Laughter of Faith; The Muttering Man (Philadelphia, PA: Westminster Media, 1991).
Audio recording.

Power, Philip Bennett (1822-1899), The "I Wills" of the Psalms (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust), ISBN: 0851514456 9780851514451.
"Author examines the Psalms to bring home an important aspect of the Christian experience, that of acting. He discusses I will trust, I will speak, I will call upon God, I will go in the strength of the Lord, and I will praise God. Power lived from 1822-1899." -- GCB

SHELTON, L.R., JR., Call on Me and I Will Answer, and Show Thee Things You Know Not. Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.

See also: The sovereignty of god, Prayer, Bible promises, Intercessory prayer, Individual responsibility for corporate faithfulness and sanctification, The sovereign grace of god: his everlasting mercy and lovingkindness, The doctrine of man (human nature, total depravity), Will and recalcitrance, God's deliverance of nations, Waiting on god
TCRB5: 38, 1003, 1004, 1071, 2819, 2840, 3191



Jesus on Prayer, The Lord's Prayer

See the Theological Notes, "Prayer," at Luke 11:2 in The Reformation Study Bible.

See the Theological Notes, "One and Three: The Trinity," at Isaiah 44:6 in The Reformation Study Bible.

After this manner therefore pray ye:
Our Father which art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done
in earth, as [it is] in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
as we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil:
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.
-- Jesus Christ (Matthew 6:9-13)

See the Theological Notes, " 'This Is My Name:' God's Self-disclosure," at Exodus 3:15 in The Reformation Study Bible.

Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak. -- Jesus Christ (Matthew 26:41)

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.
And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.
If ye love me, keep my commandments.
-- Jesus Christ (John 14:12-15)

These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee: As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him. And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do. And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.
I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy word. Now they have known that all things whatsoever thou hast given me are of thee. For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me; and they have received [them], and have known surely that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst send me. I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine. And all mine are thine, and thine are mine; and I am glorified in them.
And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we [are]. While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled. And now come I to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves. I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.
Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world. And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.
Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; That they all may be one; as thou, Father, [art] in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one: I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.
Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world. O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee: but I have known thee, and these have known that thou hast sent me. And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare [it]: that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them.
-- Jesus Christ (John 17)

*BROWN, JOHN (of Edinburgh, 1784-1858), An Exposition of Our Lord's Intercessory Prayer (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 1980) and (Limited Classic Reprint Library. Minneapolis, MN: Klock and Klock Christian Publishers, 1979). Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive. A Christian classic.
"The concluding prayer of our Lord's in the garden here receives sensitive treatment. Brown was a pastor as well as an exegete. His handling of the text is excellent. His exposition serves as a model. . . ." -- Cyril J. Barber
Includes an Appendix 1, "Connection Between the Visible Union of Christians, and the Conversion of the World," by Hugh Heugh, D.D.
Nave's Topical Bible: Christ, Prayers of
http://bible.crosswalk.com/Concordances/NavesTopicalBible/ntb.cgi?number=T2807

Bunyan, John (1628-1688), Intercession of Christ (Sterling, VA: GAM Publications). [10339]
Pilgrim's Page: A John Bunyan Archive
This is the complete set of THE WORKS OF JOHN BUNYAN, George Offor edition, the edition reprinted by The Banner of Truth. It is free online, and is downloadable in the following formats: HTML, RTF, TEXT, and PDF.
http://www.mountzion.org/bunyan.html
Nave's Topical Bible: Christ, Prayers of
http://bible.crosswalk.com/Concordances/NavesTopicalBible/ntb.cgi?number=T2807

Flavel, John (1628-1691), The Intercession of Christ our High-Priest, Being the Second Act or Part of His Priestly Office. The Works of John Flavel, (1:165-76). In The Fountain of Life. (1:17-561).

*MANTON, THOMAS (1620-1677), An Exposition of John 17 (Evansville, IN: Sovereign Grace Book Club, 1958), ISBN: 0851510744. Available (THE COMPLETE WORKS OF THOMAS MANTON) on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive. Available ((THE COMPLETE WORKS OF THOMAS MANTON)) on Reformation Bookshelf CD #4 and #5, ISBN: 0921148739 9780921148739. Available (THE WORKS OF THOMAS MANTON) on The Amazing Christian Library, DVD Two, CD #9.
"A deep, rich, and full exposition by a Puritan divine." -- Cyril J. Barber

Newton, John, The Intercession of Christ. In The Works of John Newton (4:527-38). In Messiah: Fifty Expository Discourses on the series of scriptural passages which form the subject of the celebrated oratorio of Handel (4:1-583).

*Rainsford, Marcus, Our Lord Prays for His Own: Thoughts on John 17 (Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Publications, 1985), ISBN: 0825436176.
"Griffith Thomas describes this book as `the greatest classic ever written on Christ's high priestly prayer.' We believe it is the best one in print, since Thomas Manton's excellent book on John 17, and also John Brown's are out of print [see citations --both are now available in e-text -- sk] at this time. . . ." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.

*RIDGELEY, THOMAS, Commentary on the Larger Catechism. Alternate title: A BODY OF DIVINITY . . . ISBN: 0921148305 9780921148302. Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.
"Originally entitled: A Body of Divinity: Wherein the Doctrines of the Christian Religion are Explained and Defended. Being the Substance of Several Lectures on the Assembly's Larger Catechism, we have re-titled it to better reflect its contents for contemporary readers. Consisting of over 1300 pages, this massive and extensive two-volume commentary on the Westminster Larger Catechism is unrivaled in scope or extensiveness. Ridgeley himself notes, in 'The Author's Preface' (p. ix), 'The work is large, but the vast variety of subjects will render it more tolerable. . . . especially since it is rather designed to be read in families than committed to memory . . .' The editor of this edition, John Wilson, pronounces Ridgeley's work as 'the best book of its class,' stating, 'no book in the English language, or, so far as I know, in any other, will serve so efficiently the purposes of a daily companion to a reflecting Christian in his inquiries into Divine truth, or a guide to a candidate for the Christian ministry in introducing him to his theological studies (p. xi). 'In 1731 appeared the first edition of Mr. Ridgeley's great work -- that in connection with which chiefly his name lives in history, and whose influence, as an instrument of good, will probably render him celebrated and useful for generations to come . . .(p. xxii).' Moreover he continues, 'a taste, however, for the racy and substantial theological writings of the days of Britain's moral giants has of late revived; and it will scarcely fail to adopt, as one of the richest dishes of its multifarious banquet for the intellect and the soul, Dr. Ridgeley's Body of Divinity (p. xxi).' Additionally, Wilson concludes his 'Life of the Author' with these words, 'His method of reasoning he has adapted to the capacities of those who are unacquainted with the abstruse terms made use of by metaphysicians and schoolmen, and when introduced into subjects of theology, have a tendency rather to perplex than to improve the mind. His scheme of divinity is evidently Calvinistic; but; then, he has explained his subjects with so much moderation and latitude, as to obviate many of the objections raised against the system of doctrines that passes under that name. Upon the whole, it is probable that the English language does not furnish a work of this nature that, for perspicuity of language, extent of research, accuracy of judgment, and judicious description of the numerous subjects that fall under examination, any way equals this work of Dr. Ridgeley . . . he was accounted one of the most considerable divines of his age' (emphasis added, p. xxiii)." -- SWRB
Westminster Larger Catechism With Proof Texts
http://www.reformed.org/documents/wlc_w_proofs/index.html

Ryle, J.C., Christ's Power to Save. In Old Paths: Being Plain Statements on Some of the Weightier Matters of Christianity (436-57).

*Saphir, Adolph, Our Lord's Pattern for Prayer (Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Publications, 1984), ISBN: 0825437482 9780825437489.
"An outstanding work that is worthy of repeated consultation. Scholarly, devotional, a must for every believer. Recommended." -- Cyril J. Barber

Thomson, James G.S.S., The Praying Christ: A Study of Jesus Doctrine and Practice of Prayer (Grand Rapids, MI: Wm.B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1959).
Includes bibliography.
Nave's Topical Bible: Christ, Prayers of
http://bible.crosswalk.com/Concordances/NavesTopicalBible/ntb.cgi?number=T2807

*WATSON, THOMAS (c. 1620-1686), The Lord's Prayer (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust, 1960, 1890), ISBN: 0851511457. Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive. Available on The Amazing Christian Library, DVD One, CD #2. A Christian classic.
"Watson's three works on the Westminster Shorter Catechism is concluded by his exposition of the Lord's Prayer. In this book he analyses in detail the Preface to the prayer and the six petitions. His treatment of the second petition (`thy Kingdom come') is exceptionally full and illuminating. This book affords instruction and practical help to praying Christians." -- SWRB
"A full and powerful Puritan exposition of the Lord's Prayer. So excellent that it may be without equal." -- GCB
"A part of the writer's famous BODY OF DIVINITY. An excellent exposition combining sound doctrine with practical application." -- Cyril J. Barber.
The Lord's Prayer, Thomas Watson
http://www.iclnet.org/pub/resources/text/ipb-e/epl-watson-lprayer.html
The Lord's Prayer
http://books.google.com/books?id=2k1THAAACAAJ&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=html
Westminster Shorter Catechism Project
"Click on any of the individual questions below to get the answer and Biblical references, as well as links to works by John Flavel, Thomas Watson, Thomas Boston, James Fisher, and John Whitecross, and others."
http://www.shortercatechism.com/

See also: Words of Christ appearing in The Web Edition of Biblical Counsel: Resources for Renewal, The shorter catechism, Prayer, Intercessory prayer, Jesus on prayer, Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership
MGTP: Christ -- Intercession of (for his People)

Related WebLinks

Nave's Topical Bible: Christ, Prayers of
http://bible.crosswalk.com/Concordances/NavesTopicalBible/ntb.cgi?number=T2807

The Commandments of Jesus, J.S. McConnell (1925)
http://www.wowzone.com/commandm.htm

Nave's Topical Bible: Christ, Prayers of
http://bible.crosswalk.com/Concordances/NavesTopicalBible/ntb.cgi?number=T2807



Intercessory Prayer

See the Theological Notes, "Prophets" at Deuteronomy 18:18 in The Reformation Study Bible.

See the Theological Notes, "Prayer," at Luke 11:2 in The Reformation Study Bible.

See the Theological Notes, "Christians and Civil Government," at Romans 13:1 in The Reformation Study Bible.

And the Lord turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends . . . (Job 42:10a)

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. (2 Chronicles 7:14)

God be merciful unto us, and bless us: and cause his face to shine upon us: That they way may be known upon earth, thy saving health among all nations. (Psalm 67:1,2)

The Treasury of David, Psalm 20, C.H. Spurgeon
http://www.spurgeon.org/treasury/ps020.htm

The Treasury of David, Psalm 21, C.H. Spurgeon
http://www.spurgeon.org/treasury/ps021.htm

The Treasury of David, Psalm 85, C.H. Spurgeon
http://www.spurgeon.org/treasury/ps085.htm

And the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord. (Isaiah 11:2)

Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;
That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.
-- Jesus Christ (John 17:20,21)
Jesus prays for those we evangelize.

That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;
That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,
May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height;
And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.
Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,
Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.
(Ephesians 3:16-21)

See the Theological Notes, "The Authentication of Scripture," at 2 Corinthians 4:6, page 1833, in The Reformation Study Bible

It argues more grace to grieve for the sins of others than for our own. We may grieve for our own sins out of fear of hell, but to grieve for the sins of others is from a principle of love to God. -- Thomas Watson

Adams, Jay Edward, The Practical Encyclopedia of Christian Counseling.
See the subject "Prayer," and so forth, and so on.

Adams, Jay E., Prayers for Troubled Times (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 1979), 64 pages, ISBN: 0875520677 9780875520674.
" 'In simple, everyday English, yet with reverence, I have tried to express many of the heartfelt and inner cries of God's people.' Contains 33 prayers on concerns from 'Age' and 'Anger' to 'Work' and 'Worry' (with a dozen blank pages at the end to pen your own). 'Every prayer grew out of actual experience'." -- David Powlison

*BROWN, JOHN (of Edinburgh, 1784-1858), An Exposition of Our Lord's Intercessory Prayer (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 1980) and (Limited Classic Reprint Library. Minneapolis, MN: Klock and Klock Christian Publishers, 1979). Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive. A Christian classic.
"The concluding prayer of our Lord's in the garden here receives sensitive treatment. Brown was a pastor as well as an exegete. His handling of the text is excellent. His exposition serves as a model. . . ." -- Cyril J. Barber
Includes an Appendix 1, "Connection Between the Visible Union of Christians, and the Conversion of the World," by Hugh Heugh, D.D.
Nave's Topical Bible: Christ, Prayers of
http://bible.crosswalk.com/Concordances/NavesTopicalBible/ntb.cgi?number=T2807

*MANTON, THOMAS (1620-1677), An Exposition of John 17 (Evansville, IN: Sovereign Grace Book Club, 1958), ISBN: 0851510744. Available (THE COMPLETE WORKS OF THOMAS MANTON) on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive. Available ((THE COMPLETE WORKS OF THOMAS MANTON)) on Reformation Bookshelf CD #4 and #5, ISBN: 0921148739 9780921148739. Available (THE WORKS OF THOMAS MANTON) on The Amazing Christian Library, DVD Two, CD #9.
"A deep, rich, and full exposition by a Puritan divine." -- Cyril J. Barber

*Preston, John (1587-1628), The Golden Sceptre Held Forth to the Humble (Morgan, PA: Soli Deo Gloria Publications, 1990). ISBN: 1877611174 9781877611179. A Christian classic.
This book is comprised of six sermons on 2 Chronicles 7:14: `If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land,' just one verse that succinctly gives the Biblical solution to terrorism. Sermons are on Affliction, Humiliation, Seeking god's face, Turning from evil, Forgiveness to those who forsake sin, and Sin as the cause of all calamities.
The Golden Sceptre Held Forth to the Humble
Online PDF file, high print resolution (30 MB). It is recommended that a high speed connection be used to download this file.
http://www.lettermen2.com/goldensceptre.pdf

*Rainsford, Marcus, Our Lord Prays for His Own: Thoughts on John 17 (Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Publications, 1985), ISBN: 0825436176.
"Griffith Thomas describes this book as `the greatest classic ever written on Christ's high priestly prayer.' We believe it is the best one in print, since Thomas Manton's excellent book on John 17, and also John Brown's are out of print [see citations --both are now available in e-text -- sk] at this time. . . ." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.

Wiles, Gordon P., Paul's Intercessory Prayers: The Significance of the Intercessory Prayer Passages in the Letters of St. Paul (Cambridge, England: University Press, 1974), ISBN: 9780521048354 0521048354.

*WILLIAMS, DANIEL (1643?-1716), What Repentance of National Sins God Doth Require, as Ever we Expect National Mercies? 1690. Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive. Available on The Amazing Christian Library, DVD Five, CD #25.

See also: he sovereignty of god, The doctrine of man (human nature, total depravity), The sovereign grace of god: his everlasting mercy and lovingkindness, Evangelism, Small group evangelism, Priesthood of believers, Believer's position in christ and sonship, Small groups, Christian fellowship, Spiritual warfare
TCRB5: 1783-1785
MGTP: Prayer

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Nave's Topical Bible: Christ, Prayers of
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The Interceding Christ
Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Hebrews 4:14-16; 7:23-27, 26 min.
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Evangelistic Praying

See the Theological Notes, "Prayer," at Luke 11:2 in The Reformation Study Bible.

See the Theological Notes, "The Holy Spirit," at John 14:26 in The Reformation Study Bible.

And in very deed for this cause have I raised thee up, for to shew in thee my power; and that my name may be declared throughout all the earth. (Exodus 9:16)

Take heed to yourselves, that your heart be not deceived, and ye turn aside, and serve other gods, and worship them. (Deuteronomy 11:16)

I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, [that] I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live. (Deuteronomy 30:19)

If ye forsake the LORD, and serve strange gods, then he will turn and do you hurt, and consume you, after that he hath done you good. (Joshua 24:20)

Now therefore, O LORD our God, I beseech thee, save thou us out of his hand, that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that thou art the LORD God, even thou only. (2 Kings 19:19)

And he said, Hearken ye, all Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem, and thou king Jehoshaphat, Thus saith the LORD unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God's. (2 Chronicles 20:15)

The sacrifices of God [are] a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise. (Psalm 51:17)

He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end. (Ecclesiastes 3:11)
God has "set eternity in the heart of man."

I know that, whatsoever God doeth, it shall be for ever: nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it: and God doeth it, that men should fear before him. (Ecclesiastes 3:14)
Whatever we do within the will of God lasts throughout eternity.

I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images. (Isaiah 42:8)
God demands that we give all the glory to Him. See also the book of Ezekiel.

I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour. (Isaiah 43:11)

How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth! Thy watchmen shall lift up the voice; with the voice together shall they sing: for they shall see eye to eye, when the Lord shall bring again Zion. . . . The Lord hath made bare his holy arm in the eyes of all the nations; and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God. (Isaiah 52:7-8,10)

All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. (Isaiah 53:6)

Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David. (Isaiah 55:3)

Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:
Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
(Isaiah 55:6,7)

And [if] thou draw out thy soul to the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted soul; then shall thy light rise in obscurity, and thy darkness [be] as the noonday. (Isaiah 58:10)

Behold, the LORD'S hand is not shortened,
that it cannot save;
neither his ear heavy,
that it cannot hear:
But your iniquities have separated between you and your God,
and your sins have hid his face from you,
that he will not hear.
For your hands are defiled with blood,
and your fingers with iniquity;
your lips have spoken lies,
your tongue hath muttered perverseness.

None calleth for justice,
nor any pleadeth for truth:
they trust in vanity, and speak lies;
they conceive mischief, and bring forth iniquity.
They hatch cockatrice' eggs,
and weave the spider's web:
he that eateth of their eggs dieth,
and that which is crushed breaketh out into a viper.

Their webs shall not become garments,
neither shall they cover themselves with their works:
their works are works of iniquity,
and the act of violence is in their hands.
Their feet run to evil,
and they make haste to shed innocent blood:
their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity;
wasting and destruction are in their paths.
The way of peace they know not;
and there is no judgment in their goings:
they have made them crooked paths:
whosoever goeth therein shall not know peace.

Therefore is judgment far from us,
neither doth justice overtake us:
we wait for light, but behold obscurity;
for brightness, but we walk in darkness.
We grope for the wall like the blind,
and we grope as if we had no eyes:
we stumble at noonday as in the night;
we are in desolate places as dead men.
We roar all like bears,
and mourn sore like doves:
we look for judgment, but there is none;
for salvation, but it is far off from us.
For our transgressions are multiplied before thee,
and our sins testify against us:
for our transgressions are with us;
and as for our iniquities, we know them;
In transgressing and lying against the LORD,
and departing away from our God,
speaking oppression and revolt,
conceiving and uttering from the heart words of falsehood.
And judgment is turned away backward,
and justice standeth afar off:
for truth is fallen in the street,
and equity cannot enter.
Yea, truth faileth;
and he that departeth from evil maketh himself a prey:
and the LORD saw it, and it displeased him
that there was no judgment.
And he saw that there was no man,
and wondered that there was no intercessor:
therefore his arm brought salvation unto him;
and his righteousness, it sustained him.
For he put on righteousness as a breastplate,
and an helmet of salvation upon his head;
and he put on the garments of vengeance for clothing,
and was clad with zeal as a cloke.
According to their deeds, accordingly he will repay,
fury to his adversaries,
recompence to his enemies;
to the islands he will repay recompence.
So shall they fear
the name of the LORD from the west,
and his glory from the rising of the sun.
When the enemy shall come in like a flood,
the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him.
And the Redeemer shall come to Zion,
and unto them that turn from transgression in Jacob,
saith the LORD.

As for me, this is my covenant with them, saith the LORD; My spirit that is upon thee, and my words which I have put in thy mouth, shall not depart out of thy mouth, nor out of the mouth of thy seed, nor out of the mouth of thy seed's seed, saith the LORD, from henceforth and for ever. (Isaiah 59:1-21)
"The Gospel according to Isaiah."

Thus saith the LORD, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches: But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the LORD. (Jeremiah 9:23,24)

And I will give them an heart to know me, that I am the LORD: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God: for they shall return unto me with their whole heart. (Jeremiah 24:7)

But let judgment run down as waters, and righteousness as a mighty stream. (Amos 5:24)

They that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy. (Jonah 2:8)

Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:
For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
-- Jesus Christ (Matthew 7:7,8)

For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you. -- Jesus Christ (Matthew 10:20)

Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. -- Jesus Christ (Matthew 10:32)

Come unto me, all [ye] that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
For my yoke [is] easy, and my burden is light.
-- Jesus Christ (Matthew 11:28-30)

But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you. -- Jesus Christ (Matthew 12:28)

For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother. -- Jesus Christ (Matthew 12:50)

Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls: Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it. -- Jesus Christ (Matthew 13:45,46)

Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. -- Jesus Christ (®MDNM¯Matthew 18:4)

And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name's sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life. -- Jesus Christ (Matthew 19:29)

Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord's doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes? -- Jesus Christ (Matthew 21:42)
We must always be careful to give God the Glory.

For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord. -- Jesus Christ (Matthew 23:39)
This is a quotation of Psalm 118:26. It was also cried out by the multitude during Jesus triumphal entry to Jerusalem. It is said that Psalm 118:22,23 was a favorite in the early church. Psalm 118:16-29 was a favorite of Richard Cameron, the Covenanter.

And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
-- Jesus Christ (Matthew 28:18-20)

For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? -- Jesus Christ (Mark 8:36)

And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. -- Jesus Christ (Mark 16:15)

Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved. -- Jesus Christ (Luke 8:12)

Whosoever shall receive this child in my name receiveth me: and whosoever shall receive me receiveth him that sent me: for he that is least among you all, the same shall be great. -- Jesus Christ (Luke 9:48b)

Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth. -- Jesus Christ (Luke 15:10)

The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. (John 1:29)

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. -- Jesus Christ (John 3:16)

For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. -- Jesus Christ (John 3:17)

He must increase, but I must decrease. (John 3:30)

He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him. (John 3:36)

All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out. (Jesus Christ) -- Jesus Christ (John 6:37)

No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day. -- Jesus Christ (John 6:44)

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life. -- Jesus Christ (John 6:47)

Then said Jesus unto them, When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things. -- Jesus Christ (John 8:28)

Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, [then] are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. -- Jesus Christ (John 8:31,32)

And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world.
He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.
-- Jesus Christ (John 12:47,48)
Just find persons whom the Holy Spirit has prepared to respond to the Gospel, then move on to find the next person.

For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak.
And I know that his commandment is life everlasting: whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak.
-- Jesus Christ (John 12:49,50)

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that receiveth whomsoever I send receiveth me; and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me. -- Jesus Christ (John 13:20)

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. -- Jesus Christ (John 14:6)

If ye love me, keep my commandments. And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. -- Jesus Christ (John 14:15-18)

Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. -- Jesus Christ (John 14:23)

But the Comforter, [which is] the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. (John 14:26)

If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.
Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.
-- Jesus Christ (John 15:7,8)

If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love. -- Jesus Christ (John 15:10)

Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.
And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:
Of sin, because they believe not on me;
Of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more;
Of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.
-- Jesus Christ (John 16:7-11)

Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full. -- Jesus Christ (John 16:24)

And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. -- Jesus Christ (John 17:3)
This is Christ's definition of salvation.

Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;
That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.
-- Jesus Christ (John 17:20,21)
Jesus prays for those we evangelize.

Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you. -- Jesus Christ (John 20:21)

But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name. (John 20:31)

But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. -- Jesus Christ (Acts 1:8) Martin Luther's life verse.

Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. (Acts 4:12)

Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. (Acts 4:10-12).

And now I say unto you, Refrain from these men, and let them alone: for if this counsel or this work be of men, it will come to nought: But if it be of God, ye cannot overthrow it; lest haply ye be found even to fight against God. (Acts 5:38,39)

And the hand of the Lord was with them: and a great number believed, and turned unto the Lord. (Acts 11:21)

And the word of the Lord was published throughout all the region. (Acts 13:49)

That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us. (Acts 17:27)

To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me. -- Jesus Christ (Acts 26:18)

And Paul dwelt two whole years in his own hired house, and received all that came in unto him, Preaching the kingdom of God, and teaching those things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ, with all confidence, no man forbidding him. (Acts 28:30)

For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. (Romans 1:16)

For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith. (Romans 1:17)

For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse. (Romans 1:20)

As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one. (Romans 3:10)

For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:
Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God.
(Romans 3:23-25)

Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. (Romans 5:1)

But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. (Romans 5:8)

Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned. (Romans 5:12)

Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness? (Romans 6:16)

For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. (Romans 6:23)

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. (Romans 10:9)
Scientists come to Christ by this verse.

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. (Romans 10:9-13)

But as it is written, To whom he was not spoken of, they shall see: and they that have not heard shall understand. (Romans 15:21)

For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. (1 Corinthians 1:18)

But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption. (1 Corinthians 1:30)

Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. (1 Corinthians 2:12)

But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. (1 Corinthians 2:14)

For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 3:11)

Now as touching things offered unto idols, we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffeth up, but charity edifieth.
And if any man think that he knoweth any thing, he knoweth nothing yet as he ought to know.
But if any man love God, the same is known of him.
(1 Corinthians 8:1-3)
We gain knowledge of that which we love.

To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some. (1 Corinthians 9:22)

For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures.
(1 Corinthians 15:3)

But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen. (1 Corinthians 15:13)

For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead:
And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.
(2 Corinthians 5:14,15)

And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;
To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.
(2 Corinthians 5:18,19)

(For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.) (2 Corinthians 6:2)

Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. (Galatians 6:7)

That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; [even] in him. (Ephesians 1:10)

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. (Ephesians 2:8,9)

For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.
Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God; And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.
(Ephesians 2:18-22)

Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart. (Ephesians 4:18)

And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2:11)

And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven. (Colossians 1:20)

Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. (Colossians 2:8)

And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power. (Colossians 2:10)

For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Thessalonians 5:9)

This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief. (1 Timothy 1:15)

For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus. (1 Tim. 2:5)

I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;
For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.
For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;
Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.
For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;
Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.
Whereunto I am ordained a preacher, and an apostle, (I speak the truth in Christ, and lie not;) a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and verity.
I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.
(1 Timothy 2:1-8)

But ye, brethren, be not weary in well doing. (2 Thessalonians 3:13)

But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry. (2 Timothy 4:5)

For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,
Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;
Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;
Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.
(Titus 2:11-14)

Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high. (Hebrews 1:3)

How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him. (Hebrews 2:3)

And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. (Hebrews 2:15)

For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12)

For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people. (Hebrews 8:10)

And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment. (Hebrews 9:27)

And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more. (Hebrews 10:17)

Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear. (Hebrews 11:3)
"Ideas have consequences."

But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.
And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.
(James 3:17)

Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin. (James 4:17)

For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit. (1 Peter 3:18)

If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen. (1 Peter 4:11)

If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
(1 John 1:8,9)

Love not the world, neither the things [that are] in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
For all that [is] in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.
(1 John 2:15-17)

And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us. (1 John 3:24)
Obedience fills us with the Holy Spirit.

He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love. (1 John 4:8)

In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.
Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world.
We love him, because he first loved us.
(1 John 4:9,10,14,19)

For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, [even] our faith.
Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?
(1 John 5:4,5)

And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. (1 John 5:11)

He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. (1 John 5:12)

"Calvin was very much a man of prayer. He called prayer 'the principle exercise which the children of God have;' it is a 'true proof' of saving faith."

Barrett, David, and Todd Johnson, Our Globe and How to Reach it: Seeing the World Evangelized by AD 2000 and Beyond (Birmingham, AL: New Hope, 1990), ISBN: 0936625929 9780936625928.

*Chafer, Lewis S., True Evangelism: Winning Souls by Prayer, ISBN: 0825423457 9780825423451.

Edwards, Jonathan. An humble attempt to promote explicit agreement and visible union of God's people in extraordinary prayer for the revival of religion and the advancement of Christ's Kingdom on earth, pursuant to Scripture-promises and prophecies concerning the last time. By Jonathan Edwards, A.M. Minister of the Gospel at Northampton. With a preface by several ministers. Boston, New-England, 1747 [i.e., 1748]. (ECCO) Gale Document Number CW3317636824

Miller, C. John (1928-1996), Prayer and Evangelism (Michigan City, IN: Sound Word Associates). 30305
Audio cassette LECM1.

Packer, J.I., God in Our Midst: Seeking and Receiving Ongoing Revival, ISBN: 0850091357 9780850091359 1862580332 9781862580336.
"This 46-page booklet describes the elements of authentic revival and urges Christians to seek renewal by means of humble, penitent, prayerful, and faith-full exploration before the Lord." -- GCB

Ravenhill, Leonard, Revival Praying (Minneapolis, MN: Bethany House Publishers, 1962), ISBN: 0764200313 9780764200311.
"A challenge to all who are deeply concerned about a full-scale spiritual awakening in America."

See also: The sovereignty of god, The doctrine of man (human nature, total depravity), The inspiration and infallibility of scripture (the doctrine of revelation, the doctrine of plenary inspiration, the doctrine of divine inspiration, the doctrine of verbal inspiration, The sovereign grace of god: his everlasting mercy and lovingkindness, Prayer, Intercessory prayer, Sharing christ with your children, Book-length presentations of the Gospel message of salvation, Knowing Christ, Evangelism, Other works on evangelism, Revivals, Repentance, Small group evangelism, Apologetics, Follow-up, Gospel tracts and witnessing tools, Pseudo-christian movements: a selection of works, Hard-case witnessing, Testimonies, Reconciliation of relationships, Justification and sanctification, Small group evangelism, Spiritual warfare
TCRB5: 3908
MGTP: Prayer, Evangelism, Christ -- Intercession of (for his People), Christ -- Mediator

Related WebLinks

Nave's Topical Bible: Christ, Prayers of
http://bible.crosswalk.com/Concordances/NavesTopicalBible/ntb.cgi?number=T2807

The Treasury of David, Psalm 90, C.H. Spurgeon
"The 90th Psalm might be cited as perhaps the most sublime of human compositions -- the deepest in feeling -- the loftiest in theologic conception -- the most magnificent in its imagery." -- Isaac Taylor
"Verse 17. And establish thou the work of our hands upon us; yea, the work of our hands establish thou it. Let what we do be done in truth, and last when we are in the grave; may the work of the present generation minister permanently to the building tip of the nation. Good men are anxious not to work in vain. They know that without the Lord they can do nothing, and therefore they cry to him for help in the work, for acceptance of their efforts, and for the establishment of their designs. The church as a whole earnestly desires that the hand of the Lord may so work with the hand of his people, that a substantial, yea, an eternal edifice to the praise and glory of God may be the result. We come and go, but the Lord's work abides. We are content to die so long as Jesus lives and his kingdom grows. Since the Lord abides for ever the same, we trust our work in his hands, and feel that since it is far more his work than ours he will secure it immortality. When we have withered like grass our holy service, like gold, silver, and precious stones, will survive the fire." -- C.H. Spurgeon
http://www.spurgeon.org/treasury/ps090.htm



Prayer Groups

Adams, Jay E., Prayers for Troubled Times (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 1979), 64 pages, ISBN: 0875520677 9780875520674.
" 'In simple, everyday English, yet with reverence, I have tried to express many of the heartfelt and inner cries of God's people.' Contains 33 prayers on concerns from 'Age' and 'Anger' to 'Work' and 'Worry' (with a dozen blank pages at the end to pen your own). 'Every prayer grew out of actual experience'." -- David Powlison

Mains, David, and Steve Bell, Two Are Better Than One: A Guide to Prayer Partnerships That Work (Portland, OR: Multnomah Press), ISBN: 0880704772 9780880704779.
Explains choosing a prayer partner and learning to pray with one another. Steve and David are with Chapel of the Air, Wheaton, Illinois.
"A step-by-step guide for setting up a prayer partnership that will endure and work." -- GCB

Spurgeon, C.H., Only a Prayer Meeting: Forty Addresses at Metropolitan Tabernacle and Other Prayer-meetings, ISBN: 185792505X 9781857925050.

See also: Prayer, Intercessory prayer, Jesus on prayer, Small group prayer, Small groups as healing agents, Christian fellowship

Related WebLinks

Nave's Topical Bible: Christ, Prayers of
http://bible.crosswalk.com/Concordances/NavesTopicalBible/ntb.cgi?number=T2807



CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP

See the Theological Notes, "The Kingdom of God," at Luke 17:20 in The Reformation Study Bible.

See the Theological Notes, "Adoption," at Galatians 4:5 in The Reformation Study Bible.

See the Theological Notes, "The Church," at Ephesians 2:19 in The Reformation Study Bible.

See the Theological Notes, "The Local Church," at Revelation 2:1 in The Reformation Study Bible.

See the Theological Notes, "Pleasing God," at 1 Thessalonians 2:6 in The Reformation Study Bible.

See the Theological Notes, "Heaven," at Revelation 21:1 in The Reformation Study Bible.

By this shall all [men] know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another. -- Jesus Christ (John 13:35)

That they all may be one; as thou, Father, [art] in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.
And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:
I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.
-- Jesus Christ (John 17:21-23)

And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers. (Acts 2:42)

And Paul dwelt two whole years in his own hired house, and received all that came in unto him, preaching the kingdom of God, and teaching those things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ, with all confidence, no man forbidding him. (Acts 28:30-31)

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, [which is] your reasonable service.
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what [is] that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
(Romans 12:1,2)

For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office: so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another. (Romans 12:4,5)

True worship is due only to One who by reason of His infinite perfections deserves our supreme love, honor, and trust. Angels are the highest order of creatures, yet we are forbidden to worship them. (Deut. 17:3) It is the lack of this knowledge that has caused unbelievers to idolize creatures. For wherever they found any virtue or excellency in the creature, presently they adored and worshipped it. -- William Gurnall

Adams, Jay Edward, The Practical Encyclopedia of Christian Counseling.
See the subject "Fellowship," "Associations," "Friendship," and so forth, and so on.

Baxter, Richard, Converse With God in Solitude: or, The Christian improving the insufficiency and uncertainty of human friendship for conversing with God in secret. Written by ... Richard Baxter. Abridged by Benjamin Fawcett, Salop, 1761.

*Bernard of Clairvaux, The Love of God and Spiritual Friendship (Portland, OR: Multnomah Press, 1983), ISBN: 0880700173 9780880700177. A Christian classic.
Abridged and edited by J.M. Houston. "Houston provides his readers with a careful introduction to the times of Bernard and his importance in the history of the Christian church. He then furnishes a carefully edited version of this greatest devotional treatise on the love of God . . ." -- Cyril J. Barber
On Loving God by Saint Bernard of Clairvaux
http://www.ccel.org/bernard/loving_God/loving_God.html

See also: Friendship, The love and justice of god, Filial love (love toward parents), Small groups, House churches, Small groups as healing agents, Bad relationships a cause of disease and death, and so forth, and so on.

Related WebLinks

The Anguish and Agonies of Charles Haddon Spurgeon, Dr. Darrel W. Amundsen
"Spurgeon's last years of physical suffering must be seen through the grid of the Down-Grade Controversy Down-Grade Controversy (begun in 1887). Early in this controversy he commented that he had
". . . suffered the loss of friendships and reputation, and the infliction of pecuniary withdrawments and bitter reproach. . . . But the pain it has cost me none can measure."
(To a friend in May 1891 he said)
"Goodbye; you will never see me again. This fight is killing me."
http://66.49.209.54/agonies.htm



Small Groups

But many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first. -- Jesus Christ (Matthew 19:30)

Our Triune God has ordained that authority, power, and leadership devolves to those who know the most Truth (the Apostle Paul, Saint Augustine, Martin Luther, John Calvin, The Scots Worthies, . . . ). Preeminent among those is the Lord Christ, the God Man, Our Righteousness. (John 1:1-18; Matthew 19:30; Matthew 28:18-20; Isaiah 49:7; Colossians 1:16-19; Colossians 2:9,10; Hebrews 12:1,2; Revelation 5:1-14; Revelation 19:11-15; Revelation 20:11-15; Revelation 22:12, and so forth, and so on.)

To serve God is to reign. -- Seneca

But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ.
For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us; Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace; And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby: And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh. For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father. Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God; And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.
(Ephesians 2:13-22)

But yet man is a sociable creature; and we are made to be helpful to each other: we are like the wheels of a watch, that can none of them do their work alone, without the concurrence of the rest. And therefore a proud man that would live wholly on himself, and scorneth to be beholden, would break himself off from the place that God hath set him in, and separate himself from human society, and be either a world of himself, or a god to others. But God hath caused all the members purposely to stand in need of one another, that none might be despised, and that all might still exercise love in communicating, and humility in accepting of each other's help. -- Richard Baxter

*Bridges, Jerry, The Crisis of Caring: Recovering the Meaning of True Fellowship (Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian Reformed Publishing Co.), ISBN: 087552110X 9780875521107.
"Bridges believes that Biblical fellowship is properly understood as a ministry of caring marked by renewed love for other believers, partnership in the Gospel, the exercise of spiritual gifts, and sharing of possessions." -- Publisher's Annotation
"This book comes as a result of Bridges' study into the Biblical practice of koinonia (fellowship). Excellent treatment of the full rich meaning of the term as used in the Bible. Truly a life-changing book!" -- GCB
A study guide and leader's guide are available. Originally published under the title TRUE FELLOWSHIP.

Bridges, Jerry, True Fellowship: The Biblical Practice of Koinonia, ISBN: 0891095217 9780891095217.

Bridges, Jerry, True Fellowship: A Bible Study on (Leader's Guide) (Colorado Springs, CO: NavPress and Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers). 10815A
"First published in 1983, this book was written to help Christians not only accept the fact that God is in charge, but also to see and apply the implications of that fact. An honest book which gives straight, Biblical answers to the tough question we all ask." -- GCB

*Dallimore, Arnold, George Whitefield: The Life and Times of the Great Evangelist of the 18th Century Revival, 2 volumes (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust), ISBN: 0851510264 9780851510262 085151300X 9780851513003.
"One of the great monumental literary achievements of the 20th Century." -- Sherwood E. Wirt
"Justice has at last been done to the greatest preacher that England has ever produced." -- D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
Contains accounts of the conversion experiences of Whitefield, the Wesleys, and many others. Includes bibliographic footnotes. A Christian classic.

Bruce, Michael, The duty of Christians to live together in religious-communion, recommended. In a sermon preached at Belfast, January 5th. 1724-5 before the sub-synod. ... By Michael Bruce. Belfast, 1725.

Bubna, Donald L., and Sarah Ricketts, Building People Through a Caring, Sharing Fellowship (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, 1988), ISBN: 0842301852 9780842301855.
"The book reflects efforts both successful and not so successful in developing koinonia groups. Friendship evangelism is explored, as well as stories based on experiences in several churches."

Clowney, Edmund P., Living in Christ's Church, ISBN: 0934688222 9780934688222.
"A 13-chapter study of the church, what it is or should be, and what you can do to make a difference. The Bible constantly points us to the Lord of the church and to the heavenly nature of God's earthly people." -- GCB
LIVING IN CHRIST'S CHURCH: A TEACHING MANUAL FOR USE IN ADULT STUDY GROUP (LEADER'S GUIDE) is available.

Clowney, Edmund P., Living in Christ's Church: a teaching manual for use in adult study groups (Leader's Guide), ISBN: 0934688249 9780934688246.

Conley, Thomas H. and Samuel Southard, Pastoral Care for Personal Growth: Enabling the Laity to Share in Pastoral Ministry, ISBN: 0817007547 9780817007546.

*Johnson, David, and Jeff VanVonderen, The Subtle Power of Spiritual Abuse: Recognizing and Escaping Spiritual Manipulation and False Spiritual Authority Within the Church (Minneapolis, MN: Bethany House Publishers, October 1, 2005), ISBN: 0764201379 9780764201370.
"Manipulation, shaming, `using' other people -- that's in the church, too. Spiritual abuse happens when authority figures use spiritual means to gratify their desires for importance, power, or intimacy. Because abusers use spiritual-sounding language, their followers are trapped in legalism, guilt performance, and begrudging service. Johnson and VanVonderen explain how to identify spiritual abuse, break the cycle of abusive spiritual dynamics, and encourage both abusers and victims to repent and recover." -- CBD
"In a breakthrough book first published in 1991, the authors address the dynamics in churches that can ensnare people in legalism, guilt, and begrudging service, keeping them from the grace and joy of God's kingdom. Written for both those who feel abused and those who may be causing it, THE SUBTLE POWER OF SPIRITUAL ABUSE shows how people get hooked into abusive systems, the impact of controlling leadership on a congregation, and how the abused believer can find rest and recovery.
"David Johnson has been the senior pastor at Church of the Open Door in Maple Grove, Minnesota, since 1980. During this time, the church has grown from a congregation of 160 to 3,000 people. A much sought-after speaker, he is a graduate of Bethel College and received his theological training at Bethel Seminary and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. His "Growing in Grace" radio broadcast is syndicated internationally. David and his family live in Minnesota.
"Jeff VanVonderen is an internationally known speaker on addictions and church and family wellness. He has worked as a counselor in both residential and outpatient treatment settings, as well as in the religious community, taught at the college level, and is the author of several books. He makes his home in California." -- Publisher's Annotation
"The difference between churches that use manipulation and those that practice grace is like night and day. . . .
"Van Vonderen and Johnson warn people who read the book not to use what they have learned as a weapon, but to take action only in the proper spirit. Of course, any time someone takes action in a church, real problems will become visible. My question in every case is: are those problems caused by those speaking out, or have they been there all along and are only now being exposed. . . ?
"It is fair, it is doctrinally solid, and it gives effective counsel. There is something beneficial for everyone. . . leader, wounded Christian, or loved ones of people in either group." -- Reader's Comment

Kasemann, Ernst, "Ministers and Community in the New Testament," in his ESSAYS ON NEW TESTAMENT THEMES (London, England: SCM Press and Naperville, CA: Allenson, 1964), ISBN: 0800616294 9780800616298

Kraemer, H., Theology of the Laity.
"A very significant, seminal study on the true meaning of laity."

Maillefer, M., Small Groups: How to Use Them in a Big Way (Michigan City, IN: Sound Word Associates, 1991). 10821
Audio cassette TT108.

Mains, David, and Steve Bell, Two Are Better Than One: A Guide to Prayer Partnerships That Work (Portland, OR: Multnomah Press), ISBN: 0880704772 9780880704779.
Explains choosing a prayer partner and learning to pray with one another. Steve and David are with Chapel of the Air, Wheaton, Illinois.
"A step-by-step guide for setting up a prayer partnership that will endure and work." -- GCB

Olson, Richard P., and Carole Della Pia-Terry, Ministry With Remarried Persons (Valley Forge, PA: Judson Press, 1984), ISBN: 0817009906 9780817009908.
"An in-depth discussion of the church's ministry to the widowed and divorced who desire to remarry. Lays a Biblical foundation before discussing the process of remarriage counseling, the wedding, and integrating the new couple into the life of the church." -- Cyril J. Barber

Pryor, John W., John: Evangelist of the Covenant People: A Narrative and Themes of the Fourth Gospel, ISBN: 083081762X 9780830817627.

Trotter, D., Bearing One Another's Burdens (Galatians 6:1-10) (Michigan City, IN: Sound Word Associates, 1991). [30438]
Audio cassette BL04.

Wells, William W., Welcome to the Family: An Introduction to Evangelical Christianity, ISBN: 0877846243: 9780877846246.

See also: Bible reading and devotions, Christian fellowship, Prayer, Prayer groups, Jesus on prayer, Intercessory prayer, Evangelistic praying, Christian fellowship, Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, Sexual relationship, Small groups, House churches, Small group evangelism, Small groups as healing agents, Small group resources, Small group leadership helps, Bad relationships a cause of disease and death
TCRB5: 414, 421, 726, 739-741, 1325, 1442, 3116-3132, 3523, 3908, 3927

Related WebLinks

Nave's Topical Bible: Christ, Prayers of
http://bible.crosswalk.com/Concordances/NavesTopicalBible/ntb.cgi?number=T2807



House Churches

See the Theological Notes, "The Church," at Ephesians 2:19 in The Reformation Study Bible.

See the Theological Notes, "The Local Church," at Revelation 2:1 in The Reformation Study Bible.

Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! (Psalm 133:1)

Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.
For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.
-- Jesus Christ (Matthew 18:19, 20)

And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers. (Acts 2:42)

And when they had appointed him a day, there came many to him into his lodging; to whom he expounded and testified the kingdom of God, persuading them concerning Jesus, both out of the law of Moses, and out of the prophets, from morning till evening. And some believed the things which were spoken, and some believed not. (Acts 28:23-24)

And Paul dwelt two whole years in his own hired house, and received all that came in unto him, Preaching the kingdom of God, and teaching those things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ, with all confidence, no man forbidding him. (Acts 28:30,31)

Christian fellowship should show spontaneity and freedom.

Allen, Donald, Barefoot in the Church (Richmond, VA: John Knox Press, 1972), ISBN: 0804215405 9780804215404.
"Based on experiences of and in his own house church (part of a cluster of such groups in Virginia), Allen describes and explores strengths, weaknesses, and future potential of the house church movement (close groupings of people grounded in mutual identity and mission, often affiliated with established churches). Organized by the themes of becoming, discovering, belonging, grounding, reaching, strengthening, celebrating, establishing, and projecting, this offers transcripts of members' discussions, examples from other house churches past and present, a look at linkages with the human potential movement, and general guidelines. Subject index and index of Christian communities."

Banks, Robert J. and Julia Banks, The Church Comes Home (Hendrickson Publishers, January 1, 1998), ISBN: 156563179X 9781565631793.
"In our modern dislocated society many are searching for a church experience that offers true Christian sharing, nurturing, and discipleship, in addition to teaching and worship. For many such people the answer is found in the home church: a small, committed group of often diverse people who meet together in homes to pray, eat, sing, study, and share their lives.
"THE CHURCH COMES HOME is a handbook for those interested in home churches. It is both visionary and practical. It describes how home churches can be formed, how they should grow, and how networks of home churches can develop. It examines issues-for example, how to make decisions; how to determine doctrine; how to include children, singles, elders; and how to reach out to the community at large-and offers practical suggestions for their resolution.
"Robert Banks is Professor of the Ministry of the Laity and Chair of the Ministry Division at Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California.
"Julia Banks and her husband Robert have been involved with home churches for over twenty-five years. Together they have led seminars and assissted congregations in developing this style of gather in many parts of the world. Julia coordingateds the community house in which she and Rob live with a group of students. She is also active as a church planter and in building networks among house churches." -- Publisher's Annotation

Banks, Robert, Going to Church in the First Century: An Eyewitness Account (Seedsowers, May 1990), ISBN: 0940232375 9780940232372.
"Bankes does his research. He is not merely writing what he thinks the Church looked like in the first century but he dives into Church History itself to show you historically what it looked like. The book takes 1 Corithians 14:26 and applies it to the house churches listed in the New Testament. In the end, Banks does a wonderful job of showing the reader how radically different our church 'services' are today compared to the first century. Banks then tells us how to apply the apostolic traditions (1 Corinthians 11:2; 2 Thessalonians 2:15; 3:6) to our current churches whether traditional or house churches." -- Reader Comment

*Banks, Robert J., Paul's Idea of Community: The Early House Churches in Their Cultural Setting, revised edition (Hendrickson Publishers, November 1, 1994), ISBN: 1565630505 9781565630505.
"Robert Bank's widely read PAUL'S IDEA OF COMMUNITY: THE EARLY HOUSE CHURCHES IN THEIR CULTURAL SETTING is once again available to laypeole, pastors and scholars alike. In this extensively revised edition Banks has rewritten chapters for clarity, taken into account recent scholarship on Paul's writings, updated and expanded the bibliography, and added an index. This new edition retains, however, all the freshness and vitality of the original.
"The book draws fully upon the wealth of recent scholarly analysis of the New Testament churches, but in such a skilled way that the picture is not buried in learning, but brought to life for present-day readers. . . . People will be startled to find how much of modern church life has departed form the New Testament spirit. And yet the modern communities still possess in the New Testament, as illuminated through a book like this, the sources from which church life can be reawakened to the community consequences of accepting the Pauline gospel." -- Edwin A. Judge, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia
"It is good news that Robert Banks's PAUL'S IDEA OF COMMUNITY is once more available, now in a thoroughly revised, expanded edition. Convinced that Paul's distinctive contribution to Christianity is his idea of community, Banks demonstrates how this notion informs Paul's instruction to his churches. . . . [I]t is striking how naturally discussions of such topics as Paul's teaching on freedom and on eschatology fall within the purview of this stimulating book." -- Abraham J. Malherbe, Yale University
"Robert Banks is Professor of the Ministry of the Laity and Chair of the Ministry Division at Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California." -- Publisher's Annotation

Decker, Frank Harmanest, Truths That Save: Church House Texts and Talks (Boston, MA, Chicago, IL: The Pilgrim Press c1917).

Kreider, Larry, and Floyd McClung, Starting a House Church (Regal Books, April 5, 2007), ISBN: 0830743650 9780830743650.
"As someone who has studied and written on house churches throughout history, I was pleased and intrigued to see this book on actually starting a house church today. And it's a great book! It gives an overview of the different forms of church today, of which house church is one. It also provides a good biblical basis for what is a growing phenomenon around the world. Although it does give very practical help in how actually to start or lead a house church, the book, however, does not major on structure but emphasizes that it is all about the heart and spirit of the church - that is a place to provide spiritual community and family so that Christians can grow in their walk with God. The book, furthermore, gives some helpful tips on mistakes which can be avoided. It provides vision, biblical backing and practical help - a very good combination and a worthwhile read indeed!" -- Reader Comment

Simson, Wolfgang, Houses That Change the World (Paternoster Publishing, March 6, 2001),. ISBN: 185078356X 9781850783565.
"Millions of Christians around the world are becoming aware of an imminent reformation of global proportions within the Church. God is changing this revered institution and is making a new collective awareness of an age-old revelation, a corporate spiritual echo that reflects God's desire for the Church.
"In this book, Wolfgang Simson brings to light what God is saying to Christians everywhere. Researched across the globe, he presents the case for the reformation of the Church's existence. In a world where the Church is being ignored, it is time to bring the Church to the people, and not the people to the Church. Whether it is what we know as 'Church' from the last five years or last five hundred year, no one has truly been able to break free from the structures of the past. Many may see this book as radical, many may see it as a reforming of old ideals, but all who read it will be challenged in their Churching and have their priorities refocused in a life-changing way."
"Wolfgang Simson works as a strategy consultant, researcher and journalist within the DAWN International Network. After working as a social worker and taxi driver in Stuttgart, Germany, he studied theology and missions in Switzerland, Belgium and the USA, and travelled extensively to research growing churches and church-planting movements. He is a board member of both the British and German Church Growth Associations and editor of the DAWN Fridayfax. He is of Hungarian, German and Jewish descent, and has an Indian wife, Mercy. They have three sons and have recently moved from Madras, South India, to live in Germany." -- Publisher's Annotation
"The author repeatedly states, 'I'm not here to provide a model for the house church. That's not the point of this book. I simply want to present the theology and value of the house church as a model for true community'." -- Reader Comment

WILLSON, JAMES R. (1780-1853), A Sermon on the Glory and Security of the Church of God, 1824. Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #29, ISBN: 0921148283 9780921148289. Available on The Amazing Christian Library, DVD Four, CD #20.
http://www.covenanter.org/JRWillson/gloryandsecurity.htm

See also: Bible reading and devotions, Christian fellowship, Prayer, Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, Sexual relationship,

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Works of C. Gregg Singer
http://www.lettermen2.com/bcrr3ch.html#cgsinger

Mount Olive Tape Library of Reformed Theology
http://www.mountolivelibrary.org/

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Terrorism, The Criminal Mind, Neo-Darwinism, Environmentalism, Marxism, Stalin, Hitler, God's Law, etc. (Creation/Evolution?)
An address by Dr. A.E. Wilder-Smith on Matthew 15:15-20; Proverbs 4:23
"Dr. A.E. Wilder-Smith was one of few scientists in the world to have three earned doctorates. . . . "A devout born-again Christian, a devoted husband and father of 5 children, a young-earth creationist, and a highly qualified organic chemist, he authored over 70 scientific publications and more than 30 books, some published in 17 languages. Many of today's leading creationists consider him a major influence in their own intellectual development, and call him a pioneer in anti-evolution arguments. See http://wildersmith.org/testimonials.htm for testimonies about Wilder-Smith by Duane Gish and other scientists and intellectuals."
He talks at length here about the Yochelson/Samenow 14 year study of the criminally insane [annotated elsewhere] at St. Elizabeths Hospital near Washington, DC.
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=94071422010

Sermonaudio.com
http://www.sermonaudio.com/

Nave's Topical Bible: Christ, Prayers of
http://bible.crosswalk.com/Concordances/NavesTopicalBible/ntb.cgi?number=T2807

The Small Group Network
http://smallgroups.com/



Small Group Evangelism

See the Theological Notes, "Prayer," at Luke 11:2 in The Reformation Study Bible.

Again later, in the middle of the 19th century "a small student prayer fellowship at Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia set in motion forces that eventuated in the Second Great Awakening of the 19th century; the `haystack prayer meeting' in Williamstown, Massachusetts, in 1806 spawned the modern missionary movement; times of heart-searching and confession among groups in Wales, Korea, and Africa ushered in great revivals at the beginning of this century; and perhaps the greatest spiritual movement of our generation is occurring in the house churches of China. Though the details vary in each situation, at the heart is the principle of small groups of disciples united in Christ." -- Robert E. Coleman

*CALVIN, JOHN (1509-1564), The Necessity of Reforming the Church (1543). Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive. Available in Library of Presbyterian Heritage Publications and Protestant Heritage Press CD-ROM Library. Available in The Church Effeminate and Other Essays.
Available free online.
http://www.swrb.com/newslett/actualnls/NRC_ch00.htm

*Peace, Richard, Small Group Evangelism: A Training Program for Reaching Out With the Gospel, ISBN: 0877843295 9780877843290.
"Peace says that we don't need to choose between mass or personal evangelism. He says that for our day the best way is that of small group evangelism. In this book he combines theory and practice. He also provides guidelines, plans, training and discussion of the ins and out of group dynamics." -- GCB

Barker, F., Jr., Evangelism Through Small Groups (part 1 and 2) (Michigan City, IN: Sound Word Associates). 30117
Audio cassette LEFB1 and LEFB2.

Jacks, Bob, Betty Jacks, and Ron Wormser, Your Home a Lighthouse (Colorado Springs, CO: NavPress, c1986), ISBN: 0891091270 9780891091271.
"A practical guide on how you can impact your community by hosting a weekly evangelistic Bible study." -- Publisher's Annotation

Jacks, Bob, Betty Jacks, and Ron Wormser, Fill Your House With Newborns. Alternate title: Your home a lighthouse: How to host an evangelistic Bible study (Colorado Springs, CO: NavPress), ISBN: 8900730282 9788900730289.
"In this three-part video seminar Bob Jacks tells why they've done it (hosted evangelistic Bible studies in their home for 22 years), how they've done it, and what they've learned. His sage advice and enthusiasm will motivate and equip your group to open your homes for evangelistic home Bible studies--the one place where your unchurched friends and neighbors will feel comfortable and `at home' enough to hear the Good News." -- Publisher's Annotation. This video package includes a book, viewer's guide, and three video cassettes. Also issued under the title "Our Home a Lighthouse (Video)."
Contents: pt. 1. Why evangelistic home Bible studies work so well. -- pt. 2. How to plan and prepare for your evangelistic home Bible study. -- pt. 3. How to host and lead an evangelistic home Bible study.

Welch, Ed, Using the Gospel in Your Home (Michigan City, IN: Sound Word Associates).
Audio cassette HFTF07.

See also: Bible reading and devotions, Christian fellowship, Prayer, Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, Family Worship, Regulative Principle of Worship, Praise, Prayer, Psalms in Worship, Rejoicing, Thanksgiving, Music, Small Groups, Sexual relationship, Small Group Evangelism, Small Groups as Healing Agents, Small Group Resources

Related WebLinks

The Ronald W. Taber Memorial Lectures 2005, "The Justification Controversy" (Collection 13. The Trinity Foundation Lecture Series).
"The Justification Controversy" is a five lecture series by John W. Robbins, including:
  1. The Doctrine of Revelation
  2. The Doctrine of Justification
  3. The Theology of N.T. Wright
  4. The Theology of Richard Gaffin and Norman Shepherd
  5. The Auburn Avenue Theology
http://www.trinitylectures.org/

The Evangelical Reformed Presbyterian Church
The Evangelical Reformed Presbyterian Church is "a new association of congregations that stand unequivocally for justification by faith alone."
"The ERPC is spearheaded by former members of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church who believe that the testimony of that denomination has been compromised for the past 30 years by its toleration of the teaching of two different gospels, the Biblical Gospel of justification by faith alone, and the false gospel of justification by faith and works/faithfulness/obedience. [See Paul M. Elliott' book, CHRISTIANITY AND NEO-LIBERALISM]
"If you or your congregation are looking for an association that unambiguously proclaims the doctrines of salvation by belief alone, grace alone, and Christ alone, please visit their website." -- John Robbins
"The Doctrinal Standards of the Evangelical Reformed Presbyterian Church, consisting of the American version of the Westminster Confession of Faith (1646) . . . adopted by the first American Presbyterian Assembly of 1789, including their proof texts." -- "Doctrinal Distinctives" at the ERPC website, http://www.erpchurch.org/news/pres_release_051705.html
Unfortunately these revisions removed Christian Magistracy from the Confession (WCF 1649), essentially emasculated Christianity, and set aside Christ's Crown and Covenant. Conveniently this removed churchmen and laymen from the battlefront of standing for Christ's Crown and Covenant.
The Evangelical Reformed Presbyterian Church (ERPC)
http://www.erpchurch.org/news/pres_release_051705.html
See "A Theological Interpretation of American History" http://www.lettermen2.com/bcrr9chc.html#stiahis

The Trinity Foundation Church Registry and Clearinghouse
"By publishing this church registry we hope to offer some modest help to both individual Christians looking for an acceptable place to worship, and to congregations seeking Christians for mutual edification and to evangelize their communities. We do not guarantee that everyone will be satisfied with every church in this Registry; the user is always under the obligation to compare what is taught by these churches with Scripture." http://www.trinityfoundation.org/churchregmain.php

Nave's Topical Bible: Christ, Prayers of
http://bible.crosswalk.com/Concordances/NavesTopicalBible/ntb.cgi?number=T2807

The Small Group Network
http://smallgroups.com/



The Church and Small Groups

But many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first. -- Jesus Christ (Matthew 19:30)

And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers. (Acts 2:42)

Our Triune God has ordained that authority, power, and leadership devolves to those who know the most Truth (the Apostle Paul, Saint Augustine, Martin Luther, John Calvin, The Scots Worthies. . . ). Preeminent among those is the Lord Christ, the God Man, Our Righteousness. (John 1:1-18; Matthew 19:30; Matthew 28:18-20; Isaiah 49:7; Colossians 1:16-19; Colossians 2:9,10; Hebrews 12:1,2; Revelation 5:1-14; Revelation 19:11-15; Revelation 20:11-15; Revelation 22:12, and so forth, and so on.)

To serve God is to reign. -- Seneca

Davis, D. Clair, Christ and Community: Christian Community and/or the Church (Michigan City, IN: Sound Word Associates). 30161
Audio cassette CD511.

Davis, D. Clair, History of Small Groups in Reformed Churches (Michigan City, IN: Sound Word Associates). 30164
Audio cassette CDA01.

See also: Bible reading and devotions, Christian fellowship, Prayer, Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, Family Worship, Regulative Principle of Worship, Praise, Prayer, Psalms in Worship, Rejoicing, Thanksgiving, Music, Small Groups, Small Group Evangelism, Small Groups as Healing Agents, Small Group Resources

Related WebLinks

The Small Group Network
http://smallgroups.com/



Small Groups as Healing Agents

Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.
For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.
-- Jesus Christ (Matthew 18:19, 20)

*Baker, Steve, et al., Good Things Come in Small Groups (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1985). 10844
"Realizing that each person is a combination of hurts and hopes, and that the church exists to promote a caring community, Barker and a few friends met regularly to discuss and then put into practice the principles of personal and corporate growth. The results exceeded their fondest dreams, so they decided to share their experience with others. Hence this book. It is a must." -- Cyril J. Barber

*Bridges, Jerry, The Crisis of Caring: Recovering the Meaning of True Fellowship (Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian Reformed Publishing Co.), ISBN: 087552110X 9780875521107.
"Bridges believes that Biblical fellowship is properly understood as a ministry of caring marked by renewed love for other believers, partnership in the Gospel, the exercise of spiritual gifts, and sharing of possessions." -- Publisher's Annotation
"This book comes as a result of Bridges' study into the Biblical practice of koinonia (fellowship). Excellent treatment of the full rich meaning of the term as used in the Bible. Truly a life-changing book!" -- GCB
A study guide and leader's guide are available. Originally published under the title TRUE FELLOWSHIP.

Bridges, Jerry, True Fellowship: The Biblical Practice of Koinonia, ISBN: 0891095217 9780891095217.

Bridges, Jerry, True Fellowship: A Bible Study on (Leader's Guide) (Colorado Springs, CO: NavPress and Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers). 10815A
"First published in 1983, this book was written to help Christians not only accept the fact that God is in charge, but also to see and apply the implications of that fact. An honest book which gives straight, Biblical answers to the tough question we all ask." -- GCB

*Sanderson, John W., The Fruit of the Spirit (Philadelphia, PA: The Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Co.). 10469
"A Biblical study of genuine character growth in the life of the Christian, as set forth in Galatians 5." -- Publisher's Annotation

Mains, David, and Steve Bell, Two Are Better Than One: A Guide to Prayer Partnerships That Work (Portland, OR: Multnomah Press), ISBN: 0880704772 9780880704779.
Explains choosing a prayer partner and learning to pray with one another. Steve and David are with Chapel of the Air, Wheaton, Illinois.
"A step-by-step guide for setting up a prayer partnership that will endure and work." -- GCB

Mains, David, Healing The Dysfunctional Church Family: When Destructive Family Patterns Infiltrate the Body of Christ, ISBN: 1560431636 9781560431633.
"Wouldn't you like to be part of a perfect church family? Who wouldn't?! Unfortunately, no church is flawless. Mains discusses eight destructive family patterns (including blaming, competition and comparison, perfectionism, and conditional love) that can arise in the church family. He challenges you to confront dysfunctions and make your church a place where people are loved, forgiven, helped, and given hope for the future. Includes small-group discussion questions. . . ." -- CBD

*Tada, Joni Eareckson, Friendship Unlimited: How You Can Help A Disabled Friend (Wheaton, IL: Harold Shaw Publishers), ISBN: 0877882886 9780877882886.
"Joni gives positive guidance on building deeper, more understanding relationships with the disabled people we come in contact with each day. This important book contains sections on what to say, when to offer help, how to deal with the common fears and reservations in relationship, and how to be an encouraging friend." -- GCB

*Wenhe, Mary, How to Pray for Healing (Reston, VA: Thoburn Press), ISBN: 0800707419 9780800707415.

See also: Bible reading and devotions, Christian fellowship, Prayer, Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, Covenant theology and covenanting, Corporate faithfulness, House churches, Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, Corporate faithfulness, The teachings of Christ

Related WebLinks

Nave's Topical Bible: Christ, Prayers of
http://bible.crosswalk.com/Concordances/NavesTopicalBible/ntb.cgi?number=T2807

Joni and Friends
http://www.joniandfriends.org



Small Group Resources

*Kettler, Steven C. (compiler), Biblical Counsel: Resources for Renewal. An Annotated Topical Bibliography of Works Containing Biblical Counsel for Persons Seeking Lasting Solutions to Life's Problems (Harrisonburg, VA: Lettermen Associates, c1994), ISBN: 0963682113.
A book-length annotated bibliography containing over 5700 citations by 2550 authors cross referenced under 440 topic headings. Includes author and title, scripture, and subject indexes.
An edited version of the first edition of Biblical Counsel: Resources for Renewal is available on CD-ROM in Logos Library System (LLS) format.
Logos Research Systems
http://www.logos.com
The Web Edition of Biblical Counsel: Resources for Renewal
http://www.lettermen2.com/bcrrhome.html
Biblical Counsel: Resources for Renewal
http://books.google.com/books?id=j4vzqat_dqEC&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=html
Some Complementary Works
http://www.lettermen2.com/somecomp.html

*Miller, C. John "Jack" (1928-1996) and Rose Marie Miller, Sonship Course: World Harvest Mission Leadership Training Program, Nurture Training for Ministry, Equipping Others for Ministry (Jenkintown, PA [World Harvest, Box 2175, Jenkintown 19046]: World Harvest, 1988).
This course was developed to prepare World Harvest missionaries to work in the field. The course includes small group participation and Biblical counseling.
"The first half of the Sonship track focuses on the doctrines of Justification, Sanctification, and Adoption. The last half lays the foundation for love. We look at how the Gospel affects the way we look at ourselves. Our goal was that increasingly your self-image should be rooted in God's view of you clothed in the perfect righteousness of Christ . . . What we aim at here is to encourage the trainee to learn from Christ how to build a holy life, a life of love to your neighbor. This is done self-consciously relying always on his or her free justification by faith. Sanctification by faith issues from knowing always that my standing as a son is assured by justification by Christ alone through faith alone. Thus the heart of our counseling on character development centers in affirmation of Christ's work for us, and Christ's work in us through the Spirit. But within that framework we attempt seriously to involve each trainee in ongoing repentance, putting off old habits and sins and putting on Christ-like love and faith. . . . Much focus is laid on teamwork. . . . The skill of evangelism . . . is the believer's primary emphasis in the course of training because the staff believes that evangelism is necessary for a healthy Christian life . . . Evangelism rightly understood affects both the faith and the Christian life of the one who shares Christ's message." -- C. John Miller and Rose Marie Miller
Miller, C. John (1928-1996), Rose Marie Miller, Paul Miller, Rick Downs, David M. Desforge, et al, Sonship, a set of 16 sound cassettes (audiobook on tape), (Oreland, PA: World Harvest Mission, 1997).
World Harvest Mission
http://www.whm.org/home.htm

Scripture Union, various authors, "Encounters With God" (mature Christians, includes Small Group devotions), "Discovery" (new Christians), "AM/PM" (teenagers, 15 and up), "One to One" (ages 11-14) and "Quest" (ages 7-10) (Wayne, PA [Scripture Union, 150 Strafford Avenue, Wayne 19087]: Scripture Union). 10723
Excellent, daily, in-depth Bible reading guides for every age in the family. Ask for a sample issue.
"Even if your kids have never read `the world's best-seller' before, AM/PM will help them start learning what it means to live for Jesus." -- Scripture Union
"Quest" guides may be used for Quest Clubs, weekly Bible studies for kids.
Scripture Union, USA
http://www.scriptureunion.org

See also: Bible reading and devotions, Christian fellowship, Prayer

Related WebLinks

The Small Group Network
http://smallgroups.com/

Nave's Topical Bible: Christ, Prayers of
http://bible.crosswalk.com/Concordances/NavesTopicalBible/ntb.cgi?number=T2807

Westminster Shorter Catechism With Proof Texts
http://www.reformed.org/documents/WSC_frames.html



Small Group Leadership Helps

But many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first. -- Jesus Christ (Matthew 19:30)

Our Triune God has ordained that authority, power, and leadership devolves to those who know the most Truth (the Apostle Paul, Saint Augustine, Martin Luther, John Calvin, The Scots Worthies, . . . ). Preeminent among those is the Lord Christ, the God Man, Our Righteousness. (John 1:1-18; Matthew 19:30; Matthew 28:18-20; Isaiah 49:7; Colossians 1:16-19; Colossians 2:9,10; Hebrews 12:1,2; Revelation 5:1-14; Revelation 19:11-15; Revelation 20:11-15; Revelation 22:12, and so forth, and so on.)

To serve God is to reign. -- Seneca

*Miller, C. John "Jack" (1928-1996) and Rose Marie Miller, Sonship Course: World Harvest Mission Leadership Training Program, Nurture Training for Ministry, Equipping Others for Ministry (Jenkintown, PA [World Harvest, Box 2175, Jenkintown 19046]: World Harvest, 1988).
This course was developed to prepare World Harvest missionaries to work in the field. The course includes small group participation and Biblical counseling.
"The first half of the Sonship track focuses on the doctrines of Justification, Sanctification, and Adoption. The last half lays the foundation for love. We look at how the Gospel affects the way we look at ourselves. Our goal was that increasingly your self-image should be rooted in God's view of you clothed in the perfect righteousness of Christ . . . What we aim at here is to encourage the trainee to learn from Christ how to build a holy life, a life of love to your neighbor. This is done self-consciously relying always on his or her free justification by faith. Sanctification by faith issues from knowing always that my standing as a son is assured by justification by Christ alone through faith alone. Thus the heart of our counseling on character development centers in affirmation of Christ's work for us, and Christ's work in us through the Spirit. But within that framework we attempt seriously to involve each trainee in ongoing repentance, putting off old habits and sins and putting on Christ-like love and faith. . . . Much focus is laid on teamwork. . . . The skill of evangelism . . . is the believer's primary emphasis in the course of training because the staff believes that evangelism is necessary for a healthy Christian life . . . Evangelism rightly understood affects both the faith and the Christian life of the one who shares Christ's message." -- C. John Miller and Rose Marie Miller
Miller, C. John (1928-1996), Rose Marie Miller, Paul Miller, Rick Downs, David M. Desforge, et al, Sonship, a set of 16 sound cassettes (audiobook on tape), (Oreland, PA: World Harvest Mission, 1997).
World Harvest Mission
http://www.whm.org/home.htm

Turner, Nathan W., Effective Leadership in Small Groups (Valley Forge, PA: Judson Press, 1977).
"A helpful summary of group dynamics. Explains the way in which these principles may be used in the larger context of the church." -- Cyril J. Barber



SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY

See all of the Theological Notes in The Reformation Study Bible.

My doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me.
If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or [whether] I speak of myself.
He that speaketh of himself seeketh his own glory: but he that seeketh his glory that sent him, the same is true, and no unrighteousness is in him.
Did not Moses give you the law, and [yet] none of you keepeth the law? Why go ye about to kill me?
-- Jesus Christ (John 7:16b-19)

All the great fundamentals of Christian truth centre in this of justification. The trinity of persons in the Godhead; the incarnation of the only begotten of the Father; the satisfaction aid to the law and justice of God, for the sins of the world, by his obedience and sacrifice of himself in that flesh he assumed; and the divine authority of the Scriptures which reveal all this: these are all straight lines of truth that centre in this doctrine of justification of a sinner by the imputation and application of that satisfaction. There can be no justification without a righteousness; no righteousness can suffice but that which answers fully and perfectly the holy law of God; no such righteousness can be performed, but by a divine person; no benefit can accrue to a sinner unless it is in some way his, and applied to him; no application can be made of this but by faith in Jesus Christ. -- Robert Traill, from Justification Vindicated, first quoted by Puritanical

Moreover, as Van Till points out, "The unity and organic character of our personality demands that we have a unified knowledge as the basis of our action." If this unified knowledge is not provided by the theologians, it will be provided by someone else. Human action requires that unified knowledge. Man's being requires a systematics, and he will either live or die in terms of it. His faith will lead him to action or inaction, to suicide or life.
Thus, systematics cannot be avoided. The only question is, which systematics? Every non-Biblical system has collapse built into it. It rests on false premises, leads to false conclusions, and cannot give a valid and rational interpretation of the nature and purpose of life and the world.
A systematic theology derived from Scripture is widely denied today as an impossibility. The reason for this is that such deniers are concerned rather with affirming another system, such as a systematic anthropology, man as creator of his own essence and lord of his own being. Such attempts, however, are a futile passion. Only a Bible-based systematics can stand and is valid. -- R.J. Rushdoony

*BAXTER, RICHARD (1615-1691), A Christian Directory: Baxter's Practical Works, Vol. 1. Full title: A Christian Directory: or A Sum of Practical Theology, and Cases of Conscience. Directing Christians How to Use Their Knowledge and Faith; How to Improve all Helps and Means, and to Perform all Duties; How to Overcome Temptations, and to Escape or Mortify Every Sin. In Four Parts.
I. Christian Ethics (or Private Duties)
II. Christian Economics (or Family Duties)
III. Christian Ecclesiastics (or Church Duties)
IV. Christian Politics (or Duties to Our Rulers and Neighbours)
(Morgan, PA: Soli Deo Gloria Publications, 1997, 1990, 1838, 1707, 1678, 1673), ISBN: 1877611131 9781877611131. Foreword by J.I. Packer (Soli Deo Gloria edition only). The Soli Deo Gloria publication is a facsimile reprint of the 19th century reprint by George Virtue, London, 1846. The original 1673 edition and the 1678 edition, both printed by Robert White for Nevill Simmons. Bibliographic and scriptural footnotes. A Christian classic.
"The complete practical works of Richard Baxter are in print in four volumes entitled BAXTER'S PRACTICAL WORKS. This volume (about 1 1/4 million words, 1028 pages) is volume one of the set. The editor's preface (1707), p. xiii, stated that the works of Richard Baxter are 'perhaps the best body of practical divinity that is extent in our own or any other tongue.' Richard Baxter lived from 1615-1691. The DIRECTORY was completed in 1665. Its scope was intended to cover all of practical theology, a summa of casuistry . . ." -- Don Kistler
"Baxter's series, which grew in range and scope as it proceeded . . . is a peak point in Puritan devotional writing, and remains a precious resource for all, in this or any age, who want to know what is involved in Biblical godliness. . . . A CHRISTIAN DIRECTORY may justly be described as a landmark. It is the fullest, most thorough, and in this writer's judgment, most profound treatment of Christian spirituality and standards that has ever been attempted by an English-speaking Evangelical author. The fact that it embraces both spirituality and standards (the principles of communion with God plus the specifics of obedience to God) merits approving comment in itself; nowadays spirituality and ethics have become two distinct disciplines in the schools, and books written on either say virtually nothing about the other . . ." -- J.I. Packer
Timothy Keller calls it the greatest manual on Biblical counseling ever produced.
"There are many Puritan classics on this subject. Thomas Brooks' PRECIOUS REMEDIES FOR SATAN'S DEVICES, Thomas Goodwin's A CHILD OF LIGHT WALKING IN DARKNESS, William Bridge's A LIFTING UP FOR THE DOWNCAST, and many other similar works give evidence that the Puritans were. . . . masters at applying Biblical answers and principles to problems that can only be solved by spiritual means. No Puritan work, however, has ever approached the popularity, the scope, or the depth of Baxter's classic treatise. With the widespread interest in counseling in today's church, this reprint of Baxter's work should be a welcome addition to every pastor's library, or to anyone else who wishes to give solid Biblical answers to man's questions." -- Don Kistler
"We have long waited for a purely Biblical treatment of the spiritual ills and cures of men which is untainted by the views of psychology. Since Baxter lived about 200 years before psychology arrived, his deep work is completely void of its encroachment -- thankfully!" -- John MacArthur
"The kings men sought to arrest Richard Baxter, but he traveled ceaselessly from place to place, writing his sermons and his books even on horseback (he had an inkwell in his saddle) and preached over a wide area." -- Brian H. Edwards
"Baxter was a wonder of his age. His writings total 72 large volumes, much of it written on horseback as he traveled in his widespread preaching efforts. He seldom, if ever, edited anything he wrote. Knowing this any reader will be amazed at how well he communicated his deep love for his Savior. For 26 years he was public enemy No. 1 to the king, yet he lived to see the flight of the king in 1688." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.
POOR MAN'S FAMILY BOOK (1674) and THE CATECHIZING OF FAMILIES (1683), found elsewhere in BAXTER'S PRACTICAL WORKS, are less detailed works. They are more suitable for family instruction than are the detailed presentation in A CHRISTIAN DIRECTORY.
" Ptacek in Family Worship (p. 51-52), supplies the following information in regard to Baxter and this book. He notes that after the Episcopalians ejected numerous `nonconformists,' in what is know as the `great ejection,' in 1662, `Baxter pastored from house to house, visiting families of his parish in their homes. These visits contributed to Baxter's A CHRISTIAN DIRECTORY, a large and still very relevant manual of pastoral care.' Focusing on just one area of great importance, Ptacek demonstrates how this book's relevance is not limited by time or culture, though sometimes the use of specific words are. `Published in 1673, but written 1664-65, a large book-length part of Baxter's CHRISTIAN DIRECTORY is devoted to the family. It is entitled `Christian Economics' based on the archaic usage of the word, which reflects the proper sense of the Greek root oikonomos as the manager of a household, in the Christian case, the spiritual leader of the family. The family head is essential to Baxter's view of family worship and instruction. Baxter asserts that it is God's will that this instruction be carried out by the rulers of the families.' For a male head of the household to fail to do so, or to have another instruct in the family, is contrary to his position of authority.' This is the kind of book that can be passed on from generation to generation and still find much use in the service of the kingdom of God. . . . "Though relatively weak on corporate sanctification, corporate faithfulness and some important areas of doctrine (such as justification), Baxter's work on subjects related to personal piety can be of good practical use to the Christian -- if one is careful to separate out his aberrant doctrinal views and any practical errors they may lead to." -- SWRB
This work is available in many editions, and in many formats.
Reformation Heritage Books has new copies of the Soli Deo Gloria edition as of March 2008, even though it is generally thought to be out of print. They acquired Soli Deo Gloria from Ligonier Ministries in late 2007. They may be the publisher who will eventually reprints the title.
http://www.heritagebooks.org/
The reprint by George Virtue is included on Reformation Bookshelf CD #21, ISBN: 0921148992 9780921148999.
The reprint by George Virtue is available as a Cerlox bound photocopy from Still Waters Revival Books, Edmonton, AB, Canada.
The reprint by George Virtue is available online and may be downloaded in PDF format at Christian Classics Ethereal Library.
http://www.ccel.org/ccel/baxter/practical.toc.html
The reprint by George Virtue is included on Reformation Bookshelf CD #21, ISBN: 0921148992 9780921148999.
The reprint by George Virtue appears in full preview in Google Books but may not be downloaded. This Google Books scan includes the contents in detail on pages iii-xix. This contents in detail is not included in the Christian Classics Ethereal Library PDF files. About five other editions from libraries are available in Google Books, and may be downloaded (August 2008).
Notice that the e-text in Google Books has the advantage of being searchable. Searching an image-based PDF file is not possible, unless the user owns software such as Abode Acrobat Pro or Kirtas BookScan Editor. They both have an OCR (optical character recognition) feature that will search an image-based PDFs (bit-map scans). Searches appear to be perfect in this work, although one must know Baxter's vocabulary. Text can be cut and paste from image-based PDF format to OCR (character) format. This particular Google Books scan can not be cut and pasted or downloaded.
http://books.google.com/books?id=cyQFBOUHkaoC&dq=A+Christian+Directory+inpublisher:lettermen+inpublisher:associates&lr=&as_brr=0&ie=ISO-8859-1
One of the older, multi-volume editions of THE WORKS OF RICHARD BAXTER is available at Monergism.com in the "Puritan Library," "Richard Baxter." A CHRISTIAN DIRECTORY, volume 23. It can be downloaded.
http://www.puritanlibrary.com/
Another older edition is available on microfilm (Ann Arbor, MI: University Microfilms, 1970), 1 microfilm reel, 35 mm (Early English books, 1641-1700; 343:11).
The following three excerpts are included as bonus free books on Reformation Bookshelf CD #28, ISBN: 0921148267 9780921148265.
1. "The Duties of Parents for Their Children" from Baxter's Practical Works, Vol. 1, A Christian Directory, on Christian Economics, Chap. X., pp. 449-454.
2. "The Special Duties of Children Towards Their Parents" from Baxter's Practical Works, Vol. 1, A Christian Directory, on Christian Economics, Chap. XI., pp. 454-457.
3. "The Special Duties of Children and Youth Towards God" from Baxter's Practical Works, Vol. 1, A Christian Directory, on Christian Economics, Chap. XII., pp. 457-458).
The Practical Works of Richard Baxter: A Christian Directory, Vol. 1
A summary of currently available publications.
http://www.lettermen2.com/pwrbcd.html

*Baxter, Richard, The Reformed Pastor: Baxter's Practical Works, Vol. 4 (Morgan, PA: Soli Deo Gloria Publications, 2000, 1992), ISBN: 1877611360.
"This is the fourth and final volume in this great set. Includes, [`Compassionate Counsel to all Young Men,'] `The Reformed Pastor' `Poor Man's Family Book,' `The Catechizing of Families,' and `The Mother's Catechism,' in all 25 sermons, treatises, and catechisms. Dr. J.I. Packer says, `For me, the great joy of this year is that it see the completion of Soli Deo Gloria's reprint of Baxter's incomparable PRACTICAL WORKS'." -- GCB
Richard Baxter, from Wikipedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Baxter
Compassionate Counsel to all Young Men (1681), by Richard Baxter
http://www.lettermen2.com/ccaym.html

*Calvin, John (1509-1564), The Institutes of the Christian Religion, 2 volumes (Philadelphia, PA: Westminster Press, 1960). A Christian classic.
"Edited by John McNeill and translated by Ford Lewis Battles, this is the definitive English language edition of one of the monumental works of the Christian church -- Calvin's INSTITUTES.
"Still considered by many to be the finest explanation and defense of the Protestant Reformation available.
"The work is divided into four books: I. The Knowledge of God the Creator, II. The Knowledge of God the Redeemer in Christ, III. The Mode of Obtaining the Grace of Christ, IV. The External Means or Helps by Which God Allures Us Into Fellowship With Christ and Keeps Us in It. . . . THE INSTITUTES is praised by the secular philosopher, Will Durant, as one of the ten books that shook the world." -- GCB
Calvin spent a lifetime writing and perfecting INSTITUTES OF CHRISTIAN RELIGION. His Prefatory Address makes it clear that he intended the work to be a defense of Christianity to the King of France.
Therefore, plainly stated, one of the most influential works ever published in the English language is a defense of Christianity to leaders of State.
Prefatory Address to His Most Christian Majesty, The Most Mighty and Illustrious Monarch, Francis, King of the French, His Sovereign, John Calvin
"Indeed, this consideration makes a true king: to recognize himself a minister of God in governing his kingdom. Now, that king, who in ruling over his realm does not serve God's glory, exercises not kingly rule but brigandage. [Footnote: 'Nec iam regnum ille sed latrocinium exercet.' An echo of Augustine's famous phrase: 'When justice is taken away, what are kingdoms [[regna]] but a vast banditry [[magna latocinia]]?' City of God IV. iv (MPL [[Migne, J.P., Patrologiae cursus completus, series Latina]] 41. 115; tr. NPNF [[A Select Library of the Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers, second series]] II. 66).] Furthermore, he is deceived who looks for enduring prosperity in his kingdom when it is not ruled by God's scepter, that is, his Holy Word; for the heavenly oracle that proclaims that 'where prophecy fails the people are scattered' [Prov. 29:18] cannot lie." (Battles translation)
"The characteristic of a true sovereign is, to acknowledge that, in the administration of his kingdom, he is a minister of God. He who does not make his reign subservient to the divine glory, acts the part not of a king, but a robber. He, moreover, deceives himself who anticipates long prosperity to any kingdom which is not ruled by the sceptre of God, that is, by his divine word. For the heavenly oracle is infallible which has declared, that where there is no vision the people perish (Prov. 29:18). (Beveridge translation)"
See the entire Prefatory Address, Beveridge translation:
http://www.ccel.org/ccel/calvin/institutes.ii.viii.html
"The doctrines of covenant liberty were rediscovered in the Reformation. John Calvin went further than anyone else in defining liberty and what Christians need to do to maintain it. Includes bibliographies."
It is recommended that INSTITUTES OF CHRISTIAN RELIGION be used for daily devotions and may be used in combination with Ford Lewis Battles and John Walchenbach, AN ANALYSIS OF THE INSTITUTES OF THE CHRISTIAN RELIGION OF JOHN CALVIN (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House) and with CALVIN'S COMMENTARIES.
Nelson's Ultimate Bible Reference Library, Logos Library System format (LLS) (CD-ROM)
This library systems includes CALVIN'S INSTITUTES OF THE CHRISTIAN RELIGION, THE HOLY BIBLE KING JAMES VERSION, THE NEW TREASURY OF SCRIPTURE KNOWLEDGE, AUGUSTINE'S CONFESSIONS, WESTMINSTER CONFESSION OF FAITH (1646), WESTMINSTER LARGER CATECHISM, WESTMINSTER SHORTER CATECHISM, MATTHEW HENRY'S COMMENTARY, NEW NAVE'S TOPICAL BIBLE, PILGRIM'S PROGRESS, and other classic Bible study aids. THE REFORMATION STUDY BIBLE (Other title: THE NEW GENEVA STUDY BIBLE,) in LLS format, may be added to this library. Therefore, all the above works may be used in combination with each other in Bible study.
http://www.logos.com/products/details/3247
Calvin, Spurgeon and International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (ISBE) (LLS)
Contains Calvin's Commentaries.
http://www.logos.com/products/details/889
Calvin's Commentaries (22 Volumes) (LLS)
http://www.logos.com/products/details/887
The Comprehensive John Calvin Collection CD-ROM in Logos Library System (LLS) format
http://www.logosbiblesoftware.com/logosbiblesoftware/calcom.html
Calvin's Commentaries (online)
http://www.ccel.org/ccel/calvin/calcom
One Hundred Aphorisms, Containing, Within a Narrow Compass, the Substance and Order of the Four Books of THE INSTITUTES OF THE CHRISTIAN RELIGION
http://www.lettermen2.com/pringle.html
The Comprehensive John Calvin Collection
From Ages Software. Includes both the Battles and the Beveridge translation of THE INSTITUTES OF THE CHRISTIAN RELIGION, CALVIN'S COMMENTARIES, and other works by Calvin.
http://www.ageslibrary.com/ages_calvin_collection_1.html
Institutes of the Christian Religion (Beveridge translation online)
http://www.ccel.org/ccel/calvin/institutes.i.html

*Dabney, Robert L., Systematic Theology (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust, 1985).
"Regarded as the finest theologian of his day. . . . Dabney possessed the ability to integrate the teaching of the Bible on theology with his Reformed beliefs, a clear application of truth to civil government, plus a clarion call for Christian involvement in all walks of life." -- Cyril J. Barber
Systematic Theology, Robert L. Dabney
http://www.e4.net
An R.L. Dabney Anthology
http://www.gty.org/~phil/dabney.htm

*Spring, Gardiner, The Attraction of the Cross (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust), ISBN: 0851513875 9780851513874.
"Spring, who also wrote DISTINGUISHING TRAITS OF CHRISTIAN CHARACTER, was ordained minister of the Brick Presbyterian Church in 1810 and ministered there until his death in 1862. In this book Spring has succeeded in compiling a theological and practical theology of the Cross. Excellent book!" -- GCB

*Gill, John, Complete Body of Doctrinal and Practical Divinity: A System of Evangelical Truths Deducted From the Sacred Scriptures, 2 volumes (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 1978, 1839), ISBN: 0801037220 9780801037221.
"Reproduced from the 1839 edition, this beautifully bound set makes available Gill's vast learning, deep piety, and perceptive application of the Old Testament to theology. Verbose, but what Gill has to say makes rewarding reading." -- Cyril J. Barber. A Christian classic.

*Hodge, Charles, Systematic Theology, 3 volumes (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House). ISBN: 0875522246.
See "Caveats"
Charles Hodge and his son A.A. Hodge are considered to be two of the finest theologians produced by America. "This work considers every area of theology, including 205 pages on the Ten Commandments." The major sections are: Introduction, Theology, Anthropology, Soteriology, and Eschatology.

*Miller, C. John "Jack" (1928-1996) and Rose Marie Miller, Sonship Course: World Harvest Mission Leadership Training Program, Nurture Training for Ministry, Equipping Others for Ministry (Jenkintown, PA [World Harvest, Box 2175, Jenkintown 19046]: World Harvest, 1988).
This course was developed to prepare World Harvest missionaries to work in the field. The course includes small group participation and Biblical counseling.
"The first half of the Sonship track focuses on the doctrines of Justification, Sanctification, and Adoption. The last half lays the foundation for love. We look at how the Gospel affects the way we look at ourselves. Our goal was that increasingly your self-image should be rooted in God's view of you clothed in the perfect righteousness of Christ . . . What we aim at here is to encourage the trainee to learn from Christ how to build a holy life, a life of love to your neighbor. This is done self-consciously relying always on his or her free justification by faith. Sanctification by faith issues from knowing always that my standing as a son is assured by justification by Christ alone through faith alone. Thus the heart of our counseling on character development centers in affirmation of Christ's work for us, and Christ's work in us through the Spirit. But within that framework we attempt seriously to involve each trainee in ongoing repentance, putting off old habits and sins and putting on Christ-like love and faith. . . . Much focus is laid on teamwork. . . . The skill of evangelism . . . is the believer's primary emphasis in the course of training because the staff believes that evangelism is necessary for a healthy Christian life . . . Evangelism rightly understood affects both the faith and the Christian life of the one who shares Christ's message." -- C. John Miller and Rose Marie Miller
Miller, C. John (1928-1996), Rose Marie Miller, Paul Miller, Rick Downs, David M. Desforge, et al, Sonship, a set of 16 sound cassettes (audiobook on tape), (Oreland, PA: World Harvest Mission, 1997).
World Harvest Mission
http://www.whm.org/home.htm

*Murray, John (1898-1975), Collected Writings, 4 volumes (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust).
"Reformed thinking at its best. Murray was a pastor, preacher, teacher, and writer. This book covers a wide range of subjects . . . short chapters, and profound statements in easy language." -- GCB. The volumes are also available individually.
Volume 1: The Claims of Truth (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust).
Volume 2: Select Lectures in Systematic Theology (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust). 30924
Volume 3: Life; Sermons; Reviews (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust).
"The first part of this volume contains 150 pages on Murray's life, the second part contains 19 sermons on various passages of Scripture. In the third section there are 28 book reviews." -- GCB
Volume 4: Studies in Theology (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust).
"This is the final volume in this important set by John Murray. John Murray was a major Christian thinker, and his works are much too important to pass up. This final volume contains many articles of a purely theological nature plus 21 significant reviews of books done by other writers." -- GCB

*PERKINS, WILLIAM (1558-1602), The Whole Treatise of the Cases of Conscience . . . 1632). Alternate title: THE WHOLE TREATISE OF THE CASES OF CONSCIENCE DISTINGUISHED INTO THREE BOOKES: THE FIRST WHEREOF IS REVISED AND CORRECTED IN SUNDRIE PLACES, AND THE OTHER TWO ANNEXED. TAUGHT AND DELIUERED BY M.W. PERKINS IN HIS HOLY-DAY LECTURES, CAREFULLY EXAMINED BY HIS OWNE BRIEFES, AND NOW PUBLISHED TOGETHER FOR THE COMMON GOOD, BY T. PICKERING BACHELOUR OF DIUINITIE. WHEREUNTO IS ADIOYNED A TWOFOLD TABLE: ONE OF THE HEADS AND NUMBER OF THE QUESTIONS PROPOUNDED AND RESOLUED; ANOTHER OF THE PRINCIPALL TEXTS OF SCRIPTURE VVHICH ARE EITHER EXPLANED, OR VINDICATED FROM CORRUPT INTERPRETATION. (Cerlox Bound Photocopy Series. Edmonton, AB, Canada: Still Waters Revival Books), ISBN: 9022104826 68113020. Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Puritan Bookshelf CD #9. Available on The Amazing Christian Library, DVD DVD Four, CD #20. "Called 'the principal architect of Elizabethan Puritanism' and 'the most important Puritan writer,' Perkins was the first theologian of the Reformed English church to gain an international reputation. His preaching manual, THE ART OF PROPHESYING (recently reprinted by the Banner of Truth Trust--RB), is found on nearly every seventeenth century New England book list. . . . Perkin's theological legacy extended through his Cambridge students, most prominently William Ames . . . Perkins's Calvinist theology was presented according to the logic and method of Peter Ramus . . . Ramism helped Perkins maintain the unity of theology and ethics, provided an educational tool by streamlining logic, fostered plain-style preaching, enhanced the art of memory, provided a tool for biblical interpretation as well as supplying a secure philosophical base on which to build theology," notes the Encyclopedia of the Reformed Faith (p. 274). This book is no exception and beautifully illustrates the usefulness of the Ramist method. `Several of Perkins' works have been translated into Latin, French, Dutch, and Spanish' (Cyclopaedia Bibliographica, p. 2337)." -- SWRB
His Pioneer Works on Casuistry: "A Discourse of Conscience" and "The Whole Treatise of Cases of Conscience
http://books.google.com/books?id=NUAMHQAACAAJ&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=html

*Rushdoony, Rousas J. (1916-2001), Institutes of Biblical Law, 3 volumes (Vallecito, CA: Ross House Books), ISBN: 1879998130.
Volume 1, INSTITUTES OF BIBLICAL LAW, 890 pages, ISBN-10: 0875524109.
"A monumental volume . . . Deeply explores the meaning and application of the Ten Commandments for today in civil government, social ethics, and personal conduct." -- GCB
"Many consider this to be the author's most important work. With indices. -- Publisher's Annotation
Volume 2, LAW AND SOCIETY, 752 pages, ISBN-10: 1879998238.
"The relationship of Biblical Law to communion and community, the sociology of the Sabbath, the family and inheritance, and much more are covered in the second volume. Contains an appendix by Herbert Titus. With indices." -- Publisher's Annotation
Volume 3, THE INTENT OF THE LAW, 252 pages, ISBN-10: 1879998130.
" 'God's law is much more than a legal code; it is a covenantal law. It establishes a personal relationship between God and man.' The first section summarizes the case laws. The author tenderly illustrates how the law is for our good, and makes clear the difference between the sacrificial laws and those that apply today. The second section vividly shows the practical implications of the law. The examples catch the reader's attention; the author clearly has had much experience discussing God's law. The third section shows that would-be challengers to God's law produce only poison and death. Only God's law can claim to express God's 'covenant grace in helping us'. With indices." -- Publisher's Annotation
Theft: Commentary and Cases of Conscience. A Listing Excerpted From THE INSTITUTES OF BIBLICAL LAW by Rousas John Rushdoony, 1973 edition
http://www.lettermen2.com/theft.html

Rushdoony, Rousas John (1916-2001), The Necessity for Systematic Theology.

Rushdoony, Rousas John (1916-2001), Systematic Theology: In Two Volumes, 2 volumes (Vallecito, CA: Ross House Books), ISBN: 1879998033 9781879998032.
"Theology belongs in the pulpit, the school, the workplace, the family, and everywhere. Society as a whole is weakened when theology is neglected. Without a systematic application of theology, too often people approach the Bible with a smorgasbord mentality, picking and choosing that which pleases them. Then, in the name of Christianity, we have interpretations of the meaning of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit which are alien to Scripture." -- Publisher's Annotation

*Spurgeon, C.H., Spurgeon's Sermons, 10 volumes (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House), ISBN: 0801011132 9780801011139.
"Charles Haddon Spurgeon's style was rich, racy, powerful saxon, ever clear and strong, and often eloquent. The glory of God in saving men was his ruling motif." -- E. Dargan
"This collection of SPURGEON'S SERMONS contains 250 sermons. . . The final volume includes indexes of texts and subjects, so you can easily find what Spurgeon had to say on a particular verse or topic. . . ." -- CBD
Spurgeon's Sermons, the AGES Software CD-ROM in Logos Library format
"This CD is the most complete collection of Charles Spurgeon's Sermons, available in print or electronically! On this CD are over 3550 sermons from one of the most gifted speakers and blessed Christian leaders of our era.
"This CD is an invaluable tool in both sermon preparation and understanding. Additionally, THE COMPLETE SPURGEON COLLECTION, also can serve as a full Bible commentary as there are sermons and expositions from Genesis 1:1 to Revelation 22:21.
"AGES Software is excited to bring to you over 62 and a third consecutive years of pulpit gems. Over 3,241 consecutive weeks of sermons, a feat that will probably never be surpassed. Enjoy the writings and wisdom of the English preacher that perhaps influenced more Christians on either coast of the Atlantic Ocean than any man of our era."
Spurgeon's Sermons, the AGES Software CD-ROM in Logos Library format
http://www.logosbiblesoftware.com/logosbiblesoftware/spurser.html
Spurgeon's Sermons (CD-ROM) from AGES Software
http://www.ageslibrary.com
The Spurgeon Archive
http://www.spurgeon.org/

*WESTMINSTER ASSEMBLY (1643-1652), The Westminster Confession of Faith (1646) (Glasgow, Scotland [Free Presbyterian Publications, 133 Woodlands Road, Glasgow G3 6LE]: Free Presbyterian Publication, 1994). ISBN: 0902506080 (casebound) and ISBN: 0902506358 (paperback). Available from Crown and Covenant Publications. Also, available from Still Waters Revival Books). A Christian classic.
" 'The product of Puritan conflict,' stated Shedd, reaching 'a perfection of statement never elsewhere achieved.' All that learning the most profound and extensive, intellect the most acute and searching, and piety the most sincere and earnest, could accomplish, was thus concentrated in the Westminster Assembly's Confession of Faith, which may be safely termed the most perfect statement of Systematic Theology ever framed by the Christian Church,' writes Hetherington (The History of the Westminster Assembly of Divines), p. 345. Concerning the Shorter Catechism, which is one of the items also included in this book, Mitchell notes: 'it is a thoroughly Calvinistic and Puritan catechism, the ripest fruit of the Assembly's thought and experience, maturing and finally fixing the definitions of theological terms to which Puritanism for half a century had been leading up and gradually coming closer and closer to in its legion of catechisms' (Westminster Assembly: Its History and Standards, p. 431). THE WESTMINSTER CONFESSION OF FAITH (1646) is the greatest of all the creeds of the Christian church. The church of Christ cannot be creedless and live. Especially in an age of doubt and confusion, it is her duty to define and proclaim the one true faith. Nowhere has the Reformed church done this so effectively as in the WESTMINSTER CONFESSION [1646] and family of documents. This book represents Reformed thinking at its purest and best. It was intended, as part of the Covenanted Reformation taking place during its compilation, to be adopted as the binding confessional standard for every individual, family, court, church, and legislature in the British Isles." -- SWRB
This is considered to be the definitive publication of the Westminster family of documents. It includes the following:

  1. To the Christian Reader, Especially Heads of Families, Mr. Thomas Manton's Epistle to the Reader,
  2. The Confession of Faith (1646), the full and original edition with Scripture proofs written out,
  3. The Larger Catechism with Scripture proofs written out,
  4. The Shorter Catechism with Scripture proofs written out,
  5. The Sum of Saving Knowledge,
  6. The National Covenant,
  7. The Solemn League and Covenant,
  8. A Solemn Acknowledgement of Publick Sins and Breaches of the Covenant; and a Solemn Engagement to all the Duties Contained Therein is available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #1, ISBN: 0921148674 9780921148678,
  9. The Directory for the Public Worship of God,
  10. The Form of Presbyterial Church Government, and
  11. The Directory for Family Worship.
THE WESTMINSTER CONFESSION OF FAITH (1646) is said to be the finest summary of THE HOLY BIBLE available. It is recommended for daily devotions. Among the ten greatest works in the English language.
The Significance of The Westminster Standards as a Creed
http://www.fpcr.org/blue_banner_articles/signific.htm
Westminster Confession of Faith (1646) With Scripture Proofs
http://www.reformed.org/documents/wcf_with_proofs/
Scripture Index to the Westminster Standards (The complete Scripture index to the Westminster Confession (1646), Larger and Shorter Catechisms.) Available on Library of Presbyterian Heritage Publications [and] Protestant Heritage Press Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.
http://www.swrb.com/newslett/actualnls/index01.htm
THE WESTMINSTER CONFESSION OF FAITH (1646) with all its subordinate documents in searchable format is available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #1, ISBN: 0921148674 9780921148678.
Westminster Assembly and Related Documents
http://www.covenanter.org/Westminster/westminsterhome.htm
For commentaries on THE WESTMINSTER OF FAITH (1646) see the following topical listing:
"The Westminster Confession of Faith (1646) (The Westminster Standards) and Related Works"
http://www.lettermen2.com/bcrr9cha.html#wcf
Bordwine, James, A Guide to the Westminster Standards: Confession of Faith and Larger Catechism (Unicoi, TN: (The Trinity Foundation, 1996). ISBN: 0940931303 9780940931305.
Includes a unique, 100-page topical index to both the Confession and the Catechism.
Westminster Divines, The Shorter Catechism With Scripture Proofs (Carlisle, PA [P.O. Box 621, Carlisle 17013, USA]: The Banner of Truth Trust). ISBN: 0851512658.
Arguably the greatest tract ever created, all factors considered.
http://www.reformed.org/documents/WSC_frames.html
Westminster Shorter Catechism Project
"Click on any of the individual questions below to get the answer and Biblical references, as well as links to works by John Flavel, Thomas Watson, Thomas Boston, James Fisher, and John Whitecross, and others."
http://www.shortercatechism.com/
Westminster Larger Catechism With Proof Texts
http://www.reformed.org/documents/wlc_w_proofs/index.html
"The Westminster Confession of Faith (1646) (The Westminster Standards) and Related Works: A Study Guide"
http://www.lettermen2.com/suggest.html
Heresies Defined and the Necessity of Heresies Explained, by George Gillespie, Scottish Commissioner to the Assembly of Divines at Westminster
http://www.truecovenanter.com/gillespie/ggilles09.html

See also: Caveats, Calvinism, Casusistry and conscience, Ethics, Medical ethics, Covenant theology and covenanting, The sovereignty of god, The doctrine of man (human nature, total depravity), The inspiration and infallibility of scripture (the doctrine of revelation, the doctrine of plenary inspiration, the doctrine of divine inspiration, the doctrine of verbal inspiration, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Justice, the theology of judgment, god's final judgment, the great white throne judgment, the day of the lord, Background and history of the covenanted reformation of scotland, The covenanted reformation, Covenanted reformation short title listing, Corporate faithfulness and sanctification, The covenant faithfulness of god, Sexual relationship, Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, Individual responsibility for corporate faithfulness and sanctification, The sovereign grace of god: his everlasting mercy and lovingkindness, Justification, Justifying faith, Christ's kingdom, Lordship of jesus christ, Sufficiency of christ, Trusting god, Idolatry, Secret societies, ungodly alliances, voluntary associations, Pseudo-christian movements: a selection of works, Unfaithful reformed ministries, Politics, Conspiracy and corruption, Casuistry and Conscience

Related WebLinks

Westminster Confession of Faith (1646) With Scripture Proofs
http://www.reformed.org/documents/wcf_with_proofs/

Westminster Shorter Catechism With Proof Texts
http://www.reformed.org/documents/WSC_frames.html

Westminster Larger Catechism With Proof Texts
http://www.reformed.org/documents/wlc_w_proofs/index.html

The Comprehensive John Calvin Collection (CD-ROM)
http://www.ageslibrary.com

Works of C. Gregg Singer
http://www.lettermen2.com/bcrr3ch.html#cgsinger

Apologetics #04: The Renaissance and the Reformation
Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Apologetics, 47 min.
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=3105181649

Ephesians Four Group, The E4's Bible Study Library, Volume 1 and 2 is a Biblical Studies collection including 25 Christian Classics on CD-ROM in Logos Library Format, (Escondido, CA [Ephesians Four Group, P.O. Box 15505, Escondido, 92033]: The Ephesians Four Group).
The E4's Bible Study Library, Volume 1 and 2 is a Biblical Studies collection including 25 Christian Classics on CD-ROM in Logos Library Format. Specially indexed by theologians. Works include: McCheynne, SERMONS AND LETTERS, Ryle, HOLINESS, Dabney, SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY, Hodge, OUTLINE OF THEOLOGY, a Brakel, THE CHRISTIAN'S REASONABLE SERVICE, VOLUME 1 AND 2, Vincent, A FAMILY INSTRUCTIONAL GUIDE, THE WESTMINSTER CONFESSION AND CATECHISMS -- HARMONIZED BY TOPIC, Hodge, COMMENTARY ON WESTMINSTER CONFESSION, Spurgeon, A COLLECTION OF SERMONS, Haldane, COMMENTARY ON ROMANS, AND Smeaton, PAUL'S DOCTRINE ON THE ATONEMENT, Owen, THE GLORY OF THE TRINITY. Recommended.
E-4 Group
http://www.e4.net



THEOLOGY

See the Chapter Notes, "Theology of the Psalms," page 754, in The Reformation Study Bible

See the Theological Notes, "The Self-existence of God," at Psalm 90:2 in The Reformation Study Bible.

See the Theological Notes, "One and Three: The Trinity," at Isaiah 44:6 in The Reformation Study Bible.

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: that the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works. (2 Timothy 3:16)

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. (Psalm 119:105)

"A religious movement with power to lift up souls into a true spiritual life must have its inception and progress in a clear and earnest presentation of the vital doctrines of religion. The order of facts in every such movement in the history of Christianity has been, first, a reformation of doctrine, and then, through the truer doctrine, a higher and better moral and spiritual life. . . . Such has been and must forever be the chronological order of these facts, because it is the logical order. When men should move up from a sinful life they must have the necessary reasons and motives for such actions. . . . If we should be consecrated to God in a life of holy obedience and love, it must be for reasons of duty and motives of spiritual well-being which are complete only in the distinctive doctrines of Christianity. These doctrines are not mere intellectual principles or dry abstractions, but living truths which embody all the practical forces of Christianity. The spiritual life takes a higher form under evangelical Christianity than is possible under any other form, whether ritualistic or rationalistic, because therein the great doctrines of Christianity are apprehended in a living faith and act with their transcendent practical force upon all that enters into this life." -- B.B. Warfield

Puritan Bookshelf 32 CD Set

Each CD contain from 10,000 to 20,000 pages. There are about 2,000 titles in this library collection, about 3,000 counting articles and tracts.

Puritan Bookshelf 32 CD Set
The Puritan Bookshelf was discontinued as of December 7, 2004. However, the CDs may be found in libraries, and in the used book trade. The set is a useful research index. Apparently some of the titles in the Puritan Bookself Set appear in other bookshelf sets published by Still Waters Revival Books.
The "Comprehensive Index Containing all the Books Found in the Entire 32 CD Puritan Bookshelf Set" and "Comprehensive Index Containing all the Audio MP3S Found in the Entire 32 CD Puritan Bookshelf Set" are found on Puritan Bookshelf 32 CD Set, #32.
"The books are all listed alphabetically according to author, but are fully searchable to enable the reader to look up a title when the author is unknown. The CD number which contains each book is listed next to the author and title of the book, for ease in locating the select work."

Various authors, Puritan Bookshelf 32 CD Set, #1 (Edmonton, AB, Canada: Still Waters Revival Books, 2001).

Various authors: Church of Scotland, Covenanting, Civil Government, Puritan Bookshelf 32 CD Set, #2 (Edmonton, AB, Canada: Still Waters Revival Books, 2001).

Various authors: Against Arminianism and Popery, Puritan Bookshelf 32 CD Set, #3 (Edmonton, AB, Canada: Still Waters Revival Books, 2001).
Henry Ainsworth, Theodore Beza, Theoph. Brabourne, Anthony Burgess, John Cameron, George Downame, Thomas Gataker, Peter Heylen, Joshua Hoyle, Peter Moulin, Matthew Poole, Samuel Peck, John Piscator, John Rainolds, Andrew Willet, William Whitaker, Daniel Whitby, Thomas Whitfield, Huldrick Zwingli, Greg Price, Greg Barrown, Reg Barrow, Michael Wagner, and many more. . .

Various authors, Puritan Bookshelf 32 CD Set, #4 (Edmonton, AB, Canada: Still Waters Revival Books, 2001).

Various authors, Puritan Bookshelf 32 CD Set, #5 (Edmonton, AB, Canada: Still Waters Revival Books, 2001).

Various authors, Puritan Bookshelf 32 CD Set, #6 (Edmonton, AB, Canada: Still Waters Revival Books, 2001).

Various authors, Puritan Bookshelf 32 CD Set, #7 (Edmonton, AB, Canada: Still Waters Revival Books, 2001).

Various authors, Puritan Bookshelf 32 CD Set, #8 (Edmonton, AB, Canada: Still Waters Revival Books, 2001).

Various authors: William Ames, Robert Bolton, Robert Harris, Pietro Martire Vermigli, William Perkins, Greg Barrow, Reg Barrow, Greg L Price, Michael Wagner, James Douglas, Puritan Bookshelf 32 CD Set, #9 (Edmonton, AB, Canada: Still Waters Revival Books, 2001).

Various authors, Puritan Bookshelf 32 CD Set, #10 (Edmonton, AB, Canada: Still Waters Revival Books, 2001).

Various authors: Bible annotations, Puritan Bookshelf 32 CD Set, #11 (Edmonton, AB, Canada: Still Waters Revival Books, 2001).

Various authors: Bible Annotations, Puritan Bookshelf 32 CD Set, #12 (Edmonton, AB, Canada: Still Waters Revival Books, 2001).

Various authors: Catechisms and Church Government, Puritan Bookshelf 32 CD Set, #13 (Edmonton, AB, Canada: Still Waters Revival Books, 2001).

Various authors: History, Puritan Bookshelf 32 CD Set, #14 (Edmonton, AB, Canada: Still Waters Revival Books, 2001).

Various authors: History, Puritan Bookshelf 32 CD Set, #15 (Edmonton, AB, Canada: Still Waters Revival Books, 2001).

Various authors: Sacraments and Prayer, Puritan Bookshelf 32 CD Set, #16 (Edmonton, AB, Canada: Still Waters Revival Books, 2001).

Various authors: Sermons, Sabbath, Worship, and God's Promises, Puritan Bookshelf 32 CD Set, #17 (Edmonton, AB, Canada: Still Waters Revival Books, 2001).

Various authors: On independency, toleration, and hermeneutics, Puritan Bookshelf 32 CD Set, #18 (Edmonton, AB, Canada: Still Waters Revival Books, 2001).

Various authors: Family issues and overcoming temptation, Puritan Bookshelf 32 CD Set, #19 (Edmonton, AB, Canada: Still Waters Revival Books, 2001).

Various authors: Bible commentaries (Genesis-Leviticus), Puritan Bookshelf 32 CD Set, #20 (Edmonton, AB, Canada: Still Waters Revival Books, 2001).

Various authors: Bible commentaries (Numbers -- Nehemiah), Puritan Bookshelf 32 CD Set, #21 (Edmonton, AB, Canada: Still Waters Revival Books, 2001).

Various authors: Bible commentaries (Esther -- Job) Puritan Bookshelf 32 CD Set, #22 (Edmonton, AB, Canada: Still Waters Revival Books, 2001).

Various authors: Bible commentaries (Psalms), Puritan Bookshelf 32 CD Set, #23 (Edmonton, AB, Canada: Still Waters Revival Books, 2001).

Various authors: Bible commentaries (Proverbs -- Song of Solomon), Puritan Bookshelf 32 CD Set, #24 (Edmonton, AB, Canada: Still Waters Revival Books, 2001).

Various authors: Bible commentaries (Isaiah -- Hosea), Puritan Bookshelf 32 CD Set, #25 (Edmonton, AB, Canada: Still Waters Revival Books, 2001).

Various authors: Bible commentaries (Joel -- Malachi), Puritan Bookshelf 32 CD Set, #26 (Edmonton, AB, Canada: Still Waters Revival Books, 2001).

Various authors: Bible commentaries (Acts -- Corinthians) Puritan Bookshelf 32 CD Set, #27 (Edmonton, AB, Canada: Still Waters Revival Books, 2001).

Various authors: Bible commentaries (Corinthians -- Colossians), Puritan Bookshelf 32 CD Set, #28 (Edmonton, AB, Canada: Still Waters Revival Books, 2001).

Various authors: Bible commentaries (Thessalonians -- Philemon), Puritan Bookshelf 32 CD Set, #29 (Edmonton, AB, Canada: Still Waters Revival Books, 2001).

Various authors: Bible commentaries (Hebrews), Puritan Bookshelf 32 CD Set, #30 (Edmonton, AB, Canada: Still Waters Revival Books, 2001).

Various authors: Bible commentaries (James -- Jude), Puritan Bookshelf 32 CD Set, #31 (Edmonton, AB, Canada: Still Waters Revival Books, 2001).

Various authors: Bible commentaries (Revelation), Puritan Bookshelf 32 CD Set, #32 (Edmonton, AB, Canada: Still Waters Revival Books, 2001).

*Adams, Jay E., More than Redemption: A Theology of Christian Counseling. Alternate title: A THEOLOGY OF CHRISTIAN COUNSELING: MORE THAN REDEMPTION. (Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed, 1979), 338 pages, ISBN: 0310511011 9780310511014.
"Four major sections seek to articulate a biblical theology of counseling. The first seven chapters deal with the relevance of God and His Word to counseling: e.g., 'God is man's environment'; 'because counseling is part of the ministry of the Word (just as preaching is) it is unthinkable to use any other text (just as it would be unthinkable to do so in preaching).' The next four chapters deal with the nature of man in creation and in sin. The next seven deal with the change process (salvation and sanctification), including a lengthy section on forgiveness. The book closes with a miscellany of other topics. Along with COMPETENT TO COUNSEL, THE CHRISTIAN COUNSELOR'S MANUAL, and LECTURES ON COUNSELING, this is a fundamental book for understanding nouthetic counseling.
"Reprints in entirety two books, COPING WITH COUNSELING CRISES and THE USE OF THE SCRIPTURES IN COUNSELING and two pamphlets "Your Place in the Counseling Revolution" and "Counseling and the Sovereignty of God." Opens with a challenge to seminary students to consider their calling as 'pastor-counselors'." -- David Powlison

*Beeke, Joel R., A Reader's Guide to Reformed Theology: An Annotated Bibliography of Reformed Theology, ISBN: 1892777150 9781892777157.

*Beeke, Joel R., Justification by Faith: A Bibliography (Grand Rapids, MI: Reformation Heritage Books, Inc.).
Nearly 400 works on justification are arranged alphabetically by author. Includes the works of Augustine, Calvin, Zanchius, Owen, Manton, Boston, Watson, Edwards, and many others.

Benton, John, God's Riches: A Work-book on the Doctrines of Grace (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust, 1992), ISBN: 0851516017 9780851516011.

*Boettner, Loraine, Studies in Theology (Philadelphia, PA: The Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Co., 1947). A Christian classic.

*Bridges, Charles, The Christian Ministry, With an Inquiry Into the Causes of its Inefficiency (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust). ISBN-10: 1428610979. A Christian classic.
"Bridges was a minister in England into the nineteenth century. . . . This book has been considered a classic book for ministers almost since it was written in 1829. . . ." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.

BROWN, JOHN (of Haddington, 1722-1787), Harmony of Scripture Prophecies, and History of Their Fulfilment. By John Brown . . . Glasgow, 1784. Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #7, #14, ISBN: 0921148798 9780921148791.

Buzzard, Lynn R., and Christian Legal Society, Law and Theology: An Annotated Bibliography

*Calvin, John (1509-1564), Calvin's Commentaries, 22 volumes (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House). Available on The Amazing Christian Library, DVD One, CD #1. A Christian classic.
"I know of no man since the Apostles' days whom I value and honor more than Calvin, and whose judgment in all things, one with another, I more esteem and come nearer to." -- Richard Baxter
"Of all commentators I believe Calvin to be the most candid. . . . He was no trimmer and pruner of texts. He gave their meaning as far as he knew it." -- C.H. Spurgeon
"A large volume could not contain all that has been written in praise of Calvin's commentaries, by men of all theological persuasions. Anyone who neglects consulting Calvin is going to be the poorer for their neglect." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.
It is recommended that CALVIN'S COMMENTARIES be used for daily devotions.
Calvin's Commentaries (22 Volumes) in Logos Library System format (LLS)
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The Comprehensive John Calvin Collection CD-ROM
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The Comprehensive John Calvin Collection CD-ROM in Logos Library System (LLS) format
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Calvin's Commentaries (those in e-text to date)
http://www.ccel.org/calvin/commentaries/commentaries.html

*Calvin, John (1509-1564), The Institutes of the Christian Religion, 2 volumes (Philadelphia, PA: Westminster Press, 1960). A Christian classic.
"Edited by John McNeill and translated by Ford Lewis Battles, this is the definitive English language edition of one of the monumental works of the Christian church -- Calvin's INSTITUTES.
"Still considered by many to be the finest explanation and defense of the Protestant Reformation available.
"The work is divided into four books: I. The Knowledge of God the Creator, II. The Knowledge of God the Redeemer in Christ, III. The Mode of Obtaining the Grace of Christ, IV. The External Means or Helps by Which God Allures Us Into Fellowship With Christ and Keeps Us in It. . . . THE INSTITUTES is praised by the secular philosopher, Will Durant, as one of the ten books that shook the world." -- GCB
Calvin spent a lifetime writing and perfecting INSTITUTES OF CHRISTIAN RELIGION. His Prefatory Address makes it clear that he intended the work to be a defense of Christianity to the King of France.
Therefore, plainly stated, one of the most influential works ever published in the English language is a defense of Christianity to leaders of State.
Prefatory Address to His Most Christian Majesty, The Most Mighty and Illustrious Monarch, Francis, King of the French, His Sovereign, John Calvin
"Indeed, this consideration makes a true king: to recognize himself a minister of God in governing his kingdom. Now, that king, who in ruling over his realm does not serve God's glory, exercises not kingly rule but brigandage. [Footnote: 'Nec iam regnum ille sed latrocinium exercet.' An echo of Augustine's famous phrase: 'When justice is taken away, what are kingdoms [[regna]] but a vast banditry [[magna latocinia]]?' City of God IV. iv (MPL [[Migne, J.P., Patrologiae cursus completus, series Latina]] 41. 115; tr. NPNF [[A Select Library of the Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers, second series]] II. 66).] Furthermore, he is deceived who looks for enduring prosperity in his kingdom when it is not ruled by God's scepter, that is, his Holy Word; for the heavenly oracle that proclaims that 'where prophecy fails the people are scattered' [Prov. 29:18] cannot lie." (Battles translation)
"The characteristic of a true sovereign is, to acknowledge that, in the administration of his kingdom, he is a minister of God. He who does not make his reign subservient to the divine glory, acts the part not of a king, but a robber. He, moreover, deceives himself who anticipates long prosperity to any kingdom which is not ruled by the sceptre of God, that is, by his divine word. For the heavenly oracle is infallible which has declared, that where there is no vision the people perish (Prov. 29:18). (Beveridge translation)"
See the entire Prefatory Address, Beveridge translation:
http://www.ccel.org/ccel/calvin/institutes.ii.viii.html
"The doctrines of covenant liberty were rediscovered in the Reformation. John Calvin went further than anyone else in defining liberty and what Christians need to do to maintain it. Includes bibliographies."
It is recommended that INSTITUTES OF CHRISTIAN RELIGION be used for daily devotions and may be used in combination with Ford Lewis Battles and John Walchenbach, AN ANALYSIS OF THE INSTITUTES OF THE CHRISTIAN RELIGION OF JOHN CALVIN (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House) and with CALVIN'S COMMENTARIES.
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Calvin, Spurgeon and International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (ISBE) (LLS)
Contains Calvin's Commentaries.
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Calvin's Commentaries (22 Volumes) (LLS)
http://www.logos.com/products/details/887
The Comprehensive John Calvin Collection CD-ROM in Logos Library System (LLS) format
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Calvin's Commentaries (online)
http://www.ccel.org/ccel/calvin/calcom
One Hundred Aphorisms, Containing, Within a Narrow Compass, the Substance and Order of the Four Books of THE INSTITUTES OF THE CHRISTIAN RELIGION
http://www.lettermen2.com/pringle.html
The Comprehensive John Calvin Collection
From Ages Software. Includes both the Battles and the Beveridge translation of THE INSTITUTES OF THE CHRISTIAN RELIGION, CALVIN'S COMMENTARIES, and other works by Calvin.
http://www.ageslibrary.com/ages_calvin_collection_1.html
Institutes of the Christian Religion (Beveridge translation online)
http://www.ccel.org/ccel/calvin/institutes.i.html

Clowney, Edmund P., The Unfolding Mystery: Discovering Christ in the Old Testament (Philadelphia, PA: The Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Co.), ISBN: 0875521746 9780875521749.
"Clowney takes a fascinating walk through the Old Testament, revealing Christ in places where he is usually overlooked." -- Publisher's Annotation

*Cunningham, William (1805-1861), The Reformers and the Theology of the Reformation, 2 volumes (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust).

Dabney, Robert L., Discussions: Evangelical and Theological, 2 volumes, ISBN: 0851513506 9780851513508.

*Dabney, Robert L., Systematic Theology (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust, 1985).
"Regarded as the finest theologian of his day. . . . Dabney possessed the ability to integrate the teaching of the Bible on theology with his Reformed beliefs, a clear application of truth to civil government, plus a clarion call for Christian involvement in all walks of life." -- Cyril J. Barber
Systematic Theology, Robert L. Dabney
http://www.e4.net
An R.L. Dabney Anthology
http://www.gty.org/~phil/dabney.htm

*Fairbairn, Patrick, The Typology of Scripture, 2 volumes (Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Publications), ISBN: 9780548224595 0548224595.
"A systematic treatment of typology . . . the best ever written on this subject." -- Cyril J. Barber

Forsyth, Peter Taylor, Christ on Parnassus: Lectures on Art, Ethic, and Theology (London, New York, Toronto: Hodder and Stroughton), ISBN: 1579100147 9781579100148.

*Fuller, David O., A Treasury of Evangelical Writings: Valiant for the Truth (Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Publications, 1974, c1961).

GILLESPIE, GEORGE (1613-1648), SAMUEL RUTHERFORD, JOHN BROWN (OF WAMPHRAY), ET AL., Presbyterian Armoury, 3 volumes. Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.

*Grillmeier, Aloys, Christ in Christian Tradition: Volume 2, Part 1 -- From Chalcedon to Justinian I (Atlanta, GA: John Knox Press), ISBN: 0664221602 9780664221607. A Christian classic.
"Grillmeier lays the foundation, surveys the present state of research, and then provides an exposition covering the development of the discussion about Chalcedon from AD 451 to 530. This book has been praised by some as `the classic work in the field of Christology'." -- Publisher's Annotation

*Hall, David W., The Arrogance of the Modern: Historical Theology Held in Contempt (Covenant Foundation), ISBN: 096503674X 9780965036740.
"Into the breach comes a very well documented volume by David W. Hall, with the title, The Arrogance of the Modern: Historical Theology Held in Contempt. Early on in the book, Hall decries the tendency for researchers and theoreticians to cite only recent writings as backup of their work. He cites the concept that civilization is a democracy extending far back into time; the `votes' of citizens of old, represented by their writings, are just as important as those written just yesterday.
"To cap off his argument, Hall quotes a comment from Lord Acton, in which he said, `Just as the loss of memory in an individual is a psychiatric defect calling for a medical treatment, so too any community which has no social memory is suffering from an illness.' Those who do not learn from history, as you will recall, are doomed to repeat it. And, I might add, history has far more of what the Clarence Pages of this generation despise than the present. But, the Balkanization brought on by Postmodern criticism may well be our `unlearned lesson' that finally does us all in.
"This volume is a closely-argued, well organized thesis. It is not easy reading but, with the complexity of the subject, I think it is as well written a volume as I have seen." -- William L. Brown

*Hughes, Philip E., The True Image: The Origin and Destiny of Man in Christ (Grand Rapids, MI: Wm.B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.), ISBN: 0802803148 9780802803146.
"In this wide-ranging, Biblical, historical, and theological study, Hughes makes convincing use of the concept of the divine image to integrate the doctrines of man and Christ. His Biblical bases are solid, his expositions weighty and his historical interactions judicious and enlightening. A valuable piece of work." -- J.I. Packer

McKnight, R.J.G., The Second Coming of Christ: Is it Premillenial? 1915.

*Kevan, Ernest F., Moral Law (Philadelphia, PA: The Presbyterian & Reformed Publishing Co.), ISBN: 0875522998 9780875522999.

*Laidlaw, John, The Bible Doctrine of Man: Or, the Anthropology and Psychology of Scripture, 3rd edition (Edinburgh, Scotland: T. and T. Clark, 1895).
"The Cunningham Lectures, New College, Edinburgh, 1880. Provides one of the ablest introductions to Biblical anthropology ever written. Excellent." -- Cyril J. Barber

*Machen, J. Gresham, The Origin of Paul's Religion: the James Sprunt Lectures delivered at Union Theological Seminary in Virginia (Grand Rapids, MI: Wm.B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1925).
"Consists of the James Sprunt Lectures, Union Theological Seminary, Virginia. Surveys the early years of Paul's life, his Jewish environment, religious training, and development of his doctrine. A valuable treatment. Amillennial." -- Cyril J. Barber

McDonald, Hugh Dermot, The Atonement of the Death of Christ: In Faith, Revelation, and History (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House), ISBN: 0801061946 9780801061943.
"While presenting his own views the author, through a historical approach, evaluates the views of more than 85 theologians, from Clement of Rome right up to the present day. This is a major new work on the Atonement which would make an excellent textbook." -- GCB

*Owen, John (1616-1683), Biblical Theology or: The Nature, Origin, Development, and Study of Theological Truth, in 6 books (Soli Deo Gloria Pubns), ISBN: 1877611832 9781877611834. A Christian classic.
"Owen wrote 24 volumes, and only 23 have been available in reprint. BIBLICAL THEOLOGY, has been in Latin, and this is the first-ever English edition of this important work. It was translated into English by Dr. Stephen Westcott. It contains six sections, tracing theology from Adam to the present. Appendixed is Owen's Defense of Scripture against Fanaticism, which has much to say in the current discussions with Charismatics. J.I. Packer says, "All the qualities we expect of Owen-the focus on God, the passion for Christ, the honoring of the Holy Spirit, the shattering depth of insight into human sinfulness and perversity, the concern for holiness, the radical view of regeneration, the vision of the church as a spiritual fellowship that worships, the distrust of philosophical schemes and styles for dealing with divine things, the celebration of God's wisdom in giving the Scriptures in the form in which we have them-all are seen here." -- Publisher's Annotation "The present treatise is vintage Owen, searching and spiritual, devotional and doxological, the product of a masterful mind and a humble heart." -- J.I. Packer from the Foreword
"Biblical Theology is that which starts with Genesis and builds teachings based *only* on what the particular writers have to say about a topic, building the theme together as one progresses through Scripture. "Systematic Theology" is that which takes a topic (i.e., the atonement) and finds all applicable texts from all over Scripture to form a concise teaching of that doctrine." -- Reader Comment

Packer, J.I., Sinclair Ferguson, and David F. Writh (editors), New Dictionary of Theology, ISBN: 0830814000 9780830814008.

*Payne, John Barton, The Theology of the Older Testament (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House, 1962), ISBN: 031030721X 9780310307211.
"An impressive work in the field of Biblical theology. Written from a thoroughly Reformed point of view." -- Cyril J. Barber "Contains a section on Christology from an Old Testament Biblical theology perspective."

Pelikan, Jaroslav, Christianity and Classical Culture: The Metamorphosis of Natural Theology in the Christian Encounter With Hellenism, ISBN: 0300062559 9780300062557
"Contents include: PART ONE: Natural Theology as Apologetics, 1) Classical Culture and Christian Theology, 2) Natural Theology as Apologetics, 3) The Language of Negation, 4) God and the Ways of Knowing, 5) The Many and the One, 6) The Universe as Cosmos, 7) Space, Time, and Deity, 8) The Image of God, 9) The Source of All Good, 10) From Tyche to Telos.
"PART TWO: Natural Theology as Presupposition, 11) Christian Theology and Classical Culture, 12) Natural Theology as Presupposition, 13) The Lexicon of Transcendence, 14) Faith as the Fulfillment of Reason, 15) The One and the Three, 16) Cosmos as Contingent Creation, 17) The Economy of Salvation, 18) The Metamorphosis of Human Nature, 19) The Worship Offered by Rational Creatures, 20) The Life of the Aeon to Come." -- Reader Comment

*Schaff, Philip (editor), Church Fathers Series, 38 volumes (Grand Rapids, MI: Wm.B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.).
*Schaff, Philip (editor), The Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers: First Series.
*Schaff, Philip (editor), A Select library of Nicene and post-Nicene fathers of the Christian church, Second series.
Christian Classics Ethereal Library CCEL CD-ROM 2000
http://www.ccel.org/cdrom/cdrom.html

Sproul, R.C. (editor), Soli Deo Gloria: Essays in Reformed Theology; Festschrift for John H. Gerstner (Nutley, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Co., 1976).
"Contains fifteen essays by contemporary Reformed theologians covering the areas of Gerstner's specialties. A fitting tribute." -- Cyril J. Barber

*Strong, James, The Tabernacle of Israel: Its Structure and Symbolism (Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Publications), ISBN: 0825437458 9780825437458.

*Warfield, B.B. (1851-1921), Biblical and Theological Studies (Philadelphia, PA: The Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Co.), ISBN: 193247417X 9781932474176.
"This book offers several exceptional essays on the person and work of Jesus Christ."

*WATSON, THOMAS (c. 1620-1686), Body of Divinity: Contained in Sermons Upon the Westminster Assembly's Catechism (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust, 1965, 1890), ISBN: 0851511449. Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive. Available on The Amazing Christian Library, DVD One, CD #2. A Christian classic.
A Body of Divinity: Contained in Sermons Upon the Westminster Assembly's Catechism
http://books.google.com/books?id=fFAwGQAACAAJ&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=html
"The first book published by the Trust, this has been one of the best sellers and consistently the most useful and influential of our publications . . . It deals with the foremost doctrinal and experimental truths of the Christian faith . . . It is based on the Westminster Assembly's Shorter Catechism, in which the main principles of Christianity that lie scattered in the Scriptures are brought together and set forth in the form of question and answer. This catechism is unsurpassed for its `terse exactitutde of definition' and `logical elaboration' of the fundamentals. . . . Watson conveys his thorough doctrinal and experimental knowledge of the truth in such an original, concise, pithy, pungent, racy, rich, and illustrative style that he is rightly regarded as the most readable of the Puritans." -- Publisher's Annotation
"As an introduction to Puritan theology, as a short and sweet course in Christian doctrine, as devotional reading, and as a preacher's gold-mine, Watson's work can hardly be praised too highly." -- J.I. Packer.
"Contains Watson's exposition of the Westminster Shorter Catechism, excluding the Lord's Prayer and the Ten Commandments." -- GCB
Westminster Shorter Catechism Project: Body of Divinity Contained in Sermons upon the Assembly's Catechism by the Rev. Thomas Watson
http://www.bpc.org/resources/vincent/wsc_vi_001.html
Westminster Shorter Catechism With Proof Texts
http://www.reformed.org/documents/WSC_frames.html
Scripture Index to the Westminster Standards (The complete Scripture index to the Westminster Confession (1646), Larger and Shorter Catechisms.) Available on Library of Presbyterian Heritage Publications [and] Protestant Heritage Press Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.
http://www.swrb.com/newslett/actualnls/index01.htm
Westminster Shorter Catechism Project
"Click on any of the individual questions below to get the answer and Biblical references, as well as links to works by John Flavel, Thomas Watson, Thomas Boston, James Fisher, and John Whitecross, and others."
http://www.shortercatechism.com/
Bordwine, James, A Guide to the Westminster Standards: Confession of Faith and Larger Catechism (Unicoi, TN: (The Trinity Foundation, 1996). ISBN: 0940931303 9780940931305. Includes a unique, 100-page topical index to both the Confession and the Catechism.

See also: The attributes of god, Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, Works by and about puritans, Covenant theology and the ordinance of covenanting

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Westminster Shorter Catechism With Proof Texts
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The Best Books in This Bibliography
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Books Considered to be Among the ten Greatest in the English Language
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Reformation Translation Fellowship (Chinese translations of Reformed Works)
"During the past forty years writings by John Calvin, J.I. Packer, Loraine Boettner, Herman Bavnick, J.G. Vos, Charles Spurgeon, E.J. Young, A.W. Pink, Louis Berkhof, J. Gresham Machen, B.B. Warfield, John R.W. Stott, R.B. Kuiper, O.T. Allis, D.M. Lloyd-Jones, Charles Hodge, John Bunyan, and many others have been translated into Chinese. Books published recently by the RTF are CALLED TO THE MINISTRY by Edmond Clowney, THE HOLY SPIRIT by John Owen (the abridgement by R. J. K. Law), and EVERY THOUGHT CAPTIVE by Richard Pratt."
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Reformation Translation Fellowship, Australia
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Chapter 5: "Reference Works"
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Ehud of Gera (Reformed online resources)
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Ephesians Four Group, The E4's Bible Study Library, Volume 1 and 2 is a Biblical Studies collection including 25 Christian Classics on CD-ROM in Logos Library Format, (Escondido, CA [Ephesians Four Group, P.O. Box 15505, Escondido, 92033]: The Ephesians Four Group).
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Toxic Theology
"185 deadly errors exposed -- John Brown of Haddington's list of errors in modern English."
http://www.crownofchrist.net/toxic.html



Calvinism

See the Theological Notes, "The Three Purposes of the Law" at Deuteronomy 13:10 in The Reformation Study Bible

Salvation belongeth unto the LORD: thy blessing is upon thy people. Selah. (Psalm 3:8)

See the Theological Notes, "Original Sin and Total Depravity," at Psalm 51:5 in The Reformation Study Bible

See the Theological Notes, "Election and Reprobation," at Romans 9:18 in The Reformation Study Bible

See the Theological Notes, "Definite Redemption," at John 10:15 in The Reformation Study Bible

See the Theological Notes, "Effectual Calling and Conversion," at 2 Thessalonians 2:14, page 1904, in The Reformation Study Bible

See the Theological Notes, "Perseverance of the Saints," at Romans 8:30 in The Reformation Study Bible

See the Theological Notes, "The Glory of God," at Ezekiel 1:28 in The Reformation Study Bible

In the first place, Calvinism is something much broader than the "five points" indicate. Calvinism is a whole world-view, stemming from a clear vision of God as the whole world's Maker and King. Calvinism is the consistent endeavour to acknowledge the Creator as the Lord, working all things after the counsel of his will. Calvinism is a theocentric way of thinking about all life under the direction and control of God's own word. Calvinism, in other words, is the theology of the Bible viewed from the perspective of the Bible -- the God-centred outlook which sees the Creator as the source, and means, and end, of everything that is, both in nature and in grace. Calvinism is thus theism (belief in God as the ground of all things), religion (dependence on God as the giver of all things), and evangelicalism (trust in God through Christ for all things), all in their purest and most highly developed form. And Calvinism is a unified philosophy of history which sees the whole diversity of processes and events that take place in God's world as no more, and no less, than the outworking of his great preordained plan for his creatures and his church. The five points assert no more than that God is sovereign in saving the individual, but Calvinism, as such, is concerned with the much broader assertion that he is sovereign everywhere. -- J.I. Packer

And may I remind you, and I would remind you of this for all times throughout your lives, that in the Western church there are only three basic theologies. There is Thomism (which held sway in the Roman church officially from the Council of Trent to Vatican II) . . . Lutheranism . . . and, thirdly, Calvinism. These are the three theologies which have dominated Western thought. . . .
I would remind you that all other theological systems are, to a lesser or greater extent, negation either of Thomism within the Roman Catholic system, or they are a negation of Lutheranism, or they are, to a lesser or greater extent, a negation of Calvinism. . . .
When enemies of Christiantity unlease their attacks on Christianity, if they attack the Roman Catholic system, they always direct their heaviest guns against Thomas Aquinas. This is not an idle gesture. For if they can topple Thomas Aquinas, then the rest of the Roman Catholic structure will fall, because it depends upon Saint Thomas Aquinas. He was a great thinker, no question about it, and had a systematic approach to his position. So if they can destroy him, they can destory the rest of it.
But within Protestantism, I would remind you, that the heaviest attacks against the Church always come against Calvinism. Now there is a reason for that, the same reason, in general, which I mentioned in regard to Thomas Aquinas. If the enemies of faith can destroy Calvinism, then those theologies which are, to a greater or lesser extent, negations of Calvinism, will fall under their own weight. Which is to say, that in Calvinism all these other theologies find their resting place, even though they may deny major aspects of the Calvinistic position, they still are supported by it, even though they will not admit it. . . . When they attack Calvinism they are attacking the citadel of the whole Protestant position, even as when they are attacking the Roman Catholic position, they are aiming their heaviest artillery at the fortress known as Thomistic Theology. -- C. Gregg Singer in his address Calvinism and the Reformation

Calvin quotes Augustine over 400 times in INSTITUTES OF THE CHRISTIAN RELIGION. "Charles Hodges called Calvin an Augustinian revived."

What is the heresy of Rome, but the addition of something to the perfect merits of Jesus Christ -- the bringing in of the works of the flesh, to assist in our justification? And what is the heresy of Arminianism but the addition of something to the work of the Redeemer? Every heresy, if brought to the touchstone, will discover itself here. I have my own private opinion that there is no such thing as preaching Christ and Him crucified, unless we preach what nowadays is called Calvinism. It is a nickname to call it Calvinism; Calvinism is the gospel, and nothing else. I do not believe we can preach the gospel, if we do not preach justification by faith, without works; nor unless we preach the sovereignty of God in His dispensation of grace; nor unless we exalt the electing, unchangeable, eternal, immutable, conquering love of Jehovah; nor do I think we can preach the gospel, unless we base it upon the special and particular redemption of His elect and chosen people which Christ wrought out upon the cross; nor can I comprehend a gospel which lets saints fall away after they are called, and suffers the children of God to be burned in the fires of damnation after having once believed in Jesus. Such a gospel I abhor. -- C.H. Spurgeon, in the sermon "A Defense of Calvinism"

Calvin's Commentaries: Micah 2:11
"In short, Micah intimates that the Israelites rejected all sound doctrine, for they sought nothing but flatteries, and wished to be cherished in their vices; yea, they desired to be deceived by false adulation to their own ruin. It hence appears that they were not the people they wished to be deemed, that is, the people of God: for the first condition in God's covenant was, -- that he should rule among his people. Inasmuch then as these men would not endure to be governed by Divine power, and wished to have full and unbridled liberty, it was the same as though they had banished God far from them. Hence, by this proof, the Prophet shows that they had wholly departed from God, and had no intercourse with him. If there be then any man walking in the spirit, let him, he says, keep far from the truth; for he will not otherwise be borne by this people. -- How so? Because they will not have honest and faithful teachers. What is then to be done? Let flatterers come, and promise them plenty of wine and strong drink, and they will be their best teachers, and be received with great applause: in short, the suitable teachers of that people were the ungodly; the people could no longer bear the true Prophets; their desire was to have flatterers who were indulgent to all their corruptions.
Prayer.
"Grant, Almighty God, that since we cannot otherwise really profit by thy word, than by having all our thoughts and affections subjected to thee, and offered to thee as a sacrifice, -- O grant, that we may suffer thee, by the sound of thy word, so to pierce through everything within us, that being dead in ourselves, we may live to thee, and never suffer flatteries to become our ruin but that we may, on the contrary, patiently endure reproofs, however bitter they may be, only let them serve to us as medicine, by which our inward vices may be cleansed, until at length being thoroughly cleansed and formed into new creatures, we may, by a pious and holy life, really glorify thy name, and be received into that celestial glory, which has been purchased for us by the blood of thy only-begotten Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen." -- John Calvin commenting on Micah 2:11
http://www.ccel.org/c/calvin/comment3/comm_vol28/htm/iv.2.xi.htm

I do not understand all the controvery over Calvin. Christ was the first Calvinist. -- Donald Ewing

*Adams, Jay E., Counseling and the Five Points of Calvinism, ISBN: 0875520723 9780875520728.
"Conservative churches virtually abandoned the ministry of counseling. A 'double divorce' occurred: between counseling and Scripture (as secular authority reigned in counseling), and between counseling and preaching (with only the latter based on the Bible). Adams seeks to redress these problems. Here are counseling implications that flow from T-U-L-I-P: unbelievers cannot deeply change; counselors can have confidence that believers will grow; Jesus Christ takes a personal interest in counselees; great changes in life can happen because of the effective power of inner grace; never give up on a believer." -- David Powlison
"This title, while controversial in many circles, demonstrates Biblical counseling as it applies to what we know about man in general. It is aimed at the reformed perspective but as J.I. Packer states, we are all basically agreed on the Sovereignty of God in evangelism and life, so why not in counseling. This book will be refreshing to all."
Includes bibliographical references.

*Battles, Ford Lewis, and John Walchenbach, An Analysis of THE INSTITUTES OF THE CHRISTIAN RELIGION of John Calvin (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House).
"Detailed, concise, and insightful. A doctrinal summary all by itself. Over 400 pages! This brilliant analysis is highly recommended to those seeking to understand the theology of Calvin as represented in the INSTITUTES." -- GCB

Battles, Ford Lewis, Robert Benedetto, H.H. Meeter, and Center for Calvin Studies Interpreting John Calvin (Baker Book House, December 1, 1996). ISBN: 0801020972 9780801020971
"This is a splendid collection of pieces by the late Ford Lewis Battles, one of the 20th century's premier Calvin scholars. Battles was the translator of THE LIBRARY OF CHRISTIAN CLASSICS edition of Calvin's 1559 INSTITUTES as well as translator of his 1536 INSTITUTES.
"The pieces here have been gathered from Battles' contributions to scholarly literature on Calvin over a number of years. The value of the collection is that it places these hard to find pieces together in one convenient place. The two introductory essays convey the scope of Battles' contributions as a Calvin scholar.
"Two of the most important essays in the collection should be noted. One is Battles', "Calculus Fidei" in which he puts forth his view of the structure of Calvin's overall theology. This piece will be one with which Calvin scholars will interact for years to come.
"The second piece on "Accommodation" conveys one of the most imporant interpretive aspects of Calvin's thought. It has been an important piece in the years since it was published in drawing attention to the principle of accommodation as an interpretive tool in Calvin's understanding of divine revelation.
"Editor Benedetto has done a masterful job in assembling these pieces, providing the helpful Battles' diagrams and producing an important resource for Reformation scholars as well as scholars of Calvin.
"Ford Battles was my teacher and was a Calvin scholar without peer. It is a pleasure to commend this book with the highest commendation." -- Reader's Comment

Beeke, Joel, Calvin's Piety: The Heartbeat of the Reformation. Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.

*BEZA, THEODORE, The Life of John Calvin (Cerlox Bound Photocopy Series. Edmonton, AB, Canada: Still Waters Revival Books). Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive. Included on (Puritan Bookshelf CD #6). Available on The Amazing Christian Library, DVD Three, CD #18. A Christian classic.
"Beza was Calvin's friend, student and successor at Geneva. As an eye-witness to Calvin's conduct and an intimate friend, this work (of 100 pages) of necessity retains a special quality that other treatments of Calvin's life will lack. Notwithstanding, the best modern treatment of Calvin's views and work is found in Carlos Eire's (a Roman Catholic author) WAR AGAINST THE IDOLS: THE REFORMATION OF WORSHIP FROM ERASMUS TO CALVIN." -- SWRB

*Boettner, Loraine, The Reformed Doctrine of Predestination (Philadelphia, PA: The Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Co.), ISBN: 0875521290 9780875521299. A Christian classic.
"This one book has convinced more Christians that Calvinism or the Reformed faith is the Biblical view than any other in print." -- GCB
"This book is a clear and convincing presentation of the great distinctive doctrines of the Reformed Faith." -- J. Gresham Machen

*Cadier, Jean, The Man God Mastered: A Brief Biography of John Calvin (Grand Rapids, MI: Wm.B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1960).
Translated by O.R. Johnston. "A brilliant translation of an important biography of John Calvin." -- Cyril J. Barber

*Calvin, Jean, and John Owen (translator and editor), Commentaries on the Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Romans. Alternate title: Commentarius in Epistolam Pauli ad Romanos (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 1948, 1947), 592 pages.

*Calvin, Jean, Theodore de Beza, Robert Estienne, Academiae de Geneve, Leges Academiae Genevensis. Alternate title (French): L'ORDRE DU COLLEGE DE GENEUE. Language: Latin.
"First edition of the new Academy of Geneva founded by John Calvin. It contains the complete speeches made at the inauguration by John Calvin and Theodore de Beza, the first Rector of the Academy. Also a complete outline of the curriculum, from seventh to first grade, with a complete reading list in classical authors for each grade, and the by-laws and regulations for appointing the faculty. One of the two imprints by Robert Estienne to bear the place of publication as Geneva."

*CALVIN, JOHN (1509-1564), Calvin's Calvinism: Treatises on the Eternal Predestination of God and the Secret Providence of God . (Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Publications), ISBN: 0916206327 9780916206321. Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.
Translated by Henry Cole. "Two major treatises by Calvin in which he clearly defends the sovereignty of God in predestination and providence. Some say that modern-day Calvinists believe more than Calvin ever said. This book shows that view to be far from the truth." -- GCB

*Calvin, John (1509-1564), Calvin's Commentaries, 22 volumes (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House). Available on The Amazing Christian Library, DVD One, CD #1. A Christian classic.
"I know of no man since the Apostles' days whom I value and honor more than Calvin, and whose judgment in all things, one with another, I more esteem and come nearer to." -- Richard Baxter
"Of all commentators I believe Calvin to be the most candid. . . . He was no trimmer and pruner of texts. He gave their meaning as far as he knew it." -- C.H. Spurgeon
"A large volume could not contain all that has been written in praise of Calvin's commentaries, by men of all theological persuasions. Anyone who neglects consulting Calvin is going to be the poorer for their neglect." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.
It is recommended that CALVIN'S COMMENTARIES be used for daily devotions.
Calvin's Commentaries (22 Volumes) in Logos Library System format (LLS)
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Calvin's Commentaries (those in e-text to date)
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*Calvin, John (1509-1564), Commentaries of Jeremiah and Lamentations, 5 volumes (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust).

*Calvin, John (1509-1564), Commentaries of the Minor Prophets, 5 volumes (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust), ISBN: 0851514774 9780851514772.
"Not only superior to any that preceded it, but it has continued ever since, and continues to this day, to be regarded by all competent judges as a work of the highest value." -- William Cunningham
"Calvin's work stands out as honest, sensible, and full of evangelical warmth. He opens up the rich contents to our hearts and minds. These are not relics of the past, but priceless jewels to be enjoyed even more as they are compared to others, and found rare prizes." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.
Calvin's Commentary on Hosea
http://www.iclnet.org/pub/resources/text/m.sion/calvhose.htm

Calvin, John (1509-1564), Concerning Scandals (Grand Rapids, MI: Wm.B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1978), ISBN: 0802835112 9780802835116.

*Calvin, John (1509-1564), and John Graham Miller (contributor), Calvin's Wisdom: An Anthology Arranged Alphabetically by a Grateful Reader, ISBN: 0851516246 9780851516240. "This anthology (arranged alphabetically by topic) also becomes a dictionary of his thought and almost an encyclopedia of his theology." -- GCB
Calvin's Wisdom: An Anthology Arranged Alphabetically by a Grateful Reader, Jean Calvin, John Graham Miller
http://books.google.com/books?id=_VsuAAAACAAJ&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=html

*Calvin, John (1509-1564), Commentary on the Epistle of Paul to the Hebrews, ISBN: 0801024404 9780801024405.

*Calvin, John (1509-1564), Commentary on Jeremiah (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust, 1989), ISBN: 0851515525 9780851515526.

*Calvin, John (1509-1564), Commentary on the Prophet Isaiah (Grand Rapids, MI: Wm.B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1961, c1958). Also available in Calvin's Commentaries and in various other formats. Available on The Amazing Christian Library, DVD One, CD #1. A Christian classic.
"I know of no man since the Apostles' days whom I value and honor more than Calvin, and whose judgment in all things, one with another, I more esteem and come nearer to." -- Richard Baxter
"Of all commentators I believe Calvin to be the most candid. . . . He was no trimmer and pruner of texts. He gave their meaning as far as he knew it." -- C.H. Spurgeon
Commentary on Isaiah - Volume 1, John Calvin
http://www.ccel.org/ccel/calvin/calcom13.html

*CALVIN, JOHN (1509-1564), Calvin's Ecclesiastical Advice (Louisville, KY: Westminster/John Knox Press, 1991). 10918
"Forty-six (46) letters and writings of Calvin newly translated into English from Corpus Reformatorum (volume 38, part I). Focusing on doctrine, the Reformation, worship, discipline, judicial questions, and marriage, this books clearly exhibits Calvin's pastoral style. It also shows the great influence which Calvin exerted over second Reformation thought, because of his focus on doctrine, worship and church government." -- SWRB

*Calvin, John (1509-1564), Daniel (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust), ISBN: 0851510922 9780851510927.
"This edition, from the Calvin Translation Society edition of 1852-1853, is one of the greatest writings to come from Calvin's pen." -- GCB

*Calvin, John (1509-1564), Genesis and Daniel (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust), ISBN: 0851510930 9780851510934.
"It would not be possible for me too earnestly to press upon you the importance of reading the expositions of that prince among men, John Calvin! I have often felt inclined to cry with Scalinger, `Oh! how well has Calvin reached the meaning of the prophets -- no one better.' Of all commentators I believe John Calvin to be the most candid. He was no trimmer or pruner of texts. He gave their meaning as far as he knew it. His honest intention was to translate the Hebrew and the Greek originals as accurately as he possibly could, and then to give the meaning which would naturally be conveyed by such Greek and Hebrew words; he labored, in fact, to declare, not his own mind upon the Spirit's works, but the mind of the Spirit as couched in those words." -- C.H. Spurgeon

*Calvin, John (1509-1564), The Institutes of the Christian Religion, 2 volumes (Philadelphia, PA: Westminster Press, 1960). A Christian classic.
"Edited by John McNeill and translated by Ford Lewis Battles, this is the definitive English language edition of one of the monumental works of the Christian church -- Calvin's INSTITUTES.
"Still considered by many to be the finest explanation and defense of the Protestant Reformation available.
"The work is divided into four books: I. The Knowledge of God the Creator, II. The Knowledge of God the Redeemer in Christ, III. The Mode of Obtaining the Grace of Christ, IV. The External Means or Helps by Which God Allures Us Into Fellowship With Christ and Keeps Us in It. . . . THE INSTITUTES is praised by the secular philosopher, Will Durant, as one of the ten books that shook the world." -- GCB
Calvin spent a lifetime writing and perfecting INSTITUTES OF CHRISTIAN RELIGION. His Prefatory Address makes it clear that he intended the work to be a defense of Christianity to the King of France.
Therefore, plainly stated, one of the most influential works ever published in the English language is a defense of Christianity to leaders of State.
Prefatory Address to His Most Christian Majesty, The Most Mighty and Illustrious Monarch, Francis, King of the French, His Sovereign, John Calvin
"Indeed, this consideration makes a true king: to recognize himself a minister of God in governing his kingdom. Now, that king, who in ruling over his realm does not serve God's glory, exercises not kingly rule but brigandage. [Footnote: 'Nec iam regnum ille sed latrocinium exercet.' An echo of Augustine's famous phrase: 'When justice is taken away, what are kingdoms [[regna]] but a vast banditry [[magna latocinia]]?' City of God IV. iv (MPL [[Migne, J.P., Patrologiae cursus completus, series Latina]] 41. 115; tr. NPNF [[A Select Library of the Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers, second series]] II. 66).] Furthermore, he is deceived who looks for enduring prosperity in his kingdom when it is not ruled by God's scepter, that is, his Holy Word; for the heavenly oracle that proclaims that 'where prophecy fails the people are scattered' [Prov. 29:18] cannot lie." (Battles translation)
"The characteristic of a true sovereign is, to acknowledge that, in the administration of his kingdom, he is a minister of God. He who does not make his reign subservient to the divine glory, acts the part not of a king, but a robber. He, moreover, deceives himself who anticipates long prosperity to any kingdom which is not ruled by the sceptre of God, that is, by his divine word. For the heavenly oracle is infallible which has declared, that where there is no vision the people perish (Prov. 29:18). (Beveridge translation)"
See the entire Prefatory Address, Beveridge translation:
http://www.ccel.org/ccel/calvin/institutes.ii.viii.html
"The doctrines of covenant liberty were rediscovered in the Reformation. John Calvin went further than anyone else in defining liberty and what Christians need to do to maintain it. Includes bibliographies."
It is recommended that INSTITUTES OF CHRISTIAN RELIGION be used for daily devotions and may be used in combination with Ford Lewis Battles and John Walchenbach, AN ANALYSIS OF THE INSTITUTES OF THE CHRISTIAN RELIGION OF JOHN CALVIN (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House) and with CALVIN'S COMMENTARIES.
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One Hundred Aphorisms, Containing, Within a Narrow Compass, the Substance and Order of the Four Books of THE INSTITUTES OF THE CHRISTIAN RELIGION
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Institutes of the Christian Religion (Beveridge translation online)
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*CALVIN, JOHN (1509-1564), et al. [John Knox, Theodore Beza, Miles Coverdale, William Whittingham, Anthony Gilby, and Martin Luther, and others], GARY DEMAR (foreword), MARSHALL FOSTER (preface) 1599 Geneva Bible [enhanced], hardcover (Tolle Lege Press, 2006, 2007), 1400 pages, ISBN: 0975484699 9780975484692 0975484613 9780975484616 0975484621 9780975484623. Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.
"When the Pilgrims arrived in America in 1620, they brought along supplies, a consuming passion to advance the Kingdom of Christ, a bright hope for the future, and the Word of God. Clearly, their most precious cargo was the Bible. The GENEVA BIBLE, printed over 200 times between 1560 and 1644, was the most widely read and influential English Bible of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. This superb translation was the product of the best Protestant scholars of the day and became the Bible of choice for many of the greatest writers, thinkers, and historical figures of that time. The GENEVA BIBLE is unique among all other Bibles. It was the first Bible to use chapters and numbered verses and became the most popular version of its time because of the extensive marginal notes. These notes, written by Reformation leaders such as John Calvin, John Knox, Miles Coverdale, William Whittingham, Anthony Gilby, and others, were included to explain and interpret the scriptures for the common people. For nearly half a century these notes helped the people of England, Scotland, and Ireland understand the Bible and true liberty. King James despised the GENEVA BIBLE because he considered the notes on key political texts to be seditious and a threat to his authority. Unlike the KING JAMES VERSION, the GENEVA BIBLE was not authorized by the government. It was truly a Bible by the people and for the people. You can see why this remarkable version with its profound marginal notes played a key role in the formation of the American Republic. Until now, the only complete version available was a large, cumbersome, and difficult-to-read facsimile edition. But this new edition contains all the original words and notes, but the type set has been enlarged and the font style change for today's reader." -- Publisher's Annotation
"This is the Bible that eventually put an end to Feudalism in Europe, strengthened Puritans, Quakers, and came to America on the Mayflower. This was the first Bible published in the language of the common people, the first Bible to contain commentary and verse numbers, and the first Bible written in English from Greek and Hebrew texts available from Constantinople, not from the Latin Vulgate. The dynamite in this Bible is the commentary accounting for about one third of its length.
"The Church of England and King James were so upset they determined to create a new translation. They called it the KING JAMES VERSION. They choose to use language so formal and grand, even by the standards of those days, that the common people would find difficult to understand. The GENEVA BIBLE was found seditious by it's insertions of commentary that spoke directly about the priesthood of lay believers, the church as naturally anti-oligarchy, and setting forth some other ideas considered anarchy by the King, but meaning freedom to the masses who read it. . . .
"Important facts to remember about this Bible. The Reformation was strong in England and the Lollards were a lay group of huge influence that had to go underground. English Christian theologians, not Catholics and not Anglicans, fled in huge numbers to Geneva for freedom. Geneva was not part of Switzerland at that time, because Geneva was its own city-state. . . . The GENEVA BIBLE was printed 1560-1644. THE KING JAMES VERSION was published in 1611. The GENEVA BIBLE was against the law to own. . . ." -- Reader's Comment
Available "in printed formats with various binding options from Tolle Lege Press. Tolle Lege Press has given SWRB permission to provide a PDF copy of their retypeset and fully searchable edition of the 1599 GENEVA BIBLE (Copyright 2006-2008, Tolle Lege Press) on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.
"The GENEVA BIBLE is the Puritan Bible with Reformation promoting marginal notes authored by prominent leaders of the Reformation (during the time of John Calvin and John Knox). The New Testament was translated out of the Greek by Theodore Beza. The GENEVA BIBLE was the predominant English translation during the period in which the English and Scottish Reformations gained great impetus.
"Iain Murray, in his classic work on revival and the interpretation of prophecy, THE PURITAN HOPE, notes,

The two groups in England and Scotland developed along parallel lines, like two streams originating at one fountain. The fountain was not so much Geneva, as the Bible which the exiles newly translated and issued with many marginal notes . . . it was read in every Presbyterian and Puritan home in both realms (p. 7).
"This time also saw the rise of the forces for covenanted Reformation against the corruption and abuses of prelacy and the royal factions. Darkness was dispelled as people read this Bible and saw for themselves that there is no authority above the Holy Scriptures. Discerning this truth, it became apparent that the civil tyranny and the heretical superstitions imposed by Pope, King and Bishops were to be resisted unto death, if necessary (i.e. because these innovations in church and state were opposed to the Kingship of Christ and the law of His kingdom, as set forth in Holy Scripture).
"Moreover, this is the Bible that led to the King James edition. James (a flaming homosexual, megalomaniac, and tyrant) did not want the Calvinistic marginal notes of the GENEVA BIBLE getting into the hands of the people because he considered them 'seditious' hence, he authorized the KING JAMES VERSION as a substitute (though the KJV far surpasses modern translations).
"Although most people today have never heard of the GENEVA BIBLE, it was so popular from 1560 to 1644 that it went through 140 plus printings. The reason for its popularity among the faithful is obvious: the marginal notes promoted a full-orbed, nation-changing Protestantism! Taking a modern work, such as the SCOFIELD REFERENCE BIBLE, and comparing the notes to those of the GENEVA BIBLE, it will readily be seen that the religion of the Protestant Reformation bears no resemblance to much of the nonsense being prattled today!
"Additionally, the later editions of the GENEVA BIBLE (like this 1599 edition) are more strongly Calvinistic and anti-Papal noted by Eason in THE GENEVAN BIBLE, NOTES ON ITS PRODUCTION AND DISTRIBUTION. . . ."
The notes of TOMSON'S NEW TESTAMENT of 1576, which took the place of the New Testament of the Bible of 1560 in many editions from 1587 onward, are entirely different from those in the GENEVA BIBLE. They are taken from Beza's Latin Testament, and are controversial and strongly Calvinistic.
"Furthermore, Eason cites Pocock (a rabid anti-Calvinist) in the same book,
The changes adopted in the GENEVA BIBLE and New Testament synchronise with the gradual spread of the Calvinistic heresy and the contemporaneous development of hatred of the whole Papal system of doctrine. The notes attacked the Sacramental teaching of the Church, substituting for it the Calvinistic doctrines of election and reprobation. They taught that Sacraments are nothing more than signs and seals of grace previously given to the elect. All passages about the Sacraments are explained away.
"(We cite this quote, though it is full of a good deal of devilish nonsense, to demonstrate that even the enemies of biblical truth recognized the powerful impact that the GENEVA BIBLE was having in furthering the Protestant Reformation, as well as to show that the notes in the later versions of the GENEVA BIBLE were moving in the direction of a more distinct testimony against error and for the truth. -- RB). "There were three primary editions of the GENEVA BIBLE:
(1) The editions that follow the first edition of 1560.
(2) The editions in which TOMSON'S NEW TESTAMENT of 1576 is substituted for the 1560 New Testament.
(3) The Bibles from 1598 that contain the Notes on Revelation of Francis Junius." -- The Genevan Bible, Notes on its Production and Distribution
"In our opinion, the notes in the 1599 edition were the most faithful to Scripture. [Of course, the judgment and candor of Calvin are renown. This Bible played a key role in the Reformation, and anyone not using it 'will be the poorer for their neglect.' However, very few works are without caveats. Calvin used the LATIN VULGATE. His comments had to be translated from French. Experts (see 'Textual Criticism') consider the authorized KING JAMES VERSION to be the most accurate translation. It used a literal approach to translation of the Traditional Text, which is referred to today as the Majority Text or Textus Receptus. Beza's translation of the New Testament is in a different category. One is urged to not neglect the knowledge developed over 400 years of Reformed scholarship since 1599. For example, compare the 1599 GENEVA BIBLE (1400 pages, 1366 in the Tolle Lege restoration edition) annotation with the annotation, theological notes, text notes, scripture notes, and other study aids of the NEW GENEVA STUDY BIBLE (2228 pages) with its own noted caveats. -- sk]
"Features of the Tolle Lege 1599 GENEVA BIBLE:
  • Word-for-word accuracy with the 1599 Geneva Bible
  • Original cross references
  • Modern spelling
  • Original study notes by Reformers
  • Old English Glossary
  • 2-page Family Tree Chart
  • Presentation Page with several family registry pages
  • Easy-to-read print
  • Size: 8.75" x 11.5"
  • Approx: 1,400 pages
    Excerpts from two articles on the 1599 GENEVA BIBLE may be read at the SWRB site: "The Forgotten Translation," Gary DeMar, President of American Vision and Honorary Member of the 1599 Geneva Bible Advisory Board, and "Introduction to the 1599 Geneva Bible," Marshall Foster, President of the Mayflower Institute, Member of the 1599 Geneva Bible Advisory Board.
    http://www.swrb.com/bibles/bibles.htm
    Tolle Lege 1599 GENEVA BIBLE, Book of Romans
    Examine the Tolle Lege 1599 GENEVA BIBLE, a PDF file of the Book of Romans.
    http://www.tollelegepress.com/gb/geneva.php
    "The GENEVA BIBLE has a unique place in history. It is some times called the BREECHES BIBLE. That term comes from the reference in Genesis 3:7 where it says that Adam and Eve clothed themselves in 'breeches' made from fig leaves. It is the product of Protestant scholars who had taken refuge in Geneva, Switzerland during the reign of Queen 'Bloody Mary' of England (1553-1558). It is also known as the Bible that the Pilgrims brought to America. It is older than the KING JAMES VERSION and is considered by some to be more 'Protestant' than the KING JAMES VERSION." -- Reader's Comment
    "I've seen the facsimile versions of the GENEVA BIBLE and they don't even come close to this edition. The legibility and readability of this edition is far superior to other editions. "There have also been concerns about textual errors, but Toll Lege Press has acknowledged and fixed them in the printings following the first." -- Reader's Comment
    Tolle Lege Press edition of the 1599 GENEVA BIBLE
    http://www.GenevaBible.com
    Perhaps the unique wisdom in the annotation by the Reformers John Calvin, Martin Luther, John Knox, and Theodore Beza, among others, is due to their doctrinal position of the absolute sovereignty of God and the utter depravity of mankind. Sample notes from the 1599 GENEVA BIBLE, the Tolle Lege Press restored edition of 2007: Genesis "1:11 1 So that we see it is the only power of God's word that maketh the earth fruitful, which else naturally is barren.
    Genesis "1:12 This sentence is so oft repeated, to signify that God made all his creatures to serve to his glory, and to the profit of man: but for sin they were accursed, yet to the elect, by Christ they are restored, and serve to their wealth.
    Genesis "2:16 So that man might know there was a sovereign Lord, to whom he owed obedience.
    Genesis "2:17 By this death he meaneth the separation of man from God, who is our life and chief felicity: and also that our disobedience is the cause thereof.
    Genesis "3:4 This is Satan's chiefest subtlety, to cause us not to fear God's threatenings.
    Gensis "4:5 Because he was an hypocrite, and offered only for an outward show without sincerity of heart.
    Genesis "9:6 Not only by the magistrate, but oft times God raiseth up one murderer to kill another.
    Therefore to kill man is to deface God's image, and so injury is not only done to man, but also to God.
    Psalm 37 " 1 This Psalm containeth exhortation and consolation for the weak, that are grieved at the prosperity of the wicked, and the affliction of the godly. 7 For how prosperously soever the wicked do live for the time, he doth affirm their felicity to be vain and transitory, because they are not in the favor of God, but in the end they are destroyed as his enemies. 11 And how miserably that the righteous seemeth to live in the world, yet his end is peace, and he is in the favor of God, he is delivered from the wicked, and preserved.
    Psalm 37:5 "Be not led by thine own wisdom, but obey God, and he will finish his work in thee.
    Psalm 37:6 "As the hope of the daylight causeth us not to be offended with the darkness of the night: so ought we patiently to trust that God will clear our cause and restore us to our right.
    Psalm 37:8 "Meaning, except he moderate his affections, he shall be led to do as they do.
    Psalm 37:12 "The godly are assured that the power and craft of the wicked shall not prevail against them, but fall on their own necks, and therefore ought patiently to abide God’s time, and in the meanwhile bewail their sins, and offer up their tears, is a sacrifice of their obedience.
    Psalm 37:16 "For they are daily fed as with Manna from heaven, and have sufficient, when the wicked have never enough, but ever hunger.
    Psalm 37:25 "Though the just man die, yet God's blessings are extended to his posterity, and though God suffer some just man to lack temporal benefits, yet he recompenseth him with spiritual treasures.
    Psalm 37:29 "They shall continually be preserved under God's wings, and have at least inward rest.
    Psalm 37:30 "These three points are required of the faithful, that their talk be godly, that God's law be in their heart, and that their life be upright.
    Psalm 37:37 "He exhorteth the faithful to mark diligently the examples both of God's mercies, and also of his judgments.
    Psalm 37:39 "He showeth that the patient hope of the godly is never in vain, but in the end hath good success, though for a time God prove them by sundry tentations.
    John 1:1 "The Son of God is of one, and the selfsame eternity or everlastingness, and of one and the selfsame essence or nature, with the Father.
    "From his beginning, as the Evangelist saith, 1 John 1:1, as though he said, that the world began not then to have his being, when God began to make all that was made: for the word was even then when all things that were made, began to be made, and therefore he was before the beginning of all things.
    "Had his being.
    "This word, That, pointeth out unto us a peculiar and choice thing above all other, and putteth a difference between this Word, which is the Son of God, and the Laws of God, which otherwise also are called the word of God.
    "This word (With) putteth out the distinction of persons to us.
    "This word (Word) is the first in order in the sentence, and is that which the learned call (Subjectum:) and this word (God) is the latter in order, and the same which the learned call (Predicatum.)
    John 1:3 "The son of God declareth that same his everlasting Godhead, both by the creating of all things, and also by the preserving of them, and especially by the excellent gifts of reason and understanding, wherewith he that beautified man above all other creatures.
    "Paul expoundeth this place, Col. 1:15 and 16.
    "That is, as the Father did work, so did the Son work with him: for he was fellow worker with him.
    "Of all those things which were made, nothing was made without him. Jude 1:24 "He commendeth them to the grace of God, declaring sufficiently that it is God only that can give us that constancy which he requireth of us.
    Hebrews 13:8b "all precepts of manners, and that is this: That we ought to quiet and content ourselves in Christ only: for there was yet never any man saved without the knowledge of him, neither is at this day saved, neither shall be saved hereafter.
    Revelation 4:9 "God is said to have glory, honor, kingdom, and such like given unto him, when we godly and reverently set forth that which is properly and only his." -- 1599 Geneva Bible, Tolle Lege Press, 2006, 2007)
    *King James Bible With the Geneva Bible Notes, 1672. Notes: This is a fascimilie of the 1672 edition. Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.
    "The best Reformation translation (King James Version) combined with the best Bible notes of the first Reformation, the GENEVA BIBLE notes. A great tool for public, family and private worship and study. Printed from a marvelously clean original copy, surpassing the quality of all other printings (of the GENEVA BIBLE NOTES in particular) we have seen. Contains almost 1000 (8.5 X 11 inch) pages with notes on the complete Bible (Old and New Testaments) making this a veritable library of study and classic Protestant commentary in just one book." -- SWRB
    Geneva Bible, 1599. Additional Title: THE BIBLE, THAT IS, THE HOLY SCRIPTURES CONTEINED IN THE OLDE AND NEWE TESTAMENT: TRANSLATED ACCORDING TO THE EBREW AND GREEKE, AND CONFERRED WITH THE BEST TRANSLATIONS IN DIUERS LANGUAGES; WITH MOST PROFITABLE ANNOTATIONS UPON ALL THE HARD PLACES, AND OTHER THINGS OF GREAT IMPORTANCE . . . (London: Imprinted by the Deputies of C. Barker, 1599).
    http://bible.crosswalk.com/Commentaries/GenevaStudyBible/,
    Geneva Bible Notes, 1599
    http://www.poconos.net/~reformed/documents/geneva/
    The Geneva Bible Notes are also featured in the Online Bible CD-ROM. One keystroke brings the notes up in the second window.
    Pierce, Larry, and the Woodside Bible Fellowship, The Online Bible CD-ROM (Winterbourne, Ontario, CANADA [Woodside Bible Fellowship,] 11 Holmwood Street, Ontario N0B 2V0, 1997).
    Online Bible Homepage
    http://www.onlinebible.org/

    *CALVIN, JOHN (1509-1564), THE WESTMINSTER DIVINES AND OTHERS, LARRY BIRGER (compiler), Selected Writings on Justification by Faith and the Free Offer of the Gospel for the Succor and Comfort of the Troubled Saint, and the Convicted SinnerAvailable on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #20, 90 pages, ISBN: 0921148976 9780921148975.
    "Includes writings by John Calvin, the Westminster Divines, Robert Traill, the Reformed Presbytery, William Guthrie, and pertinent articles from the Original Covenanter and Contending Witness magazine defending the Protestant view of justification and the preaching of the Gospel." -- SWRB

    *Calvin, John (1509-1564), Sermons on Deuteronomy (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust). A Christian classic.
    "This quality facsimile is of the 1583 edition. The Elizabethan text has small print but the 200 sermons provides us with the greatest and best volume of Calvin's sermons on the Old Testament. A Scripture index is included. Many today think that unless a commentary is new it has little value. Calvin is one of the best arguments against that view." -- GCB
    "Everything that Calvin wrote by way of exposition is priceless, even those who differ from him in theology admit this." -- C.H. Spurgeon
    Sermons on Deuteronomy by John Calvin
    http://www.reformed.com/pub/jc_sab_1.htm
    Covenant Enforced: Sermons on Deuteronomy 27 and 28, John Calvin
    http://entrewave.com/freebooks/docs/2212_47e.htm

    *Calvin, John (1509-1564), Sermons on Ephesians (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust), EEBO. A Christian classic.
    "The sermons are priceless." -- C.H. Spurgeon
    "These also were translated by A. Golding, one who shared completely the spirit and fervor of John Calvin. He loses noting in the translation. These have been very rare, selling for as high as $500.00 when found. You will revel in the closeness they will bring to you as you contemplate Jesus Christ, the One who has made you alive, and has set you in the heavenlies with Him." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.

    *Calvin, John (1509-1564), The Golden Booklet of the True Christian Life, ISBN: 0801065283 9780801065286.

    *Calvin, John (1509-1564), The Institutes of the Christian Religion, 2 volumes (Philadelphia, PA: Westminster Press, 1960). A Christian classic.
    "Edited by John McNeill and translated by Ford Lewis Battles, this is the definitive English language edition of one of the monumental works of the Christian church -- Calvin's INSTITUTES.
    "Still considered by many to be the finest explanation and defense of the Protestant Reformation available.
    "The work is divided into four books: I. The Knowledge of God the Creator, II. The Knowledge of God the Redeemer in Christ, III. The Mode of Obtaining the Grace of Christ, IV. The External Means or Helps by Which God Allures Us Into Fellowship With Christ and Keeps Us in It. . . . THE INSTITUTES is praised by the secular philosopher, Will Durant, as one of the ten books that shook the world." -- GCB
    Calvin spent a lifetime writing and perfecting INSTITUTES OF CHRISTIAN RELIGION. His Prefatory Address makes it clear that he intended the work to be a defense of Christianity to the King of France.
    Therefore, plainly stated, one of the most influential works ever published in the English language is a defense of Christianity to leaders of State.
    Prefatory Address to His Most Christian Majesty, The Most Mighty and Illustrious Monarch, Francis, King of the French, His Sovereign, John Calvin
    "Indeed, this consideration makes a true king: to recognize himself a minister of God in governing his kingdom. Now, that king, who in ruling over his realm does not serve God's glory, exercises not kingly rule but brigandage. [Footnote: 'Nec iam regnum ille sed latrocinium exercet.' An echo of Augustine's famous phrase: 'When justice is taken away, what are kingdoms [[regna]] but a vast banditry [[magna latocinia]]?' City of God IV. iv (MPL [[Migne, J.P., Patrologiae cursus completus, series Latina]] 41. 115; tr. NPNF [[A Select Library of the Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers, second series]] II. 66).] Furthermore, he is deceived who looks for enduring prosperity in his kingdom when it is not ruled by God's scepter, that is, his Holy Word; for the heavenly oracle that proclaims that 'where prophecy fails the people are scattered' [Prov. 29:18] cannot lie." (Battles translation)
    "The characteristic of a true sovereign is, to acknowledge that, in the administration of his kingdom, he is a minister of God. He who does not make his reign subservient to the divine glory, acts the part not of a king, but a robber. He, moreover, deceives himself who anticipates long prosperity to any kingdom which is not ruled by the sceptre of God, that is, by his divine word. For the heavenly oracle is infallible which has declared, that where there is no vision the people perish (Prov. 29:18). (Beveridge translation)"
    See the entire Prefatory Address, Beveridge translation:
    http://www.ccel.org/ccel/calvin/institutes.ii.viii.html
    "The doctrines of covenant liberty were rediscovered in the Reformation. John Calvin went further than anyone else in defining liberty and what Christians need to do to maintain it. Includes bibliographies."
    It is recommended that INSTITUTES OF CHRISTIAN RELIGION be used for daily devotions and may be used in combination with Ford Lewis Battles and John Walchenbach, AN ANALYSIS OF THE INSTITUTES OF THE CHRISTIAN RELIGION OF JOHN CALVIN (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House) and with CALVIN'S COMMENTARIES.
    Nelson's Ultimate Bible Reference Library, Logos Library System format (LLS) (CD-ROM)
    This library systems includes CALVIN'S INSTITUTES OF THE CHRISTIAN RELIGION, THE HOLY BIBLE KING JAMES VERSION, THE NEW TREASURY OF SCRIPTURE KNOWLEDGE, AUGUSTINE'S CONFESSIONS, WESTMINSTER CONFESSION OF FAITH (1646), WESTMINSTER LARGER CATECHISM, WESTMINSTER SHORTER CATECHISM, MATTHEW HENRY'S COMMENTARY, NEW NAVE'S TOPICAL BIBLE, PILGRIM'S PROGRESS, and other classic Bible study aids. THE REFORMATION STUDY BIBLE (Other title: THE NEW GENEVA STUDY BIBLE,) in LLS format, may be added to this library. Therefore, all the above works may be used in combination with each other in Bible study.
    http://www.logos.com/products/details/3247
    Calvin, Spurgeon and International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (ISBE) (LLS)
    Contains Calvin's Commentaries.
    http://www.logos.com/products/details/889
    Calvin's Commentaries (22 Volumes) (LLS)
    http://www.logos.com/products/details/887
    The Comprehensive John Calvin Collection CD-ROM in Logos Library System (LLS) format
    http://www.logosbiblesoftware.com/logosbiblesoftware/calcom.html
    Calvin's Commentaries (online)
    http://www.ccel.org/ccel/calvin/calcom
    One Hundred Aphorisms, Containing, Within a Narrow Compass, the Substance and Order of the Four Books of THE INSTITUTES OF THE CHRISTIAN RELIGION
    http://www.lettermen2.com/pringle.html
    The Comprehensive John Calvin Collection
    From Ages Software. Includes both the Battles and the Beveridge translation of THE INSTITUTES OF THE CHRISTIAN RELIGION, CALVIN'S COMMENTARIES, and other works by Calvin.
    http://www.ageslibrary.com/ages_calvin_collection_1.html
    Institutes of the Christian Religion (Beveridge translation online)
    http://www.ccel.org/ccel/calvin/institutes.i.html

    *CALVIN, JOHN (1509-1564), Calvin's Selected Works, Tracts and Letters, 7 Volumes, ISBN: 0801024935 9780801024931. Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive. A Christian classic.
    "These remarkable volumes contain Calvin's tracts and letters. They clearly exhibit why Calvin was one of the great saints (who defended the regulative principle of worship) and why his work was singularly blessed of God. Understanding these works will shed much light on our current situation; for many in the professed Christian community live in as great (or greater) darkness today than those who were contemporaries of Calvin. This set contains such classics as THE NECESSITY OF REFORMING THE CHURCH, THE CATECHISM OF THE CHURCH OF GENEVA, AN ANTIDOTE AGAINST TRENT, THE SINFULNESS OF OUTWARD CONFORMITY TO ROMISH RITES, and much more. Calvin's only letter to Luther, his letters to Knox, Bullinger, Beza and a host of other Reformers, along with Beza's 100 page LIFE OF CALVIN are also all included. Indexed, 3507 pages." -- SWRB
    The Necessity of Reforming the Church (1543), by John Calvin
    http://www.swrb.com/newslett/actualnls/NRC_ch00.htm

    *GILLESPIE, PATRICK, The Ark of the Covenant Opened; Or, A Treatise of the Covenant of Redemption Between God and Christ, as the Foundation of the Covenant of Grace, 1677. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #27 ISBN: 0921148240 9780921148241.
    Available on The Amazing Christian Library, DVD Six, CD #33. Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive. A Christian classic.
    "John Owen, in his preface to this treatise writes, 'I do freely declare my judgement that for order, method, perspicuity in treating, and solidity of argument, the ensuing discourse exceedeth whatsoever single treatise I have seen written with the same design' (cited in Johnston, Treasury of the Scottish Covenant, p. 337). David Lachman tells us that '(i)n addition to arranging his brother's papers (published as Miscellany Questions [now found in George Gillespie's two volume Works, -- RB]), Gillespie used his materials also for the beginning of the first of a five-volume work on the covenant. Only two were published: THE ARK OF THE TESTAMENT OPENED... (1661) and THE ARK OF THE COVENANT OPENED... (1677), respectively treating the nature and kinds of covenants and the Mediator of the covenant. The third, on the condition of the covenant and the instrumentality of faith in justification, was extant in 1707, when the remaining two, respectively on the privileges and duties of the covenant, were believed lost (Analecta, I, 168-9)... Gillespie [was a -- RB] Covenanter, Principal of Glasgow University, and leading Protester' (Cameron, ed., Dictionary of Scottish Church History and Theology, p. 382). In this volume Gillespie proves:
    1. That there is such a Covenant (of Redemption).
    2. The necessity of it.
    3. The nature, properties, and parties thereof.
    4. The tenor, articles, subject matter of Redemption,
    5. The commands, conditions, and promises annexed.
    6. The harmony of the Covenant of suretiship made with Christ, and the Covenant of reconciliation made with sinners: wherein they agree, wherein they differ.
    7. Grounds of comfort from the Covenant of suretiship; and, of course, much, much more!
    "Owen, in his preface, (who also notes his long friendship with Gillespie), further underscores the importance of this work when he writes, 'For the Doctrine hereof, or the truth herein, is the very Center wherein all the lines concerning the Grace of God and our own duty, do meet; wherein the whole of Religion doth consist. Hence unto the understanding, Notions, and Conception, that men have of these Covenants with God, and according as the Doctrines of them is stated in their minds, their Conceptions of all other sacred Truths, or Doctrines, are conformed'." -- SWRB
    Ark of the Covenant Opened: Chapter 3
    http://www.truecovenanter.com/supralapsarian/pgilles_aoc_cap03.html

    Coppes, Leonard J., Are Five Points Enough? The Ten Points of Calvinism (Manassas, VA: Reformation Educational Foundation, 1980), ISBN: 0960473009 9780960473007.
    "Dr. Coppes not only clearly explains the usual `Five Points,' but also presents five additional points that are actually a vital part of Biblical Calvinism. The chapter on the Lord's Supper is perhaps the best, but none of the others is far behind!" -- GCB

    Crampton, Gary, and Kenneth Talbot, Calvinism, Hyper-Calvinism and Arminianism (Edmonton, Canada: Still Waters Revival Books), ISBN: 0977851605 9780977851607.
    "The authors state, `This monograph has been written to clarify in laymen's term, the major differences within the Christian church today: Calvinism, Hyper-Calvinism, and Arminianism.' Historically, the church has been predominantly Calvinistic. It is the theological system supported in this book and only one which can be shown to be faithful to the plain teaching of Scripture. Both authors teach at Whitefield Theological Seminary." -- GCB

    CUNNINGHAM, WILLIAM (1805-1861), John Calvin (Edmonton, AB, Canada: Still Waters Revival Books). Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #17, ISBN: 0921148984 9780921148982. Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive. Available on The Amazing Christian Library, DVD Four, CD #23.
    "As Cunningham states, 'John Calvin was by far the greatest of the Reformers with respect to the talents he possessed, the influence he exerted, and the services he rendered in the establishment and diffusion of important truth.' Here we have a succinct account of Calvin's works and the leading principles that he maintained. Calvin is without a doubt one of the great men in all of human history, and as he often pointed out, he owed everything to the Lord Jesus Christ--all his talents, all his influence, his very salvation, etc.--for that is the nature of 'Calvinism,' giving God all the glory!" -- SWRB

    *Davies, Alfred M., Foundation of American Freedom (Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press, 1955).
    "Traces the history of democracy and the American Constitution to the foundation for liberty and freedom that Calvin laid in his writings, and discourses on secular ideals and history. Forcibly reminds readers that America's concept of government rests ultimately on the authority of the Scriptures." -- Cyril J. Barber

    De Witt, John R., What Is the Reformed Faith? (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust), ISBN: 0851513263 9780851513263.
    "A professor of Systematic Theology, Reformed Seminary in Jackson provides a short, insightful look into the major truths of the Reformed Faith." -- GCB

    EDWARDS, CHARLES E. (editor), Devotions and Prayers of John Calvin. Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #21, ISBN: 0921148992 9780921148999. Available on The Amazing Christian Library, DVD Four, CD 21#.

    Fitzgerald, Allan D. (editor), Augustine Through The Ages: An Encyclopedia (Wm.B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, September 1999), 902 pages, ISBN: 080283843X 9780802838438.
    "AUGUSTINE THROUGH THE AGES is an enormously informative work on the life and thought of Augustine of Hippo. Every serious student of Augustine would benefit from having this volume. Allow me to enumerate three reasons why this encyclopedia is so valuable in helping people to understand Augustine and his extraordinary contribution both to the history of Christianity and to the intellectual development of the Western world:
    "1. This work contains hundreds of articles by the best Augustine scholars from both the Catholic and Protestant ranks. The result is that you can fairly evaluate Augustine's contribution to the history of Western Christianity. For example, this volume contains insightful articles on how Augustine's thought influenced the development of the Catholic, Lutheran, and Reformed theological traditions in particular.
    "2. Because Augustine wrote more than five million words, it is often difficult to pull together his various treatments of issues and to attempt to summarize his overall position. This encyclopedia is quite helpful in systematizing the various categories of Augustine's thought.
    "3. This work includes articles which address all areas of Augustine's thought, including biblical, theological, philosophical, ethical, historical, and his many literary works.
    "AUGUSTINE THROUGH THE AGES contains more than 900 pages that attempt to capture the life, thought, controversies, and literary output of one of Christianity's greatest thinkers. This is indeed an extremely valuable volume." -- Reader's Comment
    "Fitzgerald (patristics, Augustinian Patristic Institute, Rome, and editor of Augustinian Studies for Villanova U.) presents an encyclopedic treatment of the life, thought, and influence of arguably the most influential Western Christian thinker after the apostles, Augustine of Hippo (AD 354-430). Includes some 400 articles written by scholars whose academic backgrounds include classics, history, philosophy, political science, and theology, and which cover every aspect of Augustine's life and writings and trace his influence on the church and on the development of Western thought. Indexes, cross-references, and current bibliographies should make this volume a useful research tool." -- Publisher's Annotation

    *GIRARDEAU, JOHN L., Calvinism and Evangelical Arminianism Compared as to Election, Reprobation, Justification and Related Doctrines (Harrisonburg, VA: Sprinkle Publications), ISBN: 0873779665. Available (in WORKS OF JOHN GIRARDEAU) on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.
    "A thorough but graceful refutation of Wesley's arminianism." -- Lloyd T. Sprinkle
    "This powerful and penetrating book has been called the best on the subject . . . ." -- GCB

    Helm, Paul, Calvin and the Calvinists (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust, 1982), ISBN: 0851513441 9780851513447.
    "Examines the writings of Calvin and the Puritans and shows that, at the root of their theology, they were one in their beliefs and practices." -- Cyril J. Barber

    *Hughes, Philip E., The Register of the Company of Pastors of Geneva in the Time of Calvin (Wipf & Stock Publishers, January 2004), 396 pages, ISBN: 1592444865 9781592444861.
    The last chapter, about Calvin's last meeting with his pastors, is said to be one of the great pieces of Reformation literature.

    *Kelly, Douglas F., The Emergence of Liberty in the Modern World: The Influence of Calvin on Five Governments From the 16th Through 18th Centuries (Philadelphia, PA: The Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Co.). ISBN: 0875522971.
    "Examines Calvin's influence on the civil governments of Geneva, Huguenot France, Knox's Scotland, Puritan England, and Colonial America. Shows how Calvin's legacy continues to bear upon the issues that guide and agitate Western nations today." --Publisher's Annotation

    *Kuyper, Abraham, Lectures on Calvinism. Alternate title: CHRISTIANITY AS A LIFE-SYSTEM: THE WITNESS OF A WORLD VIEW (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans Publishing), ISBN: 9781598564440 1598564447.
    "A reprint of the Stone Lectures delivered at Princeton Theological Seminary in 1898 focusing attention on the fundamental problem facing Christianity in Europe and America: the secularization of church and society."

    *Leith, John H., John Calvin's Doctrine of the Christian Life (Louisville, KY: Westminster/John Knox Press), ISBN: 1579100473 9781579100476.
    "This work provides a thorough analysis of Calvinist doctrine, defining Christian life in relation to four aspect of Calvinist thought: justification by faith, providence and predestination, history and the transhistorical, and church and society. The relationship between God and man is seen as the most central." -- GCB

    *Locke, John, Two Treatises of Government: The Political Thought of John Locke: An Historical Account of the Argument of the `Two Treatises of Government' by John Dunn (Cambridge University Press; Reprint edition (January 1983), ISBN: 0521074088 9780521074087.
    "This study provides a comprehensive reinterpretation of the meaning of Locke's political thought. John Dunn restores Locke's ideas to their exact context, and so stresses the historical question of what Locke in the TWO TREATISES OF GOVERNMENT was intending to claim. By adopting this approach, he reveals the predominantly theological character of all Locke's thinking about politics and provides a convincing analysis of the development of Locke's thought. In a polemical concluding section, John Dunn argues that liberal and Marxist interpretations of Locke's politics have failed to grasp his meaning. Locke emerges as not merely a contributor to the development of English constitutional thought, or as a reflector of socio-economic change in seventeenth-century England, but as essentially a Calvinist natural theologian." -- Publisher's Annotation

    *McFETRIDGE, N.S., Calvinism in History Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.
    "A splendid book." -- Loraine Boettner
    The rich Reformation heritage of truth and freedom is set forth in four chapters: 1. Calvinism as a Political Force, 2. Calvinism as a Political Force in the History of the USA, 3. Calvinism as a Moral Force, 4. Calvinism as an Evangelizing Force." -- Publisher's Annotation
    "Arminianism, taking to an aristocratic form of church government, tend toward a monarchy in civil affairs, while Calvinism, taking to a republican form of church government, tends toward a democracy in civil affairs."

    M'Crie, Thomas, John Owen, and Ralph Erskine, Calvinistic Family Library: Devoted to the Republication of Standard Calvinistic Works.

    *Owen, John, The Death of Christ (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust), ISBN: 9780851510644 0851510647. A Christian classic.
    "Greatest Biblical apologetic on the specific and limited nature of the atoning work of Christ in print. Contains discussions on Arminianism, the death of death in the death of Christ, Divine justice, and also discusses, in detail, many views of the atonement that certain men and groups held (and still hold)." -- Publisher's Annotation. A Christian classic.
    "THE DEATH OF DEATH IN THE DEATH OF CHRIST is a polemical work, designed to show, among other things, that the doctrine of universal redemption is unscriptural and destructive of the gospel. . . . Those who see no need for doctrinal exactness and have no time for theological debates which show up divisions between so-called Evangelicals may well regret its reappearance. Some may find the very sound of Owen's thesis so shocking that they will refuse to read his book at all. . . . But . . . there are signs today of a new upsurge of interest in the theology of the Bible: a new readiness to test traditions, to search the Scriptures and to think through the faith. It is to those who share this readiness that Owen's treatise is now offered, in the belief that it will help us in one of the most urgent tasks facing evangelical Christendom today - the recovery of the gospel.
    "It is safe to say that no comparable exposition of the work of redemption as planned and executed by the Triune Jehovah has ever been done since Owen published his in 1684. None has been needed.
    "Owen's interpretation of the texts . . . is sure; his power of theological construction is superb; nothing that needs discussing is omitted, and . . . no arguments for or against his position have been used since his day which he has not himself noted and dealt with. . . . Owen's work is a constructive, broad-based biblical analysis of the heart of the gospel, and must be taken seriously as such. . . Nobody has a right to dismiss the doctrine of the limitedness . . . of the atonement as a monstrosity of Calvinistic logic until he has refuted Owen's proof that it is part of the uniform biblical presentation of redemption, clearly taught in plain text after plain text. And nobody has done that yet." -- J.I. Packer, from the Introduction
    "Packer's well balanced definition of Calvinism in the introduction to that volume [John Owen's THE DEATH OF DEATH IN THE DEATH OF CHRIST] is by far the best we have seen in 42 years of intensive reading." -- Jay P. Green, Sr. A Christian classic.
    J.I. Packer's Introduction to The Death of Death in the Death of Christ by John Owen
    http://www.monergism.com/thethreshold/articles/onsite/packer_intro.html
    The Death of Death in the Death of Christ, by John Owen
    http://www.monergism.com/thethreshold/articles/onsite/packer_intro.html
    Owen, John. Salus electorum, sanguis Jesu: or the death of death in the death of Christ. Being a treatise of the redemption and reconciliation that is in the blood of Christ; wherein the whole controversy about universal redemption is fully discussed: in four parts; ... By John Owen, D.D. Carefully revised and corrected. Edinburgh, 1755. (ECCO) Gale Document Number CW3321796584
    The Death of Death In the Death of Christ, John Owen (1 of 33)
    An audio file reading by Still Waters Revival Books from THE WORKS OF JOHN OWEN, Redemption & Reconciliation That Is In the Blood of Christ (Limited Atonement). Currently (February 2009) there are 63 readings of John Owen by SWRB and Reformed Baptist of Holland (Michigan), (Thomas Sullivan) at SermonAudio available for listening online, downloading as MP3 files, and listening on iPhone or Mobile Phones.
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=47081639571

    *Parker, Thomas H.L., John Calvin: A Biography (Philadelphia, PA: Westminster Press, 1975), ISBN: 0745912192 9780745912196.
    "A definitive account of Calvin's life and labors with special attention being paid to Calvin's doctrine, writing, and influence." -- Cyril J. Barber

    Parsons, Burk, John Calvin: A Heart for Devotion, Doctrine and Doxology (Lake Mary, FL: Reformation Trust, 2008), ISBN: 9781567691061 1567691064.
    "Contents: Humility of Calvin's Calvinism / Burk Parsons | Who was John Calvin? / Derek W.H. Thomas | Calvin's heart for God / Sinclair B. Ferguson | Reformer of faith and life / D.G. Hart | Churchman of the Reformation / Harry L. Reeder | Preacher of God's Word / Steven J. Lawson | Counselor to the afflicted / W. Robert Godfrey | Writer for the people of God / Phillip R. Johnson | Supremacy of Jesus Christ / Eric J. Alexander | Transforming work of the Spirit / Thabiti Anyabwile | Man's radical corruption / John MacArthur | Election and reprobation / Richard D. Phillips | Redemption defined / Thomas K. Ascol | Transforming grace / Keith A. Mathison | Certain inheritance / Jay E. Adams | Believer's union with Christ / Philip Graham Ryken | Principal article of salvation / Michael Horton | True Christian life / Jerry Bridges | Communion of men with God / Joel R. Beeke. Responsibility: edited by Burk Parsons, foreword by Iain H. Murray."

    *Perks, Stephen C., The Christian Philosophy of Education Explained (Whitby, England: Avant, Books, 1992), ISBN: 0951889907 9780951889909.
    "The editor of Calvinism Today magazine has written a book which, in the words of Samuel L. Blumenfeld, demonstrates with simplicity the cogent argument that the Christian and humanist world views are mutually exclusive, and that it is `treason against God' to put children in the hands of non-believers for their education. Every Christian parent should read this challenging, forthright, insightful book before deciding where and how to educate his or her children." -- GCB

    Peterson, Robert A., Calvin's Doctrine of the Atonement (Philadelphia, PA: The Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Co.), ISBN: 0875523692 9780875523699.
    "Peterson is a professor at Biblical Theological Seminary, in Pennsylvania. . . . The task has not been tackled in print before in so adequate a manner, and this essay is something of a milestone. I commend it heartily . . ." -- J.I. Packer
    "To understand Calvin on the atonement is to understand the Reformed position on atonement." -- GCB

    *PINK, ARTHUR W., Attributes of God, ISBN: 0801069890 9780801069895. Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.
    "You can always count on Pink to break new ground. He will summarize the great thinkers on a subject for you, in understandable language. He will line up all the pertinent Scriptures for you, and prove from them disturbing things you never dreamed of. Or else he will use them to probe deep into the subconscious self, revealing attitudes you would rather not openly admit to . . ." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.
    "One of the best books explaining the foundations of Calvinism and God's sovereignty -- as revealed in Scripture. This is the unabridged edition.
    "In this book the author explains God's solitariness, decrees, knowledge, foreknowledge, supremacy, sovereignty, immutability, holiness, power, faithfulness, goodness, patience, grace, mercy, love, wrath, and contemplation." -- SWRB
    The Godhood of God by Arthur W. Pink
    http://www.ccel.org/p/pink/godhood/godhood.htm

    *Pink, Arthur W., The Doctrine of Salvation, (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 1975). ISBN: 0801069807.
    "A strongly Calvinistic exposition of the doctrine of soteriology, including in its treatment the practical aspects of growing in grace." -- Cyril J. Barber

    Post-Reformation Digital Library
    "The Post-Reformation Digital Library is a collection of resources relating to the development of theology during the Post-Reformation/Early Modern era (ca. 16th-18th centuries), hosted by the H. Henry Meeter Center for Calvin Studies of Calvin College and Calvin Theological Seminary.
    "The primary focus of this site is digital books available from Google Books as well as smaller digital libraries such as Internet Archive, which may have books not available on Google.
    "All users are encouraged to contribute to this project by reporting new books with a note under 'Comments' at the bottom of the relevant page. Please also copy and paste any broken links in the relevant comments page so that the editorial board can investigate. (Nota bene: this site is limited insofar as it aims at only those works of the authors that have been digitized. In the vast majority of cases this will not be representative of the author's work as a whole and is no substitute for due bibliographic research.)"
    http://libguides.calvin.edu/prdl

    Reid, W. Stanford (editor), John Calvin: His Influence in the Western World (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House), ISBN: 0310447216 9780310447214.
    "This book, which is dedicated to Paul Woolley, covers over 400 pages. There are 16 different chapters. The contributor's include: Robert Knudsen, W. Stanford Reid, Richard Gamble, D. Clair Davis, Philip Hughes, R.T. Kendall, J.N.D. Douglas, George Marsden, C. Gregg Singer, John Bratt, and others." -- GCB

    *Richardson, Cyril Charles, Early Christian Fathers (Philadelphia, PA: Westminster Press, 1953), ISBN: 0684829517.Available on The Amazing Christian Library, DVD Four, CD #24.
    The Early Christian Fathers, 38 vols.
    http://www.ccel.org/fathers2/

    *Robbins, John W. (1949-2008, editor), Christ and Civilization, 2nd edition (Unicoi, TN: The Trinity Foundation), ISBN: 1891777246 9781891777240.
    "A new 48-page booklet. Includes a complete listing (in an additional 16 pages) of the books currently available from The Trinity Foundation."
    "Christ and Civilization"
    http://www.trinityfoundation.org/PDF/200a-ChristandCivilization.pdf

    *Robbins, John W. (1949-2008), Ecclesiastical Megalomania: The Economic and Political Thought of the Roman Catholic Church (Unicoi, TN: The Trinity Foundation), ISBN: 0940931753 9780940931756.
    "This book is a detailed examination of the official statements of the Vatican on economic and political matters. It demonstrates the collectivism and totalitarianism of the Roman Catholic Church-State. It is the only such book written by a Christian in the twentieth century.
    "This book explores the conflict between Roman Catholic social thought and human freedom, relying on official pronouncements from the Vatican to show that the political and economic theory of the Roman Church-State justifies feudalism, corporativism, liberation theology, the welfare state, and fascism.
    "Dr. John W. Robbins attended Grove City College (A.B. 1969) and The Johns Hopkins University (M.A. 1970, Ph.D. 1973). He has served as chief of staff for a Member of Congress [Ron Paul of Texas], editor of The Freeman magazine, Economist for The Heritage Foundation, and Professor of Political Philosophy in The Freedom School." -- Publisher's Annotation
    Martin Luther, John Calvin, John Knox, Samuel Rutherford, John Owen, Thomas Manton, The Westminster Assembly, James Renwick, Archibald Mason, Christopher Ness, Francis Turretin, The Reformed Presbytery, David Steel, James R. Willson, Alexander M'Leod, William L. Roberts, James Aiken Wylie, Andrew Wilet, Henry Wilkinson, James Wylie, Patrick Fairbairn, James Aiken, Andrew Wilet, Alexander Hislop, Francis Nigel Lee, Arthur W. Pink, and so forth, and so on, have all believed and argued in print that the seated Pope is the Anti-Christ of the Bible.
    The Roman Church-State is "the world's oldest, largest, most powerful and most influential politico-ecclesiastical institution" and it "may also be the world's wealthiest."

    Robbins, John, Freedom and Capitalism: Essays on Christian Politics and Economics (Unicoi, TN: The Trinity Foundation, November, 2006), 650 pages, ISBN: 1891777157 9781891777158.
    See, in particularly, the Foreword.
    "The relationship between Christianity, freedom, and capitalism has been a subject of scholarly study for centuries. In this volume, John Robbins argues that political and economic freedom are the results of Biblical Christianity. Political freedom and capitalism arose in Northwestern Europe and North America after the Christian Reformation of the 16th Century, and they are unique in world history. The nations and peoples that heard and accepted the Gospel of Jesus Christ as proclaimed by the Reformers quickly became free and prosperous on a scale previously unimaginable. Some historians and economists have denied any causal connection between Christianity, freedom, and capitalism, but they are able to deny this connection only by ignoring clear philosophical, economic, legal, sociological, and historical evidence demonstrating that Christianity is the source of capitalism.
    "Dr. John W. Robbins attended Grove City College (A.B. 1969) and The Johns Hopkins University (M.A. 1970, Ph.D. 1973). He has served as chief of staff for a Member of Congress, editor of The Freeman magazine, Economist for The Heritage Foundation, and Professor of Political Philosophy in The Freedom School." -- Publisher's Annotation
    Table of Contents:
    Foreword
    Politics
    The Founder of Western Civilization
    The Sine Qua Non of Enduring Freedom
    Some Problems with Natural Law
    The Political Philosophy of the Founding Fathers
    The Bible and the Draft
    The Messianic Character of American Foreign Policy
    Truth and Foreign Policy
    Compassionate Fascism
    Conservatism: An Autopsy
    Rightwing Radical Chic
    The Reconstructionist Assault on Freedom
    Roman Catholic Totalitarianism
    The Relation of Church and State (Charles Hodge)
    Abortion, the Christian, and the State
    The Ethics and Economics of Health Care
    The Chickens' Homecoming (John Whitehead)
    The Coming Caesars (John Whitehead)
    Rebuilding American Freedom in the Twenty-First Century
    The Religious Wars of the Twenty-First Century
    Economics
    The Failure of Secular Economics
    The Promise of Christian Economics
    Teaching Economics from the Bible
    The Neo-Evangelical Assault on Capitalism
    The Reformed Assault on Capitalism
    The Roman Catholic Assault on Capitalism
    How Romanism Ruined America
    Not Yours to Give (Edward Ellis)
    Money, Freedom, and the Bible
    The Case Against Indexation
    Is Christianity Tied to Any Political or Economic System?
    Ecology: The Abolition of Man
    Scripture Index
    Index
    The Crisis of Our Time
    Intellectual Ammunition

    *Robbins, John W. (1949-2008), Rebuilding American Freedom in the Twenty-First Century (Unicoi, TN: The Trinity Review, Number 281, January - February 2009).
    "This article was originally written in 1996. It was first published in 2006 in FREEDOM AND CAPITALISM: ESSAYS ON CHRISTIAN POLITICS AND ECONOMICS by John W. Robbins.
    "By almost any measure, by virtually any criterion one selects, our fathers were freer and more civilized than we are, and their fathers had been freer and more civilized than they were."
    http://www.trinityfoundation.org/PDF/281-Rebuilding_Freedom_in_America.pdf

    *Scott, Otto, R.J. Rushdoony, M.R. Rushdoony, Martin G. Selbrede, and John Lofton, Jr., The Great Christian Revolution: The Myths of Paganism and Arminianism (Vallecito, CA: Ross House Books), ISBN: 1879998025 9781879998025.
    "Dr. Warfield noted that Calvinism represents the Christian religion in its highest and purest form, for Calvinism alone acknowledges the totality of God's kingly prerogatives over every square inch of our world. This volume supports these powerful truths from three different perspectives, with each author supplying cumulative weight to the proposition that God rules in the affairs of all men, from the least to the greatest. This book will help you sort out much of the current error in theology in our day." -- GCB
    "Never has so broad a sweep of Christian history been so swiftly or dramatically told. From the savage tribes of Europe to the rise of the most wealthy and intellectual civilization in the world; from the Dark Ages to the Reformation; from the tyranny of English kings to the spirit of freedom in Philadelphia. Otto Scott takes you on a gripping journey through the rise and fall of men and empires, while the Christian faith has always shined through every generation. Get this book for your library." -- Publisher's Annotation

    *Singer, C. Gregg, John Calvin: His Roots and Fruits (A Press, 1989), 78 pages.
    "What then is the role of the state in economic matters? Is it to stand idly by and take no steps or initiate no policies to defend the poor? The state, in the economic realm, is under a mandate to enforce the moral law and to punish those who break it for the sake of econmic gain. It may prevent monopolitstic and other business practices which are contrary to the Biblical ethic, as well as stealing and other forms of dishonesty and may pass laws for this purpose. It is certain that Calvin would support more statutes of this kind than some advocates of free enterprise would tolerate today. In general, however, Calvin agreed that the state had no right to undertake schemes of redistributing wealth in order to achieve economic equality. The legislative taking of wealth under the guise of legailty is no less stealing than if it is done by robbers and thieves. Such schemes, rather than being an application of Christian principles, are actually a form of human rebellion against the will of God for the right ordering of society." -- C. Gregg Singer in "Calvinism and Economic Thought and Practice.
    Notes: "Appeared in volume II of THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF CHRISTIANITY ... and was later printed by Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Company ... 1967, for their Philosophical and historical studies series."
    Contents: The author; Preface; I The patristic foundations of calvinism; II Calvinism: the summit of reformation theology; III The later history of calvinism; IV Influence of calvinism on western history and culture; V Calvinism and economic thought and practice; VI Calvinism and Philosophy; VII Calvinism and education; VIII Calvinism and social thought and practice; Bibliography.

    *Singer, C. Gregg (1910-1999), From Rationalism to Irrationality: The Decline of the Western Mind From the Renaissance to the Present (Philadelphia, PA: The Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Co., 1979), ISBN: 0875524281 9780875524283 and a reprint of the P&R Publishing edition of 1979 (Wipf and Stock, 2006), 479 pp.
    "Now, frankly students, this course is presented from obviously the Reformed Theology. I hold unabashedly, unashamedly to the whole of Reformed Theology as we find it specifically in the Westminster Confession of Faith (1646) and the Longer and Shorter Catechisms.
    "At the same time I hold to a position in regard to Apologetics generally known as Presuppositionalism, and particularly that view held by Cornelius Van Til.
    "This book is an attempt to enlarge and to broaden the scope of Van Til's own Apologetical system, and also his Epistemology. By that I mean, and I worked this book with him, so anything that I say is not to be construed as a criticism of Cornelius Van Til. I might add he wrote me a letter. He is delighted with this book. But what I did was to take his principles, both of Apologetics and of Epistemology, and apply them to all realms of modern thought.
    "Dr. Van Til, for good and sufficient reason, sought to limit to the main stream of what we might call pure Philosophy, that is from Saint Thomas, well even before them, back to the Greeks, but particularly in the more modern period, from Saint Thomas Aquinas, William of Ockham (Occam), down through Descartes, the Rationalists, the Empiricists, down to Kant and Hegel, and of course Modern Philosophy and Modern Theology. Very seldom has he gone into what we might call the arena of Political Philosophy, or the arena of Social Thought, or the arena of Psychology and Psychiatry, the realm of Educational Philosophy, and into Art, Music, and so on, to the Fine Arts.
    "This book is an attempt to apply his system, and show what happens when the Western mind has forsaken his principles, or the principles which he has espoused, and turned into its own way. And thus the book called FROM RATIONALISM TO IRRATIONALITY. The thesis being that the Rationalism inherent in Saint Thomas and the post-Thomists, and more particularly, and more openly, in the Philosophy of the Renaissance, and Descartes, and Spinosa, and Leibniz has, as it's gained momentum in the modern world, brought Western Culture to its knees. We are living, as I would think, in the death throws of the Western Cultures, the Western Civilization." -- Dr. C. Gregg Singer, in the introductory address to his course in Apologetics soon after FROM RATIONALISM TO IRRATIONALITY came off the press in 1979
    Apologetics: #01: Classical and Medieval Thought #1
    Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Apologetics, 56 min.
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=2250511453
    "Locke endeavored to set forth a political philosophy which would anchor his democratic political thought on what he felt were the firm foundations of his empiricism. However, his insistence that nature has bestowed upon mankind certain basic and inalienable rights was an assumption quite contrary to his empiricism. His denial of conscience as an innate possession or quality makes it impossible for men to know that they possess the rights of life, liberty, and property. The very concept of a human right is moral in nature and has its basis of authority in the human conscience. It is thus impossible for men to know through the senses that they have these cherished human rights. Granted that it was far from Locke’s intention to undermine or destroy the traditional English concept of personal rights, his empiricism removed from his political thought the necessary foundations on which a government could be built for the protection of these rights. His empiricism supported neither the idea that men have such rights nor that they are inalienable. (p. 61)
    "Underlying the secular and naturalistic assumptions of the thought of the Enlightenment was a related and equally serious problem. In their political and economic thought the leaders of this era were passionately devoted to the pursuit of freedom, and yet they seemed to be completely unaware of this incompatibility between their quest for freedom on the one hand and their reliance upon natural law on the other. How can an impersonal and deterministic concept of law produce and sustain a meaningful concept of freedom? Blindly convinced that there was no problem involved in the contradiction, the leaders of the Enlightenment pushed boldly ahead in the quest for political and economic liberty. However, their failure to recognize the issues involved in this quest led not only to the disaster of the French Revolution but to the growth of the totalitarian political and economic philosophies which first appeared in Hegel and Marx during the nineteenth century and reached their culmination in the totalitarianism of the twentieth century." (p. 73) -- quoted at the blog, IMAGO VERITATIS: Post-modern Reformed Paleo-orthodoxy.
    Singer used this as textbook for his course in Apologetics. Epistemology is a recurring theme throughout the textbook and the course. The series of 24 addresses on Apologetics is available free online. See "Apolgetics" under:
    Works of C. Gregg Singer
    http://www.lettermen2.com/bcrr3ch.html#cgsinger

    *Singer, C. Gregg, John Calvin: His Roots and Fruits (A Press, 1989), 78 pages.
    "What then is the role of the state in economic matters? Is it to stand idly by and take no steps or initiate no policies to defend the poor? The state, in the economic realm, is under a mandate to enforce the moral law and to punish those who break it for the sake of econmic gain. It may prevent monopolitstic and other business practices which are contrary to the Biblical ethic, as well as stealing and other forms of dishonesty and may pass laws for this purpose. It is certain that Calvin would support more statutes of this kind than some advocates of free enterprise would tolerate today. In general, however, Calvin agreed that the state had no right to undertake schemes of redistributing wealth in order to achieve economic equality. The legislative taking of wealth under the guise of legailty is no less stealing than if it is done by robbers and thieves. Such schemes, rather than being an application of Christian principles, are actually a form of human rebellion against the will of God for the right ordering of society." -- C. Gregg Singer in "Calvinism and Economic Thought and Practice.
    Notes: "Appeared in volume II of THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF CHRISTIANITY ... and was later printed by Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Company ... 1967, for their Philosophical and historical studies series."
    Contents: The author; Preface; I The patristic foundations of calvinism; II Calvinism: the summit of reformation theology; III The later history of calvinism; IV Influence of calvinism on western history and culture; V Calvinism and economic thought and practice; VI Calvinism and Philosophy; VII Calvinism and education; VIII Calvinism and social thought and practice; Bibliography.

    *Singer, C. Gregg, A Theological Interpretation of American History 1994 edition, 354 pages (Greenville, SC: A Press, 1994, 1981, 1975, 1974, 1964), ISBN: 0875524265 9780875524269. A Christian classic.
    This book portrays "the influence of theology and the changing doctrines in the life of the church on the pattern of American political, constitutional, social and economic development.
    "The author shows that the decline of constitutional government in this country is the result of the departure from historical Christian faith and the resulting rise of alien political philosophies. Particularly does he emphasize the intimate relationship between theological liberalism on the one hand and political, social, and economic liberalism on the other. This theological liberalism has been a major agent in the decline of the Constitution in the political life of the people and in the appearance of a highly centralized government." -- Publisher's Annotation
    "There is between the democratic philosophy and theological liberalism a basic affinity which has placed them in the same camp in many major political struggles.
    "This condition exists because theological liberalism shares the basic postulates of the democratic philosophy. . . .
    "Theological liberalism at heart has been a continuing protest against Calvinism, particularly against its insistence on the Sovereignty of God and the Total Depravity of the race. These two Biblical doctrines have often proved to be a stumbling block to theologians within the church as well as to the unbelieving world.
    "The result of theological liberalism has been the movement away from constitutionalism and away from liberty, and a movement toward collectivistic society and totalitarian regime." -- C. Gregg Singer, A Theological Interpretation of American History, p. 290
    See also: "John Knox, the Scottish Covenanters, and the Westminster Assembly" (tape 3 of 5 in a series of addresses "History Notes on Presbyterianism, Reformation, and Theology") by Dr. C. Gregg Singer on SermonAudion.com
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=12607114250
    See also:
    Dr. C. Gregg Singer at SermonAudio.com (161 messages)
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/search.asp?SpeakerOnly=true&currSection=sermonsspeaker&Keyword=Dr.^C.^Gregg^Singer

    *SPURGEON, C.H., Spurgeon's Sovereign Grace Sermons, ISBN: 0921148437 9780921148432. Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #29, ISBN: 0921148283 9780921148289.
    "This book contains a wide range of Calvinistic sermons centering on soteriology, including one gem that is clearly postmillennial. It is completely retypeset." -- GCB
    "So apt are Spurgeon's sermons that a host of preachers are to this very day preaching from his outlines. Of course, you can't do that unless you are willing to be as bold and fearless as was Spurgeon. He was not contentious, but he would not be silent when anyone was denying the plain teachings of the Bible. These he put forth in a style that was pleasing, but solidly founded on the Scriptures. This meant that he preached the sovereignty of God and Christ over this world in everyone and in everything, down to the minutest details. For as he says it, either God through Christ rules the world, or Satan rules the world. Whichever you believe will tell who it is that you serve. Spurgeon preached Christ, `For of him, and through him, and to him are all things; to whom be the glory forever. Amen' (Romans 11:36). If you believe that, Spurgeon believes that you would not long be deceived by the Devil's appeal to your human senses, and prejudices, and natural self-love . . ." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.
    Spurgeon's Sermons, the AGES Software CD-ROM in Logos Library format
    "This CD is the most complete collection of Charles Spurgeon's Sermons, available in print or electronically! On this CD are over 3550 sermons from one of the most gifted speakers and blessed Christian leaders of our era.
    "This CD is an invaluable tool in both sermon preparation and understanding. Additionally, THE COMPLETE SPURGEON COLLECTION, also can serve as a full Bible commentary as there are sermons and expositions from Genesis 1:1 to Revelation 22:21.
    "AGES Software is excited to bring to you over 62 and a third consecutive years of pulpit gems. Over 3,241 consecutive weeks of sermons, a feat that will probably never be surpassed. Enjoy the writings and wisdom of the English preacher that perhaps influenced more Christians on either coast of the Atlantic Ocean than any man of our era."
    Spurgeon's Sermons, the AGES Software CD-ROM in Logos Library format
    http://www.logosbiblesoftware.com/logosbiblesoftware/spurser.html
    Spurgeon's Sermons (CD-ROM) from AGES Software
    http://www.ageslibrary.com
    The Spurgeon Archive
    http://www.spurgeon.org/

    Steele, David, and Curtis Thomas, The Five Points of Calvinism (Cerlox Bound Photocopy Series. Edmonton, AB, Canada: Still Waters Revival Books), ISBN: 0875524443 9780875524443.
    "Defines, defends, and documents the five points of Calvinism. A good introduction to Reformed Theology; excellent for study groups or personal use. Well indexed, easy to use, with much information leading to other books concerning the five points and other area of Calvinistic thought." -- SWRB

    SYNOD OF DORT, The Canon Ratified in the National Synod of the Reformed Church Held at Dordrecht (1618-1619). Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #18, ISBN: 0921148933 9780921148937. Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.
    "This classic Dutch Reformed standard, proclaiming the five points of Calvinism [the 'T-U-L-I-P' decrees on the five main points of doctrine in dispute in the Netherlands: Total Depravity, Unconditional Election, Limited Atonement, Irresistible Grace, and Perseverence of the Saints], refuted and condemned the Remonstrance (protest) found in the five Arminian articles of 1610, written by Johanness Uytenbogaert. Includes, for comparison, the five Arminian articles also." -- SWRB
    "As far as I am able to judge by the information in all history of that kind, the Christian world, since the day of the Apostles, had never a synod of more excellent divines (take one thing with another) than this Synod [The Westminster Assembly] and the Synod of Dort were." -- Richard Baxter
    "Theological liberalism at heart has been a continuing protest against Calvinism, particularly against its insistence on the Sovereignty of God and the Total Depravity of the race. These two Biblical doctrines have often proved to be a stumbling block to theologians within the church as well as to the unbelieving world." -- C. Gregg Singer, A Theological Interpretation of American History, p. 290

    Timm, Alberto Ronald, The Academy of Geneva and its Role in the Spread and Consolidation of the Calvinistic Movement

    *Turretin, Francis, Institutes of Elenctic Theology, Vols. 1, 2, and 3 (Philadelphia, PA: The Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Co., 1992). Volume 1: First Through Tenth Topics; Volume 2: Eleventh Through Seventeenth Topics; Volume 3: Eighteenth Through Twentieth Topics. ISBN: 0875524516 9780875524511 0875524524 9780875524528
    These three volumes "mark the arrival of the first complete edition of the INSTITUTES OF ELENCTIC THEOLOGY to be published in the English language. Heartily recommended by James Montgomery Boice, Sinclair B. Ferguson, John H. Gerstner, Leon Morris, and others. Theologians, pastors, and students will welcome this treatise, which first develops and then contrast Reformed doctrines with Roman Catholic, Arminian, and Socinian views. . . ." -- Publisher's Annotation
    Francis Turretin, excerpts
    http://www.apuritansmind.com/FrancisTurretin/francisturretin.htm

    stst Available in: ? Thornwell, James H. (1812-1862), Analysis of Calvin's Institutes, With Notes, Questions and Comments (Cerlox Bound Photocopy Series. Edmonton, AB, Canada: Still Waters Revival Books).
    "A valuable, but sometimes overlooked, aid in understanding Calvin's masterpiece. Great for use as a study guide or for use in teaching groups." -- SWRB

    Toon, Peter, Puritans and Calvinism

    *Wallace, Ronald, Calvin's Doctrine of the Christian Life (Tyler, TX: Geneva Divinity School Press, c1982), ISBN: 1579100473 9781579100476.
    "This renowned student of Calvin's theology says that the great Reformer did not hold that the doctrine of the priesthood of believers was an individualistic idea apart from the Church. Also sets forth Calvin's views on prayer, ethics, and other Christian disciplines. Always the idea of assurance, achievement, and hope was present because of our union with Christ." -- GCB

    Wallace, Ronald, S., Calvin, Geneva, and the Reformation: A Study of Calvin as Social Reformer, Churchman, Pastor and Theologian (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 1991), ISBN: 0707305128 9780707305127.

    Warfield, Benjamin B. (1851-1921), Calvin and Augustine (Presbyterian and Reformed Pubublishing Company, June 1954), ISBN: 0875525261.
    Augustine was a major influence on Calvin. It is said that Calvin paraphrased Augustine about 400 times in THE INSTITUTES OF THE CHRISTIAN RELIGION.

    Warfield, Benjamin B. (1851-1921), Calvin's Doctrine of the Knowledge of God. In The Works of B.B. Warfield, (5:29-130). Also in Calvin and Augustine. (29-130)

    *Warfield, B.B. (1851-1921), The Works of B.B. Warfield, 10 volumes (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House), ISBN: 0801096456 9780801096457.
    "Edited by E.D. Warfield, W.P. Armstrong and C.W. Hodge. Warfield's complete writings are back in print after years of unavailability! Professor of theology at Princeton Theological Seminary from 1887 to his death in 1921, Warfield was the leading Calvinistic theologian of his time. His precise scholarship, keen logic, and spiritual insight were enormously influential then, and still are illuminating to contemporary evangelicals. This reprint of Oxford's 1927-1932 edition appears now in 10 volumes. . . ." -- CBD

    See also: Caveats, Systematic theology, Calvinism, Works of john calvin, The sovereignty of god, The doctrine of man (human nature, total depravity), The inspiration and infallibility of scripture (the doctrine of revelation, the doctrine of plenary inspiration, the doctrine of divine inspiration, the doctrine of verbal inspiration, Epistemology, Christian scholarship, Justice, the theology of judgment, god's final judgment, the great white throne judgment, the day of the lord, Systematic theology, Covenant theology, Background and history of the covenanted reformation of scotland, The covenanted reformation, Covenanted reformation short title listing, Corporate faithfulness and sanctification, The covenant faithfulness of god, Sexual relationship, Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, The sovereign grace of god: his everlasting mercy and lovingkindness, Justification, Justifying faith, Christ's kingdom, Lordship of jesus christ, Sufficiency of christ, Trusting god, Idolatry, Secret societies, ungodly alliances, voluntary associations, Pseudo-christian movements: a selection of works, Unfaithful reformed ministries, Politics, Conspiracy and corruption, Individual responsibility for corporate faithfulness and sanctification, Arminianism, The counter reformation

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    Predestination, Election, Efficacious Grace

    See the Theological Notes, "Election and Reprobation," at Romans 9:18 in The Reformation Study Bible.

    See the Theological Notes, "Definite Redemption," at John 10:15 in The Reformation Study Bible.

    See the Theological Notes, "The Wisdom and Will of God," at Daniel 2:20 in The Reformation Study Bible

    See the Theological Notes, "Effectual Calling and Conversion," at 2 Thessalonians 2:14 in The Reformation Study Bible.

    Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and [that] your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.
    These things I command you, that ye love one another.
    -- Jesus Christ (John 15:16,17)

    What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? God forbid. For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy. For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might shew my power in thee, and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth. Therefore hath he mercy on whom he will have mercy, and whom he will he hardeneth. Thou wilt say then unto me, Why doth he yet find fault? For who hath resisted his will? Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus? Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour? (Romans 9:14-21)

    See the Theological Notes, "The Purpose of God: Predestination and Foreknowledge," at Malachi 1:2 in The Reformation Study Bible

    Our difficulties with Predestination arise from a, no doubt not unnatural, unwillingness to acknowledge ourselves to be wholly at the disposal of another. We wish to be at our disposal. We wish "to belong to ourselves," and we resent belonging, especially belonging absolutely, to anybody else, even if that anybody else be God. We are in the mood of the singer of the hymn beginning, "I was a wondering sheep," when he declares of himself, "I would not be controlled." We will not be controlled. Or, rather, to speak more accurately, we will not admit that we are controlled.
    I say that it is more accurate to say that we will not admit that we are controlled. For we are controlled, whether we admit it or not. To imagine that we are not controlled is to imagine that there is not God. For when we say God, we say control. If a single creature which God had made has escaped beyond his control, at the moment that he has done so he has abolished God. A God who could or would make a creature whom he could not or would not control, is no God. The moment he should ;make such a creature he would, of course, abdicate his throne. The universe he had created would have ceased to be his universe; or rather it would cease to exist -- for the universe is held together only by the control of God. -- B.B. Warfield

    "Are not the elect all so very fortunate?"

    *AUGUSTINE, SAINT (AURELIUS AUGUSTINE, BISHOP OF HIPPO), (354-430 AD), A Treatise on the Predestination of the Saints, c. 428. Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #19, ISBN: 092114895X 9780921148951.
    "Augustine was the great forerunner to the Reformation and it was on books like this that Luther, Calvin, and the other magisterial Reformers cut their teeth. `This treatise is the first portion of a work, of which the following, On the Gift of Perseverance, is the second... (these titles) were called out by two long letters, one from Prosper and the other from Hilary, acquainting Augustine with the Semi-Pelagian outbreak in Southern Gaul, and earnestly beseeching his aid in meeting it' (Editor's note). The corrupted demon seed of Pelagianism and Semi-Pelagianism (later being refined into Arminianism), being just newly planted by the wicked one in Augustine's day, has grown into a massive tree in our day. Its poison fruit now feeds most of the limbs of ecclesiastical antichrist -- from Rome, to the liberal Protestant churches, and on to the so-called `evangelicals:' this soul destroying heresy has reached pandemic proportions among professing Christians. Ironically, this work of Augustine is probably more needed in our day than it was in his -- over a millennium and a half later. A section of the subtitle provides an interesting overview of this treatise: `Wherein the truth of predestination and grace is defended against the Semi-Pelagians, -- those people, to wit, who by no means withdraw altogether from the Pelagian heresy, in that they contend that the beginning of salvation and of faith is of ourselves; so that in virtue, as it were, of this precedent merit (in man--RB), the other good gifts of God are attained.' The editor notes, `Augustine shows that not only the increase, but the very beginning also of faith, is God's gift. On this matter he does not disavow that he once thought differently, and that in some small works, written before his Episcopate, he was in error, as in that exposition, which they object to him, of propositions from the epistle to the Romans. But he points out that he was subsequently convinced chiefly by this testimony, 'But what hast thou that thou hast not received?' Which he proves is to be taken as a testimony concerning faith itself..." -- SWRB
    Augustin, Aurelius, A Treatise on the Predestination of the Saints
    http://www.truecovenanter.com/gospel/augustin_predestination.html

    Belcher, Richard P., Arthur W. Pink: Predestination (Southbridge, MA: Crown Publications Inc. [Crown MA]).
    "Richard Belcher looks at Pink's views on the subject of predestination. Also contains a bibliography of Pink's writings and a comparison to the Philadelphia confession of Faith." -- GCB

    Beza, Theodore, The Chief Points of the Christian Religion, set forth in a Table of Predestination
    http://www.truecovenanter.com/supralapsarian/bezas_table.html

    BINNING, HUGH (1627-1653), Predestination and the Decrees of God -- Three Lectures by Presbyterian Covenanter Hugh Binning. Available (THE WORKS OF HUGH BENNING) on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive. Available (THE WORKS OF HUGH BENNING) on Reformation Bookshelf CD #8, ISBN: 092114881X 9780921148814.
    http://www.truecovenanter.com/supralapsarian/hblect.html

    BINNING, HUGH (1627-1653), Predestination and Providence. Available (THE WORKS OF HUGH BENNING) on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive. Available (THE WORKS OF HUGH BENNING) on Reformation Bookshelf CD #8, ISBN: 092114881X 9780921148814.

    *Boettner, Loraine, The Reformed Doctrine of Predestination (Philadelphia, PA: The Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Co.), ISBN: 0875521290 9780875521299. A Christian classic.
    "This one book has convinced more Christians that Calvinism or the Reformed faith is the Biblical view than any other in print." -- GCB
    "This book is a clear and convincing presentation of the great distinctive doctrines of the Reformed Faith." -- J. Gresham Machen

    *BOSTON, THOMAS (1676-1732), Of the Decrees of God. (From Boston's COMMENTARY ON THE WESTMINSTER SHORTER CATECHISM.) Available (THE WORKS OF THOMAS BOSTON) on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive. Available (THE WORKS OF THOMAS BOSTON) on Reformation Bookshelf CD #5, ISBN: 0921148755 9780921148753.
    http://www.truecovenanter.com/sermons/boston_decree.html

    *BOSTON, THOMAS (1676-1732), Of Election to Everlasting Life. Available (THE WORKS OF THOMAS BOSTON) on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive. Available (THE WORKS OF THOMAS BOSTON) on Reformation Bookshelf CD #5, ISBN: 0921148755 9780921148753.
    http://www.truecovenanter.com/sermons/boston_election.html

    *CALVIN, JOHN (1509-1564), Calvin's Calvinism: Treatises on the Eternal Predestination of God and the Secret Providence of God . (Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Publications), ISBN: 0916206327 9780916206321. Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.
    Translated by Henry Cole. "Two major treatises by Calvin in which he clearly defends the sovereignty of God in predestination and providence. Some say that modern-day Calvinists believe more than Calvin ever said. This book shows that view to be far from the truth." -- GCB

    CALVIN, JOHN (1509-1564), Sermons on Election and Reprobation, 1579, 1996. Available (MP3 files) on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive. Available (MP3 files) on Puritan Bookshelf CD #25. Available (MP3 files) on Reformation Bookshelf CD #12, #19, #20, ISBN: 0921148895 9780921148890.

    *DICKSON, DAVID (1583?-1663), Of God's Eternal Decree. Available in Truth's Victory Over Error: A Commentary on the Westminster Confession of Faith, ISBN: 0851519490 9780851519494. Available (THE WORKS OF DAVID DICKSON) on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.
    "This book is not merely of historical interest; it is also of considerable value now because many of the errors refuted within its pages have surfaced again in the 21st century church under new guises. Christians today can learn a great deal from the faithful witness of former generations who experienced 'truth's victory over error.' TRUTH'S VICTORY OVER ERROR contains David Dickson's lectures on the Westminster Confession of Faith, delivered to the divinity students of Edinburgh University in the early 1650s. Here then is a commentary written just a few brief years after the Westminster Divines drew up their famous Confession of 1647 by one of their senior contemporaries. Dickson's comments reveal the burning issues of the day and supply fascinating insight into the robust theology of the Scottish Puritans. In the Introduction to the book, Robert Wodrow writes that the author 'as it were, breaks the truths of our Confession small, and prepares them for the meanest capacities.' Here, then, is a useful aid for Christians who want to study and understand the doctrines of the Confession itself. Dickson was concerned to explain the truth and refute error. Not content merely to establish the Confession's articles from Scripture, he also 'guards against the gangrene and poison of contrary errors, with judgment and perspicuity' (Wodrow). Like all true evangelicals, Dickson saw the vital need of expressing the Bible's teaching in both negative and positive propositions." -- Publisher's Annotation
    http://www.truecovenanter.com/dickson/truthsvictory03.html

    BEZA, THEODORE, The Treasure of Truth, touching the ground work of man, his salvation, and chiefest points of Christian religion: with a brief sum of the comfortable doctrine of God, His providence, comprised in 38 short aphorisms. Available on Puritan Bookshelf CD #6. Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive. Available on The Amazing Christian Library, DVD Three, CD #18.

    Foxe, John, Notes Appertaining to the Matter of Election
    http://www.truecovenanter.com/gospel/foxe_predestination.html

    *GIRARDEAU, JOHN L., Calvinism and Evangelical Arminianism Compared as to Election, Reprobation, Justification and Related Doctrines (Harrisonburg, VA: Sprinkle Publications), ISBN: 0873779665. Available (in WORKS OF JOHN GIRARDEAU) on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.
    "A thorough but graceful refutation of Wesley's arminianism." -- Lloyd T. Sprinkle
    "This powerful and penetrating book has been called the best on the subject . . . ." -- GCB

    Gylbie, Anthony, A Brief Treatise of Predestination
    http://www.truecovenanter.com/gospel/gylbie_predestination.html

    *LUTHER, MARTIN (1483-1546), Bondage of the Will (Old Tappan, NJ: Fleming H. Revell, 1957). ISBN: 0800753429. Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive. A Christian classic.
    Translated by J.I. Packer and O.R. Johnston.
    "THE BONDAGE OF THE WILL is fundamental to an understanding of the primary doctrines of the Reformation. In these pages, Luther gives extensive treatment to what he saw as the heart of the gospel. Free will was no academic question to Luther; the whole gospel of the Grace of God, he believed, was bound up with it and stood or fell according to the way one decided it. . . This is the greatest piece of writing that came from Luther's pen. In its vigour of language, its profound theological grasp, and the grand sweep of its exposition, it stands unsurpassed among Luther's writings." Publisher's Annotation
    "Luther recognized this book as his most important work and even said that if all his other books perished, he would hope that this one, along with his SMALL CATECHISM, would be the only ones to remain. As noted above, this is one of the most important books of the early Reformation, for it deals with what Luther saw to be the heart of the Gospel. Luther here refutes the Romish notion of 'free will' in man and upholds the absolute sovereignty of God in the salvation of sinners -- as well as justification by faith alone. Luther clearly saw the issue of free will as the primary cause of his separation from Rome.
    "In this book he replied to the Roman Catholic scholar, Erasmus, and his diatribe THE FREEDOM OF THE WILL. Though disagreeing with just about everything else Erasmus wrote, Luther commended Erasmus for recognizing the crux of the matter at issue between Rome and the Bible believers, the debate over 'free will.' In this regard Luther wrote,

    that unlike all the rest, you alone have attacked the real issue, the essence of the matter in dispute [i.e. man's so-called free-will -- RB] . . . You and you alone saw, what was the grand hinge upon which the whole turned, and therefore you attacked the vital part at once; for which, from my heart, I thank you.
    " 'This book is most needful at the present day,' noted Atherton in 1931, for 'the teachings of many so-called Protestants are more in accordance with the Dogmas of the Papists, or the ideas of Erasmus, than with the Principles of the Reformers; they are more in harmony with the Canons and Decrees of the Council of Trent than with the Protestant or Reformed Confessions of Faith.'
    "It is easy to see how a lack of doctrinal and historical study is leading many into serious compromise with the false ecumenical apostasy espoused by Rome and other idolatrous beliefs which cry up man's ability to save himself (as with Arminianism) and to devise his own methods of worship (as with those that oppose the Reformation's Regulative Principle of Worship in favor of their own will worship). In this area, many 'Protestants,' even now, bow down to Rome's humanistic, anti-Christian idol of free will.
    "It is our hope that God will use Luther's classic to give you the strength to remain faithful to His Word; this being a great place to start a new Reformation, for as the translators write concerning this book, 'Nowhere does Luther come closer, either in spirit or in substance to the Paul of Romans and Galatians'." -- SWRB
    "This classic is a reply to Erasmus, the famous Roman Catholic scholar. Erasmus had issued a book claiming that all men had `free-will.' Luther points out that Erasmus does not give a true definition of `free-will.' For free-will, says Luther, belongs to God only: `You may rightly assigned to man some kind of will, but to assign to him free-will in divine things is going too far. . . .' Luther then points out that man has incapacitated his will by his sin, and so is not free to will to do good, or to please God, which is the same thing. In a very large section of the book he gives a thorough exposition of the bondage of man's will. This, together with Jonathan Edwards' FREEDOM OF THE WILL has always been considered a classic answer to all free-willers." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.
    See the Theological Notes, "The Freedom and Bondage of the Will," at Jeremiah 17:9 in The Reformation Study Bible.
    The Bondage of the Will, A Sermon on Christian Love, Two Sermons Upon the Fifth Chapter of Luke, God So Loved the World: Two Sermons on John 3:16-21.
    http://www.covenanter.org/Luther/martinluther.htm

    *Machen, J. Gresham (1881-1937), The Christian View of Man (London, England: Banner of Truth Trust, 1965, 1937), ISBN: 0851511120 9780851511122.
    "This book by one of the founders of Westminster Theological Seminary and the Orthodox Presbyterian Church is undoubtedly one of the best guides, from a Reformed perspective, to be found anywhere. If you want a sound guide to the basic teachings of the Bible, you will find it in this book. Highly recommended!" -- GCB
    "Provides an excellent introduction to Christian anthropology. First published in 1937." -- Cyril J. Barber
    Deals with predestination and human freedom.

    Mack, Wayne A., To God Be the Glory: A Study in the Biblical Doctrine of Particular Redemption (Mack Publishing Co., 1973), 18 pages.
    "An essay on the doctrine of particular redemption: Christ died to save His people, not simply to make salvation possible. Scripture mandates the understanding that God's love is particular and personal. This truth magnifies God in His wisdom, power, justice and love. This truth magnifies the person and work of Jesus Christ. This truth is a strong motivating force unto praise, humility, obedience and boldness." -- David Powlison

    Murray, John (1898-1975), Election of God's People (Michigan City, IN: Sound Word Associates).
    Audio cassette JM101.

    *KNOX, JOHN (1505-1572), The Works of John Knox, 6 volumes, David Laing (editor), (New York, NY: AMS Press Incorporated). Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #1, ISBN: 0921148674 9780921148678. Available on The Amazing Christian Library, DVD One, CD #6. A Christian classic.
    "Boettner, in his REFORMED DOCTRINE OF PREDESTINATION, calls PREDESTINATION Knox's `chief theological work'." -- SWRB

    *Owen, John, The Death of Christ (Carlisle, PA: The Banner of Truth Trust), ISBN: 9780851510644 0851510647.
    "Greatest Biblical apologetic on the specific and limited nature of the atoning work of Christ in print. Contains discussions on Arminianism, the death of death in the death of Christ, Divine justice, and also discusses, in detail, many views of the atonement that certain men and groups held (and still hold)." -- Publisher's Annotation. A Christian classic.
    "THE DEATH OF DEATH IN THE DEATH OF CHRIST is a polemical work, designed to show, among other things, that the doctrine of universal redemption is unscriptural and destructive of the gospel. . . . Those who see no need for doctrinal exactness and have no time for theological debates which show up divisions between so-called Evangelicals may well regret its reappearance. Some may find the very sound of Owen's thesis so shocking that they will refuse to read his book at all. . . . But . . . there are signs today of a new upsurge of interest in the theology of the Bible: a new readiness to test traditions, to search the Scriptures and to think through the faith. It is to those who share this readiness that Owen's treatise is now offered, in the belief that it will help us in one of the most urgent tasks facing evangelical Christendom today - the recovery of the gospel.
    "It is safe to say that no comparable exposition of the work of redemption as planned and executed by the Triune Jehovah has ever been done since Owen published his in 1684. None has been needed.
    "Owen's interpretation of the texts . . . is sure; his power of theological construction is superb; nothing that needs discussing is omitted, and . . . no arguments for or against his position have been used since his day which he has not himself noted and dealt with. . . . Owen's work is a constructive, broad-based biblical analysis of the heart of the gospel, and must be taken seriously as such. . . Nobody has a right to dismiss the doctrine of the limitedness . . . of the atonement as a monstrosity of Calvinistic logic until he has refuted Owen's proof that it is part of the uniform biblical presentation of redemption, clearly taught in plain text after plain text. And nobody has done that yet." -- J.I. Packer, from the Introduction
    "Packer's well balanced definition of Calvinism in the introduction to that volume [John Owen's THE DEATH OF DEATH IN THE DEATH OF CHRIST] is by far the best we have seen in 42 years of intensive reading." -- Jay P. Green, Sr. A Christian classic.
    J.I. Packer's Introduction to The Death of Death in the Death of Christ by John Owen
    http://www.monergism.com/thethreshold/articles/onsite/packer_intro.html
    The Death of Death in the Death of Christ, by John Owen
    http://www.monergism.com/thethreshold/articles/onsite/packer_intro.html
    Owen, John. Salus electorum, sanguis Jesu: or the death of death in the death of Christ. Being a treatise of the redemption and reconciliation that is in the blood of Christ; wherein the whole controversy about universal redemption is fully discussed: in four parts; ... By John Owen, D.D. Carefully revised and corrected. Edinburgh, 1755. (ECCO) Gale Document Number CW3321796584
    The Death of Death In the Death of Christ, John Owen (1 of 33)
    An audio file reading by Still Waters Revival Books from THE WORKS OF JOHN OWEN, Redemption & Reconciliation That Is In the Blood of Christ (Limited Atonement). Currently (February 2009) there are 63 readings of John Owen by SWRB and Reformed Baptist of Holland (Michigan), (Thomas Sullivan) at SermonAudio available for listening online, downloading as MP3 files, and listening on iPhone or Mobile Phones.
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=47081639571

    Perkins, William, Robert Hill, Joan Orwin, John Legat, and Isabelle Brown, A golden chaine, or, The description of theologie: containing the order of the causes of saluation and damnation, according to God's Word: A viewe where of is to be seene in the table annexed.
    "An excelletn treatise of comforting such, as are troubled about their predestination" (caption title).

    PINK, ARTHUR W., The Doctrines of Election and Justification, ISBN: 0801069696 9780801069697. Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.

    *Singer, C. Gregg, "Calvinism: The Summit of Reformation Theology" in John Calvin: His Roots and Fruits, (7-19).
    "For Calvin, God was a true sovereign, who is only limited in the sense that He cannot do anything which would negate His attributes. . . . (p. 11)
    "In his treatment of the atonement, Calvin surpassed not only the Scholastics but Augustine as well. Calvin had a greater insight into this Biblical doctrine than any other theologian before or after him. . . . (p. 11)
    "Calvin clearly saw the Scriptural relationship of the sovereignty of God and the total depravity of the whole human race to the doctrines of atonement and election. Divine election is the means ordained of God for making the death of Christ effective." -- C. Gregg Singer, p. 16

    THORNWELL, JAMES HENLY, Election and Reprobation (1870). In Collected Writings of James Henley Thornwell. Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #17, ISBN: 0921148984 9780921148982. Available on The Amazing Christian Library, DVD Five, CD #26.

    TOPLADY, AUGUSTUS, A letter to the Rev. Mr. John Wesley: relative to his pretended abridgment of Zanchius on predestination. By Augustus Toplady, A. B. Vicar of Broad Hembury, Devon; and chaplain to the Right Honorable Lord Holland. London, 1770. Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #19, ISBN: 092114895X 9780921148951. Available on The Amazing Christian Library, DVD One, CD #2.

    TOPLADY, AUGUSTUS, More work for Mr. John Wesley: or, a vindication of the decrees and providence of God from the defamations of a late printed paper, entitled, "The consequence proved." By Augustus Toplady, ... London, 1772. Available (THE WORKS OF AUGUSTUS TOPLADY) on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive. Available (LETTER TO WESLEY) on The Amazing Christian Library, DVD One, CD #2.

    TOPLADY, AUGUSTUS, An old fox tarr'd and feather'd. Occasioned by what is called Mr. John Wesley's Calm address to our American colonys. By an Hanoverian. The second edition, corrected. London, 1775. Available (WORKS OF AUGUSTUS TOPLADY) on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.

    TWISSE, WILLIAM, The Riches of Gods love unto the vessells of mercy consistent with his absolute hatred or reprobation of the vessels of wrath or an answer unto the book entitled Gods Love Unto Mankind, Manifested by Disproving His Absolute Decree for Their Damnation in two bookes, the first being a refutation of the said booke, as it was presented in manuscript by Mr. Hord unto Sir Nath: Rich, the second being an examination of certain passages inserted into M. Hords discourse, (formerly answered) by an author that conceals his name, but was supposed to be Mr. Mason...whereunto are annexed two tracts of the same author in answer unto D. H., the one concerning Gods decrees definite or indefinite, the other about the object of predestination together with a vindication of D. Twisse from the exceptations of Mr. John Goodwin in his Redemption Redeemed by Henry Jeanes minster of God's Word in Chedzot. -- Volume 2: Treatise of Mr. Cottons clearing certaine doubts concerning predestination together with an examination thereof Available in The Selected Works of William Twisse, 6 volumes. Available (THE WORKS OF WILLIAM TWISSE) on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.

    Twisse, William, A Commentary on Romans Nine
    http://www.truecovenanter.com/supralapsarian/twisse_romans09.html

    Ursinus, Zacharias, Of the Church, Predestined to Life, and Forgiven. From Commentary on the Heidelberg Catechism
    http://www.truecovenanter.com/gospel/ursinus_church_and_predestination.html

    VanderKemp, Johannes, A Sermon Entitled The Church of God, and her Benefits in This Life
    http://www.truecovenanter.com/sermons/vanderkemp21.html

    Witsius, Herman, Of Election From Economy of the Covenants Between God and Man
    http://www.truecovenanter.com/gospel/witsius_election.html

    ZANCHIUS, JEROM (ZANCHI, GIROLAMO), AUGUSTUS TOPLADY, JUSTUS LIPSIUS The Doctrine of Absolute Predestination, ISBN: 0801099277. Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #3, #4, #19 ISBN: 0921148712 9780921148715.
    "Translated by Toplady at the age of nineteen and held from publication for some time, it was later requested by Dr. Gill that it be released to the public. After good circulation in North America and overseas, `John Wesley attempted to circulate a few mutilated extracts from the book, signed with the initials of Toplady's name. This forgery of Mr. Wesley caused Toplady to issue another edition, and this is the edition that we have reprinted,' notes Atherton in the introduction. Furthermore, Atherton calls this `one of the best, if not the best book ever issued on Absolute Predestination.' He also notes that `[i]n our day so-called Protestants not only deny and reject these truths, but very zealously support the popish theory of free-will. There is one thing all history testifies to, namely, that what the world calls Calvinism is the only doctrine that produces civil and religious liberty, pure and undefiled religion, national independence and prosperity, whilst all other systems produce superstition, worldliness and national decay, only to end in lawlessness, Bolshevism and destruction. It is forgotten that only the pure truth of God can make a nation great or save a sinner. To our Triune Covenant Lord be all the praise and glory.' -- SWRB
    Zanchius, Jerome, The Doctrine of Absolute Predestination
    http://www.truecovenanter.com/gospel/zanchius_absolute_predestination.html

    Zanchi, Girolamo, The doctrine of absolute predestination stated and asserted: translated, in great measure, from the Latin of Jerom Zanchius: with some account of his life prefixed; and an appendix concerning the fate of the ancients. Also, A caveat against unsound doctrines. By Augustus Toplady, . . . Republished, at a reduced price, from a London edition. Perth, 1893 [1793].

    See also: The sovereignty of god, The doctrine of man (human nature, total depravity), Soteriology, atonement, Predestination, election, efficacious grace, Calvinism, Systematic theology, The sovereign grace of god: his everlasting mercy and lovingkindness, and so forth, and so on
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    Lutheranism

    "And may I remind you, and I would remind you of this for all times throughout your lives, that in the Western church there are only three basic theologies. There is Thomism (which held sway in the Roman church officially from the Council of Trent to Vatican II) . . . Lutheranism . . . and, thirdly, Calvinism. These are the three theologies which have dominated Western thought. . . .
    I would remind you that all other theological systems are, to a lesser or greater extent, negation either of Thomism within the Roman Catholic system, or they are a negation of Lutheranism, or they are, to a lesser or greater extent, a negation of Calvinism. . . .
    "When enemies of Christiantity unlease their attacks on Christianity, if they attack the Roman Catholic system, they always direct their heaviest guns against Thomas Aquinas. This is not an idle gesture. For if they can topple Thomas Aquinas, then the rest of the Roman Catholic structure will fall, because it depends upon Saint Thomas Aquinas. He was a great thinker, no question about it, and had a systematic approach to his position. So if they can destroy him, they can destory the rest of it.
    "But within Protestantism, I would remind you, that the heaviest attacks against the Church always come against Calvinism. Now there is a reason for that, the same reason, in general, which I mentioned in regard to Thomas Aquinas. If the enemies of faith can destroy Calvinism, then those theologies which are, to a greater or lesser extent, negations of Calvinism, will fall under their own weight. Which is to say, that in Calvinism all these other theologies find their resting place, even though they may deny major aspects of the Calvinistic position, they still are supported by it, even though they will not admit it. . . . When they attack Calvinism they are attacking the citadel of the whole Protestant position, even as when they are attacking the Roman Catholic position, they are aiming their heaviest artillery at the fortress known as Thomistic Theology." -- C. Gregg Singer in his address
    Calvinism and the Reformation

    Unlike Luther, whose theology to a great extent was culled from the scriptures to meet the major spiritual crises through which the great German Reformer passed, Calvin developed his theology from a systematic study of the Bible according to a well-formulated plan. . . This difference of approach gave to Calvinism a consistency and coherence which were less evident in Luther's theology and it enabled Calvin to do full justice to all aspects of Biblical truth and to bring forth a systematic presentation of all the doctrines of Scripture. -- C. Gregg Singer in John Calvin: His Roots and Fruits, (vi.

    *D'AUBIGNE, J.H. MERLE, Discourses and Essays (1846), ISBN: 1599250187 9781599250182. Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.
    "A great part of these productions were presented to the public for the first time, in English, when this volume first appeared. President of the Theological Seminary of Geneva, Merle D'Aubigné is best know for his massive History of the Great Reformation. Concerning this book, Baird, in the introduction, writes, 'it would be hard to find in any language an equal number (of essays) that can be compared with them.' Furthermore, he notes that they 'possess one grand characteristic: that of a glorious baptism, if I may so express myself, into the spirit of the Reformation.' Includes Merle D'Aubigné's 'Family Worship,' 'Lutheranism and Calvinism,' and fifteen more articles." -- SWRB

    *Singer, C. Gregg, "Calvinism: The Summit of Reformation Theology" in John Calvin: His Roots and Fruits, (7-19).
    "The doctrine of God is central to Calvinism simply because it is central to the Scriptures which reveal Him. If Lutheranism found its center in the problem of man's salvation, Calvinism, on the other hand, looks primarily to the glory of God as its focal point: man's chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever. When viewed in this light, the doctrine of redemption itself acquires a new meaning and grandeur not possible for it in any other system. Calvin does full justice to redemption. He places it in its full Biblical perspective so that all of its various aspects relate to the the sovereign will of God rather than to the dilemma of sinful man." -- C. Gregg Singer, p. 11

    *Singer, C. Gregg, "Preface," in John Calvin: His Roots and Fruits, (vi-viii).

    YOUNG, WILLIAM, The Puritan Principle of Worship. Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive.
    Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #19, ISBN: 092114895X 9780921148951.
    "Must reading on the regulative principle of worship. 'The biblical regulative principle is formulated in the Reformed confessions in opposition to the Lutheran and Anglican rule that anything may be introduced into God's worship which the scriptures do not expressly reject,' noted Sherman Isbell (Presbyterian Reformed magazine, 1993 -- write for a free sample copy at 2408 Holt St., Vienna, VA, 22180 USA). Dr. Young writes, 'Calvin formulated this regulative principle with clarity and applied it with great consistency, in the Reformation at Geneva. It is implicit in his celebrated definition of pure and genuine religion as 'confidence in God coupled with serious fear--fear which both includes in it willing reverence, and brings along with it such legitimate worship as is prescribed by the law.' Dr. Young is a brilliant scholar, in the Puritan tradition, and this book shows why." -- SWRB

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    Dispensationalism

    *Crenshaw, Curtis, and Glover Gunn, Dispensationalism: Today, Yesterday and Tomorrow (Memphis, TN: Footstool Publications).
    "The . . . book is written from a covenantal, Reformed position. The authors reached that point from dispensational training simply by letting the Scripture speak for itself, as they were led by the Spirit. The book should serve as a standard in understanding and dealing with dispensationalism. It shows what is wrong with the system, and how untrue is its claim of fidelity to Scripture." -- Joseph M. Canfield

    Belcher, Richard P., A Comparison of Dispensationalism and Covenant Theology, 46 pages, ISBN: 0925703389 9780925703385. "This short work is neither a polemic for or against one or the other of these two systems. Rather a chapter is devoted to each system and then a third is used to com~pare the two. The author has stressed objectivity in order to aid the reader in determining his own system of theology . . . " -- GCB

    *BROWN, DAVID, Christ's Second Coming, Will It Be Millennial? ISBN: 0801008336 9780801008337. Available on the SWRB Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #13, ISBN: 0921148917 9780921148913. Available on The Amazing Christian Library, DVD Four, CD #22. A Christian classic.
    "Brown (1803-1897), is the Brown of the Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary. He was a director of the National Bible Society of Scotland.
    "This book is post-millennial, and it is considered by most post-mil believers as a classic. Especially it is seen as completely demolishing the pre-mil position, including, of course, the dispensational view. . . ." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.

    Canfield, Joseph, The Incredible Scofield and His Book (Vallecito, CA: Ross House Books).
    "This is a powerful book. The material is well documented. Anyone who gets this book and reads it will find here some amazing things about a man whose book is well known, but whose life we believe concerning many of its most important features has been purposely concealed lest it be found to contradict his teachings. . . . Here is a book that dispensationalists as well as others will do well to read. It is powerful, so powerful we dare say, that if despensationalists would read it carefully, perhaps half of them would turn from that system." -- Loraine Boettner
    "This powerful and fully documented study exposes the questionable background and faulty theology of the man responsible for the popular SCOFIELD REFERENCE BIBLE, which did much to promote the dispensational system. The story is disturbing in its historical account of the elusive personality canonized as a dispensational saint and calls into question the seriousness of his motives and scholarship." -- Publisher's Annotation

    Crenshaw, Curtis, Lorship Salvation: The Only Kind There Is: An Evaluation of Jody Dillow's The Reign of Servant Kings and Other Antinomian Arguments, ISBN: 1877818127 9781877818127.

    McKnight, R.J.G., The Second Coming of Christ: Is it Premillenial? 1915.

    Poythress V., Understanding Dispensationalism (Michigan City, IN: Sound Word Associates). 30366
    Audio cassette CSVP3.

    Reisinger, John G., Abraham's Four Seeds (New Covenant Media, 2998), ISBN: 0966084543 9780966084542.
    "ABRAHAM'S FOUR SEEDS is a biblical examination of the presuppositions of Covenant Theology and Dispensationalism. Pastor, evangelist, and author, John G. Reisinger, demonstrates how a correct understanding of Abraham's seeds is key to harmonizing Scripture. He writes: `The following statement, if correctly understood, will help to clear up a lot of confusion: The nation of Israel was not the "Body of Christ," even though the Body of Christ is indeed the true "Israel of God" '."



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