Chapter 1 (part 2)

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


Contents

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
Psalms: Chants, Responsorials, and Scripture Choruses
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. -- The Lord 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. -- The Lord 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. -- The Lord 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.
-- The Lord 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. -- The Lord 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.
-- The Lord 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. -- The Lord 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.
-- The Lord 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. -- The Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 7:7,8)

See the Theological Notes, "The Holy Spirit," at John 14:26 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

Banner of Truth, Banner Holy Spirit Package, 4 volumes.
"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 James Buchanan, and WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT by Goodwin." -- GCB
Citations for all of these selections may be found singly elsewhere in this listing.

*Bruner, Frederick Dale, A Theology of the Holy Spirit: The Pentecostal Experience and the New Testament Witness, ISBN: 0940931567 9780940931565.
"A THEOLOGY OF THE HOLY SPIRIT is an examination not only of the movement [Penecostalism], but of the Scriptural basis it claims. Hailed by reviewers, this book is one of the best analyses of Pentecostalism written in the twentieth century. Dr. Gordon H. Clark called it 'masterly,' 'exceedingly well researched,' 'superb,' and a 'penetrating analysis.' No one, whether sympathetic or unsympathetic to the Pentecostal-Charismatic movement, should be without it." -- Publisher

*Buchanan, James (1804-1870), The Office and Work of the Holy Spirit. Available on the 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.

*Goodwin, Thomas (1600-1680), The Work of the Holy Spirit in our Salvation, ISBN: 0851512798. Available in THE WORKS OF THOMAS GOODWIN, vol. 6.
"These two great writers [comparing Goodwin, THE WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT IN OUR SALVATION, and Owen, THE HOLY SPIRIT -- compiler], were called the 'atlases of independency' by Wood. But beyond this they could well have been called giants among all men of their age. Goodwin was a genius at penetrating to the bottom of points, at isolating differences, and then resolving matters to the satisfaction of nearly everyone. Goodwin 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. Both, along with Baxter, were great preachers: Owen to the understanding, Baxter to the conscience, and Goodwin to the heart. Baxter and Owen were not cordial to one another, but both esteemed Goodwin. Baxter and Goodwin were both successful evangelists. In an age of bitter controversy hardly another man can be found who succeeded in gaining the respect of all his opponents, as did Goodwin; and he still speaks to the minds and hearts of men through his writings. 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.
Goodwin, Thomas, The Works of Thomas Goodwin, vol. 6, ISBN: 0851512798 9780851512792.
Goodwin, Thomas, The Work of the Holy Spirit in our Salvation
Goodwin, Thomas, The Works of Thomas Goodwin
http://archive.org/details/worksofthomasgoo01good

*Kuyper, Abraham, The Work of the Holy Spirit. 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.
"The late preacher of righteousness, Lloyd-Jones, was a pastor of Westminster Chapel in London. He has authored many truly good books. This is a study of John 17:17-24, the marvelous prayer of the Lord Jesus for His own. And the theme is that in these verses we can find much assurance of our salvation. The author points out that though we are sanctified, set apart, from eternity, and begin to see its effects upon our New Birth, yet sanctification is a life-long process in which we are given a part to play. For we must respond to the leading of God the Spirit in a very personal way. The practical instructions of The Doctor, as the author was called, are plain and easily understood. . . ." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.

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

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

*Martin, Hugh (1822-1885), The Abiding Presence, 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

Mills, Watson E., The Holy Spirit: A Bibliography, 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

*Owen, John (1616-1683), The Holy Spirit, ISBN: 0851511252 9780851511252. Alternate title: HOLY SPIRIT GIFTS AND POWER: EXPOSITION OF THE SPIRIT'S NAME, NATURE, PERSONALITY, DISPENSATION, OPERATIONS AND EFFECTS. 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.

*Owen, John (1616-1683), Holy Spirit Gifts and Power: Exposition of the Spirit's Name, Nature, Personality, Dispensation, Operations and Effects, volume 3 of Owen's WORKS. Alternate title: DISCOURSE ON THE HOLY SPIRIT: HIS NAME, NATURE, PERSONALITY, DISPENSATION, OPERATIONS, AND EFFECT, ISBN: 0851511252 9780851511252. 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 (1616-1683), Holy Spirit Gifts and Power.
http://archive.org/details/discourseconcern00owenuoft

*Pink, Arthur W. (1886-1952), The Holy Spirit, 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

Packer, J.I., The Holy Spirit in Evangelical Life.
Audio cassette JPR02. [audio file]

Packer, J.I., The Holy Spirit in Evangelical Revival (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.)
Audio cassette JPR03 [audio file].

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.

*Rutherford, Samuel (1600-1661), The Trial and Triumph of Faith, ISBN: 0851518060 9780851518060. 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. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #10, #29.
"Sermons preached first in Anwoth, and thereafter, in London on the story of the Syrophenician woman. Anyone familiar with Rutherford knows that his work is calculated for great advantage to those who are advanced in the faith. This work was originally published (1645), as Innes writes, in a 'time which those who seek to occupy his (Rutherford's) exact standpoint have always looked back to as not only the one golden age of the Church of Scotland, but as the only time when the world around it seemed prepared to join in its triumph'." (adapted from Johnston, Treasury of the Scottish Covenant, p. 306) -- Publisher
"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

*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 privileges 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. Available (THE WORKS OF RICHARD SIBBES), on the Puritan Hard Drive.

Smeaton, George, The Doctrine of the Holy Spirit, ISBN: 0851511872. Available on the 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

*Spurgeon, C.H. (1834-1892), 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." -- C.H. Spurgeon
http://www.spurgeongems.org/vols22-24/chs1388.pdf

Spurgeon, C.H. (1834-1892), 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

*Thomas, William Henry Griffith, The Holy Spirit.
"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

Well, David F., God the Evangelist: How the Holy Spirit Works to Bring Men and Women to Faith, 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

*Winslow, Octavius (1808-1878), The Work of the Holy Spirit, an Experimental and Practical View.
"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

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, and so forth, and so on.
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TETB: The Holy Spirit . . .

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The Commandments of Jesus, J.S. McConnell (1925)
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Justifying Faith
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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.
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

Words of Christ Appearing in The Web Edition of Biblical Counsel: Resources for Renewal
http://www.lettermen2.com/bcrrappa.html.html



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. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
"AN EXPOSITION OF THE EPISTLE OF PAUL TO THE GALATIANS, by the Rev. Dr. Brown, is a work of deep piety, vast learning, unwearied industry, and sound judgment. The author 'has endeavoured to make this exposition at once a readable book for intelligent Christians, though unacquainted with the sacred languages, and a satisfactory statement of the facts and principles on which the exegesis is based, to critical students of the New Testament'." -- William Pringle, translator of Calvin's Commentary on Galatians.
"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? (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.)
Audio cassette MLJ02 [audio file].

Lloyd-Jones, D. Martyn (1899-1981), Life of Joy: An Exposition of Philippians 1 and 2, [Philippians 2] ISBN: 0801056586 9780801056581.
"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

*Lloyd-Jones, David Martyn (1899-1981), Life in the Spirit in Marriage, Home and Work: An Exposition of Ephesians 5:18 -- 6:9, ISBN: 080105799X 9780801057991.

*Sanderson, John W., The Fruit of the Spirit.
"A Biblical study of genuine character growth in the life of the Christian, as set forth in Galatians 5." -- Publisher

*Spurgeon, C.H. (1834-1892), 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." -- C.H. Spurgeon
http://www.spurgeongems.org/vols22-24/chs1388.pdf

See also: The Holy Spirit, Gifts of the Holy Spirit, Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, and so forth, and so on.
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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 Corinthians 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. -- The Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 19:30)

Lloyd-Jones, D. Martyn (1899-1981), The Sovereign Spirit: Discerning His Gifts, ISBN: 0877886970 9780877886976.
"This is the sequel to JOY UNSPEAKABLE and contains scriptural examinations of the gifts of the spirit. 'The Doctor,' heralded as perhaps the greatest expository preacher of the 20th Century, never ceases to gain the well-earned attention of GCB members. If you have read JOY UNSPEAKABLE already, you will want this one!" -- GCB

*Owen, John (1616-1683), Holy Spirit Gifts and Power: Exposition of the Spirit's Name, Nature, Personality, Dispensation, Operations and Effects, volume 3 of Owen's WORKS. Alternate title: DISCOURSE ON THE HOLY SPIRIT: HIS NAME, NATURE, PERSONALITY, DISPENSATION, OPERATIONS, AND EFFECT, ISBN: 0851511252 9780851511252. 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 (1616-1683), Holy Spirit Gifts and Power.
http://archive.org/details/discourseconcern00owenuoft

*Owen, John (1616-1683), The Work of the Holy Spirit in Prayer, as a Comforter and as the Author of Spiritual Gifts. A Christian classic. See THE WORKS OF JOHN OWEN.

Vaughan, Clement Read, The Gifts of the Holy Spirit, 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

See also: The holy spirit, Fruits of the spirit, and so forth, and so on.
TCRB5: 485, 486



Revival

Stir up thy strength, and come and save us. Turn us again, O God, and cause thy face to shine; and we shall be saved. (Psalm 80:2b,3)

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

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)

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.
-- The Lord Jesus Christ (John 17:21-23)

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
God hath spoken once; twice have I heard this; that power belongeth unto God. (Psalm 62:11)
"Another Psalm highly characteristic of David is Psalm 62 which we are in the habit of calling the ONLY Psalm, from its containing such frequent repetitions of the word "only." David rejoiced to place his confidence in God "only."
http://www.spurgeon.org/treasury/ps062.php

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

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 closely 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

I would have you remember, ladies and gentlemen, that the Reformation was born on the wings of sound scholarship. I can not emphasis this enough, that learning and great theology, great evangelical convictions, the great evangelical fervor, and even bravery and martyrdom are not foreign to the Reformation, but they are all part of the story. We see Calvin fleeing from France. We see Archbishop Thomas Cramner putting out the hand to be burned first because that was the hand which betrayed his Lord. We hear Bishop Latimer and Bishop Ridley crying out to one another as they are being burned at the stake by Henry VIII. These men, without exception, were great scholars. The evangelical world then was floated by divine mercy and divine sovereignty on the wings of great scholarship, and desperately the church needed it then. Desperately the church needs it today. . . . Don't every come to the place where you believe that you can not be a great evangelical minister and not be a profound scholar. I would site to you Thornwell, Dabney, Palmer, and the other great leaders of our church, the Southern Church . . . I remind you of the Hodges and the Alexanders, and so on, in American church history to support this thesis. Time does not permit me to recite the list of those who lead the Reformation, who were equally great scholars. -- C. Gregg Singer, in the lecture Speaking on Calvinism

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.

The real value of an object is that which one who knows its worth will give for it. He who made the soul, knew its worth, and gave His life for it. -- Arthur Jackson

Alexander, Archibald (1772-1851), Biographical Sketches of the Founder and Principal Alumni of the Log College: Together With an Account of the Revivals of Religion Under Their Ministry, ISBN: 0851510043 9780851510040. Alternate title: THE LOG COLLEGE: BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF WILLIAM TENNENT AND HIS STUDENTS.
Biographical Sketches of the Founder and Principal Alumni of the Log College
http://archive.org/details/biographicalske00alexgoog

*Anonymous, The Life and Times of Selina Countess of Huntingdon by a Member of the House of Shirley and Hastings, 2 volumes.
"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

Bennet, R., Howell Harris and the Dawn of Revival. ISBN: 185049035X 9781850490357.

*Bonar, Andrew (1810-1892), Andrew Bonar: Diary and Life, 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.
"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, ISBN: 0851513166 9780851513164.
"Burns (1815-1868), a preacher in Scotland, preached some great sermons on revival." -- GCB

Couper, W.J., Richard Owen Roberts, et al., Scotland saw His Glory: A History of Revivals in Scotland, ISBN: 0926474162 9780926474161.
"Revivals are sometimes classed among movements that are due to ignorance, fanaticism, and unhealthy imitation. The story of Scottish revivals is inspiring for the role played by men of scholarship, wisdom, and prudence, and does much to remove the prejudice. Describing the effects of the revival in Easter Ross about the middle of the eighteenth century, Hugh Miller wrote that they were felt 'for more than eighty years after. There were few dwellings, however humble, in which regularly as the day rose and set, family worship was not kept; and in the course of an evening walk, the voice of Psalms might be heard from almost every hamlet.' What Hugh Miller wrote of his native district could be said of many another place during the long history of revivals in Scotland." -- Publisher

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

Crumb, Lawrence N., The Oxford Movement and its Leaders: A Bibliography of Secondary and Lesser Primary Sources, ISBN: 9780810862807 0810862808.

*Dallimore, Arnold, George Whitefield: The Life and Times of the Great Evangelist of the 18th Century Revival, 2 volumes, ISBN: 0851510264 9780851510262 085151300X 9780851513003. A Christian classic.
"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.

Davies, Samuel (1723-1761), 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.

Davis, D. Clair, Church History (part 3 of 5): Awakening and Revivalism (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.)
From a set of five audio files.
Audio cassette CD503 [audio file].

Davis, D. Clair, Church History (part 4 of 5): Awakening and Revivalism; Modern Church (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.)
Audio cassette CD504 [audio file].

*Edwards, Brian H., Revival: A People Saturated With God, 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 (1703-1758), 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 Puritan Hard Drive.

Edwards, Jonathan (1703-1758), 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 Puritan Hard Drive.
"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." -- Publisher

Edwards, Jonathan (1703-1758), 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. Available (THE WORKS OF JONATHAN EDWARDS), on the Puritan Hard Drive.

Edwards, Jonathan (1703-1758), Some Remarkable Narratives of the Success of the Gospel, in America, in the Beginning of this Century. Written by the late Rev. Jonathan Edwards, . . . and by other ministers in America. To which is added, an account of the character of the Rev. David Brainerd . . . Huddersfield, 1791.

Edwards, Jonathan (1703-1758), 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.

Elliot, Richard, James Mathews, W. Watts, Thomas Fisher, and E. and C. Dilly (firm), Grace and Truth, or A Summary of Gospel Doctrine, Considered in a Funeral Discourse Preached on the Death of the Rev. Mr. George Whitefield.

Essig, J., The Great Awakening: Reaction and Renewal (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.)
Audio cassette JE101 [audio file].

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

Evans, Eifion, The Welsh Revival of 1904, 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.

Fish, Henry C., Handbook of Revival: for The use of Winners of Souls.
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

Fisher, James, Edwards, Whitefield, the True Nature of Revival and the 'Old Time' Charismatics, 1742. Alternate title: A REVIEW OF THE PREFACE TO A NARRATIVE OF THE EXTRAORDINARY WORK AT KILSYTH. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #23. "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." -- Publisher

Gillies, John, Historical Collections of Accounts of Revivals.
"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

Graham, Billy, The Challenge: Sermons From Madison Square Garden.
Evangelistic sermons.

*Hanko, Herman, Ought the Church to Pray for Revival? Trinity Review, May/June 1991.
Ought the Church to Pray for Revival?
http://www.trinityfoundation.org/journal.php?id=73

Henry, Carl F.H., The Christian Mindset in a Secular Society: Promoting Evangelical Renewal and National Righteousness, ISBN: 0880700416 9780880700412.

*Hodgkin, Henry T., Lay Religion.
"Every great religious awakening has been a revolt against authority." -- Henry T. Hodgkin

Hughes, Philip Edgcumbe, and David Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981), Revive us Again.

*Hurst, Henry, Whether Well-composed Religious Vows do not Exceedingly Promote Religion, 1661. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #27.
"A Puritan sermon on a much neglected means to spiritual victory, ecclesiastical revival, and national reformation." -- Publisher

Kinlaw, Dennis, A Revival Account: Asbury -- 1970, a video cassette [DVD].
"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."

Lee, Francis Nigel, Presbyterian Church of Queensland (Committee on Training for the Ministry), and Presbyterian Church of Queensland (Spiritual Renewal Committee), Revive Your Work, O Lord! Articles on Revival, ISBN: 0949197343 9780949197344 .

*Lloyd-Jones, D. Martyn (1899-1981), Revival, ISBN: 0891074155 9780891074151.
"Based on a series of messages delivered by 'the Doctor' on the 100th anniversary of the Welsh Revival, this study speaks powerfully to today's anemic church. Clearly and forcefully, Dr. Lloyd-Jones shows circumstances accompanying revival in the past, why each generation needs it, and how it will come about today." -- GCB

Lynse, Elana, Flames of Revival: Igniting the Hearts of a Nation Through Prayer, ISBN: 0891075119 9780891075110.
Includes bibliographical references.

Matthews, David, I Saw the Welsh Revival, ISBN: 0962690821 9780962690822.

*Murray, Iain, The Puritan Hope: A Study in Revival and the Interpretation of Prophesy, 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, 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.

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 [audio file].

Packer, J.I., The Holy Spirit in Evangelical Revival (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.)
Audio cassette JPR03 [audio file].

Packer, J.I., Revive us Again: Psalm 85:6.

Phillips, Thomas, The Welsh Revival: Its Origin and Development, 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, ISBN: 0851516025 9780851516028.
"First done in 1859, this book demonstrates that things are never beyond prayer and the work of God in revival." -- CBD

Ravenhill, Leonard, Revival Praying, 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.

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

Smith, Wilbur M., The Glorious Revival Under King Hezekiah.

Spurgeon, C.H. (1834-1892), Only a Prayer Meeting: Forty Addresses at Metropolitan Tabernacle and Other Prayer-meetings, ISBN: 185792505X 9781857925050.

*Swindoll, Charles, The Grace Awakening, 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
"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

Thornbury, J.F., God Sent Revival: Asahel Nettleton, ISBN: 0852341008 9780852341001 0852340990 9780852340998.

Tracy, Joseph, Great Awakening: A History of the Revival of Religion in the Time of Edwards and Whitefield, 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
"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

*Watson, Thomas (1620-1686), The Doctrine of Repentance, ISBN: 0851515215. A Christian classic. Considered to be among the ten greatest books in the English language. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
"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
The Doctrine of Repentance,Thomas Watson
http://archive.org/details/TheDoctrineOfRepentance
The Doctrine of Repentance, Thomas Watson
http://ntslibrary.com/PDF%20Books/Repentance%20by%20T%20Watson.pdf
The Doctrine of Repentance, Thomas Watson
http://books.google.com/books?id=V1QCAAAACAAJ&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=html
The Doctrine of Repentance, Thomas Watson (excerpts)
http://www.fivesolas.com/watson/drepenti.htm

Weakley, Clare G., Jr. (compiler and editor), The Nature of Revival: John Wesley, Charles Wesley and George Whitefield, abridged, 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.

Webster, Alexander, and James Fisher, Divine Influence: The True Spring of the Extraordinary Work at Cambuslang and Other Places in the West of Scotland.

*Whitefield, George (1714-1770), George Whitefield's Letters: A Facsimile of Whitefield's Works, Volume 1, 1771, With Supplements, 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 (1714-1770), Select Sermons of George Whitefield.
"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-volume 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

*Whitefield, George (1714-1770), John Wesley, and Timothy L. Smith (editor), Whitefield and Wesley on the New Birth, ISBN: 0310751519.
Includes bibliography and index.

Wood, Arthur Skevington, The Inextinguishable Blaze; Spiritual Renewal and Advance in the Eighteenth Century, ISBN: 1597526983 9781597526982.

See also: Christian scholarship, The protestant reformation, Justifying faith, Self-justification, self-righteousness, Repentance, The free offer of the gospel message of salvation and the life to come: the means of grace, the covenant of eternal salvation, Book-length presentations of the free offer of the Gospel message of salvation and the life to come, Evangelism, Hell, Evangelistic praying, Follow-up, Gospel message of salvation, Other works on the gospel, Prayer, Intercessory prayer, Prayer groups, Sharing christ with your children, Corporate faithfulness and sanctification, chapter 9, the web edition of biblical counsel: resources for renewal, The covenanted reformation of scotland author/title listing, Apologetics, Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, Christian history, and so forth, and so on.
TCRB5: 310-320

Related WebLinks

History of Revivalism

The Biblical Basis for Revival in the Church
Dr. C. Gregg Singer, History of Revivalism, 65 min.
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=1217037126

Evangelism in the Early Church #1
Dr. C. Gregg Singer, History of Revivalism, 58 min.
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=1217037244

Evangelism in the Early Church #2
Dr. C. Gregg Singer, History of Revivalism, 74 min.
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=1217037348

Evangelism in the Early Church #3
Dr. C. Gregg Singer, History of Revivalism, 48 min.
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=1217037438

Evangelism in the Early Church #4
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=1217037520

Evangelism in the Early Church #5
Dr. C. Gregg Singer, History of Revivalism, 50 min.
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=1217037153

Evangelism in the First Four Centuries
Dr. C. Gregg Singer, History of Revivalism, 86 min.
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=1217037169

Impact of the Ancient Church on the World and the World on the Church
Dr. C. Gregg Singer, History of Revivalism, 48 min.
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=1217037177

Summary of Evangelism in the Church From AD 500 to AD 1500 #1
Dr. C. Gregg Singer, History of Revivalism, 63 min.
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=12170371946

Summary of Evangelism in the Church From AD 500 to AD 1500 #2
Dr. C. Gregg Singer, History of Revivalism, 49 min
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=12170372131.

The Greatest Revival: The Reformation
Dr. C. Gregg Singer, History of Revivalism, 69 min.
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=12170372251

Revivalism in the New World
Dr. C. Gregg Singer, History of Revivalism, 48 min.
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=12170372351

Colonial Presbyterianism and the Great Awakening
Dr. C. Gregg Singer, 49 min.
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=1216037179

Revivalism in the New World: Edwards and Whitefield
Dr. C. Gregg Singer, History of Revivalism, 45 min.
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=12160372911

Revivalism in the New World: Moving West
Dr. C. Gregg Singer, History of Revivalism, 51 min.
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=12160373036

Theological Tensions of the 19th Century: Old School -- New School
Dr. C. Gregg Singer, History of the American Presbyterian Church, 34 min.
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=1216037188

Presbyterianism in the 20th Century
Dr. C. Gregg Singer, History of the American Presbyterian Church, 42 min.
http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=12160371916

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

My Hope America with Billy Graham
My Hope guidelines emphasize personal friendship evangelism.
In the last decade there have been 10 million responses to BGEA My Hope projects in foreign countries.
Approximately 25,000 local churches cooperated in the My Hope America, 2013 initiative. As of mid-December 2013, there were over 100,000 recorded responses of faith in Christ.
http://www.myhopewithbillygraham.org

*Series on Hell by Pastor Edward Donnelly, 4 MP3 files.
Yes, the subject is horrible, but how rare is it to hear the Doctrine of Hell expounded thoroughly with tact and skill? The subject is so indispensable that I expect anyone would be greatly benefited by listening to these four lectures, both skeptics and converts.
"A widely traveled preacher and conference speaker, he has to date written three books. He serves also as Principal and Professor of New Testament at the Reformed Theological College, Belfast."
http://www.monergism.com/mp3/2012/08/series_on_hell_by_pastor_edwar_1.php



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 [Psalm 104:4]) he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire. But unto the Son he saith, (Psalm xlv. 6,7 [Psalm 45:6,7]), 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 [Psalm 102:25-27]), 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 ariseth 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)

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

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

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 [Psalm 8:4,5]. 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 [Hebrews 2:5,16]. This is the Lord's doing and it is wondrous in our eyes. -- Richard Baxter

It is an awful fact that, Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. (2 Corinthians 11:14)

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.

See also: Discipleship, Bible reference works, Protecting children from danger, and so forth, and so on.
TCRB5: 141-149



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.

For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring. (Act 17:28)

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

The four "Servant Songs" of Isaiah are Isaiah 42:1-9; Isaiah 49:1-7; Isaiah 50:4-11; and Isaiah 52:13 -- Isaiah 53:12. See the annotations in The Reformation Study Bible.

Our Triune God has ordained that the preeminent leader of the Church is the Lord Jesus 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). Human leadership is also divinely ordained and tends to devolve to those who are most perfectly at one with Christ, and to those who also know the most Truth (the Apostle Paul, Saint Augustine, Martin Luther, John Calvin, Puritan leaders, The Scots Worthies, and so forth, and so on.)
And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. -- The Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 19:28). See: (Matthew 19:28, 1599 Geneva Bible)
Then his master said unto him, It is well done good servant and faithful, Thou hast been faithful in little, I will make thee ruler over much: enter into thy master's joy. -- The Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 25:21 1599 Geneva Bible)
Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. -- The Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 25:34). See: (Matthew 25:34, 1599 Geneva Bible)
And he said unto him, Well, good servant: because thou hast been faithful in a very little thing, take thou authority over ten cities. -- The Lord Jesus Christ (Luke 19:17, 1599 Geneva Bible)
Therefore I appoint unto you a kingdom, as my Father hath appointed unto me. -- The Lord Jesus Christ (Luke 22:29, 1599 Geneva Bible)
And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. (Romans 8:17). See: (Romans 8:17, 1599 Geneva Bible)
Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life? (1 Corinthians 6:3). See: (1 Corinthians 6:3, 1599 Geneva Bible)
And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus. (Ephesians 2:6). See: (Ephesians 2:6, 1599 Geneva Bible)
To execute vengeance upon the heathen, and corrections among the people:
To bind their kings in chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron,
That they may execute upon them the judgment that is written: this honor shall be to all his Saints. Praise ye the Lord.
(Psalm 149:7-9, 1599 Geneva Bible)
But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. (1 Timothy 2:12), (1 Timothy 2:12, 1599 Geneva Bible)
And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations. -- The Lord Jesus Christ (Revelation 2:26). See: (Revelation 2:26, 1599 Geneva Bible)
To serve God is to reign. -- Seneca (4 BC -- 65 AD)

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, 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
"This is the greatest treatment on Heaven ever to appear! . . ." -- Wilbur M. Smith.
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
The Saints' Everlasting Rest, Richard Baxter, edited by Benjamin Fawcett
http://www.ccel.org/b/baxter/everlasting_rest/saints_rest.html

Bobick, Michael W., From Slavery to Sonship: A Biblical Psychology for Pastoral Counseling.
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

*Bonar, Horatius (1808-1889), The Everlasting Righteousness, or How Shall man be Just With God? A Christian classic. Considered to be among the ten greatest books in the English language.
"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 Everlasting Righteousness; or, How Shall man be Just With God?
http://books.google.com/books?id=nQMDAAAAQAAJ&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=html

*Bonar, Horatius (1808-1889), God's Way of Holiness, 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

Brown, Stephen W., Heirs With the Prince, ISBN: 0840759398 9780840759399.
Includes bibliographical references.

Burroughs, Jeremiah (1599-1646), The Saint's Inheritance and the Worldling's Portion, Representing the Glorious Condition of a Child of God, and the misery of having ones portion in this world, unfolding the state of true happiness with the marks, means, and members, thereof, 1657. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.

*Calvin, John (1509-1564), Sermons on Ephesians. 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, ISBN: 0854762272 9780854762279.
Emphasizes Sonship. Excellent book.

*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 (1680-1754), The Believer Exalted in Imputed Righteousness. A Sermon preached at a sacramental occasion. By the late Rev. Mr. Ebenezer Erskine, Glasgow, [1782?]. Available (THE WORKS OF EBENEZER ERSKINE), on the Puritan Hard Drive.

*Gill, John (1697-1771), 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.

*Girardeau, John L., Calvinism and Evangelical Arminianism Compared as to Election, Reprobation, Justification and Related Doctrines, ISBN: 0873779665. Available (in WORKS OF JOHN GIRARDEAU), on the 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

Houston, Thomas (1803-1882), The Adoption of Sons, its Nature, Spirit, Privileges, and Effects; Practical and Experimental Treatise.

King, Guy Hope, Crossing the Border: An Expositional Study of Colossians.
"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.
"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

*Marshall, Walter (1628-1680), The Gospel-Mystery of Sanctification: Growing in Holiness by Living in Union With Christ, ISBN: 189277724X. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
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."
See the WorldCat record for various foreign language editions.
Other editions:
Marshall, Walter, The Gospel-Mystery of Sanctification, ISBN: 1597520543 9781597520546.
"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
Marshall, Walter, The Gospel-Mystery of Sanctification, ISBN: 1589600630 9781589600638.
"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.
Marshall, Walter, The Gospel-mystery of Sanctification, Opened, in Sundry Practical Directions: Suited Especially to the Case of Those who Labor Under the Guilt and Power of Indwelling Sin. To Which is Added a Sermon on Justification (1859)
http://archive.org/details/gospelmysteryofs02mars

Mawhinney, A., Doctrine of the Holy Spirit: Adoption. (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.)
Audio cassette RS319 [audio file].

*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. Alternate title: 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 [audio files]).
World Harvest Mission
http://www.whm.org/home.htm

Miller, Rose Marie, From Fear to Freedom: Living as Sons and Daughters of God, ISBN: 0877882592 9780877882596.

Miller, Rose Marie, Romans (Jenkintown, PA: [World Harvest, Box 2175, Jenkintown 19046], World Harvest, 1985).
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, ISNB: 0875523633 9780875523637. Alternate title: EXTERNAL SONSHIP: THE COVENANT OF GRACE.

Needham, David C., Birthright: Christian do You Know who You are?
"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 (1616-1683), Holy Spirit Gifts and Power: Exposition of the Spirit's Name, Nature, Personality, Dispensation, Operations and Effects, volume 3 of Owen's WORKS. Alternate title: DISCOURSE ON THE HOLY SPIRIT: HIS NAME, NATURE, PERSONALITY, DISPENSATION, OPERATIONS, AND EFFECT, ISBN: 0851511252 9780851511252. 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 (1616-1683), Holy Spirit Gifts and Power.
http://archive.org/details/discourseconcern00owenuoft

Packer, J.I., Be Filled With the Spirit: We are Alive (Ephesians 5:18) (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.)
Audio cassette JPV05 [audio file].

Packer, J.I., God has Blessed us: We are Rich (Ephesians 1:3-2:10) (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.)
Audio cassette JPV01 [audio file].

Packer, J.I., In Christ Jesus: We are Loved (Ephesians 2:11-3:21) (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.)
Audio cassette JPV02 [audio file].

Packer, J.I., Questions and Answers by Dr. Packer on Ephesians Lectures (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.)
Audio cassette JPV06 [audio file].

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

See also: The sovereign grace of god: his everlasting mercy and lovingkindness, The doctrine of man (human nature, total depravity), Immanuel, christ's presence, christ in you, The love and justice of god, oneness, Loving and obeying god, Discipleship, Christ our example, The priesthood of all believers, Reconciliation of relationships, The believer's position in christ and sonship, Adoption into god's family, god's family, Happiness, holiness, Eternal life, immortality, Heaven, Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, Sexual relationship, Spiritual adultery (spiritual whoredom/harlotry), Idolatry, syncretism, Sexual wholeness, and so forth, and so on.
TCRB5: 739-745, 744, 1246

Related WebLinks

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 dissolve the political bands which have connected us to the Mother Country and hereby absolve ourselves from all allegiance to the British crown and abjure all political connection, contract or association with that nation who have wantonly trampled on our rights and liberties and inhumanely shed the innocent blood of American patriots at Lexington.
We do hereby declare ourselves a free and independent people -- are and of right ought to be a sovereign and self-governing association, under the control of no power other than that of our God and the general government of the congress, to the maintenance of which independence civil and religious we solemnly pledge to each other our mutual cooperation, our lives, our fortunes and 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 is to be found in the Scottish covenanting struggle. -- James A. Dodson

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

*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." -- Publisher
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/reformed/author/martin-luther

Bobick, Michael W., From Slavery to Sonship: A Biblical Psychology for Pastoral Counseling.
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

*Bonar, Horatius (1808-1889), The Everlasting Righteousness, or How Shall man be Just With God? A Christian classic. Considered to be among the ten greatest books in the English language.
"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 Everlasting Righteousness; or, How Shall man be Just With God?
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, Jean (1509-1564), and John H. Leith, The Christian Life, ISBN: 0060612983 9780060612986.

*Calvin, John (1509-1564), Sermons on Ephesians. 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.
Other editions exist.
Includes bibliography.

Elliott, John Hall, The Elect and the Holy: An Exegetical Examination of I Peter 2:4-10 [1 Peter 2:4-10].
Includes bibliography.

Hertz, Karl H., Everyman a Priest.

Hobbs, Herschel H., You are Chosen: The Priesthood of All Believers, ISBN: 0062520040.

Hodgkin, Henry T., Lay Religion.
"Every great religious awakening has been a revolt against authority." -- Henry T. Hodgkin

Howington, Nolan P., A Royal Priesthood, Includes bibliography.

Ketcherside, W. Carl, The Royal Priesthood: A Plea for the Restoration of the Priesthood of All Believers in the Church of God.

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, ISBN: 0664213308 9780664213305.
"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

*Lloyd-Jones, D. Martyn (1899-1981), Exposition of Ephesians, 8 volumes.
"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

Manson, Thomas Walter, Ministry and Priesthood: Christ's and Ours.
Includes bibliography.

*Marney, Carlyle, Priests to Each Other, 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. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
The Reformation Heritage Books edition, ISBN: 189277724X, 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."
See the WorldCat record for various foreign language editions.
Other editions:
Marshall, Walter, The Gospel-Mystery of Sanctification, ISBN: 1597520543 9781597520546.
"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
Marshall, Walter, The Gospel-Mystery of Sanctification, ISBN: 1589600630 9781589600638.
"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.
Marshall, Walter, The Gospel-mystery of Sanctification, Opened, in Sundry Practical Directions: Suited Especially to the Case of Those who Labor Under the Guilt and Power of Indwelling Sin. To Which is Added a Sermon on Justification (1859)
http://archive.org/details/gospelmysteryofs02mars

Ogden, Greg, The New Reformation: Returning the Ministry to the People of God, 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
Includes bibliographical references and indexes.

*Richards, Lawrence O., and Gib Martin, The Theology of Personal Ministry: Spiritual Giftedness in the Local Church, 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.
"The fundamental idea of the Reformation promised to inaugurate a radical change in the whole conception and place of the laity." -- William Robinson

Shurden, Walter B., The Doctrine of the Priesthood of Believers.
Includes bibliographical references. A teaching workbook is available.

Spurgeon, C.H. (1834-1892), C.H. Spurgeon's Prayers, 1905. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
C.H. Spurgeon's Prayers
http://archive.org/details/chspurgeonspraye00spur

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.

*Stevens, R. Paul, Liberating the Laity: Equipping All the Saints for Ministry, 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, 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.

See also: Immanuel, christ's presence, christ in you, The love and justice of god, oneness, Loving and obeying god, Discipleship, Christ our example, The priesthood of all believers, Reconciliation of relationships, The believer's position in christ and sonship, Adoption into god's family, god's family, Happiness, holiness, Eternal life, immortality, Heaven, Sexual relationship, Spiritual adultery (spiritual whoredom/harlotry), Idolatry, syncretism, Sexual wholeness, Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, and so forth, and so on.
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 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
It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man.
It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in princes.
(Psalm 118:8,9)
http://www.spurgeon.org/treasury/ps118.php

The Treasury of David, Psalm 136, C.H. Spurgeon
O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever. (Psalm 136:1)
http://www.spurgeon.org/treasury/ps136.php

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. (Genesis 32:10; Psalm 18:1,2,3; Psalm 33:1; Psalm 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 (1663-1728), 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.

Washington, George, United States. President (1789-1797), By the President of the United States of America. A Proclamation: Whereas it is the Duty of Nations to Acknowledge the Providence of Almighty God . . . And Whereas both houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me "to recommend to the people of the United States, a day of public thanksgiving and prayer . . . I do recommend and assign Thursday the twenty-sixth day of November next . . . Given under my hand, at the city of New-York, the third day of October . . . one thousand seven hundred and eighty-nine.

See also: The sovereign grace of god: his everlasting mercy and lovingkindness, The doctrine of man (human nature, total depravity), Praise, Thanksgiving, The psalms in worship, family worship, and so forth, and so on.
TCRB5: 1455, 1457

Related WebLinks

The Treasury of David, Psalm 18, C.H. Spurgeon
I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies. (Psalm 18:3)
http://www.spurgeon.org/treasury/ps018.php

The Treasury of David, Psalm 66, C.H. Spurgeon
Make a joyful noise unto God, all ye lands:
Sing forth the honour of his name: make his praise glorious.
Say unto God, How terrible art thou in thy works! through the greatness of thy power shall thine enemies submit themselves unto thee.
(Psalm 66:1-3)
http://www.spurgeon.org/treasury/ps066.php

The Treasury of David, Psalm 107, C.H. Spurgeon
Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men! (Psalm 107:8)
http://www.spurgeon.org/treasury/ps107.php

The Treasury of David, Psalm 118, C.H. Spurgeon
It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man.
It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in princes. (Psalm 118:8,9)
http://www.spurgeon.org/treasury/ps118.php

The Treasury of David, Psalm 138, C.H. Spurgeon
The Lord will perfect that which concerneth me: thy mercy, O Lord, endureth for ever: forsake not the works of thine own hands. (Psalm 138:8)
http://www.spurgeon.org/treasury/ps138.php



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 Colossians 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. -- The Lord 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. -- The Lord 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. -- The Lord 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 things which make us spiritual are Bible study, fellowship, and prayer.

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

We may give God a bowed head and a serious face, our bodily presence in His house, and a loud 'Amen!'. But until we give God our heart, we give Him nothing at all. -- J.C. Ryle

Worship is allowing ourselves to be influenced by God.

*Alexander, James W. (1804-1859), Family Worship: A Biblical Duty, 1847. Alternate title: THOUGHTS ON FAMILY WORSHIP, ISBN: 1573580813 9781573580816. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #22.
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." -- Publisher
"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. (1804-1859), Family Worship: its Influence Over all of Life. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #22.
"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." -- Publisher

*Alexander, James W. (1804-1859), and B.M. Palmer, The Family in its Civil and Churchly Aspects: An Essay in two Parts, 2 volumes, 551 pages. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available (Alexander and Palmer), on Reformation Bookshelf CD #22, 25.
"If you are interest in family matters, you will look long and hard to find a book that matches this one. It is actually two books bound under one cover. Palmer's THE FAMILY, IN ITS CIVIL AND CHURCHLY ASPECTS (1876) and Alexander's THOUGHTS ON FAMILY WORSHIP (1847)." -- Publisher

Ames, William (d. 1633), A Fresh Suit Against Human Ceremonies in God's Worship, 1633. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #19.
"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 [Dordt], 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 do I love'. (Psalm 119:113)" -- Publisher

Ashe (Ash), Simeon (d. 1662), Self-surrender Unto God: Opened and Applyed, in a Sermon Preached [2 Chronicles 30:8] Before the Honourable House of Commons, at Margarets, Westminster, at Their Late Solemn Fast, February 23. 1647. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.

Baillie, Robert (1599-1662), The Canterburians Self-Conviction: or An Evident Demonstration of the Avowed Arminianisme, Poperie, and Tyrannie of That Faction, by Their Owne Confessions; With a Postscript to the Personat Jesuite Lysimachus Nicanor, a Prime Canterburian. . . . . (1641), third edition. Alternate title: LADENSIUM [AUTOKATAKRISIS]. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #19. Also available in Robert Baillie, THE LIFE OF WILLIAM, NOW LORD ARCH-BISHOP OF CANTERBURY, EXAMINED.
"Baillie was one of the Scottish commissioners to the Westminster Assembly. An exceedingly rare item, this book was written as the storms of the religious wars between the Puritans and the Prelates were beginning to blow. These were days when nations adopted overtly religious presuppositions and books such as this became international defenses of gospel principles against the ecclesiastical (and political), forces of Antichrist -- and his generation of vipers.
"After rehearsing some of the major incidents of Prelatical persecution against the saints of the most high God, and calling to the English for support of the Covenanted cause of Christ, Baillie gives this stirring summary of his motives in writing this book, 'behold I here first upon all hazard do break my pitcher, do hold out my Lamp, and blow my trumpet before the Commissioners of the whole Kingdom, offering to convince that prevalent faction by their own mouth, of Arminianism, Popery, and Tyranny.'
"These were brave and zealous words, for in that day such speech could eventuate in your death.
"This is not only a historically relevant item, but also a fine defense against the prevailing heresies of the flesh (heresy being a work of the flesh, cf. Gal 5:19-20). The two predominant heresies addressed by Baillie in this book still cover much of the professing Christian world today; these being:
(1) false, man-centered views of salvation (Arminianism and Pelagianism) and
(2) false man-centered views of worship (Liturgical innovationism: either high church or Charismatic).
" 'Baillie fought hard against Arminianism' noted Johnston in the TREASURY OF THE SCOTTISH COVENANT, p. 310; making this book especially valuable for today! This is the third edition of 128 pages, plus a 28-page postscript." -- Publisher

Ball, John, Roger Daniel, and Edward Brewster, A Friendly Triall of the Grounds Tending to Separation: In a Plain and Modest Dispute Touching the Lawfulnesse of a Stinted Liturgie and set Form of Prayer, Communion in Mixed Assemblies, and the Primitive Subject and First Receptacle of the Power of the Keyes: Tending to Satisfie the Doubtfull, Recall the Wandring, and to Strengthen the Weak. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.

Bannerman, D. Douglas (1842-1903), Worship, Order, and Polity of the Presbyterian Church, ISBN: 052402443X 9780524024430.

Barrow, Reg, Reformation Worship and Separation From Idolatry Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #19 and #27. Available (PSALM SINGING IN SCRIPTURE AND HISTORY), on Reformation Bookshelf CD #1-30.
"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." -- Publisher
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.
http://www.swrb.com/newslett/actualnls/CRTPsSing.htm

Barrow, Reg, A Warning Against the False and Dangerous Views of James Jordan Concerning Worship: A Book Review of Kevin Reed's Canterbury Tales. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #1-30.
http://www.swrb.com/newslett/actualnls/BlastJJ.htm

Barrow, Reg, Worship: The Regulative Principle of Worship in History. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #1-30.
Worship: The Regulative Principle of Worship in History
http://www.swrb.com/newslett/actualnls/CRTPWors.htm

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 Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #10-30.
"Demonstrates in an e-mail 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

Bates, Stewart, Pastoral Admonitions and Warnings of the Reformed Presbyterian Church [together with some profitable ones from other Reformed churches].
Pastoral Admonitions and Warnings of the Reformed Presbyterian Church [together with some profitable ones from other Reformed churches].
http://www.covenanter.org/reformed/2015/8/17/the-reformed-presbyterian-churchs-of-scotland-address-to-the-reformed-presbyterians-and-other-christians-in-british-america
Pastoral Admonitions and Warnings of the Reformed Presbyterian Church [together with some profitable ones from other Reformed churches].
http://www.covenanter.org/reformed/2015/6/29/pastoral-admonitions-warnings-and-letters

Begg, James (1808-1883), 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 Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #3, #4 and #24.
"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 aesthetic 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." -- Publisher

Begg, James (1808-1883), Purity of Worship in the Presbyterian Church, as Set Forth in the Westminster Standards, and Illustrated by our History Since the Reformation, 1876, ISBN: 0524073929 9780524073926. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #3.

Binning, Hugh (1627-1653), Worshipping God in Spirit and Truth. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #8.

Bogue, Carl, Does the Regulative Principle Matter to the PCA? Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
"This message was delivered for Concerned Presbyterian Day (March 23/93). It deals with problems in the Presbyterian Church in America concerning differing views of worship as they relate to Scripture and the vows ministers take to the Westminster Confession. Bogue's reviews of A DEFENSE OF LIBERTY AGAINST TYRANTS by Junius Brutus and MESSIAH THE PRINCE OR, THE MEDIATORIAL DOMINION OF JESUS CHRIST, by William Symington, are both appended to this lecture." -- Publisher

Bogue, Carl W., and W. Cunningham, The Scriptural law of Worship.

Bredenhof, Wes, The Whole Manner of Worship: Worship and the Sufficiency of Scripture in Belgic Confession Article 7. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
The Whole Manner of Worship
http://www.swrb.com/newslett/actualnls/WholeWes.htm

*Burroughs, Jeremiah (1599-1646), 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, 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, 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!" -- Publisher

Calvin, John (1509-1564), A Book Review of John Calvin's Shunning the Unlawful Rites of the Ungodly and Preserving the Purity of the Christian Religion by Wes Bredenhof. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #18. Available in Library of Presbyterian Heritage Publications and Protestant Heritage Press CD-ROM Library
"Herein Calvin maintains the sinfulness of outward conformity to false worship. Dealing with a major problem of his day, Calvin shows that false worship should never be tolerated or participated in (even by your bodily presence), no matter what the cost -- whether it be persecution, exile, or death. For his faithfulness in this matter, Calvin was greatly scorned. Obvious parallels to our day abound, not the least of which include the Lordship controversy, false ecumenism, rampant idolatry in the false rites maintained in the public worship of backslidden Protestantism, and in the rise of the influence Roman Catholic harlot (once again in our day)." -- Publisher
http://www.swrb.com/newslett/actualnls/ShunRev.htm

*Calvin, John (1509-1564), Calvin's Selected Works, Tracts and Letters, 7 Volumes, ISBN: 0801024935 9780801024931. A Christian classic. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
"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." -- Publisher
The Necessity of Reforming the Church (1543), by John Calvin
http://www.swrb.com/newslett/actualnls/NRC_ch00.htm

Calvin, John (1509-1564), Separation From False Worship, Idolatry, and Popish Principles. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #5.

Cawdrey, Daniel (1588-1664), Diatribe Triplex, or, A Threefold Exercitation: Concerning 1. Superstition, 2. Will-worship, 3. Christmas Festivall, With the Reverend and Learned Dr. Hammond. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.

*Charnock, Stephen (1628-1680), The Existence and Attributes of God. A Christian classic. Available (THE WORKS OF STEPHEN CHARNOCK, VOL. 4: THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD), on the Puritan Hard Drive.
"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
Charnock, Stephen, and William Symington, Discourses Upon the Existence and Attributes of God (1853)
http://archive.org/details/discoursesupone00symigoog
Charnock, Stephen (1628-1680) and Edward Parsons (1762-1833), The Works of the Late Rev. Stephen Charnock (1815), volume 1 of 9.
http://archive.org/details/worksoflaterevst01char

*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). A Christian classic. Considered to be among the ten greatest books in the English language.
"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 [Hebrews 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. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #27.
"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)." -- Publisher

*Gillespie, George (1613-1648), A Dispute Against the English Popish Ceremonies Obtruded Upon the Church of Scotland, 1637, ISBN: 0941075141. A Christian classic. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
"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." -- Publisher
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

Girardeau, John L., Greg Fox, and Dabney, Robert L. (1820-1898), Instrumental Music in the Public Worship of the Church, ISBN: 0979216516 9780979216510. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #19.
Robert L. Dabney's Review of Girardeau's "Instrumental Music in the Public Worship of the Church"
http://www.covenanter.org/reformed/2015/7/27/robert-l-dabneys-review-of-girardeaus-instrumental-music-in-the-public-worship-of-the-church

*Knox, John (1505-1572), First and Second Books of Discipline. A Christian classic. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. 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 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." -- Publisher
First and Second Books of Discipline by John Knox
http://www.swrb.com/newslett/actualnls/BOD_ch00.htm

*Knox, John (1505-1572), David Laing (editor), The Works of John Knox, 6 volumes. A Christian classic. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #1.
Knox, John (1505-1572), The Works of John Knox (1846), vol. 1 of 6.
http://archive.org/details/worksofjohnkn01knox
"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 worship." -- Publisher

  • Knox, John, Unedited History of the Reformation in Scotland Vol. 1 of 6.
    "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, 'the 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, 'there 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." -- Publisher
  • Knox, John, Unedited History of the Reformation in Scotland Vol. 2 of 6.
    "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." -- Publisher
  • Knox, John, Epistles, Admonitions, etc., Vol. 3 of 6
    "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." -- Publisher
  • Knox, John, The Works of John Knox, Vol. 4 of 6
    "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." -- Publisher
  • Knox, John, The Works of John Knox, Vol. 5 of 6
    "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. . . .
    "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." -- Publisher
  • Knox, John, The Works of John Knox, Vol. 6 of 6
    "Includes 'The Life of Knox,' 'John Knox Debates God's Law, Idolatry and Civil Resistance in the General Assembly of 1564,' 'The Scottish Confession of Faith (1560),' 'John Knox's Only Written Sermon - A Sermon on Isaiah 23:13-21, Preached in St. Giles's Church, Edinburgh, 19th August 1565,' 'A Letter of Wholesome Counsel Addressed to His Brethren in Scotland Or "What to do When There is no Faithful Church to Attend in Your Local Area" originally published in 1556,' 'Select Practical Writings of John Knox,' 'Against Romish Rites and Political and Ecclesiastical Tyranny, A Faithful Admonition to the Professors of God's Truth in England (1554),' 'An Admonition to Flee Idolatry, Romanism and all False Worship (1554),' 'An Answer to a Jesuit: The Marks of a True Church and Ministry: An Answer to a Letter Written by James Tyrie, A Scottish Jesuit, 1572,' 'Against an Anabaptist: In Defense of Predestination,' 'Against Apostasy and Indifference (An Epistle to the Inhabitants of New Castle and Berwick, 1558),' 'On Justification by Faith Alone,' 'National Repentance and Reformation (A Brief Exhortation to England for the Speedy Embracing of the Gospel, 1559),' 'Reformation, Revolution and Romanism: An Appeal to the Scottish Nobility (1558),' 'The Pulpit of the Reformation: "The Last Judgment," by John Welch,' "The Parable of the Householders," and "The Parable of the Tares," by Hugh Latimer.' 'John Knox to the King,' 'The Execution of Servetus for Blasphemy, Heresy, Obstinate Anabaptism,' 'Defended (excerpted from his Treatise on Predestination),' 'A Debate Between John Knox and Secretary Lethington on the Duty of Christian Subjects to Execute Judgement Upon Criminal Magistrates,' 'The Execution of Servetus for Blasphemy, Heresy, Obstinate Anabaptism, Defended (excerpted from John Knox's Treatise on Predestination),' 'It Is I Be Not Afraid,' 'The First Blast of the Trumpet Against the Monstrous Regiment of Women (1558),' and 'Sermon on Isaiah 26.'(sic, all of volume 6)
  • Mather, Richard, Preface to the Bay Psalm Book (1640). Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
    "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." -- Publisher
    Preface to the Bay Psalm Book
    http://www.covenanter.org/reformed/2015/8/17/preface-to-the-bay-psalm-book

    Miller, Samuel (1769-1850), Thoughts on Public Prayer, 1849. Available on the 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." -- Publisher
    "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, 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." -- Publisher

    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 Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #19.
    "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) -- Publisher

    Poole, Matthew (1624-1679), Evangelical Worship is Spiritual Worship: As it was discussed in a sermon preached before the Right Honourable the Lord Maior, at Pauls Church, Aug. 26. 1660. By Matthew Poole minister of the Gospel at Michael Quern in London.

    *Price, Greg L., Foundation for Reformation: The Regulative Principle of Worship, 22 pages. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #1.
    Foundation for Reformation: The Regulative Principle of Worship. Greg Price
    http://www.swrb.com/newslett/actualNLs/reformation-rpw-gp.htm

    Prime, Derek, Created to Praise,
    "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 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

    Shop Judy Rogers Music Online
    http://www.judyrogers.com/catalog.php?item=4&ret=judyrogers.com%2Fcatalog.php%3Fpage%3D1%26item%3D6

    Rouse, Francis, the Westminster Divines (1643-1653), 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). Alternate title: THE SCOTTISH METRICAL PSALTER OF 1650. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #7, #30.
    "This is the Psalter (less Brown's notes, which were added later), mandated [we find no documentation that it was mandated -- compiler], 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 [the metric version, not the KJV of the Psalms of David of THE SCOTTISH PROSE PSALTER -- compiler], 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 [see www.lettermen2.com/pricemp.html -- compiler]. 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 Catechis 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!" -- Publisher
    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

    *Rutherford, Samuel (1600-1661), The due Right of Presbyteries or a Peaceable Plea for the Government of the Church of Scotland, 1644. Alternate title: THE DIVINE RIGHT OF CHURCH-GOVERNMENT AND EXCOMMUNICATION: OR A PEACABLE DISPUTE FOR THE PERFECTION OF THE HOLY SCRIPTURE IN POINT OF CEREMONIES AND CHURCH GOVERNMENT; IN WHICH THE REMOVAL OF THE SERVICE-BOOK IS JUSTIFI'D, THE SIX BOOKS OF THO: ERASTUS AGAINST EXCOMMUNICATION ARE BRIEFLY EXAMIN'D; WITH A VINDICATION OF THAT EMINENT DIVINE THEOD: BEZA AGAINST THE ASPERSIONS OF ERASTUS, THE ARGUMENTS OF MR. WILLIAM PRYN, RICH: HOOKER, DR. MORTON, DR. JACKSON, DR. JOHN FORBES, AND THE DOCTORS OF ABERDEEN; TOUCHING WILL-WORSHIP, CEREMONIES, IMAGERY, IDOLATRY, THINGS INDIFFERENT, AN AMBULATORY GOVERNMENT; THE DUE AND JUST POWERS OF THE MAGISTRATE IN MATTERS OF RELIGION, AND THE ARGUMENTS OF MR. PRYN, IN SO FAR AS THEY SIDE WITH ERASTUS, ARE MODESTLY DISCUSSED. TO WHICH IS ADDED, A BRIEF TRACTATE OF SCANDAL; . . . BY SAMUEL RUTHERFURD, PROFESSOR OF DIVINITY IN THE UNIVERSITY OF ST. ANDREWS IN SCOTLAND. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #9 and #24.
    "Almost 800 pages long, Rutherford here deals with church membership, separation from the visible church, the civil magistrate and religion, communion among churches, the errors of the independents (specifically in New England), and much more. This could be considered the LEX, REX of church government -- another exceedingly rare masterpiece of Presbyterianism! Characterized by Walker as sweeping 'over a wider field than most. Most essential points which Gillespie has barely touched, Rutherford carefully considers; as, for instance, the nature of the visible church as such, and its constituent elements. Even in the Erastian controversy he is a necessary supplement to his great contemporary. It is something to me altogether amazing, the mass of thinking about Church questions you have in those writings.' Bannerman, in his CHURCH OF CHRIST calls this a 'very learned and elaborate treatise.' Here is a sample of Mr. Rutherford's writing: 'A private subtraction and separation from the Ministry of a known wolf and seducer, . . . this the Law of nature will warrant . . . as Parker saith from Saravia, 'it is lawful to use that blameless and just defence, if the bad church-guide cannot be deposed.' So the son may save himself by a just defence in fleeing from his mad father, or his distracted friend coming to kill him. Now this defence is not an authoritative act, nor a judicial act of authority, but a natural act that is common to any private person, yea to all without the true Church as well as within to take that care in extreme necessity, for the safety of their souls, that they would do for the safety of their bodies' (1642), cited in The Original Covenanter and Contending Witness magazine." -- Publisher
    Brutus, Junius, The Covenant Between God and Kings, from A DEFENSE OF LIBERTY
    http://www.constitution.org/vct/vindiciae1a.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, 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

    Steele, David (1803-1887), 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/reformed/2015/8/18/david-steeles-sermon-on-the-believers-inventory

    Steele, David (1803-1887), Continuous Singing in the Ordinary Public Worship of God: Considered in the Light of Scripture and the Subordinate Standards of the Reformed Presbyterian Church; In Answer to Some Letters of Inquiry Addressed to the Writer. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #19.
    Continuous Singing, David Steele
    http://www.covenanter.org/reformed/2015/8/17/david-steeles-circular-on-continuous-singing

    Steele, Richard (1629-1692), and Don Kistler, Remedy for Wandering Thoughts in the Worship of God, ISBN: 0873779436.
    "A much needed study for the present day church." -- Lloyd T. Sprinkle

    Thompson, Bard, A Bibliography of Christian Worship, ISBN: 0810821540 9780810821545.

    Thornwell, James Henly (1812-1862), Thornwell Refutes Charles Hodge's Church Polity and Views on Worship. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #23.

    *Westminster Assembly (1643-1652), The Westminster Confession of Faith (1646), [completed and first printed in 1646, approved by the Assembly, August 27, 1647, Session 23 -- compiler] (Glasgow, Scotland: Free Presbyterian Publication [133 Woodlands Road, Glasgow G3 6LE], 1994), ISBN: 0902506080 (casebound), and ISBN: 0902506358 (paperback). Among the ten greatest works in the English language. Available (THE WESTMINSTER CONFESSION OF FAITH (1646) with all its subordinate documents in searchable format) on the Puritan Hard Drive. Also available (THE WESTMINSTER CONFESSION OF FAITH (1646) with all its subordinate documents in searchable format) on Reformation Bookshelf CD #1.
    Westminster Confession of Faith (1646) With Scripture Proofs
    http://www.reformed.org/documents/wcf_with_proofs/
    The Confession of Faith, the Larger and Shorter Catechisms, With the Scripture Proofs at Large: Together With The sum of Saving Knowledge (contained in the Holy Scriptures, and held forth in the said Confession and Catechisms), and Practical use Thereof, Covenants National and Solemn League, Acknowledgment of Sins and Engagement to Duties, Directories, Form of Church-government, &c. of Public Authority in the Church of Scotland, With Acts of Assembly and Parliament, Relative to, and Approbative of the Same (1757) [the original version of 1646, prior to the changes of the "American Version" of 1789 -- compiler]
    http://archive.org/details/confessionofscot00chur
    " '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, 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." -- Publisher
    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"
      http://www.reformed.org/documents/wcf_standards/index.html?mainframe=/documents/wcf_standards/p005-to_head_of_families.html
    2. "Mr. Thomas Manton's Epistle to the Reader"
      http://www.reformed.org/documents/wcf_standards/index.html?mainframe=/documents/wcf_standards/p005-to_head_of_families.html
    3. THE CONFESSION OF FAITH (1646), the full and original edition with Scripture proofs written out
      http://www.reformed.org/documents/wcf_with_proofs/
    4. THE LARGER CATECHISM with Scripture proofs written out
      http://www.reformed.org/documents/wlc_w_proofs/index.html
    5. THE SHORTER CATECHISM with Scripture proofs written out
      http://www.reformed.org/documents/WSC_frames.html
    6. THE SUM OF SAVING KNOWLEDGE
      http://www.reformed.org/master/index.html?mainframe=/documents/sum/sum.html
    7. "The National Covenant"
      http://www.reformed.org/documents/wcf_standards/index.html?mainframe=/documents/wcf_standards/p345-nat_covenant.html
    8. "The Solemn League and Covenant"
      http://www.reformed.org/documents/wcf_standards/index.html?mainframe=/documents/wcf_standards/p355-solemn_league.html
    9. "A Solemn Acknowledgement of Publick Sins and Breaches of the Covenant; and a Solemn Engagement to all the Duties Contained Therein"
      http://www.truecovenanter.com/covenants/scotland_covenant_renewal_1648.html
    10. THE DIRECTORY FOR PUBLIC WORSHIP
      http://www.reformed.org/documents/wcf_standards/index.html?mainframe=/documents/wcf_standards/p369-direct_pub_worship.html
    11. THE FORM OF PRESBYTERIAL CHURCH GOVERNMENT
      http://www.reformed.org/documents/wcf_standards/index.html?mainframe=/documents/wcf_standards/p395-form_presby_gov.html
    12. "The Directory for Family-Worship, Approved by the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, for Piety and Uniformity in Secret and Private Worship, and Mutual Edification"
      http://www.reformed.org/documents/wcf_standards/index.html
    THE WESTMINSTER CONFESSION OF FAITH (1646) is said to be the finest summary of THE HOLY BIBLE available. It is recommended for daily devotions. See the following resources:
    1. THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE WESTMINSTER STANDARDS AS A CREED
      http://www.fpcr.org/blue_banner_articles/signific.htm
    2. "The Complete Scripture Index to the Westminster Confession (1646), Larger and Shorter Catechisms." Alternate title: SCRIPTURE INDEX TO THE WESTMINSTER STANDARDS. Available on Library of Presbyterian Heritage Publications [and] Protestant Heritage Press CD. Also available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
    3. Bordwine, James, A GUIDE TO THE WESTMINSTER STANDARDS: CONFESSION OF FAITH AND LARGER CATECHISM, ISBN: 0940931303 9780940931305.
      Includes a unique, 100-page topical index to both the CONFESSION and the LARGER CATECHISM.
    4. WESTMINSTER LARGER CATECHISM WITH PROOF TEXTS
      http://www.reformed.org/documents/wlc_w_proofs/index.html
    5. THE SHORTER CATECHISM WITH SCRIPTURE PROOFS
      Arguably the greatest tract ever created, all factors considered.
      http://www.reformed.org/documents/WSC_frames.html
      THE SHORTER CATECHISM
      Free downloadable PDF file.
      http://www.greenvillepresbyterian.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/shorter-catechism.pdf
    6. 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/
    7. Commentaries on the Westminster Standards Including the Westminster Confession of Faith, The Larger Catechism, and The Shorter Catechism
      http://www.lettermen2.com/bcrr3ch.html#cwswcsc
    8. The Westminster Confession of Faith (1646), (The Westminster Standards), and Related Works: A Study Guide
      http://www.lettermen2.com/suggest.html
    9. The Scottish Covenanted Reformation continued the work of The Westminster Assembly. David Steel (1803-1887), is considered to be one of the most faithful Covenanter ministers in America. Notice that the citation following is an authorized, complete edition of their final TESTIMONY.
      Reformed Presbytery in North America (Steelite), David Steele (1803-1887), John Thorburn (1730?-1788), John Courtass (d. 1795), et al., ACT, DECLARATION, AND TESTIMONY, FOR THE WHOLE OF THE COVENANTED REFORMATION, AS ATTAINED TO, AND ESTABLISHED IN, BRITAIN AND IRELAND; PARTICULARLY BETWIXT THE YEARS 1638 AND 1649, INCLUSIVE. AS, ALSO, AGAINST ALL THE STEPS OF DEFECTION FROM SAID REFORMATION, WHETHER IN FORMER OR LATER TIMES, SINCE THE OVERTHROW OF THAT GLORIOUS WORK, DOWN TO THIS PRESENT DAY (1876), (Philadelphia, PA: Printed by Rue and Jones, 1876).
      This is a new edition of the Ploughlandhead Testimony of 1761. It was the subordinate standard of the original "Steelite" Reformed Presbytery that was constitutes in 1840.
      https://archive.org/details/actdeclarationte00refo
    10. Church and State
      Works listed here discuss the decline of the influence of Calvinism and the Covenanted Reformation in Great Britain and the United States. The various alterations to the Westminster Standards are also discussed.
      http://www.lettermen2.com/bcrr9chc.html#churchstate
    11. 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 [1 Samuel 18:1-9], 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 [Dordt], 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 [audio files]), 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." -- Publisher

    Williamson, G.I., Scriptural Regulative Principle of Worship. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
    "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!" -- Publisher

    Williamson, G.I., Frank Joseph Smith, William Young, David Compton, and Randall T. Ruble, Papers Presented at the 1990 Psalmody Conference. Alternate title: SCRIPTURAL REGULATIVE PRINCIPLE OF WORSHIP, PSALM SINGING IN PUBLIC WORSHIP, HISTORY OF PSALMODY, IMPRECATORY PSALMS, CHRIST AND THE PSALMS, PSALMS: A CHRISTIAN'S BIOGRAPHY, SONGS OF SANCTIFICATION AND WISDOM. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
    Contents: The Scriptural regulative principle of worship / G.I. Williamson | Psalm singing in public worship / Frank J. Smith | The history of psalmody / William Young | The imprecatory psalms / David Compton | Christ and the psalms / Randall T. Ruble | The psalms, a Christian's biography / Herman Hanko | The psalms, songs of sanctification and wisdom / Charles J. Butler.

    Young, William, The Puritan Principle of Worship. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #19.
    "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." -- Publisher

    *Zacharias, Ravi, The Uniqueness of Christ in World Religions (part 1 of 2)
    This is a very sensitive presentation of major differences between Islam and Christianity.
    The address also applies to a wide array of other issues such as "duality" (the Western position), logic, the law of non-contradiction, "either/or," absolutism verses relativism, etc. -- and applies "non-duality" (the Eastern position), "both/and," the Hegelian dialectic (the synthesis of opposites into a "higher truth"), situational ethics, values clarification, political compromise, democracy, "have your cake and eat it too," and so forth, and so on.
    http://www.rzim.org/let-my-people-think-broadcasts/the-uniqueness-of-christ-in-world-religions-part-1-of-2/
    The Uniqueness of Christ in World Religions (part 2 of 2)
    "The reality of human nature is best portrayed in the teaching of Christ."
    Christianity alone explains the questions of unity in diversity, the one and the many, The Trinity, and spiritual oneness.
    Accessed October 20, 2014.
    http://www.rzim.org/let-my-people-think-broadcasts/the-uniqueness-of-christ-in-world-religions-part-2-of-2/

    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)

    See also: The psalms in worship, Music in the worship of god, 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, theopneustia, sufficiency of scripture), Reform of the church, Arminianism, The psalms in worship, Psalms: chants, responsorials, and scripture choruses, Family worship, Music in the worship of god, Praise, Thanksgiving, and so forth, and so on.
    TCRB5: 821, 1451, 1453, 2385, 2472, 3921-3951

    Related WebLinks

    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

    "The Case Against the Choir," an article from the Free Presbyterian Magazine, 1896
    http://www.covenanter.org/reformed/2015/8/19/an-article-from-the-free-presbyterian-magazine-1896-the-case-against-the-choir

    The Directory for the Public Worship of God
    http://www.covenanter.org/Westminster/directoryforpublicworship.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 and a half centuries the Reformed churches as a rule sang nothing but the Psalms in worship." http://www.swrb.com/newslett/actualnls/C RTPsSing.htm
    http://www.swrb.com/newslett/FREEBOOK/Ref Worsh.htm
    Exclusive Psalmody (Exclusive Psalmody and the Regulative Principle 4/7)
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?currSection=sermonsspeaker&sermonID=52501212814

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

    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

    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

    Kerr, James (1847-1905), Lecture on The Scriptural Doctrines Violated by Ritualism
    http://www.covenanter.org/reformed/2015/8/19/james-kerrs-lecture-on-the-scriptural-doctrines-violated-by-ritualism

    Owen, John, An Answer Unto two Questions: With Twelve Arguments Against any Conformity to Worship not of Divine Institution
    http://www.covenanter.org/reformed/2015/8/19/john-owens-pamphlet-an-answer-unto-two-questions-with-twelve-arguments-against-any-conformity-to-worship-not-of-divine-institution

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

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

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

    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

    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), 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://htod.cdncon.com/o2/rzimht/MP3/LMPT/127-1.mp3

    Worship: A Clue to Meaning in Life (2 of 2), 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://htod.cdncon.com/o2/rzimht/MP3/LMPT/127-2.mp3

    Worship Regulated by the Word of God
    http://www.covenanter.org/reformed/2015/6/30/worship



    The Psalms in Worship

    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.

    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 Colossians 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)

    All Christians employ themselves in David's Psalms more frequently than in any other part of the Old or New Testament. The grace of the Holy Ghost hath so ordered it that they should be sung every night and day . . . Many who know not a letter can say David's Psalms by heart. . . . where men converse with God, David is the first, the midst, and the last. -- Chrysostom

    The Treasury of David, Psalm 24, C.H. Spurgeon
    Lift up your heads, O ye gates, and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors, and the King of glory shall come in. Who is this King of glory? The Lord, strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle. Who is this King of glory? The Lord of hosts: he is the King of glory. (Psalm 24:7-10)
    http://www.spurgeon.org/treasury/ps024.php

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

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

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

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

    I find it to be most true, that the greatest temptation out of hell is to live without temptations. If my waters should stand, they would rot. Faith is the better of the free air, and of the sharp winter storms in its face. Grace withereth without adversity. The devil is but God's master fencer, to teach us to handle our weapons. -- Samuel Rutherford, The Loveliness of Christ

    A personal listing of Psalms that have imprecatory content or undertones: Psalm 3, 5, 6, 7, 17, 27, 28, 35, 37, 52, 54, 55, 56, 58, 59, 62, 63, 64, 69, 70, 73, 78, 79, 83, 86, 90, 91, 94, 102, 105, 109, 137, 139, 140, 141, 142, 143, and 144.

    Perhaps the lack of psalm-singing -- even if not exclusive -- is a factor behind much of the "me and my biblism [sec]," and the ecclesiastical freelancer mentality, that blights much of modern evangelicalism. -- Daniel Ritchie, Saintfield, Northern Ireland

    Ackroyd, Peter R., and 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).

    Adams, James E., War Psalms. Alternate title: Alternative title: WAR PSALMS OF THE PRINCE OF PEACE: LESSONS FROM THE IMPRECATORY PSALMS. ISBN: 0875520936 9780875520933.
    Foreword by Jay Edward Adams (of Westminster Theological Seminary), 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.
    A personal listing of Psalms that have imprecatory content or undertones: Psalm 3, 5, 6, 7, 17, 27, 28, 35, 37, 52, 54, 55, 56, 58, 59, 62, 63, 64, 69, 70, 73, 78, 79, 83, 86, 90, 91, 94, 102, 105, 109, 137, 139, 140, 141, 142, 143, and 144.

    Anderson, John (1748?-1830), A Discourse on the Divine Ordinance of Singing Psalms: Intended to prove, I. That the singing of Psalms is a part of that social or publick worship which God hath appointed in his word. II. That there are parts of the sacred Scriptures adapted to the purpose of singing, which ought to be used in the publick worship of the church, till the end of time. III. That the Scripture songs are the only forms of psalmody, which ought to be used in the solemn and publick worship of the church. IV. That, in the publick praises of the church, the musick, or outward part, ought to be conducted with decency and simplicity; and in subserviency to the spiritual part, which is chiefly to be regarded. To which is added, an appendix, in two numbers. No. I. contains a brief history of psalmody. No. II. contains a review of Dr. Watts's Imitation of the Psalms of David, as corrected and enlarged by Joel Barlow.

    Anderson, John (1748?-1830), 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 Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #19.
    "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." -- Publisher

    Associate Presbyterian (Seceder) Magazine, The Ancient and Modern Mode of Singing the Psalms (Sept, 1863), an article from the Associate Presbyterian (Seceder) Magazine. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Also available on the Reformation Bookshelf CD #3, #18, #19.
    "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." -- Publisher
    http://www.covenanter.org/reformed/2015/8/17/article-from-the-associate-presbyterian-seceder-magazine-on-the-ancient-and-modern-mode-of-singing-the-psalms

    *Baillie, Robert (1599-1662), and David Laing (editor), Letters and Journals of Robert Baillie, 3 volumes, 1841 edition, ISBN: 0921148984 9780921148982. Christian classic. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #17.
    "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!" -- Publisher
    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." -- Publisher

    Baker, Richard, Meditations and Disquisitions Upon the First Psalm, the Penitential Psalms, and Seven Consolatory Psalms.
    "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

    Barrow, Reg, Psalm Singing in Scripture, History. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
    "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." -- Publisher

    Barrow, Reg, Reformation Worship and Separation From Idolatry. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #19 and #27. Available (PSALM SINGING IN SCRIPTURE AND HISTORY), on Reformation Bookshelf CD #1-30.
    "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." -- Publisher
    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.
    http://www.swrb.com/newslett/actualnls/CRTPsSing.htm

    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, ISBN: 0921148402 9780921148401. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #19.
    "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 Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #19.

    Binnie, William, The use of Psalms in the Christian Church: A Historical Survey. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
    It appears that this is an alternate title for THE PSALMS: THEIR HISTORY, TEACHINGS, AND USE.

    Birger, Larry, Jean Calvin, and Reg Barrow, The Geneva Bible, Psalmody, and More Credenda/Agenda Inaccuracies Answered.

    Blossom, G., God as Refuge/Rock (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.)
    Audio cassette POG03 [audio file].

    Bourgeault, Cynthia, Chanting the Psalms: A Practical Guide With Instructional CD.

    Bourgeault, Cynthia, Singing the Psalms.

    Brink, Emily Ruth, and Bertus Frederick Polman, Psalter Hymnal Handbook.

    Brown, Hugh, Discourses on Scripture Psalmody in Praising God: and Against Instrumental Music in Public Worship. Sing unto Him (Jehovah), sing psalms unto Him. (1 Chronicles 16:9)
    http://www.covenanter.org/reformed/2015/8/19/hugh-browns-discourses-on-scripture-psalmody-in-praising-god-and-against-instrumental-music-in-public-worship

    Brown, John (of Haddington, 1722-1787, annotations), Psalter by Francis Rouse, the Westminster Divines, and the Scottish General Assembly (from 1646-1650). Alternate title: 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. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available (WORKS OF JOHN BROWN OF HADDINGTON), on Reformation Bookshelf CD #7, #30.

    *Bushell, Michael, The Songs of Zion: A Contemporary Case for Exclusive Psalmody, 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!" -- Publisher

    Chalmers, John T., Ten Reasons why the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church Adheres to the Exclusive use of the Inspired Psalter in the Worship of God.
    http://www.covenanter.org/reformed/2015/8/17/john-t-chalmers-book-ten-reasons-why-the-associate-reformed-presbyterian-church-adheres-to-the-exclusive-use-of-the-inspired-psalter-in-the-worship-of-god

    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. 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). A Christian classic. Considered to be among the ten greatest books in the English language.
    "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 [Hebrews 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) (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.)
    Audio cassette PSC01 [audio file].

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

    Cotton, John (1584-1652), Singing of Psalms a Gospel Ordinance. Alternate title: SINGING OF PSALMES A GOSPEL-ORDINANCE, OR, A TREATISE, WHEREIN ARE HANDLED THESE FOURE PARTICULARS. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
    "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." -- Publisher

    Cotton, John (1584-1652), and Greg Fox, John Cotton on Psalmody and the Sabbath.

    Cotton, John (1584-1652), Richard Mather, John Eliot, and Thomas Weld, Bay Psalm Book, 1640. Alternate title: THE BAY PSALM BOOK: THE VVHOLE BOOKE OF PSALMES.
    Preface to the Bay Psalm Book
    http://www.covenanter.org/reformed/2015/8/17/preface-to-the-bay-psalm-book

    *Cox, Samuel, The Pilgrim Psalms: An Exposition of the Songs of Degrees.
    "In these chapters Cox focuses attention on the often neglected psalms of ascent (Psalms 120-134), and in a series of well-reasoned, clear, and relevant messages draws from each portion of Scripture pertinent truths that are then applied in practical ways. James Moffatt paid high tribute to Cox when he wrote, 'Dr. Cox was too honest an expositor to intrude his views into his interpretation of Scripture. He was as scrupulous as Calvin himself on this point.' The reprinting of this fine work is welcomed." -- Cyril J. Barber

    Crampton, W. Gary, Exclusive Psalmody, a newsletter.
    "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

    Dakers, Lionel, and The Royal School of Church Music (London, England), The RSCM Chant Book.

    Davies, Horton, The Worship of the American Puritans, 1629-1730.

    Davies, Horton, The Worship of the English Puritans.

    Day, John N., Crying for Justice: What the Psalms Teach us About Mercy and Vengeance in an Age of Terrorism, ISBN: 0825424461 9780825424465.

    Dodds, Robert J., A Reply to Morton on Psalmody: To Which is Added a Condensed Argument for the Exclusive use of an Inspired Psalmody
    http://www.covenanter.org/reformed/2015/8/17/robert-j-dodds-book-a-reply-to-morton-on-psalmody-to-which-is-added-a-condensed-argument-for-the-exclusive-use-of-an-inspired-psalmody

    Foster, F.M., History of the Decline and Extinction of Psalm-singing in the Presbyterian Church.

    Gill, John (1697-1771), A Discourse on Singing of Psalms as a Part of Divine Worship, From I. Corinthians xiv. 15 [1 Corinthians 14:15]. Preached the 25th of December, 1733. To a society of young men, who carry on an exercise of prayer on Lord's-Day mornings, at a Meeting-House on Horsly-down, Southwark.

    Hay Fleming, David (1849-1931), The Hymnology of the Scottish Reformation: A Detailed Historical Defence of the Exclusive Psalmody of the Scottish Reformers, Calvin and Others, ISBN: 9780941075282 0941075281. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #19.

    Hay Fleming, David (1849-1931), Horatius Bonar, and George W. Sprott, The Hymnology of the Scottish Reformation: A Reply to Dr. Horatius Bonar and Dr. G.W. Sprott.

    Houston, Thomas (1803-1882), The Inspired Psalms Only to be Used in the Worship of God: A Preface.

    Houston, Thomas (1803-1882), and William Johnston, Divine Psalms Against Paraphrases and Hymns: Review of a Sermon by the Rev. William Johnston, on "Psalms and Paraphrases."

    Inserra, Lorraine, H. Wiley Hitchcock, The Music of Henry Ainsworth's Psalter (Amsterdam, 1612).

    Johnson and Silva, Character of God in the Psalms; God Is King of All the Earth (Psalm 47); The God Who Answers (Psalm 107) (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.)
    Audio cassette PSC04 [audio file].

    Kidd, Reggie M., With one Voice: Discovering Christ's Song in our Worship.

    Lefebvre, Michael, Singing the Songs of Jesus: Revisiting the Psalms, 160 pages.

    Mather, Richard, Preface to the Bay Psalm Book (1640). Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
    "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." -- Publisher
    Preface to the Bay Psalm Book
    http://www.covenanter.org/reformed/2015/8/17/preface-to-the-bay-psalm-book

    McLaren, Donald C., The Psalms of Holy Scripture, the Only Songs of Zion, an Appeal to the Churches in Behalf of this Ordinance of God
    http://www.covenanter.org/reformed/2015/8/17/donald-c-mclarens-pamphlet-the-psalms-of-holy-scripture-the-only-songs-of-zion-an-appeal-to-the-churches-in-behalf-of-this-ordinance-of-god

    McMaster, Gilbert (1778-1854), An Apology for the Book of Psalms in Five Letters, ISBN: 0217165222 9780217165228. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
    http://www.covenanter.org/reformed/2015/8/17/gilbert-mcmasters-book-an-apology-for-the-book-of-psalms-in-five-letters

    *McNaugher, John (editor), and The United Presbyterian Church of North America. General Assembly, The Psalms in Worship: A Series of Convention Papers Bearing Upon the Place of the Psalms in the Worship of the Church. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
    "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

    Murray, John (1898-1975), and William Young, The Forgotten Minority: The Minority Report on Song in the Public Worship of God, 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." -- Publisher

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

    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.

    Orthodox Presbyterian Church, Trinity Hymnal.

    Patrick, Millar, Bruce Rogers, Pforzheimer Bruce Rogers Collection (Library of Congress), Four Centuries of Scottish Psalmody.

    Patterson, Ward, Under His Wings: Psalms 1-50.

    Patterson, Ward, Out of His Heart: Psalms 51-100.

    Patterson, Ward, Into His Love: Psalms 101-150.

    Peterson, Eugene H., Answering God: The Psalms as Tools for Prayer.

    Plantinga, Cornelius, and Sue A. Rozeboom, Discerning the Spirits: A Guide to Thinking About Christian Worship Today.

    Price, Greg L., Christmass Condemned, a 3-tape series [audio files]. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #19.
    "Price shows how the teaching of the Lord Jesus Christ condemns all man-invented holy days. Scripture and history are brought to bear most specifically on the celebration of Christ-mass, demonstrating why it is a sin to celebrate this day. It is also noted that Scripture never commands the celebration of this day and that there is no evidence that Christ and the Apostles ever celebrated this day -- in fact, this syncretism of paganism and 'Babylonian' Christianity was not first celebrated until 354 A.D. (when December 25 was chosen, in accord with the Pagan feast of Saturnalia, as the day of 'celebration'). Price also clearly shows that to call yourself Reformed while you hold on to this Roman Catholic/Pagan monument of idolatry makes for a serious contradiction in your testimony -- as the best Reformed churches have always disciplined those (in accord with Scriptural teaching) who broke the second and fourth commandments by keeping anti-Christian festival days like Christ-mass, Easter, etc. Citations from Luther, Calvin and the company of Geneva Pastors, the Church of Scotland's First Book of Discipline, the 1620 Dutch Synod, the Civil Government of Holland (1625), the U.S. Colonies and the Westminster Assembly all speak with one voice against this Romish corruption. Common objections against the classic Reformed position are also answered. Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen. (Jer. 10:2 [Jeremiah 10:2]) -- Publisher

    Price, Greg L., Exclusive Psalmody, 7-tape series [audio files]. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #19. Includes:
    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 and the Regulative Principle
    Tape 5/7 Exclusive Psalmody in Church History
    Tape 6/7 Exclusive. Psalmody and the West. Standards
    Tape 7/7 Objections to Exclusive Psalmody Answered

    The Psalms of David a 10-CD series by Priority Records

    Hereford Cathedral Choir, The Psalms of David: Hear my Prayer, O Lord.
    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.
    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.

    Shaw, Ian, James Lancelot, and the Durham Cathedral Choir, The Psalms of David, Volume 3: The Earth Is the Lord's.

    Rees-Williams, Jonathan, with Mark Shepherd, organist, Lichfield Cathedral Choir, The Psalms of David, Volume 4: In Jewry is God Known.

    Sanders, John, Mark Lee, and the Gloucester Cathedral Choir, The Psalms of David, Volume 5: Praise the Lord ye Servants.

    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.

    Nicholas, Michael, with Neil Taylor, organist, Norwich Cathedral, Choir, The Psalms of David, Volume 7: Let God Arise.

    Trepte, Paul, with David Price, organist, Ely Cathedral Choir, The Psalms of David, Volume 8: Praise the Lord O my Soul.

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

    Moore, Philip, John Scott Whiteley, and the York Minster Choir, The Psalms of David, Volume 10: Be Thou my Judge, O Lord.

    *Psalter Task Force; Presbyterian Church (USA), Cumberland Presbyterian Church, The Psalter: Psalms and Canticles for Singing.

    *Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America, The Book of Psalms for Singing, ISBN: 1884527108 9781884527104.
    Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America, The Book of Psalms for Singing: Tune Library, a CD-ROM or audio files.
    See also: McBurney, Charles, Improving Our Praise: Four Studies in Congregational Singing Using the Book of Psalms for Singing, a video [DVD].

    Rouse, Francis, and John Brown (of Haddington, 1722-1787, annotations), Psalter by Francis Rouse, the Westminster Divines, and the Scottish General Assembly (from 1646-1650). Alternate title: 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. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available (WORKS OF JOHN BROWN OF HADDINGTON), on Reformation Bookshelf CD #7, #30.

    Rouse, Francis, the Westminster Divines (1643-1653), 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). Alternate title: THE SCOTTISH METRICAL PSALTER OF 1650. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #7, #30.
    "This is the Psalter (less Brown's notes, which were added later), mandated [we find no documentation that it was mandated -- compiler], 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 [the metric version, not the KJV of the Psalms of David of THE SCOTTISH PROSE PSALTER -- compiler], 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 [see www.lettermen2.com/pricemp.html -- compiler]. 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!" -- Publisher
    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.

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


    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.

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

    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.

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

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

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

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

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

    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.

    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, and the St. Paul's Cathedral (London, England) Choir, Psalms From St. Paul's, Volume 9: Psalms 105 to 113.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    Schwertley, Brian, Exclusive Psalmody: A Biblical Defense, ISBN: 0970371233 9780970371232. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
    "EXCLUSIVE PSALMODY: A BIBLICAL DEFENSE along with his previous books SOLA SCRIPTURA (A DEFENSE OF THE REGULATIVE PRINCIPLE OF WORSHIP), and MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS IN THE WORSHIP OF GOD, makes a complete exposition of the Biblical Doctrine of Worship and a thorough defense of our Presbyterian and Reformed heritage of worship." -- Publisher

    Seerveld, Calvin, Voicing God's Psalms.

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

    Shepherd, Norman, and Edmund P. Clowney, Westminster Psalmody Debate.

    *Spurgeon, C.H. (1834-1892), The Treasury of David. 3 volumes. A Christian classic. Considered to be among the ten greatest books in the English language. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
    "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.php
    The Treasury of David (1881)
    http://archive.org/details/thetreasuryofdav00spuruoft

    Stapert, Calvin, My Only Comfort: Death, Deliverance, and Discipleship in the Music of Bach.

    Steele, David (1803-1887, editor), "Are Hymns Idols?" in The Reformation Advocate, Vol. 1, March 1874, No. 1.
    http://www.covenanter.org/reformed/2015/8/17/article-from-the-original-covenanter-magazine-entitled-are-hymns-idols

    Steele, David (1803-1887), Martin Luther and Psalm Singing. Available [newsletter] on the 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" -- Publisher
    http://www.swrb.com/newslett/actualnls/LutherPs.htm

    Stewart, Bruce Cameron, Psalm Singing Revisited: The Case for Exclusive Psalmody.

    Tournay, Raymond Jacques, Seeing and Hearing God With the Psalms: The Prophetic Liturgy of the Second Temple in Jerusalem.

    Van Dyk, Leanne, A More Profound Alleluia: Worship and Theology in Harmony. Two questions lie at the heart of this book: What are the theological implications of worship? and What are the liturgical implications of theology? Convinced that worship and theology are integrally related, the authors of A More Profound Alleluia show in practical terms how liturgy and doctrine fruitfully illuminate each other. Each chapter pairs an element of the worship service with related Christian teachings, demonstrating how the great doctrines of the faith find their natural expression in the drama of worship and how the liturgy in turn finds its corollary in doctrine. The interrelation of theology and worship is illustrated with anecdotes from congregational life, resources drawn from church history, and themes from novels and films. Each chapter also includes two hymn texts that exemplify orthodox doctrine communicated through song. --From publisher's description.
    A More Profound Alleluia: Worship and Theology in Harmony, a DVD.

    Various, 50 Suggested Tunes For Use With the Scottish Metrical Psalter of 1650 by the Dohms Family (1998), [audio files]. 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 [audio file], 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 [audio file], 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 [audio file] -- 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 [audio file], 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!" -- Publisher

    Various, The Bay Psalm Book: A Facsimile Reprint of the First Edition of 1640.

    Vischer, Lukas, Christian Worship in Reformed Churches Past and Present.

    Waltke and Johnson, Character of God in the Psalms; Surely God Is Good (Psalm 73); Why Do You Reject Me? (Psalm 88) (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.)
    Audio cassette PSC02 [audio file].

    Ward, Rowland S., Psalm-singing in Scripture and History: A Study in History and Doctrine, ISBN: 0949670146 9780949670144.


    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, 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.

    Ledger, Philip, and the King's College (University of Cambridge), Choir, The Psalms of David, Volume 3.


    Williamson, G.I., Scriptural Regulative Principle of Worship. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
    "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!" -- Publisher

    *Williamson, G.I., The Singing of Psalms in the Worship of God.

    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, ISBN: 0198164246 9780198164241.
    "This book presents, for the first time, a history of English liturgical chant as performed in the Church of England and its transmission to churches in Scotland and the United States. In the mid-sixteenth century Reformation, the complex ritual of the Latin rite was replaced by a one-volume BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER, in English. The general nature of the new rubrics, especially for music, left many of the details of performance to be worked out in traditional ways. Thus the music evolved from its Latin roots in oral, and later, written practice. The body of music that makes up the chanting practice of Anglican and related churches around the world is diversified.
    "Some texts of the Liturgy are harmonized in four or more voice parts, often with organ accompaniment, and others are sung in plainsong. The largest group of chants, those for the psalms and canticles, has an idiosyncratic written form and a performance practice that continues to evolve in oral tradition. This music is commonly known as Anglican Chant. Its origins in the seventeenth century and its codification in the eighteenth are explored in the choral establishments of the Church of England and parish churches in England, Scotland and the United States." -- Publisher

    *Witvliet, John D., The Biblical Psalms in Christian Worship: A Brief Introduction and Guide to Resources.
    "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
    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.

    Wyton, Alec, The Anglican Chant Psalter.

    See also: The regulative principles of worship, Psalms: chants, responsorials, and scripture choruses, Praise, Music in the worship of god, and so forth, and so on.

    Related WebLinks

    "The Ancient Usage in Praising God," an article from the Reformed Presbyterian Magazine
    http://www.covenanter.org/reformed/2015/8/17/article-from-the-reformed-presbyterian-magazine-on-the-ancient-usage-in-praising-god

    Anti-Instrumental Music in the Worship of God Homepage
    http://www.covenanter.org/reformed/2015/6/29/instrumental-music-in-the-worship-of-god

    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 and a half centuries the Reformed churches as a rule sang nothing but the Psalms in worship." http://www.swrb.com/newslett/actualnls/C RTPsSing.htm
    http://www.swrb.com/newslett/FREEBOOK/Ref Worsh.htm
    Exclusive Psalmody (Exclusive Psalmody and the Regulative Principle 4/7)
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?currSection=sermonsspeaker&sermonID=52501212814

    Exclusive Psalmody Homepage
    http://www.covenanter.org/reformed/2015/6/29/psalmody

    Kerr, Jeremy, A Response to the Position Statement on Exclusive Psalmody of Sovereign Grace Church at Gettysburg
    http://www.truecovenanter.com/worship/psalmody.html

    Letter V: Objections Considered, Gilbert M'Master
    Scripture our only rule. (Colossians 3:16)
    Considered -- Demands Answered -- New Mercies Require a new Song -- Book of Psalms Abrogated -- Cannot be Sung in Truth -- May Sing as Well as Pray in our own Words -- Book of Psalms Obscure -- Inadequate -- Modern Hymns More Favourable to Revivals -- More Elegant in Diction -- Watts had as Good a Right to Make Psalms as David -- Cursing Psalms -- Christ not Named in Them
    http://www.covenanter.org/reformed/2015/8/17/letter-v?rq=Reply

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

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

    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

    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

    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

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

    Psalms in Song: Music Book and Teaching Resources
    http://home.earthlink.net/~apex_ps/

    The Treasury of David, Psalm 90, C.H. Spurgeon
    Lord, thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations. (Psalm 90:1)
    This is, of course, a prayer of Moses, who is considered the greatest of the prophets. He wrote the Pentateuch, the first five books of the Old Testament, and Deuteronomy is the book most referred to by Christ in the New Testament.
    "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 [Psalm 90:17]. 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.php



    Psalms: Chants, Responsorials, and Scripture Choruses

    Grateful acknowledgment is made for the following select citations primarily from THE BIBLICAL PSALMS IN CHRISTIAN WORSHIP, by John Witvliet. This work is listed below, and is available in Google Books, partial preview.

    Anonymous, The Bay Psalm Book: A Facsimile Reprint of the First Edition of 1640.

    Ackroyd, Peter R., and C.F. Evans, The Cambridge History of the Bible, Volume 1: From the Beginnings to Jerome, complete in 3 volumes.

    Bourgeault, Cynthia, Chanting the Psalms: A Practical Guide With Instructional CD.

    Bourgeault, Cynthia, Singing the Psalms.

    Brink, Emily Ruth, and Bertus Frederick Polman, Psalter Hymnal Handbook.

    Bushell, Michael, The Songs of Zion: A Contemporary Case for Exclusive Psalmody.

    Carter, Bill, and the Jazz in Worship Task Force, Swing a New Song to the Lord: Resources for Jazz Worship.

    Dakers, Lionel, and The Royal School of Church Music (London, England), The RSCM Chant Book.

    Davies, Horton, The Worship of the American Puritans, 1629-1730.

    Davies, Horton, The Worship of the English Puritans.

    Doddes, Robert J., Robert J. Doddes Book. A Reply to Morton on Psalmody: To Which is Added a Condensed Argument for the Exclusive use of an Inspired Psalmody
    http://www.covenanter.org/reformed/2015/8/17/robert-j-dodds-book-a-reply-to-morton-on-psalmody-to-which-is-added-a-condensed-argument-for-the-exclusive-use-of-an-inspired-psalmody

    Inserra, Lorraine, H. Wiley Hitchcock, The Music of Henry Ainsworth's Psalter (Amsterdam, 1612).

    Jeffery, Peter, James McKinnon, et al., The Study of Medieval Chant. Alternate title: THE STUDY OF MEDIEVAL CHANT: PATHS AND BRIDGES, EAST AND WEST: IN HONOR OF KENNETH LEVY, ISBN: 0851158005 9780851158006.
    "Part 1 Emerging and converging textual traditions: liturgical psalmody in the sermons of St Augustine -- an introduction, James W. McKinnon; the first Marian feast in Constantinople and Jerusalem -- chant texts, readings, and homiletic literature, Margot Fassler; the cantatorium -- from Charlemagne to the 14th Century, Michel Huglo; a new folio for MS Chilandari 307, with some observations on the contents of the Slavic Lenten Sticherarion and Pentekostarion, Nicolas Schidlovskt.
    "Part 2 Mode and melos: the modes before the modes -- antiphon and differentia in western chant, Keith Falconer; the earliest oktoechoi -- the role of Jerusalem and Palestine in the beginnings of modal ordering, Peter Jeffery; Guido's 'Tritus' -- an aspect of chant style, David G. Hughes. Part 3 Turning points in the history of the neumatic notations: early ekphonetic notation in the manuscripts Scheide 2 at Princeton University, Sysse Gudrun Engberg; the other 'modus' -- on the theory and practice of intervals in the 11th and 12th centuries, Charles M. Atkinson; Russian musical azbuki -- a turning point in the history of Slavonic chant, Milos Velimirovic. Part 4 Case studies in melodic transmission: Kontakion melodies in oral and written tradition, Jorgen Raasted; on the verses of the offertory 'Elegerunt', Ruth Steiner; the trisagion in some Byzantine and Slavonic stichera, Dimitrije Stefanovic; proses in the sources of Roman chant, and their alleluias, Alejandro Planchart. Indexes: of manuscripts; of chant incipits; general."

    Kelly, Thomas Forrest, Chant and its Origins, ISBN: 9780754626329 0754626326.
    "Contents: Part I. General overviews of scholarship. Gregorian studies in the twenty-first century / Richard Crocker. Writings on Western plainchant in the 1980s and 1990s / David Hiley
    "Part II. Early history. Jerusalem and Rome (and Constantinople): the musical heritage of two great cities in the formation of the medieval chant traditions / Peter Jeffery. The singing of psalms in the early-medieval office / Joseph Dyer. The eighth-century Frankish-Roman communion cycle / James McKinnon
    "Part III. Editions and repertories. The critical edition of the Roman gradual by the monks of Solesmes / Jacque Froger. Research on the antiphoner: problems and perspectives / Hartmut Moller
    "Part IV. Analytical studies. Some remarks on Jean Claire's octoechos / Laszlo Dobszay. The offertory chant of the Roman liturgy and its musical form / Joseph Dyer. The Gregorian office antiphons and the comparative method / Edward Nowacki
    "Part V. Roman and Frankish chant. The central problem of Gregorian chant / Willi Apel. Die Entstehung des gregorianischen Chorals / Bruno Stablein. The question of the 'old-Roman' chant: a reappraisal / Paul F. Cutter. Papal schola versus Charlemagne / S.J.P. van Dijk. Introits and archetypes: some archaisms of the old Roman chant / Thomas H. Connolly. Toward a new historical view of Gregorian chant / Helmut Hucke. Gregorian chant and the Romans / Kenneth Levy. Remarks on Roman and non-Roman offertories / Andreas Pfisterer
    "Part VI. Other chant traditions. The development and chronology of the Ambrosian sanctorale; the evidence of the antiphon texts / Terence Bailey. The Beneventan chant / Thomas Forrest Kelly. The old Hispanic rite as evidence for the earliest forms of the Western Christian liturgies / Don M. Randel."

    Kidd, Reggie M., With one Voice: Discovering Christ's Song in our Worship.

    Levy, Kenneth, and Peter Jeffery, The Study of Medieval Chant: Paths and Bridges, East and West: In Honor of Kenneth Levy, 369 pages, ISBN: 0851158005 9780851158006.
    "Contents: Liturgical psalmody in the sermons of St. Augustine: an introduction / James W. McKinnon -- The first Marian feast in Constantinople and Jerusalem: chant texts, readings, and homiletic literature / Margot Fassler -- The Cantatorium, from Charlemagne to the fourteenth century / Michel Huglo -- A new folio for Mt. Athos MS Chilandari 307, with some observations on the contents of the Slavic Lenten Sticherarion and Pentekostarion / Nicolas Schidlovsky -- The modes before the modes: antiphon and differentia in western chant / Keith Falconer -- The earliest oktoechoi: the role of Jerusalem and Palestine in the beginnings of modal ordering / Peter Jeffery -- Guido's Tritus: an aspect of chant style / David G. Hughes -- The other modus: on the theory and practice of intervals in the eleventh and twelfth centuries / Charles M. Atkinson -- Russian musical azbuki: a turning point in the history of Slavonic chant / Milos Velimirovic -- Kontakion melodies in oral and written tradition / Jřrgen Raasted -- On the verses of the offertory Elegerunt / Ruth Steiner -- The trisagion in some Byzantine and Slavonic stichera / Dimitrije Stefanovic -- Proses in the sources of Roman chant, and their alleluias / Alejandro Planchart. Responsibility: edited by Peter Jeffery."
    Hiley, David, and Peter Jeffery, Review of The Study of Medieval Chant: Paths and Bridges, East and West. In Honor of Kenneth Levy, ISSN: 0027-4224.

    McKinnon, James W., The Temple, the Church Fathers, and Early Western Chant, ISBN: 0860786889 9780860786887.
    "This book is a collection of articles examining liturgical music from classical Greece and ancient Israel to late 15th-century Flanders and Spain. The focus is on two main topics: the negative role of instruments in ancient cult music; and the development of ecclesiastical song in early Christianity. Presented in this book are 16 articles written by the author over a period of 30 years. They span two millenia in their coverage, ranging from classical Greece and ancient Israel to the late 15th-century Flanders and Spain. Liturgical music in some form or another is the theme that binds them together, and two topics in particular are focused on: the negative role that instruments play in ancient cult music; and the development of ecclesiastical song in early Christianity. For the negative role of instruments, a series of articles treats classical Greek ethical notions of instruments, the status of instruments in temple and synagogue and the absence of instruments from early Christian and medieval Church music. The second focus -- that of the development of ecclesiastical song -- is dealt with in several studies that trace the psalmody and hymnody of the Christian tradition from its roots in Judaism to the origins of Gregorian chant in 7th-century Rome. The articles rely strongly on the writings of the Christian Church Fathers, such as Augustine, Basil and John Crystostom." -- Publisher

    *McNaugher, John (editor), and The United Presbyterian Church of North America. General Assembly, The Psalms in Worship: A Series of Convention Papers Bearing Upon the Place of the Psalms in the Worship of the Church. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
    "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

    Nicholson, Sydney H., The Parish Psalter With Chants: The Psalms of David Pointed for Chanting and set to Chants From the St. Nicolas Chant Book.

    Orthodox Presbyterian Church, Trinity Hymnal.

    Patrick, Millar, Bruce Rogers, Pforzheimer Bruce Rogers Collection (Library of Congress), Four Centuries of Scottish Psalmody.

    Patterson, Ward, Under His Wings: Psalms 1-50.

    Patterson, Ward, Out of His Heart: Psalms 51-100.

    Patterson, Ward, Into His Love: Psalms 101-150.

    Plantinga, Cornelius, and Sue A. Rozeboom, Discerning the Spirits: A Guide to Thinking About Christian Worship Today.

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

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

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

    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.

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

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

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

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

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

    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.

    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, and the St. Paul's Cathedral (London, England) Choir, Psalms From St. Paul's, Volume 9: Psalms 105 to 113.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.
    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.

    Ledger, Philip, and the King's College (University of Cambridge), Choir, The Psalms of David, Volume 3.


    The Psalms of David a 10-CD series by Priority Records

    Hereford Cathedral Choir, The Psalms of David: Hear my Prayer, O Lord.
    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.
    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, and C.H. Lloyd, The Psalms of David, Volume 2.

    Shaw, Ian, James Lancelot, and the Durham Cathedral Choir, The Psalms of David, Volume 3: The Earth Is the Lord's.

    Rees-Williams, Jonathan, with Mark Shepherd, organist, Lichfield Cathedral Choir, The Psalms of David, Volume 4: In Jewry is God Known.

    Sanders, John, Mark Lee, and the Gloucester Cathedral Choir, The Psalms of David, Volume 5: Praise the Lord ye Servants.

    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.

    Nicholas, Michael, with Neil Taylor, organist, Norwich Cathedral, Choir, The Psalms of David, Volume 7: Let God Arise.

    Trepte, Paul, with David Price, organist, Ely Cathedral Choir, The Psalms of David, Volume 8: Praise the Lord O my Soul.

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

    Moore, Philip, John Scott Whiteley, and the York Minster Choir, The Psalms of David, Volume 10: Be Thou my Judge, O Lord.

    Peterson, Eugene H., Answering God: The Psalms as Tools for Prayer.

    *Psalter Task Force; Presbyterian Church (USA), Cumberland Presbyterian Church, The Psalter: Psalms and Canticles for Singing.

    Reardon, Patrick Henry, Christ in the Psalms.

    Routley, Eric, Music Leadership in the Church: A Conversation Chiefly With my American Friends.

    Royal School of Church Music (London, England), The SCM Chant Book.

    seamlessly, Calvin, Voicing God's Psalms.

    seamlessly, Calvin, Voicing God's Psalms (audio CD).

    Start, Calvin, My Only Comfort: Death, Deliverance, and Discipleship in the Music of Bach.

    Stewart, Bruce Cameron, Psalm Singing Revisited: The Case for Exclusive Psalmody.

    Tourney, Raymond Jacques, Seeing and Hearing God With the Psalms: The Prophetic Liturgy of the Second Temple in Jerusalem.

    Van Dye, liege, A More Profound Alleluia: Worship and Theology in Harmony. Two questions lie at the heart of this book: What are the theological implications of worship and What are the liturgical implications of theology Convinced that worship and theology are integrally related, the authors of A More Profound Alleluia show in practical terms how liturgy and doctrine fruitfully illuminate each other. Each chapter pairs an element of the worship service with related Christian teachings, demonstrating how the great doctrines of the faith find their natural expression in the drama of worship and how the liturgy in turn finds its corollary in doctrine. The interrelation of theology and worship is illustrated with anecdotes from congregational life, resources drawn from church history, and themes from novels and films. Each chapter also includes two hymn texts that exemplify orthodox doctrine communicated through song. --From publisher's description.
    A More Profound Alleluia: Worship and Theology in Harmony, a DVD.

    Vischer, Lukas, Christian Worship in Reformed Churches Past and Present.

    *Williamson, G.I., The Singing of Psalms in the Worship of God.

    Wilson, Ruth Mack, Anglican Chant and Chanting in England, Scotland, and America, 1660 to 1820, ISBN: 0198164246 9780198164241.
    "This book presents, for the first time, a history of English liturgical chant as performed in the Church of England and its transmission to churches in Scotland and the United States. In the mid-sixteenth century Reformation, the complex ritual of the Latin rite was replaced by a one-volume BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER, in English. The general nature of the new rubrics, especially for music, left many of the details of performance to be worked out in traditional ways. Thus the music evolved from its Latin roots in oral, and later, written practice. The body of music that makes up the chanting practice of Anglican and related churches around the world is diversified.
    "Some texts of the Liturgy are harmonized in four or more voice parts, often with organ accompaniment, and others are sung in plainsong. The largest group of chants, those for the psalms and canticles, has an idiosyncratic written form and a performance practice that continues to evolve in oral tradition. This music is commonly known as Anglican Chant. Its origins in the seventeenth century and its codification in the eighteenth are explored in the choral establishments of the Church of England and parish churches in England, Scotland and the United States." -- Publisher

    *Witvliet, John D., The Biblical Psalms in Christian Worship: A Brief Introduction and Guide to Resources.
    "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
    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.

    Wyton, Alec, The Anglican Chant Psalter.



    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

    Alexander, James W. (1804-1859), God is Love: Communion Addresses, 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 (1748?-1830), 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 Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #19.

    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 [Romans 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 [Romans 15:6], 2 Cor. 13:11 [2 Corinthians 13:11], Phil. 1:27 [Philippians 1:27], Phil. 2:2 [Philippians 2:2], 1 Pet. 3:8 [1 Peter 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 Corinthians 12:25]; 1:10 [1 Corinthians 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 [Matthew 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 [1 Corinthians 16:22], and 1 Cor. 5 [1 Corinthians 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).
    "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." -- Publisher
    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 Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #24.
    This is an online document.
    http://www.swrb.com/newslett/actualnls/NRC_ch00.htm

    Anonymous, The Reformed Dissenter, or A Conference Between a Conformist and a Separatist Concerning Communion With the Church of England, 1684.

    *Anonymous [Sundry Ministers of London], A Vindication of the Presbyteriall-government, and Ministry: Together, with an Exhortation, to all the ministers, elders, and people, within the bounds of the province of London, whether joyning with us, or separating from us. Published, by the ministers, and elders, met together in a provinciall assembly, Novemb. 2d. 1649. Wherein, amongst other things, these ensuing particulars are contained; 1. That there is a Church-government, by divine right. 2. That the magistrate, is not the fountain of Church-government. 3. That the presbyterial-government, is by divine right. 4. The inconveniencies of the congregationall-way. 5. That the ruling-elder is by divine right. 6. That it is the will of Jesus Christ, that all sorts of persons should give an account of their faith, to the minister, and elders, before admission to the Lords Supper; . . . 7. Directions to the elders, for the right managing of their office. 8. Directions to such as are admitted to the Lords Supper, . . . 9. Rules to preserve people, from the errours of these times. 10. That separation from our churches, is justly charged with schisme. 11. That ministers formerly ordained by bishops, need no new ordination. 12. The necessity and usefulness of catechizing. Licensed, entred, and printed according to order, 1649. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.

    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 Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #1, #3.
    "Shows how Calvin practiced covenanting and close communion and how the biblical view of these ordinances is intended to purify the individual, church and nation. Refutes the Popish, Independent and paedocommunion heresies -- as well as all views of open communion (so common in our day). Also argues that Arminians, anti-paedobaptists, anti-regulativists, and all those who openly violate the law of God (and are unrepentant), should be barred from the Lord's table -- as a corrective measure ordained of God for their recovery. Also demonstrates that those that would not swear to uphold the Geneva Confession (or 'human constitution,' as it was agreeable to the Word of God), of 1536 in Calvin's day were to be excommunicated and exiled from Geneva. This is Reformation History Notes number two." -- Reg Barrow
    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 Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #1-30.
    Reformation Principles Re-Exhibited: An Historical Witness and 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

    Birger, Larry, Terms of Ministerial and Christian Communion in the Reformed Presbyterian Church: and, In our day, in the Puritan Reformed Church (Edmonton, AB, and Prince George, BC); With Explanatory Dialogue (including "The Biblical and Logical Necessity of Uninspired Creeds"). Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #1-30.
    http://www.swrb.com/newslett/actualnls/TermsMin.htm

    Black, John (1768-1849), Church Union and Communion, 1819. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #27.

    Boston, Thomas (1676-1732), The Best Security Against the day of Wrath. A Sermon Preached Immediately Before the Celebration of the Lord's Supper, at Etrick, June 7th, 1713. By the Reverend Mr. Thomas Boston, . . . Glasgow, 1764. Available (THE WORKS OF THOMAS BOSTON), on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available (THE WORKS OF THOMAS BOSTON), on Reformation Bookshelf CD #6.

    Boston, Thomas (1676-1732), 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 [1 Corinthians 10:17]. Alternate title: ON CHURCH COMMUNION. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available (THE WORKS OF THOMAS BOSTON), on Reformation Bookshelf CD #5.

    Bowden, S., Debarring and Inviting Service for the Lord's Supper
    http://www.covenanter.org/reformed/2015/7/27/s-bowdens-debarring-and-inviting-service-for-the-lords-supper

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

    Brown, John (of Edinburgh, 1784-1858) "On The Holy Communion," and article
    http://www.covenanter.org/reformed/2015/7/27/john-browns-of-edinburgh-article-on-the-holy-communion

    *Calvin, John (1509-1564), The Necessity of Reforming the Church (1544). Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Also found in CALVIN'S SELECTED WORKS, TRACTS AND LETTERS. Available in Library of Presbyterian Heritage Publications and Protestant Heritage Press CD-ROM Library. Available in The Church Effeminate and Other Essays.
    "It [NECESSITY OF REFORMING THE CHURCH (1544) -- compiler], has still been correctly acknowledged as one of the most important documents of the Reformation."
    "C.H. Spurgeon once said, 'the longer I live the clearer does it appear that John Calvin's system is the nearest to perfection.' (cited in Christian History, Vol. 5, No. 4). . . . Like Calvin, some few believers today see 'the present condition of the Church . . . to be very miserable, and almost desperate.' Our context is different in one key respect however. The church needing reformation in Calvin's day was the tradition-encrusted church of Rome. Shortly after the Reformation, for those leaving Rome behind, two streams became apparent. One was the stream of classical Protestant orthodoxy, represented today by a handful of Gideons in their desktop publishing wine vats. The other was the left wing of the Reformation -- the anabaptist movement. In the early years, the anabaptists were suffering outsiders. But today the anabaptist church is the Establishment -- an establishment governed by a chaos of traditions instead of biblical worship. Everywhere we look we see Christians approaching God with observances in worship which Calvin calls 'the random offspring of their own brain.' Though this work is not an elaborate systematic presentation of the foundations of Christianity, such as CALVIN'S INSTITUTES, it has still been correctly acknowledged as one of the most important documents of the Reformation. Calvin here pleads the cause dearest to his heart before an assembly perhaps the most august that Europe could have furnished in that day. It has been said that the animated style used by Calvin in this work would not lose by comparison with any thing in the celebrated 'Dedication' prefixed to his INSTITUTES. To this day, THE NECESSITY OF REFORMING THE CHURCH remains a powerful weapon, both defensive and offensive, to fight the contemporary battle for Protestantism -- the everlasting gospel of truth. Here, in our modern setting, we find the answers to many of the vexing questions which continue to agitate the Church." -- Publisher
    The Necessity of Reforming the Church (1543), by John Calvin
    http://www.swrb.com/newslett/actualnls/NRC_ch00.htm

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

    Cawdrey, Daniel (1588-1664), Selfe-examination Required in Every one, for the Worthy Receiving of the Lord's Supper. First, delivered in a sermon, preparatory to the sacrament, in the church of Martines in the Fields: By Daniell Cawdrey, preacher there. Now published for the inhabitants there, and for the publick good. Also, a short catechisme drawne out of the same, for the instruction of the meanest capacity.

    Chrystie, James, Strictures on Dr. John M. Mason's Plea for Sacramental Communion on Catholic Principles. Alternate title: TERMS OF CHURCH UNION AND COMMUNION. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #19.

    Courtass, John (d. 1795), Frequency of the Lord's Supper, 1797. Alternate title: A LETTER ADDRESSED TO THE COMMUNITY OF OLD DISSENTERS . . . CONCERNING THE MORE FREQUENT DISPENSING OF THE LORD'S SUPPER. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
    "Argues that though weekly communion is most probably the Scriptural frequency of celebrating the Lord's Supper, pastoral care and a Godly sensitivity is in order as to this matter. Too frequent administration of this ordinance, with a congregations that is not 'up to it,' will bring judgement from God. Few books exist on this topic, and this one contains much wisdom for leaders in the church." -- Publisher

    Craig, John (1512-1600), Communion Catechism (1592).
    Craig, John, Communion Catechism (1592)
    http://www.swrb.com/newslett/actualnls/communca.htm

    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. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #29.
    "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." -- Publisher

    Henry, Matthew (1662-1714), The Communicant's Companion: or, Instructions and Helps for the Right Receiving of the Lord's Supper, ISBN: 1878442260. A Christian classic. Alternate title: HOW TO PREPARE FOR COMMUNION. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #17.

    Manton, Thomas (1620-1677), A Third Volume of Sermons Preached by the Late Reverend and Learned Thomas Manton . . . in Two Parts: The first containing LXVI sermons on the eleventh chapter of the Hebrews [Hebrews 11]: with a treatise of the Life of Faith: Part the second: A treatise of self-denial: With several sermons on the sacrament of the Lord's-Supper, and other occasions: With an alphabetical table to the whole, 1689. Available (THE COMPLETE WORKS OF THOMAS MANTON), on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available (THE COMPLETE WORKS OF THOMAS MANTON), on Reformation Bookshelf CD #4, #5.

    *McKnight, William John, Concerning Close Communion: An Investigation. Available (PDF and MP3), on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #3.
    "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."
    Concerning Close Communion
    http://www.covenanter.org/reformed/2015/8/18/william-j-mcknights-book-concerning-close-communion

    *McKnight, W.J. (1865-1951), Covenanting, Communion and Confessions: With a Short Summary of the Westminster Confession of Faith [1646] Deals With the Terms of Communion as They Relate to the Reformation Creeds and the Westminster Confession. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
    "Defends creedalism and the historic progress evident in the faithful creeds. Touches on covenanting. Contains a useful summary of every chapter of the WCF [1646]. In classic Reformed Presbyterian style, the author notes the testimony of the martyrs in leaving 'a noble example for us and our posterity to follow, in contending for all divine truth, and in testifying against all contrary evils, which may exist in the corrupt constitutions of either church or state.'
    "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." -- Publisher

    *Owen, John (1616-1683), Communion With God. A Christian classic. Alternate title: 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., ISBN: 0851511244 9780851511245. Volume 2 of THE COMPLETE WORKS OF JOHN OWEN. Available (MP3 files), on the Puritan Hard Drive.
    See also: Communion With God, the Puritan Paperback Series edition, abridged and made easy to read by R.J.K. Law, ISBN: 0851516076 9780851516073.
    "Contains: COMMUNION WITH THE FATHER, THE SON AND THE HOLY SPIRIT, THE DOCTRINE OF THE TRINITY, and more."
    "John Owen (1616-1683), believed that communion with God lies at the heart of the Christian life. With Paul he recognized that through the Son we have access by the Spirit to the Father. He never lost the sense of amazement expressed by John: 'Our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ.' In this outstanding book he explains the nature of this communion and describes the many privileges it brings.
    "COMMUNION WITH GOD was written in a day, like our own, when the doctrine of the Trinity was under attack and the Christian faith was being reduced either to rationalism on the one hand or mysticism on the other. His exposition shows that nothing is more vital to spiritual well-being than a practical knowledge of what this doctrine means. . .
    "One of the greatest Christian classics of all time . . ." -- Publisher
    Of Communion With God the Father, Son and Holy Ghost or, The Saints Fellowship With the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, Unfolded (1763)
    http://archive.org/details/communionwithgo00owengoog
    Communion With God, John Owen (1616-1683)
    http://www.ccel.org/ccel/owen/communion.html
    A Brief Declaration and Vindication of the Doctrine of the Trinity and also of the Person and Satisfaction of Christ, by John Owen
    http://www.iclnet.org/pub/resources/text/ipb-e/epl-owtrinity.html

    *Owen, John (1616-1683), Sermons to the Church, ISBN: 0851510655 9780851510651. A Christian classic. Alternate title: THE COMPLETE WORKS OF JOHN OWEN VOLUME 9; THE WORKS OF JOHN OWEN, VOLUME 9.
    "Contains 83 sermons: Fourteen which resolve practical cases of conscience, twenty-five intended as preparations to the Lord's Table, and others of various Gospel subjects."

    Owen, John (1616-1683), 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.

    Price, Greg L., Covenanter Terms of Communion 1 of 19: The Word of God 1/2, MP3 files. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=1210510584

    *Price, Greg L., Terms of Communion: The Westminster Standards, 5 MP3 files. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
    "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." -- Publisher
    Covenanter Terms of Communion 1 of 19: The Word of God 1/2
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=1210510584

    *Reformed Presbyterian Church (Scotland), An Explanation and Defence of the Terms of Communion, Adopted by the Community of Dissenters, etc. Alternate title: AN EXPLANATION AND DEFENCE OF THE TERMS OF COMMUNION, ADOPTED BY THE COMMUNITY OF DISSENTERS: TOGETHER WITH AN INTRODUCTION, CONTAINING SOME REMARKS ON THE PROPRIETY OF TERMS OF COMMUNION, IN GENERAL, THE WHOLE INTENDED TO OBVIATE SOME MODERN OBJECTIONS AND TO SATISFY THE MINDS OF THOSE WHO ARE WILLING TO BE INFORMED ON THE SUBJECT. Available (PDF and MP3) on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #2 and #19.
    "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), [Colossians 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." -- Publisher
    An Explanation and Defense of the Terms of Communion, Adopted by the Community of Dissenters, etc.
    http://www.covenanter.org/reformed/2015/8/24/an-explanation-and-defense-of-the-terms-of-communion

    Reid, John, Reformed Presbytery's Explanation and Defence of the Terms of Communion
    http://www.covenanter.org/reformed/2015/8/18/reformed-presbyterys-explanation-and-defence-of-the-terms-of-communion-written-by-john-reid

    Shields, Alexander (1660?-1700), Church-communion enquired into: or a treatise against separation from this national Church of Scotland. . . . Which was left in manuscripts by . . . Alexander Shields [Edinburgh?]

    Sommerville, William, Reformed Presbyterians and Open Communion, a tract.
    http://www.covenanter.org/reformed/2015/8/18/william-sommervilles-tract-on-reformed-presbyterians-and-open-communion

    Spurgeon, C.H. (1834-1892), Till He Come, Communion Meditations and Addresses, ISBN: 0585035407 9780585035406.
    "This book contains communion mediations and addresses not published in the Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit." -- GCB
    TILL HE COME: Communion Meditations and Addresses, by C.H. Spurgeon
    http://www.ccel.org/spurgeon/till_he_come/title.html

    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 Puritan Hard Drive.

    See also: The Scottish Reformation, Covenant Theology and Covenanting, Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, Separation, and so forth, and so on.
    TCRB5: 761, 3197

    Related WebLinks

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

    Close Communion Study, Part 1 (Introduction)
    http://www.covenanter.org/sermons-and-study-guides/2015/9/19/reformed-presbyterian-close-communion-bible-study-part-1

    Ecclesiastical Terms of Communion
    http://www.covenanter.org/reformed/2015/6/30/terms-of-communion

    An Explanation and Defense of the Terms of Communion, Adopted by the Community of Dissenters, etc.
    http://www.covenanter.org/reformed/2015/8/24/an-explanation-and-defense-of-the-terms-of-communion

    Formula of Terms of Communion: Terms of Ministerial and Christian Communion in the Reformed Presbyterian Church
    http://www.covenanter.org/reformed/2015/8/24/formula-of-terms-of-communion

    The Proper Time for the Admission of Recent Converts to the Full Communion of the Church, an article from The Princeton Review.
    http://www.covenanter.org/reformed/2015/8/18/an-article-from-the-princeton-review-on-on-the-proper-time-for-the-admission-of-recent-converts-to-the-full-communion-of-the-church

    The Reformed Faith and the Lord's Supper Homepage
    http://www.covenanter.org/reformed/2015/6/29/lords-supper

    Reformed Presbytery, Reformed Presbytery's Terms of Christian and Ministerial Communion
    http://www.covenanter.org/reformed/2015/8/18/reformed-presbyterys-terms-of-christian-and-ministerial-communion

    Terms of Communion: Being a Demonstration of the Official Obligation and Legal Authority of the Scottish Books of Discipline Within the Reformed Presbyterian Church; And the Implications Thereof With Respect to The Duty of the Deacon. By a Pastor of the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America (RPCNA)
    http://www.truecovenanter.com/reformedpresbyterian/magazine/covenanter_terms_of_communion.html

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

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



    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, ISBN: 087552043X 9780875520438.
    "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

    Baillie, Robert (1599-1662), Anabaptism, The True Fountain of Independency, Antinomy, Brownisme, Familisme, and the Most of the Other Errors, Which for the Time do Trouble the Church of England, Unsealed: Also the Questions of Paedobaptisme and Dipping Handled From Scripture: in a Second Part of the Disswasive From the Errors of the Time, 1647. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
    "The title continues: 'Also the Questions of Paedobaptisme and Dipping Handled from Scripture. In a Second Part of the Dissuasive from the Errors of the Time.' Shows the origin, progress and changing character of the Anabaptist's heresies -- many which still afflict the body of Christ in our day (even in so-called 'Reformed' circles). A fine defense of the biblical view of baptism is also given, including many answers to Anabaptist (Baptist) objections on this point. A staggering array of 'testimonies' (i.e. quotations), are marshalled by Baillie -- both in refuting and setting forth the pernicious Anabaptist teachings. Baillie was one of the Scottish Commissioners sent to the Westminster Assembly. His international perspective and insight (concerning the ecclesiastical and civil battles for the Protestant cause of his day), makes for an interesting backdrop to this title -- not often encountered among most authors dealing with these topics." -- Publisher

    Lee, Francis Nigel, Have you Been Neglecting Your Baby?: On the Serious Consequences of Withholding Baptism From the Infants of Christians, ISBN: 0949762024 9780949762023.

    Thornwell, J.H. (1812-1862), Sacramental Sorcery: The Invalidity of Roman Catholic Baptism, ISBN: 1891777165 9781891777165.
    "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

    See also: Theology, Systematic theology, Calvinism, The anabaptists (amish, mennonites, brethren), Pseudo-christian movements: a selection of works, and so forth, and so on.
    TCRB5: 756, 757

    Related WebLinks

    On Infant Baptism, George Gillespie
    http://www.covenanter.org/reformed/2015/6/22/on-infant-baptism-by-george-gillespie

    The Meaning and Mode of Christian Baptism Homepage
    http://www.covenanter.org/subjects-1/2015/6/22/baptism

    The Protestant Doctrine of Baptism in Opposition to The Heresies of the AnaBaptists
    http://www.truecovenanter.com/worship/baptism.htm



    Music in the Worship of God

    See the Theological Notes, "Music in the Church," at Colossians 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

    Bailey, Albert E., The Gospel in Hymns; Backgrounds and Interpretations.
    "A comprehensive study of 313 hymns and their composers." -- Cyril J. Barber

    Begg, James (1808-1883), The use of Organs and Other Instruments of Music in Christian Worship Indefensible: With Reviews of the Publications of Dean Ramsay, Dr. Robert Lee, and Others on the Subject; And Some Remarks on the Bearing of Recent Innovations, 1866. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #3.

    Birger, Larry, A Brotherly Testimony Against the Use of Instrumental Accompaniment In Public Worship.
    http://www.swrb.com/newslett/actualnls/InstrLB.htm

    Brown, Hugh, Discourses on Scripture Psalmody in Praising God: and Against Instrumental Music in Public Worship. Sing unto Him (Jehovah), sing psalms unto Him. (1 Chronicles 16:9)
    http://www.covenanter.org/reformed/2015/8/19/hugh-browns-discourses-on-scripture-psalmody-in-praising-god-and-against-instrumental-music-in-public-worship

    *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). A Christian classic. Considered to be among the ten greatest books in the English language.
    "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 [Hebrews 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

    Edgar, William, Taking Note of Music. 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, 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

    Girardeau, John L., Greg Fox, and Dabney, Robert L. (1820-1898), Instrumental Music in the Public Worship of the Church, ISBN: 0979216516 9780979216510. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #19.
    Robert L. Dabney's Review of Girardeau's "Instrumental Music in the Public Worship of the Church"
    http://www.covenanter.org/reformed/2015/7/27/robert-l-dabneys-review-of-girardeaus-instrumental-music-in-the-public-worship-of-the-church

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

    *Handel, George Frederick, The Messiah (various artists and recordings).
    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
    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

    Kavanaugh, Patrick, The Spiritual Lives of Great Composers, ISBN: 0310208068 9780310208068.
    "With an introduction by Christopher Parkening, this book opens up an area about which most of us know little. A brisk walk through the innermost thoughts of 12 masters of western music (Handel, Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Liszt, Mendelssohn, Wagner, Dvorak, Ives, and Stravinsky)." -- Publisher

    *Masters, Peter, Worship in the Melting Pot, 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 evangelical 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 and Trowel' (started by Spurgeon in 1865), and directs the studies of aspiring pastors in the Tabernacle's adjunct seminary." -- Publisher

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

    *Newton, John (1725-1807), 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, ISBN: 1884527108 9781884527104.
    Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America, The Book of Psalms for Singing: Tune Library, a CD-ROM or audio files.
    See also: McBurney, Charles, Improving Our Praise: Four Studies in Congregational Singing Using the Book of Psalms for Singing, a video [DVD].

    Schaeffer, Edith, Forever Music, 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, 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 [1 Samuel 18:1-9], 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 [Dordt], 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 [audio files]), 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." -- Publisher

    See also: Psalms: chants, responsorials, and scripture choruses, The psalms in worship, The psalms in worship, and so forth, and so on.
    TCRB5: 2467, 2469, 2472

    Related WebLinks

    Anti-Instrumental Music in the Worship of God Homepage
    http://www.covenanter.org/reformed/2015/6/29/instrumental-music-in-the-worship-of-god

    Arguments in Favor of Instrumental Music Considered
    http://www.covenanter.org/reformed/2015/7/27/vi-arguments-in-favor-of-instrumental-music-considered

    "The Case Against the Choir," an article from the Free Presbyterian Magazine, 1896
    http://www.covenanter.org/reformed/2015/8/19/an-article-from-the-free-presbyterian-magazine-1896-the-case-against-the-choir

    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/

    John L. Girardeau's Book on Instrumental Music in the Public Worship of the Church
    http://www.covenanter.org/reformed/2015/7/27/john-l-girardeaus-book-on-instrumental-music-in-the-public-worship-of-the-church

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

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

    WAFG 90.3 FM, Coral Ridge Ministries
    http://www.wafg.com/wafg.ram



    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)

    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)

    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.

    For the Lord is our Judge, the Lord is our Lawgiver, the Lord is our King; He will save us. (Isaiah 33:22)
    Isaiah's Prophesy after the Angel of the Lord smote Sennacherib's army for good King Hezekiah.

    See the Theological Notes, "Prayer," at Luke 11:2 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.php

    The Treasury of David, Psalm 24, C.H. Spurgeon
    Lift up your heads, O ye gates, and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors, and the King of glory shall come in. Who is this King of glory? The Lord, strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle. Who is this King of glory? The Lord of hosts: he is the King of glory. (Psalm 24:7-10)
    http://www.spurgeon.org/treasury/ps024.php

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

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

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

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

    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
    For he cometh to judge the earth: with righteousness shall he judge the world, and the people with equity. (Psalm 98:9b)
    http://www.spurgeon.org/treasury/ps098.php

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

    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.php

    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
    O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever. (Psalm 136:1)
    http://www.spurgeon.org/treasury/ps136.php

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

    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)

    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)

    Following are some Scripture verses of praise that may be used in personal devotions and prayer: Psalm 19:14; Psalm 29:1; Psalm 22:3; Isaiah 6:3; Psalm 118:24; Psalm 57:8,9; Psalm 59:16,17; Revelation 4:11; Colossians 1:16-19; 1 Chronicles 29:11; Matthew 6:13; 2 Chronicles 20:21; Psalm 136; Psalm 52:9; Luke 1:68,69; Exodus 15:1-19; Revelation 15:3; Colossians 1:12-14; 1 Peter 1:3,4,5a; Isaiah 61:10a; Jude 24,25; Luke 1:49; Psalm 70:4; Psalm 5:11,12; Philippians 4:4; Psalm 69:30; Psalm 57:7; Isaiah 25:1; Ephesians 1:3; Isaiah 40:5; Revelation 4:8b; Revelation 4:11; Revelation 5:12; Deuteronomy 10:17; Deuteronomy 32:3,4; Psalm 144:1; 2 Corinthians 12:9; 2 Corinthians 1:3,4; Exodus 15:2; Nehemiah 8:10; Psalm 42:5; Psalm 84:2; 1 Kings 8:23; Psalm 42:11; Psalm 71:7,8; Revelation 5:12; Psalm 61:8; Psalm 50:23; Romans 5:1,2; Numbers 14:21; Psalm 86:5; Psalm 96:10-12; Psalm 143:5; Psalm 90; Psalm 86:8; Psalm 89:15,16; 1 Timothy 1:17; Colossians 3:1-3; Psalm 69:34; Psalm 66:4; Psalm 145; 3-7; Psalm 145:10-13; Psalm 145:21; Psalm 103:20-22; and Psalm 100.

    Bailey, Albert E., The Gospel in Hymns; Backgrounds and Interpretations.
    "A comprehensive study of 313 hymns and their composers." -- Cyril J. Barber

    Blaike, Alexander, A Catechism on Praise, 1854, ISBN: 0952679922 9780952679929. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #19.
    Alexander Blaikie's Catechism on Praise
    http://www.covenanter.org/reformed/2015/7/27/alexander-blaikies-catechism-on-praise

    *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). A Christian classic. Considered to be among the ten greatest books in the English language.
    "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 [Hebrews 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, ISBN: 1557480265 9781557480262.

    Flavel, John (1628-1691), Christ Altogether Lovely, ISBN: 0585074674 9780585074672. Available (FLAVEL'S WORKS), on the Puritan Hard Drive.
    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, ISBN: 0664246249 9780664246242.
    Includes bibliographical references and indexes.

    Kendrick, Graham, Learning to Worship as a Way of Life, ISBN: 0871238632 9780871238634.

    Kendrick, Graham, Public Praise: Celebrating Jesus on the Streets of the World, ISBN: 0884193144 9780884193142.

    Lochman, Jan Milic, The Theology of Praise, ISBN: 0804207305 9780804207300.

    Mack, Wayne A., To God be the Glory: A Study in the Biblical Doctrine of Particular Redemption, 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.
    A video seminar with Charles McBurney, VHS [DVD].

    Murphy, Elspeth Campbell, God, You Fill us up With Joy: Psalm 100 for Children, ISBN: 1555130372 9781555130374.

    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, ISBN: 080545067X 9780805450675.

    Prime, Derek, Created to Praise, 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. A Christian classic.
    Includes bibliography and index.

    Steele, David (1803-1887), Continuous Singing in the Ordinary Public Worship of God: Considered in the Light of Scripture and the Subordinate Standards of the Reformed Presbyterian Church; In Answer to Some Letters of Inquiry Addressed to the Writer. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #19.
    Continuous Singing, David Steele
    http://www.covenanter.org/reformed/2015/8/17/david-steeles-circular-on-continuous-singing

    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, Keith R. Crim (translator), and Richard N. Soulen (translator), Praise and Lament in the Psalms, ISBN: 0804217912 9780804217910.
    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, and so forth, and so on.
    TCRB5: 1451-1454, 3110

    Related WebLinks

    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

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

    Nave's Topical Bible -- Praise
    http://www.biblestudytools.com/Concordances/naves-topical-bible/ntb.cgi?number=T3961

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

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

    Union With Christ, Free Grace Broadcaster, #214
    Contents:
    "Surpassingly Wonderful Union," Arthur W. Pink (1886-1952)
    "The Nature of Union With Christ," John Murray (1898-1975)
    "An Eternal Union of Love," John Gill (1697-1771)
    "In Christ Jesus," David Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981)
    "Faith Unites us to Christ," William Cunningham (1805-1861)
    "Justified in Christ," Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758)
    "Sanctified in Christ," Arthur W. Pink (1886-1952)
    "The Foundation of all Happiness," Thomas Boston (1676-1732)
    "Baptized Into Jesus Christ," Charles H. Spurgeon (1834-1892)
    http://www.chapellibrary.org/pdf-english/uwchfg.pdf

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    http://www.wafg.com/wafg.ram



    Bible Reading and Devotional Guides

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

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

    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 percent of adults [19 percent agreed]. The segments most likely to agree with this idea were African-Americans and Hispanics (24 percent of each group), and Catholics (22 percent). 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

    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. -- C.H. Spurgeon, 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. Alternate title: Alternative title: WAR PSALMS OF THE PRINCE OF PEACE: LESSONS FROM THE IMPRECATORY PSALMS. ISBN: 0875520936 9780875520933.
    Foreword by Jay Edward Adams (of Westminster Theological Seminary), 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.
    A personal listing of Psalms that have imprecatory content or undertones: Psalm 3, 5, 6, 7, 17, 27, 28, 35, 37, 52, 54, 55, 56, 58, 59, 62, 63, 64, 69, 70, 73, 78, 79, 83, 86, 90, 91, 94, 102, 105, 109, 137, 139, 140, 141, 142, 143, and 144.

    Adams, Jay E., What to do on Thursday: A Layman's Guide to the Practical use of the Scriptures, 135 pages, ISBN: 087552074X 9780875520742.
    "Making the Bible practical is the author's gift. Sunday is not the Christians only day. This book is designed to bridge the gap in personal application of scriptural principles learned. This method of using the Scriptures will excite you all over again."
    "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

    Baxter, Richard (1615-1691), Devotions and Prayers.

    Baker, Richard (1615-1691), Meditations and Disquisitions Upon the First Psalm, the Penitential Psalms, and Seven Consolatory Psalms.
    "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, 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, and J.M. Houston (editor, abridger) The Love of God and Spiritual Friendship, ISBN: 0880700173 9780880700177. A Christian classic.
    "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
    Bernard, of Clairvaux (Saint, 1090(1)-1153), Saint Bernard on the Love of God (1884)
    http://archive.org/details/saintbernardlove00bernuoft
    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, 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.
    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 (1810-1892), Heavenly Springs: Portions for the Sabbaths of a Year, 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 (1599-1646), Gospel Fear, 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), Calvin's Commentaries, 22 volumes. 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 at BibleStudyGuide.org
    http://www.biblestudyguide.org/comment/calvin/comm_index.htm
    Calvin's Commentaries, complete
    From the Calvin Translation Society edition.
    http://www.ccel.org/ccel/calvin/commentaries.i.html
    Monergism: Commentaries
    From Mongergism.com search "commentaries."
    http://www.monergism.com

    *Calvin, John (1509-1564), The Institutes of the Christian Religion, 2 volumes, ISBN: 0664220207 0664220215. Considered to be among the ten greatest books in the English language. 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. Available in THE INSTITUTES OF THE CHRISTIAN RELIGION.
    "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 (Proverbs 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 (Proverbs 29:18), (Beveridge translation)."
    See the entire Prefatory Address, Beveridge translation. Considered to be one of the greatest prefaces ever written.
    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 and with CALVIN'S COMMENTARIES.
    Calvin's Commentaries at BibleStudyGuide.org
    http://www.biblestudyguide.org/comment/calvin/comm_index.htm
    Calvin's Commentaries, complete
    From the Calvin Translation Society edition.
    http://www.ccel.org/ccel/calvin/commentaries.i.html
    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
    Calvin, Jean (1509-1564), Institutes of the Christian Religion; A New Translation by Henry Beveridge (1845), Volume: 1
    http://archive.org/details/instituteschrist01calvuoft
    Calvin, Jean (1509-1564), Institutes of the Christian Religion; A New Translation by Henry Beveridge (1845), Volume: 2
    http://archive.org/details/institutesofreli02calvuoft
    Calvin, Jean (1509-1564), Institutes of the Christian Religion, Beveridge translation
    http://www.ccel.org/ccel/calvin/institutes.iii.vii.html
    Monergism: Commentaries
    From Mongergism.com search "commentaries."
    http://www.monergism.com

    *Carmichael, Amy, If.
    "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's Comment
    Said to be an all-time best-seller.

    Carmichael, Amy, Toward Jerusalem.
    "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's Comment

    Caryl, Joseph (1602-1673), Ingram Cobbin (editor), Bible Thoughts, ISBN: 1877611956 9781877611957.
    Meditations upon scripture.

    Clowney, E., Call on Me; Cleaving to the Lord; The Laughter of Faith; The Muttering Man (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.).
    Audio recording [audio file].

    *Cowman, Mrs. Charles E., Streams in the Desert, 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. Alternate title: SCRIPTURE TEXTS, WITH EXPOSITIONS AND SENTENCE PRAYERS FROM CALVIN'S COMMENTARIES ON THE MINOR PROPHETS. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #21.

    Ellis, Charles, and Norma Ellis, Heirs Together of Life: Daily Bible Readings for Husbands and Wives, 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.
    "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, ISBN: 0802724736 9780802724731.
    Contributions by Corrie Ten Boom. Roger Elmood, editor.

    *Havergal, Frances, Kept for the Master's Use, 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, 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' (c. 1380-1471), Aloysius Croft (translator), and Harold Bolton (translator), The Imitation of Christ, 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

    *Knox, David B., Not by Bread Alone, 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 A., How to Read the Bible: A How To Manual for Christian Growth and Development, 78 pages.
    "Study manual for personal or group study. Begins with introductory readings by J.C. Ryle and Charles Spurgeon on the why and how of Bible reading. This is followed by a series of seven Bible studies on the importance of Bible reading, how Jesus Christ used the Bible, ways to profit from the Bible, problems and mistakes that can arise, and three particular methods of doing Bible study." -- David Powlison

    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.
    "A brilliant, evangelical study of the passion narrative in Matthew 26-28." -- Cyril J. Barber

    Packer, J.I., Beyond the Battle for the Bible, 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.
    "Twelve studies for individuals or groups. Designed to enlarge our view of God, who He is, and who we are in relation to Him. Many passages to look up and fill-in-the blanks. Leader's notes in the back." -- GCB

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

    Rice, Helen Steiner, Someone Cares, 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's Comment
    Helen Steiner Rice is the favorite poetess of D. James Kennedy.

    *Rutherford, Samuel (1600-1661), Letters of Samuel Rutherford, ISBN: 0851511635. A Christian classic. Considered to be among the ten greatest books in the English language. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #10, #21.
    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

    *Ryle, J.C. (1816-1900), Expository Thoughts on the Gospels, 4 volumes.
    "The new 4-volume set is a preacher's handbook to the enduring truths of the Gospels. It is also a wonderful personal or family devotional guide to this portion of Scripture. Written by one of the greatest men of the Church of England in the late 1800's." -- GCB

    Scripture Union, various authors, Scripture Union, ISSN: 1350-5130 (Wayne, PA [Scripture Union, 150 Strafford Avenue, Wayne 19087]: Scripture Union).
    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.

    See also: Time for the Family.
    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 Puritan Hard Drive.

    Spurgeon, C.H. (1834-1892), C.H. Spurgeon's Prayers, 1905. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
    C.H. Spurgeon's Prayers
    http://archive.org/details/chspurgeonspraye00spur

    *Spurgeon, C.H. (1834-1892), and Al Bryant (compiler), Day-by-Day: A Sourcebook of Daily Meditations From the Prince of Preachers, ISBN: 0825437717 9780825437717.
    "This is a completely new compilation gathered from Spurgeon's sermons -- 366 daily meditations." -- GCB

    Spurgeon, C.H. (1834-1892), Devotional Classics of C.H. Spurgeon, ISBN: 1878442503 9781878442505.

    *Spurgeon, C.H. (1834-1892), Faith's Checkbook, ISBN: 0938453025. Alternate title: THE CHEQUE BOOK OF THE BANK OF FAITH: BEING PRECIOUS PROMISES ARRANGED FOR DAILY USE (1893).
    "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." -- Publisher
    Faith's Checkbook, a daily devotional by C.H. Spurgeon
    http://archive.org/details/thechequebookoft00purguoft

    *Spurgeon, C.H. (1834-1892), 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." -- C.H. Spurgeon
    http://www.spurgeongems.org/vols22-24/chs1388.pdf

    *Spurgeon, C.H. (1834-1892), 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/ccel/spurgeon/morneve.i.html
    Morning and Evening by C.H. Spurgeon
    http://archive.org/details/MorningAndEvening

    *Spurgeon, C.H. (1834-1892), Spurgeon's Devotional Bible: Selected Passages From the Word of God With Running Comments, ISBN: 0852343434 0852340583. Alternate title: Originally published under the 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
    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.
    The Interpreter: Spurgeon's Devotional Bible
    "THE INTERPRETER: SPURGEON DEVOTIONAL BIBLE contains the text of the entire Bible, along with Spurgeon's reflections on nearly every verse. This Bible, arranged topically instead of canonically, allows readers to experience the text of Scripture along with Charles Spurgeon himself. His commentary illuminates the texts, and provides notes on interpretation and application of the Bible. The Logos Bible Software edition of THE INTERPRETER: SPURGEON'S DEVOTIONAL BIBLE was originally published in London by Passmore and Alabaster from 1869-1887." -- Publisher
    https://www.logos.com/product/6798/the-interpreter-spurgeons-devotional-bible
    Pilgrim Publications
    Sells new copies of SPURGEON'S DEVOTIONAL BIBLE.
    http://pilgrimpublications.auctivacommerce.com/
    Power BibleCD
    Includes SPURGEON'S DEVOTIONAL BIBLE.
    http://www.powerbible.com/
    C.H. Spurgeon wrote, among other things:

    Spurgeon, C.H. (1834-1892), R.M. M'Cheyne, H. Bonar, and Matthew Henry, Devotional Classics Package, 5 volumes, (Pilgrim Publications).
    "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

    Spurstowe, William (1605?-1666), The Spiritual Chymist, or, Six Decades of Divine Meditations on Several Subjects by William Spurstow, 1666.

    Stone, Nathan, Names of God in the Old Testament.

    Tholuck, Friedrich August Gottgetreu, William Pringle (preface), and Leonard Woods (translator), The Merits of Calvin as an Interpreter of the Holy Scriptures; Translated From the German by L. Woods: to Which are Added Opinions and Testimonies of Foreign and British Divines and Scholars as to the Value and Importance of the Writings of John Calvin, 1845.

    *Thomas, I.D.E., A Puritan Golden Treasury, ISBN: 0851512496 9780851512495. Alternate title: THE GOLDEN TREASURY OF PURITAN QUOTATIONS. Includes about 1500 quotations and author index.
    "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

    *Westminster Assembly (1643-1652), The Westminster Confession of Faith (1646), [completed and first printed in 1646, approved by the Assembly, August 27, 1647, Session 23 -- compiler] (Glasgow, Scotland: Free Presbyterian Publication [133 Woodlands Road, Glasgow G3 6LE], 1994), ISBN: 0902506080 (casebound), and ISBN: 0902506358 (paperback). Among the ten greatest works in the English language. Available (THE WESTMINSTER CONFESSION OF FAITH (1646) with all its subordinate documents in searchable format) on the Puritan Hard Drive. Also available (THE WESTMINSTER CONFESSION OF FAITH (1646) with all its subordinate documents in searchable format) on Reformation Bookshelf CD #1.
    Westminster Confession of Faith (1646) With Scripture Proofs
    http://www.reformed.org/documents/wcf_with_proofs/
    The Confession of Faith, the Larger and Shorter Catechisms, With the Scripture Proofs at Large: Together With The sum of Saving Knowledge (contained in the Holy Scriptures, and held forth in the said Confession and Catechisms), and Practical use Thereof, Covenants National and Solemn League, Acknowledgment of Sins and Engagement to Duties, Directories, Form of Church-government, &c. of Public Authority in the Church of Scotland, With Acts of Assembly and Parliament, Relative to, and Approbative of the Same (1757) [the original version of 1646, prior to the changes of the "American Version" of 1789 -- compiler]
    http://archive.org/details/confessionofscot00chur
    " '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, 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." -- Publisher
    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"
      http://www.reformed.org/documents/wcf_standards/index.html?mainframe=/documents/wcf_standards/p005-to_head_of_families.html
    2. "Mr. Thomas Manton's Epistle to the Reader"
      http://www.reformed.org/documents/wcf_standards/index.html?mainframe=/documents/wcf_standards/p005-to_head_of_families.html
    3. THE CONFESSION OF FAITH (1646), the full and original edition with Scripture proofs written out
      http://www.reformed.org/documents/wcf_with_proofs/
    4. THE LARGER CATECHISM with Scripture proofs written out
      http://www.reformed.org/documents/wlc_w_proofs/index.html
    5. THE SHORTER CATECHISM with Scripture proofs written out
      http://www.reformed.org/documents/WSC_frames.html
    6. THE SUM OF SAVING KNOWLEDGE
      http://www.reformed.org/master/index.html?mainframe=/documents/sum/sum.html
    7. "The National Covenant"
      http://www.reformed.org/documents/wcf_standards/index.html?mainframe=/documents/wcf_standards/p345-nat_covenant.html
    8. "The Solemn League and Covenant"
      http://www.reformed.org/documents/wcf_standards/index.html?mainframe=/documents/wcf_standards/p355-solemn_league.html
    9. "A Solemn Acknowledgement of Publick Sins and Breaches of the Covenant; and a Solemn Engagement to all the Duties Contained Therein"
      http://www.truecovenanter.com/covenants/scotland_covenant_renewal_1648.html
    10. THE DIRECTORY FOR PUBLIC WORSHIP
      http://www.reformed.org/documents/wcf_standards/index.html?mainframe=/documents/wcf_standards/p369-direct_pub_worship.html
    11. THE FORM OF PRESBYTERIAL CHURCH GOVERNMENT
      http://www.reformed.org/documents/wcf_standards/index.html?mainframe=/documents/wcf_standards/p395-form_presby_gov.html
    12. "The Directory for Family-Worship, Approved by the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, for Piety and Uniformity in Secret and Private Worship, and Mutual Edification"
      http://www.reformed.org/documents/wcf_standards/index.html
    THE WESTMINSTER CONFESSION OF FAITH (1646) is said to be the finest summary of THE HOLY BIBLE available. It is recommended for daily devotions. See the following resources:
    1. THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE WESTMINSTER STANDARDS AS A CREED
      http://www.fpcr.org/blue_banner_articles/signific.htm
    2. "The Complete Scripture Index to the Westminster Confession (1646), Larger and Shorter Catechisms." Alternate title: SCRIPTURE INDEX TO THE WESTMINSTER STANDARDS. Available on Library of Presbyterian Heritage Publications [and] Protestant Heritage Press CD. Also available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
    3. Bordwine, James, A GUIDE TO THE WESTMINSTER STANDARDS: CONFESSION OF FAITH AND LARGER CATECHISM, ISBN: 0940931303 9780940931305.
      Includes a unique, 100-page topical index to both the CONFESSION and the LARGER CATECHISM.
    4. WESTMINSTER LARGER CATECHISM WITH PROOF TEXTS
      http://www.reformed.org/documents/wlc_w_proofs/index.html
    5. THE SHORTER CATECHISM WITH SCRIPTURE PROOFS
      Arguably the greatest tract ever created, all factors considered.
      http://www.reformed.org/documents/WSC_frames.html
      THE SHORTER CATECHISM
      Free downloadable PDF file.
      http://www.greenvillepresbyterian.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/shorter-catechism.pdf
    6. 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/
    7. Commentaries on the Westminster Standards Including the Westminster Confession of Faith, The Larger Catechism, and The Shorter Catechism
      http://www.lettermen2.com/bcrr3ch.html#cwswcsc
    8. The Westminster Confession of Faith (1646), (The Westminster Standards), and Related Works: A Study Guide
      http://www.lettermen2.com/suggest.html
    9. The Scottish Covenanted Reformation continued the work of The Westminster Assembly. David Steel (1803-1887), is considered to be one of the most faithful Covenanter ministers in America. Notice that the citation following is an authorized, complete edition of their final TESTIMONY.
      Reformed Presbytery in North America (Steelite), David Steele (1803-1887), John Thorburn (1730?-1788), John Courtass (d. 1795), et al., ACT, DECLARATION, AND TESTIMONY, FOR THE WHOLE OF THE COVENANTED REFORMATION, AS ATTAINED TO, AND ESTABLISHED IN, BRITAIN AND IRELAND; PARTICULARLY BETWIXT THE YEARS 1638 AND 1649, INCLUSIVE. AS, ALSO, AGAINST ALL THE STEPS OF DEFECTION FROM SAID REFORMATION, WHETHER IN FORMER OR LATER TIMES, SINCE THE OVERTHROW OF THAT GLORIOUS WORK, DOWN TO THIS PRESENT DAY (1876), (Philadelphia, PA: Printed by Rue and Jones, 1876).
      This is a new edition of the Ploughlandhead Testimony of 1761. It was the subordinate standard of the original "Steelite" Reformed Presbytery that was constitutes in 1840.
      https://archive.org/details/actdeclarationte00refo
    10. Church and State
      Works listed here discuss the decline of the influence of Calvinism and the Covenanted Reformation in Great Britain and the United States. The various alterations to the Westminster Standards are also discussed.
      http://www.lettermen2.com/bcrr9chc.html#churchstate
    11. 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. (Gerald Irvin), The Westminster Confession of Faith [1646] for Study Classes, ISBN: 0875525385. A Christian classic.
    "The most thorough work on the Confession since A.A. Hodge." -- William Grier
    "Describes the Christian faith. You will also find this treatment excellent in coverage and application to contemporary living. Examples of divergent doctrine, problems with other philosophy and cultural standards are presented. The arguments and Q&A after each section makes it practical for knowing and living a Christian life. This is not feel-good theology, but how intelligent and responsible people can seek to understand the breadth of scripture in a concise book." -- Publisher
    The Complete Scripture Index to the Westminster Confession (1646), Larger and Shorter Catechisms. Alternate title: SCRIPTURE INDEX TO THE WESTMINSTER STANDARDS. Available on Library of Presbyterian Heritage Publications and Protestant Heritage Press. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
    The Complete Scripture Index to the Westminster Confession
    http://www.swrb.com/newslett/actualnls/index01.htm
    Bordwine, James, A Guide to the Westminster Standards: Confession of Faith and Larger Catechism, ISBN: 0940931303 9780940931305.
    Includes a unique, 100-page topical index to both the Confession and the Catechism.

    See also: Bible reading and devotions, Commentaries on the westminster standards including the westminster confession of faith, the larger catechism, and the shorter catechism, Books considered to be among the ten greatest in the english language, Christian classics, The best books in this bibliography, Expository bible commentaries, Commentaries, General works, Commentaries on the whole bible, Christian fellowship, Prayer, and so forth, and so on.

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    Prayer

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

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

    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)

    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.
    -- The Lord Jesus Christ (John 17:21-23)

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

    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)

    The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. (James 5:16)

    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)

    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)

    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)

    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.
    -- The Lord Jesus Christ (Mark 11:25, 26)

    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)

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

    All Christians employ themselves in David's Psalms more frequently than in any other part of the Old or New Testament. The grace of the Holy Ghost hath so ordered it that they should be sung every night and day . . . Many who know not a letter can say David's Psalms by heart. . . . where men converse with God, David is the first, the midst, and the last. -- Chrysostom

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

    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.
    -- The Lord 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. -- The Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 26:41)

    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. -- The Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 4:4)

    One blessed way of casting our burden upon the Lord (Psalm 55:22) is to tell the Lord all about it. It is a high privilege to get away, alone, and talk to God as a man talks with his friend. But I know what you often do, my Brothers and Sisters, when you get into a predicament and cannot tell what to do -- then you begin to pray. Why do you not, every morning, tell the Lord about all your difficulties before they come? What? Will you only run to Him when you get into trouble? No, go to Him before you get into trouble. Half our burdens come from what we have not prayed over! If a man would take the ordinary concerns of life distinctly to God, one by one, it is marvelous how easily the chariot of life would roll along! Things over which we have not prayed are like undigested food that breeds mischief in the body -- they breed mischief in the soul. Digest your daily bread by first praying, "God give it to me and then God bless me in the use of it. And then God bless me afterwards in the spending of the strength derived from it to Your praise and Glory." Salt all your life with prayer, lest corruption should come to that part of your life which you have not thus salted. Tell the Lord, then, your griefs, just as, when a child, you told your troubles to your mother!
    "I cannot find words," says one. Oh, they will come! They come fast enough when you complain to man and they will sweetly come if you get into the blessed habit of talking to God about everything. A friend said to me, not long ago, "I was on the Exchange and I saw that I had made a mistake in a certain transaction. I had lost money by it and if I had gone on dealing in the same fashion, I would have been ruined. I just stepped aside for a minute or two into a quiet corner of my office. I stood still and breathed a prayer to God for guidance. Then I went back, and felt, 'Now I am ready for anyone of you.' "So I was," he said, "I was not confused and worried, as I would otherwise have been, and so liable to make mistakes, but I had waited upon God and I was therefore calm and collected." There is much wisdom in thus praying about everything, although, possibly, some of you may think it trivial. I believe that the very soul of Christianity lies in the sanctifying of what is called secular -- the bringing of all things under the cognizance of our God by intense, constant, importunate, believing prayer.
    When you have told the Lord everything, the next thing for you to do, in order to cast your burden upon Him, is to believe that all will work together for your good. Swallow the bitter as readily as you do the sweet and believe that, somehow, the strange mixture will do you great good. Do not look out your window, judging this, and that, and the other, in detail, but, if God sent it to you, open the door and take it all in, for all that has come from Him will be to His Glory and to your profit. Believe that if you shall lose certain things, you will really be a gainer by your losses. Even if your dearest one is taken from you, all shall be well if you have but faith to trust God in it all. If you are stricken with mortal sickness, it will still be well with you and if you do steadfastly trust in the Lord, you shall know that it is so. We know, says the Apostle Paul -- he does not say, "We think, we suppose, we judge," but -- We know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose. (Romans 8:28) If you know this, my Brother, or my Sister, it shall help you to cast your burden upon the Lord. (Psalm 55:22)
    When you have done this, then leave your burden with the Lord. In the process of trusting God with your burden, get to the point that you have done with it. If I cast my burden upon the Lord, what business have I to carry it myself? How can I truthfully say that I have cast it upon Him if I am still burdened with it? Throughout my life, which has not been free from many grave cares, there have been many things which I have been able to see my own way through and, using my best judgment, they have passed off well. But in so large a church as this, there sometimes occur things that altogether stagger me. I do not know what to do in such a case as that, and I have been in the habit, after doing all I can, of putting such things up on the shelf and saying, "There, I will never take them down again, come what may. I have done with them, for I have left them wholly with God." And I wish to bear my testimony that somehow or other the thing which I could not unravel, has unraveled itself! When Peter and the angel came unto the iron gate, it opened to them of its own accord. (Acts 12:10) And the same thing has happened to me many a time. Who shall roll away the stone for us from the door of the sepulcher? (Mark 16:3) asked the holy women when they came to the tomb of their Lord? And when they looked, they saw that the stone was rolled away. (Mark 16:4) Learn to say, "My God has made this difficulty and there is some good result to come of it. I have done the little I can do, so now I will leave it all with Him." -- C.H. Spurgeon, from the sermon "Fear not," no. 2830, at The Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington, on Thursday Evening, August 19, 1886.

    If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. -- The Lord 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.
    -- The Lord 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. -- The Lord Jesus Christ (John 17:9)

    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

    Personally I find it helpful to begin each day by silently committing that day into God's hands. I thank Him that I belong to Him, and I thank Him that He knows what the day holds for me. I ask Him to take my life that day and use it for His glory. I ask Him to cleanse me from anything which would hinder His work in my life. And then I step out in faith, knowing that His Holy Spirit is filling me continually as I trust in Him and obey His Word. . ." -- Billy Graham, from The Holy Spirit: Activating God's Power in Your Life

    I sin against the Lord by labouring more than I pray. -- Andrew Bonar

    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 Genesis 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

    What is the cause of most backslidings? I believe, as a general rule, one of the chief causes is neglect of private prayer. -- J.C. Ryle

    Fear is often a sign of prayerlessness, fatigue, and loneliness.

    Three things that strengthen the spiritual life are Bible study, fellowship, and prayer.

    This is my comfort in my affliction: for thy word hath quickened me. (Psalm 119:50)

    Adams, Jay E., Prayers for Troubled Times, 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. Alternate title: Alternative title: WAR PSALMS OF THE PRINCE OF PEACE: LESSONS FROM THE IMPRECATORY PSALMS. ISBN: 0875520936 9780875520933.
    Foreword by Jay Edward Adams (of Westminster Theological Seminary), 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.
    A personal listing of Psalms that have imprecatory content or undertones: Psalm 3, 5, 6, 7, 17, 27, 28, 35, 37, 52, 54, 55, 56, 58, 59, 62, 63, 64, 69, 70, 73, 78, 79, 83, 86, 90, 91, 94, 102, 105, 109, 137, 139, 140, 141, 142, 143, and 144.

    Arrowsmith, John, England's Ebenezer; or, Stone of Help. Set up in Thankfull Acknowledgment of the Lord's Having Helped us Hitherto . . . In a Sermon Preached to Both . . . Houses of Parliament . . . 1 Sam. vii. 12, March 12, 1645

    Barton, David, America: To Pray or not to Pray. A Statistical Look at What Happened When Religious Principles Were Separated From Public Affairs, ISBN: 0925279420 9780925279422.
    "Correlates the decline of American society with the ban on prayer in public schools. The statistics point to the fact that as God has been banished from the public arena American society has spiralled downward." -- Publisher

    Baxter, Richard (1615-1691), The Christian's Converse With God: or, The Insufficiency and Uncertainty of Human Friendship; and the Improvement of Solitude in Converse With God. In THE PRACTICAL WORKS OF RICHARD BAXTER: WITH A PREFACE, GIVING SOME ACCOUNT OF THE AUTHOR, AND OF THIS EDITION OF HIS PRACTICAL WORKS, (3:852-78)

    Baxter, Richard (1615-1691), Devotions and Prayers.

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

    *Bennett, Arthur (editor), The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers and Devotions, 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, ISBN: 0921148402 9780921148401. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #19.
    "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 (1676-1732), Personal and Family Fasting and Humiliation. Alternate title: A MEMORIAL CONCERNING PERSONAL AND FAMILY-FASTING AND HUMILIATION, PRESENTED TO SAINTS AND SINNERS. Available (THE WORKS OF THOMAS BOSTON, VOL. 11), on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available (THE WORKS OF THOMAS BOSTON, VOL. 11), on Reformation Bookshelf CD #6.

    Bounds, E.M. (1835-1913), 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. (1835-1913), The Complete Works of E.M. Bounds on Prayer, ISBN: 0801009855 9780801009853.
    "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. (1835-1913), Essentials of Prayer, ISBN: 0801007569. A Christian classic.
    "This one is my personal favorite, of the E.M. Bounds classics on prayer. If you want a deeper relationship in prayer then this book will inspire you. If you need a clearer understanding of how to pray, this is the book for you. I highly recommend everything written by this Classic Prayer Author." -- Reader's Comment

    Bounds, E.M. (1835-1913), 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. A Christian classic.
    Bounds, E.M., Power Through Prayer
    http://archive.org/details/PowerThroughPrayer
    Bounds, E.M., Power Through Prayer
    http://www.ccel.org/bounds/power/power.html

    *Bounds, E.M. (1835-1913), 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." -- Publisher

    *Brown, John (of Edinburgh, 1784-1858), Discourses and Sayings of our Lord Jesus Christ, 3 volumes, ISBN: 0851515819 (one ISBN for the set of 3 volumes). A Christian classic. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
    "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."
    Brown, John (of Edinburgh, 1784-1858), Discourses and Sayings of our Lord Jesus Christ: Illustrated in a Series of Expositions, 1854, vol. 1 of 2.
    http://archive.org/details/discoursessaying01brow
    Brown, Discourses and Sayings of our Lord Jesus Christ, vol. 2 of 2.
    http://archive.org/details/discoursessaying02brow
    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: (Gardners Books, 2006), and (Hard Press, November 26, 2007).
    Both volume are "produced from digital images created through the University of Michigan University Library's preservation reformatting program." -- Publisher

    *Brown, John (of Edinburgh, 1784-1858), An Exposition of our Lord's Intercessory Prayer. A Christian classic. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
    "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.
    An Exposition of our Lord's Intercessory Prayer: With a Discourse on the Relation of our Lord's Intercession to the Conversion of the World (1866)
    http://archive.org/details/expositionofourl00brow
    Nave's Topical Bible: Christ, Prayers of
    http://www.biblestudytools.com/Concordances/naves-topical-bible/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 Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #8, #21.

    *Bunyan, John (1628-1688), The Desire of the Righteous Granted. A Christian classic.
    Available (THE WORKS OF JOHN BUNYAN), on the Puritan Hard Drive.
    Available at the 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
    THE COMPLETE WORKS OF JOHN BUNYAN is available at Project Gutenberg, Gutenberg.org.
    "This 75-page treatise is based on Proverbs 10:24." -- GCB

    *Bunyan, John (1628-1688), Prayer. A Christian classic. Available (THE WORKS OF JOHN BUNYAN), on the Puritan Hard Drive.
    Available at the 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
    THE COMPLETE WORKS OF JOHN BUNYAN is available at Project Gutenberg, Gutenberg.org.
    "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

    Bunyan, John (1628-1688), Thomas Goodwin (1600-1680), Thomas Shepard (1605-1649), Prayer, The Return of Prayers, and The Saint's Jewel, ISBN: 1589603737. Alternate title: PRAYER.
    "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 [Psalm 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 [Jeremiah 29:13]). The want of this made the Lord reject their prayers in Hos. 7:14 [Hosea 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 [Proverbs 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

    Carson, Donald A., A Call to Spiritual Reformation: Priorities From Paul and his Prayers, ISBN: 0801025699 9780801025693.
    "Using the letters of Paul, Carson makes a very important point: God doesn't require more frenetic programs or emotional stimulation; God wants his people to know him more intimately. Prayer and the Word are the answer." -- GCB

    Chambers, Humphrey, and Samuel Man, A Divine Ballance to Weigh Religious Fasts in: Applyed to Present vse, in a Sermon Preached Before the Honourable House of Commons, in S. Margarets Westminster at their Publique Fast, Sept. 27. 1643, James 3:18.

    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

    Crampton, W. Gary, What About the Imprecatory Psalms?
    "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?
    A personal listing of Psalms that have imprecatory content or undertones: Psalm 3, 5, 6, 7, 17, 27, 28, 35, 37, 52, 54, 55, 56, 58, 59, 62, 63, 64, 69, 70, 73, 78, 79, 83, 86, 90, 91, 94, 102, 105, 109, 137, 139, 140, 141, 142, 143, and 144.
    http://www.trinityfoundation.org/PDF/282-CramptonImprecatoryPsalms.pdf

    Donne, John, On Prayer, Repentance, and the Mercy of God: A Lenten Sermon. A Christian classic. Available in the THE WORKS (OF JOHN DONNE).

    *Edwards, Charles E. (editor), Devotions and Prayers of John Calvin. Alternate title: SCRIPTURE TEXTS, WITH EXPOSITIONS AND SENTENCE PRAYERS FROM CALVIN'S COMMENTARIES ON THE MINOR PROPHETS. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #21.

    Edwards, Jonathan (1703-1758), 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.
    http://www.iclnet.org/pub/resources/text/ipb-e/epl-10/web/edwards-humble-attempt.html

    Ellul, Jacques (1912-1994), Prayer and Modern Man.

    Fisher, Fred L., Prayer in the New Testament.

    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. A Christian classic. Available in THE WORKS OF THOMAS GOODWIN.

    *Gurnall, William (1617-1679), and John Charles Ryle (contributor), The Christian in Complete Armor: A Treatise of the Saint's war Against the Devil, complete and unabridged, ISBN: 0851511961 9780851511962. A Christian classic. Considered to be among the ten greatest books in the English language. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
    "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
    Also praised by John Flavel and Richard Baxter.
    Said to be among the 10 greatest Christian books.
    "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
    The Christian In Complete Armour, William Gurnall
    http://www.ccel.org/g/gurnall/armour/home.htm
    Gurnall, William, The Christian in Complete Armour
    http://archive.org/details/christianincomp00unkngoog

    Henry, Matthew (1662-1714), A Method for Prayer With Scripture Expressions and Directions for Daily Communion With God, ISBN: 188441608X 9781884416088. A Christian classic.
    "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 (1662-1714), The Secret of Communion With God, 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

    Heywood, Oliver, Closet-prayer: A Christian Duty, or A Treatise Upon Matt 6:6 [Matthew 6:6], tending to prove that the worship of God in secret is the indispensable duty of all Christians, both by sundry examples and arguments, together with a severe rebuke of Christians for their neglect of, or negligence in the duty of closet prayer. And many directions for the managing thereof, exhortations to it, objections answered, cases of conscience cleared. 1687. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.

    Hooker, Thomas (1586-1647), A Comment Upon Christ's Last Prayer in the Seventeenth of John [John 17] 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, ISBN: 0805415432 9780805415438.

    Leuenberger, Samuel, Archbishop Cranmer's Immortal Bequest: The Book of Common Prayer of the Church of England: An Evangelistic Liturgy, ISBN: 0802804748 9780802804747.
    Foreword by J.I. Packer.

    Lockyer, Herbert, All the Prayers of the Bible, ISBN: 0310281210 9780310281214.

    Love, Christopher (1618-1651), 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 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 ISBN: 1930133022 9781930133020.

    *Manton, Thomas (1620-1677), A Practical Exposition of the Lord's Prayer by . . . Thomas Manton, 1684. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #4 and #5.
    "Notes: Contains engraved portrait frontispiece."

    Miller, C. John (1928-1996), Isaiah and a Theology of Prayer, (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.)

    Miller, Samuel (1769-1850), Thoughts on Public Prayer, 1849. Available on the 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." -- Publisher
    "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 (1616-1683), The Work of the Holy Spirit in Prayer, as a Comforter and as the Author of Spiritual Gifts. A Christian classic. See THE WORKS OF JOHN OWEN.

    Palmer, B.M., National Responsibility Before God: A Discourse, Delivered on the day of Fasting, Humiliation and Prayer, Appointed by the President of the Confederate States of America, June 13, 1861.

    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 Puritan Hard Drive.

    *Pink, Arthur W. (1886-1952), Gleanings From Paul: Studies in the Prayers of the Apostle, ISBN: 0851519237.
    "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. (1886-1952), A Guide to Fervent Prayer, 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. A Christian classic.
    Includes bibliography and index.

    *Rainsford, Marcus, Our Lord Prays for His own: Thoughts on John 17, 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 -- compiler], at this time. . . ." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.

    Reformed Presbyterian Church, Scotland, Guide to Private Social Worship, Recommended by the Reformed Presbyterian Synod of Scotland in 1823, as a Directory in Conducting Prayer Meetings, 1854.

    Rutherford, Samuel (1600-1661), The Power and Prevalency of Faith and Prayer Evidenced, in a Practical Discourse Upon Matth. 9.27,31 [Matthew 9:27,31]. By Mr. Samuel Rutherford, [Edinburgh?], 1713.

    Schaeffer, Edith, The Life of Prayer, 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. (1834-1892), C.H. Spurgeon's Prayers, 1905. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
    C.H. Spurgeon's Prayers
    http://archive.org/details/chspurgeonspraye00spur

    *Spurgeon, C.H. (1834-1892), Effective Prayer.

    Spurgeon, C.H. (1834-1892), The Pastor in Prayer: A Collection of the Sunday Morning Prayers of C.H. Spurgeon, ISBN: 0851518508 9780851518503.

    *Spurgeon, C.H. (1834-1892), The Treasury of David, 3 volumes, ISBN: 0917006259 9780917006258. A Christian classic. Considered to be among the ten greatest books in the English language. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. 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
    Recommended for daily devotions.
    The Treasury of David
    http://www.spurgeon.org/treasury/treasury.php
    The Treasury of David (1881)
    http://archive.org/details/thetreasuryofdav00spuruoft

    *Spurgeon, C.H. (1834-1892), 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, 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

    Todd, Isaac, The Posture of Prayer, or God to be Worshipped With the Body as Well as the Mind
    http://www.covenanter.org/reformed/2015/8/19/isaac-todds-the-posture-of-prayer-or-god-to-be-worshipped-with-the-body-as-well-as-the-mind

    Traill, Robert (1642-1716), The Throne of Grace Discoursed of From Heb. IV, 16 [Hebrews 4:16] / by Robert Trail, 1696, ISBN: 085151393X. Available (THE WORKS OF ROBERT TRAILL), on Puritan Hard Drive. Available (SELECT PRACTICAL WRITINGS OF ROBERT TRAILL), on Reformation Bookshelf CD #19.

    Traill, Robert (1642-1716), 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 . . . 1731. Available (THE WORKS OF ROBERT TRAILL), on the Puritan Hard Drive.

    Vines, Richard (1600?-1656), The Posture of David's Spirit When he was in a Doubtfull Condition. Opened in a Sermon preached before the honourable House of Commons at Margarets Westminster, upon October 22. 1644. Being a day especially set apart for a publicke humiliation. By Richard Vines, minister of the Gospel at Weddington in the County of Warwick, and one of the Assembly of Divines. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.

    Waltke, Bruce, The Book of Psalms (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.)
    An extension study course for credit. Available on audio cassettes [audio files].

    *Watson, Thomas (1620-1686), The Lord's Prayer, ISBN: 0851511457. A Christian classic. Considered to be among the ten greatest books in the English language. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
    "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." -- Publisher
    "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
    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, ISBN: 0800707419 9780800707415.

    Wishart, William (parson of Restalrigg), An Exposition of the Lord's Prayer. Delivered in two and twenty lectures, at the church of Lieth in Scotland; by Mr William Wischart parson of Restalrigg, 1633.

    Wooden, Keith, Teaching Children to Pray, 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), Psalms, 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, the lord's prayer, Bible promises, Intercessory prayer, Ready reference: immediate counsel on many subjects, Evangelistic praying, Intercessory prayer, Prayer groups, Bible reading and devotional guides, 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, and so forth, and so on.
    TCRB5: 13, 38, 439, 1003-1005, 1071, 1072, 1089, 1671, 2197, 2517, 2816-2841, 3607, 3841, 4082, 4193
    MGTP: Prayer (extensive listing)

    Related WebLinks

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

    Nave's Topical Bible: Christ, Prayers of
    http://www.biblestudytools.com/Concordances/naves-topical-bible/ntb.cgi?number=T2807

    Nave's Topical Bible -- Prayer
    http://www.biblestudytools.com/Concordances/naves-topical-bible/ntb.cgi?number=T3962

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

    Prayers of John Calvin From his Commentary on Hosea
    http://www.monergism.com/thethreshold/articles/onsite/prayers_hosea.html



    Call Upon the Name of the Lord

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

    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.

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

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

    The Treasury of David, Psalm 107, C.H. Spurgeon
    Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men! (Psalm 107:8)
    http://www.spurgeon.org/treasury/ps107.php

    The Treasury of David, Psalm 116, C.H. Spurgeon
    The Lord preserveth the simple: I was brought low, and he helped me. (Psalm 116:6)
    http://www.spurgeon.org/treasury/ps116.php

    The Treasury of David, Psalm 120, C.H. Spurgeon
    Deliver my soul, O Lord, from lying lips, and from a deceitful tongue. (Psalm 120:2)
    http://www.spurgeon.org/treasury/ps120.php

    The Treasury of David, Psalm 14, C.H. Spurgeon
    The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good. (Psalm 14:1)
    http://www.spurgeon.org/treasury/ps014.php

    Clowney, E., Call on Me; Cleaving to the Lord; The Laughter of Faith; The Muttering Man (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.).
    Audio recording [audio file].

    Packer, J.I., Revive us Again: Psalm 85:6.

    Power, Philip Bennett (1822-1899), The "I Wills" of the Psalms, 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 Puritan Hard Drive.
    Call on Me and I will Answer, and Show Thee Things you Know not
    http://www.chapellibrary.org/

    See also: The sovereignty of god, The doctrine of man (human nature, total depravity), 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, and so forth, and so on.
    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.
    -- The Lord 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. -- The Lord 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.
    -- The Lord 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.
    -- The Lord Jesus Christ (John 17)

    *Brown, John (of Edinburgh, 1784-1858), An Exposition of our Lord's Intercessory Prayer. Available on the 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.
    An Exposition of our Lord's Intercessory Prayer: With a Discourse on the Relation of our Lord's Intercession to the Conversion of the World (1866)
    http://archive.org/details/expositionofourl00brow
    Nave's Topical Bible: Christ, Prayers of
    http://www.biblestudytools.com/Concordances/naves-topical-bible/ntb.cgi?number=T2807

    Bunyan, John (1628-1688), Intercession of Christ. Available (THE WORKS OF JOHN BUNYAN), on the Puritan Hard Drive.
    Available at the 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
    THE COMPLETE WORKS OF JOHN BUNYAN is available at Project Gutenberg, Gutenberg.org.
    Nave's Topical Bible: Christ, Prayers of
    http://www.biblestudytools.com/Concordances/naves-topical-bible/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. In THE WORKS OF JOHN FLAVEL,3 (1:165-76). In THE FOUNTAIN OF LIFE, (1:17-561).

    Henry, Matthew (1662-1714), A Method for Prayer With Scripture Expressions and Directions for Daily Communion With God, ISBN: 188441608X 9781884416088. A Christian classic.
    "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

    *Manton, Thomas (1620-1677), An Exposition of John 17. Available (THE COMPLETE WORKS OF THOMAS MANTON), on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available (THE COMPLETE WORKS OF THOMAS MANTON), on Reformation Bookshelf CD #4 and #5.
    "A deep, rich, and full exposition by a Puritan divine." -- Cyril J. Barber

    Newton, John (1725-1807), 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).

    *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 Puritan Hard Drive.

    *Rainsford, Marcus, Our Lord Prays for His own: Thoughts on John 17, 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 -- compiler], at this time. . . ." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.

    Ryle, J.C. (1816-1900), Christ and the two Thieves; or, Christ's Power and Willingness to Save Sinners

    Ryle, J.C. (1816-1900), Christ's Power to Save. In OLD PATHS: BEING PLAIN STATEMENTS ON SOME OF THE WEIGHTIER MATTERS OF CHRISTIANITY, (436-57), ISBN: 0851517609.

    *Saphir, Adolph (1831-1891), Our Lord's Pattern for Prayer, ISBN: 0825437482 9780825437489.
    "An outstanding work that is worthy of repeated consultation. Scholarly, devotional, a must for every believer. Recommended." -- Cyril J. Barber

    *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.

    Thomson, James G.S.S., The Praying Christ: A Study of Jesus Doctrine and Practice of Prayer. Includes bibliography.
    Nave's Topical Bible: Christ, Prayers of
    http://www.biblestudytools.com/Concordances/naves-topical-bible/ntb.cgi?number=T2807

    Traill, Robert (1642-1716), 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 . . . 1731. Available (THE WORKS OF ROBERT TRAILL), on the Puritan Hard Drive.

    *Watson, Thomas (1620-1686), The Lord's Prayer, ISBN: 0851511457. A Christian classic. Considered to be among the ten greatest books in the English language. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
    "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." -- Publisher
    "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
    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/

    Wishart, William (parson of Restalrigg), An Exposition of the Lord's Prayer. Delivered in two and twenty lectures, at the church of Lieth in Scotland; by Mr William Wischart parson of Restalrigg, 1633.

    See also: Prayer, 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, and so forth, and so on.
    MGTP: Christ -- Intercession of (for his People)

    Related WebLinks

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

    Nave's Topical Bible: Christ, Prayers of
    http://www.biblestudytools.com/Concordances/naves-topical-bible/ntb.cgi?number=T2807



    Intercessory Prayer

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

    Stir up thy strength, and come and save us. Turn us again, O God, and cause thy face to shine; and we shall be saved. (Psalm 80:2b,3)

    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)

    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.
    -- The Lord Jesus Christ (John 17:20,21)
    Jesus prays for those we evangelize.

    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, With Christ in the School of Prayer

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

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

    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)

    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)

    The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. (James 5:16)

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

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

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

    The Treasury of David, Psalm 85, C.H. Spurgeon
    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.

    http://www.spurgeon.org/treasury/ps085.php

    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)

    And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power. (Colossians 2:2-10)

    See the Theological Notes, "The Authentication of Scripture," at 2 Corinthians 4:6 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

    A personal listing of Psalms that have imprecatory content or undertones: Psalm 3, 5, 6, 7, 17, 27, 28, 35, 37, 52, 54, 55, 56, 58, 59, 62, 63, 64, 69, 70, 73, 78, 79, 83, 86, 90, 91, 94, 102, 105, 109, 137, 139, 140, 141, 142, 143, and 144.

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

    Adams, Jay E., Prayers for Troubled Times, 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. A Christian classic. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
    "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.
    An Exposition of our Lord's Intercessory Prayer: With a Discourse on the Relation of our Lord's Intercession to the Conversion of the World (1866)
    http://archive.org/details/expositionofourl00brow
    Nave's Topical Bible: Christ, Prayers of
    http://www.biblestudytools.com/Concordances/naves-topical-bible/ntb.cgi?number=T2807

    Caryl, Joseph (1602-1673), David's Prayer for Solomon: Containing the Proper Endowments and Duty Royall of a King, With the Consequent Blessings Upon a Kingdome: Delivered in a Sermon at Christ-Church London, before the Right Honourable the Lord Major, the . . . aldermen his bretheren, together with the . . . companies of the said city, upon the 27th of March, 1643. Being the commemoration of His Majesties inauguration. A sermon.

    *Manton, Thomas (1620-1677), An Exposition of John 17. Available (THE COMPLETE WORKS OF THOMAS MANTON), on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available (THE COMPLETE WORKS OF THOMAS MANTON), on Reformation Bookshelf CD #4 and #5.
    "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, 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
    http://www.archive.org/details/TheGoldenSceptreHeldForthToTheHumble
    The Golden Sceptre Held Forth to the Humble
    http://www.lettermen2.com/goldensceptre.pdf

    *Rainsford, Marcus, Our Lord Prays for His own: Thoughts on John 17, 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 -- compiler], 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, ISBN: 9780521048354 0521048354.

    *Williams, Daniel (1643?-1716), What Repentance of National Sins God Doth Require, as Ever we Expect National Mercies? 1690. [Sermon on Hosea x. 12. (Hosea 10:12)]. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.

    See also: The 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, and so forth, and so on.
    TCRB5: 13, 38, 439, 1003-1005, 1071, 1072, 1089, 1671, 1783-1785, 2197, 2517, 2816-2841, 3607, 3841, 4082, 4193
    MGTP: Prayer (extensive listing)

    Related WebLinks

    The Interceding Christ
    Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Hebrews 4:14-16; 7:23-27, 26 min.
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=12170372952

    Nave's Topical Bible: Christ, Prayers of
    http://www.biblestudytools.com/Concordances/naves-topical-bible/ntb.cgi?number=T2807



    Evangelistic Praying

    Stir up thy strength, and come and save us. Turn us again, O God, and cause thy face to shine; and we shall be saved. (Psalm 80:2b,3)

    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)

    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 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.
    -- The Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 28:18-20)

    And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. -- The Lord Jesus Christ (Mark 16:15)

    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)

    Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you. -- The Lord Jesus Christ (John 20:21)

    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. -- The Lord Jesus Christ (John 3:16)

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

    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 this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. -- The Lord 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.
    -- The Lord Jesus Christ (John 17:20,21)
    Jesus prays for those we evangelize.

    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)

    For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. -- The Lord Jesus Christ (John 3:17)

    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.
    -- The Lord 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.

    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. -- The Lord Jesus Christ (John 6:37)

    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? -- The Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 21:42)
    We must always be careful to give God the Glory.
    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.

    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. -- The Lord Jesus Christ (John 6:44)

    Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life. -- The Lord 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. -- The Lord 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. -- The Lord Jesus Christ (John 8:31,32)

    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)

    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)

    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. -- The Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 23:39)
    For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you. -- The Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 10:20)

    Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth. -- The Lord Jesus Christ (Luke 15:10)

    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)

    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)

    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.
    -- The Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 7:7,8)

    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)

    The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. (James 5:16)

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

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

    Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. -- The Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 18:4)

    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)

    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)

    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)

    Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. (Romans 5:1)

    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)

    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)

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

    Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. -- The Lord 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.
    -- The Lord 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. -- The Lord 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. -- The Lord 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. -- The Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 13:45,46)

    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. -- The Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 19:29)

    For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? -- The Lord Jesus Christ (Mark 8:36)

    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. -- The Lord 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. -- The Lord Jesus Christ (Luke 9:48b)

    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.
    -- The Lord 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. -- The Lord Jesus Christ (John 13:20)

    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. -- The Lord 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. -- The Lord 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.
    -- The Lord 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. -- The Lord 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.
    -- The Lord 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. -- The Lord Jesus Christ (John 16:24)

    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. -- The Lord 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)

    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. -- The Lord 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)

    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)

    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)

    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)

    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 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. For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power. (Colossians 2:8-10)

    (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ. (2 Corinthians 10:4-5)

    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. -- Gary Crampton

    What should be the doctrinally correct biblical attitude of the Reformed community toward My Hope America with Billy Graham, which climaxed the first week of November 2013? It was the largest evangelistic outreach in the history of our country. It was reported that over 25,000 local churches participated. "The Cross" was viewed by approximately 2.5 million over the Fox News network alone. As of December 18 BGEA reports having received over 100,000 written records of professions of faith as a result of My Hope America, 2013. The actual number of individuals affected is unknown, and undoubtably was much larger.
    Yet many individuals and local churches "sat on their hands" throughout the year long event. This, of course, hinders evangelism and the cause of Christ.
    So I have raises this same question before, because there seems to be something to be learned from my "enigmatic" experience with BGEA for the last 35 years. Much of the criticism of BGEA seem to be contradicted by my experience, by the facts, and by the model of evangelism given by the Apostle Paul.
    Billy Graham has drawm criticism from all directions during his entire ministry. I myself have been seriously conflicted by this criticism. Some Reformed critics of BGEA can be most dogmatic and stubborn. And I am still conflicted by the criticism.
    It appears that part of this criticism and conflict has to do with the difference between the infinite nature of God and the limited mind of man. The conflict exposes our tendency to ambition, envy, and arrogance. And a blindness to this arrogance and dogmatism of the limited finite mind can sometimes be just as likely to appear among the gifted and capable.
    Please be reminded that Billy Graham has preached the Gospel face-to-face with an estimated 215 million individuals around the world in the last 70 years. A study of his life makes it apparent that he has, in many ways, modeled his ministry after the example of Paul. His name is synonymous with the Gospel around the world. And remember that the Protestant faith is in the minority worldwide, and that many Protestant denominations are liberal, and do not preach the Gospel.
    Consequently, some of what Billy Graham has said and done, as one thrust into the position of a "political leader" for Christianity, he has said and done for the sake of the Gospel. It seems very probable to me, and others have stated, that some of the things he has said and done, which have drawn criticism, have been a result of his striving to follow Paul's example,
    "I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some. And this I do for the gospel's sake, that I might be partaker therof with you." (1 Corinthians 9:22b,23)
    The Reformed attitude toward BGEA is a huge issue, and much has been left unsaid, and can not be settled here. But I can testify to the fact that EVERY TIME I have participated as a volunteer with a BGEA event there has been substantial spiritual warfare. This poses the question, if the presentation of the Gospel by Billy Graham and BGEA is ineffective, then why would the Principalities and Powers rear their ugly heads in opposition EVERY TIME I have participated in an event?
    "Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and a house divided against a house falleth. If Satan also be divided against himself, how shall his kingdom stand?" -- The Lord Jesus Christ (Luke 11:17b,18a)
    I take the position of Paul, "Is Christ divided?" (1 Corinthians 1:13)
    Some reader may still be conflicted, and may feel that they can not cooperate with BGEA. Well, at least they can pray for upcoming events. And they can pray for the untold number of individuals who have been influenced by BGEA over the last 70 years. This seems to be the charitable thing to do.
    Notice that My Hope America climaxed the first week of November, 2013. The strongest storm ever recorded, Typhoon Haiyan, struck the Philippines on November 8, 2013, the day after Billy Graham's 95th birthday.
    "Natural disasters are a megaphone from God and they teach us various lessons. First of all, natural disasters show us the uncertainty of life. Thousands of people wake up in the morning not knowing what is going to happen that day, such as the terrible devastation in Haiti [or Typhoon Haiyan, November 8, 2013 -- compiler], and elsewhere. There was a couple that left California because they were afraid of earthquakes. Then when they came to Missouri, they were killed in a tornado. We can't get away from the reality that life is very, very short and it's possible for us to delude ourselves. . . .
    "When we look at the news and see these disasters, its like a preview of the natural disasters that will someday come upon the earth. When you look at the second coming of Christ, you find many different natural disasters connected with it." -- Irwin Lutzer in an interview October 31, 2012
    Erwin W. Lutzer's book is Where was GOD? Answers to Tough Questions About God and Natural Disasters

    Barrett, David, and Todd Johnson, Our Globe and How to Reach it: Seeing the World Evangelized by AD 2000 and Beyond, ISBN: 0936625929 9780936625928.

    *Chafer, Lewis S., True Evangelism: Winning Souls by Prayer, ISBN: 0825423457 9780825423451.

    Edwards, Jonathan (1703-1758), 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. Available (THE WORKS OF JONATHAN EDWARDS), on the Puritan Hard Drive.

    Miller, C. John (1928-1996), Prayer and Evangelism (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation).
    Audio cassette LECM1 [audio file].

    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, 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, theopneustia, sufficiency of scripture), The sovereign grace of god: his everlasting mercy and lovingkindness, Prayer, Intercessory prayer, The free offer of the gospel message of salvation and the life to come: the means of grace, the covenant of eternal salvation, 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, and so forth, and so on.
    TCRB5: 3908
    MGTP: Prayer, Evangelism, Christ -- Intercession of (for his People), Christ -- Mediator

    Related WebLinks

    Nave's Topical Bible: Christ, Prayers of
    http://www.biblestudytools.com/Concordances/naves-topical-bible/ntb.cgi?number=T2807

    The Treasury of David, Psalm 90, C.H. Spurgeon
    Lord, thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations. (Psalm 90:1)
    This is, of course, a prayer of Moses, who is considered the greatest of the prophets. He wrote the Pentateuch, the first five books of the Old Testament, and Deuteronomy is the book most referred to by Christ in the New Testament.
    "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 [Psalm 90:17]. 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.php



    Prayer Groups

    Adams, Jay E., Prayers for Troubled Times, 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, 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

    Reformed Presbyterian Church, Scotland, Guide to Private Social Worship, Recommended by the Reformed Presbyterian Synod of Scotland in 1823, as a Directory in Conducting Prayer Meetings, 1854.

    Spurgeon, C.H. (1834-1892), 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, and so forth, and so on.
    TCRB5: 13, 38, 439, 1003-1005, 1071, 1072, 1089, 1671, 1783-1785, 2197, 2517, 2816-2841, 3607, 3841, 4082, 4193
    MGTP: Prayer (extensive listing)

    Related WebLinks

    Nave's Topical Bible: Christ, Prayers of
    http://www.biblestudytools.com/Concordances/naves-topical-bible/ntb.cgi?number=T2807

    Nave's Topical Bible -- Prayer
    http://www.biblestudytools.com/Concordances/naves-topical-bible/ntb.cgi?number=T3962

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

    Prayers of John Calvin From his Commentary on Hosea
    http://www.monergism.com/thethreshold/articles/onsite/prayers_hosea.html



    Christian Fellowship

    By this shall all [men] know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another. -- The Lord Jesus Christ (John 13:35)

    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)

    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.
    -- The Lord Jesus Christ (John 17:21-23)

    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.

    And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers. (Acts 2:42)
    The things which make us spiritual are Bible study, fellowship, and prayer.

    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)

    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 [Deuteronomy 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

    Three things that strengthen the spiritual life are Bible study, Christian fellowship, and prayer.

    Adams, Jay E., The Practical Encyclopedia of Christian Counseling.
    See the subject "Fellowship," "Associations," "Friendship," and so forth, and so on.

    *Amundsen, Darrel W., The Anguish and Agonies of Charles Haddon Spurgeon.
    "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."
    The Anguish and Agonies of Charles Haddon Spurgeon
    Free PDF file.
    http://ebookbrowse.com/the-anguish-and-agonies-of-charles-spurgeon-pdf-d56778188

    Baxter, Richard (1615-1691), The Christian's Converse With God: or, The Insufficiency and Uncertainty of Human Friendship; and the Improvement of Solitude in Converse With God. In THE PRACTICAL WORKS OF RICHARD BAXTER: WITH A PREFACE, GIVING SOME ACCOUNT OF THE AUTHOR, AND OF THIS EDITION OF HIS PRACTICAL WORKS, (3:852-78)

    *Bernard of Clairvaux, and J.M. Houston (editor, abridger) The Love of God and Spiritual Friendship, ISBN: 0880700173 9780880700177. A Christian classic.
    "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
    Bernard, of Clairvaux (Saint, 1090(1)-1153), Saint Bernard on the Love of God (1884)
    http://archive.org/details/saintbernardlove00bernuoft
    On Loving God by Saint Bernard of Clairvaux
    http://www.ccel.org/bernard/loving_God/loving_God.html

    Binning, Hugh (1627-1653), Several Sermons Upon the Most Important Subjects of Practical Religion. By Hugh Binning, Carefully copied and revised from his own manuscript, never before printed. To which is subjoined, An essay upon Christian love: To which is prefixed, some account of the life and writings of the author.

    Bridges, Jerry, True Community: The Biblical Practice of Koinonia, a revised edition of TRUE FELLOWSHIP, ISBN: 9781617471759 1617471755. Alternate title: THE CRISIS OF CARING: RECOVERING THE MEANING OF TRUE FELLOWSHIP.
    "The word 'fellowship' has become so watered down in our Christian culture, it no longer carries anything near the weight of intimate meaning it conveyed to the 1st-century Christian. But there is no reason that, 2000 years after the book of Acts, the depth of relationship meant by koinonia can't be realized in our relationships. It is the inheritance of the body of Christ, from our Savior's work. When fellowship is understood as a ministry of caring shared between all of us, it can make your church a life-changing blessing. Jerry Bridges is author of many books, including THE PURSUIT OF HOLINESS, TRANSFORMING GRACE, TRUSTING GOD, and THE JOY OF FEARING GOD." -- Publisher

    Bridges, Jerry, True Fellowship: A Bible Study on (Leader's Guide).
    "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

    Brown, John (of Haddington, 1722-1787), Of the Nature, Formation, and Fellowship of the Christian Church, 1796. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #7.

    *Knox, John (1505-1572), and Kevin Reed, True and False Ministries: Selections From the Writings. Available in THE WORKS OF JOHN KNOX, 6 volumes, David Laing (editor). THE WORKS OF JOHN KNOX available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #1.
    "Notes: Based upon selections from volume 6 of the definitive ed. of 'The works of John Knox', edited by David Laing (Edinburgh, 1895)."

    *Owen, John (1616-1683), Discourses Conserning Evangelical Love, Church-peace and Unity: In Five Chapters. Chap. I. Complaints of want of love and unity among Christians; how to be managed; and where is the fault. Chap II. Commendations of love and unity; their proper objects, with general rules and measures of love towards all mankind in general: allows not salvation unto any without faith in Jesus Christ: of the differences in religion as to outward worship. Chap. III. The nature of the Catholick Church, the first and principal object of Christians love; differences among the members of this church, of what nature and how to be managed. Chap. IV. Want of love and unity among Christians justly complained of; causes of divisions and schisms, 1. misapprehensions of evangelical unity. 2. Neglect in churches to attend upon known gospel duties. 3. Trusting in worldly grandeir, remainders of corruptions, weakness and ignorance. 4. Remedies thereof. Chap. V. The grounds and reasons of nonconformity, &c. By the late Reverend John Owen, D.D., 1696.

    Wilder-Smith, A.E., The Basis of True Fellowship, an audio file [audio file].

    See also: Friendship, The love and justice of god, Filial love (love toward parents), Small groups, House churches, Small groups as healing agents, The local church, Bad relationships a cause of disease and death, and so forth, and so on.



    Small Groups

    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)

    The four "Servant Songs" of Isaiah are Isaiah 42:1-9; Isaiah 49:1-7; Isaiah 50:4-11; and Isaiah 52:13 -- Isaiah 53:12. See the annotations in The Reformation Study Bible.

    Our Triune God has ordained that the preeminent leader of the Church is the Lord Jesus 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). Human leadership is also divinely ordained and tends to devolve to those who are most perfectly at one with Christ, and to those who also know the most Truth (the Apostle Paul, Saint Augustine, Martin Luther, John Calvin, Puritan leaders, The Scots Worthies, and so forth, and so on.)
    And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. -- The Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 19:28). See: (Matthew 19:28, 1599 Geneva Bible)
    Then his master said unto him, It is well done good servant and faithful, Thou hast been faithful in little, I will make thee ruler over much: enter into thy master's joy. -- The Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 25:21 1599 Geneva Bible)
    Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. -- The Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 25:34). See: (Matthew 25:34, 1599 Geneva Bible)
    And he said unto him, Well, good servant: because thou hast been faithful in a very little thing, take thou authority over ten cities. -- The Lord Jesus Christ (Luke 19:17, 1599 Geneva Bible)
    Therefore I appoint unto you a kingdom, as my Father hath appointed unto me. -- The Lord Jesus Christ (Luke 22:29, 1599 Geneva Bible)
    And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. (Romans 8:17). See: (Romans 8:17, 1599 Geneva Bible)
    Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life? (1 Corinthians 6:3). See: (1 Corinthians 6:3, 1599 Geneva Bible)
    And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus. (Ephesians 2:6). See: (Ephesians 2:6, 1599 Geneva Bible)
    To execute vengeance upon the heathen, and corrections among the people:
    To bind their kings in chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron,
    That they may execute upon them the judgment that is written: this honor shall be to all his Saints. Praise ye the Lord.
    (Psalm 149:7-9, 1599 Geneva Bible)
    But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. (1 Timothy 2:12), (1 Timothy 2:12, 1599 Geneva Bible)
    And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations. -- The Lord Jesus Christ (Revelation 2:26). See: (Revelation 2:26, 1599 Geneva Bible)
    To serve God is to reign. -- Seneca (4 BC -- 65 AD)

    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

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

    Three things that strengthen the spiritual life are Bible study, Christian fellowship, and prayer.

    *Binning, Hugh (1627-1653), A Treatise of Christian Love: With an Extract From the Sinner's Sanctuary, ISBN: 0851518702 9780851518701. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
    Binning, Hugh (1627-1653), A Treatise of Christian Love. John 13:35. "By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another"
    http://www.covenanter.org/reformed/2015/8/19/hugh-binnings-a-treatise-of-christian-love

    Bridges, Jerry, True Community: The Biblical Practice of Koinonia, a revised edition of TRUE FELLOWSHIP, ISBN: 9781617471759 1617471755. Alternate title: THE CRISIS OF CARING: RECOVERING THE MEANING OF TRUE FELLOWSHIP.
    "The word 'fellowship' has become so watered down in our Christian culture, it no longer carries anything near the weight of intimate meaning it conveyed to the 1st-century Christian. But there is no reason that, 2000 years after the book of Acts, the depth of relationship meant by koinonia can't be realized in our relationships. It is the inheritance of the body of Christ, from our Savior's work. When fellowship is understood as a ministry of caring shared between all of us, it can make your church a life-changing blessing. Jerry Bridges is author of many books, including THE PURSUIT OF HOLINESS, TRANSFORMING GRACE, TRUSTING GOD, and THE JOY OF FEARING GOD." -- Publisher

    Bridges, Jerry, True Fellowship: A Bible Study on (Leader's Guide).
    "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

    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, 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.

    *Dallimore, Arnold, George Whitefield: The Life and Times of the Great Evangelist of the 18th Century Revival, 2 volumes. ISBN: 0851510264 9780851510262 085151300X 9780851513003. A Christian classic.
    "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.

    Houston, Thomas (1803-1882), The Fellowship Prayer-meeting: The Institution, Nature, History, and Advantages of Select Christian Fellowship, With Directions for Conducting Social Religious Exercises. Also available in WORKS (of Thomas Houston), Doctrinal and Practical, volume 2. Available (THE FELLOWSHIP PRAYER-MEETING), on the Puritan Hard Drive.

    *Johnson, David, and Jeff VanVonderen, The Subtle Power of Spiritual Abuse: Recognizing and Escaping Spiritual Manipulation and False Spiritual Authority Within the Church, 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
    "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, ISBN: 0800616294 9780800616298

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

    Lloyd-Jones, David Martyn (1899-1981), The Basis of Christian Unity: An Exposition of John 17 and Ephesians 4.

    Maillefer, M., Small Groups: How to use Them in a big way (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.)
    Audio cassette TT108 [audio file].

    Mains, David, and Steve Bell, Two are Better Than one: A Guide to Prayer Partnerships That Work, 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, 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) (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.)
    Audio cassette BL04 [audio file].

    Wells, William W., Welcome to the Family: An Introduction to Evangelical Christianity, ISBN: 0877846243: 9780877846246.

    Womack, Charles R., Ministry to Single Parents Through a Small Growth Group Setting.

    See also: Bible reading and devotions, Prayer, Prayer groups, Jesus on prayer, Intercessory prayer, Immanuel, christ's presence, christ in you, The love and justice of god, oneness, Evangelistic praying, Christian fellowship, Unity and uniformity in the visible church: unity in the truth, Pride, Humility, Authority, Power, Power religion, Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, Sexual relationship, Spiritual adultery (spiritual whoredom/harlotry), Idolatry, syncretism, 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, Separation, Christian scholarship, Christian classics, Reform of the church, Covenant theology and the ordinance of covenanting, An introduction to the covenanted reformation, and so forth, and so on.
    TCRB5: 414, 421, 726, 739-741, 1325, 1442, 3116-3132, 3523, 3908, 3927

    Related WebLinks

    Nave's Topical Bible: Christ, Prayers of
    http://www.biblestudytools.com/Concordances/naves-topical-bible/ntb.cgi?number=T2807

    Nave's Topical Bible -- Prayer
    http://www.biblestudytools.com/Concordances/naves-topical-bible/ntb.cgi?number=T3962

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

    Prayers of John Calvin From his Commentary on Hosea
    http://www.monergism.com/thethreshold/articles/onsite/prayers_hosea.html



    House Churches

    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)

    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)

    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.
    -- The Lord 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)
    The things which make us spiritual are Bible study, fellowship, and prayer.

    Christian fellowship should show spontaneity and freedom.

    Allen, Donald, Barefoot in the Church, 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., Going to Church in the First Century: An Eyewitness Account, 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 Corinthians 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's Comment

    *Banks, Robert J., Paul's Idea of Community: The Early House Churches in Their Cultural Setting, revised edition, 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 laypeople, 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. . . . It 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

    Banks, Robert J., and Julia Banks, The Church Comes Home, 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 assisted congregations in developing this style of gather in many parts of the world. Julia coordinates 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

    Decker, Frank Harmanest, Truths That Save: Church House Texts and Talks.

    Flavel, John (1628-1691), A Warning Against Backsliding, False Worship and False Teachers. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #27.
    "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)." -- Publisher

    *Henry, Matthew (1662-1714), A Church in the House: A Sermon Concerning Family Religion, 1704. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #22.
    "Family worship is presently one of the most powerful weapons in a Christian parents arsenal of truth. Read this Puritan sermon and see why! In time past, when the churches saw the family as 'little churches' within the church, elders saw to it that family worship was practiced daily and that offenders against this Godly order were censured. Daily family worship is a monumental blessing on the one hand and a serious sin of omission, when not practiced, on the other. Though Kevin Reed was speaking of public worship in the following quotation, the directive can easily be applied to family worship also. Reed notes, 'heads of households you husbands and fathers -- it is incumbent on you to lead your family in the narrow path which leads to life. Compromise in worship is a form of apostasy, which teaches children that we love family approval more than obedience to Christ . . . You have no right to set aside biblical principles of worship.' (John Knox the Forgotten Reformer, p. 99). Furthermore, Ptacek has written that, 'the role of the head of the family was given the highest possible status by Matthew Henry. In a 1704 sermon on family religion, Henry followed Cawdrey in arguing that the head of the family holds all of the offices of Christ with respect to his household: prophet, priest and king. Henry's design for family religion is based on the exercise of these three offices. As a prophet the head of the family teaches doctrine through the reading of Scripture and catechizing. The head's priestly office is expressed in praying for his family. His exercise of discipline reflects the office of king, both in encouraging godly behaviour and discouraging sinful practices. Although Matthew Henry was the best known Puritan preacher of his time, he asserted without fear of controversy that his view of the role of the head of the family was one in which all agree.' (Family Worship, pp. 52-53). For parents, and especially fathers, this may be one of the most important works you will ever read. When family worship is practiced faithfully (and the responsibility for this rests with the head of the house primarily, and the elders of the church secondarily -- through encouragement, help and discipline of the unfaithful), nations and generations to come will be greatly influenced to bow humbly before the Lord Jesus Christ and serve Him alone!" -- Publisher

    Kreider, Larry, and Floyd McClung, Starting a House Church, 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's Comment

    Simson, Wolfgang, Houses That Change the World, 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
    "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's Comment

    Willson, James R. (1780-1853), A Sermon on the Glory and Security of the Church of God, 1824. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #29.
    A Sermon on the Glory and Security of the Church of God
    http://www.covenanter.org/reformed/2016/4/24/a-sermon-on-the-glory-and-security-of-the-church-of-god

    See also: Bible reading and devotions, Christian fellowship, Prayer, Pride, Power, Power religion, Authority, Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, Sexual relationship, Spiritual adultery (spiritual whoredom/harlotry), Idolatry, syncretism, and so forth, and so on.

    Related WebLinks

    Mount Olive Tape Library of Reformed Theology
    This collection has been in the custody of the Greenville Presbyterian Seminary since 2006. It appears (September 8, 2016) that the Media Center at the Seminary have digitized practically none of the audio cassette and video tape address.
    "The following listing was developed by George Calhoun, the founder of Mt. Olive Tape Library, over the course of some thirty years. This catalog reflects the personal quest of Mr. Calhoun for a balanced education in Reformed Theology. The speakers herein have been scrutinized for their faithfulness to the Bible. These tapes will enable students to pursue the study of Reformed theology at a minimum of financial expense."
    "FOR YOUR INFORMATION . . . [from the introduction to the Mount Olive Tape Catalog -- compiler]
    "The tapes included in this catalog are recordings of sermons and lectures given by various pastors, theologians, Bible teachers, and conference speakers who confess adherence to the broad perspectives of historic Reformed theology. We have diligently tried to screen all the materials as to their basic commitment to the Biblical perspectives reflected in the Reformed creeds and confessions.
    "Since, however, no human interpreter of God's Word is infallible, it is the prayer of those responsible for sending forth these tapes that all who listen to them will cultivate the spirit of the Bereans, who 'searched the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so.'
    "Also, it should be emphasized that the tapes included in this catalog have been evaluated in terms of their basic content as they were originally given, and the inclusion of them in this catalog should not be construed as an unreserved approval of the men who originally gave them. Christians grow in grace and knowledge with the passing of time, yet it must be recognized that some turn aside from the norms of Scripture. It is our hope, therefore, that no one will attach himself to any of the men whose tapes are included in this catalog on the basis of the tapes alone. We are all commanded to be discerning toward those who would instruct us in the faith.
    "Finally, it would be a tragic abuse of the intent in providing these sermons and lectures should they in any way cultivate a party spirit so clearly condemned by the Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 3. Paul reminded the Corinthians that all things were theirs -- Paul, Cephas, and Apollos included. We, too, may recognize that the various servants of Christ whose voices are heard on these tapes are God's gifts to us and that we are to follow them only insofar as they follow Christ and the clear teachings of His holy and infallible Word! Since not all men have the same gifts, learn to drink from the gifts of many men -- not just one fountain."
    Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Mount Olive Tape Library lectures (MP3 audio files), approximately 161 of 171
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/search.asp?speakeronly=true&currsection=sermonsspeaker&keyword=Dr._C._Gregg_Singer
    The Catalog of the Mount Olive Tape Library in PDF Format
    http://www.lettermen2.com/olivecat.pdf
    Mt. Olive Audio Library, Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary
    http://gpts.edu/media/index.php?currpage=1&sa_action=
    Greenville Seminary & Mt. Olive
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/source_detail.asp?sourceid=gpts

    Nave's Topical Bible: Christ, Prayers of
    http://www.biblestudytools.com/Concordances/naves-topical-bible/ntb.cgi?number=T2807

    SermonAudio.com
    "SermonAudio.com is the largest library of audio sermons on the web from conservative Christian churches and ministries with over 438,500 FREE MP3 sermons which can be streamed online for immediate listening or downloaded to your computer or MP3 player for listening at a later time. You can easily search through the entire sermon library by broadcaster, Bible reference, topic, speaker, date preached, language, or any keyword.
    "The mission of SermonAudio.com is to help faithful, local churches broadcast their audio sermons to the maximum amount of people with the least amount of cost. Our chief purpose is for the preservation and propagation of great Bible preaching and teaching in its audio form for this generation and the next.
    "Additionally, through our Transcription and Translation service, any sermon that is available on SermonAudio can be professionally and accurately transcribed by a real human and then machine-translated into 20 plus foreign languages."
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/
    SermonAudio iPhone and iPod Touch Edition
    Summary of features include:

    1. Browse, search, and stream AUDIO sermons
    2. Browse, search, and stream VIDEO sermons
    3. Browse, search, and read PDF transcripts
    4. Bookmark your favorite churches and sermons
    5. Browse through the daily featured sermon
    6. Browse through all newest sermon additions
    7. Browse churches by name, location, denomination
    8. Use our Local Church Finder to find a good church
    9. Browse or search by the speaker name
    10. Browse through our recommended staff picks
    11. Browse through member-recommended sermon picks
    12. Browse the top-downloaded MP3 sermons
    13. By category: Audio Books, Weddings, Funerals
    14. Browse sermons by foreign language
    15. Online Hymnal -- browse or search for a hymn
    16. Read Spurgeon's MORNING AND EVENING devotional
    "And the best news is that this new service is completely FREE for all our broadcasters and listeners!"
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/new_details.asp?ID=25247

    The Small Group Network
    http://smallgroups.com/

    Works of C. Gregg Singer
    http://www.lettermen2.com/bcrr3ch.html#cgsinger



    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

    Barker, F., Jr., Evangelism Through Small Groups (part 1 and 2) (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.)
    Audio cassette LEFB1 and LEFB2 [audio files].

    *Calvin, John (1509-1564), The Necessity of Reforming the Church (1544). Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Also found in CALVIN'S SELECTED WORKS, TRACTS AND LETTERS. Available in Library of Presbyterian Heritage Publications and Protestant Heritage Press CD-ROM Library. Available in THE CHURCH EFFEMINATE AND OTHER ESSAYS.
    "It [NECESSITY OF REFORMING THE CHURCH (1544) -- compiler], has still been correctly acknowledged as one of the most important documents of the Reformation."
    "C.H. Spurgeon once said, 'the longer I live the clearer does it appear that John Calvin's system is the nearest to perfection.' (cited in Christian History, Vol. 5, No. 4). . . . Like Calvin, some few believers today see 'the present condition of the Church . . . to be very miserable, and almost desperate.' Our context is different in one key respect however. The church needing reformation in Calvin's day was the tradition-encrusted church of Rome. Shortly after the Reformation, for those leaving Rome behind, two streams became apparent. One was the stream of classical Protestant orthodoxy, represented today by a handful of Gideons in their desktop publishing wine vats. The other was the left wing of the Reformation -- the anabaptist movement. In the early years, the anabaptists were suffering outsiders. But today the anabaptist church is the Establishment -- an establishment governed by a chaos of traditions instead of biblical worship. Everywhere we look we see Christians approaching God with observances in worship which Calvin calls 'the random offspring of their own brain.' Though this work is not an elaborate systematic presentation of the foundations of Christianity, such as CALVIN'S INSTITUTES, it has still been correctly acknowledged as one of the most important documents of the Reformation. Calvin here pleads the cause dearest to his heart before an assembly perhaps the most august that Europe could have furnished in that day. It has been said that the animated style used by Calvin in this work would not lose by comparison with any thing in the celebrated 'Dedication' prefixed to his INSTITUTES. To this day, THE NECESSITY OF REFORMING THE CHURCH remains a powerful weapon, both defensive and offensive, to fight the contemporary battle for Protestantism -- the everlasting gospel of truth. Here, in our modern setting, we find the answers to many of the vexing questions which continue to agitate the Church." -- Publisher
    The Necessity of Reforming the Church (1543), by John Calvin
    http://www.swrb.com/newslett/actualnls/NRC_ch00.htm

    Jacks, Bob, Betty Jacks, and Ron Wormser, Fill Your House With Newborns, a video, ISBN: 8900730282 9788900730289. Alternate title: YOUR HOME A LIGHTHOUSE: HOW TO HOST AN EVANGELISTIC BIBLE STUDY.
    "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
    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.

    Jacks, Bob, Betty Jacks, and Ron Wormser, Your Home a Lighthouse, ISBN: 0891091270 9780891091271.
    "A practical guide on how you can impact your community by hosting a weekly evangelistic Bible study." -- Publisher

    *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

    Welch, Ed, Using the Gospel in Your Home (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.)
    Audio cassette HFTF07 [audio file].

    See also: Evangelistic praying, 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, Spiritual adultery (spiritual whoredom/harlotry), Idolatry, syncretism, Sexual wholeness, Small Group Evangelism, Small Groups as Healing Agents, Small Group Resources, and so forth, and so on.

    Related WebLinks

    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
    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
    The Topical Listing "A Theological Interpretation of American History"
    http://www.lettermen2.com/bcrr9chc.html#stiahis

    Nave's Topical Bible: Christ, Prayers of
    http://www.biblestudytools.com/Concordances/naves-topical-bible/ntb.cgi?number=T2807

    Nave's Topical Bible -- Prayer
    http://www.biblestudytools.com/Concordances/naves-topical-bible/ntb.cgi?number=T3962

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

    Prayers of John Calvin From his Commentary on Hosea
    http://www.monergism.com/thethreshold/articles/onsite/prayers_hosea.html

    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 Small Group Network
    http://smallgroups.com/

    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



    The Church and Small Groups

    And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers. (Acts 2:42)
    The things which make us spiritual are Bible study, fellowship, and prayer.

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

    The four "Servant Songs" of Isaiah are Isaiah 42:1-9; Isaiah 49:1-7; Isaiah 50:4-11; and Isaiah 52:13 -- Isaiah 53:12. See the annotations in The Reformation Study Bible.

    Our Triune God has ordained that the preeminent leader of the Church is the Lord Jesus 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). Human leadership is also divinely ordained and tends to devolve to those who are most perfectly at one with Christ, and to those who also know the most Truth (the Apostle Paul, Saint Augustine, Martin Luther, John Calvin, Puritan leaders, The Scots Worthies, and so forth, and so on.)
    And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. -- The Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 19:28). See: (Matthew 19:28, 1599 Geneva Bible)
    Then his master said unto him, It is well done good servant and faithful, Thou hast been faithful in little, I will make thee ruler over much: enter into thy master's joy. -- The Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 25:21 1599 Geneva Bible)
    Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. -- The Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 25:34). See: (Matthew 25:34, 1599 Geneva Bible)
    And he said unto him, Well, good servant: because thou hast been faithful in a very little thing, take thou authority over ten cities. -- The Lord Jesus Christ (Luke 19:17, 1599 Geneva Bible)
    Therefore I appoint unto you a kingdom, as my Father hath appointed unto me. -- The Lord Jesus Christ (Luke 22:29, 1599 Geneva Bible)
    And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. (Romans 8:17). See: (Romans 8:17, 1599 Geneva Bible)
    Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life? (1 Corinthians 6:3). See: (1 Corinthians 6:3, 1599 Geneva Bible)
    And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus. (Ephesians 2:6). See: (Ephesians 2:6, 1599 Geneva Bible)
    To execute vengeance upon the heathen, and corrections among the people:
    To bind their kings in chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron,
    That they may execute upon them the judgment that is written: this honor shall be to all his Saints. Praise ye the Lord.
    (Psalm 149:7-9, 1599 Geneva Bible)
    But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. (1 Timothy 2:12). (1 Timothy 2:12, 1599 Geneva Bible)
    And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations. -- The Lord Jesus Christ (Revelation 2:26). See: (Revelation 2:26, 1599 Geneva Bible)
    To serve God is to reign. -- Seneca (4 BC -- 65 AD)

    Davis, D. Clair, Christ and Community: Christian Community and/or the Church (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.)
    Audio cassette CD511 [audio file].

    Davis, D. Clair, History of Small Groups in Reformed Churches, an audio file (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.)

    See also: Bible reading and devotions, Christian fellowship, Prayer, Small Groups, Small Group Evangelism, Small Groups as Healing Agents, Small Group Resources, Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, Family Worship, Regulative Principle of Worship, Praise, Prayer, Psalms in Worship, Rejoicing, Thanksgiving, Music, and so forth, and so on.

    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.
    -- The Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 18:19, 20)

    Barker, Steve, et al., Good Things Come in Small Groups: The Dynamics of Good Group Life. ISBN: 087784917X 9780877849179.
    "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, True Community: The Biblical Practice of Koinonia, a revised edition of TRUE FELLOWSHIP, ISBN: 9781617471759 1617471755. Alternate title: THE CRISIS OF CARING: RECOVERING THE MEANING OF TRUE FELLOWSHIP.
    "The word 'fellowship' has become so watered down in our Christian culture, it no longer carries anything near the weight of intimate meaning it conveyed to the 1st-century Christian. But there is no reason that, 2000 years after the book of Acts, the depth of relationship meant by koinonia can't be realized in our relationships. It is the inheritance of the body of Christ, from our Savior's work. When fellowship is understood as a ministry of caring shared between all of us, it can make your church a life-changing blessing. Jerry Bridges is author of many books, including THE PURSUIT OF HOLINESS, TRANSFORMING GRACE, TRUSTING GOD, and THE JOY OF FEARING GOD." -- Publisher

    Bridges, Jerry, True Fellowship: A Bible Study on (Leader's Guide).
    "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

    Kyle, William H. (editor), Healing Through Counseling: A Christian Counseling Center, 1964.
    Consists largely of lectures originally given as part of the training program at the Counseling Center, Highgate Methodist Church. Includes bibliographical footnotes and bibliography.

    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

    Mains, David, and Steve Bell, Two are Better Than one: A Guide to Prayer Partnerships That Work, 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

    *Sanderson, John W., The Fruit of the Spirit.
    "A Biblical study of genuine character growth in the life of the Christian, as set forth in Galatians 5." -- Publisher

    *Tada, Joni Eareckson, Friendship Unlimited: How you can Help a Disabled Friend, 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, 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, and so forth, and so on.
    TCRB5: 13, 38, 439, 1003-1005, 1071, 1072, 1089, 1671, 1783-1785, 2197, 2517, 2816-2841, 3607, 3841, 4082, 4193
    MGTP: Prayer (extensive listing)

    Related WebLinks

    Joni and Friends
    http://www.joniandfriends.org

    Nave's Topical Bible: Christ, Prayers of
    http://www.biblestudytools.com/Concordances/naves-topical-bible/ntb.cgi?number=T2807

    Nave's Topical Bible -- Prayer
    http://www.biblestudytools.com/Concordances/naves-topical-bible/ntb.cgi?number=T3962

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

    Prayers of John Calvin From his Commentary on Hosea
    http://www.monergism.com/thethreshold/articles/onsite/prayers_hosea.html



    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, 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 1993 edition of BIBLICAL COUNSEL: RESOURCES FOR RENEWAL (1997), is available on CD-ROM in Logos Library System (LLS) format.
    "This unique book-length bibliography enables the reader to bring known Biblical counselors into the home via book, audio cassette [audio file], video cassette, and the World Wide Web. Painstakingly researched over a 15-year period, it is a gold mine of Biblical wisdom. The 5,700 titles by 2,300 authors include little known and hard to find books, for example, 273 Reformed classics. The breadth of the collection evidences the interrelationship of absolute truth, life, moral behavior, the law, freedom, obedience, social stability, and the positive sanctions of God. Therefore, it is a strong apologetic for the Biblical Christianity of our forefathers, that aimed to be true to Christ." -- Publisher 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. Alternate title: 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 [audio files]).
    World Harvest Mission
    http://www.whm.org/home.htm

    Scripture Union, various authors, Scripture Union, ISSN: 1350-5130 (Wayne, PA [Scripture Union, 150 Strafford Avenue, Wayne 19087]: Scripture Union).
    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.

    See also: Time for the Family.
    Scripture Union, USA
    http://www.scriptureunion.org

    See also: Bible reading and devotions, Small Groups, House churches, Small group evangelism, The church and small groups, Small Groups as Healing Agents, Small Group leadership helps, Christian fellowship, Prayer, and so forth, and so on.

    Related WebLinks

    The Small Group Network
    http://smallgroups.com/

    Nave's Topical Bible: Christ, Prayers of
    http://www.biblestudytools.com/Concordances/naves-topical-bible/ntb.cgi?number=T2807

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



    Small Group Leadership Helps

    The four "Servant Songs" of Isaiah are Isaiah 42:1-9; Isaiah 49:1-7; Isaiah 50:4-11; and Isaiah 52:13 -- Isaiah 53:12. See the annotations in The Reformation Study Bible.

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

    Our Triune God has ordained that the preeminent leader of the Church is the Lord Jesus 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). Human leadership is also divinely ordained and tends to devolve to those who are most perfectly at one with Christ, and to those who also know the most Truth (the Apostle Paul, Saint Augustine, Martin Luther, John Calvin, Puritan leaders, The Scots Worthies, and so forth, and so on.)
    And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. -- The Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 19:28). See: (Matthew 19:28, 1599 Geneva Bible)
    Then his master said unto him, It is well done good servant and faithful, Thou hast been faithful in little, I will make thee ruler over much: enter into thy master's joy. -- The Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 25:21 1599 Geneva Bible)
    Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. -- The Lord Jesus Christ (Matthew 25:34). See: (Matthew 25:34, 1599 Geneva Bible)
    And he said unto him, Well, good servant: because thou hast been faithful in a very little thing, take thou authority over ten cities. -- The Lord Jesus Christ (Luke 19:17, 1599 Geneva Bible)
    Therefore I appoint unto you a kingdom, as my Father hath appointed unto me. -- The Lord Jesus Christ (Luke 22:29, 1599 Geneva Bible)
    And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. (Romans 8:17). See: (Romans 8:17, 1599 Geneva Bible)
    Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life? (1 Corinthians 6:3). See: (1 Corinthians 6:3, 1599 Geneva Bible)
    And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus. (Ephesians 2:6). See: (Ephesians 2:6, 1599 Geneva Bible)
    To execute vengeance upon the heathen, and corrections among the people:
    To bind their kings in chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron,
    That they may execute upon them the judgment that is written: this honor shall be to all his Saints. Praise ye the Lord.
    (Psalm 149:7-9, 1599 Geneva Bible)
    But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. (1 Timothy 2:12). (1 Timothy 2:12, 1599 Geneva Bible)
    And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations. -- The Lord Jesus Christ (Revelation 2:26). See: (Revelation 2:26, 1599 Geneva Bible)
    To serve God is to reign. -- Seneca (4 BC -- 65 AD)

    *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. Alternate title: 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).
    World Harvest Mission
    http://www.whm.org/home.htm

    Turner, Nathan W., Effective Leadership in Small Groups.
    "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?
    -- The Lord 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

    Alexander, Archibald (1772-1851), A Brief Compend of Bible Truth.

    Augustine, Saint (Aurelius Augustine, Bishop of Hippo, 354-430 AD), A Treatise on Faith and the Creed (c. 393). Alternate title: THE FAITH AND THE CREED IN ONE BOOK, and ON THE CREED: A SERMON TO THE CATECHUMENS (singly). Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
    "This 'work constitutes an exposition of the several clauses of the so-called Apostles' Creed. The questions concerning the mutual relations of the three Persons in the Godhead are handled with greatest fullness; in connection with which, especially in the use made of the analogies of Being, Knowledge, and Love, and in the cautions thrown in against certain applications of these and other illustrations taken from things of human experience, we come across sentiments which are also repeated in THE CITY OF GOD, the books on the Trinity, and others of his doctrinal writings.' -- Introductory Note" -- Publisher

    *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. Considered to be among the ten greatest books in the English language. Available (less the J.I. Packer's Foreword, but searchable with an OCR-based index), on the Puritan Hard Drive.
    This work is available in many editions, and in many formats.
    Reformation Heritage Books has new copies of the Soli Deo Gloria edition (including the J.I. Packer Introduction), 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.
    The best digital format of the reprint by George Virtue is included on the Puritan Hard Drive. It has an OCR scan in the background, meaning one can search the entire volume and copy text into another document. It also has a computer generated indexed from the OCR scan which is, of course, in Baxter's vocabulary.
    A PDF image scan only of the same edition is available on the Reformation Bookshelf CD #21.
    The reprint by George Virtue is available online and may be downloaded in PDF format at Christian Classics Ethereal Library
    The reprint by George Virtue appears in full preview in Google Books but may not be downloaded. So it is useful if the reader wants to become acquainted with the book. Text can be searched, but can not be copied into another document. This particular Google Books scan includes the contents in detail on pages iii-xix which 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 (without an OCR scan in the background), 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 pasted from image-based PDF format to OCR (character) format. This particular Google Books scan can not be cut and pasted or downloaded.
    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 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), are less detailed works and are found in THE REFORMED PASTOR: BAXTER'S PRACTICAL WORKS, VOL. 4. They are more suitable for family instruction than are the detailed presentation in A CHRISTIAN DIRECTORY.
    "Ptacek in FAMILY WORSHIP: BIBLICAL BASIS, HISTORICAL REALITY, CURRENT NEED (pp. 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." -- Publisher
    The following three excerpts are included as bonus free books on Reformation Bookshelf CD #28.
    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).
    A summary of currently (2012) available publications.
    http://www.lettermen2.com/pwrbcd.html
    Richard Baxter, from Wikipedia
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Baxter

    *Baxter, Richard, The Reformed Pastor: Baxter's Practical Works, Vol. 4, ISBN: 1877611360. A Christian classic.
    "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, ISBN: 0664220207 0664220215. Considered to be among the ten greatest books in the English language. 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. Available in THE INSTITUTES OF THE CHRISTIAN RELIGION.
    "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 (Proverbs 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 (Proverbs 29:18), (Beveridge translation)."
    See the entire Prefatory Address, Beveridge translation. Considered to be one of the greatest prefaces ever written.
    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 and with CALVIN'S COMMENTARIES.
    Calvin's Commentaries at BibleStudyGuide.org
    http://www.biblestudyguide.org/comment/calvin/comm_index.htm
    Calvin's Commentaries, complete
    From the Calvin Translation Society edition.
    http://www.ccel.org/ccel/calvin/commentaries.i.html
    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
    Calvin, Jean (1509-1564), Institutes of the Christian Religion; A New Translation by Henry Beveridge (1845), Volume: 1
    http://archive.org/details/instituteschrist01calvuoft
    Calvin, Jean (1509-1564), Institutes of the Christian Religion; A New Translation by Henry Beveridge (1845), Volume: 2
    http://archive.org/details/institutesofreli02calvuoft
    Calvin, Jean (1509-1564), Institutes of the Christian Religion, Beveridge translation
    http://www.ccel.org/ccel/calvin/institutes.iii.vii.html
    Monergism: Commentaries
    From Mongergism.com search "commentaries."
    http://www.monergism.com

    Bunyan, John (1628-1688), Doctrine of Law and Grace Unfolded, ISBN: 0198118716 9780198118718.
    Available (THE WORKS OF JOHN BUNYAN), on the Puritan Hard Drive.
    Available at the 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
    THE COMPLETE WORKS OF JOHN BUNYAN is available at Project Gutenberg, Gutenberg.org.

    *Dabney, Robert Lewis (1820-1898), Systematic Theology.
    "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.gty.org/~phil/dabney.htm

    *Gill, John (1697-1771), Complete Body of Doctrinal and Practical Divinity: A System of Evangelical Truths Deducted From the Sacred Scriptures, 2 volumes, ISBN: 0801037220 9780801037221. A Christian classic.
    "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

    Hodge, Charles (1797-1878), Systematic Theology, 3 volumes, 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.

    Lloyd-Jones, David Martyn (1899-1981), Great Doctrines of the Bible, 3 volumes, ISBN: 158134497X 9781581344974.
    Contents: Volume 1: God the Father, God the Son; Volume 2: God the Holy Spirit; and Volume 3: The church and the last things.

    Miller, C. John (1928-1996), Isaiah and a Theology of Prayer, (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.)

    *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. Alternate title: 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).
    World Harvest Mission
    http://www.whm.org/home.htm

    *Murray, John (1898-1975), Collected Writings of John Murray, Professor of Systematic Theology, Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1937-1966, 4 volumes, ISBN: 0851513379 9780851513379.
    "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.
    Volume 2: Select Lectures in Systematic Theology.
    Volume 3: Life; Sermons; Reviews.
    "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.
    "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

    Murray, John (1898-1975), Covenant of Grace: A Biblico-Theological Study, ISBN: 0875523633 9780875523637.

    Nichols, James, Samuel Annesley, Thomas Case, and Nathanael Vincent, et al., Puritan Sermons, 1659-1689: Being the Morning Exercises at Cripplegate, St. Giles in the Fields, and in Southwark, 6 volumes. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
    "On cover: THE MORNING EXERCISES. Reprint. Originally published under title: THE MORNING EXERCISES AT CRIPPLEGATE, ST. GILES IN THE FIELDS, AND IN SOUTHWARK: BEING DIVERS SERMONS PREACHED A.D. MDCLIX-MDCLXXXIX BY SEVERAL MINISTERS OF THE GOSPEL IN OR NEAR LONDON. 5TH ED. / CAREFULLY COLLATED AND CORRECTED, WITH NOTES AND TRANSLATIONS, BY JAMES NICHOLS. London: T. Tegg, 1844-1845. Vol. 1, editions one (London: J. Kirton & N. Webb, 1661), to four (London: A. Maxwell and R. Roberts for T. Cockerell, 1677), published under title: THE MORNING EXERCISE AT CRIPPLEGATE, OR, SEVERAL CASES OF CONSCIENCE PRACTICALLY RESOLVED / BY SUNDRY MINISTERS, September MDCLXI. Vols. 2-6 (divided differently), published separately under different titles by various publishers, 1660-1690. v. 5-6. THE MORNING EXERCISE METHODIZED, OR, THE CHIEF HEADS AND POINTS OF THE CHRISTIAN RELIGION OPENED AND IMPROVED IN DIVERS SERMONS / BY SEVERAL MINISTERS OF THE CITY OF LONDON, IN THE MONTHLY COURSE OF THE MORNING EXERCISE AT GILES IN THE FIELDS, May, MDCLIX; [edited by Thomas Case]. THE MORNING EXERCISE AGAINST POPERY, OR, THE PRINCIPAL ERRORS OF THE CHURCH OF ROME DETECTED AND CONFUTED, IN A MORNING LECTURE, PREACHED LATELY IN SOUTHWARK / BY SEVERAL MINISTERS OF THE GOSPEL, IN OR NEAR LONDON, MDCLXXV; [edited by Nathaniel Vincent].
    "By 75 Ministers of the Gospel in or near London with notes and translations by James Nichol." -- Publisher
    "Volume five 'is the best compilation of Puritan systematic theology ever written, but unfortunately is often overlooked in Puritan studies.' This six volume set represents Puritan preaching at its best 'Puritan pastors treasured the full scope of God's counsel.' They strove for excellence. They also made their sermons practical enough to answer the questions of listeners in a thoroughly scriptural manner." -- Dr. Joel Beeke and Randall Pederson, Meet the Puritans: With a Guide To Modern Reprints, pp. 637-639

    Packer, J.I., God's Words: Studies of key Bible Themes, ISBN: 0877843678 9780877843672.
    Contents: Revelation | Scripture | The Lord | The world | Sin | The devil | Grace | The mediator | Reconciliation | Faith | Justification | Regeneration | Election | Holiness and sanctification | Mortify | Fellowship | Death | Index of biblical passages.
    "Seventeen terms, doctrines, all the main ingredients of any sound confession of faith, are discussed by Packer." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.

    *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, ISBN: 9022104826 68113020. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
    "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) -- Publisher

    *Rushdoony, Rousas J. (1916-2001), Institutes of Biblical Law, 3 volumes, ISBN: 1879998130. Available through Exodus Books.
    Volume 1, Institutes of Biblical Law, ISBN: 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
    Volume 2, Law and Society, ISBN: 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
    Volume 3, The Intent of the Law, ISBN: 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
    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, ISBN: 1879998033 9781879998032. Available through Exodus Books.
    "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

    *Spring, Gardiner, The Attraction of the Cross, 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

    *Spurgeon, C.H. (1834-1892), Spurgeon's Sermons, 10 volumes, 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
    The Spurgeon Archive
    http://www.spurgeon.org/

    *Warfield, B.B. (1851-1921), Biblical Doctrines, ISBN: 0851515347 9780851515342.
    "No theological writings are so intellectually satisfying and so strengthening of faith as those of Warfield. He shirks no issue and evades no problems, and never stoops to the use of subterfuge. One is impressed by his honesty and integrity as much as by his profound scholarship and learning. The result is that there is a finality and authority about all that he wrote." -- D. Martin Lloyd-Jones

    *Westminster Assembly (1643-1652), The Westminster Confession of Faith (1646), [completed and first printed in 1646, approved by the Assembly, August 27, 1647, Session 23 -- compiler] (Glasgow, Scotland: Free Presbyterian Publication [133 Woodlands Road, Glasgow G3 6LE], 1994), ISBN: 0902506080 (casebound), and ISBN: 0902506358 (paperback). Among the ten greatest works in the English language. Available (THE WESTMINSTER CONFESSION OF FAITH (1646) with all its subordinate documents in searchable format) on the Puritan Hard Drive. Also available (THE WESTMINSTER CONFESSION OF FAITH (1646) with all its subordinate documents in searchable format) on Reformation Bookshelf CD #1.
    Westminster Confession of Faith (1646) With Scripture Proofs
    http://www.reformed.org/documents/wcf_with_proofs/
    The Confession of Faith, the Larger and Shorter Catechisms, With the Scripture Proofs at Large: Together With The sum of Saving Knowledge (contained in the Holy Scriptures, and held forth in the said Confession and Catechisms), and Practical use Thereof, Covenants National and Solemn League, Acknowledgment of Sins and Engagement to Duties, Directories, Form of Church-government, &c. of Public Authority in the Church of Scotland, With Acts of Assembly and Parliament, Relative to, and Approbative of the Same (1757) [the original version of 1646, prior to the changes of the "American Version" of 1789 -- compiler]
    http://archive.org/details/confessionofscot00chur
    " '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, 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." -- Publisher
    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"
      http://www.reformed.org/documents/wcf_standards/index.html?mainframe=/documents/wcf_standards/p005-to_head_of_families.html
    2. "Mr. Thomas Manton's Epistle to the Reader"
      http://www.reformed.org/documents/wcf_standards/index.html?mainframe=/documents/wcf_standards/p005-to_head_of_families.html
    3. THE CONFESSION OF FAITH (1646), the full and original edition with Scripture proofs written out
      http://www.reformed.org/documents/wcf_with_proofs/
    4. THE LARGER CATECHISM with Scripture proofs written out
      http://www.reformed.org/documents/wlc_w_proofs/index.html
    5. THE SHORTER CATECHISM with Scripture proofs written out
      http://www.reformed.org/documents/WSC_frames.html
    6. THE SUM OF SAVING KNOWLEDGE
      http://www.reformed.org/master/index.html?mainframe=/documents/sum/sum.html
    7. "The National Covenant"
      http://www.reformed.org/documents/wcf_standards/index.html?mainframe=/documents/wcf_standards/p345-nat_covenant.html
    8. "The Solemn League and Covenant"
      http://www.reformed.org/documents/wcf_standards/index.html?mainframe=/documents/wcf_standards/p355-solemn_league.html
    9. "A Solemn Acknowledgement of Publick Sins and Breaches of the Covenant; and a Solemn Engagement to all the Duties Contained Therein"
      http://www.truecovenanter.com/covenants/scotland_covenant_renewal_1648.html
    10. THE DIRECTORY FOR PUBLIC WORSHIP
      http://www.reformed.org/documents/wcf_standards/index.html?mainframe=/documents/wcf_standards/p369-direct_pub_worship.html
    11. THE FORM OF PRESBYTERIAL CHURCH GOVERNMENT
      http://www.reformed.org/documents/wcf_standards/index.html?mainframe=/documents/wcf_standards/p395-form_presby_gov.html
    12. "The Directory for Family-Worship, Approved by the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, for Piety and Uniformity in Secret and Private Worship, and Mutual Edification"
      http://www.reformed.org/documents/wcf_standards/index.html
    THE WESTMINSTER CONFESSION OF FAITH (1646) is said to be the finest summary of THE HOLY BIBLE available. It is recommended for daily devotions. See the following resources:
    1. THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE WESTMINSTER STANDARDS AS A CREED
      http://www.fpcr.org/blue_banner_articles/signific.htm
    2. "The Complete Scripture Index to the Westminster Confession (1646), Larger and Shorter Catechisms." Alternate title: SCRIPTURE INDEX TO THE WESTMINSTER STANDARDS. Available on Library of Presbyterian Heritage Publications [and] Protestant Heritage Press CD. Also available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
    3. Bordwine, James, A GUIDE TO THE WESTMINSTER STANDARDS: CONFESSION OF FAITH AND LARGER CATECHISM, ISBN: 0940931303 9780940931305.
      Includes a unique, 100-page topical index to both the CONFESSION and the LARGER CATECHISM.
    4. WESTMINSTER LARGER CATECHISM WITH PROOF TEXTS
      http://www.reformed.org/documents/wlc_w_proofs/index.html
    5. THE SHORTER CATECHISM WITH SCRIPTURE PROOFS
      Arguably the greatest tract ever created, all factors considered.
      http://www.reformed.org/documents/WSC_frames.html
      THE SHORTER CATECHISM
      Free downloadable PDF file.
      http://www.greenvillepresbyterian.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/shorter-catechism.pdf
    6. 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/
    7. Commentaries on the Westminster Standards Including the Westminster Confession of Faith, The Larger Catechism, and The Shorter Catechism
      http://www.lettermen2.com/bcrr3ch.html#cwswcsc
    8. The Westminster Confession of Faith (1646), (The Westminster Standards), and Related Works: A Study Guide
      http://www.lettermen2.com/suggest.html
    9. The Scottish Covenanted Reformation continued the work of The Westminster Assembly. David Steel (1803-1887), is considered to be one of the most faithful Covenanter ministers in America. Notice that the citation following is an authorized, complete edition of their final TESTIMONY.
      Reformed Presbytery in North America (Steelite), David Steele (1803-1887), John Thorburn (1730?-1788), John Courtass (d. 1795), et al., ACT, DECLARATION, AND TESTIMONY, FOR THE WHOLE OF THE COVENANTED REFORMATION, AS ATTAINED TO, AND ESTABLISHED IN, BRITAIN AND IRELAND; PARTICULARLY BETWIXT THE YEARS 1638 AND 1649, INCLUSIVE. AS, ALSO, AGAINST ALL THE STEPS OF DEFECTION FROM SAID REFORMATION, WHETHER IN FORMER OR LATER TIMES, SINCE THE OVERTHROW OF THAT GLORIOUS WORK, DOWN TO THIS PRESENT DAY (1876), (Philadelphia, PA: Printed by Rue and Jones, 1876).
      This is a new edition of the Ploughlandhead Testimony of 1761. It was the subordinate standard of the original "Steelite" Reformed Presbytery that was constitutes in 1840.
      https://archive.org/details/actdeclarationte00refo
    10. Church and State
      Works listed here discuss the decline of the influence of Calvinism and the Covenanted Reformation in Great Britain and the United States. The various alterations to the Westminster Standards are also discussed.
      http://www.lettermen2.com/bcrr9chc.html#churchstate
    11. 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, Casuistry 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, theopneustia, sufficiency of scripture), Creeds, confessions and catechisms, The westminster confession of faith (1646, westminster standards) and related works, the westminster assembly, Commentaries on the westminster standards including the westminster confession of faith, the larger catechism, and the shorter catechism, Theology, 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, Spiritual adultery (spiritual whoredom/harlotry), Idolatry, syncretism, 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, Justifying faith, Christ's kingdom, Lordship of jesus christ, The all-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, and so forth, and so on.

    Related WebLinks

    Apologetics #04: The Renaissance and the Reformation
    Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Apologetics, 47 min.
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=3105181649

    Westminster Confession of Faith (1646) With Scripture Proofs
    http://www.reformed.org/documents/wcf_with_proofs/

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

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

    Works of C. Gregg Singer
    http://www.lettermen2.com/bcrr3ch.html#cgsinger



    Theology

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

    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.

    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)

    We content ourselves in the only word of God; and do therefore simply believe and teach, that God by his providence doth govern all things. -- Heinrich Bullinger (1504-1575)

    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

    *Adams, Jay E., More Than Redemption: A Theology of Christian Counseling, ISBN: 0310511011 9780310511014. Alternate title: A THEOLOGY OF CHRISTIAN COUNSELING: MORE THAN REDEMPTION.
    "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

    Alexander, Archibald (Browning Drysdale, 1855-1931), The Ethics of St. Paul.

    Alexander, Archibald (Browning Drysdale, 1855-1931), The Shaping Forces of Modern Religious Thought: A History of Theological Development.

    Alexander, Archibald (Browning Drysdale, 1855-1931), A Short History of Philosophy.

    Alexander, Archibald B.D. (Browning Drysdale, 1855-1931), Theories of the Will in the History of Philosophy.

    Ames, William (d. 1633), and John D. Eusden (translator), The Marrow of Theology. Alternate title: MEDULLA THEOLOGICA.
    A translation of MEDULLA THEOLOGICA.

    *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.

    *Beeke, Joel R., A Reader's Guide to Reformed Theology: An Annotated Bibliography of Reformed Theology, ISBN: 1892777150 9781892777157.

    Benton, John, God's Riches: A Work-book on the Doctrines of Grace, ISBN: 0851516017 9780851516011.

    *Boettner, Loraine, Studies in Theology. A Christian classic.

    Bogue, Carl W., A Hole in the Dike: Critical Aspects of Berkouwer's Theology.

    *Bridges, Charles (1794-1869), The Christian Ministry, With an Inquiry Into the Causes of its Inefficiency, ISBN: 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, Colin, Miracles and the Critical Mind, ISBN: 0802835902 9780802835901 0802819699 9780802819697 0853643857 9780853643852.
    "This is the fullest and clearest survey of the debate that has yet been written. Dr. Brown's analysis of 19 centuries of discussion is a major enrichment of both apologetics and theology." -- J.I. Packer

    Brown, John (of Haddington, 1722-1787), The Gospel Ministry: An Address to Ministers and Students of Theology, 1864. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #7.

    Brown, John (of Haddington, 1722-1787), Harmony of Scripture Prophecies, and History of Their Fulfilment. By John Brown . . . Glasgow, 1784. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #7, #14.

    *Brown, Peter R.L., Augustine of Hippo: A Biography: A new Edition With an Epilogue, 45th anniversary edition, ISBN: 9780520280410 0520280415.
    Be sure to read the new revision (2000) that contains the Epilogue. It adds nearly 100 pages to the original work.
    "This classic biography was first published thirty years ago [1967] and has since established itself as the standard account of Saint Augustine's life and teaching. The remarkable discovery recently of a considerable number of letters and sermons by Augustine has thrown fresh light on the first and last decades of his experience as a bishop. These circumstantial texts have led Peter Brown to reconsider some of his judgments on Augustine, both as the author of THE CONFESSIONS, and as the elderly bishop preaching and writing in the last years of Roman rule in North Africa. Brown's reflections on the significance of these exciting new documents are contained in two chapters of a substantial Epilogue [adding nearly 100 pages to the book -- compiler], to his biography (the text of which is unaltered). He also reviews the changes in scholarship about Augustine since the 1960s. A personal, as well as a scholarly, fascination infuse the book-length epilogue and notes that Brown has added to his acclaimed portrait of the Bishop of Hippo.
    Peter Brown is Rollins Professor of History at Princeton University. [The author was a student at Oxford in 1967. -- compiler]. Brown is the leading English-language authority on St. Augustine. His many books include SOCIETY AND THE HOLY IN LATE ANTIQUITY (1982), BODY AND SOCIETY (1988), POWER AND PERSUASION (1992), AUTHORITY AND THE SACRED (1995), and THE RISE OF WESTERN CHRISTENDOM: TRIUMPH AND DIVERSITY, A.D. 200-1000 (1996)." -- Publisher
    "I first read Peter Brown's magnificent AUGUSTINE OF HIPPO: A BIOGRAPHY in 1974, while preparing to write my dissertation on Augustine's sermons on John's Gospel. Like everyone else, I was struck, even stunned, by the sheer brilliance of this detailed 'life and times' of Augustine. Leaving virtually no stone unturned, Brown presented to us a truly great man whose life was bound up with the tumultuous events of the late Roman Empire, and whose career -- especially his writings -- both transformed that world and laid the foundation for Western civilization." [along with Luther, Calvin, Knox, and many others -- compiler] -- Reader's Comment
    "For anyone interested in the development of theology of Christianity, Peter Brown's book on the life of St. Augustine is an absolute 'must read. . .' In introducing the book, he takes pains to lay out the changes -- and the lack of significant ones -- that these documents [newly found letters and sermons of Augustine -- compiler], presented him as a classics historian. He also provides a personal insight, telling the reader that he now realizes how young he was when he wrote such strong words originally. His maturity shines through, first in this comment, and then in the pages that follow." -- Reader's Comment
    "This a fascinating biography because of Brown's meticulous, concise scholarship on one of the central figures of Christian theology, as others have mentioned.
    "For me, it was also interesting to learn the details of Augustine's long spiritual journey.
    "Augustine was a prodigy, gifted with a brilliant, inquisitive mind. He managed to get a fine education, and soon was interacting with various intellectuals of his day, their schools of thought, and their movements.
    "Society tends to groom such persons for positions of leadership in education, in government, and in the 'hierarchy' of the church.
    "But, for a long time, Augustine relied on his own brilliance to find a Truth that could satisfy him. He gravitated to the Manichaen cult, that relied on extra-biblical revelation, and which aimed to reform Christianity. Then he moved on to philosophy, including the Neo-platonic writings of Plotinus, which seemed to merge philosophy with religion.
    "But then an illness forced Augustine to abandon his career plans. This lead promptly to his conversion to the Catholic church of his time, at the age of 33. Eventually he become Bishop of Hippo.
    "By the Grace of God, Augustine grew, and grew spiritually, throughout his life. He was constantly searching for the Truth, so that his first writings were completely eclipsed by the historic, doctrinal writings of his mature years. A prolific writer of about 250 books, his early works are insignificant, even negligible, and could never be used to judge his final worth.
    "The pattern of the spiritual journey seen in Augustine's life parallels that seen in other men and women who relentlessly continue to seek Truth, absolute and unchanging, and, by the Grace of God, are lead to place their complete reliance on The Triune God's, revelation of Absolute Truth in The Holy Bible.
    "The 'Lord works in strange ways.' Augustine attributes his final conversion to the life-long prayers of his mother. It is sobering to see the long, circuitous, spiritual journey of this brilliant, complex man, with the obstacles of brilliance and of ambition. It is sobering to see how God brought him to be 'true to Christ,' and to play a key role in the development of Christian doctrine, making perhaps the greatest contribution since the Apostle Paul." -- Reader's Comment

    Bullinger, Henry (Heinrich, 1504-1575), The Decades of Henry Bullinger: Fifty Sermons Divided Into Five Decades: Containing the Chief and Principle Points of Christian Religion, 4 volumes, 1549-1852 edition (OCoLC)656576852. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
    "Henry Bullinger (1504-1575), was one of the most widely esteemed leaders of the Reformed churches, and THE DECADES was the most famous of his 150 treatises and manuscripts. THE DECADES derives its name from being a series of fifty theological sermons divided into five groups of ten sermons each. Each sermon is a helpful, detailed exposition of an important doctrine. Combined, they encompass the field of theology in a form readable for the typical layman. They became more popular than CALVIN'S INSTITUTES in England, and now are reprinted for the first time since 1850.
    "From 1550 to 1560, there were in England 77 editions of Bullinger's Latin 'Decades' and 137 editions of their vernacular translation 'House Book,' a treatise in pastoral theology (in comparison, CALVIN'S INSTITUTES had two editions in England during the same time). Some historians count Bullinger together with Bucer as the most influential theologian of the Anglican reformation.
    "Bullinger played a crucial role in the drafting of the Second Helvetic Confession of 1566. What eventually became the Second Helvetic Confession originated in a personal statement of his faith which Bullinger intended to be presented to the Zurich Rat upon his death. In 1566, when the elector palatine introduced Reformed elements into the church in his region, Bullinger felt that this statement might be useful for the elector, so he had it circulated among the Protestant cities of Switzerland who signed to indicate their assent. Later, the Reformed churches of France, Scotland, and Hungary would do likewise.
    "Bullingers works comprise 127 titles. Already during his lifetime they were translated in several languages and counted among the best known theological works in Europe. His main work was THE DECADES, 'a treatise in pastoral theology, in the vernacular called "House Book"." -- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heinrich_Bullinger

    Buzzard, Lynn R., and Christian Legal Society, Law and Theology: An Annotated Bibliography

    *Calvin, John (1509-1564), Calvin's Commentaries, 22 volumes. 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 at BibleStudyGuide.org
    http://www.biblestudyguide.org/comment/calvin/comm_index.htm
    Calvin's Commentaries, complete
    From the Calvin Translation Society edition.
    http://www.ccel.org/ccel/calvin/commentaries.i.html
    Monergism: Commentaries
    From Mongergism.com search "commentaries."
    http://www.monergism.com

    *Calvin, John (1509-1564), The Institutes of the Christian Religion, 2 volumes, ISBN: 0664220207 0664220215. Considered to be among the ten greatest books in the English language. 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. Available in THE INSTITUTES OF THE CHRISTIAN RELIGION.
    "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 (Proverbs 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 (Proverbs 29:18), (Beveridge translation)."
    See the entire Prefatory Address, Beveridge translation. Considered to be one of the greatest prefaces ever written.
    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 and with CALVIN'S COMMENTARIES.
    Calvin's Commentaries at BibleStudyGuide.org
    http://www.biblestudyguide.org/comment/calvin/comm_index.htm
    Calvin's Commentaries, complete
    From the Calvin Translation Society edition.
    http://www.ccel.org/ccel/calvin/commentaries.i.html
    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
    Calvin, Jean (1509-1564), Institutes of the Christian Religion; A New Translation by Henry Beveridge (1845), Volume: 1
    http://archive.org/details/instituteschrist01calvuoft
    Calvin, Jean (1509-1564), Institutes of the Christian Religion; A New Translation by Henry Beveridge (1845), Volume: 2
    http://archive.org/details/institutesofreli02calvuoft
    Calvin, Jean (1509-1564), Institutes of the Christian Religion, Beveridge translation
    http://www.ccel.org/ccel/calvin/institutes.iii.vii.html
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    Clark, Gordon H. (1902-1985), In Defense of Theology, ISBN: 0880621230 9780880621236.
    "Many devout, knowledgeable people in the pews, who lack theological training, simply ignore theology. Others, atheists, who are generally well educated and not entirely ignorant of theology, hold it in secular contempt. A third group, the neo-orthodox, are also well informed and make impressive professions of religion, holds theology in contempt on the ground that it artificially separates man from God. Yet another equally devout group consists of those who have studied more theology than is preached from religious pulpits. It is to be hoped that each member of these groups will derive some benefit and direction from this modest essay on theology." -- In Defense of Theology, p. 3
    "In DEFENSE OF THEOLOGY is a well-reasoned, thoroughly balanced evaluation of biblical theology by one of the major Christian thinkers of our century." -- Ronald H. Nash
    "Clark was a heavy hitter, both as a philosopher and as a theologian. His writings belie the contentions of some that philosophy and theology cannot agree. Rather, Clark shows us that an understanding of philosophical history greatly aids us in the understanding of the Bible's doctrines, and also the reason why they are so widely denied. This book stoutly defends the proposition that all beliefs must be based on the Scriptures alone." -- Jay P. Green Sr.

    Clowney, Edmund P., The Unfolding Mystery: Discovering Christ in the Old Testament, ISBN: 0875521746 9780875521749.
    "Clowney takes a fascinating walk through the Old Testament, revealing Christ in places where he is usually overlooked." -- Publisher

    Coleman, James M., The Spiritual View of the World, 1930.

    *Cunningham, William (1805-1861), Historical Theology: A Review of the Principal Doctrinal Discussions in the Christian Church Since the Apostolic Age, 2 volumes. A Christian classic. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #16.
    "TWO LARGE VOLUMES totalling just under 1300 pages. The definitive work on doctrinal history. Compares the truth to the three major heretical system: Romanism, Socinianism (an old form of liberalism), and Arminianism. Covers the most important disputes, focusing in on significant points of controversy in each. The value of this set should not be underestimated, for it is an antidote against much of the innovative folly so prevalent in our day. As Iain Murray, concerning human pride and scriptural interpretation, succinctly points out, 'Instead of beginning with a realization that God in His providence had already caused His Church to investigate and settle at least the great majority of Biblical doctrines, the Church, flattered by the supposed possession of superior light, began to despise the old doctrinal standards and to construct a 'creed' anew, as though the faith of the previous eighteen centuries counted for nothing. Nor were the evangelicals free from this plague; even they took up the slogans that 'Christianity is not a doctrine but a life' and that to express the truth systematically is an abuse of logic -- as though to think illogically was a mark of true spirituality!' J.J. Bonar stated that Cunningham's 'grasp and vantage of the field of theological discussion' was 'of inestimable value.' This set is certainly one of the most useful items we carry and is much needed in our day." -- Publisher

    *Cunningham, William (1805-1861), James Buchanan, and James Bannerman The Reformers and the Theology of the Reformation, 2 volumes.

    Dabney, Robert L. (1820-1898), A Discourse on the use and Results of Church History.
    "Delivered by Robert L. Dabney, May 8, 1854, at his induction into the professorship of Ecclesiastical History and Polity in Union Theological Seminary, Virginia." -- Publisher

    Dabney, Robert Lewis (1820-1898), Discussions: Evangelical and Theological, 2 volumes, ISBN: 0851513506 9780851513508. Alternate title: DISCUSSIONS OF ROBERT LEWIS DABNEY.
    "Warfield called Dabney 'the most conspicuous figure and the leading theological guide of the Southern Presbyterian Church, the most prolific theological writer that Church has as yet produced.' These three volumes of articles and essays vindicate Warfield's statement. 'This is not a book to be read and returned to the library shelf,' states the well known Baptist minister Al Martin, 'rather, as I have found to my own profit, it ought to be read, digested, and kept close at hand as a guide, companion and constant prod to us.' Dr. Archibald Alexander called Dabney, 'the best teacher of theology in the United States, if not the world.' Freundt notes, 'Dabney championed the doctrines of Calvinism and applied them consistently and practically to the great issues of his times'." -- Publisher
    Dabney, Robert L., Discussions of Robert Lewis Dabney Vol. 1: Evangelical and Theological.
    http://archive.org/details/DiscussionsOfRobertLewisDabneyVol.1EvangelicalAndTheological

    *Dabney, Robert Lewis (1820-1898), Systematic Theology.
    "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
    An R.L. Dabney Anthology
    http://www.gty.org/~phil/dabney.htm

    Edwards, Jonathan (1703-1758), Remarks on Important Theological Controversies. By the late Reverend Dr. Jonathan Edwards, . . . Edinburgh, 1796.

    *Fairbairn, Patrick (1805-1874), The Typology of Scripture, 2 volumes, 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, ISBN: 1579100147 9781579100148.

    *Fuller, David O., A Treasury of Evangelical Writings: Valiant for the Truth.

    *Gillespie, George (1613-1648), George Buchanan, John Brown (of Wamphray), David Hay Fleming, The Presbyterian's Armoury, 3 volumes, 1846. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
    "In terms of 'bang for your book buying buck,' you will not find more fire-power 'under one roof' than in THE PRESBYTERIAN'S ARMOURY! Can be purchased as the three volume set or individually as listed below."

  • Volume One of THE PRESBYTERIAN'S ARMOURY
    "Contains GILLESPIE'S LIFE AND WRITINGS by Hetherington, plus all of the following works by George Gillespie: A DISPUTE AGAINST ENGLISH POPISH CEREMONIES, 1637; AN ASSERTION OF THE GOVERNMENT OF THE CHURCH OF SCOTLAND, 1644; 111 PROPOSITIONS CONCERNING THE MINISTRY AND GOVERNMENT OF THE CHURCH, 1644; two of Gillespie's sermons, preached before the House of Common (1644), and the House of Lords (1645); and Gillespie's answers to Coleman which defend Presbyterian polity against Erastianism. 'Noted for his erudition, keen mind, powerful debating skills and articulate speech and often called 'Great Mr. Gillespie' in his day, he has been referred to as the prince of Scottish theologians and the supreme defender of Presbyterian church government'." (Nigel Cameron, editor, Dictionary of Scottish Church History and Theology, p. 359)
  • Volume Two of THE PRESBYTERIAN'S ARMOURY
    "Contains all of the following works by George Gillespie: AARON'S ROD BLOSSOMING, OR THE DIVINE ORDINANCE OF CHURCH GOVERNMENT VINDICATED; A TREATISE OF MISCELLANY QUESTIONS; NOTES OF DEBATES AND PROCEEDINGS OF THE ASSEMBLY OF DIVINES AT WESTMINSTER (February 1644 to January 1645). Gillespie is most famous for his AARON'S ROD which Walker called 'the chef d'oeuvre' of Scottish ecclesiastical theology. (cited in Nigel Cameron, editor, Dictionary of Scottish Church History and Theology, pp. 359-360). He was a thundering preacher and a prominent member of the famous Westminster Assembly. Johnston, TREASURY OF THE SCOTTISH COVENANT cites the following concerning Gillespie: 'That is an excellent youth; my heart blesses God in his behalf. There is no man whose parts in a public dispute I do so admire. He has studied so accurately all the points that are yet to come to our Assembly; he has got so ready, so assured, so solid a way of public debating; that however there be in the Assembly divers very excellent men, yet, in my poor judgement, there is not one who speaks more rationally and to the point than that brave youth has done ever (Baillie from his Letters and Journals). He was one of the great men that had a chief hand in penning our most excellent Confession of Faith and Catechisms. He was a most grave and bold man, and had a most wonderful gift given him for disputing and arguing. The end of a dispute held by him with some of the promoters of the Engagement was, that Glencairn said, 'There is no standing before this great and mighty man.' He was called malleus Malignantium, 'the hammer of the Malignants' (Woodrow's Analecta), 558 pages."
  • Volume Three of THE PRESBYTERIAN'S ARMOURY
    "Contains: Samuel Rutherford's LEX, REX, or THE LAW AND THE PRINCE; John Brown of Wamphray's APOLOGETICAL RELATION; David Calderwood's PASTOR AND PRELATE, OR REFORMATION AND CONFORMITY SHORTLY COMPARED; and CAUSES OF THE LORD'S WRATH AGAINST SCOTLAND AGREED UPON BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY, 1651. LEX, REX is 'the great political text of the Covenanters.' (Johnston citing Innes in Treasury of the Scottish Covenant, p. 305). 'Rutherford was the first to formulate the great constitutional principle Lex est Rex -- the law is King . . . much of the doctrine has become the constitutional inheritance of all countries in modern times' (Idem.). Brown's anti-prelatical work deals with the lawfulness of defensive wars, ecclesiastical and civil government, the hearing of curates, etc. Brown's writing has been said to be 'decidedly superior to most of the Scottish writers of his day, and even to Owen.' Calderwood upholds Presbyterianism over and against prelacy. THE CAUSES OF GOD'S WRATH was written anonymously (James Guthrie was the reputed author), and was at one time burnt along with LEX, REX, 615 pages." -- Publisher
  • Brutus, Junius, The Covenant Between God and Kings, from A DEFENSE OF LIBERTY
    http://www.constitution.org/vct/vindiciae1a.htm

    *Grillmeier, Aloys, Christ in Christian Tradition: Volume 2, Part 1 -- From Chalcedon to Justinian I, 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

    *Hall, David W., The Arrogance of the Modern: Historical Theology Held in Contempt, 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, 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

    Karlberg, Mark W., Covenant Theology in Reformed Perspective: Collected Essays and Book Reviews in Historical, Biblical, and Systematic theology, ISBN: 1579103154 9781579103156.

    *Kevan, Ernest F., The Grace of Law: A Study of Puritan Theology.
    "First published in 1963 this excellent study of the beliefs of the Puritans is again available. This detailed study of the Ten Commandments and how the Puritans understood them for their day does provide many answers to the moral weakness and indifference of our day." -- GCB

    *Kevan, Ernest F., Moral Law, ISBN: 0875522998 9780875522999.

    *Laidlaw, John, The Bible Doctrine of Man: Or, the Anthropology and Psychology of Scripture.
    "The Cunningham Lectures, New College, Edinburgh, 1880. Provides one of the ablest introductions to Biblical anthropology ever written. Excellent." -- Cyril J. Barber

    Lee, Francis Nigel, John Owen Represbyterianized.

    *Machen, J. Gresham, The Origin of Paul's Religion: the James Sprunt Lectures Delivered at Union Theological Seminary in Virginia.
    "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, 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

    McKnight, R.J.G., The Second Coming of Christ: Is it Premillenial?

    Montgomery, John Warwick, Suicide of Christian Theology.
    "A good post-mortem on modern theology, including the 'Death of God,' and 'theothanatologists. . . .' Any of his works are worthwhile, including IN DEFENSE OF MARTIN LUTHER dealing with those who love to twist and pervert Luther as badly as they do Scripture itself to serve their own ways and ends." -- Reader's Comment

    Nichols, James, Samuel Annesley, Thomas Case, and Nathanael Vincent, et al., Puritan Sermons, 1659-1689: Being the Morning Exercises at Cripplegate, St. Giles in the Fields, and in Southwark, 6 volumes. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
    "On cover: THE MORNING EXERCISES. Reprint. Originally published under title: THE MORNING EXERCISES AT CRIPPLEGATE, ST. GILES IN THE FIELDS, AND IN SOUTHWARK: BEING DIVERS SERMONS PREACHED A.D. MDCLIX-MDCLXXXIX BY SEVERAL MINISTERS OF THE GOSPEL IN OR NEAR LONDON. 5TH ED. / CAREFULLY COLLATED AND CORRECTED, WITH NOTES AND TRANSLATIONS, BY JAMES NICHOLS. London: T. Tegg, 1844-1845. Vol. 1, editions one (London: J. Kirton & N. Webb, 1661), to four (London: A. Maxwell and R. Roberts for T. Cockerell, 1677), published under title: THE MORNING EXERCISE AT CRIPPLEGATE, OR, SEVERAL CASES OF CONSCIENCE PRACTICALLY RESOLVED / BY SUNDRY MINISTERS, September MDCLXI. Vols. 2-6 (divided differently), published separately under different titles by various publishers, 1660-1690. v. 5-6. THE MORNING EXERCISE METHODIZED, OR, THE CHIEF HEADS AND POINTS OF THE CHRISTIAN RELIGION OPENED AND IMPROVED IN DIVERS SERMONS / BY SEVERAL MINISTERS OF THE CITY OF LONDON, IN THE MONTHLY COURSE OF THE MORNING EXERCISE AT GILES IN THE FIELDS, May, MDCLIX; [edited by Thomas Case]. THE MORNING EXERCISE AGAINST POPERY, OR, THE PRINCIPAL ERRORS OF THE CHURCH OF ROME DETECTED AND CONFUTED, IN A MORNING LECTURE, PREACHED LATELY IN SOUTHWARK / BY SEVERAL MINISTERS OF THE GOSPEL, IN OR NEAR LONDON, MDCLXXV; [edited by Nathaniel Vincent].
    "By 75 Ministers of the Gospel in or near London with notes and translations by James Nichol." -- Publisher
    "Volume five 'is the best compilation of Puritan systematic theology ever written, but unfortunately is often overlooked in Puritan studies.' This six volume set represents Puritan preaching at its best 'Puritan pastors treasured the full scope of God's counsel.' They strove for excellence. They also made their sermons practical enough to answer the questions of listeners in a thoroughly scriptural manner." -- Dr. Joel Beeke and Randall Pederson, Meet the Puritans: With a Guide To Modern Reprints, pp. 637-639

    *Owen, John (1616-1683), Biblical Theology or: The Nature, Origin, Development, and Study of Theological Truth, in 6 books, 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 "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's Comment

    Packer, J.I., Concise Theology: A Guide to Historic Christian Beliefs, ISBN: 0842311114 9780842311113.

    Packer, J.I., English Puritan Theology. Available at (Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation.)
    An extension study course (not for credit). Available on 10 audio cassettes [audio files].

  • Packer, J.I., English Puritan Theology: Assurance
    Audio cassette JP210 [audio file].
  • Packer, J.I., English Puritan Theology: Assurance (cont.)
    Audio cassette JP211 [audio file].
  • Packer, J.I., English Puritan Theology: Bible in Puritan Theology
    Audio cassette JP204 [audio file].
  • Packer, J.I., English Puritan Theology: Doctrine of Grace and Faith (part 1)
    Audio cassette JP208 [audio file].
  • Packer, J.I., English Puritan Theology: Doctrine of Grace and Faith (part 2)
    Audio cassette JP209 [audio file].
  • Packer, J.I., English Puritan Theology: Faith and Assurance
    Audio cassette JP210 [audio file].
  • Packer, J.I., English Puritan Theology: History Which They Showed
    Audio cassette JP203 [audio file].
  • Packer, J.I., English Puritan Theology, John Owen: Basics of the Christian Life
    Audio cassette JP212 [audio file].
  • Packer, J.I., English Puritan Theology: Overview, History and Concerns of Puritans
    Audio cassette JP201 [audio file].
  • Packer, J.I., English Puritan Theology: Puritan Confession of Biblical Authority
    Audio cassette JP205 [audio file].
  • Packer, J.I., English Puritan Theology: Puritan Preaching
    Audio cassette JP207 [audio file].
  • Packer, J.I., English Puritan Theology: The Puritans on Interpreting Scripture
    Audio cassette JP206 [audio file].
  • Packer, J.I., English Puritan Theology: What Did the Puritans Have in Common?
    Audio cassette JP202 [audio file].
  • 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, 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's Comment

    Perkins, William (1558-1602), and Thomas Tuke (d. 1657), The Arte of Prophecying, or, A Treatise Concerning the Sacred and Onely True Manner and Methode of Preaching first written in Latine by Master William Perkins; and now faithfully translated into English (for that it containeth many worthie things fit for the knowledge of men of all degrees), by Thomas Tuke, 1607.

    Pink, Arthur W. (1886-1952), The Divine Covenants, ISBN: 0801069386 9780801069383.
    "In this complete and helpful book on the covenants Pink covers the following: The Everlasting Covenant, The Adamic Covenant, The Noahic Covenant, The Abrahamic Covenant, The Sinatic Covenant, The Davidic Covenant, The Messianic Covenant, and The Covenant Allegory (Galatians 4)." -- GCB

    Pollard, Jeff (editor), and Scott T. Brown (editor), A Theology of the Family, an anthology, ISBN: 9781624180460 1624180469.

    Powlison, David, Mike Bobick, John Bettler, Ed Welch, and Bill Smith, Theology and Secular Psychology, 20 sound cassettes [audio files].

    Rushdoony, Rousas John (1916-2001), Systematic Theology, 2 volumes, ISBN: 1879998033 9781879998032. Available through Exodus Books.
    "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

    *Schaff, Philip (editor), Church Fathers Series, 38 volumes.
    *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.
    "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, ISBN: 0825437458 9780825437458.

    *Warfield, B.B. (1851-1921), Biblical and Theological Studies, ISBN: 193247417X 9781932474176.
    "This book offers several exceptional essays on the person and work of Jesus Christ."

    *Watson, Thomas (1620-1686), Body of Divinity: Contained in Sermons Upon the Westminster Assembly's Catechism, ISBN: 0851511449. A Christian classic. Considered to be among the ten greatest books in the English language. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
    "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 exactitude 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
    "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.shortercatechism.com/resources/vincent/wsc_vi_001.html?page_id=205
    Westminster Shorter Catechism With Proof Texts
    http://www.reformed.org/documents/WSC_frames.html
    The Complete Scripture Index to the Westminster Confession (1646), Larger and Shorter Catechisms. Alternate title: SCRIPTURE INDEX TO THE WESTMINSTER STANDARDS. Available on Library of Presbyterian Heritage Publications and Protestant Heritage Press. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
    The Complete Scripture Index to the Westminster Confession
    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/
    Watson, Thomas (1620-1686), A Body of Practical Divinity Sermons on the Shorter Catechism of the Westminster Assembly, also Select Sermons on Various Subjects, Together with The Art of Divine Contentment, and Christ's Various Fulness (1859)
    http://archive.org/details/bodyofpracticald00watsuoft
    Bordwine, James, A Guide to the Westminster Standards: Confession of Faith and Larger Catechism, ISBN: 0940931303 9780940931305.
    Includes a unique, 100-page topical index to both the Confession and the Catechism.

    *Watson, Thomas (1620-1686), The Doctrine of Repentance, ISBN: 0851515215. A Christian classic. Considered to be among the ten greatest books in the English language. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
    "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
    The Doctrine of Repentance,Thomas Watson
    http://archive.org/details/TheDoctrineOfRepentance
    The Doctrine of Repentance, Thomas Watson
    http://ntslibrary.com/PDF%20Books/Repentance%20by%20T%20Watson.pdf
    The Doctrine of Repentance, Thomas Watson
    http://books.google.com/books?id=V1QCAAAACAAJ&ie=ISO-8859-1&output=html
    The Doctrine of Repentance, Thomas Watson (excerpts)
    http://www.fivesolas.com/watson/drepenti.htm

    *Watson, Thomas (1620-1686), The Lord's Prayer, ISBN: 0851511457. A Christian classic. Considered to be among the ten greatest books in the English language. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
    "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." -- Publisher
    "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
    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/

    *Watson, Thomas (1620-1686), The Ten Commandments, ISBN: 0851516815. A Christian classic. Considered to be among the ten greatest books in the English language. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
    "In this book Watson continues his exposition of the Shorter Catechism drawn up by the Westminster Assembly. Watson was one of the most popular preachers in London during the Puritan era . . . The series of three volumes, of which this is the second (the BODY OF DIVINITY is first and THE LORD'S PRAYER third), makes an ideal introduction to Puritan literature. There are few matters about which the Puritans differ more from present-day Christians than in their assessment of the importance of the Ten Commandments. The Commandments, they held, are the first thing in Christianity which the natural man needs to be taught and they should be the daily concern of the Christian to the last. In this book Watson examines the moral law as a whole as well as bringing out the meaning and force of each particular commandment. In view of the important function of the law in Christian life and evangelism, this is a most valuable volume." -- Publisher
    "Excellent study. Highly recommended for personal and group study. The need for understanding the Law of God is always of great importance for the Christian. Watson is an excellent expositor of it." -- GCB
    "The most famous commentary on the Ten Commandments was by Lancelot Andrews (1555-1626), a huge folio. . . ." -- Jay P. Green, Sr.
    The Ten Commandments, Thomas Watson
    http://www.iclnet.org/pub/resources/text/ipb-e/epl-watson-10cm.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/

    Young, E.J., The Study of Old Testament Theology Today, 1958.

    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, theopneustia, sufficiency of scripture), Calvinism, Systematic theology, Expository bible commentaries, Commentaries, general works, Guides to commentaries, Commentaries on the whole bible, Commentaries on the westminster standards (westminster confession, larger catechism, and shorter catechism), Covenant theology and the ordinance of covenanting, Reform of the church, The holy bible, Epistemology, Absolute truth and relativism, The counter reformation, Pseudo-christian movements, Church and state, Casuistry, cases of conscience, Covenant theology and the ordinance of covenanting, The attributes of god, Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, Works by and about puritans, The free offer of the gospel message of salvation and the life to come: the means of grace, the covenant of eternal salvation, Book-length presentations of the free offer of the Gospel message of salvation and the life to come, The best books in this bibliography, Books considered to be among the ten greatest in the english language, Translation, How to find a book, reformed publishers and booksellers online, and so forth, and so on.

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    *Mount Olive Tape Library of Reformed Theology
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    "Since, however, no human interpreter of God's Word is infallible, it is the prayer of those responsible for sending forth these tapes that all who listen to them will cultivate the spirit of the Bereans, who 'searched the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so.'
    "Also, it should be emphasized that the tapes included in this catalog have been evaluated in terms of their basic content as they were originally given, and the inclusion of them in this catalog should not be construed as an unreserved approval of the men who originally gave them. Christians grow in grace and knowledge with the passing of time, yet it must be recognized that some turn aside from the norms of Scripture. It is our hope, therefore, that no one will attach himself to any of the men whose tapes are included in this catalog on the basis of the tapes alone. We are all commanded to be discerning toward those who would instruct us in the faith.
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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

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    http://www.reformed.org/documents/WSC_frames.html



    Calvinism

    See the Theological Notes, "God Reigns: Divine Sovereignty," at Daniel 4:34 in The Reformation Study Bible.

    See the Theological Notes, "Original Sin and Total Depravity," at Psalm 51:5 in The Reformation Study Bible.

    See the Theological Notes, "The Three Purposes of the Law" at Deuteronomy 13:10 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 in The Reformation Study Bible.

    See the Theological Notes, "Perseverance of the Saints," at Romans 8:30 in The Reformation Study Bible.

    Salvation belongeth unto the LORD: thy blessing is upon thy people. Selah. (Psalm 3:8)

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

    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

    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 Christianity 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 destroy 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

    C. Gregg Singer mentions that Calvin paraphrased Augustine over 400 times in INSTITUTES OF THE CHRISTIAN RELIGION. "Charles Hodge 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

    The Christ is the only One truly called. . . . The flesh has always struggled against Him, as we see when we survey the history of God's people. The struggle was especially acute at Golgotha. -- S.G. De Graaf

    I do not understand all the controversy over Calvin. Christ was the first Calvinist. -- Donald Ewing

    Approaching Calvin in his proper historical context is not simply a matter of reading the text of Calvin as found in modern critical editions: rather, it is a matter of establishing the specific sixteenth-century context within which various sixteenth-century documents ought to be read. And it is often also a matter of overcoming perspectives impressed on the documents either by entrenched patterns of scholarly and theological analysis or by the modern apparatus in its function as interpretive grid superimposed on the text." -- Richard Muller

    Dr. Southey thought that By-Ends [a personification in PILGRIM'S PROGRESS -- compiler], was the picture of some particular individual; but Bunyan often depicts the whole generation of such gentry, with graphic accuracy. "I observe," he [Bunyan -- compiler], says, in his BARREN FIG-TREE, "that as there are trees wholly noble, so there are also their semblance; not right, but ignoble. There is the Grape, and the Wild-grape; the Rose, and the Cankerrose; the Apple, and the Crab. Now, fruit from these wild trees, however it may please children to play with, yet the prudent and grave count it of little or no value. There are also in the world a generation of Professors, that bring forth nothing but wild olive-berries; Saints only before men; Devils and Vipers at home. Saints in world; but sinners in heart and life. Well, saith God, this profession is but a cloak. I will loose the Reins of this man, and give him up to his own vile affections. 'I will answer him by myself!' Ezek. xiv. 7 [Ezekiel 14:7]. Thou art too hard for the Church. She knows not how to deal with thee. Well, I will deal with that man myself!" So also in his RIGHTEOUS MAN'S DESIRES, he [Bunyan -- compiler], says, "Some men's Hearts are narrow upwards, and wide downwards; narrow as for God, but wide as for the world. They gape for the one, but shut themselves up against the other. The heart of a wicked man is widest downward; but it is not so with the Righteous. His desires, like the temple Ezekiel saw in vision, are still widest upwards, and spread towards heaven. A full Purse, with a lean soul, is a great curse. Many, while lean in their Estates, had fat souls; but the fattening of their estates made their souls as lean as a rake, as to all good." In like manner, it is not in By-path Meadow, where Christian listened to Vain-Confidence; nor at Beelzebub's Orchard, where little Matthew ate grapes which gave him "the gripes," that Bunyan displayed his deepest acquaintance with the "bane and antidote" of Temptation. He says in his "NOTES ON GENESIS," "In time of temptation, it is our wisdom and duty to keep close to the Word, which forbids the sin, and not to reason with Satan as Eve did. So long as we retain the simplicity of the Word, we have Satan at the end of the staff; for unless we give way to a doubt of it, he gets no ground on us. Eve went to the outside of her liberty, and set herself upon the brink of danger, when she said, 'We may eat of all, but one tree.' When people dally thus with the Devil, they fall by temptation." -- Robert Philip in A Chronological Critique on the Writings and Genius of Bunyan, 1845, pp. vi, vii

    *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.

    American Portrait Films, Amazing Grace -- Calvinism (10 Pack).
    American Portrait Films, Amazing Grace: The History and Theology of Calvinism With Study Guide.

    Armstrong, William Park (editor), Calvin and the Reformation: Four Studies by Emile Doumergue, August Lang, Herman Bavinck, and Benjamin B. Warfield, ISBN: 0801029015 9780801029011.

    *Battles, Ford Lewis, and John Walchenbach, An Analysis of The Institutes of the Christian Religion of John Calvin. A Christian classic.
    "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, 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 important 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 R., Assurance of Faith: Calvin, English Puritanism, and the Dutch Second Reformation, ISBN: 082041428X 9780820414287.
    "In-depth studies and comparisons of William Perkins, Willem Teellinck, the Westminster Confession, John Owen, Alexander Comrie, and Thomas Goodwin convincingly demonstrate with fresh insights that the differences between Calvin and the English/Dutch Calvinism on assurance arose primarily from a newly evolving pastoral context rather than from foundational variations in doctrine. One of the best books on assurance, maybe even the best. 'This is a clearly-written study of the ways in which faith was related to the assurance of salvation by the Reformers, the Puritans and the their Dutch counterparts. Calvin, Beza, Perkins, Owen, Goodwin and the men of the Dutch Second Reformation are all considered. A most valuable book which bears scholarly scrutiny and is full of pastoral counsel'." -- Banner of Truth

    Beeke, Joel, Calvin's Piety: The Heartbeat of the Reformation. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available (CALVIN ON PIETY) in THE CAMBRIDGE COMPANION TO JOHN CALVIN.

    *Beza, Theodore (1519-1605), The Life of John Calvin. A Christian classic. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
    "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." -- Publisher
    Beze, Theodore de (1519-1605), and Francis Sibson (b. 1779), The Life of John Calvin (1836)
    http://archive.org/details/lifeofjohncalvin00bz2

    [Bible, 1599 Geneva], *Calvin, John (1509-1564), et al. John Knox, Theodore Beza, Miles Coverdale, William Whittingham, Anthony Gilby, Martin Luther, and others], Peter A. Lillback (foreword), Tolle Lege Press (preface), Gary DeMar (Notes to the Modern Reader), Marshall Foster (The History and Impact of the Geneva Bible), 1599 Geneva Bible, (Tolle Lege Press, 2006, 2007), 1400 pages, ISBN: 0975484699 9780975484692 0975484613 9780975484616 0975484621 9780975484623. Available (Tolle Lege Press restoration) on the 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 [but the translation was surpassed by the AUTHORIZED KING JAMES VERSION in 1611, see 'Textual Criticism' -- compiler]. 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 [to question the Divine Right of Kings -- compiler] 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 [see the errata listing below -- compiler], but the type set has been enlarged and the font style change for today's reader." -- Publisher
    "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 Puritan Downloads 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 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 . . . 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 synchronize 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) -- Publisher
    "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."
    "In our opinion, the notes in the 1599 edition were the most faithful to Scripture." -- The Genevan Bible, Notes on its Production and Distribution [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. -- compiler]
    "Features of the Tolle Lege 1599 GENEVA BIBLE:
  • Word-for-word accuracy with the 1599 Geneva Bible [see the errata listing below -- compiler]
  • 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 [see the errata listing below -- compiler]
  • Size: 8.75" X 11.5"
  • Approximately 1,400 pages." -- Publisher
  • Excerpts from two articles on the 1599 GENEVA BIBLE may be read at the Puritan Downloads 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
    "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." [probably because of the Notes of the Geneva Reformers -- compiler] -- 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. -- 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. The notes are also very concise, explaining the meaning of Scripture and free of pedantic material.
    Sample notes from the 1599 GENEVA BIBLE, the Tolle Lege Press restored edition of 2007:
  • Genesis 1:11 "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.
  • Genesis 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 37:1,7,11 "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 [Colossians 1:15,16].
    "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." -- excerpts from 1599 Geneva Bible, Tolle Lege Press, 2006, 2007)
  • 1599 Geneva Bible, Tolle Lege Press Restoration, Fourth Printing, 2008, Probable Errata Listing (June 30, 2014, revised August 15, 2014, revised September 4, 2015)
    http://www.lettermen2.com/1599errata.html
    A Resolution That Tolle Lege Press and White Hall Press of Chicago Complete the Limited Modernization of the 1599 GENEVA BIBLE Begun in 2004 and of all Spin-off Publications (August 15, 2014, revised September 7, 2015)
    http://www.lettermen2.com/1599resolve.html
    The 1599 Geneva Bible, Tolle Lege edition, online
    http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=matthew%201&version=GNV
    There is confusion in certain library records for the 1599 and 1672 Bibles that will only be resolved by physical inspection. The following is thought to be an alternative record for the 1599 GENEVA BIBLE.
    *Beze, Theodore de, Joachim Camerarius, Pierre Loyseleur, Laurence Tomson, and Franciscus Junius, The Bible, That is, The Holy Scriptures Conteined in the Old and New Testament. "Publisher: [Amsterdam?]: [publisher not identified], [approximately 1599]."
    1599 Geneva Bible Notes
    http://www.reformedreader.org/gbn/en.htm

    *Boettner, Loraine, The Reformed Doctrine of Predestination, 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

    Bonar, Horatius (1808-1889), Andrew Fuller, Jean Calvin (1509-1564), John Gill, Thomas Goodwin, and et al. The Five Points of Calvinism: In a Series of Letters.
    Contents: The five points of Calvinism / Horatius Bonar | Total depravity / Andrew Fuller | Unconditional election / John Calvin | Limited atonement / John Gill | Irresistible grace / Thomas Goodwin | The perseverance of saints / Jonathan Edwards | Let patience have its perfect work / Thomas Goodwin.

    Bratt, James D, Dutch Calvinism in Modern America: A History of a Conservative Subculture, ISBN: 0802800092: 9780802800091.

    *Cadier, Jean, and O.R. Johnston (translator), The Man God Mastered: A Brief Biography of John Calvin.
    "A brilliant translation of an important biography of John Calvin." -- Cyril J. Barber

    Calvin, John (1509-1564), Acts of the Council of Trent. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #16.

    *Calvin, John (1509-1564), and Henry Cole (translator), Calvin's Calvinism: Treatises on the Eternal Predestination of God and the Secret Providence of God, ISBN: 0916206327 9780916206321. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #1.
    "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." -- Great Christian Books

    *Calvin, John (1509-1564), Calvin's Commentaries, 22 volumes. 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 at BibleStudyGuide.org
    http://www.biblestudyguide.org/comment/calvin/comm_index.htm
    Calvin's Commentaries, complete
    From the Calvin Translation Society edition.
    http://www.ccel.org/ccel/calvin/commentaries.i.html
    Monergism: Commentaries
    From Mongergism.com search "commentaries."
    http://www.monergism.com

    *Calvin, John (1509-1564), Calvin's Ecclesiastical Advice.
    "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." -- Publisher

    *Calvin, John (1509-1564), Calvin's Selected Works, Tracts and Letters, 7 Volumes, ISBN: 0801024935 9780801024931. A Christian classic. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
    "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." -- Publisher
    The Necessity of Reforming the Church (1543), by John Calvin
    http://www.swrb.com/newslett/actualnls/NRC_ch00.htm

    *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, Jean (1509-1564), and John H. Leith, The Christian Life, ISBN: 0060612983 9780060612986.

    Calvin, Jean [John], and John T. McNeill, On the Christian Faith: Selections From the Institutes, Commentaries, and Tracts.
    Available online.

    *Calvin, Jean (John 1509-1564), and John Owen (Vicar of Thrussington, Leicestershire, translator and editor), Commentaries on the Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Romans. Alternate title: COMMENTARIUS IN EPISTOLAM PAULI AD ROMANOS.
    Commentary on Romans, by John Calvin (1509-1564)
    THE EPISTLE OF THE APOSTLE PAUL TO THE ROMANS is Paul's most comprehensive statement of the Gospel.
    ROMANS is also the key to understanding all Scripture. It unites the various themes of the Bible.
    http://www.biblestudyguide.org/comment/calvin/comm_vol38/htm/TOC.htm

    *Calvin, John (1509-1564), Commentaries of Jeremiah and Lamentations.

    *Calvin, John (1509-1564), Commentaries of the Minor Prophets, 5 volumes, 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), and John Owen (1788-1867, Vicar of Thrussington, Leicestershire, translator), Commentary on the Epistle of Paul to the Hebrews, ISBN: 0801024404 9780801024405.
    "No doubt the Epistle next in importance to that to the Romans is this to the Hebrews." -- the translator of Calvin's Commentary on Hebrews
    Themes of Hebrews: The sufficiency of christ, Christ's high priesthood, Christ the end of the law, Our greater accountability under christ, and Exhortation and encouragement.
    Hebrews chapters 10 through 13 contain encouragement for the Christian life: exhortation to persevere, to faith and patience, to encounter trials and afflictions, to peace and holiness, and various directions and cautions.
    Commentary on Hebrews, by John Calvin (1509-1564)
    http://www.biblestudyguide.org/comment/calvin/comm_vol44/htm/TOC.htm

    *Calvin, John (1509-1564), Commentary on Jeremiah, ISBN: 0851515525 9780851515526.

    *Calvin, John (1509-1564), Commentary on the Prophet Isaiah, 4 books, published in 2 volumes, ISBN: 0801024404. A Christian classic. Available in CALVIN'S COMMENTARIES, a 22-book series, online, and in various other formats.
    "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
    "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

    There are at least 400 references to Augustine in John Calvin. Anybody who says that Calvin got his theology of the top of his head knows no Calvin. Calvin knew Augustine probably better than anybody else, including Luther. [see Warfield, Calvin and Augustine -- compiler]. Calvin went back to all the early western fathers. I would say that next to Augustine, his theology is based upon Bernard of Clairvaux and Anselm, and he had a higher respect for Saint Thomas Aquinas than many people are willing to admit. But he is in the western theological tradition. Charles Hodge, in his SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY of three volumes, very often refers to Calvinism as Augustinianism, and you can see why. . . . [Charles Hodge], declares that you might as well call Calvinism revived and revitalized Augustinianism. -- C. Gregg Singer in Speaking on Calvinism, a lecture
    There seem to be very few commentaries on Chronicles from Reformed writers. Both Chronicles and Isaiah cover the reign of good King Hezekiah. Probably this is one reason Calvin did not comment on Chronicles. Isaiah covers the themes of Chronicles with the addition of the prophesy of the Messiah.
    There are many references to verses in Chronicles in Calvin's COMMENTARY ON THE PROPHET ISAIAH. And, of course, Isaiah and King Hezekiah were contemporaries, so the lessons of Covenanted Reformation found in the reign of Hezekiah are also treated by Isaiah.
    It stands to reason that CALVIN'S COMMENTARY ON ISAIAH probably contain the best of Augustinian thought on both 1 and 2 Chronicles and Isaiah. Therefore, we highly recommend it to readers who are studying the principles of Covenanted Reformation found in Chronicles and Isaiah.
    Calvin's work is in four books, with a Scripture Index and a General Index. The Baker publication prints the four books in two volumes.
    Commentary on Isaiah -- Volume 1, John Calvin
    http://www.ccel.org/ccel/calvin/calcom13.html
    Speaking on Calvinism
    Dr. C. Gregg Singer, 53 min.
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=8110391415

    Calvin, John (1509-1564), Concerning Scandals, ISBN: 0802835112 9780802835116.

    *Calvin, John (1509-1564), Daniel, 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), Defending the Reformation: John Calvin Debates the Romanist Sadolet. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #17. Available in Calvin, Jean [John], Jacques Sadolet, and John C Olin, A REFORMATION DEBATE: SADOLETO'S LETTER TO THE GENEVANS AND CALVIN'S REPLY, ISBN: 0823219917 9780823219919.

    *Calvin, John (1509-1564), Epistle to the Faithful Showing That Christ is the end of the law. Alternate title: CHRIST IS THE END OF THE LAW; CALVIN'S PREFACE TO OLIVETAN'S NEW TESTAMENT; PREFACE TO THE GENEVA BIBLE OF 1550; or, informally, CALVIN ON THE GOSPEL. (Not to be confused with Calvin's "The Argument on the Gospel of Jesus Christ According to Matthew, Mark, and Luke," in the front matter of CALVIN'S COMMENTARIES: MATTHEW, MARK AND LUKE [volume 16 of the Baker edition], which is [THE ARGUMENT], also sometimes referred to as CALVIN ON THE GOSPEL).
    Calvin wrote "Christ is the end of the law," in 1534, "about the year of his conversion. . . . It is his first statement of faith as a Protestant, and an eloquent defense of it." -- Joseph Haroutunian
    Therefore, it is sometimes thought of as Calvin's testimony.
    Available in Desideius Erasmus, Robert Olivetan, and John Calvin (reviser and preface), OLIVETAN'S NEW TESTAMENT.
    "The New Testament in the Latin of Erasmus' version, and in the French of Olivetan, revised by Calvin."
    Also available in English and somewhat abridged in Jean Calvin (1509-1564), and T. Weedon (translator), Christ the end of the law: Being the Preface to the Geneva Bible of 1550.
    Calvin (1509-1564), Jean, and T. Weedon (translator), Christ the End of the Law: Being the Preface to the Geneva Bible of 1550 (1850)
    https://archive.org/details/christendlawbei00calvgoog
    Also available in another English translation in John Calvin (1509-1564), and Joseph Haroutunian (editor, translator), CALVIN: COMMENTARIES. This is a single volume in the Library of Christian Classics Series (Volume 23). It is composed of "Extracts from Calvin's commentaries topically arranged."
    "The present text, from the Opera, C. R. 9, pp. 791 f., contains additions Calvin made after 1534."
    John Calvin (1509-1564), and Joseph Haroutunian (translator), Epistle to the Faithful Showing that Christ is the end of the law
    http://books.google.com/books?id=NJ7UJGX8otkC&pg=PA58&dq=calvin+preface+Pierre+Robert+Oliv%C3%A9tan%E2%80%99s+French+translation+of+the+New+Testament#v=onepage&q=calvin%20preface%20Pierre%20Robert%20Oliv%C3%A9tan%E2%80%99s%20French%20translation%20of%20the%20New%20Testament&f=false

    *Calvin, John (1509-1564), Genesis, 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, Jean (John, 1509-1564), On God and Political Duty (1956)
    http://archive.org/details/ongodpoliticaldu00calv

    *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, ISBN: 0664220207 0664220215. Considered to be among the ten greatest books in the English language. 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. Available in THE INSTITUTES OF THE CHRISTIAN RELIGION.
    "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 (Proverbs 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 (Proverbs 29:18), (Beveridge translation)."
    See the entire Prefatory Address, Beveridge translation. Considered to be one of the greatest prefaces ever written.
    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 and with CALVIN'S COMMENTARIES.
    Calvin's Commentaries at BibleStudyGuide.org
    http://www.biblestudyguide.org/comment/calvin/comm_index.htm
    Calvin's Commentaries, complete
    From the Calvin Translation Society edition.
    http://www.ccel.org/ccel/calvin/commentaries.i.html
    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
    Calvin, Jean (1509-1564), Institutes of the Christian Religion; A New Translation by Henry Beveridge (1845), Volume: 1
    http://archive.org/details/instituteschrist01calvuoft
    Calvin, Jean (1509-1564), Institutes of the Christian Religion; A New Translation by Henry Beveridge (1845), Volume: 2
    http://archive.org/details/institutesofreli02calvuoft
    Calvin, Jean (1509-1564), Institutes of the Christian Religion, Beveridge translation
    http://www.ccel.org/ccel/calvin/institutes.iii.vii.html
    Monergism: Commentaries
    From Mongergism.com search "commentaries."
    http://www.monergism.com

    *Calvin, Jean (1509-1564), 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), Letters of John Calvin, 2 volumes, ISBN: 9780548138700 0548138702. Available [CALVIN'S SELECTED WORKS, TRACTS AND LETTERS, 7 volumes], on the Puritan Hard Drive.

    *Calvin, John (1509-1564), Of Prayer
    http://www.ccel.org/calvin/prayer/prayer.html

    *Calvin, John (1509-1564), Sermons on Deuteronomy. "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/publications/johncalvinsabbath1of2.php
    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. "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 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 Sinner. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #20.
    "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." -- Publisher

    Coppes, Leonard J., Are Five Points Enough? The Ten Points of Calvinism, 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, 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. Available in THE REFORMERS AND THE THEOLOGY OF THE REFORMATION. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #17.
    "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!" -- Publisher

    Cunningham, William (1805-1861), and Reg Barrow, Apostolic Presbyterianism
    http://www.swrb.com/newslett/actualnls/ApoPresby.htm

    *D'Aubigné, J.H. Merle (1794-1872), Discourses and Essays, Family Worship, Lutheranism and Calvinism, etc. (1846), ISBN: 1599250187 9781599250182. Available on the 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 [HISTORY OF THE REFORMATION IN EUROPE IN THE TIME OF CALVIN -- compiler]. 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." -- Publisher

    D'Aubigné, J.H. Merle (1794-1872), Germany, England, and Scotland; or, Recollections of a Swiss Minister.

    *Davies, Alfred M., Foundation of American Freedom. "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

    Davis, D. Clair, American Dispensationalism as "Antinomian" Calvinism, an MP3 file [digital file].

    De Witt, John R., What is the Reformed Faith? 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

    Dutcher, Greg, Killing Calvinism: How to Destroy a Perfectly Good Theology From the Inside out, ISBN: 9781936760534 1936760533.
    "Something wonderful is happening in Western Evangelicalism. A resurgence of Calvinism is changing lives, transforming churches, and spreading the gospel. The books are great, the sermons are life-changing, the music is inspirational, and the conferences are astonishing. Will this continue or will we, who are part of it all, end up destroying it?
    "That depends on how we live the message.
    "As 'insiders' of the Calvinist resurgence, there are at least eight ways we can mess everything up.

  • by loving Calvinism as an end in itself
  • by becoming theologians instead of disciples [wording seems problematic here -- compiler]
  • by loving God's sovereignty more than God himself
  • by losing an urgency in evangelism
  • by refusing to learn from non-Calvinists
  • by tidying up the Bible's 'loose ends' [seems problematic -- compiler]
  • by being a bunch of arrogant know-it-alls
  • by scoffing at the emotional hang-ups others have with Calvinism
  • "Greg Dutcher (M.Div., Biblical Theological Seminary) pastored an Evangelical Free Church in Catonsville, Maryland for six years before sensing a call to plant Christ Fellowship Church in Harford County, Maryland. He has served as Senior Minister of Christ Fellowship since its inception in 2003. He is the author of two recent books with Discovery House publishers, YOU ARE THE TREASURE THAT I SEEK: BUT THERE'S A LOT OF COOL STUFF OUT THERE, LORD (2009), and LIVING FREE IN ENEMY TERRITORY: CHRIST'S TRIUMPH OVER SATAN (2011). Greg and his wife, Lisa, have four children." -- Publisher
    "This book blew me away! Greg Dutcher skillfully diagnosed how I kill the very truth I love by my hypocrisy, pride, anger, and judgmental attitude. This book will serve a young generation of Calvinists. But the older generation had better heed it, too. There's medicine here for all our hearts, and taking this medicine will make us more joyful and more humble when making our glorious God known." -- Reader's Comment
    "Many Calvinists will find reading this book to be a painful experience. But medicine is like that. The good news is that a healthy dose of Dutcher's wisdom will go a long way in bringing spiritual health to the young, restless, and reformed." -- Reader's Comment

    Edwards, Charles E. (editor), Devotions and Prayers of John Calvin. Alternate title: SCRIPTURE TEXTS, WITH EXPOSITIONS AND SENTENCE PRAYERS FROM CALVIN'S COMMENTARIES ON THE MINOR PROPHETS. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #21.

    Fitzgerald, Allan D. (editor), Augustine Through The Ages: An Encyclopedia, 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

    *Geneva Bible Notes, 1599
    The GENEVA BIBLE contained "marginal notes which were heavily influenced by John Calvin, John Knox, and many other leaders of the Reformation. 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 that, '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.
    "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. . . !
    " 'By 1599, the GENEVA BIBLE . . . added many Calvinist annotations for household use' (Bremer, The Puritan Experiment, p. 12). A number of the notes argued for family worship and instruction by the head of the household. Puritanism in the British Isles is known as an effort to continue the Reformation of the church in the area of worship and church government. However, the Puritans also sought to reform the family life according to Biblical principles . . . as a result of their efforts they 'were creators of the English Christian marriage, the English Christian family, and the English Christian home'." (J.I. Packer, A Quest for Godliness, p. 260) -- Publisher
    1599 Geneva Bible Notes
    http://www.reformedreader.org/gbn/en.htm
    For other GENEVA NOTES text see the following listed below:

  • KING JAMES BIBLE WITH THE GENEVA BIBLE NOTES, 1672,
  • 1599 GENEVA BIBLE, Tolle Lege Press restoration,
  • THE 1599 GENEVA BIBLE, TOLLE LEGE ONLINE EDITION.
  • "1599 GENEVA BIBLE, Tolle Lege Press Restoration, Fourth Printing, 2008, Probable Errata Listing," and
  • "A Resolution That Tolle Lege Press and White Hall Press of Chicago Complete the Limited Modernization of the 1599 GENEVA BIBLE Begun in 2004."
  • *King James Bible With the Geneva Bible Notes, 1672. This is considered to be a superior text to the 1599 GENEVA BIBLE, which is said to be about 80 percent Tyndale translation. A Christian classic. Considered to be among the ten greatest books in the English language. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive and in The Amazing Christian Library.
    "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." -- Publisher
    The following title is apparently an alternative edition of the 1672 AKJV with GENEVA NOTES:
    James, King of England, Lancelot Andrewes, Theodore de Beze, Franciscus Junius, and John Canne, The Holy Bible: Containing the Old and New Testament; Newly translated out of the originall tongues and with the former translations diligently compared and revised by his Majesties speciall command; With most profitable Annotations [probably the GENEVA NOTES -- compiler] upon all the hard places, and other things of great importance; Which notes have never before been set forth with this new translation; but are now placed in due order with great care and industrie. "Publisher: [Amsterdam]: [Stephen Swart], Printed in the Year MDCLXXII."
    The Authorized King James Version of 1611 (Pure Cambridge Edition), Digital Text
    "The PURE CAMBRIDGE EDITION (first published circa 1900), is the product of the process of textual purification that has occurred since 1611 when the AUTHORIZED VERSION was completed, and has been used (often unwittingly), as the received text for many decades. Millions of copies conformed to this edition were issued by Bible and missionary societies in the twentieth century. This text stands in contrast to all other editions (especially newly edited and modernised ones). . . ." -- excerpt from Bible Protector homepage
    http://www.bibleprotector.com/

    *Gill, John (1697-1771), The Cause of God and Truth: In Four Parts: With a Vindication of Part IV From the Cavils, Calumnies, and Defamations of Mr. Henry Heywood, ISBN: 0801037611 9780801037610. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #19.
    "In 10 massive volumes [The publisher appears to be referring to all of Gill's works: JOHN GILL'S EXPOSITION OF THE ENTIRE BIBLE, A BODY OF DOCTRINAL DIVINITY, A BODY OF PRACTICAL DIVINITY, THE CAUSE OF GOD AND TRUTH, THE PROPHECIES OF THE OLD TESTAMENT LITERALLY FULFILLED IN JESUS, and SERMONS AND TRACTS. -- compiler], John Gill presents one of the best Biblical reference books of all time. One of the most acclaimed Hebraists of his time, Gill's amazing cross referencing of Biblical subjects and Scripture are as yet unequaled. This outstanding set of books, with superlatively thorough indexing of all scriptural references supports the doctrine of grace as well as classifies controversial and hard to understand biblical texts. Gill defends God and Truth with critical Biblical exegesis, systematically dismantling flawed beliefs. A great tool!" -- Publisher
    "John Gill's, THE CAUSE OF GOD AND TRUTH, examines all the Arminian verses in the Bible and explains their meaning." -- John W. Robbins
    Gill, John, The Cause of God and Truth (1736)
    http://archive.org/details/causegodandtrut00gillgoog

    *Gillespie, Patrick (1617-1675), 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. A Christian classic. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #27.
    "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 'in 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 suretyship 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'." -- Publisher
    Ark of the Covenant Opened: Chapter 3
    http://www.truecovenanter.com/supralapsarian/pgilles_aoc_cap03.html

    *Girardeau, John L., Calvinism and Evangelical Arminianism Compared as to Election, Reprobation, Justification and Related Doctrines ISBN: 0873779665. Available (in WORKS OF JOHN GIRARDEAU), on the 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

    Hall, David W., and Marvin Padgett, Calvin and Culture: Exploring a Worldview, ISBN: 9781596380981 1596380985.
    "John Calvin's worldview extends far beyond the scope of theology, inspiring a multitude of followers to apply his thought to every form of human endeavor. The fourteen authors explore the worldview of Calvin and his disciples. They demonstrate how Calvin has transformed many fields of human study and activity and how the power of his worldview continues to this day." -- Publisher

    Helm, Paul, Calvin and the Calvinists, 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, 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, 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

    *Knox, John (1505-1572), Appellation From the Sentence Pronounced by the Bishops and Clergy: Addressed to the Nobility and Estates of Scotland. Alternate title: THE APPELLATION OF JOHN KNOX FROM THE CRUELL . . . SENTENCE PRONOUNCED AGAINST HIM BY THE FALSE BISHOPPES AND CLERGEY OF SCOTLAND, WITH HIS SUPPLICATION AND EXHORTATION TO THE NOBILITIE, ESTATES, AND COMMUNALTIE OF THE SAME REALME, and THE APPELLATION . . . TO THE SCOTTISH NOBILITY, and REFORMATION, REVOLUTION AND ROMANISM: AN APPEAL TO THE SCOTTISH NOBILITY, and THE APPELLATION FROM THE SENTENCE PRONOUNCED BY THE BISHOPS AND CLERGY: ADDRESSED TO THE NOBILITY AND ESTATES OF SCOTLAND, and THE APPELLATION. Cover title: REFORMATION, REVOLUTION AND ROMANISM: APPEAL TO THE SCOTTISH NOBILITY (1558). Available (singly as REFORMATION, REVOLUTION AND ROMANISM, in which key text have been underlined by a previous reader), on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available (REFORMATION, REVOLUTION AND ROMANISM), on Reformation Bookshelf CD #1 (MP3), #26. Available (APPELLATION FROM THE SENTENCE PRONOUNCED BY THE BISHOPS AND CLERGY: ADDRESSED TO THE NOBILITY AND ESTATES OF SCOTLAND), on the Library of Presbyterian Heritage Publications and Protestant Heritage Press CD-ROM Library. Available (APPELLATION FROM THE SENTENCE PRONOUNCED BY THE BISHOPS AND CLERGY: ADDRESSED TO THE NOBILITY AND ESTATES OF SCOTLAND), in THE WORKS OF JOHN KNOX, Vol. 4 (John Knox; David Laing [collector and editor], THE WORKS OF JOHN KNOX, Vol. 4, reprint of the 1855 edition printed for Bannatyne Club, Edinburgh [New York: AMS Press, 1966]).
    "David Chilton notes, 'Of all the sixteenth-century Reformers, John Knox remains the most ardently loved and fiercely hated. No other leader of his day saw so clearly the political issues in the light of Scripture. Nor has any of his contemporaries had so much direct influence upon the subsequent history of the world. He transformed a land of barbarians into one of the most hardheadly Calvinistic cultures ever to exist, and his doctrines lie at the core of all Protestant revolutionary activity. While he is often considered merely one of Calvin's lieutenants, he was actually a Reformer in his own right. In some respects he was the greatest of them all.' ("John Knox," in The Journal of Christian Reconstruction: Symposium on Puritanism and Law [Vallecito, CA: Chalcedon], Vol. V, No. 2, Winter, 1978-79, p. 194)
    "Furthermore, R.L. Greaves has noted that 'it has even been suggested -- and not altogether without merit -- that Knox was a key link in the development of political ideology that culminated in the American Revolution.' (Theology and Revolution in the Scottish Reformation: Studies in the Thought of John Knox [Grand Rapids, MI: Christian University Press, 1980], p. 156)
    "Moreover, Mason [Roger A. Mason -- compiler], states that this APPEAL [APPELLATION FROM THE SENTENCE PRONOUNCED BY THE BISHOPS AND CLERGY: ADDRESSED TO THE NOBILITY AND ESTATES OF SCOTLAND -- compiler], 'is the most important . . . of Knox's political writings.' (in the Introduction to his compilation of Knox's political writings entitled KNOX: ON REBELLION). [see annotation for KNOX: ON REBELLION elsewhere in this bibliography -- compiler]. It shows in a conclusive manner that Knox wanted a Theonomic Establishment which was careful to 'disapprove, detest, oppose and remove all false worship and all monuments of idolatry.' (cf. Westminster Larger Catechism, #108). It also clearly demonstrates that Knox believed in and promoted the continuing binding validity of the Old Testament case laws and the penal sanctions attached to them, including the death penalty.
    "Kevin Reed, in a editor's note, introducing this piece in his newly published SELECTED WRITING OF JOHN KNOX [available on the Puritan Hard Drive. -- compiler], also points out that 'the Westminster Confession provides a distinct echo of Knox, when it states that the magistrate ""hath authority, and it is his duty, to take order, that unity and peace be preserved in the church, that the truth of God be kept pure and entire, that all blasphemies and heresies be suppressed, all corruptions and abuses in worship and discipline prevented or reformed, and all the ordinances of God duly settled, administered, and observed"" (Ch. 23:3, original wording). One secular historian once described Knox as 'Calvin with a sword,' making one wonder if he had not just been reading this very book. For 'where Calvin merely permitted disobedience to an ungodly ruler or immoral law, Knox championed armed rebellion -- a type of Calvinism that made religious revolution in Scotland possible.' (Christian History, Issue 46, p. 35). This is the best of the best; don't miss it!" -- Publisher
    Knox, John, Appellation From the Sentence Pronounced by the Bishops and Clergy: Addressed to the Nobility and Estates of Scotland
    This is a character scan (OCR) of the modernized text published by Protestant Heritage Press. While text may be cut and pasted it is subject to copyright.
    http://www.swrb.com/newslett/actualNLs/appellat.htm
    Knox, John (1505-1572), The Works of John Knox (1846), Vol. 4.
    http://archive.org/stream/worksjohnknox07laingoog#page/n4/mode/2up
    Reformation, Revolution and Romanism (1558), John Knox, MP3 file.
    "This has been called John Knox's most important political writing. It also deals with Romanism, God's law, and much more.
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?currSection=sermonssource&sermonID=1030075041
    See also:
    Goodman, Christopher (c. 1520-1603), HOW SUPERIOR POWERS OUGHT TO BE OBEYED OF THEIR SUBJECTS: AND WHEREIN THEY MAY LAWFULLY BY GOD'S WORD BE DISOBEYED AND RESISTED, 1558. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #26. Available (HOW SUPERIOR POWERS OUGHT TO BE OBEYED), on the Library of Presbyterian Heritage Publications and Protestant Heritage Press CD-ROM Library.
    "From 1555 to 1558, Christopher Goodman served as co-pastor, with John Knox, of the congregation of English exiles in Geneva. During the course of his ministry, Goodman preached upon Acts 4:19 and 5:29: 'Whether it be right in the sight of God, to obey you rather than God, judge ye. We ought rather to obey God than men'. . . . In this book, Goodman contends against both ecclesiastical and political tyranny." -- Publisher
    Goodman, Christopher (c. 1520-1603), How Superior Powers Ought to be Obeyed of Their Subjects
    http://www.constitution.org/cmt/goodman/obeyed.htm
    See also annotation for:
    Knox, John (1505-1572), 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, GLASGOW, 1761. Alternate title: THE HISTORIE OF THE REFORMATION OF THE CHURCH OF SCOTLAND CONTAINING FIVE BOOKS: TOGETHER WITH SOME TREATISES CONDUCING TO THE HISTORY. EDITED, WITH A LIFE OF KNOX AND A PREFACE, BY DAVID BUCHANAN. INCLUDES: "THE APPELLATION OF JOHN KNOX, FROM THE . . . SENTENCE PRONOUNCED AGAINST HIM (pp. 1-33); "THE ADMONITION OF JOHN KNOX TO HIS BELOVED BRETHREN THE COMMONALTY OF SCOTLAND" (pp. 34-42); "A FAITHFULL ADMONITION MADE BY JOHN KNOX TO THE TRUE PROFESSORS OF THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST WITHIN THE KINGDOM OF ENGLAND, 1554" (pp. 43-79); "THE COPIE OF A LETTER DELIVERED TO QUEEN MARY, REGENT OF SCOTLAND" (pp. 80-97); AND "A SERMON PREACHED BY JOHN KNOX [AUGUST 19, 1565]," ISBN: 0851513581 9780851513584. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #1.

    *Kuyper, Abraham, Lectures on Calvinism, ISBN: 9781598564440 1598564447. Alternate title: CHRISTIANITY AS A LIFE-SYSTEM: THE WITNESS OF A WORLD VIEW.
    "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."

    Lee, Francis Nigel, The Anti-preterist Historicism of John Calvin and the Westminster Standards.

    Lee, Francis Nigel, Are the Mosaic laws for Today?: Calvinism and the Westminster Standards on the Relationship Between God's Moral law of Nature for all men and Ancient Israel's Other Laws.

    Lee, Francis Nigel, Calvin on the Sciences.

    Lee, Francis Nigel, John Calvin, True Presbyterian, ISBN: 0949754005 9780949754004.

    *Leith, John H., John Calvin's Doctrine of the Christian Life, ISBN: 0664213308 9780664213305.
    "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

    *McFetridge, N.S., Calvinism in History. Available on the 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
    "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."

    McKim, Donald K. (editor), et al., The Cambridge Companion to John Calvin, ISBN: 9781139000017 1139000012.

    M'Crie, Thomas, John Owen, and Ralph Erskine, Calvinistic Family Library: Devoted to the Republication of Standard Calvinistic Works.

    *Owen, John (1616-1683), The Death of Christ, volume 10 of WORKS, ISBN: 0851510647 9780851510644. Alternate title: 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. A Christian classic. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #20.
    "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
    "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.
    The Death of Death in the Death of Christ
    http://www.ccel.org/ccel/owen/deathofdeath
    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 (1792)
    http://archive.org/details/deathofdeathinde00owen
    The Death of Death in the Death of Christ, including J.I. Packer's Introduction by John Owen
    http://www.monergism.com/thethreshold/articles/onsite/packer_intro.html
    Owen, Redemption and Reconciliation That is in the Blood of Christ (Limited Atonement).
    An audio file reading by Still Waters Revival Books from THE WORKS OF JOHN OWEN. 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, 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, 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, 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, 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. (1886-1952), Attributes of God, ISBN: 0801069890 9780801069895. Available on the 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." -- Publisher
    The Godhood of God by Arthur W. Pink
    http://www.ccel.org/p/pink/godhood/godhood.htm

    *Pink, Arthur W. (1886-1952), The Doctrine of Salvation, 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 via Junius Institute
    "The PRDL is a project of the Junius Institute for Digital Reformation Research of Calvin Theological Seminary. . . .
    "The Institute is conceived as a forum to promote research into the Reformation and post-Reformation periods, covering the 16th to the 18th centuries, through the use of digital tools, skills, and resources. The Junius Institute will house the Post-Reformation Digital Library (PRDL), an electronic database covering thousands of authors and primary source documents on the development of theology and philosophy in these centuries. . . . Late medieval and patristic works printed and referenced in the early modern era are also included. . . .
    "With the click of a few buttons, researchers can now download digital files with source material from hundreds of years ago. Before recent large-scale digitization efforts . . . access to these kinds of sources had been difficult, costly, or even impossible. In some cases sources were simply lost or unknown. (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.)"
    Junius Institute
    http://www.juniusinstitute.org/blog/junius-launch/
    Puritan Reformed Authors in the Post-Reformation Digital Library
    http://www.prdl.org/authors.php?a_in=ALL&era=Early+Modern&tradition=Puritan

    Reid, Steven J., Humanism and Calvinism: Andrew Melville and the Universities of Scotland, 1560-1625, ISBN: 9781409400059 1409400050 9780754698463 0754698467.
    "This book surveys the transformation of Scotland's medieval and Catholic university system into a greatly expanded Protestant one in the decades following the Scottish Reformation of 1560. It also assesses the contribution of religious reformer Andrew Melville to this process in the context of broader social and cultural developments." -- Publisher

    Reid, W. Stanford (editor), John Calvin: His Influence in the Western World, 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

    Reisinger, Ernest, What Should we Think of Evangelism and Calvinism? The Founder's Journal, Issue 19/20, Winter/Spring 1995.

    *Richardson, Cyril Charles, Early Christian Fathers, ISBN: 0684829517.
    The Early Christian Fathers, 38 vols.
    http://www.ccel.org/fathers2/
    Early Church Fathers Collection
    Download the Complete Early Church Fathers Series in WinHelp Format: A 38-volume electronic collection of writings from the first 800 years of the Church.
    http://www.redbay.com/newbies/mag/ecfwh.htm

    *Robbins, John W. (1949-2008, editor), Christ and Civilization, 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, 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
    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 Antichrist 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 (1949-2008), Freedom and Capitalism: Essays on Christian Politics and Economics, 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
    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
    "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, 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

    Scott, Thomas (1747-1821), Remarks on the Refutation of Calvinism, by George Tomline, D.D., F.R.S., Lord Bishop of Lincoln, and Dean of St. Paul's, London, 2 volumes.
    "The author is Rev. Thomas Scott, and he is reviewing TOMLINE'S REFUTATION OF CALVINISM. The work is a close polemic in defense of the Calvinist system. 1,000 pages of argument, in which the reasonings used against Calvinism are addressed." -- Worth Books
    "Thomas Scott (1747-1821), 'a pious Calvinistic Divine'." -- James Darling

    *Singer, C. Gregg (1910-1999), From Rationalism to Irrationality: The Decline of the Western Mind From the Renaissance to the Present, ISBN: 0875524281 9780875524283 and a reprint of the P&R Publishing edition of 1979 by Wipf and Stock, 2006), 479 pages.
    "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 "Apologetics" under:
    Works of C. Gregg Singer
    http://www.lettermen2.com/bcrr3ch.html#cgsinger

    *Singer, C. Gregg (1910-1999), John Calvin: His Roots and Fruits.
    "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 economic 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 legality 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), A Theological Interpretation of American History, 1994 edition, 354 pages, 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
    "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. (1834-1892), Spurgeon's Sovereign Grace Sermons, ISBN: 0921148437 9780921148432. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #29.
    "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.
    The Spurgeon Archive
    http://www.spurgeon.org/

    Steele, David N., and Curtis Thomas, The Five Points of Calvinism, ISBN: 0875524443 9780875524443. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
    "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." -- Publisher

    Synod of Dort [Dordt], The Canon Ratified in the National Synod of the Reformed Church Held at Dordrecht (1618-1619). Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #18. Available on the 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." -- Publisher
    "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 [Dordt], 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

    Tholuck, Friedrich August Gottgetreu, William Pringle (preface), and Leonard Woods (translator), The Merits of Calvin as an Interpreter of the Holy Scriptures; Translated From the German by L. Woods: to Which are Added Opinions and Testimonies of Foreign and British Divines and Scholars as to the Value and Importance of the Writings of John Calvin, 1845.

    Thornwell, James H. (1812-1862), Analysis of Calvin's Institutes, With Notes, Questions and Comments. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive.
    "A valuable, but sometimes overlooked, aid in understanding Calvin's masterpiece. Great for use as a study guide or for use in teaching groups." -- Publisher

    Timm, Alberto Ronald, The Academy of Geneva and its Role in the Spread and Consolidation of the Calvinistic Movement

    Toon, Peter, Puritans and Calvinism.

    *Toplady, Augustus (1740-1778), Arminianism: The Road to Rome! Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #19.
    Exposes the Jesuits, the Papacy, John Wesley, the Anabaptists, etc.
    "There is no such thing as preaching Christ and him crucified unless you preach what is now-a-days called Calvinism. I have my own ideas, and those I state boldly. It is a nickname to call it Calvinism; Calvinism is the gospel, and nothing else." -- C.H. Spurgeon, The New Park Street Pulpit, Vol. 1, 1856.
    Arminianism "came from Rome, and leads thither again."
    Arminianism: The Road to Rome, by Augustus Toplady
    http://www.swrb.com/newslett/actualnls/RHNarmin.htm
    Arminianism: The Road to Rome, a sermon.
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/new_details3.asp?ID=7792

    Toplady, Augustus (1740-1778), Historic Proof of the Doctrinal Calvinism of the Church of England. Including a Brief Account of Eminent Persons, Before and Since the Reformation; . . . Also a review of the rise and progress of Arminianism in England, . . . By Augustus Toplady . . . 1793, 2 volumes. Available (THE WORKS OF AUGUSTUS TOPLADY), on the Puritan Hard Drive.

    *Turretin, Francis (1623-1687), Institutes of Elenctic Theology, Vols. 1, 2, and 3, (Volume 1: First Through Tenth Topics; Volume 2: Eleventh Through Seventeenth Topics; Volume 3: Eighteenth Through Twentieth Topics), ISBN: 0875524516 9780875524511 0875524524 9780875524528.
    Turretin was the renowned teacher of the Academy in Geneva and successor to Calvin, Beza, and Diodati.
    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

    Various, Mount Olive Tape Library of Reformed Theology. Alternate title: TAPE LIBRARY OF REFORMED THEOLOGY: SOLA GRATIA, SOLO CHRISTO, SOLA FIDE, SOLI DEO GLORIA, SOLA SCRIPTURA.
    This collection is now in the custody of the Greenville Presbyterian Seminary. It appears that the Media Center at the Seminary have put practically none of the lectures in the collection on SermonAudio.com in MP3 format.
    If a lecture from the Mount Olive Library is not found on SermonAudio, then the listener may make a request to the Greenville Presbyterian Seminary Media Center to have it put on SermonAudio.com.
    "The following listing was developed by George Calhoun, the founder of Mt. Olive Tape Library, over the course of some thirty years. This catalog reflects the personal quest of Mr. Calhoun for a balanced education in Reformed Theology. The speakers herein have been scrutinized for their faithfulness to the Bible. These tapes will enable students to pursue the study of Reformed theology at a minimum of financial expense."
    "FOR YOUR INFORMATION . . . [from the introduction to the Mount Olive Tape Catalog -- compiler]
    "The tapes included in this catalog are recordings of sermons and lectures given by various pastors, theologians, Bible teachers, and conference speakers who confess adherence to the broad perspectives of historic Reformed theology. We have diligently tried to screen all the materials as to their basic commitment to the Biblical perspectives reflected in the Reformed creeds and confessions.
    "Since, however, no human interpreter of God's Word is infallible, it is the prayer of those responsible for sending forth these tapes that all who listen to them will cultivate the spirit of the Bereans, who 'searched the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so.'
    "Also, it should be emphasized that the tapes included in this catalog have been evaluated in terms of their basic content as they were originally given, and the inclusion of them in this catalog should not be construed as an unreserved approval of the men who originally gave them. Christians grow in grace and knowledge with the passing of time, yet it must be recognized that some turn aside from the norms of Scripture. It is our hope, therefore, that no one will attach himself to any of the men whose tapes are included in this catalog on the basis of the tapes alone. We are all commanded to be discerning toward those who would instruct us in the faith.
    "Finally, it would be a tragic abuse of the intent in providing these sermons and lectures should they in any way cultivate a party spirit so clearly condemned by the Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 3. Paul reminded the Corinthians that all things were theirs -- Paul, Cephas, and Apollos included. We, too, may recognize that the various servants of Christ whose voices are heard on these tapes are God's gifts to us and that we are to follow them only insofar as they follow Christ and the clear teachings of His holy and infallible Word! Since not all men have the same gifts, learn to drink from the gifts of many men -- not just one fountain."
    The Catalog of the Mount Olive Tape Library in PDF Format
    http://www.lettermen2.com/olivecat.pdf
    Mt. Olive Audio Library, Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary [audio files]
    http://gpts.edu/media/index.php?currpage=1&sa_action=

    *Wallace, Ronald, Calvin's Doctrine of the Christian Life, 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, ISBN: 0707305128 9780707305127.

    Warfield, Benjamin B. (1851-1921), Calvin and Augustine, 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 Literary History of the Institutes of the Christian Religion by John Calvin,

    *Warfield, B.B. (1851-1921), The Works of B.B. Warfield, 10 volumes, 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, theopneustia, sufficiency of scripture), Epistemology, Christian scholarship, Justice, the theology of judgment, god's final judgment, the great white throne judgment, the day of the lord, Systematic theology, Christian biography, Covenant theology and the ordinance of covenanting, 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, Christian biography, Sexual relationship, Spiritual adultery (spiritual whoredom/harlotry), Idolatry, syncretism, Sexual wholeness, Selection of covenant heads for positions of leadership, The sovereign grace of god: his everlasting mercy and lovingkindness, Justifying faith, Christ's kingdom, Lordship of jesus christ, The all-sufficiency of christ, Trusting god, Idolatry, Secret societies, ungodly alliances, voluntary associations, Pseudo-christian movements: a selection of works, Arminianism, Unfaithful reformed ministries, Politics, Conspiracy and corruption, Individual responsibility for corporate faithfulness and sanctification, Arminianism, The counter reformation, and so forth, and so on.

    Related WebLinks

    Arminianism
    http://www.lettermen2.com/bcrrappd.html#arminianism

    The Calvin Institute (Theology)
    http://capo.org/calvin/ccalvin.html

    Calvinism
    http://www.lettermen2.com/bcrr1chb.html#calvinism

    Calvinism Today (Seattle, WA [Calvinism Today, P.O. Box 20514, Seattle, 98102]: Calvinism Today).
    "The influential Christian journal of the '90s that offers an uncompromisingly Biblical perspective on crucial issues facing the church and society today. . . . Previous issues have featured: R.J. Rushdoony, E.L. Hebden Taylor, Thomas Schirrmacher, David Estrada, Jean-Marc Bertoud, Ian Hodge, plus editorials, exegesis, business, book reviews, correspondence, and more." -- Publisher

    A Comparison of the Five Points of Calvinism with the Five Points of Arminianism
    http://www.the-highway.com/compare.html

    Dr. David Powlison on Calvin's Influence for Biblical Counseling (part 1 of 2), an online video.
    "Dr. David Powlison, Adjunct Professor of Practical Theology and CCEF Counselor and Faculty Member, explains how Calvin and his insights have influenced biblical counseling."
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2kgpqkX7IfI

    Dr. David Powlison on Calvin's Influence for Biblical Counseling, (part 2 of 2), an online video.
    "Dr. David Powlison, Adjunct Professor of Practical Theology and CCEF Counselor and Faculty Member, explains how Calvin and his insights have influenced biblical counseling."
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VhgNEBmIadI

    The Five Points of Calvinism
    http://www.iserv.net/~prc/fivepoints/index.html


    John Calvin and Calvinism

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

    Apologetics #04: The Renaissance and the Reformation
    Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Apologetics, 47 min.
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=3105181649

    John Calvin
    Dr. C. Gregg Singer, 46 min.
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=92903104854

    Speaking on Calvinism
    Dr. C. Gregg Singer, 53 min.
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=8110391415

    Theology of John Calvin
    Dr. C. Gregg Singer, 40 min.
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=1060385424

    The History of Calvinism
    Dr. C. Gregg Singer, The Christian View of History
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=72902195726

    Calvinism and the Reformation
    Dr. C. Gregg Singer, 76 min.
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=8180372910

    Church History #28: John Calvin
    Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Church History, 76 min.
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=4150417057

    Church History #29: John Calvin and the Church #1
    Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Church History, 43 min.
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=415041727

    Church History #30: John Calvin and the Church #2
    Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Church History, 67 min.
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=4150417258


    Presbyterian History

    The Reformation in England 1 of 2 (The Providential Historical Preparation for the Westminster Assembly), Hebrews 11:2; Ephesians 4:11
    Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Presbyterian History, 44 min.
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=12607144153

    The Reformation in England 2 of 2 (and America)
    Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Presbyterian History, 76 min., Matthew 5:13-16; Luke 19:13
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=126071623510

    John Knox, the Scottish Covenanters, and the Westminster Assembly 1/3 (History Notes on Presbyterianism, Reformation, and Theology)
    Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Presbyterian History, 52 min., Acts 1:11; Romans 13
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=124071413102

    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

    The Westminster Assembly
    Dr. C. Gregg Singer, 50 min.
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=12160371617


    Presbyterian Church Government

    What the Bible has to say About the Nature of Government
    Dr. C. Gregg Singer, 48 min.
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=12160372131

    Presbyterian Church Government #01: Introduction to Biblical Church Government
    Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Presbyterian Church Government
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=1270518133

    Presbyterian Church Government #02: Different Forms of Church Government
    Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Presbyterian Church Government
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=12705181353

    Presbyterian Church Government #03: The Visible Church Offices #1
    Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Presbyterian Church Government
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=12705181435

    Presbyterian Church Government #04: The Visible Church Offices #2
    Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Presbyterian Church Government
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=12705181925

    Presbyterian Church Government #05: The Visible Church Offices #3
    Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Presbyterian Church Government
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=12705181547

    Presbyterian Church Government #06: The Visible Church Offices #4
    Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Presbyterian Church Government
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=12705181925

    Presbyterian Church Government #07: Presbytery
    Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Presbyterian Church Government
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=12705182013

    Presbyterian Church Government #08: General Assembly
    Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Presbyterian Church Government
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=12705182052

    Presbyterian Church Government #09: Commission and Committee
    Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Presbyterian Church Government
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=12705182214

    Presbyterian Church Government #10: Ordination and Candidates
    Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Presbyterian Church Government
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=12705182250

    Presbyterian Church Government #11: Licensure and Worship
    Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Presbyterian Church Government
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=12705182348

    Presbyterian Church Government #12: Worship
    Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Presbyterian Church Government
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=12705182423


    History of the American Presbyterian Church

    History of the American Presbyterian Church #1
    Dr. C. Gregg Singer, History of the AP Church, 40 min.
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=1270518534

    History of the American Presbyterian Church #2
    Dr. C. Gregg Singer, History of the AP Church, 52 min.
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=127051872

    Colonial Presbyterianism and the Great Awakening
    Dr. C. Gregg Singer, History of the American Presbyterian Church, 49 min.
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=1216037179

    The Religious and Theological Causes of Secession
    Dr. C. Gregg Singer, 75 min.
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=12705181136

    Theological Tensions of the 19th Century: Old School -- New School
    Dr. C. Gregg Singer, History of the American Presbyterian Church, 34 min.
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=1216037188

    Presbyterianism in the 20th Century
    Dr. C. Gregg Singer, History of the American Presbyterian Church, 42 min.
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=12160371916

    The Presbyterian Church in the 20th Century: Emergence of the OPC
    Dr. C. Gregg Singer, History of the American Presbyterian Church, 47 min.
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=12160372014


    Great Movements in Presbyterian History

    Great Moments in Presbyterian History #1
    Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Great Movements in Presbyterian History
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?ID=12160371437

    Great Moments in Presbyterian History #2
    Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Great Movements in Presbyterian History, 34 min.
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=12160371538

    Great Moments in Presbyterian History #3: The Westminster Assembly
    Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Great Movements in Presbyterian History
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?ID=12160371617

    Great Moments in Presbyterian History #4: Colonial Presbyterianism and the Great Awakening
    Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Great Movements in Presbyterian History
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?ID=1216037179

    Great Moments in Presbyterian History #5: Theological Tensions of the 19th Century: Old School -- New School
    Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Great Movements in Presbyterian History
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?ID=1216037188

    Great Moments in Presbyterian History #6: Presbyterianism in the 20th Century
    Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Great Movements in Presbyterian History
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?ID=12160371916

    Great Moments in Presbyterian History #7: The Presbyterian Church in the 20th Century: Emergence of the OPC
    Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Great Movements in Presbyterian History
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?ID=12160372014

    Great Moments in Presbyterian History #8: What the Bible has to say About the Nature of Government
    Dr. C. Gregg Singer, Great Movements in Presbyterian History
    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?ID=12160372131


    The Synod of Dordt (1619)
    http://www.reformed.org/documents/canons_of_dordt.html

    The Synod of Dort [Dordt], (1619)
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Synod_of_Dort

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

    Works of C. Gregg Singer
    http://www.lettermen2.com/bcrr3ch.html#cgsinger



    Predestination, Election, Efficacious Grace

    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 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, "The Purpose of God: Predestination and Foreknowledge," at Malachi 1:2 in The Reformation Study Bible.

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

    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.
    -- The Lord Jesus Christ (John 15:16,17)

    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)

    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)

    We hold -- we are not afraid to say that we believe -- that Christ came into this world with the intention of saving "a multitude which no man can number;" and we believe that as the result of this, every person for whom He died must, beyond the shadow of a doubt, be cleansed from sin, and stand, washed in blood, before the Father's throne. We do not believe that Christ made any effectual atonement for those who are for ever damned; we dare not think that the blood of Christ was ever shed with the intention of saving those whom God foreknew never could be saved, and some of whom were even in Hell when Christ, according to some men's account, died to save them." -- C.H. Spurgeon, from the sermon, "Particular Redemption," delivered February 28, 1858, at the Music Hall, Royal Surrey Gardens

    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 all the elect so very fortunate?"

    *Augustine, Saint (Aurelius Augustine, Bishop of Hippo, 354-430 AD), John Arthur Mourant, and William J. Collinge, Four Anti-Pelagian Writings: On Nature and Grace: On the Proceedings of Pelagius: On the Predestination of the Saints: On the Gift of Perseverance, ISBN: 0813200865 9780813200866. Available (singly, ON NATURE AND GRACE, ON THE PREDESTINATION OF THE SAINTS: ON THE GIFT OF PERSEVERANCE), on the Puritan Hard Drive.

    *Augustine, Saint (Aurelius Augustine, Bishop of Hippo, 354-430 AD), A Treatise on the Predestination of the Saints, c. 428. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #19.
    "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 . . ." -- Publisher
    Augustine, Aurelius, A Treatise on the Predestination of the Saints
    http://www.truecovenanter.com/gospel/augustin_predestination.html

    Belcher, Richard P., Arthur W. Pink: Predestination.
    "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 (1519-1605), The Chief Points of the Christian Religion, set forth in a Table of Predestination
    http://www.truecovenanter.com/supralapsarian/bezas_table.html

    Beza, Theodore (1519-1605), John Foxe (1516-1587), and Anthony Gilby, 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 the Puritan Hard Drive.

    Binning, Hugh (1627-1653), Predestination and the Decrees of God -- Three Lectures by Presbyterian Covenanter Hugh Binning. Alternate title: PREDESTINATION AND PROVIDENCE. Available (THE WORKS OF HUGH BENNING), on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available (THE WORKS OF HUGH BENNING), on Reformation Bookshelf CD #8.
    Predestination and the Decrees of God
    http://www.truecovenanter.com/supralapsarian/hblect.html

    Binning, Hugh (1627-1653), Predestination and Providence. Alternate title: PREDESTINATION AND THE DECREES OF GOD -- THREE LECTURES BY PRESBYTERIAN COVENANTER HUGH BINNING. Available (THE WORKS OF HUGH BENNING), on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available (THE WORKS OF HUGH BENNING), on Reformation Bookshelf CD #8.
    Predestination and the Decrees of God
    http://www.truecovenanter.com/supralapsarian/hblect.html

    *Boettner, Loraine, The Reformed Doctrine of Predestination, 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. Found in Boston's COMMENTARY ON THE WESTMINSTER SHORTER CATECHISM. Available (THE WORKS OF THOMAS BOSTON), on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available (THE WORKS OF THOMAS BOSTON), on Reformation Bookshelf CD #5.
    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 Puritan Hard Drive. Available (THE WORKS OF THOMAS BOSTON), on Reformation Bookshelf CD #5.
    http://www.truecovenanter.com/sermons/boston_election.html

    *Calvin, John (1509-1564), and Henry Cole (translator), Calvin's Calvinism: Treatises on the Eternal Predestination of God and the Secret Providence of God, ISBN: 0916206327 9780916206321. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #1.
    "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." -- Great Christian Books

    Calvin, John (1509-1564), Sermons on Election and Reprobation. Available (MP3 files), on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available (MP3 files), on Reformation Bookshelf CD #12, #19, #20.

    Clark, Gordon H. (1902-1985), Predestination, ISBN: 1891777149 9781891777141. Alternate title: BIBLICAL PREDESTINATION.
    "Clark thoroughly discusses one of the most controversial and pervasive doctrines of the Bible: that God is, quite literally, Almighty. Free will, the origin of evil, God's omniscience, creation, and the new birth are all presented within a Scriptural framework. The objections of those who do not believe in the Almighty God are considered and refuted. This edition also contains the text of the booklet, PREDESTINATION IN THE OLD TESTAMENT. -- Publisher

    *Dickson, David (1583?-1663), and Robert Woodrow (1679-1734), Truth's Victory Over Error: A Commentary on the Westminster Confession of Faith, 296 pages, ISBN: 0851519490 9780851519494. Alternate title: TRUTH'S VICTORY OVER ERROR: OR, THE TRUE PRINCIPLES OF THE CHRISTIAN RELIGION, STATED AND VINDICATED . . . BY THE LATE . . . DAVID DICKSON, . . . TO THIS EDITION IS PREFIXED, A SHORT ACCOUNT OF THE AUTHOR'S LIFE, BY . . . ROBERT WODROW . . . KILMARNOCK, 'THE TRUE PRINCIPLES OF THE CHRISTIAN RELIGION, STATED AND VINDICATED AGAINST THE FOLLOWING HERESIES, VIZ, ARIANS, ARMINIANS, ANABAPTISTS, ANTINOMIANS, BROWNISTS, DONATISTS, EPICURIANS, EUTYCHIANS, ERASTIANS, FAMILISTS, JESUITS, INDEPENDENTS, LIBERTINES, MANICHEANS, PELAGIANS, PAPISTS, QUAKERS, SOCINIANS, SABELLIANS, SCEPTICS, VANINIANS, ETC. THE WHOLE BEING A COMMENTARY ON ALL THE CHAPTERS OF THE (Westminster -- RB), CONFESSION OF FAITH, BY WAY OF QUESTION AND ANSWER: IN WHICH, THE SAVING TRUTHS OF OUR HOLY RELIGION ARE CONFIRMED AND ESTABLISHED; AND THE DANGEROUS ERRORS AND OPINIONS OF ITS ADVERSARIES DETECTED AND CONFUTED . . . TO THIS EDITION IS PREFIXED, A SHORT ACCOUNT OF THE AUTHOR'S LIFE, BY THE LATE MR. ROBERT WODROW . . .' " Available on the Puritan Hard Drive
    "One of the best commentaries on the Westminster Confession of Faith. This item is part of the elder's reading/training list in the Puritan Reformed Church (the church of the Covenanted Reformation)." -- Publisher
    Dickson, David, Truth's Victory Over Error
    http://www.truecovenanter.com/dickson/truthsvictory.html
    Dickson, David, Of Justification from David Dickson's TRUTH'S VICTORY OVER ERROR
    http://www.truecovenanter.com/dickson/truthsvictory11.html
    Dickson, David (1583?-1663), and Robert Wodrow (1679-1734, short account of the Reverend Mr. David Dickson), Truth's Victory Over Error, or, the True Principles of the Christian Religion, Stated and Vindicated Against the Following Heresies, viz. Arians . . . Vaninians, &c. The whole being a commentary on all the chapters of the Confession of Faith, by way of question and answer: in which, the saving truths of our holy religion are confirmed and established; and the dangerous errors and opinions of its adversaries detected and confuted. (1764)
    Bound with the author's: TRUE CHRISTIAN LOVE.
    https://archive.org/details/truthove00dick

    Foxe, John (1516-1587), 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 ISBN: 0873779665. Available (WORKS OF JOHN GIRARDEAU), on the 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

    *Knox, John (1505-1572), An Answere to a Great Number of Blasphemous Cavillations Written by an Anabaptist, and Adversarie to God's Eternall Predestination (1591). Alternate title: AGAINST AN ANABAPTIST: IN DEFENSE OF PREDESTINATION; AN ANSWER TO A GREAT NUMBER OF BLASPHEMOUS CAUILLATIONS WRITTEN BY AN ANABAPTIST, AND ADVERSARIE TO GODS ETERNAL PREDESTINATION. AND CONFUTED BY JOHN KNOX, MINISTER OF GODS WORDE IN SCOTLAND. WHEREIN THE AUTHOR SO DISCOVERETH THE CRAFT AND FALSHOOD OF THE SECT, THAT THE GODLY KNOWING THAT ERROR, MAY BE CONFIRMED IN THE TRUETH BY THE EVIDENT WORDE OF GOD; and AN ANSWER TO A GREAT NUMBER OF BLASPHEMOUS CAUILLATIONS WRITTEN BY AN ANABAPTIST, AND ADVERSARIE TO GODS ETERNAL PREDESTINATION. AND CONFUTED BY JOHN KNOX, MINISTER OF GODS WORDE IN SCOTLAND. WHEREIN THE AUTHOR SO DISCOVERETH THE CRAFT AND FALSHOOD OF THE SECT, THAT THE GODLY KNOWING THAT ERROR, MAY BE CONFIRMED IN THE TRUETH BY THE EVIDENT WORDE OF GOD. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #19.
    "Boettner, in his REFORMED DOCTRINE OF PREDESTINATION, calls PREDESTINATION Knox's 'chief theological work.'
    "Curt Daniel calls this 'Knox's major theological work.' Moreover, he states that this is 'more than a short answer (to the Anabaptist -- RB, 468 pages), it is a complete exposition and defense of the Reformed doctrine at the height of the Scottish Reformation' which helped 'guide early Presbyterianism and build the theological bridge between Edinburgh and Geneva.'
    "Furthermore, Walker writes: 'Very far from being a mere iconoclast, he (Knox) was also a great teacher of his country men . . . the long and elaborate treatise on Predestination, in which the doctrines of grace and of divine sovereignty are so vigorously, yet upon the whole so wisely, asserted and maintained' (The Theology and Theologians of Scotland.) This work was much esteemed by Knox's Puritan friends in England and Calderwood, in summing up Knox's character, remarks: 'How profound he was in divinity, that work of his upon Predestination may give evidence.' (Laing, editor, p. 17). Furthermore, Laing beautifully sets the context of this work, writing, 'at the period of the Reformation, there prevailed among Christians of all denominations the general belief, that the salvation of man depends on the free grace of God. But they differed on the question, whether the divine decree which has reference to this point is unconditional, or depends on the conduct of man, whether it is general or particular . . . Thus it happened, that Roman Catholics, Arminians, and most of all Socinians endeavoured, in the sense of Pelagianism, or Semi-pelagianism, to reconcile the divine decrees with human liberty. On the other hand, both Lutherans and Calvinists, following the example of Augustine, rejected the notion of the freedom of the will, and denied every co-operation on the part of man. "Nevertheless it is a striking fact, that the Lutherans avoided the strict consequences of the Augustinian system, and asserted that the decrees of God are conditional, while the Calvinists not only admitted the necessity of those consequences, but having once determined the idea of Predestination, went so far as to maintain that the fall of man itself was predestinated by God (Supralapsarianism).' Quoting freely from Calvin, his major influence in this work, Knox lays low the heresy that man plays any part in his own salvation. This heresy, of man's pretended ability to save himself (in any way), is at the root of all defection from the sovereign God of Scripture and is rampant today! As Kevin Reed notes, in refuting this Anabaptist, Knox unequivocally states, 'For with the Pelagians and papists, you have become teachers of free will, and defenders of your own justice,' clearly recognizing that, 'the defense of man's free will, to do good and avoid evil,' is 'the damned heresy of Pelagius.' Moreover, regarding this work, Reed continues, 'A perceptive reading of this dispute will reveal the parallels between the Anabaptists and modern proponents of free will. Advocates for free will are commonly found among Baptists, 'evangelicals,' Charismatics, and cultists. Their line of argumentation is virtually identical to that of Knox's opponent.' (John Knox the Forgotten Reformer, pp. 219-20)
    "This book contains significant information for defeating the forces of antichrist today; for he (especially ecclesiastical antichrist), continues to manifest the same spirit of error seen in the days of Knox, deceiving men into thinking that they, in some way (be it ever so small), are able to save themselves." -- Publisher
    http://archive.org/details/answeretogreatnu00knox

    *Knox, John (1505-1572), David Laing (editor), The Works of John Knox, 6 volumes. A Christian classic. Available on the Puritan Hard Drive. Available on Reformation Bookshelf CD #1.
    Knox, John (1505-1572), The Works of John Knox (1846), vol. 1 of 6.
    http://archive.org/details/worksofjohnkn01knox
    "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 worship." -- Publisher

  • Knox, John,