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- A two-hour documentary that includes MacArthur, Piper, Mohler, Lawson, Beeke, Packer, Ferguson, DeYoung and lots of extra.
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- Following God Absolutely – An Introduction to the Puritans by Joel Beeke and Michael Reeves.
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However, why all this effort? What can we presumably be taught from the instance of the Puritans right now?
“The doctrine which I preach is that of the Puritans: it is the doctrine of Calvin, the doctrine of Augustine, the doctrine of Paul, the doctrine of the Holy Ghost.”
–C. H. Spurgeon
The Puritans are Scriptural
It’s exhausting to not be struck by the Puritans’ information and use of Scripture. Their sermons and writings are studded with biblical proof texts, exegesis, illustrations, and quotations. The Bible was their supreme authority and was all the time referenced because the yardstick in opposition to which their instructing could possibly be examined. Charles Spurgeon stated on this,
I’d quote John Bunyan for instance of what I imply. Learn something of his, and you will notice that it’s virtually like studying the Bible itself…. Prick him wherever, and you’ll discover that his blood is Bibline, the very essence of the Bible flows from him. He can’t communicate with out quoting a textual content, for his soul is filled with the Phrase of God.
They had been doctrinally wealthy as they had been biblically anchored, and so tended to be clever, balanced, and wise.
The Puritans are Christ-Centered
Additionally they saved their doctrinal focus the place Scripture does: on Christ. William Perkins put it succinctly, concluding his influential guide on preaching with these phrases: “Preach one Christ by Christ to the praise of Christ.”
The Puritans discovered Christ in every single place within the Bible. In response to Thomas Adams, “Christ is the sum of the whole Bible, prophesied, typified, prefigured, exhibited, demonstrated, to be found in every leaf, almost in every line, the Scriptures being but as it were the swaddling bands of the child Jesus.” Likewise, Isaac Ambrose wrote, “Think of Christ as the very substance, marrow, soul, and scope of the whole Scriptures.” Thomas Goodwin asserted that heaven could be like hell to him if Christ weren’t there.
This deal with Christ suffused their writings with worship. Would you already know Christ higher and love Him extra totally? Immerse your self in Puritan literature, asking the Spirit to sanctify it to you in a Christ-centered method.
The Puritans are Devotional
Tragically, the phrase “devotional” right now is usually a gentle slur, that means frothy and light-weight, one thing extra “inspirational” than mental. None of those qualities apply effectively to the Puritans. The Puritans tended to be extremely discovered males, well-trained in linguistics, and well-educated in biblical, systematic, and historic theology. That they had a depth and seriousness to their research and nice erudition consequently. Theirs tended to be a theology that stretches the thoughts. But additionally, theirs tended to be a theology that inflames the guts. In Puritan palms, deep and considerate theology was by no means allowed to turn into a sport for the intelligentsia—it fueled worship and it constructed up the church.
The Puritans are Sensible
The Puritans had been a individuals who longed to see the reformation of human hearts, minds, and lives by the Phrase of God. As such, they consciously sought to be pastoral and sensible. It virtually definitely helped that so lots of them had been additionally nice victims, enduring ranges of persecution, ache, and bereavement virtually remarkable in our comfy West right now. They merely couldn’t play at Christianity. In each a part of life, they longed, preached, pastored, wrote, lived, and died to see God glorified and to arrange their souls to fulfill Christ on the Judgment Day clothed in His righteousness.
“The Puritans [were] burning and shining lights.”
You’ll discover life-giving riches within the Puritans. So, remember to pre-order PURITAN: All of Life to the Glory of God right now.
A partnership with Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary and Media Gratiae and written by Joel Beeke and Michael Reeves.