The nature of the relationship between the Spirit of God and the Word of God has been debated among believers for centuries. Is the Spirit present wherever and whenever the Word is preached?
Ralph Cunnington explores this and in particular the narrow historical theological question of what the Protestant Reformers, in particular John Calvin, actually taught on this topic. With careful and
incisive scholarship, and writing that is both clear and cogent, we travel through this question.
Praise For Preaching With Spiritual Power:
“… the first book-length treatment of an important issue that has been simmering just under the surface of British Evangelicalism for a number of years… I hope this will not lead to a full-blown controversy, but to a closer examination of the Scriptures.”
-Sinclair B. Ferguson, Associate Preacher, St Peter’s Free Church, Dundee, Scotland
“… stimulating, challenging and timely. It is of great importance that our doctrine of preaching is robust and biblical and I found this volume’s careful assessment of Calvin a great help in achieving these aims.”
-Adrian Reynolds, Director of Ministry, The Proclamation Trust
About Ralph Cunnington:
Ralph Cunnington is co-pastor of City Church Manchester. He is a member of the Theological Teams of FIEC and Affinity and editor of Affinity’s theological journal Foundations.
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“Sing praises to the Lord, O you his saints, and give thanks to his holy name.” Psalm 30:4
When things are well with us, we are very apt to think that they will always be so. When we see our mistake, it becomes us to think with shame upon our carnal security as our folly. If God hide his face, a good man is troubled, though no other calamity befalls him. But if God, in wisdom and justice, turn from us, it will be the greatest folly if we turn from him. No; let us learn to pray in the dark. The sanctified spirit, which returns to God, shall praise him, shall be still praising him; but the services of God’s house cannot be performed by the dust; it cannot praise him; there is none of that device or working in the grave, for it is the land of silence. We ask aright for life, when we do so that we may live to praise him. In due time God delivered the psalmist out of his troubles. Our tongue is our glory, and never more so than when employed in praising God. He would persevere to the end in praise, hoping that he should shortly be where this would be the everlasting work. But let all beware of carnal security. Neither outward prosperity, nor inward peace, here, are sure and lasting. The Lord, in his favor, has fixed the believer’s safety firm as the deep-rooted mountains, but he must expect to meet with temptations and afflictions. When we grow careless, we fall into sin, the Lord hides his face, our comforts droop, and troubles assail us.
*Excerpted from Matthew Henry Daily Readings (Christian Heritage, 2009).
About Matthew Henry:
Matthew Henry (1662-1714) is highly-valued by contemporary preachers and Bible users. He was the son of a Puritan pastor who had been silenced by the government of the time. Although it was difficult to find suitable ministerial training, Matthew Henry eventually studied for the ministry. With government opposition relaxing, he became a Presbyterian pastor in Chester in 1687 and later in London from 1712. It is astonishing to note the amount of preaching and writing that he accomplished despite suffering from ill-health and knowing intense sorrow in his family life.
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Within evangelicalism today it can sometimes seem there are two competing versions of the gospel. There is the gospel of the kingdom with its focus on God’s plan to restore the world. And there is the gospel of the cross with its focus on the offer of forgiveness. These two emphases create contrasting models of discipleship and mission.
In Crown of Thorns Tim Chester shows how these two gospels are really one gospel – the message of the King who establishes justice in a surprising way.
Praise For Crown of Thorns:
“It is hard to imagine a more needed book today than Tim Chester’s Crown of Thorns.”
-Sean Michael Lucas, Senior Minister, First Presbyterian Church, Hattiesburg, Mississippi
“… Tim Chester has done a great service in unfolding not just two key biblical themes but how they link and relate, and doing so in a warm and accessible way. The result is a rich and potent picture of Jesus the king who suffered.”
-Graham Beynon, Pastor, Grace Church, Cambridge and Director of Independent Ministry Training, Oak Hill College, London.
About The Author:
Tim Chester is an author, pastor of The Crowded House, Sheffield and Director of Porterbrook Seminary. He is married with two daughters.
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Find additional books by Tim Chester at ChristianFocus.com.
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“If, then, I be a father, where is mine honour? And if I be a master, where is my fear?” Malachi 1:6
We are to pray with a childlike reverence and affection in prayer. If we expect the supplies of children, we must perform the duties of children. God will be owned as a father not with a fellow-like familiarity, but with humility and with an awe of His majesty. We must also pray with love to God. Now, our love to God is mainly seen by our subjection and obedience to His laws. Thus Christ would have us take up God in prayer under such a relation, that we might mind our duty to Him: “And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man’s work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear” (1 Pet. 1:17). We never pray aright but when we pray resolving to cast off all sin. How can we call God Father, whom we care not to please day-by-day? So the Lord treats His people: “Thou hast said, Thou art my father. Behold, thou hast spoken and done evil things as thou couldest” (Jer. 3:5, 6). God takes it to be a contumely and reproach to Himself when we do evil, yet come and call Him Father. He takes it ill that men should come and flatter Him with lying lips, and do not walk as children in holy obedience. Therefore, it is an engagement to serve God with holiness.
About Thomas Manton:
Thomas Manton (1620-1677) was a nonconformist minister who was educated at Oxford. He was ordained by Bishop Joseph Hall and later joined the Presbyterian cause. He was a proponent of a rigorous evangelical Calvinism and was renowned for preaching long expository sermons on both James and Jude. More than once he preached before the House of Commons during the English Civil War. He preached the funeral sermon of Christopher Love, who was executed for treason in the summer of 1651, and was involved throughout the rest of his career reconciling the Presbyterians with the Congregationalists. His most famous posts were as a lecturer at Westminster Abbey and later as rector of St. Paul’s, Covent Garden. His published works were well regarded by his contemporaries, and Archbishop James Ussher described him as a “voluminous preacher.” His Complete Works were collected and published in twenty-two volumes in the nineteenth century. The selection above is taken from his A Practical Exposition of the Lord’s Prayer (1684).
*Excerpted from Daily Readings – The Puritans (Christian Heritage, 2012).
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It’s not every day that the The Gospel Coalition’s co-founders, Tim Keller and Don Carson, take the opportunity to offer a foreword and afterword for a slim, easily overlooked book on “loving the Old Testament.” While many today rightly esteem and look up to Keller and Carson for their biblical insight, ministry experience, and proven faithfulness, do you ever wonder whom these men look up to?
Alec Motyer, that’s who. The 90-year-old former principal of Trinity College in Bristol, England has served as both a pastor and a professor. Although much of his academic life has been devoted to the study of the Old Testament, particularly Isaiah, Motyer has aimed to bring his insights to the layperson through lecturing and writing, most notably serving as co-editor with John Stott of the The Bible Speaks Today series…
Keep reading at TheGospelCoaliton.org.
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A Faint Uncertain Light
“But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, which shines brighter and brighter until full day.” Proverbs 4:18
Sometimes, instead of the sun there is only moonlight, which shows the difference a believer feels in his soul, both in relation to grace and comfort. Both sun and moon give light, but O how far superior is the one to the other: the moon gives a very faint, uncertain light, waxes and wanes, and at best is almost nothing when compared with the light, and the blessed reviving heat of the sun. Hence, my brethren, this world sometimes is a world of mourners. It is said, “that the days of our mourning shall be ended;” for if the text refer to the future state, as no doubt it does, it means that the days of believers here below are very often mournful, trying, and afflicting, though they end in joy, as our Lord intimates in opening his gospel sermon almost with these very words, “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted” (Matt. 5:4). Some, perhaps, may think it is an odd kind of blessing: and though worldly people are fond of the fifth chapter of Matthew, and wonder that Methodists and gospel ministers do not preach oftener on that chapter, I am apt to believe, when you come to preach and open that word, they will not like that chapter any more than any other, because they are for a joyful Christ, and not for any mourning at all. Do you know God in Christ? Let me tell you, the more you are acquainted with him, the more your souls will be kept in a mourning state.
*Excerpted from George Whitefield Daily Readings, p. 50 (Christian Heritage, 2010).
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Google books on church, there will be no shortage of choice! Some will be helpful, others less so. So why another book on church? Josh Moody, is, in fact, asking a very different question: why should I go to church at all? Filled with practical advice, this book will help you answer questions you maybe should have known the answer to and other questions you never knew to ask!
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Praise For How Church Can Change Your Life:
“… a powerful and needed reminder of the central role the local church should play in the life of every Christian.”
-R. Albert Mohler
“This book answers questions about the church that your friends are asking!… Read this book and be encouraged by his answers, and then pass it along to a friend who has considered church attendance to be optional.”
About The Author:
Josh Moody is Senior Pastor of College Church in Wheaton, Illinois. His books include Burning Hearts, Journey to Joy, No Other Gospel, and The God-Centered Life. For more, visit www.GodCenteredLife.org.
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The galleries of the great heroes of faith contain many inspirational women; although not always placed in as prominent a position for all to see, their service has been invaluable in God’s kingdom. The wife of Dr Martyn Lloyd-Jones was such a woman. Bethan Lloyd-Jones’ portrait has long been hidden in a part of the gallery known only to her family and certain close friends. Lynette G. Clark brings this portrait into view, capturing the wit, wisdom and faith of a godly wife, mother and friend.
Praise For Far Above Rubies:
“What a rich and colorful portrait, of a godly woman who served her Savior with wit and wisdom…This is a portrait worth stopping to relish and study.”
-Kathleen B. Nielson, Director of Women’s Initiatives, The Gospel Coalition
“A lovely portrait of a lovely woman of God!…The wisdom and insight drawn from Bethan’s life will be of great encouragement and help to today’s pilgrims.”
-Nancy Leigh DeMoss, Author, Revive Our Hearts & radio host, Niles, Michigan
About The Author:
Lynette G. Clark has been a minister’s wife for thirty-two years and has lived in different parts of Wales. She is married to Stephen and they have three children, and four grandchildren. During the last ten years, while caring for her parents, and her mother-in-law, she has found time to write, and speak at ladies’ conferences.
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And Then He Knew Her is available at any good Christian bookstore. If you don’t have a Christian bookstore near you, you may want to consider purchasing a copy from one of the online book retailers listed below:
“Exceeding great and precious promises” 2 Peter 1:4
If you would know experimentally the preciousness of the promises, and enjoy them in your own heart, meditate much upon them. There are promises which are like grapes in the wine-press; if you will tread them the juice will flow. Thinking over the hallowed words will often be the prelude to their fulfillment. While you are musing upon them, the boon which you are seeking will insensibly come to you. Many a Christian who has thirsted for the promise has found the favor which it ensured gently distilling into his soul even while he has been considering the divine record; and he has rejoiced that ever he was led to lay the promise near his heart.
But besides meditating upon the promises, seek in thy soul to receive them as being the very words of God. Speak to thy soul thus, ‘If I were dealing with a man’s promise, I should carefully consider the ability and the character of the man who had covenanted with me. So with the promise of God; my eye must not be so much fixed upon the greatness of the mercy – that may stagger me; as upon the greatness of the Promiser – that will cheer me. My soul, it is God, even thy God, God that cannot lie, who speaks to thee. This word of His which thou art now considering is as true as His own existence. He is a God unchangeable. He has not altered the thing which has gone out of His mouth, nor called back one single consolatory sentence. Nor doth He lack any power; it is the God that made the heavens and the earth who has spoken thus. Nor can He fail in wisdom as to the time when He will bestow the favors, for He knows when it is best to give and when better to withhold. Therefore, seeing that it is the word of a God so true, so immutable, so powerful, so wise, I will and must believe the promise’. If we thus meditate upon the promises, and consider the Promiser, we shall experience their sweetness, and obtain their fulfillment.
*Excerpted from Morning and Evening: Daily Readings by C. H. Spurgeon (Christian Heritage, 2009).
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