The Works of John Owen

Volume 8: Sermons to the Nation

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Weight 0.91 kg
Dimensions 22.3 × 14.3 × 4.5 cm
ISBN 9780851510668
Binding

Cloth-bound

format

Book

page-count

658

vol

8

Original Pub Date

1689 (actually 1826)

Banner Pub Date

Apr 1, 1967

Volume Description

‘It can be easy to forget that John Owen was not an ivory-tower theologian, but a pastor and a preacher. In addition, he was often deeply involved in the social and political currents and events of his own day. He was truly a mover and shaker in Puritan Britain. It can be hard to transport ourselves to a time when sermons were not simply private productions preached behind closed doors, but significant and appreciated public contributions to social, cultural, and political discourse. This was a time when religion walked openly as a major player on the national stage, and had a big speaking part.

As such, Owen’s sermons are worthy of consideration. This volume contains sixteen of them, with one or two other snippets. Several of them were preached before Parliament, and most of them manifest a genuinely public voice. They are truly ‘occasional’ documents, often prepared and preached for specific situations under pressure of time. They reveal a patriotic Christian fully invested in the kingdom of God and deeply concerned for the good of his own country. Some of Owen’s assumptions and prescriptions will startle many modern readers, but this volume will stimulate and steer those who read carefully, especially those concerned for a Christian contribution to the public square. Even if we do not reach Owen’s conclusions or have the opportunity to offer his proclamations, these productions of his heart and pen will help us navigate the challenges of our own social, cultural, and political landscapes.’

– Jeremy Walker, Pastor, Maidenbower Baptist Church, Crawley, UK.

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PREFACE BY THE EDITOR VII
SERMON I.
A VISION OF UNCHANGEABLE, FREE MERCY, IN SENDING THE MEANS OF GRACE TO UNDESERVING SINNERS.
PREFATORY NOTE BY THE EDITOR. 2
SERMON- “And a vision appeared to Paul in the night: There stood a man of Macedonia, and prayed him, saying, Come over into Macedonia, and help us.”- ACTS xvi. 5
A Short Defensative about Church Government, Toleration, and Petitions about these things 43
A Country Essay for the Practice of Church Government there 49
SERMON II.
A MEMORIAL OF THE DELIVERANCE OF ESSEX COUNTY, AND COMMITTEE.
PREFATORY NOTE BY THE EDITOR. 72
Epistles Dedicatory 73
SERMON- “A prayer of Habakkuk the prophet upon Shigionoth…” HAB. iii. 1-9 77
SERMON III.
RIGHTEOUS ZEAL ENCOURAGED BY DIVINE PROTECTION.
PREFATORY NOTE BY THE EDITOR. 128
Epistle Dedicatory. 129
SERMON- “Let them return unto thee; but return not thou unto them And I…”JER. xv. 19, 20 133
Of Toleration, and the Duty of the Magistrate about Religion 163
SERMON IV.
THE STEADFASTNESS OF THE PROMISES, AND THE SINFULNESS OF STAGGERING.
PREFATORY NOTE BY THE EDITOR 208
Epistle Dedicatory. 209
SERMON.-“He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief.”-ROM. iv. 20. 211
SERMON V.
THE SHAKING AND TRANSLATING OF HEAVEN AND EARTH.
PREFATORY NOTE BY THE EDITOR. 244
Epistle Dedicatory. 245
SERMON- “And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken…” Heb. xii. 27. 247
SERMON VI.
THE BRANCH OF THE LORD THE BEAUTY OF ZION; OR, THE GLORY OF THE CHURCH IN ITS RELATION UNTO CHRIST.
PREFATORY NOTE BY THE EDITOR 282
Epistle Dedicatory 283
SERMON- “For mine house shall be called an house of prayer for all people.”- ISA. lvi. 7. 285
SERMON VII.
THE ADVANTAGE OF THE KINGDOM OF CHRIST IN THE SHAKING OF THE KINGDOMS OF THE WORLD
PREFATORY NOTE BY THE EDITOR 312
Epistle Dedicatory 313
SERMON- “And all the trees of the field shall know that I the LORD have brought down the high tree, have exalted the low tree…” -EZEK. xvii. 24 315
SERMON VIII.
THE LABOURING SAINT’S DISMISSION TO REST
PREFATORY NOTE BY THE EDITOR 342
Epistle Dedicatory 343
SERMON- “But go thou thy way till the end be: for thou shalt rest, and stand in thy lot at the end of the days.”-DAN. xii. 13 345
SERMON IX.
CHRIST’S KINGDOM AND THE MAGISTRATE’S POWER.
PREFATORY NOTE BY THE EDITOR 366
SERMON- “I Daniel was grieved in my spirit in the midst of my body, and the visions of my head troubled me…” DAN. vii. 15, 16 367
SERMON X.
GOD’S WORK IN FOUNDING ZION, AND HIS PEOPLE’S DUTY THEREUPON.
PREFATORY NOTE BY THE EDITOR 398
Epistle Dedicatory. 399
SERMON- “What shall one then answer the messengers of the nation? That the LORD hath founded Zion…” – ISA. xiv. 32 401
SERMON XI.
GOD’S PRESENCE WITH A PEOPLE THE SPRING OF THEIR PROSPERITY.
PREFATORY NOTE BY THE EDITOR 428
Epistle Dedicatory 429
SERMON – “And he went out to meet Asa, and said unto him, Hear ye me, Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin…” – 2 CHRON. xv. 2 431
SERMON XII.
THE GLORY AND INTEREST OF NATIONS PROFESSING THE GOSPEL.
PREI’ATORY NOTE BY THE EDITOR 454
Epistle Dedicatory 455
SERMON – “Upon all the glory shall be a defence” – ISA. iv. 5 457
SERMON XIII.
HOW WE MAY BRING OUR HEARTS TO BEAR REPROOFS.
PREFATORY NOTE TO THE THREE FOLLOWING DISCOURSES, BY THE EDITOR 474
SERMON – “Let the righteous smite me, it shall be a kindness; and let him reprove me, it shall be an excellent oil…” – Ps. cxli. 5. 475
SERMON XIV.
THE TESTIMONY OF THE CHURCH IS NOT THE ONLY NOR THE CHIEF REASON OF OUR BELIEVING THE SCRIPTURE TO BE THE WORD OF GOD.
SERMON – “They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.” – LUKE xvi. 29. 497
SERMON XV.
THE CHAMBER OF IMAGERY IN THE CHURCH OF ROME LAID OPEN.
SERMON – “If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.”- 1 PET. ii. 3 547
SERMON XVI.
AN HUMBLE TESTIMONY UNTO THE GOODNESS AND SEVERITY OF GOD IN HIS DEALING WITH SINFUL CHURCHES AND NATIONS
PREFATORY NOTE BY THE EDITOR 594
To the Reader 595
SERMON – “There were present at that season some that told him of the Galileans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices…”- LUKE xiii. 1-5. 597

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