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Collected Writings of John Murray

Volume 1: The Claims of Truth

Collected Writings of John Murray
Look Inside Price £19.00 £15.20
Weight 0.79 kg
Dimensions 24.1 x 16.5 x 3.6 cm
topic

Preaching & Teaching, Worship, Scripture, Jesus Christ, The Church, The Lord’s Day

format

Book

Original Pub Date

1976

Banner Pub Date

Nov 1, 1976

binding

Cloth-bound

page-count

388

isbn

9780851512419

Book Description

This volume contains the most important of John Murray’s shorter writings and addresses between the years 1935 and 1973. They have been placed together in this opening volume of his Collected Writings as the best introduction to his thought on wide range of Christian truth. Murray’s belief was that, while the expression of truth ‘may be expanded indefinitely and furnish nourishment for the highest intellects to eternity’, it is also capable of presentation in popular and generally-understood terms. Accordingly, he speaks in these pages not so much to students as to the church at large in this critical century of her history. Such chapters as ‘Some Necessary Emphases in Preaching’, The Power of the Holy Spirit’, and’The Church of Mission’, show how thoroughly he understood the great inadequacies of much contemporary Christianity.

This material (none of which has been previously published in book form) gives the quintessence of the convictions which were characteristic of his mature thought. Their appeal in written form is increased by the pervasive influence of his belief that theology should be ‘shot through with warmth of ardent devotion’. He addresses himself to the needs of both mind and heart, believing that when Scripture is opened there should be both light and heat. His overriding concern is that the Word of God should challenge every area where thinking and living can be shown to be deficient and that the traditions of men should give way to ‘the claims of truth’.

 

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Preface xi
THE HOLY SCRIPTURES
1 The Study of the Bible 3
2 The Infallibility of Scripture 9
3 The Finality and Sufficiency of Scripture 16
4 The Unity of the Old and New Testaments 23
JESUS CHRIST
5 The Redeemer of God’s Elect 29
6 The Death of Christ 36
7 The Living Saviour 40
8 The Heavenly, Priestly Activity of Christ 44
9 The Atonement and the Free Offer of the Gospel 59
10 The Advent of Christ 86
WESTMINSTER THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY AND ITS TESTIMONY
11 The Banner of Westminster Seminary 99
12 Greeting to Entering Students, 1944 104
13 Charge to Edmund P. Clowney 107
14 Greeting to Entering Students, 1966 110
15 Edward J. Young: An Appreciation 113
THE GOSPEL AND ITS PROCLAMATION
16 The Grace of God 119
17 The Message of Evangelism 124
18 The Propagation of the Reformed Faith in New England 135
19 The Power of the Holy Spirit 138
20 Some Necessary Emphases in Preaching 143
21 Co-operation in Evangelism 152
THE CHRISTIAN LIFE
22 Worship 165
23 Christian Doctrine and Life 169
24 The Christian Ethic 174
25 Adorning the Gospel 182
26 The Guidance of the Holy Spirit 186
THE MORAL LAW AND THE FOURTH COMMANDMENT
27 The Sanctity of the Moral Law 193
28 The Sabbath Institution 205
29 The Pattern of the Lord’s Day 219
30 The Relevance of the Sabbath 225
THE CHURCH
31 The Church: Its Definition in Terms of ‘Visible’ and ‘Invisible’ Invalid 231
32 The Church: Its Identity, Functions and Resources 237
33 The Church and Mission 245
34 The Relation of Church and State 253
35 Government in the Church of Christ 260
36 The Biblical Basis for Ecclesiastical Union 269
37 Corporate Responsibility 273
38 The Creedal Basis of Union in the Church 280
HISTORICAL
39 Reformation 291
40 The Crux of the Reformation 298
41 Calvin as Theologian and Expositor 305
42 A Notable Tercentenary 312
43 The Importance and Relevance of the Westminster Confession 316
ISSUES IN THE CONTEMPORARY WORLD
44 The Significance of the Doctrine of Creation 325
45 The Relevance of the Historical 330
46 William Barclay and the Virgin Birth 340
47 God and the War 344
48 The Christian World Order 356
49 Christian Education 367

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