John Owen on the Christian Life

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Weight 1.16 lbs
Dimensions 8.8 × 5.75 × 1 in
binding

Cloth-bound

Format

Book

isbn

9780851515038

Original Pub Date

1987

topic

General Theology, Pastoral Theology/Pastoral Helps, Spiritual Growth

page-count

316

scripture

Whole Bible

Banner Pub Date

Dec 1, 1987

Book Description

John Owen has long been recognized by evangelicals as one of the greatest of all English-speaking theological classics. Like Augustine, whom he so admired, Owen’s thinking touched both the depths of sin and the heights of grace. Many of his readers have come away from reading him on such themes as temptation, or indwelling sin, feeling that Owen knew them through and through.

The truth is that Owen had come-by intensive and constant study of both Scripture and the human heart- to know both himself and God. It was out of this rich experience that he preached and wrote on the loftiest themes of Christian theology.

Because of this background, Owen’s teaching was always pastoral in its concern. His aim, said his assistant David Clarkson, was ‘to promote holiness’. Consequently his work has survived through the centuries and is now more widely recognized and appreciated than it has been for many years. His writings address the fundamental issues Christians face in every age: How can I live the Christian life? How am I to deal with sin and temptation? How can I find assurance, and live for the honour of Jesus Christ?

John Owen on the Christian Life expounds Owen’s teaching on these and related themes. The first book-length study of any aspect of Owen’s thought, it also stands on its own as a study in pastoral theology. Ministers, Christian leaders, readers of Owen, and those who are daunted by the sheer voluminousness of his writings will find this book an ideal companion.

Table of Contents Expand ↓

 

INTRODUCTION x
1. JOHN OWEN AND HIS CHRISTIAN LIFE
i. The beginnings of his ministry 3
ii. The Congregationalist 4
iii. A Wider sphere of influence 6
iv. Dean and Vice-Chancellor 9
v. The Congregational leader 13
vi. Last days 17
2. THE PLAN OF SALVATION 20
1. The Doctrine of the Covenant 20
i. The Covenant of Works 22
ii. The Covenant of Grace 24
iii. The Covenant of Redemption 25
iv. The Covenant at Sinai 27
2. Union with Christ 32
 3. GRACE REIGNS THROUGH RIGHTEOUSNESS 37
i. The Effects of sin 39
ii. Regeneration 41
iii. The Use of the law 48
iv. The Structure of sanctification 54
v. The Progress of sanctification 56
(1) Negatively considered 61
(2) Positively considered 63
vi. Restoration of the image of God 65
vii. The Christian’s duty: 67
(1) To honour Christ 69
(2) To mortify sin 71
 4. FELLOWSHIP WITH GOD 74
i. Communion with the Father 76
ii. Communion with the Son 77
iii. Communion with the Holy Spirit 92
THE ASSURANCE OF SALVATION 99
i. The assurance of forgiveness 100
ii. Practical rules for assurance 108
iii. Hindrances to assurance 112
iv. The seal of the Spirit 116
 5. CONFLICT WITH SIN 125
i. Sin’s dominion ended 125
ii. Sin’s presence continued 130
iii. Temptations abound 141
iv. Mortification required 145
 6. THE FELLOWSHIP OF THE SAINTS 154
1. The Nature and Government of the Church 156
i. The Lord’s congregation 158
ii. Order in the church 164
iii. Ministry in the church 165
iv. Unity of the church 170
2. The Individual in the Church 172
i. Valid church life 172
ii. The charge of schism 175
iii. Church membership 178
iv. Discipline 181
 7. SCRIPTURE AND MINISTRY 184
1. Scripture 185
i. Inspiration 186
ii. Authority 188
iii. Preservation 190
iv. Attestation 192
v. Understanding 196
vi. Influence 199
2. Ministry 201
i. Gifts and graces 202
ii. Extraordinary gifts 204
iii. Ordinary gifts 208
 8. SACRAMENTS AND PRAYER 211
1. Sacraments 211
i. Baptism: initiation into covenant life 215
ii. Lord’s Supper: covenant seal 220
2. Prayer 224
i. A covenant privilege 225
(1) The matter of prayer 226
(2) The manner of prayer 227
ii. A Scriptural duty 228
 9. APOSTASY AND ITS PREVENTION 232
1. The Danger of Apostasy 232
i. Apostasy from gospel doctrine 238
ii. Apostasy from gospel holiness 242
iii. Apostasy from gospel worship 244
2. Spiritual Mindedness the Preservative 248
i. The objects of spiritual thoughts 250
ii. The nature of spiritual mindedness 254
iii. The development of spiritual mindedness 257
 10. PERSEVERANCE AND THE GOAL 262
1. Perseverance 262
2. The Goal 269
i. Christian character 269
ii. Eternal glory 275
 11. POSTSCRIPT 281
INDEX 1 (Names and Subjects) 283
INDEX 2 (Biblical References) 291

 

 

 

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