The Doctrine of Repentance

Weight 0.30 lbs
Dimensions 7.13 × 4.75 × 0.4 in
ISBN 9781800402751

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Repentance, Salvation, Spiritual Growth

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Jan 1, 1987

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Puritan Paperbacks


The Doctrine of Repentance is probably one of the most needed books, not only for us as ministers, but for our people, because repentance is so trivialized today. [This book] stresses the need for ongoing repentance, a daily repentance, a lifestyle of repentance. Like Luther said, “God will have his people repenting all life long.” Watson shows you how to do that.’ — JOEL BEEKE

The Doctrine of Repentance takes up a topic that was vital to the Puritan preachers but is often marginalized today and limited to a moment of sorrow at the beginning of the Christian life. Watson not only patiently leads his readers to an understanding of true repentance, he helps us to recognize and overcome obstacles to it, and shows us how to engage in it.’ — SINCLAIR B. FERGUSON

Book Description

A good case could be made out for believing that ‘repentance’ is one of the least used words in the Christian church today. In a world that will not tolerate the mention of sin, and in churches where it has been defined only in sociological terms, the biblical teaching on repentance has inevitably been ignored.

Knowing what repentance is, and actually repenting are essential to true Christianity. Jesus Christ himself said that if we do not repent, we will perish! It is vital, therefore, to read and study what Scripture has to say about this theme.

Few better guides have existed in this or any other area of spiritual experience than Thomas Watson. He was a master of both Scripture and the human heart, and wrote with a simplicity and directness that keeps his work fresh and powerful for the twenty-first century.

Decherd Stevens on Doctrine of Repentance


Table of Contents Expand ↓

The Epistle to the Reader 7
A Preliminary Discourse 11
Counterfeit Repentance 15
The Nature of True Repentance (1) 18
The Nature of True Repentance (2) 39
The Reasons Enforcing Repentance, with a Warning to the Impenitent 59
A Serious Exhortation to Repentance 63
Powerful Motives to Repentance 76
Exhortations to Speedy Repentance 86
The Trial of Our Repentance, and Comfort for the Penitent 93
The Removing of the Impediments to Repentance 99
Prescribing Some Means for Repentance
(1): Serious Consideration 106
Prescribing Some Means for Repentance
(2): Compare Penitent and Impenitent Conditions 119

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  1. Brad Williams

    Thomas Watson’s, “The Doctrine of Repentance” is not just one of my favorite Puritan titles, it is one of my favorite books. His pastoral wisdom and heart are on every page of the book. The book was convicting as well as encouraging. Many people shy away from reading the Puritans because they are afraid of the archaic language and depth of thought. Thomas Watson is–in my opinion–one of the most readable Puritans we have access to. I urge you to read this book and experience the grief of seeing your own sin, and the joy of redemption found in Christ through repentance. This is not a book to read once, come to its fount again and again and enjoy what it has to offer!

  2. Nate Pickowicz

    This is the single greatest book ever written on repentance. Watson is thorough and insightful; encouraging and pastoral. Even compared to modern scholarly treatments, this book is brilliant!

  3. David Lunceford

    To very few books would I ascribe my highest recommendation. The Doctrine of Repentance by Thomas Watson is one such book. Truly, this is one of the greatest books I have ever read. It is a book that I intend to read at least once a year for the rest of my life. I strongly urge anyone who is serious about devoting themselves to the practice of repentance to read and reread this book and to make prayerful application of it.

  4. Cece Gooding

    Anyone who says that they are a Christian should read this book & tell others about it. Other than the True Word of God, this book is truly a blessing in Jesus name. I’ve told several people about it & encouraged them to buy it. Thomas Watson lived from 1620 until 1686. Father God truly blessed him to be a blessing.

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