Reformation Of The Church

A Collection of Reformed and Puritan Documents on Church Issues

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Weight 1.10 lbs
Dimensions 8.5 × 5.4 × 0.9 in
page-count

416

Banner Pub Date

Jun 1, 1965

topic

Church Issues/Unity, General Theology, Historical Theology

Original Pub Date

1965

Format

Book

binding

Paperback

isbn

9780851511184

Book Description

The nature and life of the church is one of the most crucial issues facing Christians in the closing years of the twentieth century. Questions of ministry and liturgy, authority and freedom, appear in a wide variety of guises throughout the world-wide church. Relativism and uncertainty seem to be as common in the church as in the world. Many Christians wonder whether there is any way forward.

In this context, The Reformation of the Church is an invaluable aid. An anthology of documents, drawn largely but not exclusively from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, it presents in a readily accessible form the finest thinking of the reformed fathers on authority and freedom, the need for reformation, the nature of the government, unity and membership of the church of Jesus Christ.

Warmly welcomed when first published in 1965, and widely use since then, these documents provide invaluable material for ministers, elders, leaders, students and all Christians who are concerned to see Christ’s church fulfill her God-given role at a critical juncture in her history.

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INTRODUCTION 7
SECTION I
THE NATURE OF THE CHURCH 15
SECTION II
THE RULE FOR REFORMATION – THE WORD OF GOD
1. Liberation from Human Authority 30
Martin Luther
 2. The Reformers and the Regulative Principle 38
William Cunningham
 3. The Regulative Principle and Things Indifferent 55
John Hooper
4. The Abolition of Vestments 63
John a Lasco
 5. Scripture and the Ordering of Worship 75
SECTION III
THE NEED OF REFORMATION
 1. The Necessity for Reformation: The Admonition to Parliament 1572 85
Thomas Wilcox
 2. Concerning a National Church 99
William Ames
3. The Relation of Church and State 107
Charles Hodge
 4. Episcopacy: The Petition for the Prelates Examined 127
 5. The Grounds of Nonconformity 151
Edmund Calamy
SECTION IV
NEW TESTAMENT CHURCH GOVERNMENT
 1. The Book of Discipline 1587 178
 2. A True Description of the Visible Church 1589 196
Henry Barrow
 3. The Form of Presbyterial Church Government 1645 207
Westminster Divines
 4. The Cambridge Platform 1648 234
 5. The Savoy Platform 1658 276
 6. The Difference between Independency and Presbytery 285
Jeremiah Burroughs
 7. A Presbyterian View of the Difference with Independency 294
 8. The Heads of Agreement 1691 301
SECTION V
THE UNITY OF THE CHURCH
 1. The Way to Peace 314
Walter Cradock
 2. What We Are to Bear with in Others 326
Jeremiah Burroughs
 3. Union among Protestants 345
John Owen
 4. The Scandal of Division among the Godly 358
James Durham
APPENDICES
 1. The Church Membership of Children 383
Thomas Shepard
 2. Episcopalian Writers on Church Government 410

 

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