Accompanying this landmark document are sermons by nine other influential Puritans of the sixteenth to eighteenth centuries, among them Thomas Shepard's "The Parable of the Ten Virgins," Cotton Mather's "An Hortatory and Necessary Address," John Cotton's "The Way of Life," as well as sermons by John Winthrop, Increase Mather, Jonathan Mayhew, Thomas Hooker, Peter Bulkeley, and Samuel Willard.
Enlightening and thought-provoking, the volume will serve as primary source material in many American history and literature courses.
1. All True Grace in the Heart Summed up in Charity, or Love
2. Charity or Love, More Excellent Than Extraordinary Gifts of the Spirit
3. All That Can be Done or Suffered in Vain Without Charity, or Love
4. Charity Meek in Bearing Evil and Injuries
5. Charity Cheerful and Free in Doing Good
6. The Spirit of Charity the Opposite of an Envious Spirit
7. The Spirit of Charity an Humble Spirit
8. The Spirit of Charity the Opposite of a Selfish Spirit
9. The Spirit of Charity the Opposite of an Angry or Wrathful Spirit
10. The Spirit of Charity the Opposite of a Censorious Spirit
11. All True Grace in the Heart Tends to Holy Practice in the Life
12. Charity Willing to Undergo All Sufferings for Christ
13. All the Christian Graces Connected and Mutually Dependent
14. Charity, or True Grace, Not to be Overthrown by Opposition
15. The Holy Spirit Forever to be Communicated to the Saints, in Charity, or Love
16. Heaven, A World of Love
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The fifteen sermons, four of which have never been published before, reflect a life dedicated to experiencing and understanding spiritual truth. Chosen to represent a typical cycle of Edwards’ preaching, the sermons address a wide range of occasions, situations, and states, corporate as well as personal. The book also contains an introduction that discusses Edwards’ contribution to the sermon as a literary form, places his sermons within their social and cultural contexts, and considers his theological aims as a way of familiarizing the reader with the "order of salvation" as Edwards conceived of it. Together, the sermons and the editors’ introduction offer a rounded picture of Edwards the preacher, the sermon writer, and the pastoral theologian.
Remember to read over these Resolutions once a week.
1. Resolved, That I will do whatsoever I think to be most to the glory of God, and my own good, profit, and pleasure, in the whole of my duration; without any consideration of the time, whether now, or never so many myriads of ages hence. Resolved, to do whatever I think to be my duty, and most for the good and advantage of mankind in general. Resolved, so to do, whatever difficulties I meet with, how many soever, and how great soever.
2. Resolved, To be continually endeavouring to find out some new contrivance and invention to promote the forementioned things.
3. Resolved, If ever I shall fall and grow dull, so as to neglect to keep any part of these Resolutions, to repent of all I can remember, when I come to myself again.
4. Resolved, Never to do any manner of thing, whether in soul or body, less or more, but what tends to the glory of God, nor be, nor suffer it, if I can possibly avoid it.
5. Resolved, Never to lose one moment of time, but to improve it in the most profitable way I possibly can.
6. Resolved, To live with all my might, while I do live....
Unswerving in his purpose after being converted to Christ, Brainerd endured many disappointments and hardships in order to take the gospel to the American Indians.
The Life and Diary of David Brainerd is a challenging insight into the life of a man greatly used by God, one whose writings can be read with great spiritual benefit.