The Reformed Apprentice Volume 2: A Workbook on the Doctrine of Scripture and Biblical Interpretation

Puritan Publications
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This is the second volume in the Reformed Apprentice workbook series, teaching Reformed Theology in a simple but interactive manner. This workbook covers the Doctrine of Scripture and the science of hermeneutics (the art of biblical interpretation). The main purpose of the workbook is to come into a deeper knowledge and relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ as he has revealed himself to the church in his Word and by his Spirit through the centuries in Reformed Theology. The workbook extensively quotes the early church fathers, the Reformers, the Puritans, and Reformed theologians from various ages in order to aid the Reformed Apprentice in understanding how the Bible is God’s Word, and how to interpret it both exegetically and practically.

There is nothing like this series of interactive workbooks anywhere in the Reformed community. They are unique workbooks designed to bring Reformed Theology to students of the bible in its various facets. In old England, an apprentice is a novice who engaged in a covenant with a tradesman to learn a particular trade. A workbook of this kind was created to engage the student of Scripture to be apprenticed under the teachers of Reformed Theology, thus, a Reformed Apprentice.

This workbook does not need to be completed in a short timeframe, nor is it governed by a specific amount of time. The Reformed Apprentice has as much time to complete each section at their own pace as they need in order to walk more closely with Jesus Christ, and understand the importance of the doctrine of Scripture.

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C. Matthew McMahon is an American Calvinist Reformed theologian and adjunct professor at Whitefield Theological Seminary. He is the founder and chairman of A Puritan's Mind where the ministry started as an internet hub and center for students of the Bible concerning Reformed Theology and Covenant Theology. He also started "The Puritanboard" as a chat room that is exclusively for those holding to Reformed Creeds and Confessions and members in good standing in reformed churches. A Puritan's Mind ( is home to Covenant Theology, Reformed Theology and Reformation and Puritan writings, articles and books. He is also the founder of Puritan Publications which publishes Reformed and Puritan works from the 17th century. 

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Nov 18, 2013
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Religion / Christian Life / Personal Growth
Religion / Christian Life / Spiritual Growth
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Religion / Christian Theology / Soteriology
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Christians must see Christ as more excellent to anything that exists in the world. Mockett says, “In this way, you see how excellent Jesus Christ is; He is co-essential, co-eternal, and co-equal with the Father, and the Holy Spirit, almighty and all-sufficient, omniscient, and most wise, true and faithful, most holy, exceeding good, abundant in mercy and compassion, and altogether lovely and desirable, the most amiable object that ever the eye of man’s understanding did or possibly can behold or enjoy.”

This work teaches us how to reject everything else in the world as beneath Jesus Christ, and shows the Christian what steps to take in having high thoughts of Christ, and lower thoughts of the things in the world. Anyone who does not forsake the world cannot be a disciple of Christ. This teaching is of utmost importance to the contemporary church, especially in today’s intolerant culture where status, goods and relations are often more important than the Gospel of grace, or the God of all grace, Jesus Christ.  

The question then remains, how much of the world have you forsaken? Some of it, part of it, a little bit of it? Most of it? Or all of it? To be a child of the Kingdom, and a disciple of Jesus, you must forsake everything for him.

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 In this work Brinsley not only focuses on the preacher, but also on the hearer. From 2 Tim. 4:2, “Preach the word; be instant in season, and out of season,” he shows that if God has ordained the office of the preacher to herald his message to people "in season and out of season," then, in fact, there must also be people "to do the hearing." This work, then, not only applies to the preacher’s charge, but the people’s duty to hear earnestly and diligently what the preacher has said.

He shows that the minister’s charge is a duty to preach the Gospel of Christ, which is in turn preaching Christ: to preach the Word. The preacher is the herald of God, whose office is discharged by speaking this Word to all people, in all cases, in the name of Christ, boldly, faithfully and plainly. In discharging their duty, preachers are to be “instant in season and out of season”, or, earnest and diligent in its performance at all times. By way of contrast but compliment, the hearer of the word should always strive to hear, also, diligently and earnestly. They ought never to be offended at hearing the word preached in its simplicity, and they must excite themselves to this duty entertaining the word of God with gladness. Not only are they to hear it, but they are to wholeheartedly receive it in order to practice it faithfully. 

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Mockett has taken the twofold instance of Abraham’s trouble and deliverance by God, and applies this pastorally to the Christian walk. He shows through the historical narrative of Abraham’s testing, that God does bring his people into trouble, and will deliver them. He gives a number of reasons why God brings his people into trouble, and what the Christian duty is while under such testing or proving. He dissects the nature of Christian trouble masterfully: that such afflictions and trials are light and short, momentary in the great scheme of redemption and our salvation; and that they are a means by which Christians are made fit for mercy. God prepares his vessels by a refining fire to make them fit to hold his grace, peace and mercy for our good. Mockett demonstrates the true reality that God will rescue his people from such troubles, in his time and providence, and shows why he rescues them: to vindicate his people from their enemies, and to manifest his glorious attributes of knowledge, power, truth, faithfulness, and goodness. 

Mockett has taken an historically and theologically packed section of the Bible in Genesis and masterfully, deeply and encouragingly applied that to today’s believer. This work is among the best of his expositions because Mockett felt this topic was a regular course found in the Christian’s daily walk.

This is not a scan or facsimile, has been updated in modern English for easy reading and has an active table of contents for electronic versions.

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