The Precious Seeds of Reformation

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In this rare volume is Humphrey Hardwicke’s existing works. His first sermon was preached in his own day as, “The Difficulty of Zion’s Deliverance and Reformation.” It is taken from Psalm 126:5-6 where we find sowing in tears, but reaping in joy. Hardwicke’s explanation of this is nothing less than spiritually uplifting concerning what this means in relation to sowing the precious seeds of reformation in the church. Do we truly desire to see the church Reformed once again, and a new vigor of power infused into it to preach Christ to a dying world? Without heeding Hardwicke’s exhortation, and hearing his masterful picture of what the church ought to be “up and doing” before God, there will be no sowing and no reaping a new Reformation for today’s church. 

In the second half of the work we find, “The Saint’s Gain by Death,” and what it means to be assured of salvation from 2 Corinthians 5:1. The Christian is not to live in doubt, but in full assurance of faith, knowing we have a heavenly home which was made by God waiting for those he has saved. In this life our travail is frail, transitory, and perishing. In the life to come, it is blessed and eternal in the heavens. With certainty, Hardwicke explains that every converted heart and careful soul may and ought to be assured, that when his body shall be dissolved, his soul shall have a happy dwelling with God in heaven.

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Humphrey Hardwicke (n.d.) was a learned Westminster Divine, exemplary in his piety, and a great but persecuted Reformed preacher of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. 

C. Matthew McMahon, Ph.D., Th.D., is an American Calvinist Reformed theologian and adjunct professor at Whitefield Theological Seminary. He is the founder and chairman of A Puritan’s Mind, the largest Reformed website on the internet for students of the Bible concerning Reformed Theology, the Puritans and Covenant Theology ( He is also the founder of Puritan Publications which publishes rare Reformed and Puritan works from the 17th century at

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Jul 30, 2015
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C. Matthew McMahon
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C. Matthew McMahon
 There is nothing like the Reformed Apprentice workbook series anywhere in the Christian community. It is designed to bring Reformed Theology to Christians seeking a deeper walk with Jesus Christ in the form of a workbook, not simply a text to read. 

In old England, an apprentice was a novice who engaged in a covenant with a tradesman to learn a particular trade. A workbook of this kind for today’s Christian, was created to engage the student of the Bible to be apprenticed under the historical pastors, theologians and teachers of Reformed Theology. As the Christian learns and grows in Christ through the Bible, they mature into a Reformed Apprentice.

As with each of the workbooks in this series, its purpose is to guide the Christian 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. Cultivating a relationship with Christ takes work; and every Christian is commanded by God to have communion with the Father, through Christ, in the power of the Spirit. How powerful is your devotional life? 

This volume specifically covers the three spiritual disciplines which make up private devotions in bible reading and study, prayer and godly meditation. It extensively quotes the Reformers, the Puritans, and Reformed theologians from various ages in order to aid the Reformed Apprentice in coming to a knowledge of what truly constitutes biblical private devotions as taught in Scripture, Reformed Theology and the Reformed Faith.

John Ball
 Ball said, "No Christian can exempt himself from this duty of meditation unless he intends to live unprofitably to others, uncomfortably to himself, and disobedient against God."

Hear one of his instructions on how to meditate:

"O! heavenly Father, I heartily desire to follow You wherever You shall lead me, to do what You shall command, and to cleave to You as long as I live. But I find the flesh rebellious, soliciting daily, yes, and violently hailing to those things that are evil. Ah, miserable wretch that I am, who shall deliver me from this body of death? You, Lord, are only able, and willing to promise help and succour. To You therefore do I fly. I pray You have mercy on me in Jesus Christ, and repair the lost image of Yourself. Your hands have made me, and fashioned me; give me understanding, and I shall live. You created me pure, You can restore me, though corrupt. Create in me a clean heart, and renew a right spirit within me. Breathe into me the Spirit of Life, and establish me in the way of Your precepts. Heal my soul, for I am defiled, and cause me to grow up into the perfect stature of a spiritual man. I have wounded my soul, but cannot cure it, defaced Your image, but cannot fashion it anew. Look on my misery, dear Father, forgive my sin, and make me a new creature for Your infinite mercy, begin in me this good work, and perfect it to Your praise; in You do I trust, to You I seek for grace, for in You the fatherless find mercy." 

Ball divides this work into three areas: 1) what meditation is and its importance, 2) what occasional or extemporary meditation is, and 3) what solemn meditation is. Serious theological thinking is fundamental to all right Christian doing. Ball will show that godly meditation is a commanded, necessary and a spiritual help to the Christian being a vital component of a Christian living to God. In other words, everyone that names the name of Christ is required to meditate for God’s glory and their benefit.

There is no duty more neglected among Christians than this duty of meditation. Therefore, you should not only read over this work, but live it over. If you would be blessed in all your enterprises or concernments with the blessings of God, (Joshua 1:8), if you would have your understanding enlightened with the knowledge of God, your affections inflamed with the love of God, your heart established with the promises of God, your solitariness cheered up with the company of God, your afflictions mitigated with the comforts of God, and if you would have your thoughts, words and works regulated by the command of God, pray and consider, pray and meditate. 

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.

Thomas Jollie
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