Table of Contents:
SECTION ONE: Introduction, Background, and Central Issues
Session One: Introduction to Jonathan and Sarah Edwards
Session Two: The Context and Occasion of The Religious Affections: The Great Awakening
SECTION TWO: The Religious Affections
Part One: The Nature and Importance of Religious Affections
Session Three: Definition, Nature, Importance, and Scripture Support of Religious Affections
Part Two: Uncertain Signs that Religious Affections are the Work of God in a True Believer
Session Four - Introduction
Sign I: Religious Fervor or Zeal
Sign II: Great Physical Affects on the Body
Sign III: Fluent, Fervent, and Abundant Religious Talk
Sign IV: That Affections Seem To Be from an External Supernatural Source
Sign V: That Religious Affections Come with Texts of Scripture in the Mind
Sign VI: The Presence of Love
Sign VII: The Presence of Many Kinds of Religious Affections Accompanying Each Other
Sign VIII: That Joy and Comfort Follow Conviction and Mourning for Sin.
Sign IX: Great Time and Energy Spent in Religious Activity and Worship
Sign X: Abundant Praise to God
Session Seven - Sign XI: Great Assurance of One's Own Salvation
Session Eight - Sign XII: That One's Religious Affections and Testimonies Move the Hearts of Saints
PART THREE: Signs that Religious Affections are the Work of God in a True Believer
Session Nine: Qualifications and the Fruit of the Permanent Indwelling of the Holy Spirit
Introduction and Necessary Qualifications
Sign I: Gracious Affections (Religious Affections that Are a Work of God in a True
Believer) Are the Fruit of the Holy Spirit that Dwells Permanently in the Believer
Session Ten - Sign II: Gracious Affections Are Founded Primarily upon the Greatness of God and His Works, Apart from Self-Interest
Session Eleven - Sign III: Gracious Affections Are Founded upon the 'Loveliness' of the Holiness of God and His Works
Session Twelve - Sign IV: Gracious Affections Arise from Divine Illumination.
Session Thirteen - Sign V: Gracious Affections Are Accompanied by the Conviction that the Gospel Is True
Session Fourteen - Sign VI: Gracious Affections Are Accompanied by True Humility.
Sign VII: Gracious Affections Accompany a Change of Nature
Sign VIII: Gracious Affections Promote and Are Attended with a Christ-Like Demeanor
Sign IX: Gracious Affections 'Soften the Heart'
Sign X: Gracious Affections Have a Beautiful Symmetry and Balance.
Sign XI: The Higher Gracious Affections Are Raised, the Greater the Desire for Spiritual
Growth, Whereas False Affections Rest Satisfied in Themselves
Session Seventeen - Sign XII: Gracious Affections Generate Christian Practice and Fruit (Part 1)
Session Eighteen - Sign XII: Gracious Affections Generate Christian Practice and Fruit (Part 2)
Session Nineteen - Sign XII: Gracious Affections Generate Christian Practice and Fruit (Part 3)
Session Twenty - Sign XII: Gracious Affections Generate Christian Practice and Fruit (Part 4)
Craig Biehl received his A.B. degree in economics from the University of California, Berkeley, M.B.A. from the Anderson School at UCLA, Th.M. from Dallas Theological Seminary, and Ph.D. in Systematic Theology from Westminster Theological Seminary. Craig and his wife Angelica live in Pennsylvania where they are happily involved in various ministries and most happy to be redeemed in Christ.
"Have you ever put abook down and thought, 'Wow, that's deep. I wish I had a friend who could walk me through this book and explain it point by point'? Craig Biehl has done precisely that. Furthermore, he has done it for one of the most important books ever written: 'Religious Affections'. No one since the apostles had more insight into authentic godliness than Jonathan Edwards. But his books can be difficult to read. Biehl's study guide helps you to understand the historical situation of Edwards's day. It walks you through Edwards's teachings in easy-to-follow outlines mingled with choice quotes from Edwards. After each section he presents several questions for personal meditation or small group discussion. I regularly assign 'Religious Affections' to my students and heartily recommend Biehl's book as a companion to all who would read,understand, and apply Edwards's masterpiece." --Dr. Joel R. Beeke, President, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, Michigan
"This is a very helpful study guide to one of the most important spiritual texts inall of history. If you read 'ReligiousAffections' with patience, care, and fervent prayer, using this simple textual aid, you will find yourself reflecting on the state of your heart, mind, and soul like never before in your life. I guarantee that you will never be the same." - Douglas A. Sweeney, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
"With exacting rigor and care, Jonathan Edwards' Treatise Concerning Religious Affections provides both a diagnosis of the Great Awakening and good medicine for what ails Christian piety. In this unique study guide, Craig Biehl here dispenses twenty manageable and carefully referenced doses drawn from the Treatise for the health of true religion in the church of the Great Physician. " - R. Daniel Knox, Pastor, Grace Orthodox Presbyterian Church, Sewickley, PA
"Few books have the profound depth and insight as Jonathan Edwards's 'The Religious Affections'--which is both good news and bad. The good news is that the book well repays reading and study. The bad news is the book can be rather daunting. Craig Biehl's study guide comes to the rescue. This deft guide by a capable scholar will lead you by the hand (and head and heart) to a clear understanding and deep appreciation for this classic text by Jonathan Edwards." - Stephen J. Nichols, Research Professor of Christianity and Culture, Lancaster Bible College, Author, 'Jonathan Edwards: A Guided Tour of His Life and Thought'