The Doctrine of Repentance - Puritan Paperbacks (Watson)

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A good case could be made out for believing that ‘repentance’ is one of the least used words in the Christian church today. In a world that will not tolerate the mention of sin, and in churches where it has been defined only in sociological terms, the biblical teaching on repentance has inevitably been ignored.

Knowing what repentance is, and actually repenting are essential to true Christianity. Jesus Christ himself said that if we do not repent, we will perish! It is vital, therefore, to read and study what Scripture has to say about this theme.

Few better guides have existed in this or any other area of spiritual experience than Thomas Watson. He was a master of both Scripture and the human heart, and wrote with a simplicity and directness that keeps his work fresh and powerful for the twenty-first century.


Table of Contents:

  1. Counterfeit Repentance
  2. The Nature of True Repentance (1)
  3. The Nature of True Repentance (2)
  4. The Reasons Enforcing Repentance, with a Warning to the Impenitent
  5. Serious Exhortation to Repentance
  6. Powerful Motives to Repentance
  7. Exhortations to Speedy Repentance
  8. The Trial of Our Repentance, and Comfort for the Penitent
  9. The Removing of the Impediments to Repentance
  10. Prescribing Some Means for Repentance (1): Serious Consideration
  11. Prescribing Some Means for Repentance (2): Compare Penitent and Impenitent Conditions



Thomas Watson (c. 1620-1686) was a Puritan preacher and author during the English Revolution and the Act of Uniformity. Watson’s works are a legacy that have continued to be a blessing to those who love sound, heart-searching exposition of the Scriptures.