In this unique account of growth in grace, ‘babes’, ‘little children’, ‘young men’ and ‘fathers’ are the stages through which the learners in Christ’s school pass on their way to the ‘academy of heaven’. While supporting and comforting beginners in the school of grace, Venning encourages all Christians to make further progress towards ‘the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ’ (Eph. 4:13).
Table of Contents:
Preface by James Barron and John Collins
Part One: Introduction – The purpose and scope of these sermons, explained and applied
Part Two: Babes – Babes in Christ, their attainments and deficiencies (1 Corinthians 3:1-2 and Hebrews 5:11-14)
Part Three: Little Children – Little children in Christ, their attainments of knowledge, the means of gaining it, and their privileges (1 John 2:12-13)
Part Four: Young Men – Young men in Christ, their attainment of strength, the means by which it is possessed, and the reality of conflict and conquest (1 John 2:13-14)
Part Five: Fathers in Israel – Their characteristics and abilities
Conclusions: The benefit of knowing where one belongs – Reaching forward
Ralph Venning (1621-1674) was an English Puritan and minister during the English Revolution and Act of Unconformity in the 1600s.