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In Living by God's Promises, Joel R. Beeke and James A. La Belle draw from stellar Puritan treatises on divine promises by Andrew Gray, Edward Leigh, and William Spurstowe, and offer them in contemporary language for today's readers. Moving beyond historical interest, this book explores a topic that is vital for Christian living. By God's grace, it will help you treasure the promises that God establishes in Christ and conveys in His covenant love to comfort you in sorrow and strengthen your faith. With the Spirit's blessing, this book will energize and deepen your life as you appropriate the precious promises in God's Word.
Table of Contents:
Foreword – Jerry Bridges
1. Understanding the Promises of God
2. The Foundation and Fountainhead of God’s Promises
3. The People to Whom God’s Promises Belong
4. The Characteristics of God’s Promises
5. The Right Use of God’s Promises
6. Using God’s Promises in Affliction
7. Using God’s Promises in Times of Temptation and Sin
8. Using God’s Promises in Fighting Sin
9. Using God’s Promises for Pursuing Holiness
Appendix: A Table of Promises by Edward Leigh
From the late 1500s to the early 1700s, Puritan ministers wrote thousands of Christian books that contain massive amounts of biblical, doctrinal, experiential, and practical instruction to energize your Christian life. In the early seventeenth century, nearly twenty percent of the material coming off English presses consisted of Puritan sermon material popularized in book form. Unfortunately, many believers today find it difficult to read the antiquarian Puritan language and, when they attempt to do so, find themselves more frustrated than energized. This new series, Deepen Your Christian Life, presents in contemporary language the major teachings that several Puritans wrote on subjects that are seldom addressed adequately, if at all, today. Finally, you too will be able to enjoy the Puritans and see, by the Spirit's grace, that they really do energize your Christian life.
James A. La Belle is the pastor of the Presbyterian Church of Cape Cod, OPC. He lives on Cape Cod with his wife, Chantry, and their seven children.
Joel R. Beeke (PhD, Westminster Seminary) is president and professor of systematic theology and homiletics at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary; a pastor of the Heritage Reformed Congregation in Grand Rapids, Michigan; editor of Banner of Sovereign Grace Truth; editorial director of Reformation Heritage Books; and a prolific author.
"The promises of God give light for the Christian's path through life, and food for the soul on the pilgrimage. Living By God's Promises provides us with a third sine qua non-a map book to guide us to the store houses in which we can find the bountiful provision God has given us for the journey." - Sinclair B. Ferguson, Senior Minister of First Presbyterian Church in Columbia, South Carolina
"Living by God's Promises will be enjoyed, whether by a new Christian, a seminary student, or a saint ready to go home to be with the Lord. It masterfully weaves the voices of Puritans as echoes to the voice of our Good Shepherd whose promises are lavish and bountiful. Enjoy this book-use it often, share it with others, and read it slowly to savor the nourishment. It brings not only comfort but an encouragement to holiness." - David W. Hall, Senior Minister of Midway Presbyterian Church, Powder Springs, Georgia
"God's promises are exceedingly great and many. Other books list them, and there is a place for that, but in this book a Christian mentality is set forth to equip us by a regenerate mindset to perceive, understand, and appropriate the promises of the Bible. What assurance, courage, and energy may come from applying oneself to these pages!" - Geoff Thomas, Pastor of Alfred Place Baptist Church, Aberystwyth, Wales