"Once again God and his grace take center stage . . . as the great Northampton preacher leads us through three sermons showing how God is pleased to work out his salvation in the lives of those who love him." — T. M. Moore, from the editor's preface
Holiness is something to be pursued, though never in our own strength. Here Jonathan Edwards explores the believer’s essential role in God’s work of sanctification. The three sermons made accessible in this volume—“The Character of Paul an Example to the Christians,” “Hope and Comfort Usually Follow Genuine Humiliation and Repentance,” and “The Preciousness of Time”—guide us past the rival pitfalls of lawlessness and works-righteousness.
T. M. Moore has divided these selections into thirteen brief chapters, added introductory remarks and subheadings, and concluded each chapter with questions to promote reflection and application.
Table of Contents:
Part 1: The Character of Paul an Example to the Christians
1. A Call to Imitate
2. Seeking the Good of Our Souls (1)
3. Seeking the Good of Our Souls (2)
4. The Virtues of Paul toward God
5. The Virtues of Paul toward Men
6. The Virtues of Paul toward God and Men
7. Following Paul’s Example
Part 2: Hope and Comfort Usually Follow Genuine Humiliation and Repentance
8. Hope and Comfort at Conversion
9. Hope and Comfort for the Christian
10. Reasons for This Doctrine
11. Application of the Doctrine
Part 3: The Preciousness of Time and the Importance of Redeeming It
12. The Preciousness of Time
13. Improving Time
Jonathan Edwards (1703–1758) served the Northampton Congregational Church in Massachusetts for twenty-three years, then missionary outpost to the Mohawk and Mohican tribes. In 1758, he became president of the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University). Edwards "is widely acknowledged to be America's most important and original philosophical theologian," and one of America's greatest intellectuals.