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Reformed Piety: Covenantal and Experiential (Beeke & Myers)

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This small but important book shows how genuine biblical Reformed piety is both covenantally based and experientially lived. Piety, covenant, and experience are all interrelated in genuine and vital Christianity, and all point to Jesus Christ as the head of the covenant and the focal point of true Christian experience. This book is intended as Geoff Thomas says in his Foreword to encourage us ‘towards Reformed experiential living reflecting something of the Christian’s affection for God, loving Him with all his being, a servant truly on flame for his Lord, who cries, ‘For me to live is Christ’ – who is presenting his body as a living sacrifice to God, who like John the Baptist has an awakening ministry, as a burning and a shining light…most needful of all is a close walk with God, a consecration of all we are to all that Jesus Christ is. That must be the one thing we do as Christians, not talking about it, or longing for it, but making progress in appropriating it each day of our lives, in the pulpit, in the home… The words of this little book will help you to be a better disciple in our short and uncertain earthly pilgrimage.”

Table of Contents:

1. Calvin’s Piety

A Theological Piety

An Ecclesiological Piety 

The Practice of Personal Piety 

2. Covenantal Piety

A Piety of Relationship

A Relationship with Ethical Content

A Communal Dynamic

Abuses of Covenantal Piety

Summary of Covenantal Piety

3. Experiential Piety

Piety Based on the Written word

Piety Centered on Christ

Piety Applied to Practical Life

Piety Probed by Spiritual Discernment

Piety Energized with Idealism, Realism, and Optimism 

Piety Rooted in Heart Knowledge

Piety Fruitful in Holy Love

Conclusion: The Preacher's Imperative


"This is not merely a historical lecture on Reformed piety, important as that would be, though there are such elements necessarily in these pages. Its focus is not cerebral, on our understanding. The words of this little book will help you to be a better disciple in our short and uncertain earthly pilgrimage." - Geoff Thomas

About the Authors

Dr. Joel R. Beeke 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 and a prolific author.

Dr. Stephen G. Myers is associate professor of historical theology at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, Michigan.