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The Unwavering Resolve of Jonathan Edwards - A Long Line of Godly Men (Lawson)

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Jonathan Edwards is well known as perhaps the greatest theologian the United States has ever produced. He is equally noted for his preaching and writing. But in this Long Line Profile, Dr. Steven J. Lawson considers the unique focus and commitment with which Edwards sought to live out the Christian faith. 

Lawson examines Edwards’ life through the lens of the seventy resolutions he penned in his late teens, shortly after his conversion, which cover everything from glorifying God to repenting of sin to managing time. Drawing on Edwards’ writings, as well as scholarly accounts of Edwards’ life and thought, Lawson shows how Edwards sought to live out these lofty goals he set for the management of his walk with Christ. In Edwards’ example, he finds helpful instruction for all believers. 

Table of Contents: 

  1. Edwards’ Life and Legacy
  2. A Spiritual Compass for the Soul
  3. The Prerequisite of Faith
  4. The Priority of God’s Glory
  5. The Putting Away of Sin
  6. The Precipice of Eternity
  7. The Passion of Discipline
  8. The Practice of Love
  9. The Posture of Self-Examination

Conclusion: Soli Deo Gloria

Appendix: The ‘Resolutions’ of Jonathan Edwards 


“Tired of going at the Christian life in piecemeal fashion? Tired of half-hearted pursuits? Then you’ve come to the right book. Here Steven Lawson artfully points you to Jonathan Edwards, a model for pursuing holiness, humility, and love, and for the forsaking of sin – all driven by a relentless passion ‘to glorify God and enjoy him forever.’ When Edwards wrote his ‘Resolution,’ he likely had no idea how much they would impact his life. Beware, they’ll do the same for you.” – Dr. Stephen J. Nichols, research professor of Christianity and culture, Lancaster Bible College

“The growing embrace of Reformed thought in the past quarter of a century has been very encouraging to those of us who delight in this most biblical expression of Christianity. And the remarkable writings of Jonathan Edwards have, by the grace of God, played no little part in this expansion of Reformed theology. This new volume by Steve Lawson helps to locate the root of Edwards’ thinking in his close walk with God. It serves as a powerful reminder that Reformed orthodoxy and Reformed piety belong together, and that to focus on the former at the expense of the latter is not only un-Edwardsean, but also un-biblical.” – Dr. Michael A.G. Haykin, Professor of church history and biblical spirituality, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.


Steven J. Lawson is President of OnePassion Ministries, a ministry designed to bring about biblical reformation in the church today and the Professor of Preaching in the masters and doctoral programs at The Master's Seminary, Sun Valley, California.