Free E-Book Friday: Christ our Sanctification: The Reformed View of Mortification & Vivification by Grace

Well wouldn’t you know it, the week we have a Lutheran on with a Reformed Baptist on our podcast our Bapti-bots find a free eBook with contributions from A. W. Pink and Martin Luther! Well, plus many others, but I had to connect this all somehow :)

Anyways, check out this free resource from Monergism:

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Christ our Sanctification

The Reformed View of Mortification and Vivification by Grace

edited by John Hendryx


Available in ePub and Kindle .mobi formats

Free E-book Friday: All-Around Ministry by Spurgeon

all around ministry spurgeonKevin Sanders, a student at Reformed Baptist Seminary, provides a review of Spurgeon’s “All-Around Ministry”. It begins:

An All-Round Ministry by Charles Spurgeon is a collection of 12 lectures-turned-essays to ministers and students preparing for the ministry. If a reader is familiar with Spurgeon, he may be reminded of his other famous work Lectures To My Students. While there are many similarities between An All-Round Ministry and Lectures To My Students, the books serve different purposes. Lectures is far more in-depth, including details on the preachers voice, anecdotes, illustrations, open-air preaching, etc. An All-Round Ministry, though very practical, is more concerned with a big-picture view of a pastors’ ministry.

 

An All-Round Ministry is the Prince of Preachers at his best. These essays read as they were originally presented; as lectures. Spurgeon had a gift for simple explanation of complex things. He also provided stories and imagery that not only help prove his point, but also make reading enjoyable…

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The book can be downloaded for free in PDF [alt. version], HTML, or purchased for 99¢ on Kindle and $13 paperback.

Free E-Book Friday – Abraham Booth “The Reign of Grace”

boothEarlier this week we linked to Ian Clary’s encouragement to read John Gill, Andrew Fuller, and Abraham Booth. I was reminded of the words of John Murray commending Booth’s “The Reign of Grace, from Its Rise to Its Consummation” (1768),  as “one of the most eloquent and moving expositions of the subject of divine grace in the English language’.” I would also point you to Nathan Pitchford’s review at Reformation Theology:

Three things immediately come to mind as outstanding characteristics of Booth’s classic volume on the reign of grace:

 

The first is its comprehensive, overarching point of view. Booth did not write with the minute exhaustiveness of John Owen, for example “he did not trace out every argument to the smallest detail and account for every scriptural passage and inference pertaining to his theme” but he did manage to lay out a birds-eye view of his subject, leaving no major realm of God’s sovereign grace unscathed, but touching upon every part of his amazing plan of salvation from election in eternity past to future glorification, and everything that comes between both in redemptive history and the personal application of Christ’s redemptive work. When you get to the end of his book, there is a feeling of completeness, harmony, an appropriateness arising from the realization that those things worthy of emphasis have been duly emphasized, and relatively more minor points have borne a corresponding de-emphasis.

 

The second outstanding characteristic is the heartfelt warmth of writing. Booth does not just teach, he exults. He does not just prove, he worships. His spirit is one and the same with the apostle Paul’s, who, at the end of his most unrelenting demonstration of God’s utter sovereignty breaks forth in spontaneous worship at the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God (Rom. 11:33-36). Similarly, Booth not only asserts, but he also models the truth that the knowledge of God’s reigning grace is patently incompatible with any intellectual arrogance, lack of concern for evangelization, half-heartedness in holy living, or any of the other effects with which it is sometimes charged.

 

The final characteristic is the book’s pointedness in applying truth to different classes of people in tones of comfort and encouragement, or else of rebuke and exhortation as appropriate. Booth offers much hope and consolation to the weak and struggling but is quick to rebuke the arrogant and disbelieving. His sharpest rebukes, however, are reserved for those who embrace the doctrines of God’s reigning grace outwardly, but deny him with their works, and are unconcerned with holy living. Throughout, it is evident that he is writing both with a heart of passionate adoration for Christ and a pastoral heart of concern for the people who stand in such desperate need of Christ.

So without further ado, we give you Abraham Booth’s “The Reign of Grace, From Its Rise to Its Consummation”

Update Feb. 27, 2014: Monergism put out a version for free as well:


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Free E-book Friday: The Devil’s Mission of Amusement by Archibald G. Brown + More from Jeremy Walker

Archibald G. Brown Spurgeon's SuccessorOver at the Reformation21 Blog, Jeremy Walker writes on Archibald G. Brown and recommends some reading:

Charles Spurgeon was not the only man of God to be labouring during the heyday of the gospel’s progress in Victorian London. On the other side of the river lived and worked that most excellent servant of Christ, Archibald Geikie Brown. He is the subject of Iain H. Murray’s fairly recent biography, Archibald G. Brown: Spurgeon’s Successor (Banner of Truth, 2011) (Amazon.com/Amazon.co.uk/Westminster Bookstore). In some senses the subtitle is a little misleading, for Brown – though also a student of the older man – was in many senses and for many years a co-labourer with Spurgeon, manifesting much of the same spirit and much of the same Spirit, if I might put it so. Brown did, for a brief time, though not immediately, follow Spurgeon at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, but he stands in his own right as a man worthy of our attention…

 

With the turn of the tide, AGB proved a most courageous fighter, a genuine Valiant-for-Truth. Among the articles from his pen at this time is a pungent, telling tract entitled The Devil’s Mission of Amusement, which really ought to be required reading for every evangelical, especially those who call themselves Reformed, in the current climate. His essential contention is, in his own words, that “the mission of amusements is the devil’s half-way house to the world…

 

I would vigorously recommend Murray’s book, especially to pastors and preachers. Yes, it will convict and rebuke, but also it will instruct and encourage. If nothing else, it paints a sweet portrait of Christian humility, faithfulness, and endeavour which we would do well to emulate. A splendid companion volume to the biography would be a small collection of AGB’s sermons, The Face of Jesus Christ: The Person and Work of our Lord (Banner of Truth, 2012) (Amazon.com/Amazon.co.uk/Westminster Bookstore).

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Download the seven page tract “The Devil’s Mission of Amusement” [PDF] mentioned above.

[source: Reformation21 Blog]

Real Men Read Pink! [Free E-book Friday]

pinkGrace-ebooks.com has a few excellent works by A.W. Pink available in .epub and .mobi format for your e-reader.

Available titles include:

  • An Exposition of Hebrews (3 volumes)
  • Exposition of the Gospel of John
  • Gleanings in Genesis
  • The Sovereignty of God

You can find these helpful books here.

Thanks to Hershel Harvell Jr. for the tip! Don’t forget: “Real Men (and women) Read Pink!”

You can find more Pink works available online here.

The Canon of Scripture [Free Ebook] by Sam Waldron

The Canon of Scripture

The Canon of Scripture

by Samuel Waldron

Available in Kindle .mobiePub formats or HTML:

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PART ONE: THE APPROACH TO THE CANON

PART TWO: THE DEBATE OVER THE CANON

PART THREE: THE ATTESTATION OF THE CANON

PART FOUR: THE FORM OF THE CANON

PART FIVE: THE ACCEPTANCE OF THE CANON

This survey of where we are going in this study shows that in this study I am primarily interested in a single issue. That issue is the importance of the Christian’s knowing that the Canon he holds and believes is truly the right canon. My intention is to show the Christian the firm basis of his faith. In this way I hold to make solid and sure his confidence in the orthodox, evangelical, Reformed, and biblical view of the canon. To do this, I introduce the subject in Part One. I show the historical options in Part Two. I make clear the only right and intellectually solid way of attesting the canon in Part Three. In Part Four I show that the biblical view of the canon meets the standard of internal consistency. What I mean by this is that the message and the form of the Bible are consistent. I show finally that the biblical view of the canon meets the standard of external harmony in Part Five. What we would expect to happen church history, if the the biblical view of the canon is true, actually does happen. Church history is consistent with what we actually find in the history of the church.

[source: Monergism]

All of Grace by Spurgeon [FREE Ebook]

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An Earnest Word with Those
Who Are Seeking Salvation
by the Lord Jesus Christ

Reader, do you mean business in reading these pages? If so, we are agreed at the outset; but nothing short of finding Christ and Heaven is the business aimed at here. Oh that we may seek this together! I do so by dedicating this little book with prayer. Will not you join me by looking up to God, and asking Him to bless you while you read? Providence has put these pages in your way, you have a little spare time in which to read them, and you feel willing to give your attention to them. These are good signs. Who knows but the set time of blessing is come for you? At any rate, “the Holy Spirit says, Today, if you hear his voice do not harden your hearts

– C.H. Spurgeon

All of Grace
by C. H. Spurgeon
Available in Kindle .mobi,  ePub or PDF  format [via Monergism]

or

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Free E-Book: Keach’s Types and Metaphors of the Bible

KeachBenjamin Keach, “Tropologia; A Key to Open Scripture Metaphors in Four Books. To which are prefixed, Arguments to Prove the Divine Authority of the Holy Bible. Together with Types of the Old Testament.”

The following recommendation is from Dr. James Renihan’s “An Annotated Bibliography of Important Reading and Study Materials Concerning Particular Baptists

Few works of the 17th Century Particular Baptists have been reprinted, and this makes these three volumes all the more important. Keach (died 1704) was one of the most important, and controversial, pastors among the London churches. These works give us much insight into the theological mindset of our predecessors. These books should be on the shelf, and in the hands, of every Reformed Baptist pastor. You might not always agree with everything Keach says, (there are over 1900 pages here), but you will learn a great deal about the truly Puritan perspectives of the Particular Baptists.

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Free E-Book Friday! “Baptism Discovered Plainly & Faithfully” – John Norcott

norcott baptismIn Steve Weaver’s post earlier this week we discovered that John Norcott was the Second Pastor of

London’s oldest Baptist church which was then the meeting in the Wapping area of London. [See Ernest F. Kevan, London’s Oldest Baptist Church (London: The Kingsgate Press, 1933) for the remarkable first three hundred years of history of this congregation. The church is still in existence and is now called Church Hill Baptist Church, Walthamstow. Their website is: http://www.chbc.org.uk/.]

 

The second pastor of this congregation, John Norcott, is believed to have been one of a small number of Baptists who were actually ejected from their pulpits in Church of England in 1662. [For a discussion of the evidence, please see Geoffrey F. Nuttall, “Another Baptist Ejection (1662): The Case of John Norcott” in Pilgrim Pathways: Essays in Baptist History in Honour of B. R. White, eds. William H. Brackney and Paul S. Fiddes with John H. Y. Briggs (Macon, GA: Mercer University Press, 1999), 185-188.]

It is also noted by Joseph Ivimey that Benjamin Keach published “A Summons to the Grave; being Mr. John Norcot’s Finieral Sermon”. 12mo. 1676 (A History of the English Baptists, Vol. II)

This makes his book one of the earliest on the subject of Baptism.

Below is John Norcott’s “Baptism Discovered Plainly and Faithfully, According to the Word of God“, Third Edition, corrected by William Kiffin, and Richard Claridge, with an Appendix by Another Hand. Re-printed by the Assigns of Widow Norcott

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Free E-Book Friday! Abraham Booth “An Essay on the Kingdom of Christ”

Review by Dr. Michael A.G. Haykin

In his day, Abraham Booth (1734-1806) was one of the leading pastors of the English Calvinistic Baptist denomination. Once described by Andrew Fuller as “the first counsellor of our denomination,” he was always referred to by his contemporaries with deep respect. His chief claim to literary fame is probably his The Reign of Grace (1768). This essay, which has also been reprinted a number of times, was written some twenty years later, and is a valuable exploration of the ramifications of our Lord’s confession before Pontius Pilate: “my kingdom is not of this world” [John 18:36]. Booth argues that by this statement Christ depicts himself as a spiritual monarch, ruling over the realm of the human conscience and the heart [p.6-7]. Moreover, since “the empire of Christ. .. extends to every creature” [p.5], his kingdom cannot be regarded as coterminous with any earthly state. Building on these assertions, Booth queries “whether any national religious establishment can be a part of his kingdom” [p.21]. Booth hastens to add that he has no doubt that many in the Church of England of his day, the “national religious establishment” in view here, were genuine members of Christ’s kingdom. He is rightly calling into question, though, a marriage between Church and State, common in his day and regarded with nostalgia by some evangelicals in ours. Moreover, due to the fact that Christ’s kingdom is a one, its establishment is by means consonant with its nature: “evangelical truth and spiritual gifts, laborious and ardent prayer, fortitude, patience, and a holy example” [p.29].

A highly instructive section on church architecture occurs in the last third of the essay. Arguing that “the kingdom of Christ is not like the empires of this world, in regard to external splendour” [p.45], Booth critiques the idea that one honours Christ by “erecting pompous places of worship, (and) by consecrating those places” [p.45]. For a place of worship, simplicity and a convenient location are all that are needed [p.46]. The erection of splendid and expensive edifices for Christian worship has, in Booth’s estimation, its origin in “a perverse imitation of Pagans,” and was introduced into Christian circles by Constantine [p.56-57]. Booth can thus assert that “a congregation of day-labourers with an illiterate minister in the meanest habit, convened in a barn, may be a spiritual temple, enjoy the Divine presence, and perform the christian worship in all its glory” [p.50]. This argument in favour of what is essentially a plain, functional building designed for worship that is truly corporate and for the meeting of God’s people around the ministry of the Word basically went unchallenged in Baptist circles till the mid-1800s. At that time Baptist church buildings began to be consciously modelled on Anglican Gothic structures, in order to express the growing Baptist conviction that in every measure they were equal to their Anglican neighbours. A similar conviction of “having arrived” seems to grip modem Canadian evangelical Baptists; is it not reflected in some of our newest church buildings and renovated “sanctuaries”? Booth’s words are thus still very timely ones and bear much pondering.

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