A Quest for Godliness: The Puritan Vision of the Christian Life

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Crossway, 1994 - 368 strán (strany)

J. I. Packer has had a long-standing passion for the Puritans. Their understanding of God and His ways with man has largely formed his own spirituality and theological outlook. In A Quest for Godliness, the esteemed author of Knowing God and a dozen other books shares with his readers the rich world of Puritanism that has been so influential in his own life.

Dr. Packer masterfully uncovers the hidden treasures of Puritan life and thought. With crystalline clarity he reveals the depth and breadth of Puritan spiritual life, contrasting it with the superficiality and deadness of modern Western Christianity.

Drawing on a lifetime of study, Dr. Packer takes the reader on a survey of the lives and teachings of great Puritan leaders such as John Owen, Richard Baxter, and Jonathan Edwards. He offers a close look at such subjects as the Puritan view of the Bible, spiritual gifts, the Sabbath, worship, social action, and the family. He concludes that a main difference between the Puritans and ourselves is spiritual maturity--the Puritans had it; we don't.

In a time of failing vision and decaying values, this powerful portrait of Puritans is a beacon of hope that calls us to radical commitment and action when both are desperately needed.

A Quest for Godliness is a profoundly moving and challenging exploration of Puritan life and thought in a beautifully written book. Here is J. I. Packer at his very best.

"In A Quest for Godliness, J. I. Packer paints a vivid portrait of Puritans--their piety, church life, and social impulse--providing a model of passionate, holy living for today's often-complacent church. Packer's characteristically lucid style and penetrating insights into Christians of old send a vibrant challenge to those of us who follow Christ in this last decade of the twentieth century. I heartily recommend this book." --Chuck Colson

"Dr. Packer has blended theology, biography, history, and practical exhortation in a book that is a delight to read. But even more, the book speaks to our contemporary church situation and causes us to search our hearts and examine our ministries. Whether you are just getting acquainted with the Puritans or are a long-time friend, A Quest for Godliness will instruct and inspire you. Here is solid spiritual food that contributes to maturity." --Warren W. Wiersbe

 

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Introduction
11
THE PURITANS IN PROFILE
19
Why We Need the Puritans
21
Puritanism as a Movement of Revival
35
The Practical Writings of the English Puritans
49
THE PURITANS AND THE BIBLE
79
John Owen on Communication from God
81
The Puritans as Interpreters of Scripture
97
The Spirituality of John Owen
191
John Owen on Spiritual Gifts
219
THE PURITAN CHRISTIAN LIFE
231
The Puritans and the Lords Day
233
The Puritan Approach to Worship
245
Marriage and Family in Puritan Thought
259
THE PURITAN IN MINISTRY
275
Puritan Preaching
277

The Puritan Conscience
107
THE PURITANS AND THE GOSPEL
123
Saved by His Precious Blood An Introduction to John Owens The Death of Death in the Death of Christ
125
The Doctrine of Justification in Development and Decline Among the Puritans
149
The Puritan View of Preaching the Gospel
163
THE PURITANS AND THE HOLY SPIRIT
177
The Witness of the Spirit in Puritan Thought
179
Puritan Evangelism
291
Jonathan Edwards and Revival
309
Afterword
329
NOTES
337
INDEX
361
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