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In this book one discovers the heart of the man. For Baxter was both earnest and insistent upon discovering to a person their spiritual state. He would ask, "Can you truly say that all the known sins of your past life are the grief of your heart,... that you have cast your soul upon Christ alone for the pardon of your sins by His blood? Can you truly say that your heart has turned away from your former sins [so that] you now hate the sins you formerly loved. Can you truly say that you have taken the everlasting enjoyment of God for all your happiness [so that] it has all of your heart, of your love, of your desire and care? ... Do you daily and principally seek to please God?
If these questions did not convince him that the person was converted, then he must be made to know how far he fails to measure up to being a Christian. Make him to know how he has despised God. For His view was, "you must get to his heart, or else you have done nothing"
He applied this method of catechizing families in his Kidderminster parish, insisting on heads of families learn, then teach their children. There resulted multitudes of conversions during his 14 years there.
|Brief Account of Baxter's Life, A||viii|
|To the People in the Churches||xviii|
|The Reformed Pastor||1|
|What is it to Take Heed to Ourselves?||2|
|What it is to Take Heed to the Flock||11|
|Ministerial Work is Concerned with Spiritual Things||12|
|A Suggested Address to the Church in a Case of Discipline||23|
|What to Do if the Disciplined One Shows Remorse||24|
|Those Who Remain Impenitent Must Be Rejected||25|
|A Plea for Church-Discipline as a Means to Keep Churches Pure||25|
|How the Work of a Pastor Should be Performed||28|
|The Need for Unity and Communion Among Pastors||33|
|A Pastor's Humility Evidenced by His Free Confession of Sin||35|
|The Sin of Undervaluing Unity and Peace in the Church||41|
|Most Ministers Are Negligent of Their Studies||44|
|Ministers Do Not Do Their Work With Vigor||45|
|Worldliness and Selfish Interests Are Too Much Among Us||46|
|Our Relationship to the Flock Should Quicken Us||51|
|Our Relationship to Christ Should Encourage Us||53|
|Be Careful That Your Graces Are Lively||59|
|Keep Up Your Earnest Desires and Expectations of Success||61|
|Do Not Neglect the Execution of Discipline Any Longer||65|
|The Reasons for Private, Personal Family Instruction||67|
|The Difficulties of the Work Encourage Us To Do It||75|
|Directions As to How to Apply Yourself to This Work||78|
|Answers to Objections That May Be Raised Against This Work||81|
|Direction for the Proper Management of This Work||88|
|Once They Have Agreed to Come, How Shall You Deal With It||90|
|Summation of Christianity for Unlearned Hearers||92|
|How to Deal With Certain Types of Persons||97|
|How to Deal With Schismatics||98|
|What About the Lukewarm and Unsteady Christian?||101|
Posted December 7, 2010
The Reformed Pastor is a great book but this publisher needs to be sued for stealing the cover off of Banner Of Truth Trust's cover that they have on there book. Don't buy this version cause their stealing the art someone else created!
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