The Unwavering Resolve of Jonathan Edwards

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Edwards, often remembered for his sermon "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God," is revealed here as a man with a heart for God's glory above all things. To help himself pursue that goal, he composed a set of resolutions to guide his conduct in all areas, from his battle against sin to his use of time. In Edwards' singleminded pursuit of God, Dr. Lawson sees an unparalleled example for modern Christians.
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Edwards, often remembered for his sermon "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God," is revealed here as a man with a heart for God's glory above all things. To help himself pursue that goal, he composed a set of resolutions to guide his conduct in all areas, from his battle against sin to his use of time. In Edwards' singleminded pursuit of God, Dr. Lawson sees an unparalleled example for modern Christians.
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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 to those of us who delight in Reformed truth 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 SeminaryTired 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 Resolutions, he likely had no idea how much they would impact his life. Beware, they'll do the same for you --Stephen J. Nichols, Research professor of Christianity and culture, Lancaster Bible CollegeThe pursuit of a regimented godliness is not unique to Christianity, but it is rare. Unlike popular versions of the Christian faith, Jonathan Edwards did not seek the disciplines of godliness for utilitarian ends, the self-help preoccupation of Western Christianity. He saw conformity to Christ as a means, the only means, to glorify God. Steve Lawson has done a wonderful service, producing in a tactful and pastoral manner Edwards pious resolutions, thereby helping us understand the inner life, the spiritual struggles and goals, of perhaps America s greatest intellect. --Dr. John D. Hannah, Research professor of theological studies, and distinguished professor of historical theology, Dallas Theological Seminary
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781567691085
  • Publisher: Reformation Trust Publishing
  • Publication date: 11/1/2008
  • Pages: 168
  • Sales rank: 1,478,365
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Steven J. Lawson is the senior pastor of Christ Fellowship Baptist Church in Mobile, Alabama. A graduate of Texas Tech University (B.B.A.), Dallas Theological Seminary (Th.M.), and Reformed Theological Seminary (D.Min.), Dr. Lawson is the author of fourteen books, including The Expository Genius of John Calvin, Foundations of Grace, Famine in the Land, and a two-volume commentary on the Psalms in the Holman Old Testament Commentary Series. Dr. Lawson and his wife, Anne, have three sons, Andrew, James, and John, and a daughter, Grace Anne.
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Table of Contents

Preface: The Pursuit of Holiness xi

Chapter 1 Edwards' Life and Legacy 1

Chapter 2 A Spiritual Compass for the Soul 25

1 Historical Setting

2 Cultural Precedence

3 Spiritual Purpose

4 Theological Roots

5 Major Categories

6 Complementary Writings

Chapter 3 The Prerequisite of Faith 47

7 Personal Inability

8 Divine Enablement

9 Humble Submission

10 Purest Motive

11 Regular Review

Chapter 4 The Priority of God's Glory 63

12 Chief Ambition

13 Relentless Pursuit

14 Comprehensive Strategy

15 Intentional Endeavor

16 Purposeful Omissions

Chapter 5 The Putting Away of Sin 77

17 Genuine Repentance

18 Godly Sorrow

19 Heart Investigation

20 Unyielding Fight

21 Full Confession

Chapter 6 The Precipice of Eternity 93

22 Limited Time

23 Final Hour

24 Immediate Action

25 Last Trumpet

26 Future World

Chapter 7 The Passion of Discipline 105

27 Wholehearted Devotion

28 Physical Regimentation

29 Spiritual Disciplines

30 Steadfast Fervor

Chapter 8 The Practice of Love 123

31 Charitable Acts

32 Patient Attitude

33 Gracious Words

34 Peacemaking Spirit

35 Compassionate Heart

Chapter 9 The Posture of Self-Examination 139

36 Examined Conversion

37 Exposed Sin

38 Inspected Life

39 Tested Duties

40 Monitored Feelings

Conclusion: Soli Deo Gloria 153

Appendix The "Resolutions" of Jonathan Edwards 157

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  • Posted September 9, 2013

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    I must say that I do like reading biography, and have enjoyed so

    I must say that I do like reading biography, and have enjoyed some really good ones in the Long Line of Godly Man Profile. And I do like Stephen Lawson as an author, his writing style is lucid, engaging and at many times well worth the time spent investing in reading his works. I do especially like his Foundations of Grace, and Pillars of Grace where I was first introduced to his writings.

    However, I must say that I was kinda disappointed with this particular writing, I guess it was not the genre I was excepting. I was excepting a more biographical sketch of the life of Jonathan Edwards in this book. But as the book is titled, it specifies about the resolve (or resolutions) of Edwards and it does systematically run through many of his resolutions and how they are seen in his life through his own dairy records.

    Lawson categorized the resolutions into different categories and then systematically analyse them, and show how Edwards himself saw the importance of these resolutions and how he implemented or struggled with the implementations of these resolutions.

    The strength of this book is for helping Christians see the importance and reasons for discipline in the Christian life, and even relatively unimportant things like rationing of amount of food to eat, was an issue that Edwards looked into. It helps a Christian to visualize and see an example of one life lived solely to be of use by God for His glory.

    However, that's all there is to this book, if you're looking more for a biographical book on Edwards, I would encourage you to search elsewhere. But you're interested to look at the resolutions of Edwards, how important they were and what they meant in Edward's life and how was it was manifested in his life, this is THE book to get.

    Ratings: 3.75/5

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