Spirituality in Adversity: English Nonconformity in a Period of Repression, 1660D1689

Spirituality in Adversity: English Nonconformity in a Period of Repression, 1660D1689

by Raymond E. Brown S.S .

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ISBN-13: 9781842277850
Publisher: Authentic Media
Publication date: 08/07/2012
Series: Studies in Evangelical History and Thought Series
Pages: 398
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Raymond Brown was formerly the Principal of Spurgeon's College, London

Table of Contents

Preface

Abbreviations

Part I Encountering Adversity

Chapter 1 This Great Eclipse 3

A Precarious Future 3

'As If … naturally dead' 6

A 'Seditious' People 10

But why? 13

Undeterred 17

Brief Respite 26

Renewed Oppression 29

Changing Times 36

Part II Responding to Adversity

Chapter 2 When Grace Grows Best 47

'I see grace groweth best in winter' 47

The Mystery of Suffering 48

The Invitability of Suffering 49

The Value of Suffering 53

Suffering as a Penal Visitation 53

Suffering as an Authenticating Experience 56

Suffering as a Corrective Exercise 60

Suffering as a Didactic Process 61

The Lessons of Suffering 62

Visible Lectures 62

Frost in Winter 63

Like the Plough 64

Pruming Superfluous Springs 65

What matters most 65

Would you change places? 67

It proved well 67

Still learning 67

The Privilege of Suffering 68

The Benefits of Suffering 71

Not building on Quicksand 72

Even without Candles 72

Better than Silk and Velvet 73

Money Lodged ahead 74

'great lumpish Shoes' 76

Never more endeared 78

What Neighbours see 79

So much Mercy 80

The 'perfect work' 81

Truth did not change 85

No rusty Armour 86

'like children's tops' 87

Swift in their Run 88

'even venture all' 88

Part III Resources in Adversity

Chapter 3 Dependent on God 93

Confidence in God 94

Acknowledging God's Sovereignty 95

Proving God's Faithfulness 98

Trusting God's Providence 101

Enjoying God's Presence 105

Appropriating God's Power 107

Affirming God's Holiness 109

Witnessing God's Justice 110

Exalting God's Love 113

Communication with God 115

Confessing Human Need 115

Receiving Divine Resources 122

Convictions 122

Mentors 124

Priorities 126

'Open ye doore to God in ye morneinge' 126

More than lip-labour 129

Want of Mercy 132

Some Occasion … for Gratitude 132

Not hedgehogs 133

Dialogues between us and him 134

Difficulties 135

Their Bewilderment 136

Their Frustration 138

Their Disappointment 142

Chapter 4 Identified with Christ 145

Looking to Christ 146

Convinced of his Love 146

Submissive to his Authority 148

Inspired by his Example 157

Sustained by his Prayers 163

Living for Christ 168

An Incomparable Relationship 169

A Privileged Obligation 172

Bearing the Reproach of Christ 172

Carrying the Cross of Christ 174

Following the Example of Christ 179

Sharing the Sufferings of Christ 182

Chapter 5 Equipped by the Spirit 190

The Holy Spirit in the Incomparable Word 191

Memorization 193

Illumination 194

Meditation 201

An Appointed Time 206

An Appropriate Place 208

A Prepared Mind 208

The Wider Canvas 209

The Holy Spirit and the Dependent Believer 215

Importance 219

Benefits 220

Availability 221

Evidence 222

Part IV Partnership in Adversity

Chapter 6 Adoring God 227

Corporate Workship 228

Sacramental Observance: 'Visible Signs' 231

Baptism 233

Infant Baptism 234

Its Covenant Foundation 234

Its Ecclesiological Significance 236

Its Pastoral Context 238

Its Continuing Efficacy 239

Believers' Baptism 243

An Exemplary Model 244

An Authenticating Seal 246

A Distinguishing Badge 249

A Privileged Token 250

The Lord's Supper 252

Its Unifying Value 254

Its Ethical Importance 255

Its Confirmatory Nature 257

Its Strengthening Potential 259

Its Eschatological Declaration 262

Family Devotion 262

Chapter 7 Sharing Truth 270

Teaching by Catechism 270

Learning by Repetition 274

Chapter 8 Maintaining Integrity 283

Neglect 283

Priorities 286

Biblical Authority 286

Social Responsibility 287

Spiritual Ideals 289

Practice 291

Offences 292

Cost 297

Restoration 298

Chapter 9 Serving Others 301

Contributors 303

Educators 305

Messengers 312

Preaching 312

Testimony 317

Literature 319

Letters 321

Carers 323

Postscript 334

Select Bibliography 339

General Index 362

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