The Reformed Pastor

The Reformed Pastor

by Richard Baxter
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The Reformed Pastor by Richard Baxter

Despite the title, this book is equally informative to those in the pulpit and those in the pew. It was penned when Baxter was unable to attend a meeting of ministers, so he wrote this to them. It covers what it means to take heed to ourselves, to the flock, to spiritual things, to church discipline. He prays for unity and peace in the churches, for greater vigor on the part of everyone in expressing our life in Christ. He proves the importance of family worship and catechism, hope in and expectation of success in all our Christian endeavors, due to the mediatorship of Christ and the indwelling guidance of the Spirit.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781300207757
Publication date: 03/14/2013
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 371 KB

About the Author

Richard Baxter (1615-1691) was an English Puritan church leader, poet, hymn-writer, theologian, and controversialist. Dean Stanley called him "the chief of English Protestant Schoolmen". After some false starts, he made his reputation by his ministry at Kidderminster, and at around the same time began a long and prolific career as theological writer. After the Restoration he refused preferment, while retaining a non-separatist Presbyterian approach, and became one of the most influential leaders of the nonconformists, spending time in prison.

Table of Contents

Publisher's Prefacevii
Brief Account of Baxter's Life, Aviii
Baxter's Prefaceix
To the People in the Churchesxviii
The Reformed Pastor1
What is it to Take Heed to Ourselves?2
What it is to Take Heed to the Flock11
Ministerial Work is Concerned with Spiritual Things12
A Suggested Address to the Church in a Case of Discipline23
What to Do if the Disciplined One Shows Remorse24
Those Who Remain Impenitent Must Be Rejected25
A Plea for Church-Discipline as a Means to Keep Churches Pure25
How the Work of a Pastor Should be Performed28
The Need for Unity and Communion Among Pastors33
A Pastor's Humility Evidenced by His Free Confession of Sin35
The Sin of Undervaluing Unity and Peace in the Church41
Most Ministers Are Negligent of Their Studies44
Ministers Do Not Do Their Work With Vigor45
Worldliness and Selfish Interests Are Too Much Among Us46
Our Relationship to the Flock Should Quicken Us51
Our Relationship to Christ Should Encourage Us53
Be Careful That Your Graces Are Lively59
Keep Up Your Earnest Desires and Expectations of Success61
Do Not Neglect the Execution of Discipline Any Longer65
The Reasons for Private, Personal Family Instruction67
The Difficulties of the Work Encourage Us To Do It75
Directions As to How to Apply Yourself to This Work78
Answers to Objections That May Be Raised Against This Work81
Direction for the Proper Management of This Work88
Once They Have Agreed to Come, How Shall You Deal With It90
Summation of Christianity for Unlearned Hearers92
How to Deal With Certain Types of Persons97
How to Deal With Schismatics98
What About the Lukewarm and Unsteady Christian?101

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