The Reformed Pastor

The Reformed Pastor

by Richard Baxter

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An unabridged edition with all three Chapters and Parts, to include: Introductory Note – The Oversight of Ourselves – The Oversight of The Flock – The Nature of This Oversight – The Motives to This Oversight – The Manner of This Oversight – Motives to The Oversight of The Flock – Application – The Use of Humiliation – The Duty of Personal Catechizing and Instructing the Flock Particularly Recommended – Motives to This Duty – Motives from the Benefits of the Work – Motives from The Difficulties of the Work – Motives from The Necessity of the Work – Application of these Motives – Objections and Answers to This Duty – Directions for This Duty, and the final two Articles with footnotes.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781603867948
Publisher: Watchmaker Publishing
Publication date: 10/15/2018
Pages: 146
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.34(d)

About the Author

Richard Baxter(1615-1691) was a prominent English churchman of the 1600s. He was a peacemaker who sought unity among Protestants, and yet he was a highly independent thinker and at the center of every major controversy in England during his lifetime.
Born in Rowton to parents who undervalued education, Baxter was largely self-taught. He eventually studied at a free school, then at royal court, where he became disgusted at what he saw as frivolity. He left to study divinity, and at age 23, he was ordained into the Church of England. Within the Anglican church, Baxter found common ground with the Puritans, a growing faction who opposed the church's episcopacy and was itself breaking into factions. Baxter, for his part, did his best to avoid the disputes between Anglicans, Presbyterians, Congregationalists, and other denominations, even convincing local ministers to cooperate in some pastoral matters. Among his more than 200 works are long, controversial discourses on doctrine. Still, he believed society was a large family under a loving father, and in his theology, he tried to cut between the extremes. Baxter also found himself as a peacemaker during the English Civil Wars. He believed in monarchy, but a limited one. He served as a chaplain for the parliamentary army, but then helped to bring about the restoration of the king. Yet as a moderate, Baxter found himself the target of both extremes. He was still irritated with the episcopacy in 1660, when he was offered the bishopric of Hereford, so he declined it. As a result, he was barred from ecclesiastical office and not permitted to return to Kidderminster, nor was he allowed to preach. Between 1662 and 1688 (when James II was overthrown), he was persecuted and was imprisoned for 18 months, and he was forced to sell two extensive libraries. Still, he continued to preach: "I preached as never sure to preach again," and he wrote, "and as a dying man to dying men."

Baxter became even better known for his prolific writing. His devotional classic The Saints' Everlasting Rest was one of the most widely read books of the century. When asked what deviations should be permitted from the Anglican Book of Common Prayer, he created an entirely new one, called Reformed Liturgy, in two weeks. His Christian Directory contains over one million words. His autobiography and his pastoral guide, The Reformed Pastor, are still widely read today.

Table of Contents

Introductory Note – The Oversight of Ourselves – The Oversight of The Flock – The Nature of This Oversight – The Motives to This Oversight – The Manner of This Oversight – Motives to The Oversight of The Flock – Application – The Use of Humiliation – The Duty of Personal Catechizing and Instructing the Flock Particularly Recommended – Motives to This Duty – Motives from the Benefits of the Work – Motives from The Difficulties of the Work – Motives from The Necessity of the Work – Application of these Motives – Objections and Answers to This Duty – Directions for This Duty, and final two Articles with footnotes

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The Reformed Pastor 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
rchase on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
this is what happens when you let reformed people choose the artwork for a book cover. Sometimes overly legalistic and uses guilt and fear to rob the pastor of the joy of ministry.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Having ready read the book, I can already vouch to e excellent content, I won't get into that. The fornat of the book is quite goos for a free copy; it's not a scan of an actual
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