The Reformed Pastor: Pathways To The Past

The Reformed Pastor: Pathways To The Past

by Richard Baxter

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Overview

This Classic book – The Reformed Pastor -- introduces and orients the reader to critical biblical/theological thinking from the reformed perspective. Baxter’s presentation is written with a clarity that fosters biblical thought and facilitates Bible comprehension. You won’t be disappointed.

Richard Baxter is consistently one of the best Bible scholars and this one is at the top of his writing. He's bold in his writings but solid in Scripture.

It’s impossible to measure the influence of this English Puritan over four centuries. His works remain in print and are widely read, which shouldn’t surprise us. J. I. Packer considers him “the most outstanding pastor, evangelist, and writer on practical and devotional themes that Puritanism produced,” listing Baxter’s The Reformed Pastor (1656) as one of the top five books that have influenced him most.”

-- Andrew Belli

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781945698743
Publisher: Published by Parables
Publication date: 03/28/2019
Pages: 210
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.44(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

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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