Reformation Heritage Books. d.w. 168pp.
Who are the Puritans? Why are they important for me today? If you have asked questions like these and still await adequate answers, this book is for you. Following God Fully provides a basic introduction to the Puritans that reveals a people intent on pursuing God with all their heart, soul, mind, and strength. Joel R. Beeke and Michael Reeves introduce us to nine Puritan stalwarts that we all should be familiar with. Then they show us the practical contribution the Puritans made in discussing doctrines related to God, salvation, church, and daily life. Read this book and be moved to following God fully like the Puritans.
Table of Contents:
PART ONE: Who Were the Puritans?
- The Myth and Foundation of Puritanism
- The Story of Puritanism
- Puritanism Defined
- Why Puritan Teaching Today?
- Why the Puritan Lifestyle Today?
PART TWO: Puritan Stalwarts
- William Perkins (1558–1602)
- Richard Sibbes (1577–1635)
- Thomas Goodwin (1600–1680)
- John Eliot (1604–1690)
- John Owen (1616–1683)
- John Bunyan (1628–1688)
- John Flavel (1628–1691)
- Matthew Henry (1662–1714)
- Jonathan Edwards (1703–1758)
PART THREE: The Triune God and His Saving Work
- Communion with God
- God the Father: Predestination, Creation, and Providence
- Christ the Mediator
- Christ the Compassionate Intercessor
- The Holy Spirit
- Covenant Theology
PART FOUR: A Saved and Holy People
- Faith and Repentance
- Union with Christ and Justification
- Assurance of Salvation
- Heaven, A World of Love
PART FIVE: Christ’s Bride
- Church and Worship
- The Lord’s Supper
- Church Offices and Government
- The Lord’s Day
- Listening to Sermons
- Pastoral Counseling
PART SIX: Puritans in Daily Life
- Meditation and Prayer
- Work as a Calling
PART SEVEN: The Puritans for Today
- Learning from Puritan Faults
- Lessons from the Puritans for Today
- How Should We Begin Reading the Puritans?
Joel R. Beeke is president and professor of systematic theology and homiletics at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Michael Reeves is president and professor of theology at Union School of Theology, Oxford, UK.
“When I wonder about, or want to explore “The Puritans,” what would really help me would be a book of around 160 pages, written by one or two skilled and popular Christian communicators who were also scholars well-versed in Puritan history, theology, biography, pastoral ministry, and contemporary applicability. If only such a book existed! Now it does. It is called Following God Fully—simultaneously a splendid introduction, a refresher course, and a great read. Three cheers for this gift from the dynamic duo of Joel Beeke and Mike Reeves!” — Sinclair B. Ferguson, a Ligonier Ministries teaching fellow and Chancellor’s Professor of Systematic Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary
“Anytime Joel Beeke and Michael Reeves collaborate to write about the Puritans, it immediately becomes a must-read for all. These two prominent scholars combine their strengths to write in their field of expertise about our forefathers of the faith. You will find this book easily accessible to those new to the Puritans yet extremely insightful for those well studied in these spiritual stalwarts. Be prepared to be greatly edified and encouraged by this brilliant book.” — Steven J. Lawson, president, OnePassion Ministries