The Nature and End of Excommunication – Jonathan Edwards

The Nature and End of Excommunication is a timely and practical sermon.  For many churches in our generation simply refuse to exercise church discipline on the unrepentant.  This act of passivity is not only cause for grave concern; it is a violation of Scripture. Edwards utilizes 1 Cor. 5:11 as his text: “But now I amContinue reading “The Nature and End of Excommunication – Jonathan Edwards”

The Eternity of Hell Torments – Jonathan Edwards (1739)

The doctrine of hell is under attack.  The opposition to eternal punishment is more diverse than one might expect as unbelieving philosophers and some pastors in the emergent church seek to extinguish this doctrine once and for all. In the 18th century, people opposed hell as well.  Yet it was taught with more faithfulness andContinue reading “The Eternity of Hell Torments – Jonathan Edwards (1739)”

The True Excellency of a Minister of the Gospel – Jonathan Edwards

In this masterful sermon, Jonathan Edwards sets forth what sets apart a minister of the gospel. He establishes his doctrine at the beginning of the sermon: ‘Tis the excellency of a minister of the gospel to be both a burning and a shining light. Six propositions guide the doctrinal assertion: I would show that Christ’sContinue reading “The True Excellency of a Minister of the Gospel – Jonathan Edwards”

Wicked Men Useful in Their Destruction Only (1744) – Jonathan Edwards

The sermon is dated, July 1744.  Jonathan Edwards is thirty-one years of age.  The title of the message is Wicked Men Useful in Their Destruction Only.  The text is Ezekiel 15:2-4. Doctrine If men bring forth no fruit to God, they are wholly useless, unless in their destruction. Edwards seeks to prove his doctrine with fourContinue reading “Wicked Men Useful in Their Destruction Only (1744) – Jonathan Edwards”

THE CHRISTIAN PILGRIM – Jonathan Edwards

Jonathan Edwards reminds readers that there are on a journey towards heaven. The title of the message is The Christian Pilgrim. Section 1 – A Pilgrimage to Heaven “We ought above all things to desire a heavenly happiness; to be with God; and dwell with Jesus Christ,” argues the Puritan divine. This is a journey toContinue reading “THE CHRISTIAN PILGRIM – Jonathan Edwards”

True Grace, Distinguished From the Experience of Devils – Jonathan Edwards (1752)

On September 28, 1752, Jonathan Edwards was invited to preach a sermon before the Presbyterian Synod of New York.  His son-in-law, Aaron Burr (who had recently married his daughter Esther) was the president of the College of New Jersey and undoubtedly had an influence in the invitation that Edwards received. James 2:19 is the textContinue reading “True Grace, Distinguished From the Experience of Devils – Jonathan Edwards (1752)”

God the Best Portion of the Christian – Jonathan Edwards (1736)

Two hundred years after Calvin published his first edition of The Institutes, Jonathan Edwards preached a sermon about being content in God.  The title of the sermon was God the Best Portion of the Christian.  Edwards’s text is Psalm 73:25: Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire besides thee.Continue reading “God the Best Portion of the Christian – Jonathan Edwards (1736)”

The Most High A Prayer Hearing God – Jonathan Edwards (1735)

Psalm 65:2 is Edwards text in the winter of 1735, January 8. O you who hears prayer, to you shall all flesh come. Doctrine – It is the character of the Most High, that he is a God who answers prayer. Four headings drive the sermon. 1. The Most High is a God that Hears Prayer ThoughContinue reading “The Most High A Prayer Hearing God – Jonathan Edwards (1735)”

The Preciousness of Time – Jonathan Edwards (1734)

Time is a precious commodity that must be treasured.  Such is the argument in Jonathan Edward’s piece entitled, The Preciousness of Time and the Importance of Redeeming It. The subject of time was no stranger to Edwards.  He thought about the “improvement” of time often.  Even in his famous 70 resolutions, he addressed the matter of […]

The Peace Which Christ Gives His True Followers – Jonathan Edwards (1750)

On this day in 1758, Jonathan Edwards breathed his last breath. His next breath was in glory where he appeared before the Savior he loved during his earthly days as a converted man. The coronavirus crisis has led many people down a path of anxiety, fear, and despondency. Edwards was familiar each of these maladies.Continue reading “The Peace Which Christ Gives His True Followers – Jonathan Edwards (1750)”