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Works of William Perkins, (2 Vols.)

Works of William Perkins, (2 Vols.)

by William Perkins

The first volume contains three of Perkins’s treatises. The first is A Digest or Harmony of the Books of the Old and New Testament, which offers a synopsis of the Bible that relates sacred history to the chronology of the world. Dating God’s creation of the universe in 3967 BC, Perkins develops his overview of redemptive history that culminates in the fi… Read more…

Ancient Christian Doctrine Series - We Believe in One God (Volume 1)

Ancient Christian Doctrine Series - We Believe in One God (Volume 1)

by Gerald Bray

"We believe in one God, the Father." The opening clause of the Nicene Creed can be summed up in a single word--monotheism. In the early centuries of the church, this striking doctrine stood starkly against a cultural background of multiple deities and spiritual powers. While it clearly builds on its Jewish heritage, calling God "Father" antic… Read more…

Ancient Christian Doctrine Series - We Believe in One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church (Volume 5)

Ancient Christian Doctrine Series - We Believe in One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church (Volume 5)

by Angelo Di Berardino

When was the church founded? Jesus spoke of the kingdom of God and not of a religious organization subsequently called church. We don't find in the Gospels expressions which make reference to the foundation of a new religious community, a new and distinct community of followers of Jesus. But after the resurrection of Jesus, his followers, as a result of … Read more…

Ancient Christian Doctrine Series - We Believe in the Crucified and Risen Lord (Volume 3)

Ancient Christian Doctrine Series - We Believe in the Crucified and Risen Lord (Volume 3)

by Mark J. Edwards

The resurrection changed everything. "But for the resurrection," writes Mark J. Edwards, "there would have been no reason to argue for a union of two natures in the person of Christ, let alone for a dyad or triad in the Godhead. All that he had said and done in the course of his earthly ministry would have sat well enough with the character of a … Read more…

Ancient Christian Doctrine Series - We Believe in the Holy Spirit (Volume 4)

Ancient Christian Doctrine Series - We Believe in the Holy Spirit (Volume 4)

by Joel C. Elowsky

"The Spirit blows where it pleases," Jesus said to Nicodemus. "You hear its sound but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit." The Spirit, like the wind, is hard to pin down. Any discussion of the Spirit is fraught with the difficulty of speaking about something o… Read more…

Ancient Christian Doctrine Series: We Believe in One Lord Jesus Christ (Volume 2)

Ancient Christian Doctrine Series: We Believe in One Lord Jesus Christ (Volume 2)

by John Anthony McGuckin

"Who do you say that I am?" This question that Jesus asked of his disciples, so central to his mission, became equally central to the fledgling church. How would it respond to the Gnostics who answered by saying Jesus was less than fully human? How would it respond to the Arians who contended he was less than fully God? It was these challenges that u… Read more…

Christian's Reasonable Service (4 vols.)

Christian's Reasonable Service (4 vols.)

by Wilhelmus à Brakel

First published in 1700, The Christian’s Reasonable Service (De Redelijke Godsdienst) ran through twenty Dutch editions in the eighteenth century alone! The title is derived from Romans 12:1, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable serv… Read more…

1 & 2 Thessalonians - Reformed Expository Commentary

1 & 2 Thessalonians - Reformed Expository Commentary

by Richard D. Phillips

Years before writing Romans or Ephesians, Paul sent a pair of letters to a new church in Thessalonica. Three concerns governed Paul’s teaching in these letters: What makes a healthy church? How should we view God’s Word? What does a Christian life look like? Richard D. Phillips’s commentary considers these foundational issues in a scholarly, pastoral, … Read more…

1 - 3 John - Reformed Expository Commentary

1 - 3 John - Reformed Expository Commentary

by Douglas Sean O’Donnell

How can we know that we possess eternal life? The apostle John answered that question in the three epistles that bear his name. He wrote that we must firstly believe that Jesus is the Son of God and that Christ came in the flesh. Secondly, we are to obey God’s commandments. Thirdly, we must love others. In this illuminating and engaging … Read more…

1 Kings - Reformed Expository Commentary

1 Kings - Reformed Expository Commentary

by Philip Graham Ryken

Dynasties, fractured kingdoms, prophecies of coming hardships—the book of 1 Kings is a grand, sweeping narrative of the beginning of the downfall of God’s people. Its size and scope may seem intimidating, but Phil Ryken shows us in this biblical, doctrinal, practical, and Christological commentary how this imposing book can be divided into three key sect… Read more…

1 Peter - Reformed Expository Commentary

1 Peter - Reformed Expository Commentary

by Daniel M. Doriani

Many Christians around the world today face severe persecution, while others daily feel the weight of cultural pressure against them. The apostle Peter speaks to this as he reminds us that Christians are aliens and exiles in an often-hostile empire. Yet we are simultaneously the chosen of God, equipped by Jesus’ work for us and in us to live faithfully in … Read more…

1 Samuel - Reformed Expository Commentary

1 Samuel - Reformed Expository Commentary

by Richard D. Phillips

David is more than a great hero, a man of faith, and a model for Christians to follow. He is one of the most important Old Testament types of Jesus Christ. It is as an anointed one—called and provided by God to lead Israel—that David plays his chief role in redemptive history and makes his distinctive contribution in preparing God’s people for the … Read more…


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