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John Gill

John Gill was born in 1697 and died in 1771. In 74 years he was able to acquire a scope of Biblical knowledge and enjoy a degree of usefulness seldom attained by any man. Gill was called to pastor the Strict Baptist Church in 1720, which he continued to pastor for 51 years. Eventually the Strict Baptist Church would evolve into the Metropolitan Tabernacle which would be pastored by Charles Spurgeon for ever 35 years.

“In some respects, he has no superior. For good, sound, massive, sober sense in commenting who can excel Gill?” – C.H. Spurgeon, Autobiography Vol. 1.

1697 — Born, 23 November, Kettering, Northamptonshire.

1709 — Conversion through preaching of William Wallis.

1716 — First public confession of Christ; baptism; becomes church member and occasional preacher.

1717 — Assists John Davis at Higham-Ferrers.

1718 — Marriage to Elizabeth Negus Nominated by John Noble for a grant from the Particular Baptist Fund.

1719 — Supplies at Goat Yard Chapel, Horselydown, Southwark. Called to pastor the Horselydown church. Received into membership 15 November.

1720 — Inducted as pastor on 22 March.

1721 — Reorganizes pastoral and evangelistic outreach of the church.

1724 — Begins preaching series on the Song of Solomon First publication.

1728 — Exposition of the Song of Solomon published with a translation of the Chaldee Targum.

1731 — Treatise on the Doctrine of the Trinity against Sabellianism in the Baptist churches.

1732 — Lime Street lectures published.

1735-38 — The Cause of God and Truth published in installments.

1737-39 — Various pamphlets on the baptism controversy published as a result of the anti-Baptist writings of Samuel Bourne, a Presbyterian minister.

1738 — Death of Elizabeth, John Gill’s daughter, aged 13, on 30 May Gill preaches her funeral sermon on 1 Thess 4:13-14.

1740 — A Vindication of the Cause of God and Truth against Heywood’s Arminian objections to the Cause of God and Truth.

1746-48 — Exposition of the whole New Testament in three folio volumes.

1748 — Receives the degree of Doctor of Divinity from Marischal College, Aberdeen University, for his knowledge of the Scriptures, oriental languages and Jewish antiquity.

1749 — The Divine Right of Infant-Baptism Examined and Disproved against the New England writer, Jonathan Dickinson.

1752 — Writes The Doctrine of the Saints’ Final Perseverance against John Wesley’s Serious Thoughts Upon the Perseverance of the Saints. This was followed by Wesley’s Predestination Calmly Considered which Gill refuted with The Doctrine of Predestination, Stated and Set in the Scripture Light.

1755 — Publishes Dr. Crisp’s Works in two volumes, adding a Memoir and explanatory notes.

1757 — Moves to new chapel in Carter Lane, St. Olave’s Street, Southwark.

1763-66 — Exposition of the Old Testament published in four volumes.

1764 — 10 October, Elizabeth Gill dies aged 67 being married to Gill 46 years.

1769 — Body of Doctrinal Divinity published in two volumes.

1770 — Body of Practical Divinity in two volumes published including a Dissertation concerning the Baptism of Jewish Proselytes.

1771 — Dies 14 October at his home in Camberwell, aged 73 years 10 months.

 

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If any man be saved, it is not because he purposed to be saved, but because God purposed to save him

August 22, 2016 1 comment

Spurgeon 34. My text is even more explicit yet, for the eternal purpose is mentioned. The next thing the apostle says is this: “Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works but according to his own purpose.” Mark that word- “according to his own purpose.” Oh how some people wriggle over that word, as if they were worms on a fisherman’s hook! but there it stands, and cannot be got rid of. God saves his people “according to his purpose,” nay, “according to his own purpose.” My brethren and sisters, do you not see how all the merit and the power of the creature are shut out here, when you are saved, not according to your purpose or merit, but “according to his own purpose”? I shall not dwell on this; it is not exactly the object of this morning’s discourse to bring out in full the great mystery of electing love, but I will not for a moment keep back the truth. If any man be saved, it is not because he purposed to be saved, but because God purposed to save him. Have ye never read the Holy Spirit’s testimony: “It is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that showeth mercy”? The Savior said to his apostles what he in effect says also to us, “Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye might bring forth fruit.” Some hold one and some another view concerning the freedom of the will, but our Savior’s doctrine is, “Ye will not come unto me that ye might have life.” Ye will not come; your wills will never bring you; if ye do come, it is because grace inclined you. “No man can come unto me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him.” “Whosoever cometh to me I will in no wise cast out,” is a great and precious general text, but it is quite consistent with the rest of the same verse- “All that the Father giveth me shall come to me.” Our text tells us that our salvation is “according to his own purpose.” It is a strange thing that men should be so angry against the purpose of God. We ourselves have a purpose; we permit our fellow creatures to have some will of their own, and especially in giving away their own goods; but my God is to be bound and fettered by men, and not permitted to do as he wills with his own. But be this known unto ye, O men that reply against God, that he giveth no account of his matters, but asks of you, “Can I not do as I will with mine own?” He ruleth in heaven, and in the armies of this lower world, and none can stay his hand or say unto him, “What doest thou?”

Charles H. Spurgeon- Salvation Altogether by Grace (2 Timothy 1:9)- Delivered on Sunday Morning July 29th, 1866

Free Ebook- History of the Baptists

Henry C. Vedder, (Henry Clay)- A short history of the Baptists (Pdf)

Henry C. Vedder- Baptists (Pdf)

The Glory of a True Church- Introduction

The

Glory

of a

True Church,

And its

Discipline display’d

Wherein a true Gospel-Church

is described.

Together with the Power of the Keys,

and who are to be let in, and who to be

shut out.

Benjamin Keach

Mat. 18.18. Whatsoever ye shall bind on Earth, shall

be bound in Heaven; and whatsoever ye shall loose

on Earth, shall be loosed in Heaven.

John Robinson, Publisher

London

Printed in the Year 1697

To the Baptized Churches, particularly to that under my Care.

 

My Brethren,

Every House or Building consisteth both of Matter and Form: And so doth the Church of Christ, or House of the Living God.

The Matter or Materials with which it is built are Lively Stones, i.e. Converted Persons: Also the Matter and Form must be according to the Rule and Pattern shewed in the Mount, I mean Christ’s Institution, and the Apostolical Churches Constitution, and not after Men’s Inventions.

Now some Men, because the Typical Church of the Jews was National, and took in their Carnal Seed (as such) therefore the same Matter and Form they would have under the Gospel.

But tho a Church be rightly built in both these respects, i.e. of fit Matter and right Form, yet without a regular and orderly Discipline, it will soon lose its Beauty, and be polluted.

Many Reverend Divines of the Congregational way, have written most excellently (it is true) upon this Subject, I mean on Church-Discipline; but the Books are so voluminous that the Poorer Sort can’t purchase them, and many others have not Time or Learning enough to improve them to their Profit; and our Brethren the Baptists have not written (as I can gather) on this Subject by it self: Therefore I have been earnestly desired by our Members, and also by one of our Pastors, to write a small and plain Tract concerning the Rules of the Discipline of a Gospel-Church; that all Men may not only know our Faith, but see our Order in this case also. True, this (tho plain) is but short, but may be it may provoke some other Person to do it more fully. Certainly, ignorance of the rules of Discipline causes no small trouble and disorders in our Churches; and if this may be a Prevention, or prove profitable to any, let God have the Glory, and I have my End: Who am, Yours

Benj. Keach.

Benjamin Keach- The Glory of a True Church, And its Discipline Displayed (1697)

Studies in The Baptist Catechism: Section One – Authority, Revelation, and Scripture (Q.1)

by William F. Leonhart III

Q.1: Who is the first and chiefest being?

God is the first and chiefest being.1

1Isaiah 44:6; 48:12; Psalm 97:9

In January of 2012, I had the honor of taking a winter course on “The Theology of the Word of Faith Movement” with Justin Peters at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. The class was memorable to me for several reasons. I had been following the career of Mr. Peters for a while with great interest. One night, my wife and I even had the honor of having him into our home and serving him chicken pot pie. I recall sitting in my living room laughing and singing Ray Stevens’ The Mississippi Squirrel Revival together while my wife rolled her eyes.

I also recall one of the first statements he made in front of the class. I recall it because I wrote it down. He said, “Your worship of God will only be as deep as your theology.” Then he said, “Let me rephrase that. Your worship of God will only be as deep as your knowledge of Him.” In making this statement, Mr. Peters was answering one of the most important questions a Christian should ask himself: “Why do I study theology?”

 

 

 

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Charles Spurgeon’s Letters-Letter 78

MENTONE, November 28, 1881.

MINE OWN DEAR SON, —

How your whole conduct delights me! You are quite able to judge for yourself, and yet you defer to your parents in all things. May your days, according to the promise, be long in the land.

I think the case is clear enough that you ought to settle, for a time at least, in Auckland, but still you see, we know but little of the facts and so I preferred to leave you to your own judgment. I know what that judgment will be. I believe the work before you will arouse all your energies — which is good; but I hope it will not tax them — which would be mischievous. It is a sphere worthy of you, and yet its excellence lies rather in what it may be than in what it is. All things considered, it is full of promise.

Do not come home. I should dearly love to see you, but how could we part with you again? Stay away till there is a call to come home. When the Lord wills it, it will be safer and will be better for us all. To come home in 1882 would be a journey for which there is no demand, at a time when you are needed elsewhere.

I have thought of you many times here, and especially while worshipping in the room at Les Grotres. How honored I am to have sons who preach the Gospel so fully. I would sooner this than be the progenitor of the twelve patriarchs.

Dear Son, may the Lord make you His workman wisely instructed in moulding upon the wheel a future empire, as yet plastic clay. Who knows what the Southern Colonies may become? Impress your Master’s image upon the molten wax, and seal New Zealand as the Lord’s for ever.

May your desires be fulfilled, and your expectations be exceeded.

Your loving father,

C. H. SPURGEON.

The Wednesday Word: Is Jesus Enough as your Life? (Part 1)

“Take away Jesus, and a believer is nobody—without Him, we are nobodies who can do nothing.”

So said the mighty Puritan preacher, Thomas Brooks

Tucked away in Paul’s letter to the Philippians we find one of the most profound statements in scripture; it reads, “For me to live is Christ” (Philippians 1:21). This scripture brings us to sacred ground. I’m challenged when I read it! Are you? Is it true, for us, that to live is Christ? Can we say, with reality and certainty, that Christ Jesus is our life?

Paul could say it, and what was true about Paul should also be true of every other follower of Jesus. There is, after all, no elite class of special followers comprised of the super–spiritual, the apostles, the preachers and the like. There are no super-saints! We are all one in Christ Jesus (Galatians 3:28). That Christ is to be our life, therefore, is the standard for every one of His followers.

Every follower of the Lord Jesus should be able to say with Paul, “For me to live is Christ.” As we bathe daily in the gospel, our lives become consumed with a passion for Jesus. Paul, as you remember, when he penned these words was awaiting an uncertain future. He was in prison and didn’t know whether he was to live or die. But, to him, it was of no consequence for if He lived, life would all be about Christ and if he died it would still be the same.

Let’s take a moment to think about it. Can we say, Christ is our life? Of course, we can say it, but are we honest? Is our life, perhaps, all about our family? Maybe, if the truth surfaced, we’d see that our lives are about us, our career, our ambitions and dreams?

Families are wonderful but precious as our families are, what happens if death suddenly takes one or all of them away? Or, what happens when our career is suddenly ended or our investments are abruptly evaporated. If any of these things are our life, then we will have no life. Our life will have vanished.

“Well,” you say, “my life is none of the above, my life is about what I do for Jesus.” To work for Jesus is good, but it is a poor substitute for Christ Himself. What if we lose our health and are confined to a hospital bed? We can no longer teach or serve or minister in the manner to which we are accustomed. Our life has disappeared, and we are left with nothing.

Paul’s life, however, was about a person, Jesus Christ, not about the work he could do for Him. He was madly and passionately in love with Jesus. Jesus was his treasure. Out of this relationship flowed his work and priorities but these things were never his life. Paul built all of his life upon a person. In that way, he was secure and satisfied. Jesus was always enough in every situation.

So let’s ask the question again, is Jesus your life? You say you are not sure how to answer that! OK, ask yourself, what do you do with your thought life, do you ever think about Jesus? Listen to me, you will always think about the one you love! Jesus taught that our heart will always be with our treasure (Matthew 6:21).

So, let’s ask again, is Jesus your life? Does He ever occupy your mind?

Do you ever talk about Him? It’s hard to keep quiet about someone you love. That’s why Paul was such a diligent preacher. He desired to make Jesus famous! Do you? Do I? Remember that a spiritually diseased heart births a tongue that longs to be quiet about Jesus.

And that’s the Gospel Truth!

Miles Mckee

www.milesmckee.com

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