In The Art of Prophesying, William Perkins (1558–1602) teaches how to preach the Word with “studied plainness,” not relying on technique or soaring flourishes of oratory, but rather by unleashing the majestic power of the unencumbered Word of God. Unlike so much of the milquetoast preaching heard today, Perkins teaches how to utilize the Scripture in all its capacities: for teaching correct doctrine, for reproof and correction, and for training the godly in righteousness (2 Timothy 3:16). This type of preaching changed lives during Perkins’ lifetime, and it has the same effect today. Includes a biographical preface by Benjamin Brook. Scripture references (from the ESV) are embedded in the text as hyperlinks—no internet connection required.
In this, his most well-known sermon, Jonathan Edwards (1703–1758) shows the danger of ignoring the gracious but time-limited offer of reconciliation for rebel sinners. He paints, in vivid detail, the uncertainty of our frail lives, which are ever in jeopardy of exiting into eternity through any of many available doorways to our demise. Edwards meditates on the horror of the severe and eternal punishment that awaits those who stubbornly refuse the gracious offer of Christ’s propitiation, and the folly of expecting that we can postpone the present offer of salvation to a future time of our own choosing.
This Digital Puritan edition includes a biographical preface by Gerald Mick. Scripture references (in the English Standard Version®) are hyperlinked and embedded into the book. No internet connection is required.