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Chapter 7 (Mortification of Sin)

Moving on from Owen’s description of what mortification is and is not in the previous two chapters, he now proceeds into two “general rules and principles, without which no sin will be mortified” (69). Our present chapter will deal with the first, and chapter 8 will discuss the second. This first general principle is simple …

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Chapter 6 (Mortification of Sin)

As we noted last week, chapters 5 and 6 are tied together as in them Owen is defining for us what exactly mortification means. In the previous chapter he dismantled a few of the false notions and imitations of mortification, here he moves onto what it is positively. He lays the answer out into three …

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Chapter 5 (Mortification of Sin)

Having addresses three big principles (that all Christians must mortify sin, that mortification is only accomplished by the Spirit, and of mortification’s usefulness), Owen now moves into his “principal intention,” which is to show how Christians should mortify our sin (53). In order to show this, he explains that the remainder of the book will …

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Chapter 4 (Mortification of Sin)

In this chapter, Owen discusses the third and final basic principle for mortifying sin, which “is that the life, vigour and comfort of our spiritual life depend much on our mortification of sin” (47). Or as the summary at the top of the chapter calls it: “of the usefulness of mortification” (47). Of all these …

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Chapter 3 (Mortification of Sin)

If the first two chapters have not yet convinced you of the great value of this book, this third chapter should soundly accomplish that task. The subject at hand is the second of the three big principles for mortifying sin that Owen began to explore in the previous chapter and will conclude in the following. …

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Chapter 2 (Mortification of Sin)

Here in chapter 2, Owen addresses the first of three main principles made about our call to mortify our sin (the next two principles are the subjects of chapters 3 and 4). This first principle is that even the very best believers must still mortify “the indwelling power of sin” each and every day of …

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Chapter 1 (Mortification of Sin)

Owen begins the book by establishing for us the verse that serves as the premise of the study, Romans 8:13, “For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.” Rob Edwards suggests reading Romans 8:1-17 “to …

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Let’s Read The Mortification of Sin Together

Welcome to our next Reading Together series! This time we will be reading through the book The Mortification of Sin by John Owen. Below is an audio introduction to Owen and the book. Beginning in May, we will read and discuss this short book chapter by chapter, as you will find in the reading plan …

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Heaven Taken by Storm

Quotes from Heaven Taken by Storm

Hopefully over the course of reading Heaven Taken by Storm together, you have witnessed firsthand the potency of Thomas Watson's writing. With so many stirring single-sentence quotations scattered throughout the book, putting together a post collecting some my favorites seemed an appropriate conclusion to our reading of the book. Truth may be opposed but never …

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Heaven Taken by Storm

Directions & Conclusion | Chapters 18-19

This week we conclude our reading through Heaven Taken by Storm together. You can find our reading plan and links to previous posts here. Chapter Eighteen Outline Keep up daily prayer.Get under lively preaching.Get your hearts filled with love to religion.Be vigilant.Bind your heart to God by sacred vows.Be sure to make going to heaven your business.Have heaven …

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