TWO | Self-Denial in the Christian Life

QUOTE OF THE WEEK If we are not our own but the Lord’s, it’s clear what errors we must flee, and what we must direct our whole lives toward. We are not our own; therefore, neither our reason nor our will should dominate our plans and actions. We are not our own; therefore, let us …

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ONE | Scripture’s Call to Christian Living

QUOTE OF THE WEEK God has manifested Himself as Father to us. If we do not manifest ourselves as sons to Him in turn, we prove ourselves to be extremely ungrateful (Mal. 1:6; 1 John 3:1). 9 SUMMARY In this chapter, Calvin addresses how Scripture commands Christians to live, which is not intended to be …

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Let’s Read A Little Book on the Christian Life Together

Throughout the month of October (and a bit of November), I invite you to read one more book together for this year, A Little Book on the Christian Life by John Calvin. The previous two books that we have read together were both written by Puritans (Thomas Watson and John Owen); John Calvin, however, was …

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Chapter 14 (Mortification of Sin)

We arrive at last to the final chapter of Owen's treatise on mortifying sin. Here Owen explains that while the previous nine directions have largely focused upon preparing ourselves to mortify sin, he now speaks to "the work itself" (145). In our present edition of study, only one direction is distinguished here; Richard Rushing in …

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Chapter 13 (Mortification of Sin)

We come now to the penultimate chapter of John Owen’s classic, The Mortification of Sin. In this chapter Owen concludes his nine directions for making ourselves ready to mortify sin. Next week, he will conclude the book with two final directions for killing our sin before it kills us. The 9th Direction and subject of …

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Chapter 12 (Mortification of Sin)

Here in chapter 12, Owen presents us with his 8th Direction for mortifying sin, which is to “use and exercise thyself to such meditations as may serve to fill thee at all times with self-abasement, and thoughts of thine own vileness” (119). This is to build up within us a hatred against the sin that …

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Chapter 11 (Mortification of Sin)

With Owen’s first two directions for mortifying sin covered by the previous two chapters, our present chapter continues with not one but five more directions to follow (3-7). Direction 3, as alluded to last week, is to “load thy conscience with the guilt of it. Not only consider that it hath a guilt, but load …

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Chapter 10 (Mortification of Sin)

Having established the first direction for mortifying sin in the previous chapter, Owen now moves on to discuss the second direction: “Get a clear and abiding sense upon thy mind and conscience, first, of the guilt, secondly, of the danger, thirdly, of the evil, of that sin wherewith thou art perplexed” (99). The chapter is …

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Chapter 9 (Mortification of Sin)

Having explained mortification and given principles and general rules to mortifying sin, Owen now begins in this chapter to give specific directions for killing sin. Chapter 9 is devoted entirely to the first direction, which is that we must consider a few dangerous symptoms of sin in order to see if it is particularly deadly. …

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Chapter 8 (Mortification of Sin)

In this chapter, Owen discusses the second general rule for mortifying sin: “Without sincerity and diligence in the universality of obedience, there is no mortification of any one perplexing lust to be obtained” (81). In other words, if we are not striving to obey Christ with every aspect of our lives, we will never properly …

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