A Spiritual Appeal to Christ’s Bride consists of nine sermons preached by Jodocus van Lodenstein, one of the most prominent leaders of the Dutch Further Reformation. The sermons stress themes that are dear to the preacher’s heart: the need for the Holy Spirit to carry the Reformation further than the mind, the need for perpetual reformation and growth in piety, the need to cultivate holiness and self-denial, and the need to know and experience an intimate spiritual relationship with Jesus Christ the perfect Bridegroom. The book calls nominal Christians to a more profound commitment to Christ, stressing that only such a commitment can deliver the church from shallowness and unholiness. Today, more than ever, the church needs to heed this call to awaken from its spiritual slumber.
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Jodocus van Lodenstein (1620–1677) was a prominent preacher and poet of the Dutch Further Reformation, which stressed the practice of biblical piety. He graduated from the University of Utrecht and then studied Eastern languages in Franeker. He became a pastor in 1644. He was also a part of the famous “Utrecht Circle” which included many Further Reformation leaders. Of his many works, Uytspanningen—a collection of hymns and poetry—was reprinted 20 times and impacted future hymnody.