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The Practical Works of the Rev. Richard Baxter, Vol. 12

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Overview

History has turned “justification by faith” into a catchphrase, but Baxter’s writings reaffirm the doctrinal centrality of faith and its link to justification. The Life of Faith in Volume Twelve of The Practical Works of Richard Baxter defines faith and how to achieve certain faith. Baxter addresses the fundamental concern about faith: Why live by faith and not by sight, since the latter favors predictable outcomes? He also writes about the connection between faithlessness and unbelief, and warns against hypocrisy—living by a faith not professed. Baxter concludes by outlining practical ways in which faith can be expressed through prayer, through public worship, and through relationships.

Key Features

  • William Orme’s biography of Baxter
  • Chronological index of Baxter’s works

Praise for the Print Edition

…The most prominent English churchman of the 1600s.

Christian History, a magazine affiliated with Christianity Today

…We must learn from the Puritan pastor Richard Baxter…to redouble our efforts to find strength from spiritual joy.

J. I. Packer

[Baxter’s] words have hands and feet. They climb all over you; they work their way into your heart and conscience, and will not be dislodged.

J. I. Packer

Look at Richard Baxter… what a flashing diamond was he! Even swearers on the ale-bench could not but know that he was a heaven-born spirit.

Charles Spurgeon

I was greatly refreshed to find what a sweet savor of good Mr. Baxter’s doctrine, works, and discipline remain to this day.

George Whitefield

Product Details

  • Title: The Practical Works of the Rev. Richard Baxter, Vol. 12
  • Author: Richard Baxter
  • Publisher: Paternoster
  • Publication Date: 1830
  • Pages: 591

About Richard Baxter

Richard Baxter was born on November 12, 1615 in Shropshire, England. Although his childhood education was poor, he studied under John Owen between 1629 and 1632, and was converted at the influence of The Bruised Reed, by Richard Sibbes.

After his mother died, Baxter began to study theology, and studied with both John Owen and Francis Garbet. He was ordained in 1638 by John Thornborough and quickly established his reputation as a preacher and pastor. He became involved the Nonconformity Movement—a movement which resisted the governance of the Church of England, and he renounced his ordination.

In April, 1641, Baxter began his ministry at Kidderminster, which lasted nineteen years. In addition to his ministry as a preacher and pastor, Baxter initiated many social reforms which earned him a reputation among Presbyterians and Episcopalians as a theological uniter. He wrote The Reformed Pastor during his ministry in Kidderminster.

Baxter moved to Gloucester and Coventry in 1643 to avoid the Civil War, and became chaplain in the army. He returned to London in 1660 where he preached regularly and became politically influential. In 1685, he was sentenced to seven years in prison for his Paraphrase on the New Testament, a charge later rescinded by the government.

Baxter wrote prolifically throughout this lifetime. He is well known for his works on the Roman Catholic Church, his works on conversion, his 4-volume Christian Directory, and A Call to the Unconverted to Turn and Live. Baxter provoked theological controversy for his ecumenism—in stark contrast to the religious warfare of his time—and his rejection of limited atonement. He believed that repentance and obedience affect the outcome of salvation, and that right belief is intricately connected to Christian ethics. Baxter’s covenant theology also contributed to the rise of Puritanism.

Richard Baxter died on December 8, 1691. His last words were, “I have pain…but I have peace.”

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