Monthly Archives: June 2009

Ryle’s Holiness, Chapter 2: Sanctification

Post by Landon Preston In his second chapter on sanctification, Ryle lays out twelve points which he believes are clear in the Scriptures. I find these points to be extremely compelling in helping me to understand the nature of holiness … Continue reading

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Ryle’s Holiness, Chapter 1: Sin

Chapter one of J.C. Ryle ‘s Holiness is simply entitled, “Sin.” His introductory paragraph to the first chapter is frequently quoted, and justifiably so: He that wishes to attain right views about Christian holiness must begin by examining the vast and solemn … Continue reading

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Lesson on the Necessity of the New Birth

I commented recently on the almost non-exisitence of teaching about the new birth in so many of our churches, and the great need to explain the necessity of the miracle of regeneration as we lay out the Gospel. I received … Continue reading

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Discerning the Spirit and John Quincy Adams

By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of … Continue reading

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The Life of Ryle: Three Pastoral Lessons from the Preface of Holiness

I am reading the Hendrickson edition of J.C. Ryle’s Holiness, which includes a 20-page biographical sketch of Ryle’s life as  a preface. This has been one of the most edifying portions of the whole book! A remarkable preacher, an effective … Continue reading

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Reading through Ryle’s Holiness

A number of people have recently recommended the book Holiness by J.C. Ryle to me. Holiness was written to correct a number of wrong-headed teachings about the nature of sanctification in his day, from the possibility of sinless perfection, to … Continue reading

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Tell Them We Need New Hearts

Teaching Vacation Bible School this week has helped me to pinpoint a glaring deficiency in our much of our children’s (as well as adult) literature and ministry instruction, and one that is easily corrected by a thoughtful teacher. Every lesson … Continue reading

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