Christian Fellowship 1996-04-29 - Thomas Brooks' Legacy

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Once again taking an aside approach today, but I hope it will be edifying. For those of you who are new(@8?), welcome. One of the advantages to being a full time student of Theology is that I stumble across some unusual things, Here is one:

Thomas Brooks was a minister in England who died September 27, 1680. In fact, his works are still in print today, such was his impact. He left his congregation some advice, which he called their legacy. His hope was that this advice might be of use to them when he no longer had the advantage of speaking to them in public. Here are some of his thoughts...

  1. Secure your interest in Christ.

  2. Make Christ and Scripture the only foundation for your souls.

  3. Take more pains to keep yourselves from sin than from suffering. (Acts 2:40, Revelation 3:4)

  4. Be always doing or receiving good. This will make your lives comfortable, and your deaths happy, and your account glorious in the great day of the Lord.

  5. Set the highest examples of grace and godliness before you for imitation. Next to that of Christ, the pattern of the choicest saints. For faith, Abraham; for courage, Joshua; for uprightness, Job; for meekness, Moses.

  6. Hold fast your integrity. Let all go rather than let that go. (Job 27:5,6)

  7. Let not a day pass without calling the whole man to an exact account. Hands.--What have you done for God today? Tongue.--What have you spoke, &...

  8. Labor for a healing spirit. Away with all discriminating names that may hinder the applying of balm to heal our wounds. Discord and division become no Christian.

  9. Be most in the spiritual exercises of religion, meditation, self-examination, &... Bodily exercise without these will profit nothing.

  10. Look upon the things of this world as you will when you come to die.

  11. Look more to the internal workings of God in your souls, than the external providences of God. If God should carry on ever so glorious a work in the world as the conquest of nations to Christ, what would it advantage you if sin, Satan, and the world triumph in your soul.

  12. Look as well on the bright as well as on the dark side of Providence.

  13. Keep up precious thoughts of God, under his sharpest and severest dispensations to you.

  14. In all your natural, civil, and religious actions, let the divine glory rest upon your souls; let the glory of Christ lie nearest to your hearts.

  15. Always make the Scripture, and not your carnal reason, or your bare opinion (or that of others) the rule by which to judge of your spiritual condition. (Isaiah 8:20, John 12:48)

  16. Make conscience of making good the terms on which you closed with Christ, viz... that you would deny yourself, and take up the cross, &...

  17. Walk by no rule but such as you dare die by, and stand by in the day of Jesus Christ. Walk not with the multitude.

  18. Lastly, Sit down and rejoice with fear. Rejoice in what God hath done for your souls by the everlasting gospel. Weep that you have done no more to improve it, and that you have so neglected the opportunities of enriching your souls.

Here are your legacies. The Lord make them of singular use to you, that you may give up your account to the great and glorious God with joy. Make conscience of putting these things into practice till you shall be brought to the fruition of God, where you shall need ordinances, preaching and praying no more.


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