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Sermons, preached by the late Mr. John E. Hazelton during his ministry to the church worshipping at Streatley Hall, London, N.W. (1909-1924). “For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and Him crucified.”—1 Corinthians 2:2

I. The Advert.

The Gospel Magazine, December, 1924

Reviews and Notices of Books.

We have read through this beautiful volume with great interest and pleasure. It consists of twenty-six sermons, preached by our dear friend the late Mr. John E. Hazelton to the Church worshipping at Streatley Hall, London, N.W.

For a period of fifteen years he faithfully ministered the Word of life to the Lord’s people who met in that Hall, and these are a selection of the sermons he preached there, lovingly collected together, and printed in book form. By way of introduction there is also printed A Declaration of Faith by Mr. Hazelton. This was found amongst his papers. It has never before been published. It is full of valuable teaching of such subjects as “The Peril and Needs of Our Churches,” “The Holy Scriptures,” “The Everlasting Covenant,” “The Church,” and “The Doctrine of Grace.”

Mr. Hazelton was an able preacher of the everlasting Gospel, and he loved to exalt Christ and to abase the sinner. These sermons are full of rich Gospel teaching. They tell of a full and an eternal salvation, arranged and planned in the great Covenant of grace before the foundations of the world were laid. They tell of the electing love of God the Father, the redeeming work of God the Son on behalf of His Church and people, and of the regenerating and sanctifying work of God the Holy Ghost. They tell of the blood and righteousness of the Divine Surety of the everlasting Covenant. They are marked by fulness of Gospel truth and by tender and loving words to seeking and penitent sinners. They display a considerable knowledge and much care in preparation. They are the words of a true man of God who in dependence on the aid of the Divine Spirit earnestly proclaimed the Gospel of Divine grace in the prayerful hope that God the Holy Ghost would use the message as the means of regenerating the sinful objects of His eternal mercy. Space will not allow us to quote from these pages, but we strongly advise our readers at once to get the book and make it point of reading one of the sermons every week. Mr. Hazelton was called home on May 8th last. His last sermons were preached on April 6th and 13th, and they form the concluding sermons of this volume. A beautiful portrait of the beloved author forms the frontispiece. By these sermons, and by his valuable Declaration of Faith, he being dead, yet speaketh.

II. The Preface.

“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, saith the Lord.” This great fact has been brought home to us as never before. It has pleased the Lord of the vineyard to call to Himself His faithful servant. We are sorely bereaved. For fifteen years at Streatley Hall we have had the high privilege of listening while this good man, out of the good treasure of his heart, brought forth good things. Our souls have been refreshed and strengthened; on occasions our hearts have burned within us as the Lord through him has talked to us by the way. It is hard to believe that we shall see his face and hear his voice no more; and it is impossible to believe but that there is still a harvest to be gathered of that which he has sown.

For a number of years, one who valued them highly made shorthand notes of dear Mr. Hazelton’s sermons, and circulated them in typed copies among friends. At his special request she ceased to do so in 1916. Many times we wished that hundreds besides our own small company might have shared the bounties of the gospel table he spread for us; but he had no “ambitions,” and he was truly happy in the little place.

But now we read these unrevised and incomplete sermons, and we are constrained to offer them, just as they are, to a wider circle than the typed copy can reach. We believe that in many places where there is no open vision, they will be read with thankfulness. To us who loved him greatly, the voice comes with the words; we see him as he stood among us, and we remember how he yearned over us in the gospel.

Distinct from the sermons which follow, we insert, by Miss Hazelton’s particular request, and as an introduction to the volume, the very valuable “Apologia” found among his papers, and never before published. Special interest attaches also to the last sermons. As to his intimate friends, Christiana and Valiant-for-Truth and Standfast and the rest, so to our Great-heart the messenger had brought the summons. We could, as it were, but stand around his deathbed while, with calm and undisturbed faith, he preached Christ as he had always preached Him, exalting His glorious Person and commending Him as suited in all His offices to seeking sinners.

May it please the Lord to own and bless, to the comfort of His lonely and scattered people, this imperfect reproduction of a few of the many sermons preached by His dear honoured servant, so that while he rests from his labours, his works may follow him.

A. C. A.



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