John Hazelton (1822-1888) was a high-calvinist and strict-communion Baptist pastor, whose 35 year ministry with the church meeting at Chadwell Street, London, resulted in a congregation that became one of the leading Strict Baptist (SB) churches during the first fifty years of the 20th century. Like most SB’s, Hazelton stood aloof from the ministry of Charles Spurgeon. In many respects, Spurgeon may be regarded as the father of the Reformed Baptist movement—he espoused many of the features…
It is infinitely important to possess the Spirit of God, and to have “the love of God shed abroad in one’s heart by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.” Having this, of course we are lovers of God; and if lovers of God, we are lovers of everything that is godly, or God-like; and therefore, it is a very great mercy for us that the Holy Spirit has condescended to mention a very considerable number of infallible evidences of Christianity,—of interest in the everlasting love of God. The child of God has frequently derived comfort from the declaration of Divine truth by the Apostle John,—“By this we know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren.” If, therefore, we love Christians, we love Christ. If we love the brethren…
It does not appear that Christ took any particular text when he preached the sermon on the mount; but he proceeded at once to say—Blessed is this class, and that class, and the other class of persons. But shortly after this, he went into a synagogue, and they gave him the book of the prophet Esaias, and he opened it and read the first two verses of this chapter:—“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord hath…
‘Christianity in Nutshells’ is a basic summary of the Christian faith. The title is derived from the design and arrangement of the material. As for its design, the articles are written in the style of a catechism. A catechism is a form of teaching which sets forth the biblical truths in a question and answer context. As for its arrangement, each article is comprised of five questions and answers which relate to the main doctrines of the Christian faith—hence, ‘Christianity in Nutshells’.
I have used William Gadsby’s Catechism as the basis for…
1. Who is the only self-existent Being?
2. What is God?
3. Are there more Gods than one?
4. How many Persons are there in the Godhead?
5. How can there be three Persons in one Godhead?
1. How many names does God have?
2. Who gave these names to God?
3. What is the most common name by which God is addressed?
4. What does the name Jehovah mean?
5. Ought everyone to believe that Jehovah exists?
1. How may we know that Jehovah exists?
2. What is the Word of God?
3. Upon what authority do the Holy Scriptures stand as the authentic Word of God?
4. What are the main things contained in the Holy Scriptures?
5. What is the best English translation available for the people of God?
1. Are the Holy Scriptures a sufficient guide for the people of God?
2. What are the people of God to do with the Holy Scriptures?
3. How are the people of God to read the Holy Scriptures?
4. How are the people of God to study the Holy Scriptures?
5. Are there any resources that might help the people of God better understand the Holy Scriptures?
1. What are the decrees of God?
2. How does God execute His decrees?
3. What is the work of creation?
4. In how many days did God make the world?
5. Did God create the world through an evolutionary process?
1. What is the work of providence?
2. Does God work all things together for good in the life of His people?
3. What is the work of grace?
4. In what way does Jehovah love a remnant of the human race?
5. Can the purpose and design of God be hindered or prevented?