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John Hazelton, Sermons

A Sermon Preached by Mr. Hazelton, At Mount Zion Chapel, Chadwell Street, Clerkenwell, On Lord’s-Day Evening, 29th November, 1874.

“Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.”—Acts 20:21

The Apostle Paul as the great Apostle of the Gentiles was greatly honoured of God. In Thessalonica he preached the gospel of God’s grace, and became the spiritual father of the church in that city. He preached and became the founder of the church of Christ at Philippi. He went to the city of Ephesus and preached the gospel of our God, and became the spiritual father of that large and import­ant church. The circumstances connected with the introduction of the gospel into the city of Ephesus, are recorded in the preceding chapter. We find that the members of the church of Christ at Ephesus were regenerated, and therefore, spiritual men and women. The Apostle, it is said, preached the gospel in the synagogue “for the space of three months.” A considerable disturbance arose in consequence of the fact that so novel a doctrine as that of Christianity had been introduced into the city; nevertheless, the great Apostle proceeded with his work. He did not much heed the uproar and disturbance which he himself was the occasion of. It is said in the 17th verse that “fear fell on them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus was magnified. And many that believed came and…

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Our beloved Lord, in the days of his flesh, said to his disciples and others, “Search the Scriptures, for in them ye think ye have eternal life, and they are they which testify of me.” Now, it should be always borne in mind, that all the Scriptures which then existed, were the Old Testament writings. The Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, had not been given to the world, nor had the Epistles of Paul or of Peter, of Jude or of James; and therefore, by “the Scriptures” there, we must understand the Old Testament—the writings of Moses, of David, and of the Lord’s…

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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…

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Grace and Glory

21 Sep 2021, by

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…

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The Christian ministry is a divine institution, and therefore its importance in the economy of grace is great. It is founded on the great facts that Jesus Christ having redeemed sinners, it is the intention of the everlasting God, to call and comfort the ransomed by the preaching of the Word, and, therefore, the Great Redeemer said to His disciples shortly after His resurrection, and before His ascension into heaven: “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” All the world is His, for He is by acquirement Lord of all, and He has a right to send His servants where He pleases. Having thus re­ceived their commission, His disciples went forth preaching the…

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Introduction

19 Sep 2021, by

John Hazelton[1] (1822-1888) was a high-calvinist and strict-communion Baptist pastor[2], 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…

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