About Joseph M. Fleener

Associate Pastor, Howick Baptist Church<br />Lover of Christ &amp; His Gospel, Husband to Mandy, Father to three wonderful children, Servant to the Local Church, Bible College Lecturer

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  • Joseph shared from A Puritan Theology: Doctrine for Life by Joel R. Beeke, Mark Jones
    The practice of singing the Psalms in public and family worship would help turn the church’s inward focus outward to a world that desperately needs to worship the true God.38
    Note: Reading about the Puritan's passion for missions and another blessing from singing Psalms together.
  • Joseph shared from A Puritan Theology: Doctrine for Life by Joel R. Beeke, Mark Jones
    In general, the English Independents celebrated the Supper every Lord’s Day, the Baptists once a month, and the Presbyterians four times a year. The Baptists at times preferred to celebrate the Supper in the evening, following scriptural examples (Mark 14:17; 1 Cor. 11:23).63 But Willison, a Presbyterian, argued, “The circumstances of time, place and company, in the first administration, not being essential to the ordinance, were not intended for our imitation. We are no more required to receive it at night, than to do it in an upper room, with but twelve in company. Moreover, the time was...
    Note: Finding it helpful to read about the Puritan practice(s) of the Lord's Supper.
  • Joseph shared from A Puritan Theology: Doctrine for Life by Joel R. Beeke, Mark Jones
    “If a man teach uprightly and walk crookedly, more will fall down in the night of his life than he built in the day of his doctrine” (John Owen).
    Note: A high calling indeed.
  • Joseph shared from A Puritan Theology: Doctrine for Life by Joel R. Beeke, Mark Jones
    Packer describes their convictions: “To the question, ‘Should one preach doctrine?,’ the Puritan answer would have been, ‘Why, what else is there to preach? Doctrinal preaching certainly bores the hypocrites; but it is only doctrinal preaching that will save Christ’s sheep. The preacher’s job is to proclaim the faith, not to provide entertainment for unbelievers.”59
    Note: Amen!
  • Joseph shared from A Puritan Theology: Doctrine for Life by Joel R. Beeke, Mark Jones
    “Preaching, therefore, ought not to be dead, but alive and effective so that an unbeliever coming into the congregation of believers should be affected and, as it were, transfixed by the very hearing of the word so that he might give glory to God.”45
    Note: An interesting take on Puritan contextualisation.
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Joseph M. Fleener