Searching Our Hearts in Difficult Times
O that we might advise one another as to what to do; to help one another to recover from our weaknesses!’
Following Jesus is not easy. It involves self-denial, daily cross-bearing, and lifelong obedience. Salvation is promised to the one who ‘endures to the end.’ Christians need much encouragement, especially in ‘difficult times’. This the Lord supplies through pastors who love him and care for his people.
John Owen was such a pastor. One way he sought to help his fellow-believers was to hold occasional meetings for spiritual conference and fellowship at which various topics were addressed and discussed, with Owen providing a concluding summary of the proceedings.
The short chapters in Searching Our Hearts in Difficult Times contain a number of Owen’s talks and sermons on a wide range of subjects. These are as relevant to Christians today as they were to believers some three and a half centuries ago, when Owen wrote.
Abridged and made easy to read.
Table of Contents
Part One: Searching Our Hearts:
- Conversion of Sin Before Conversion
- Assurance of Salvation
- The Sins of our Day and Age
- Spiritual Backsliding
- Praying to Christ
- Applying to Christ for Grace
- Weak Faith when Praying
- Prevailing Sins
- Can Habitual Sin Coexist with Grace?
- How may we be Delivered from a Habit of Sin?
- Days of Judgment
- Preparation for Christ’s Coming in Times of Judgment
- The Contests Between Christ and Antichrist
- Christian Duty under Divine Warnings
Part Two: Difficult and Dangerous Times
- The Nature of the Warning
- The Evil of which they are Warned
- How this Evil will be Introduced
- The Time and Season of it
Part Three: Living by Faith in Difficult Times:
The Use an Advantage of Faith —
- In a Time of National Adversity
- In a Time of Reproaches and Persecutions
- In a Time when Roman Catholicism is on the Increase
- In a Time when True Religion is Declining