The Christian’s Two Chief Lessons
Self-Denial and Self-Trial
This outstanding collection of sermons by Puritan pastor Thomas Hooker were delivered in his church at Newtown, Massachusetts after he had emigrated from England. His two Chief Lessons topics, namely: Self-denial and Self-trial (what we now more commonly call “self-examination”) are covered
thoroughly showing what it is to deny ourselves for Christ’s sake and the gospel; and what taking up the cross is.
The volume also includes chapters on:
- The civil man
- The formalist
- The temporary professor
- Genuine, essential Christian graces
Also contains a 10 page biographical sketch of Thomas Hooker.
An excerpt from the book:
“As men do expect all from themselves, so they aim at themselves in whatever they do; they make
their own persons the end of their actions; they do homage to self and sin, and look not to the
obeying of God; so everything is wrought for a man’s self…thus a natural man is nothing but self;
so it is in every particular. Because men naturally being blind, do conceive their own credit and
excellence to be the chiefest good; and this is the main cause we make our selves our gods…so a
man sets up self above all, and it will be a god… you would have grace, and you would be saved,
but you will not have it on Christ’s terms, you will not deny your selves, which must be, if ever
you be saved by Christ.”
“He that serves himself by serving Christ, makes Christ serve him, he serves not Christ. Satan
accused Job thus, Doth Job serve God for naught? as who should say, he doth not serve God, but
himself in serving of God, he serves his own honor, that serves Christ for honor: he that doth
service for riches, doth not serve Christ, but his profit and riches.”
The Christian’s Two Chief Lessons is Volume 2 in The Works of Thomas Hooker series.
Other volumes by Hooker include:
- The Soul’s Preparation for Christ, Book 1
- The Christian’s Two Chief Lessons, Book 2
- The Soul’s Humiliation, Book 3
- The Application of Redemption, Book 4
- The Soul’s Implantation, Book 5
About the Author
Thomas Hooker (1586 – 1647) had a prominent ministry on both sides of the Atlantic. Born in England, he died in Connecticut, after becoming a prominent British-American colonial clergyman. Some have called Hooker “the father of Connecticut.
At the Church of St. Mary (Chelmsford, Essex) he was a Puritan who delivered passionate expositions of Scriptures, calls to conversion and a godly life. The Church of England put him on trial in 1629, after which he fled to Holland then to America, where he became a member of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. After sitting for a time under the ministry of John Cotton, he was called into the ministry of a church in Hartford, Connecticut, where he served until the end of his life.