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Author(s): Theodorus VanderGroe
Publisher: Reformation Heritage Books
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‘The Christian’s Only Comfort’ is the sermonic exposition of the Heidelberg Catechism by Theodore VanderGroe (1705–1784), a prominent divine of the Dutch Further Reformation. VanderGroe’s exposition of the Heidelberg Catechism could be considered his magnum opus, and in some ways, it was esteemed as highly by the godly in the Netherlands as The Christian’s Reasonable Service of Wilhelmus à Brakel. In this able exposition of the Heidelberg Catechism, we find the unmistakable characteristics of the Dutch Further Reformation: it is steeped in Scripture; it is very pastoral; and it promotes a robust, comprehensive form of Reformed piety.

“Theodore VanderGroe was one of the most renowned Dutch ministers of the eighteenth century. He referred to his doctrine as ‘our healthy, mystical divinity.’ His Reformed experiential mysticism is healthy, for it has God’s Word as its benchmark. Even today, many of his works are well known in the Reformed-experiential segment of the Dutch population. Acquaintance with his exposition of the Heidelberg Catechism is, however, minimal, and I rejoice that this will no longer be the case with this publication. The fundamental tenor of VanderGroe’s preaching that the law wounds and the gospel heal also comes to the fore in his exposition of the Heidelberg Catechism.

Amid the current prevalence of so much superficial literature, it is refreshing to read this exposition of the catechism. His exposition of the preamble of the law, prior to his sermon on Lord’s Day 34, is both surprising and deeply experiential. Never have I read a treatment on this subject that is as clear and as scriptural as this. I wholeheartedly wish to endorse and recommend this beautiful two-volume work that has been forgotten far too long and pray that it will find a wide reception in the English language.” — Cornelis Harinck, prolific author and retired minister of the Gereformeerde Gemeenten in the Netherlands

“Biblical, Christ-centered, and experiential sermons—VanderGroe’s exposition of the Heidelberg Catechism echoes the essence of the Reformation.” — Adriaan C. Neele, director of the doctoral program and professor of historical theology, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, Michigan


Author(s): Anthony Selvaggio
Publisher: Reformation Heritage Books
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A major component of Jesus’ ministry on earth was the performance of signs and wonders. In this book, Anthony T. Selvaggio uses the seven signs given in the first half of the Gospel of John to navigate us toward a glorious destination. This journey begins at a wedding and ends at a funeral. Throughout this trip you will witness the incredible events of water being turned into wine, the temple cleansed, a sick boy restored, a lame man brought to his feet, thousands feed, a blind man gaining sight, and a dead man coming forth from his tomb. While this tour centers in the land of Palestine, it will ultimately take you beyond the finiteness of this created world. For on this majestic journey, you will see more than mere signs and wonders – you will see the glory of Jesus Christ, the Son of God!

NOTE: Contains discussion questions to better facilitate group study.

Anthony T Selvaggio is a teaching elder in the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America and a member of the Rochester Reformed Presbyterian Church (Rochester, NY) where he contributes regularly to the preaching ministry. He previously served as the Senior Pastor of the College Hill Reformed Presbyterian Church (RPCNA) in Beaver Falls, PA. He is also a visiting professor at the Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Pittsburgh, PA. He is an active preacher and conference speaker. He lives in Rochester, New York with his wife, Michelle, and his two children, Katherine and James.


Author(s): J. V. Fesko
Publisher: Reformation Heritage Books
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Romans is one of the best-known books in the Bible and likely the most famous letter in history, as it is the apostle Paul’s most systematic presentation of the gospel of Christ. In this expository commentary, J. V. Fesko considers this panoramic view of the breadth, height, and depth of divine grace. Fesko helps us understand both the big picture of Paul’s letters and also key passages in his writings by paying careful attention to the structure of redemptive history. Be edified as you read this survey of Romans, observing the consistent way the apostle exalted the glory of God as he called for the obedience of faith.

Author(s): Joel Beeke
Publisher: Reformation Heritage Books
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The essays in ‘The Beauty and Glory of the Father’ call us to stand in wonder of the First Person of the Trinity. Through an assortment of studies, readers are challenged to recognize the Father’s glory displayed in His Son, to adore His beautiful attributes, to know Him as a Savior, and to rest in His loving hands. This book, along with ‘The Beauty and Glory of Christ’ and ‘The Beauty and Glory of the Holy Spirit’, reinforces the ongoing necessity of cultivating Trinitarian piety.

Contributors include Joel Beeke, Bart Elshout, Jerry Bilkes, Ryan McGraw, David Murray, Burk Parsons, Paul Smalley, Derek Thomas, and William VanDoodewaard.

“Sometimes doctrines we think we know are those in which we need to be grounded afresh, and the fatherhood of God is one. We acknowledge that in Jesus, God is our father, and that grace in Jesus Christ has given us access to the Father by the Spirit. But what are the contours of this rich and precious biblical doctrine? This collection of essays will help answer that question as we are led into the glory of God’s triune being, as well as to see the Father in the face of Jesus Christ and to trust again in the care our heavenly Father takes of us. This is a book to enlighten the mind and warm the heart. I cannot commend it highly enough.” — Rev. Dr. Iain D. Campbell, pastor, Free Church of Scotland in Point, Isle of Lewis, Scotland


Author(s): Joel Beeke & Brian Najapfour
Publisher: Reformation Heritage Books
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In ‘Taking Hold of God’, you will enter the treasury of the church of Jesus Christ and discover some of its most valuable gems on the subject of Christian prayer. The writings of the Reformers and Puritans shine with the glory of God in Christ, offering us much wisdom and insight today that can make our own prayer lives more informed, more extensive, more fervent, and more effectual.
Six contemporary scholars explore the writings and prayer lives of several Reformers and Puritans—among them, Martin Luther, John Calvin, William Perkins, Matthew Henry, and Jonathan Edwards—guiding us to growth in prayer and a more grateful communion with God.

Table of Contents:
Martin Luther on Prayer and Reformation – Brian G. Najapfour
John Calvin on Prayer as Communion with God – Joel R. Beeke
John Knox: A Theologian of Prayer – Brian G. Najapfour
William Perkins on the Lord’s Prayer — J. Stephen Yuille
Anthony Burgess on Christ’s Prayer for Us – Joel R. Beeke
John Bunyan on Praying with the Holy Spirit – Michael A.G. Haykin
The Puritans on the Help of the Holy Spirit in Prayer – Johnny C. Serafini
Matthew Henry on a Practical Method of Daily Prayer – Joel R. Beeke
Thomas Boston on Praying to Our Father – Joel R. Beeke
Jonathan Edwards on Prayer and the Triune God – Peter Beck
Puritan Prayers for World Missions – Joel R. Beeke
Prayerful Praying Today – Joel R. Beeke


Author(s): J. Mark Beach
Publisher: Reformation Heritage Books
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John Calvin’s ‘The Institutes of the Christian Religion’ presents one of the most winsome, thought-provoking, spiritually inspiring, and heart-searching summations of Christian truth ever written. Although works exist that either offer an analysis of Calvin’s views or serve as a guide to his Institutes, none fully share the aim of J. Mark Beach’s ‘Piety’s Wisdom’. Keeping to the form, shape, and tenor of Calvin’s own work, ‘Piety’s Wisdom’ offers busy pastors, seminarians, interested college students, and motivated laypersons a book that presents Calvin on his own terms. This summary can be used as an introduction to the Christian faith, as a primer for the study of Calvin, or a combination of each. While the book is suitable for individual study, the inclusion of study questions makes it an ideal tool for facilitating discussion in adult study groups.

J. Mark Beach is an Associate Pastor at Redeemer United Reformed Church in Dyer, Indiana. He also serves as Professor of Ministerial and Doctrinal Studies, and Dean of Students at Mid-America Reformed Seminary.

“Mark Beach’s ‘Piety’s Wisdom’ provides a finely done summary and analysis of Calvin’s Institutes that should be of considerable service to Christian laity, pastors, and students in coming to terms with the thought of the Genevan Reformer. Beach writes clearly and concisely, and with considerable insight into Calvin’s thought. The book includes a short biographical sketch and a contextual introduction to the Institutes. It stands as one of the best and most trustworthy introductions to Calvin presently available.” – Richard A. Muller

“J. Mark Beach has provided us with a concise guide to Calvin’s Institutes that succeeds in identifying its contours and emphases. Calvin’s magnum opus can prove tricky for the uninitiated and this volume will be invaluable as a quick and precise summary of the Reformer’s thought. An ideal accompaniment for those eager to get their teeth into one of the most important theological texts ever written.” – Derek W.H. Thomas

“Though road maps (or a GPS) are no substitute for the experience of traveling through the countryside, they can be a great help to the traveler in identifying the best route and the highpoints of the trip. J. Mark Beach’s Piety’s Wisdom is such a help for the reader who hopes to travel or navigate his or her way through Calvin’s great exposition of the Christian faith, The Institutes. Written for the general reader, Beach offers a useful guide that identifies the important landmarks, points the way through, and thereby whets the reader’s appetite for a first-hand acquaintance with Calvin’s theology.” – Cornelis Venema

Author(s): Theodore Beza
Publisher: Reformation Heritage Books
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Theodore Beza’s A Clear and Simple Treatise on the Lord’s Supper (1559) advances a tireless defense of the Reformed perspective on the Lord’s Supper, responding chapter by chapter to specific arguments raised against John Calvin by his Lutheran opponent Joachim Westphal. Beza makes great use of the concept of metonymy, or a figure of speech, in his interpretation of the words of institution, yet he equally champions the position that the Lord’s Supper is not a bare symbol and in it we have true communion with the risen Christ. And like Calvin, Beza refers extensively to the church fathers, especially Augustine, in defense of his position.

This often-overlooked treatise marks some of the major differences between the Reformed and the Lutheran movements during the so-called second generation of the Reformation. A critical issue at the time, sacramental theology was at the forefront of the original break with Rome and prevented the various Protestant movements from uniting. Its translation into English from the original Latin provides a wider opportunity for those interested in these movements to learn more about some of the substantial issues of the period.

Appended to the book are two smaller treatises of Beza: A System of Doctrine on the Sacramental Substance and The Law of God in Various Classes.

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