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A Ministry of the Word

David George Mullan

in Scottish Puritanism, 1590-1638

Published in print September 2000 | ISBN: 9780198269977
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191600715 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198269978.003.0003
 A Ministry of the Word

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God revealed himself in two ways—the book of nature, and the Bible. It was this latter that was decisive in that it taught the way of salvation, and ministers understood that it was their task, under the influence of the dynamic Holy Spirit, to preach its contents unto the conversion of hearers. So preaching must be done on a popular level, and in a plain style, which eschewed grandiose rhetoric and impenetrable divinity. Scottish Puritans had a generally high view of the sacraments—not as saving ordinances, but as seals of the covenant of grace made in Jesus Christ. Presbyterians were convinced of the equality of all ministers, and so turned against any form of episcopacy, to the point of deposition and exile.

Keywords: conversion; Holy Spirit; ministers; sacraments; Word

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Subjects: Christianity

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