A professor of theology whose writings are both plain and concise. He wrote commentaries on many different books of Scripture. Dickson was a helpful counsellor to many in their spiritual difficulties. The Stewarton revival took place during his ministry in Irvine. Many from the parishes around attended his weekly exposition of the Scriptures. There were multitudes of converts during this time. He opposed the unbiblical worship and church government foisted on the Church in Scotland. As a consequence, he sentenced to exile in Turriff for several years.
He refused allegiance to Charles II’s claimed supremacy over the Church. This cost him his post, but his final days were drawing near. On his deathbed he said “I have taken all my good deeds, and all my bad deeds, and have cast them together in a heap before the Lord, and have fled from both to Jesus Christ, and in Him I have sweet peace”.
We may be tempted to question how things are with ourselves and around us, but Christ’s infinite wisdom is ordering all things for our good. No one knows better how to do that.
Spiritual disease is real and dangerous. As we better understand its causes and symptoms we can apply the guaranteed and approved remedy.
Everything we have has been received. How can we best make use of what we have received for Christ’s glory and kingdom? How do we use them for the good of others?
How can we have gracious confidence and even boldness in the face of attempts to shut down the Bible? How might this deepen our trust in and our love and obedience towards it?
Anything that is important requires preparation. Worship is the greatest thing we do. What can we focus on to help prepare our hearts to worship God?
Our response to answered prayer is important, it shows the extent to which we have taken it seriously. Relief and thankfulness are natural but how can we make best use of it?
Almost all churches have become empty overnight. Public worship has ceased. It is still more bewildering and heart rending when we understand the significance of this unprecedented event.
Having nothing, yet possessing everything makes no sense whatsoever in our materialist culture. But it makes very good sense spiritually. It should be what we desire for ourselves.
In the midst of a generation of radical change we ask, what is the Church’s future? David Dickson shows us where we can find solid and even unshakeable assurance that the Church will both endure and be established.
We need to look beyond the immediate fast-moving drama of bewildering circumstances to our greatest needs as a nation.
Jesus says, “Judge not” (Matthew 7:1). Is this really the proof text for unlimited “tolerance”? When we understand the verse more closely we can see that it is not saying this at all.
Our’s is a world of distrust. Society and the economy depend on trust; but it has imploded. But what makes God’s faithfulness great? How would you measure God’s trustworthiness?
The felt absence of God is something we grapple with in a particular way in a secular age. But in one sense it is nothing new. David Dickson gives strengthening words for those in this trying situation, pouring out their lament before God.
We are familiar with Christians claiming they are “too busy” to read the Bible. What is the remedy? If we value God and His Word and believe that it must shape our lives and hearts then we have to make time for it.
We forget vital things about God, His Church and His promises when we forget Church history. We need to make use of it to inform, encourage and steel ourselves for serving God in our own generation.
How do we speak of grace and forgiveness without in any way trivialising what sin is and what it deserves? David Dickson shows that we need a proper sense of what it means to be forgiven.
It’s easy to apply the Pharisee label without thinking but what was it about the Pharisees that Christ Himself opposed? Some of it may surprise us and make us think about where the term applies today.
David Dickson has some helpful comments on a distressed cry for God to revive His people again and have mercy on them. It draws out the true nature of revival according to the Scriptures.
David Dickson explains some general principles for practical love towards Christ’s Church. We must love Christ’s Church as well as Christ and we must do this is in a wholehearted way.
How do we respond to this world? Are we so comfortable and satisfied in it that we could better be described as tourists than pilgrims in relation to this world?
Paul speaks of being all things to all men in order to save them. Does that mean that we must adopt the culture around us and everything we do must be changed? How should we understand this verse?
We must never forget that Christ’s deepest sufferings were infinitely greater than the physical pain. As someone has put it, the soul of His sufferings was the sufferings of His soul. What do we mean by His soul sufferings?
The Church faces a deluge of secularisation making further tidal advances. How far will it go? What does the future hold? Here is a message of hope in the midst of such fears.
People may call themselves blessed when they feel happy about something but David Dickson shows from Psalm 1 that there is no true blessing without godliness.
Repentance is not only about sorrow for sin. It means turning from it and being transformed in our lives by the renewing of our minds. We need this constantly.
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